Okay...some more background and other stuff until I can put together some more troops.The Continent
is a large tract of land occupied by the Continental
factions. Rough faction maps below, courtesy of the Pax Universalis map made by Tau. There will be more factions added in time, but for now these are the 'main' ones I will be working on.
For many centuries the Dominion of Verd
(Green) dominated both the lands and the politics of the Continent, and commanded a large share of maritime trade through its many colonies. Right up until the late 1600s no other power could stand against it.
In 1732, the states to the East of Verd formed the Verlindan Coalition
to counter the Verdan army campaigning across the mountains into their land. In early battles the rabble-like Coalition army was beaten and turned back, but in 1735 Duke Oswel Vondaman led an army across the seas and landed on the undefended Verdan coast. A small army send from the Verdan capital was utterly routed at the Battle of Varibello
, and the Duke moved his army West to liberate the Hoskav States
from Verdan rule. The Hoskavinians became staunch allies of the Verlindans, and notably carried away the Verdan flank with a ferocious charge at the Battle of Monte Jineia
in 1739. The Verdans managed to hold off further Verlindan and Hoskavinian advances, but failed to retake the lands that they had lost. The Coalition retained a sizeable chunk of land when the Dominion of Verd concluded a peace treaty in 1743.
By the turn of the century, the Verlindan Coalition had coalesced into the Verlindan Empire
(Black), under the rule of Emperor Garwein Magnus, and the Hoskav States had reformed into Hoskavinia
(Blue). They initially maintained an uneasy peace with the Verdans, but when a fresh and devastating attack rolled into the Dominion from the Carrondelle Republic
(Yellow), the Empire seized its chance and resumed military action against the weakened Dominion, forming a temporary but frictious alliance with the Carondelles.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Pendria
(Red) had been dispatching privateers in peacetime to raid merchant shipping, and in 1799 a Pendrian fleet had taken an Imperial colony in L'Aestus
(Not shown). Following this, the Verlindan Empire had initiated a naval war with Pendria, but suffered a massive defeat at the Battle of Sweeping Strait
(1801), when 23 Verlindan ships-of-the-line were thoroughly outmanouevred and beaten by 19 Pendrian line-of-battle ships. To add insult to injury, in 1802 Verlindan merchants noticed that the Hoskavinian shipyards were building frigates for the Pendrians, and outfitting them with cannon and powder. The Empire promptly declared war and initiated a third front, striking West into Hoskavinia to meet with initial success.