Bolivia, Principate of
Foundation: 1739-date (T205-date)
Capital: Trischka in Karanga
Religion: Roman Catholic
By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon
A Roman Catholic nation in western South America.
Still to be written.
Jesuits: Somewhere outside of the pestilential sprawl of London, amid green fields on a vast and well-ordered country estate, a conclave gathered in rapidly falling dusk. Countless candles and torches illuminated a long procession of potentates, kings, princes, priests from every corner of the globe. A simple shrine stood under the brow of a turfed hill, a gleaming marble statue of the Risen Christ standing alone on the altar, the dark, almost invisible shape of a simple wooden cross behind him.
The ceremony was short, entirely in archaic Church latin, and the man kneeling before the old priest bowed his newly tonsured head. "Do you accept the service of Christ, his Church and his people, forever?"
"I do," Vladimir Tukhachevsky answered, rising newly anointed, a prince of the Church, and now founder of the Society of Jesus. A white brand, a keen blade, by which the Catholic nations hoped to drive back the darkness and usher in a new, golden age.
Expansive support in gold, men, arms, materials (even entire corps of clerks, priests and librarians) were provided by all the Catholic realms save that of Judea, which was rather aloof from the proceedings. The Shawnee, however, more than made up for the lack - for the faith of the western kingdom was strong, and a bulwark against all darkness, be it of the Ice, or of Huss.
Bolivia: Diplomacy: Quillaca/Gaxan(f)
More of the huge mass of troops Thome had raised for the war agains the Ice were sent home, or given new farms and workshops. Work continued on the Lisbon Accords, in a sputtering, half-hearted way. There was just too much to do for messing about with standard sizes of glass canning jars. By dint of the Duke's presence (and enormous pressure) young Ramon was gotten a Quillacan wife, and that province came entirely under Thome's control.
Bolivia: Diplomacy: Pucara(f)
Secure in the peace he thought was prevailing in south America, the Duke saw fit to discharge more men from military service and provide them with land allotments in Quillaca and Arica. The ducal palace was also blessed with the birth of a son to prince Ramon and his wife, Maria Louisa.
1743 – 1744 T207
Principate of Bolivia: Diplomacy Uru(f), Aspero in Nazca(f)
Duke Thome continued his efforts to forge a modern state from the fractious and hide-bound Incan barons. He and his son Ramon visited the Uruans, where they managed to make some kind of impression on the duke’s head by dint of repeated banging with a bight of wood. This effort – though successful – proved too much for Thome, who had a heart attack in the spring of ’44 and died, leaving the principate to his son, Ramon.
Principate of Bolivia: Diplomacy Uyuni(t)
After so long away from home, Ramon was very pleased to return to Trishka for good. His wife was equally glad to have him home and the next year they were blessed with a daughter. News from over the mountains was a little troubling – the war did not seem to abate with the Pope’s intervention – and the prince wondered if he should shift his army south to watch the border with Great France.
Great France: The full extent of the conspiracy (as the Emperor liked to term the situation) against the Empire was revealed in ’46, when a Bolivian noble – Josep Mascate, the uncle of the reigning prince – was arrested in Toba for attempting to foment a revolt against the rule of Great France.
Principate of Bolivia: Also expecting a French counter-attack, the Bolivians hurried to fortify the passes in Quillaca and Uyuni against the hordes of angry Frenchmen… however, none came. Efforts to hire Josef d’Sackville (which had failed – the Caquetians won the toss) were therefore not necessary. To the misery of the Quillacans, however, a powerful earthquake rocked their province, flattening the city of Gaxan, which was effectively destroyed by the quake and subsequent fires.
Great France: Similarly, an effort by Bolivian agents to break Prince Josep out of jail in Toba failed and the young man continues to languish there, though sometimes Princess Niki (the once-wife of Nicholas de Gafard) comes by to talk. She too being a prisoner of unkind fate.
Principate of Bolivia: The prince sent supplies and men to repair the damage done in Quillaca province by the earthquake. The city of Gaxan was repaired and many wells re-dug. A number of hot air balloons were constructed for the army and Josep de’Sackville hired to lead a band of knights patrolling the border with Great France.
Grain was shipped to the Aztecs.
Great France: Despite some half-hearted attempts to defuse the tension between France, the Knights, Caquetio and Bolivia no one seemed to have any intention of not attempting a conclusion by force of arms. While the Bolivians and Caquetian armies were marauding along the western seaboard and Nicholas Gafard was leading an army against the eastern provinces, the Emperor of France was mustering his own armies (in great number) and preparing to deal harshly with assailants on every side.
