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The nobility was not fully subjugated during this age and the nobles could and did strike independent alliances with foreign princes. The crowns of Europe might not have liked it but they were normally hard pressed to prevent these kinds of activities.
We have been contacted by a group of [dissidents_in_here.GetAdjective] dissidents who claim to have a vast network of support ready to force the [dissidents_in_here.GetAdjective] [dissidents_in_here.Monarch.GetTitle] to adopt a pro-[Root.GetAdjective] course if we can just provide them with some cash. Although they are most likely lying, their claims have excited many influential people at our court. Supporting these dissidents probably won't accomplish anything other than antagonizing [dissidents_in_here.GetUsableName] but turning them down could give a bad impression.
has a ruler with an administrative skill of less than 3.
gets the opinion modifier ‘Supports Dissidents’ for 10 years towards the country worth -60 opinion, decaying by 2 per year.
loses 10 prestige.
Bribes and other incentives have never been an uncommon practice before an election. It's also well known that influential people, even in our own court, have resorted to such practices in hope of changing the outcome of the election in their favor.
1 random elector gets the opinion modifier ‘Accepted Bribe’ towards the country for 10 years worth +40 opinion, decaying by 2 per year.
Bribes are beyond me.
gains 10 prestige.
1 random elector gets the opinion modifier ‘Declined Bribe’ towards the country for 10 years worth −40opinion, decaying by 2 per year.
Claims on Our Rivals!
Too long has [claims_province.Owner.GetUsableName] threatened our borders! But no more: We have managed to produce very legitimate documents which show that we have a historical claim on [claims_province.GetName]!
gets the modifier ‘Competent Diplomacy’ for 5 years, with the following effect:
+10% improve relations.
the country's ruler has the ‘Silver Tongue’ personality.
Silver, not silk!
gets the modifier ‘Competent Diplomacy’ for 10 years, with the following effect:
+10% improve relations.
It is almost inconceivable how incompetent $MONARCH$ is when handling diplomacy. We do not know how $RULER_S_PRONOUN$ did it, but $RULER_S_PRONOUN$ managed to hurt our diplomatic standing in the world with a single letter of apology to an ambassador.
gets the modifier ‘Incompetent Diplomacy’ for 5 years, with the following effect:
−10% improve relations.
We have found common ground with our [neighbour_country.GetAdjective] neighbors in the fact that we share the [Root.Religion.GetName] faith. Our relations have improved, and our two nations now look to the future as one.
A random rival of the country that fulfills the above conditions:
gets the opinion modifier ‘Golden Privateers’ towards the country for 10 years worth −40 opinion with a yearly decay of 2.
The East-India Trading Company is lobbying among our politicians for a military intervention in India. They claim that in order to protect our interests in Asia we need to assume control over more lands.
The country gets a claim on 1 random province in Bengal (region), Coromandel or Western India that:
is not a core province of the country,
is not owned by the country,
is owned by a country that has neither:
the modifier ‘Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie’
nor enacted the decision ‘Found Indian Trade Company’.
Support for Revolution Overseas
As the revolutionary war between our rivals in [enemy_country.GetUsableName] and their enemies in [former_colony.GetName] continues, more and more people in our country voice their opinion that we shall not stay idle but instead help those who struggle for freedom in the colonies.
A delegation from the Five Nations of the Iroquois has made the arduous oversea journey and arrived in [Root.Capital.GetCapitalName] intending to form an alliance with us, and have unintentionally become a sensation. Our commoners wave and cheer as they ride our streets in royal carriages and our nobles compete for the privilege of entertaining these 'Four Kings' of the Mohawks.
They cast an imposing figure, much taller than our average man and they wear black breeches, vests, and stockings and over this they all wear scarlet cloaks trimmed with gold. They have dark skin, dark eyes and fantastic tattoos like we've never seen before. They do not speak our tongue, but after an exchange of gifts they had a speech read on their behalf, asking for better relations and help against our common enemies, telling us of their plight and bringing some members of our court to tears. They have made quite an impression.