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The Tsardom of Radena

1900


To inherit an Empire

The room was quiet, all but the loud, guttural wheezes and coughs of the Tsar could be heard. Every man, woman, and child turned their attention towards Pyotr II, their worried faces surrounding him, some real others a facade. None were so foolish as to not realize the gravity of the situation, especially not the Tsar himself. Every breath he took, the pain that filled his lungs felt to be a fate worse than death. Every temple prayer dedicated to his survival. Every sign pointed towards the reaper awaiting to collect the soul of the honorable Tsar.

“It is nice” the Tsar paused, letting out a fit of coughs “for you all to come at my behest.” The Tsar then laid quietly for several minutes, almost as if he had already been exhausted by the conversation. “It is important that I now establish my successor…” He let out a loud wheeze. “To the Tsardom.” Eyes began to look around, many now focused away from the Tsar and onto the two likely candidates. Prince Artur, nearly ten years younger than the Tsar and the youngest among their siblings. Known by many as a rather eccentric and educated fellow, infamous for his time as a Căpitan of a rifle battalion, in which he sacrificed three hundred men crossing the Sirakh Desert in order to flank the Seljuk forces during the Al-Kanasus border dispute, resulting in a decisive, yet controversial victory at the battle of Shakhah. Artur, despite his controversial victory however had the support of many members of the Imperial Ministry and several high ranking generals within the Tsar’s Royal Army. Others however looked towards the young Prince Olev, only fourteen years of age and according to current succession laws, far too young to lead. A kind and caring child, he is loved and adored by both the upper and lower classes. The child however, had supporters far and few between within the Imperial Ministry. The most avid of them however came from General Fyodorovich, to which many believe is due to his complete distrust of Prince Artur.

A priest was officially called, to lay witness to the Tsar’s will and testify the man whom he decided to inherent the Tsardom of Radena. “In my final hours, I have pondered who would lead the Tsardom best. I believe it, while unconventional, best for my son, Prince Olev, to take the throne after my passing. I trust that the word of a dying Tsar be absolute until the end of time.” Many in the room were shocked, none more so than Artur himself. Calmly excusing himself after a short while from the room, eventually secluding himself for the rest of the day. Many stares soon turned towards Prince Olev, before he too nervously excused himself.


Prince Olev, Summer 1899

The Tsardom of Radena

1900


Memoital, oh Memoital

Recent news of the annexation of Memoital quickly reached Tsar Pyotr II, initially the Tsar and high members of the Imperial Ministry did not believe such reports. It was not until Lomovtsev Llyich sternly read out the official request of asylum from Prince Bernard. “It is clear to me,” Llyich addressed before the council, “that despite the faith in the Zellonians that we had so eagerly placed into them, they stand before us as aggressors. Whether it be desperation or madness by the king of Zellonia himself, these actions will not and should not be tolerated by the Tsar and the rest of the ministry.” He gave short pause before continuing. “This is not the first time the Zellonians have worryingly acted in bad faith. The invasion of the Marnish Kingdoms, to which we had hoped would never happen again, seems to have been a warning. A warning of the Kingdom of Zellonia’s desire of the entire northern peninsula. A threat to the entirety of our influence in the region.”

Approving nods were given by the entirety of the Imperial Ministry and few spoke out against such claims, except for General Fyodorovich. Though technically not an official member of the ministry, is given a special seat to represent the needs and wants of the Tsar’s Army. Having served as a general during the Sosodrov Crisis, he was considered a trusted member of the Old Guard. “It has come to my intention that the Tsar finds himself surrounded by conflict. The Hironese in the East, the Zellonians in the north, and the Tyrian-Redanians in the west. Two of these conflicts we are about to drag ourselves into. The Tsardom is in no position to keep this up, I believe that if we interlock ourselves in the lives of too many nations, we run the risk of becoming involved in a conflict on all sides. One that the state of the Tsar’s military is not capable of competing with. I recommend strongly, that if these situations come to conflict, that the Tsar be so ready to leave ourselves open to being taken advantage of.” Whispers could be heard among a few of the other twenty representatives within the Imperial Ministry. It had seemed that some agreed with the words of the esteemed general.

