Caquetio, Kingdom of
Foundation: 1731-date (T201-date)
Capital: New Hiquito in Caquetio
By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon
A Lencolar nation in northern South America. Caquetio was formed in 1731 (T201) by Gimoc of Aburra, a former leader of the Kingdom of New Granada, during that country's Timbira Rebellion. Although much of the country at the time of the breakaway was Roman Catholic, Gimoc (and his allies') sympathies were with the Lencolar church. He has continued to favor the Lencolar missionaries to the great frustration of the Catholics.
Still to be written.
The Kingdom of Caquetio: Gimoc, aside from controlling a powerful fleet and army, holds the allegiance of the provinces and cities of Cuna (La Raza), Pijao, Aburra, Tairona (Belem), Chibcha, Guahibo (Tres Lagoas), Timote (Aruba), Caquetio (New Hiquito), Caraca (Teofilo), Cumangoto (Ponto Grossa), Akawaio, Palicur (Recife), Cuyuni, Camopi and Arua. In his regime – which remains nominally Catholic, though quite friendly to the Lencolar Sisters – the ancient Indian kingdom of Caquetio is reborn (or so Gimoc would have you believe…)
Sisters of the Rose: Renee also welcomed embassies from Caquetio and Zion to her residence in New Jerusalem, and formally recognized those realms. The Caquetians, in particular, were quite eager to throw off the old colonial shackles of the Catholic Church.
Kingdom of Caquetio: Eager to ingratiate himself with the great powers, Gimoc dispatched an embassy to New Jerusalem and then angered many Catholics in his realm by allowing Lencolar adherents to practice freely, and to send a tithe to the Sisters. Luckily, the majority of the landowners, merchants and common people in his fledgling state supported him and, frankly, did not like the Catholic clergy.
Too, Gimoc summoned a great conclave of the landowners and nobility of the Kingdom to consider this peculiar institution that lay heavy on the nation, like a funeral shroud. The King, speaking to all, declared that slavery would be ended in Caquetio, casting aside the last vestiges of colonial rule. However, this would not be a rash movement, or one that left either slave or free bereft of a living. To reinforce his intent, Gimoc set free all slaves in government service, then hired them to fulfill their previous positions. He urged all others to do the same, particularly the Catholic Church, which maintained large plantations along the coast, and mines and lumbering operations in the interior.
Considerable local autonomy was granted to the provinces of Akawaio, Arua, Camopi, Chibcha, Cuyuni and Pijao.
Sisters of the Rose: Schools were established in Aspero (in Nazca), Ngazargumu (in Kanem-Bornu), and Oran (in Algeria), to the betterment of the common people. A hospital was also opened in Caquetio province.
Kingdom of Caquetio: Gimoc, though his concience plagued him, turned a blind eye to the events in Zion. He had made promises, many promises, but he fulfilled none of them. The Sisters in his capital vilified him for this, yet the Lord of the North did nothing.
Zion: Meantime, Mohammed the Hermit waited in vain until April for Caquetian reinforcements to arrive in Terembere. When it became clear they would not be coming, the Hermit gathered up his small force (about 1,600 men) and traveled down into Zion.
Zhe Guevara, meanwhile, had avoided an assassination attempt through a combination of inept New Granadan assassins and combined Zionist and Sisterhood bodyguards. He was crushed by the news of Caquetio's treachery, but the presence of Muhammed filled all of the men with new spirit.
Kingdom of Caquetio: While Gimoc played kissy-face with the Sisters of the Rose, he did not neglect to fortify the provinces of Camopi and Cuyuni, for he expected an attack from the south any day now. Stores were also laid in to provide the capital with grain in the event of a siege, and the walls of New Hiquito were repaired and extended. His efforts to sire a son met with a repeated dead babies and then a dead wife, which put a pall on the entire court.