Finally, the Bolivian cavalry force under De Sackville raided into Omaguaca, but were seen off by a mercenary brigade under the Imperial master of horse, Pepin the Stout. He, in turn, raided Quillaca and everyone had a fine time burning villages and skirmishing with one another.
What a fine war…
Aztec Empire: The voracious hunger of the Empire for agricultural products continued, with shiploads by the job lot coming in from the Ghost Dancers, the Knights of Saint John, Bolivia, Colorado and Great France.
Caquetio: The expedition to the far south having concluded in an "inconclusive victory", Pardane summoned Lord Eron and his surviving troops home from Bolivia.
Principate of Bolivia: While Ramon stayed home, tending to the affairs of state (and holding a gala celebration for the coming of age of his son Rodrigo, who was proclaimed heir to the state at the brash age of sixteen), Fernando de Vasquez and the mercenary captain Sackville once more sortied south across the mountains into the territories of Great France, intending to raid, pillage and loot to their heart's content…
Great France: And Francois needed the money, as the normally rickety structure of his sprawling empire was being stressed just by the effort of crushing Bolivian and Knightly armies!
Still, the old southern bear was not idly provoked (not under such a vigorous young Emperor) and fresh armies were raised to deal with the threat of the Bolivians, while those forces in the east were shuffled about and diplomatic overtures made to the newly independent Aranans - the Emperor did need a wife…
Back in the west, '51 had seen the Bolivian raiders swarm down out of the Andes into Omaguaca, wreaking havoc with trade and commerce and the various farmsteads there. The French had, however, deployed a fresh cavalry army to the area - under the able command of the Comte de Tulliers and Baron Atayama - and a see-saw battle of raid and counter-raid ensued between the two mobile forces. As it happened, while the Bolivians were unable to really wreak tremendous havoc, neither could Atayama's gouchos catch them. In '52, faced with mounting Imperial pressure, Sackville and De Vasquez retired back over the mountains into Quillaca. As in the east, the Imperial armies did not pursue.
Aztec Empire: Further financial arrangements swelled the coffers of the New Granadans, the Caquetio, the Bolivians, the Colorado and the Ghost Dancers in exchange for the shipments of preserved foodstuffs which then were hauled up into the mountains of Zacatec.
Principate of Bolivia: Tiring at last of this constant skirmishing across the French border - and the refusal of the Emperor to leave well enough alone - the Bolivians gathered their entire army together under the Prince himself (as well as his son Roderigo and the notable general De Vasquez) and marched across the mountains into Omaguaca…
Knights of Saint John: "We are going to end this," the regent growled and he was pleased to receive a letter from the Bolivians saying they too were going to launch an attack on the pestilent French.
Great France: In the west, the Bolivians had plowed over the mountains into Omaguaca with every man and gun and horse they could muster. Mascate's advance upon the capital of Great France was blocked by the Comte de Tulliers and Baron Atayama, who engaged the invaders at Abusson. As in the east, there was little maneuvering or skirmishing - both sets of generals wanted to decisive battle and lo, they received their wish… the French were shocked, however, to find themselves outnumbered (15,000 French to 28,000 Bolivians) and the Comte praised the Lord he stood on the defense, with some moldy old forts to anchor his defense upon.
The first series of battles were a violently bloody draw, and therein lay a grinding defeat for the French - the Bolivian numbers began to tell - and the Comte was forced to fall back out of the province and into south into Chana. Luckily for the French, the Bolivians then regrouped and stood pat in Omaguaca, poised to strike at Versailles or southeast towards Varres itself. Mascate was being cautious, and thereby cast aside the advantage.
Aztec Empire: As ever, the Empire continued to import truly vast quantities of grain, by which they inadvertently made the economies of New Granada, Caquetio, Bolivia and Tzompanctli dependent on their export market.
Principate of Bolivia: Signatories of the Treaty of Tikal, the Bolivian field army in Omaguaca withdrew back into their national territory. Prince Ramon was glad to eat hot food again, but he grieved for lord Fernando de Vasquez, who had fallen ill during the march up into the Andes and had died before they could return him to his wife in Trishka.
Great France: Pressured by the Papacy, and threatened by the Republic of Sud Afriqa, Emperor Francois was forced to accept a peace settlement in his war with the Knights of Saint John – all despite a continuous string of French victories on the field of battle. With a sense of outraged bitterness almost matching that of Peregrin of Arnor, the Emperor agreed to the following treaty (signed at the Sud Afriqan city of Tikal):
1. New France issues a formal apology for past aggressions against the Knights of Saint John.
2. All French troops withdraw from KOST (Granadan) territory.
3. New France pays reparations in the sum of 200gp and 50 agro to New Granada for sacking the city of New Granada. (This amount may be changed based on further French/Granadan negotiations)
4. A new standing South American peace advisory board to the Pope is created that consists of a Papal representative, a Knights representative, and a Bolivian representative. This board would have the "power" to censure the New French and recommend actions to the Pope (such as excommunication) to deal with any hostilities over the next 20 years (i.e. 10 turns---all decisions would be by majority vote. Location of said commission to be determined later.