“Do not be so naive general, such actions will only lead to the loss of what little influence the Tsardom grasps onto.” Retorted Llyich. “The general made be so afraid of conflict after the war with Kalpia that does not have the stomach for it, but the reality of the situation is that the Tsardom can not simply hide away. I plead to the wisdom of the Tsar, that he denounce the actions of the Zellonians and accept the fleeing prince. We must ensure, no matter the cost, that the Zellonians aggressive annexation of Memoital does not go unpunished and that it soon be returned to their people. If we do not, then we risk the Zellonians becoming a quick threat the the Tsardoms northern territory.”

The Tsar cautiously considered both positions. He had been a young man, but he remember the Sosodrov Crisis with clarity. The stain upon the Tsardom a fresh wound to this day. However, a wound should not stop a man from acting in his own interests and so the damned war would not frighten the Tsardom from remaining steadfast in their foreign policy. They would not let a Zellonian no less, frighten them away. “I have decided. Mr. Llyich makes to strong of an argument for the issue to simply be ignored. Inform the Prince that we will accept his request of asylum within the Tsardom.”


General Fyodorovich, circa 1900


Denouncing the Zellonian Menace

Several days after news had reached the Tsar of the Zellonian annexation of Memoital, a once loyal ally of the Zellonians and of much discussion within the Imperial Ministry, the Tsar made an official statement on the issue. “The Kingdom of Zellonia has committed the ultimate betrayal, one to the people of Memoital. A strong and long independent country, that had placed their trust into Zellonia, much the way that the Tsardom did, if not more. The sons of Memoital fought, bled, and died in the name of the Zellonians during the Zello-Osladian War. How was this debt repaid when Memoital in its time of need only wished to keep some shred of sovereignty? With absolute contempt by King James. Shredded away without a second thought over the consideration of their people. This act towards one’s own former ally, one whom went into ruin due to a war they need not have helped with and yet did not shed a single bit of blame to the Zellonians for, was met with complete betrayal. Shredded of their dignity as a country without a second thought by the Zellonians. As such, the Tsardom officially denounces these actions taken by King James.”

Backroom dealings

When Prince Bernard arrived in the Tsardom of Radena and had been acquainted with his living quarters within the Tsar’s Palace, a private meeting between Prince Bernard and the Tsar Pyotr II had been arranged. The two sat in the extravagantly decorated parlour, the cloth on the tables was lined with fine silk straight from Meung, the table design and crafted in Violette, even such insignificant things as the glass of the windows was forged in Oslad with fine Taran sand. “It is a pleasure to meet with you personally Tsar Pyotr, the gratitude that both me and the people of Memoital have for you doing such a service for me can not be expressed with simple words.”

“The pleasure is mine, Prince Bernard. The betrayal of the Zellonians was an absolute tragedy for your people. To have the pride of your people shredded away without a second thought is unforgivable.” It was at this time a Radenan maid had approached the two, pouring freshly imported tea from Meung.

“Then I hope that it is not to much for me to make a request, of an esteemed and understanding Tsar such as yourself, that you are to support my people’s cause through monetary and military aid to the Sons of Bernard. They are like minded individuals who wish to see to it my return to Memoital and the removal of Zellonia from the Island. If their cause were to be funded by the Tsardom of Radena then the people of Memoital may be able to quickly retake the land that is rightfully ours and expel the Zellonian dogs from our country.”

The passion in Prince Bernards voice was clear and the Tsar new what supporting the Sons of Bernard could possibly mean. However, if they were to ever weaken the Zellonian grip on the northern peninsula, this would certainly be it. “I will support your people in whatever they need to be freed from the grasp of King James.” The Tsar and Prince Bernard began to discuss the deal further for what is believed to have been another hour. Terms of support for the rebel group had been reached by the Tsardom.