Subsea tremors off the coast of Cumangoto raised a monstrous tidal wave which crashed into the town of Punta Grossa, killing thousands and leaving most everyone else homeless. Catherine Nezahualli of the Lencolar Order continued to preach in the streets of New Hiquito, making tremendous headway in bringing new converts to the way of the Rose.
Sisters of the Rose: At home, eager Caquetian volunteers crowded the churches and hostels of New Jerusalem, expanding the city to a 2 GPv.
Caquetio: Always ready to help, the Sisters built a fine new hospital in Ponta Grossa to lend aid and assistance to those maimed by the tidal waves. The popularity of the Lencolar faith continued to rise and the concomitant decline in Roman Catholic influence became very noticeable. In fact, the provinces of Tairona (and Belem), Timote (and Aruba), and Aburra became openly Lencolar Christian. Gimoc was openly pleased by this.
Royal engineers continued to be gainfully employed in building fortifications all across the nation. The king intended to be prepared for war. Like numerous other nations in the trading block oriented around Aztec, Caquetio banned the ships, agents and activities of the ARF from their lands.
Jesuits: In a daring and unexpected move, the Jesuits took it upon themselves to send a powerful fleet south along the Afriqan coast (under the command of the Vicar-General) and to establish settlements in Senegal (Dakar), then across to the Amerikas, and St. Laurent in Camopi and St. Augustine in Calusa (the southern tip of Florida). Luckily for the Jesuits, the Caquetio were entirely distracted by the invasion of the Knights of Saint John, and did not overwhelm and enslave the settlers at St. Laurent.
Caquetio: To the entire puzzlement of his ministers, Gimoc began to push legislation which would lead (in time) to the abolition of slavery within the kingdom. To most of them, this was madness as the failure of the Zionist revolt in New Granada had only shown how devisive an issue this was. In addition, anything weakening the nation (like the unaccountable disbandment of two entire regiments of light riflemen) would only lead to adventurism by the Knights of Saint John. However, Gimoc was adamant and entirely supported by the Sisterhood.
An edict was promulgated, banning the activities of the Aeronautical Research and Fabrication and Pacific Mercenary and Trust companies within the kingdom. Prince Thozen was also recalled, as was the fleet, to New Hiquito and placed in charge of the government while Gimoc took the army out for some maneuvers.
Only a week later, as he was riding with some of his aides, someone put a bullet through his hat and killed a lieutenant riding behind him. The king flung himself from his horse, and his bodyguards blazed away at the nearby woods... the next day, a messenger thundered into camp - an army of the Knights of St. John had attacked Camopi, appearing out of the great jungle.
The attack by the Knights did have the effect of keeping Miguel and his troops distracted, so they did not have time to arrest all of the damnable Jesuits who had started building a town on the Camopi shore. Soon, though...
At the same time, serious rioting broke out in New Hiquito, Teofilo and Ponta Grossa - the Catholics rose up in arms, viciously attacking any Lencolar adherent they could find and burning the government buildings. Prince Thozen took the palace guard into the streets and managed to crush the revolt, but only at great cost - including his own life, bleeding out on the steps of the cathedral of St. Michael.
New Granada: [A month after Samuel's son was dispatched south to his arranged marriage], Samuel's ragged army emerged from the jungle and attacked the Caquetian province of Guahibo. At the same time, General Alonza's army had attacked Camopi, and Admiral Diaz had sailed a massive fleet into the Cariaco Sea, intending to land a force of Incan mercenaries at Ponta Grossa.
The Caquetians were nearly ready for the attack - Baron Miguel of Cuyuni rushed into Camopi to reinforce the garrison there, and clashed with Alonza at Rémire. Luckily for the Baron, his men were able to fight from an extensive network of fortifications established along the coast and they thumped Alonza's cavalry severely. In fact, the general was killed in a melee and the remnants of his force scattered into the jungle.
Alonza's second in command, de Walker, died during the retreat, though his men managed to reach Terembembe, rather the worse for wear.
