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With the fall of Constantinople to the Turks, Genoese trade from the Black Sea was threatened. The economic influence of Italian merchants diminished after the Ottoman gained control of the inlet to the sea, and the final provinces were lost in 1455.
An emissary from the Merchant Republic of Genoa has appeared at the court. They are asking for exclusive trading privileges through the Bosphorus. They claim that it is their right and that we will prosper by their proposal.
There will be a small increase in Genoese Trade Power in Constantinople.
The Ottomans refuse!
The Ottoman Empire refused our demands to give us privileged trade access through the Bosphorus. They are outraged about our lack of understanding of politics, and there were some advisors urging the Sultan to start a war
In 1407, Ufficio di San Giorgio began a banking business, lending money to its shareholders and providing services such as bills of exchange. By 1437, the bank also managed the mint. Continued state borrowing and undercapitalization brought the bank down in 1444. What shall we do?
The division between the Pope and the Emperor had started in the late 11th century, and technically ended in 1122, but the division between Guelphs and Ghibellines persisted in Italy for centuries afterward, being a constant factor in dividing the city-states internally and keeping Italy weak. The Guelphs were the supporters of the Pope, while the Ghibellines supported the Emperor. In the 15th century, the Guelphs had switched allegiance to the French instead, as they started to take an interest into Italy.
Andrea Doria belonged to a branch of the old de Auria family. He lost his noble parents at an early age and became a soldier of fortune, serving first the Pope and then the French. He became famous as a naval commander, waging war on the Turks and the Barbary pirates. He was behind the rise of the Genoese republic after years of occupation by French and Imperial forces.
Andrea Doria refused several offers to become Doge of Genoa, but eventually accepted the position of perpetual censor, and exercised a significant influence in the councils of the republic. He was given several palaces and many other privileges for his service to the Republic, and even the title of Liberator et Pater Patriae.
Genoa was a small merchant republic on the Mediterranean, while France and Spain grew into powerful nations with great interest in Italy. The famous condottieri Andrea Doria of Genoa served first France and then Spain in various wars.\nWhat shall we do?
gets the opinion modifier “Legacy of Andrea Doria” towards Genoa for 25 years, worth +25 opinion with a yearly decay of 1.
The Golden Age of Genoese Bankers
The Genoese bankers financed many of the Spanish crown's foreign endeavors. Some historians even called this period of time the Age of the Genoese. Several brilliant palaces were built during this era along the Strada Nuova, but it did not last forever, as when the Turks took Chios, then Genoese trade empire in the eastern Mediterranean collapsed.