Tsar Pyotr II’s Palace in Glavnaya, Radena


Offer of trade with the Republic of Itherae

It was not long ago that the Tsardom had been sent an official request from the Republic of Itherae promising the exchange of 3,500,00 tons of food in exchange for $10,000,000. Having no issues with the small republic and considering them to be neither an enemy or friend, but a potential trading partner, the offer was quickly accepted by the Foreign Ministry aftering being approved by the Ministry of Economics.
The Tsardom of Radena

1900


Tensions in the East

The Eastern edges of the Tsardom, home to the Meung and Hironese, are suddenly on the verge of conflict. Recent ambassadors and representatives from Meung have recently come to request the mediation of such potential conflict between the two potential allies, in hopes of reaching a deal that could be arguably far more fair for all parties involved. Abhorring the idea of another conflict breaking out so close to home and after much deliberation between the Tsar and the Imperial Ministry, a decisive conclusion was reached.

In order to avoid showing favoritism to either the Hironese of Meung, Ambassador Yeryomin Vladimirovich, a native Radenan, was sent to officially accept the offer. The Tsardom hoped that ultimately, whatever conclusion was reached, that it would cement the Tsardoms ever growing influence in the Settumese territories.

Trade with the Zellonians

A recent request from the Zellonian ambassador was received by the Economics Ministry, requesting the trade of rubber resources for machine parts. Though the need for machine parts was ever growing in the Tsardom itself, it was not so desperate to trade another limited resource such as rubber to the Zellonians. Head of the Ministry of Economics gave an official response to the Zellonian Ambassador rather quickly, mentioning “The sale of such resources as rubber at the moment is not something we can so readily give away for a resource we are not in desperate need for. If the Zellonians would like to renegotiate the deal and offer both a more worthwhile resource to trade and a precise amount of rubber they wish to receive in exchange for that resource, then the Tsardom will be open to such a deal.”

Armament of the military

The soldiers of Radena were not well armed, and with the recent purchase of weaponry by the Hironese military many troops would need to be rearmed in the face of any potential future threats. The Radenan military sent out a request to Radenan Arms manufacturers for the production of 200,000 Kirov.88 rifles by the end of next year. A request from the Ministry of Economics was also officially sent out that requested any and all willing countries and global manufacturers who wish to sell their weaponry for a reasonable price to make an offer to the Tsardom.
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The Tsardom of Radena

1900


News of peace in the West

Peace between the Zellonians and Osladian-Kalpian powers had finally been reached. A devastating conflict, that in the eyes of many Radenans, brought about the needless deaths of thousands in an almost brutish fashion. The Tsar himself commented on the issue directly, “The war the Zellonians fought against the Osladians and Kalpians shows just how far man is willing to go to win a war. Such brutality in a conflict should have never seen the light of day. The tactics used by the Osladians especially throughout the war is deplorable, the fact that no definite resolution on such issues having not been reached is despicable. While Radena will accept this peaceful resolution to the conflict to be absolute, it will not accept that the methods used by such countries to be justified. We can only implore upon the greater powers of the world to go about seeing an end to such unsightly and dishonorable forms of violence in the future.”

Headlines throughout Radena for the next week read “Peace in the west”, “Oslad bloodies its hands no more”, and “Zellonians stands their ground, a second chance at peace”. Opinions of the Osladian government and her people only continued to be soured, especially among the Radenan upper and middle class. Fears of the new Osladian government, one seemingly more militaristic than ever before had many worried. Some pieces even referred to the Osladian Prime Minister as “democracy gone awry”, one opinion piece that had gain significant popularity had this to say on the new Osladian Prime Minister:

Prime Minister Yegorov, a man of such honorable names as the ‘Count of Black’, has been recently awarded the highest position among the Osladian government, second only to their Tsar. A man of whom so affectionately referred to the Zellonian King as the ‘Mad King’, despite King James being beloved by his people, and whom has refused to acknowledge the wrongdoings that Oslad had committed during the war against Zellonia. His rise to power however, can be of no surprise. For the ‘Count of Black’ is a precautionary tale, one that every Radenan must hear, for it tells of the many failures of democracy. Bloody and dishonorable, this is the kind of man whom’s ideas will bring about an end to a civilized continent.
The Tsardom of Radena

1900


Yevstingey Vintovka Model 1


“600 meters?” Questioned General Stepanov, an experienced and well trained rifleman who was given authority by the Tsar to inspect the proposed model rifles from the Radenan arms companies.

