The Count's Feud

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The Count's Feud
The kingdom of Denmark is being torn apart by supporters of its newly crowned king and the previously deposed Christian II.

The Count's Feud[1] is a Disaster.png disaster in Flag of Denmark Denmark during the Age of Reformation.png ‘Age of Reformation’.

Prerequisites[edit | edit source]

The country:

If these prerequisites are met, the monthly progress can begin.

Monthly progress starts if Monthly progress halts if

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

It is currently the Age of Reformation.png ‘Age of Reformation’.

Monthly
progress
Condition
+3.0% Ruler has reigned for less than Time Icon.png 5 years.
+2.0% has a new dynasty ruling.
+1.0% has less than Stability.png +1 stability.
+1.0% has less than Legitimacy.png 90 legitimacy.
+1.0% has no heir.
At least one of the following is true for Flag of Denmark Denmark:
  • has an ongoing disaster.
  • has a regency council.
  • has at least Religious unity.png 100% religious unity.


Start[edit | edit source]

If the progress reaches 100%, the disaster will start with the following event:

id

Msg event.pngCount's Feud

When Frederik I died in 1533 the bishops and most of the aristocracy were initially opposed to the election of his son Christian, duke of Holstein, as new king because he was a Lutheran. The burghers and peasants on their part wanted a return of the deposed Christian II who was imprisoned at Sønderborg. The mayors of Copenhagen and Malmö devised a plan together with the Hansa to free Christian II and turn the two largest Danish cities into partners of the Hanseatic League. The rebel forces were led by Count Christoffer of Oldenburg, thus the name 'Grevefejden' (The Count's Feud).
 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the start of Disaster.png "The Count's Feud" disaster.


Immediate effects

Flag of Denmark Denmark loses Stability.png 1 stability


Event button 547.png
Support the new monarch

Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 1), lead by "Christoffer von Oldenburg" rise in revolt, occupy and add Local unrest.png 20 unrest in two random owned European provinces.

Event button 547.png
Support the pretender

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • current ruler dies, if is not in a regency.
  • current heir dies, if has one.
  • gets a new ruler named 'Christoffer' of the 'von Oldenburg' dynasty with:
    • at least Administrative power.png 2 administrative skill,
    • at least Diplomatic power.png 3 diplomatic skill,
    • at least Military power.png 2 military skill.

If Flag of Denmark Denmark uses ‘Statists vs Monarchists’ mechanics:

  • then strengthen Monarchists in power by 100%.

Noble rebels.png Noble rebels (size 2) rise in revolt in two random owned European provinces.

While the disaster is ongoing, Flag of Denmark Denmark gets:

  • National unrest.png +7 national unrest.

Also the following Msg event.pngevents are triggered by a monthly pulse.

Monthly events[edit | edit source]

The weight that no event is triggered is 1000 and for each monthly event it is 100.

id

Msg event.pngIncreased Rebel Activities

Protesting the ascent of Christian III to the throne over the deposed Christian II, the peasants of Vendsyssel and North Jutland rose up against the nobles. The privateer captain Skipper Clement had instigated them at Count Christoffer's request and Aalborg became the rebel's headquarters. A large number of manors were burned down in northern and western Jutland due to this.
 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘The Count's Feud’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
Ok

If Flag of Denmark Denmark had chosen the option “Support the new monarch” during the starting event:

  • Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 1) rise in revolt in a random owned European province.

If Flag of Denmark Denmark had chosen the option “Support the pretender” during the starting event:

  • Noble rebels.png Noble rebels (size 1) rise in revolt in a random owned European province.
id

Msg event.pngSkipper Clement captured

Klemen 'Skipper Clement' Andersen was a privateer captain who had earlier been in Christian II's service and allied himself to Count Christoffer, Christian II's regent. He instigated the peasants of Vendsyssel and North Jutland to rise up against the nobles. On 16 October 1534 the Jutland nobility that had been sent to crush the revolt met Clement's peasant army, enforced with professional soldiers from Count Christoffer. The nobility army was thoroughly defeated at the Battle of Svenstrup and the revolting peasants controlled a major part of northern Jutland for a couple of months. Noblemen were expelled and their manor houses were burned down by the peasants. The peasant army proved to be too poorly armed and too undisciplined though and King Christian III of Denmark made a separate peace with Count Christoffer. General Johan Rantzau was sent to fight the peasant revolt. The peasant army had retreated to Aalborg and strengthened the defenses of the city but after a hard...
 
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘The Count's Feud’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
Ok

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • gains Yearly prestige.png 5 prestige.

Every owned European province:

  • loses Local unrest.png 5 local unrest.