At much the same time, Diaz' fleet had swept into the Cariacao Sea and encountered lord Jikanta's squadrons off the Cumangoto coast. Outnumbered, the Caquetian ships tried to flee and Diaz pounced with the wind-gauge. The Knights smashed the Caquetians and captured nearly half of their ships as prizes. Unmolested, Diaz landed his marines and captured Ponta Grossa.
Grand-master Samuel, meanwhile, had swept into Guahibo and captured the lumbering town of Tres Lagos. Without meeting any resistance, he garrisoned the town and province, then crossed the mountains into Chibcha.
While Samuel was marching around in the hinterlands, Gimoc had marched his army very quickly down the coast to Ponta Grossa, where he chased Diaz' marines back onto their boats. Lacking any national troops (he had only mercenaries to go ashore with), the admiral was forced to abandon his campaign and fall back to Thiat in Terembembe.
Samuel, meantime, had conquered Timote and captured the port town of Aruba. Gimoc arrived a month later, humping it over the mountains from Caquetio itself. The Knights attempted to duck back into the mountains and escape - but had not counted on the dogged determination and quick feet of Gimoc's Imperial Guard.
De Montoya and his army were forced to battle at San Carlos de Zuila at the head of lake Maracaibo. Gimoc's 19,000 men closed in, trapping De Montoya's 11,000 against the lake. A vicious battle erupted in the river-flats and the Knights went down hard - but they were outnumbered and out-gunned and far from home. Gimoc crushed them, capturing Samuel. With his prisoner closely guarded, the Caquetians marched home to New Hiquito. Gimoc grieved to find his son laid out in state, his body riddled with bullets.
(1) And a pretty piece of maneuvering that was, by Gimoc, to catch Samuel.
Church of Rome: Concurrent with this, the Papal offices published an encyclical warning of disturbing lapses of faith within the Lencolar Church. Such lapses included forced conversion of loyal Roman Catholics in Caquetio, and rumors of aid and assistance from rogue Lencolar officials to several branches of “Animal Worshippers”.
Order of the Flowering Sun: Tzompan, stuck at home with the accounts and books, was not so happy. He was even less happy to suddenly have Gimoc of Caquetio’s snot-nosed son Pardane dumped on him. “Send him to the calmecac school,” Tzompan bellowed. “With the rest of the useless little… noble children.”
Sisters of the Rose: Kelly expended a great deal of effort (and gold) to broker an armistice between Caquetio and the Knights of Saint John. She prayed the truce would hold and treachery would not rear its ugly head. Still, there was no denying the victory her sect had gained over the Catholics. Caquetio was lost to the Papacy, and peace restored in the south (well, not all of the south, but some).
A very sullen little girl (Nima, the daughter of Gimoc of Caquetio) arrived in New Jerusalem and was straightaway enrolled in the Sisterhood School for Wayward Girls. The nuns there looked her over, tsked a few times and sent her down the junior girls dormitory. Nima was not pleased.
Kingdom of Caquetio: The official religion of the government, nobles and royal family of Caquetio became – at last – Lencolar Christian. Coupled with this change. Gimoc also continued to attack the slave-holding landowners on a legal level. A substantial infusion of cash from the Sisters helped this effort immeasurably, as did the rising swell of public opinion against slave-holding. Feeling rather poorly himself – and faced with the necessity to take to the field with the Royal army – Gimoc appointed his second wife, Ladila Viceno, as regent for his children (even though both of the children in question had been packed off to foreign schools).
Amid all the other excitement, a squadron of ARF zeppelins arrived in Caquetio – and were met with public cheers and parades (and everyone wanted to go on a zeppelin ride) – and governmental shame-faced-ness. Only three years previous, the ARF had been ordered out by Gimoc’s administration, and now they were welcomed back with open arms. The presence of the ARF aero-marines was also welcome and the Caquetian officers examined their light guns, clever uniforms and tools with great interest.
The Sisters continued their work, converting the (rather apathetic) citizens of Caraca (along with Teofilo) and Cumangoto (with Ponta Grossa) to the Lencolar rite.