5. All hostile actions and infiltrations between Bolivia, New Granada, and New France come to an end immediately.
The French abided by the treaty – withdrawing from the territories they’d captured in the east, sending large sums in reparations to the New Granadans (even though they’d started the war in the first place!) and trying restore regular trade relations. The Knights of Saint John, however, refused to do so and that border remained closed to trade.
Principate of Bolivia: Peace reigned in the south, and the Duke took pains to improve the lot of his people, building public parks, churches and markets throughout Aspero city and in the province of Quillaca.
Aztec Empire: Grain was imported from Bolivia and Colorado, as the savants at the Imperial Office of Maize had predicted consumption of tortillas would rise markedly in the coming years.
Principate of Bolivia: Peace reigned unrestrained in the southern lands. No, really! It did. Nothing bad was happening and everyone was happy. Shut up, I am not lying! Everything was fine!
Principate of Bolivia: Finally convinced the Great French were not going to break the peace and come charging north, Prince Ramon and his son returned to Trishka and settled in for some rest and recuperation with their families. Poor Captain Barroso, who had apparently insulted God, the Prince and the whole of humanity, was dispatched across the high Andes to find “the city of gold” which was supposedly at the headwaters of the Amazon.
Amusingly, a whole boatload of Coloradan knights were dumped on the coast of Aztec-controlled Inca, in Qito, where they immediately began getting into fights with the locals, drinking far too much potato-liquor and generally raising hell. Also, they were French, but of a far different stripe than the Bolivians or even the effete ‘Great French’.
After two years of struggling through the jungled morass of the deep Amazonian basin, fighting off headhunters, poisonous moths, wolf-fish, plague, fever, spiders the size of ladies’ hats, anacondas of unusual size and every other terror… Captain Barroso managed to reach the Amazon itself in Catawishi province. He had found no city of gold, and my Lord he was pissed.
Principate of Bolivia: With peace reigning in the Incan highlands, the city of Apamea in Arica expanded a level. The Bolivian savants tinkered with various steam-powered devices and the Prince took in the view from his private balloon. An expedition, led by Torrellas, was dispatched into the Amazon to recover Captain Barroso, who was wandering about in the jungles at the headwaters of the Amazon. They had not yet managed to hack their way back out by the end of ’64, but they still seemed to be alive.
Aztec Empire: Faced with rising trouble in the south, Emperor Mamexi (“the wise, you stoopid fools, the wise!”) ordered the Legion of the Red and Black God raised to full strength and sent south. Every effort would be devoted to aiding the Bolivians and the… the… French?! (“What? Why are you staring at me like that… Another word out of you, Popiltzin and you’ll be shorted by a head!”). Despite their persistent failure to show up for battle, the Méxica also doled out a tidy sum to the Nisei.
Principate of Bolivia: Suddenly aware his tiny nation was on the front line of a global war (or so he heard from the Aztec and French ambassadors), Prince Ramon mustered every soldier and knight in the country and marched them south into Quillaca, where they immediately began fortifying the passes from Omaguaca. The sleepy provincial town of Gaxan was transformed into a bustling headquarters, swarming with Bolivian regulars in their blue-and-green jackets, kepis at a jaunty angle, and the constant traffic of horses and gun-carriages as regiment after regiment passed through on their way to the front lines. Draken, repainted dull gray and white, lofted into the sky on a daily basis, watching the east for signs of the enemy.
Panic afflicted the citizens of Arica, Moquequa and Nazca as – in addition to horrific rumors of the Invaders and their conquest of Great France – the beaches were stained red with ‘crimson tide’ as millions of langostinos, fish and plankton cooked in unseasonably warm waters and then were carried ashore by the tide.
As ’65 and ’66 passed, more contingents of troops trickled in from the north, as the advance guard of the Aztec armies arrived. Meantime, lord Rodrigo and Captain Barroso had been dispatched to lead a scouting foray across the Andes and into Omaguaca. Sadly, neither man returned, nor did the hand-picked troops sent to escort them across the snowy peaks.
Viceroyalty of Zacateca: Despite the near-hysterical urgings of the Aztec Legate in Quillaca, the Zacatecs (who comprised a large fraction of the Lencolar armies assembled in the province) refused to cross the mountains and attack the Tzitzimime - despite this being their holy duty! – and were cursed for cowards and fools by the Aztecs, Bolivians and Nisei soldiers encamped there.
