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

Prerequisites[edit]

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 5 years.
+2.0% has a new dynasty ruling.
+1.0% has a stability of less than 1.
+1.0% has a legitimacy of less than 90.
+1.0% has no heir.
At least one of the following is true is true for Flag of Denmark Denmark:
  • has an ongoing disaster.
  • has a regency council.
  • has a religious unity of 100%.


Start[edit]

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 ‘The Count's Feud’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
Support the new monarch

Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 1) rise in revolt, occupy and add 20% unrest in 2 random European provinces of Denmark.

Event button 547.png
Support the pretender

If Flag of Denmark Denmark:

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • gets a new ruler with:
    • an Administrative power.png administrative skill of at least 2,
    • a Diplomatic power.png diplomatic skill of at least 3,
    • a Military power.png military skill of at least 2.

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

  • then strengthen Monarchists in power by 20000%.

Noble rebels.png Noble rebels (size 2) rise in revolt in 2 random European provinces of Denmark.

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]

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 Denmark had chosen the option “Support the new monarch” of the “Count's Feud” event

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

If Denmark had chosen the option “Support the pretender” of the “Count's Feud” event

  • then 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...
 
Trigger conditions

This event fires only once.

Is triggered only by

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


Event button 547.png
Ok

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • gains Prestige.png5 prestige.

Every European province of Denmark:

  • loses Local unrest.png5 local unrest.

End[edit]

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 Prestige.png10 prestige.
  • gains Icon legitimacy monarchy.png10 legitimacy.
  • gains Gold Icon.png50 ducats.

Related events[edit]

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.
 
Trigger conditions

This country:

  • is Flag of Sweden Sweden.
  • is not at war with Denmark.
  • is not allied with Denmark.
  • is not a subject of Denmark.
  • has an opinion towards Denmark of at least 80.

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • has ‘The Count's Feud’ disaster.
  • has an opinion towards Sweden of at least 80.

This event fires only once.

Mean time to happen

200 months


Event button 547.png
Support the rebels

If Denmark had chosen the option “Support the new monarch” of the “Count's Feud” event then:

Flag of Denmark Denmark gains the opinion modifier “Supported Rebels” towards Sweden, worth Opinion.png −50 opinion for 10 years with a yearly decay of +5.

Event button 547.png
Support the Danish monarch

Flag of Denmark Denmark:

  • gains the opinion modifier “Supported the Danish monarch” towards Sweden, worth Opinion.png +50 opinion for 10 years with a yearly decay of −5.
  • gets the Msg event.png event ‘Sweden supports the Danish monarch’.
Event button 547.png
Do nothing

Flag of Sweden Sweden loses Prestige.png1 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!

Denmark gained the opinion modifier “Supported Rebels” towards Sweden:

  • worth Opinion.png −50 opinion for 10 years with a yearly decay of +5.
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!

Denmark gained the opinion modifier “Supported the Danish monarch” towards Sweden:

  • worth Opinion.png +50 opinion for 10 years with a yearly decay of −5.

Footnotes[edit]

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