The Office of the Serene Doge, Rodesia
The normally exquisite office of the Serene Doge, filled with it’s fine art and well-crafted architecture, was filled with tension in the air. The Doges of Rodesia, Milania, and Genia had gathered, as well as Admiral Meo Viari, General Ginario Barbaro, as well a few of the other advisers to the Serene Doge.
“The situation in Eastern Europe has gotten out of control. Echyan was to be our bulwark and source of influence in Eastern Europe, but the war is not developing in their favor.” said Donato “What options can you present to me?”
The Doge of Rodesia stood up spoke.
“The way as it is seen by the Three Doges as well as the rest of the adviser council, Ianian has three options. Our first is to continue to try to convince Echyan as well as now Olfua to sue for peace and attend the Pope’s conference. The second would be to join the war full force in support of Echyan. However well… Meo and Ginario?” said the Doge of Rodesia turned towards the two military leaders.
“I can have the Eastern Atlantic Fleet ready within the next few days, and Admiral Figiovanni can mobilize the Mediterranean fleet as well. We would have naval superiority within the week.” spoke the Admiral.
Ginario spoke next.
“While the navy may be ready for the war, the army still isn’t. Even if we were to have General Valier and his forces brought to the mainland or Linia, we still would not be able to match Redcliff’s forces. And it also highly likely that aggression like that on our part would draw the Pope into the war. “ said the General.
Donato paused for a minute, as if he was considering the options presented to him before.
“You said there was a third option Doge?” asked Donato, turning towards the Doge of Rodesia.
“Yes… The Akkadian Empire. They have condemned both Echyan and Oflua, but their alliance with Dashkatar is also drawing them towards supporting them in the war. If we were to make a sincere diplomatic effort with them we might be able to have them align with us instead, and our influence in Eastern Europe will remain.” said the Doge.
“Send a diplomatic party promptly then. For now we will try to push this war towards peace, but the Akkadian Empire might be our only hope for retaining our influence. Dismissed.” said Donato, as the various members of his cabinet left the room.