Finishing conditions[edit | edit source]

If Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • does not have active noble rebels.
  • does not have active pretender rebels.
  • has a stability of 3.

then Denmark loses the above-mentioned effects and the following event is triggered:

id

Msg event.pngThe Aftermath

After the victory at Aalborg, General Rantzau and his army fought the Battle of Øksnebjerg on 11 June 1535. The rest of Count Christoffer's army was decisively defeated. Copenhagen and Malmö were able to hold out until 1536, when they were forced to capitulate after several months' siege. The Count's Feud was officially over. The nobles regrouped and healed the rifts through inter-marriage. The most powerful Danish nobility in Scania at this time, Bille and Brahe, protected their families and wealth through marriage. Beate Bille and Otte Brahe married to protect their families and formed a political alliance between the families with the marriage. The peasant consequences cost all parties dearly. Many were forced to purchase their lives with great gifts both to the king and to the nobles. The peasant's dissatisfaction was only made worse, as the nobility began to stick together even more after this incident. Christian III's rule saw the rise of royal absolutism in Denma...
 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the end of the ‘The Count's Feud’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
The Count's Feud is over

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • gains Yearly prestige.png 10 prestige.
  • gains Legitimacy.png 10 legitimacy.
  • gains Gold Icon.png 50 ducats.

Related events[edit | edit source]

id

Msg event.pngThe Count's Feud in Denmark

When Frederik I died in 1533 the bishops and most of the aristocracy were initially opposed to the election of his son Christian, duke of Holstein, as new king because he was a Lutheran. The burghers and peasants on their part wanted a return of the deposed Christian II who was imprisoned at Sønderborg. Both the new monarch and the pretender have sent emissaries to Sweden to ask for help.
 
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

This country:

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

Mean time to happen

200 months


Event button 547.png
Support the rebels

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • If had chosen the option “Support the new monarch” during the starting event:
    • gets the Msg event.png event "Sweden supports the Pretender".
    • Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 2) rise in revolt in a random owned European province.
    • Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 1) rise in revolt in another random owned European province.
  • If had chosen the option “Support the pretender” during the starting event:
    • Noble rebels.png Noble rebels (size 1) rise in revolt in two random owned European provinces.
  • gains the opinion modifier “Supported Rebels” (Opinion.png −50 Opinion / +5 Yearly decay / 10 Years) towards Flag of Sweden Sweden.
Event button 547.png
Support the Danish monarch

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • gains Infantry.png 1 infantry regiment in a random owned European province.
  • gains Cavalry.png 1 cavalry regiment in another random owned European province.
  • gains the opinion modifier “Supported the Danish monarch” (Opinion.png +50 Opinion / −5 Yearly decay / 10 Years) towards Flag of Sweden Sweden.
  • gets the Msg event.png event "Sweden supports the Danish monarch".
Event button 547.png
Do nothing

Flag of Sweden Sweden loses Yearly prestige.png 1 prestige.

id

Msg event.pngSweden supports the Pretender

The Swedish army sent to aid Christian III by the Swedish King Gustav Vasa invaded Scania at Loshult and plundered, burned, and murdered their way throughout the Gønge area as it advanced toward the town of Vä. Another Swedish army invaded and destroyed Halland by fire and sword later on. Tyge Krabbe in Helsingborg Castle supported Count Christoffer, the regent of Christian II while some of the Scanian nobles sided with the Swedes. The army of Danish nobles and Swedes advanced on Helsingborg in January 1535 while an army consisting of residents of Lübeck and Malmö under Jørgen Kock was entrenched outside of the castle. The castle's cannon suddenly opened fire against its defenders under order of Tyge Krabbe, who then opened the castle to the Swedes. His reward was a burnt down Helsingborg, a town reduced to ashes. Denmark east of the Sound was lost for Count Christoffer and Christian III.
 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

Event button 547.png
Horrible!
id

Msg event.pngSweden supports the Danish monarch

The Swedish army sent to aid Christian III by the Swedish King Gustav Vasa invaded Scania at Loshult and plundered, burned, and murdered their way throughout the Gønge area as it advanced toward the town of Vä. Another Swedish army invaded and destroyed Halland by fire and sword later on. Tyge Krabbe in Helsingborg Castle supported Count Christoffer, the regent of Christian II while some of the Scanian nobles sided with the Swedes. The army of Danish nobles and Swedes advanced on Helsingborg in January 1535 while an army consisting of residents of Lübeck and Malmö under Jørgen Kock was entrenched outside of the castle. The castle's cannon suddenly opened fire against its defenders under order of Tyge Krabbe, who then opened the castle to the Swedes. His reward was a burnt down Helsingborg, a town reduced to ashes. Denmark east of the Sound was lost for Count Christoffer and Christian III.
 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

Event button 547.png
Perfect!

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. See in /Europa Universalis IV/common/disasters/counts_feud.txt and for the events in /Europa Universalis IV/events/disaster_DAN_CountsFeud.txt.