Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Waldrecker Forces Occupy Dolmen

Declaring that "the spread of Hunsrucker unrest into the territories rightfully appertaining to the serene majesty of Waldreck must be strangled in its crib," F├╝rst Friedrich von Waldreck today ordered his troops to occupy the disputed Lordship of Dolmen, declaring martial law throughout the province and ordering his forces to secure the town of Dolmen and the lightly garrisoned fortress.

Waldrecker cavalry forces bearing the black lion banner of Waldreck raced across the frontier today, seizing bridges and crossroads, while at least two regiments of infantry, the von Sickingen and von Kreuznicht regiments being confirmed, mustered and marched close behind, leading many observers to conclude that the mobilisation orders must have been dispatched days ago. Communications with Festung Dolmen, garrisoned by two companies of the vom und zum Riesling infantry regiment, have been cut off, and it is unknown as of press time whether the garrison holds out against this surprise attack.

The Lordship of Dolmen, an exclave historically held in fief by the Bishops of Kognat, but whose passage to the Dukes of Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn with the secularised territories of the Bishopric was not explicitly granted in the imperial edict creating the duchy in the reign of Kaiser Leopold, sits on the north bank of the Mosel, over 40 miles from the main territory of the Duchy of Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn, and is known chiefly for its pottery and earthenware industry, which Duke Ignaz has, in recent years, been attempting to develop to a Saxon quality of chinaware.

The Lordship was created originally in the reign of the Elector Palatine Friedrich III as partial compensation to Ulrich Fugger for the fabulous bequest of his personal library to the Biblioteka Palatina. Upon the extinction of the Protestant branch of the Fuggers, the Fugger family pledged the fief to the Church, donating it to the Bishops of Kognat, shortly before the secularisation of the bishopric in the Peace of Westphalia. The last Bishop of Kognat during the Thirty Years' War, though, was a Waldrecker on his mother's side, and the Waldreck family has persisted in its claim to the lands since that time.


Bluebear Jeff said...

Herzog Ingnatz, I am particularly intrigued by your "black lion banner of Waldreck".

Is the banner black? Or the lion?

I would very much like to see what this banner looks like. Is there any chance that you could post its likeness?

-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein


Snickering Corpses said...

A very interesting little historical sequence to give the reason for war, an a history of uncertain and defensible claims on either side. Well done.