Principate of Bolivia: Diplomacy Characa (^nt)
Every man, woman and child in the Principate labored mightily to raise and equip a new regiment of mountaineers and to shovel food, wine, firewood, clothing and other necessities into the enormous sprawl of military camps at Gaxan in the south, where the massed armies of the Aztec Alliance were gathering to do battle with the Ten Thousand Enemies.
The War Against the Ten Thousand (the Tzitzimime)
January–April 1767: Fresh Bolivian reinforcements arrive at Gaxan in Quillaca, swelling General Torellas’ forces to an even 34,000 men.
December: Ramon Mascate, the Duke of Bolivia, dies in camp at Quillaca of pneumonia.
June 1768: The Alliance armies pour over the mountains into Omaguaca – Bolivian, Nisei, Caquetian, Shawnee – making a vast host of nearly 250,000 troops. Still the Tzitzimime do not respond.
1769 – 1770 T220
Principate of Bolivia: Grieving for so many dead hardened Princess Shakira's heart and she issued orders commanding every last man, boy and grandfather with two good arms and legs be mustered from throughout the highlands. A new army, as well supplied as the craftsmen of Bolivia could provison, was raised at Trishcka, Troi and Gaxan. General Torrellas hurried up from the south to muster them, and found the Princess herself had marched these men to meet him. "Go with god," she declared, saluting the scarred, exhausted-looking general. "And our prayers. Send them back to hell!"
The War Against the Tzitzimime
February: Down south, the Bolivian general Torrellas leaves the stinking, plague-infested encampments of the human armies in Omaguaca and returns home to raise a new army to fight the Sky Demons.
July: Having marched up from Chila on the coast, the Afriqan lords Mfume and Mbeki arrive at Omaguaca with a force of 26,000 men to join the Aztec, Bolivian, Zacatec and Nisei forces supposedly waiting there.
The Bolivian general Torrellas arrives at the same time, returning with 16,000 dewy-fresh levies from the south Incan heartland.
January 1770: The Zacateca army (or what remains of it) and the stolen airfleet move south once more, against Versailles… once more they are allowed within sight of the obsidian walls, still caked with blood, and now surmounted by an endless battlement of human skulls.
"Here is our destiny," the Zacateca king screamed, his blood afire with the sight of so many legends come to life. "Here we will uphold the Son and cast down darkness! Here we will contest the Eastern Star, we will lift up the many-rayed shield, we will yield our own smoke, our own jade, and we will give birth to a new age!"
Scuttling from crater to crater, dodging through the wreckage of war machines and human guns melted by the terrible heat, the Zacateca army surged forward, each man filled with a keen, clear zeal which allowed no fear, no trembling, nothing less than a primal scream of fury as the first war machine rose over the towering wall, it's single red eye flaring crimson…
Despite great heroism, and a cunning aerial attack with the commandeered Nisei airships, the Zacatac siege failed. This time the generals did not fare so well - the Aztec lord Tangaxoan was slain, as were Maxtlantizo and his commanders, while the Bolivian Josep Torellas and Mbeki of Afriqa were dragged from the field as captives - to what unknown and horrible fate, none could tell.
February: The dreadful machines of the tzitzimime lumber out of the sea off Joaiport in Moquequa, the hideous call of their war-sirens wailing in the twilight air… behind them, the sea is suddenly filled with sails - the White Fleet has arrived at last, after a circuitous voyage to avoid prying monkey eyes…
Taken completely unawares, the city (despite a powerful ring of fortifications and a looming citadel) surrenders and is immediately occupied by Albanian marines. The machines of the enemy lumber inland, unopposed. The White Fleet remains on station, taking on water and undertaking repairs.
March: The tzitzimime machines which had landed at Joaiport march across southern Moquequa and into the lower Andes, heading for Caranga.
April: Winter settles upon the southlands.
June: More snow.
July: The tzitzimime machines attack Caranga, having made a laborious crossing through the mountains. The entire Bolivian army having already been fed into the maelstrom of Calchaqui, there is no one to defend the heartland of the principate, or its capital Trischka.
The citizens, however, do not simply surrender in abject despair (as did the reviled Joaiportans) but muster a defense with everything they have to hand. Sadly, it is not enough to stop the killing heatray, or the deadly plumes of black smoke. The city defenders are crushed and then the pleasant, whitewashed houses and the prince's palace are ground down to ash, along with many thousands of civil servants, nobles and their families. A cruel blow to Shakira, even though she had moved her administrative seat to Gaxan in the south.
- Shakira Mascate 1768-date
- Ramon Mascate 1744-1767
- Thome Mascate 1739-1744
- T205-date (1739-date) Wilson Hsieh
Last updated: 30 January 2005
© 2002 Robert Pierce © 2005 Martin Helsdon