The Holy Roman Empire had no official national flag but rather an imperial banner associated with the person of the Holy Roman Emperor. From around 1430, the banner’s basic design was a gold field with a black double-headed eagle in the centre, sometimes adorned with haloes and the escutcheon of the reigning Emperor.
Oh, race of Franks, race from across the mountains, race chosen and beloved by Godas shines forth in very many of your works set apart from all nations by the situation of your country, as well as by your catholic faith and the honor of the holy church! To you our discourse is addressed and for you our exhortation is intended. We wish you to know what a grievous cause has led us to Your country, what peril threatening you and all the faithful has brought us.
From the confines of Jerusalem and the city of Constantinople a horrible tale has gone forth and very frequently has been brought to our ears, namely, that a race from the kingdom of the Persians, an accursed race, a race utterly alienated from God, a generation forsooth which has not directed its heart and has not entrusted its spirit to God, has invaded the lands of those Christians and has depopulated them by the sword, pillage and fire; it has led away a part of the captives into its own country, and a part it has destroyed by cruel tortures; it has either entirely destroyed the churches of God or appropriated them for the rites of its own religion. They destroy the altars, after having defiled them with their uncleanness. They circumcise the Christians, and the blood of the circumcision they either spread upon the altars or pour into the vases of the baptismal font. When they wish to torture people by a base death, they perforate their navels, and dragging forth the extremity of the intestines, bind it to a stake; then with flogging they lead the victim around until the viscera having gushed forth the victim falls prostrate upon the ground. Others they bind to a post and pierce with arrows. Others they compel to extend their necks and then, attacking them with naked swords, attempt to cut through the neck with a single blow. What shall I say of the abominable rape of the women? To speak of it is worse than to be silent. The kingdom of the Greeks is now dismembered by them and deprived of territory so vast in extent that it can not be traversed in a march of two months. On whom therefore is the labor of avenging these wrongs and of recovering this territory incumbent, if not upon you? You, upon whom above other nations God has conferred remarkable glory in arms, great courage, bodily activity, and strength to humble the hairy scalp of those who resist you.
Sweden played a big part in the downfall of the HRE, as you probably know
We were very lucky to have the lion from the north and Oxenstierna
In many ways yes they payed us to wage war and so we did but there was no delusion as to the relationship we new what they wanted and we knew what we wanted: control over the baltic and lots of money (or if you belive the offical excuse to secure the baltic to prevent a catholic invasion) and we did get our on seat at the negotions table so we were always acting out of our own interest (gaining land in the baltic) which materialized in the shape of the swedish empire... which fell appart in less than a century... at least in this world it fell
I like Sweden, though, don't get me wrong! ^^
Would've been very interesting if they had remained/consolidated as a great power.
And you play EU4? It has a great painting of Gustavus in the loading screen, as you probably know ^^
Odds are we woul've take more territories in the baltic maybe even norway and if things went really well prussia
Indeed and ironically I find it increadibly hard to play as sweden in it.
Anyway, in real life, Sweden may have secured its "empire"-status for much longer if they had done the Great Northern War differently or not at all.
I really understand how awful diplomacy was at that time, and how easily you got problems
with other states...the local princes of the Reich were too strong for unity.
And my second-best game was as the Palatinate, uniting Germany, and then vassalizing all of Europe (Belgium controlled all of France as a German vassal, Byzantium had the entire Eastern Roman Empire as a German vassal, etc) and expanding east into Russia. At the end, Germany extended from the North Sea to the Ural mountains and had vassalized all of Europe except Britain and much of the Middle-east and Northern Africa Good times haha
I also thought about adding a mod, but it would mean I must play in English :/
I must do the same as you XD But the states can be so aggressive lol.
A good mod for EU3 is Death&Taxes, but yes it's only in English...
Yea I admit the Palatinate game was difficult, cause you start with only 3 territories (which are separated too) and surrounded by stronger states: France is very close and eager to take stuff in the HRE, Bavaria is very close too and they usually declare war on the Palatinate very early in the game, Austria and Bohemia are also very close and one of them usually offers an alliance and then declares war on the other... So it wasn't easy But I united Germany somewhere in the 1530's, still way before it happened in reality XD Great feeling, to rise from a minor 3-province country to a united German state and then conquer Europe and populate it with German vassal states
The states I played in EU3 are: Austria (formed HRE), France, Castile (formed Spain), Burgundy, Brabant (formed Belgium in D&T), Lüneburg (formed Westphalia), Bavaria (formed Germany), Tuscany (formed Italy), Savoy, Taira (formed Japan) and Korea... Never Byzantium to form the Roman Empire, come to think of it...
Also, I don't know if you can do this in EU4, but in EU3 it's very easy to add music to the playlist. So I added a bunch of German and Austrian marching songs while playing as Austria/HRE and the Palatinate/Germany.. Adds another layer of awesomeness