Demonstrating an unstinting familial loyalty, Duke Kristian von Pfalz-Zwiebacken today announced his support for the continued claim of his neighbour and fellow Wittelsbach cousin, Duke Ignaz von Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn, to the Lordship of Dolmen, now militarily contested by the forces of Prince Friedrich von Waldreck.
The statement of Duke Kristian, while not entirely unexpected, offers the first piece of unalloyed good political news to court of Duke Ignaz, rocked by the week-long riots in the capital city of Hunsruck and the nearly simultaneous news of the Waldrecker invasion of Dolmen, in several weeks. With several regiments now surrounding the beleaguered garrison of Festung Dolmen, this diplomatic support for the claims of Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn is a definite boon to the efforts of Duke Ignaz's diplomats in the other courts of Europe.
The Duchy of Pfalz-Zwiebacken borders both Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn and the Principality of Waldreck along their southern frontiers, providing alternate avenues of advance to any planned movement of forces from or into Waldreck, greatly facilitating either attempts to relieve the beleaguered Festung Dolmen or to drive on the capital of Waldreck, Bruttig, itself.
While the prospect of military aid to Duke Ignaz was not explicitly raised by Duke Kristian in his proclamation, most observers find that prospect unlikely. Pfalz-Zwiebacken has for all intents been a Gallian protectorate since the end of the War of Palatinate Succession, and its newest and best equipped regiment, the Royal Deux-Fours, is in Gallian pay and attached to the army of the Prince de Soubise in Saxony. However, military experts note that its status as a de facto Bourbon protectorate makes it most unlikely that Pfalz-Zwiebacken would be used by Waldrecker forces as an avenue of advance into Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn.