Welcome to Charlemagne's Heirs, a hopefully epic series of posts about the restoration of the Vermandois branch of Charlemagne's family to their rightful place as rulers of the Frankish peoples and Holy Roman Emperor.
Brief History Lesson!
was a Frankish King in the late 8th and early 9th centuries. The Franks, a Germanic people who inhabited the eastern bits of modern France and western Germany were one of the many barbarian tribes that attacked the decaying Western Roman empire and established a Kingdom of their own by the 6th century. Charlemagne himself was the grandson of Charles Martel (the Hammer) who halted Muslim expansion into Western Europe at the battle of Tours. After inheriting his father's crown and outlasting his rival brother, Charlemagne proceeded to kick ass and take names, expanding the Frankish kingdom to a kind of ridiculous size (correct me if I'm wrong, but I think no one controlled that much of Western Europe again until Napoleon):
In 800 AD he was crowned Emperor of the Romans by Pope Leo III after interceding against the Italians on the Pope's behalf. While this wasn't technically the title of Holy Roman Emperor, for the purposes of game mechanics, we're going to pretend it was. It was the forerunner to the eventual position, so we'll call it good.
Unfortunately for Charlemagne, despite having 20 children, within 250 years his male line had been reduced to one relatively small family with a territory just outside Paris. The Count of Vermandois Herbert IV
and his brothers Odo and Pierre. He also had one son, also named Odo who became the last of the Carolingian dynasty.
Our goal is to restore the Carolingian Dynasty to its former heights and reclaim the crown of King of the Franks (we'll call it France) and title of Holy Roman Emperor! And then we'll see what other crazy shit we can do and possibly liberalize the Kingdom or make it a cruel fascist despotism or lots of other things. Possibilities are largely endless.
This is a Let's Play, right? Where's the game?
Game? Not game! Games! We'll be playing through Paradox Entertainment/Interactive's epic series of historical simulations, beginning in 1066 with Herbert IV and going through the middle of the 20th Century. The games are:
(1066-1399) with Deus Vult expansion.
Europa Universalis III
(1399-1821) with Napoleon's Ambition, In Nomine, and Heir to the Throne expansions.
(1836-1936 technically, we can probably use some modding to make it 1821-1936 and make things right) with its expansion, Revolutions.
Hearts of Iron... 2?
(1936-whenever the major world war we'll trigger ends) with whatever expansions HoI experts feel are recommended. I personally don't even own this game.
Wait, what? You don't own one of the games you're LPing?
Indeed I do not. For this is not just an LP. It's a Succession game! I'll be playing Herbert IV. When Herbert dies, someone will pick up with whichever one of his families members inherits his throne. Which should be Odo the Younger, unless he dies first. When Odo dies (assuming he does inherit) a third person will take over with his heir, and so on until we a) lose interest or b) have to start recycling people. EU3 also has monarchs and a similar method will apply. Victoria we'll have to jury rig something, especially if we switch to a more democratic form of government but we'll do what we can.
Anything else we should know?
A list of updates will be in the post below this one, so please leave that one for me. And the third post as well, if you would for the first actual update.
Here's our thread
on Paradox games in general.
our Crusader Kings thread.
There are three inspirations for this idea:
1) Fintilgin's Jerusalem
thread, where he makes Jerusalem a kind of ridiculous empire.
2) Wiz's unbelievable Hohenzollern
thread, which got me interested in these games to begin with.
3) The ongoing Serbia
succession game/LP on SA's forums.
Any audience participation?
While waiting for your King to show up, I highly recommend to all current rulers allowing some decisions to be made by the thread at large. There are more options for such things in future games (National Ideas, for example), but for this one major decisions can be offered to the thread for commentary and voting and what not.
How do we claim characters?
1. People can claim characters as I post the family tree (in the next post) and whoever ends up surviving to inherit the throne gets to be the next player. When your current character dies you can choose a new person.
2. We just make a list and go in order.
I think I mildly prefer option 1, but I'll leave it up to whoever reads the thread!