“600 is correct, we here focused on the requested specifications from the authority of the Tsar himself. Light weight, simple design, and as your men likely have found out awfully sturdy for a rifle of its making and design. Perfect for withstanding temperatures both freezing cold and blazing hot. Wetlands or desert. It functions as intended.” Commented Remizov Yevstigney, a native Radenan Entrepreneur and owner of the fledgling arms company Yevstigney International. To him, this was his chance for his business to finally get a foothold in the national market and possibly even become an internationally recognized.

General Stepanov continued to inspect the rifle, going through its design. The quality of the rifle itself was nothing impressive, but the rifle was not intended to innovate. It relied upon safe and effective designs, from tried and true methods. “It’s a fine weapon Mr. Yevstigney, but it certainly could be better. With your competitor's design still in the works, I think it would be awfully hasty to put your design onto the field so quickly. In the meantime, I suggest improving upon the accuracy of the rifle itself. It may take a beating, but if it can’t hit the enemy then it has the same combat effectiveness as a wooden stick.”

Mr. Yevstigney let out a simple sigh. “I understand your concerns and reasoning. We hope to have improved upon the rifle’s design in due time. Until then General I wish you good luck in your endeavors.”


The Tsardom of Radena

1900


The Sosodrov Crisis of 1874


The year 1874, was a dreaded time for the Radenans, bringing back memories of nearly two hundred thousand dead and a humiliation like none other. The city of Sergat, formerly known as Sosodrov, had long been part of the Tsardom of Radena ever since the year 1645. Originally constructed as a military outpost with a small village attached to accommodate the families of the men stationed there, the population mostly consisted of two hundred native Radenans, a fourth of which actively served in the army.

This soon changed a little over a hundred years later, when massive gold deposits were discovered within a small mine near the city. This naturally attracted the attention of thousands of young and ambitious men, beginning to what is often referred to as the Great Migration. At first most migrants were native Radenans from nearby, bolstering the population by nearly twenty thousand. By the time five years have passed though, the population had grown to nearly a hundred thousand, most immigrants from the nearby countries of Kalpia and Kuralov. The city had little issues with the sudden influx of immigration at first, but over time the wealth began to run dry.

By 1843, nearly half the population had left the once prosperous city of Sosodrov leaving behind the many who were far too poor to leave themselves, most of which were native Kalpians. Feelings of being disenfranchised and abandoned by the Tsardom and with little help to revive the once prosperous and great city rebellion was almost inevitable.

December 8th, 1873 the citizens of Sosodrov, mostly native Kalpians seized the fortification along the city's walls, killing 8 Radenan soldiers in the process, and reportedly shouted the following from the rooftops “If Radena will not acknowledge the troubles of Sosodrov, then our fellow kin in the Republic of Kalpia surely shall!” Radenan troops quickly moved into the city to quell any sense of nationalism among the population, but by January 3rd 1874 the Kalpian Republic officially proclaimed the city of Sosodrov to be rightfully Kalpian and announced that the Tsardom Radena has invaded Kalpian lands. The war had begun.


Artist depiction of the “Sosodrov Rebellion”


It wasn’t long, before Kalpia responded to the Radenan presence within the city, nearly two thousand troops had garrisoned along the city caught unaware. By the time night had fallen that day, all but thirty Radenan soldiers had survived. This marked the first, in a long series of losing battles against the surprising military powerhouse of Kalpia. Both their discipline and skill in combat had proved to be a challenging foe to the Radenan army. Within the month, the cities of Melda, Canva, and Polnov have fallen.

By the time a year had passed, a military strategy was proposed by General Kalashnik Leonidovich, a well respected member of the Tsar’s old guard. The plan itself proposed the giving up expendable, yet seemingly strategic cities along the border in the north, such as Abocel and Zamocin. Once accomplished, utilizing overwhelming numbers, the troops would take advantage of the then stretched Kalpian lines, eventually cutting off Kalpian forces from the rest of their army entirely through one solid offensive. However, while strategically sound, the offer itself was outright denied by acting Mareșal Nosov Leonidovich, brother to the general due to seemingly unknown reasons. Rumors say it as an attempt to humiliate General Kalashnik Leonidovich, others that elder brother Mareșal Nosov Leonidovich truly questioned the viability of the plan.

With General Kalashnik Leonidovich's plans shelved and untouched, Mareșal Nosov Leonidovich given unconditional control of the Tsar’s Army proposed a different solution. Believing the Kalpian victories to be a simple fluke, and the fault of incompetent generals, such as his brother, he believed that the Kalpians would not be able to break the line holding onto Abocel and Glavnaya. However he believed that being desperate to make ground, they would likely attempt an assault in the north, as striking at the heart of the Tsardom of Radena would prove to daunting of a challenge for such a weak and dishonorable republic. As a result, he proposed weakening the southern front and leaving Glavnaya lightly defended, anticipating an assault on Abocel within the coming months.


Mareșal Nosov Leonidovich, circa 1873


This battle however did not come. As months passed and troops continued to be shipped north, the Kalpians noticed the slowly dwindling count of divisions along the southern line. Thus enacting a final push towards Glavnaya, resulting in a bloody campaign to the capital of the Tsardom lasting three weeks. Eventually ending with the Siege of Glavnaya and the burning of the Tsar’s Palace. With the capital occupied and the Tsar himself forced to flee the city to safety, by the time a week had passed offers of surrender were sent to Kalpia. The Treaty of Jovington was signed, officially ceding the city of Sosodrov to the Republic Kalpia, as well as forcing the Tsardom to pay $50,000,000 worth of reparations, officially putting an end to the long and humiliating conflict.


Treaty of Jovington

The Tsardom of Radena

1900


The Zellonian War


It was not long after the first attempts at conducting a “hit and run tactic” along the southern Zellonian Line that General Leventy Gerasimov, a veteren of the Radenan-Kalpian war and experienced commander realized that such strategies would not work on so small of a front. It was then that he wrote back to Martyushev Borislav Andreevich, Appointed General of the Army he commented on a revised strategy alongside the I Memoital Corps.

Dear General Andreevich,

I am well aware of the effectiveness of hit-and-run tactics against Radenan enemies such as the Kalpians during times where troops are often times outnumbered or outmatched. However, it can not be stressed enough the necessity of such tactics to be implemented in regions or areas where the vastness of the land before the invading army is to much for them to properly or effectively protect. The battleground in Zellonia, calls for a different kind of warfare. One such battleground where every offensive counts, and that men can not flee so easily as they would in Radena.

As such, I’ve decided to use my own sense of intuition to begin a strong offensive against the Osladian troops alongside the I Memoital Corps. Men who have challenged the Osladian army for some time now. Trusting that the offensive will either break the Oslad line or cause a great deal of casualties.

Regards,
General Gerasimov of the Radenan Volunteer Army



The Tsardom of Radena

1900


The Bloodied hands of Oslad


It was just recently that the Tsar had heard of the atrocities committed by the Osladians in the lands of Zellonia. An act so deplorable, he struggled to even acknowledge their shared ancestry and culture. The crowd stared up upon his grand balcony, to which had been perfectly set up to give clear and precise speeches to the people below. A large crowd of around two thousand had gathered to hear the word of the Tsar, in a week likely well over twenty million would have heard, by the end of the month the entirety of the Tsardom itself. He audibly began to clear his throat to the public, before beginning to speak.

“It has become clear to me, that our Eastern brothers have become misguided and mislead into committing unbelievable and deplorable atrocities within the Kingdom of Zellonia. Such acts that go beyond the agreed upon rules of warfare, that the civilized nations of the world follow without question. Unfortunately, so enamored with blood and imperialism are the Slads of the West that they know not apparently the difference between a woman, a child and Zellonian soldier. These brave men defending their homeland do not deserve to have their loved ones butchered and burned and raped, and this Tsardom will not stand for it.

If our brothers to the East can not conduct war in the manner of a country from the Continent, then they shall be treated no better than the uncivilized tribes of Serranthia and the inward looking dynasties of Settumu. They relinquish the rights given upon the nations of the Continent through these vile acts and are no better than the uncivilized peoples slowly counting away the days until they finally experience the enlightenment brought to the Continent.”


Nearly 2,000 bystanders stand outside of Tsar Pyotr II’s Palace, January 28th 1900

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