Gimoc’s health continued to fail, and in late ’43 he passed away of some hemorrhagic fever which made him bleed from the eyes and nose. A few scattered Catholic priests made great note of this, but they were roundly ignored. Queen Ladila now found herself ruler of the entire nation, at least until young Pardane came of age.
Order of the Flowering Sun: Old Tzompan watched the ball-court from a hidden window. Down below, in the full glare of the summer sun, sixteen boys were running back and forth, shouting, lost in the vigorous exercise of the tlachco. One of them in particular – a boy with the brassy coloring of the southern tribes – threw himself heedlessly into the path of the tlal. He twisted, taking the impact of the hard rubber ball squarely on his hip. A band of leather stuffed with cotton slapped and the ball spun away, bouncing off one of the high sandstone walls. There was a cheer, and the boys ran back the other way.
“What do you think?” The Caquetian ambassador was sitting on a bench, smoking a long pipe. Bluish smoke curled around his shaven head.
“He is still young,” Tzompan replied turning away from the window. “Young Pardane was quite spoilt when he came to us.”
“And now?” Chimeca drew another draught from the tabac.
Tzompan smiled. “We do not allow such things in this house. I cannot say he will make a good king, but he will be a better man when he leaves than when he came.”
The ambassador nodded his head in thanks. What more could anyone wish from the Lord of the World?
Upon entering a treaty both nations recognize the following terms and agree to abide by them for the length of the treaty. This treaty shall be in effect for 30 year from 1743-1773. The hopes of both nations are for this treaty to be renewed and both nations commit to trying to reach a renewal agreement by 1768. Thus, if a nation decides not to renew, it gives the other nations 5 years to prepare for the consequences therein.
1) Both parties recognize the other as Sovereign nations in all respects, particularly their choices of Government, Religion and Society.
2) The recognized border between New Granada and Caquetio will be the Amazon River. Caquetio to the North, Granada to the South. The following regions to the west of this would belong to New Granada: Aguano, Zaparo, Valdivia. This may be negotiable at future times, however, any change to this agreement must be agreed upon by both nations. Both nations agree that they shall not instigate any activity that would induce ownership in these regions (colonization or religious conversion).
3) Within a 20 year period, both nations will have projects in motion that abolish slavery.
4) Neither nations shall instigate nor be involved in any way with any sort of intelligence operation against the other without giving the other nation prior notice and gaining their approval for such activity.
5) Trade between Caquetio and New Granada will commence immediately.
~Nicolas Gafard de Masa, Grand Master of the Knights of St. John
~ Ladila Viceno, Queen-Mother of Caquetio.
Kingdom of Caquetio: The dedication of the Sisters of the Rose to the cause of peace bore true fruit in the declaration of a peace treaty (as noted above) and armistice between Caquetio and the Knights. This could not have come at a better time for Queen Ladila, for her nation was almost immediately rocked by a volcanic eruption of considerable size in Tairona province. The province of Guahibo was returned to the Kingdom by the knights. Ladila also exchanged letters with her son Pardane and daughter Nima, who were in school in foreign lands.
Still, the Caquetio are a feisty bunch, so no one was surprised when a fleet passed through the Aztec canal and sailed off south, looking for trouble.
Great France: More news reached the Emperor by the end of ’45 – a Caquetian army had landed in Mapuche on the western coast and seized the port town of Novo Ghent, cutting of Great France’s access to the Pacific. “Fire and blood,” Louis cursed mildly. He grinned at the Papal emissary, who was looking a little green around the gills. “I guess I’ll have to crush these Lencolar parasites too – if your eminence does not mind too much?”
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.
Aztec Empire: Diplomatic efforts across the border in Cuna failed, even though the Caquetians had arranged a power-sharing treaty.
Kingdom of Caquetio: Diplomacy Cuna(down to t)
The Queen tread warily – her men had invaded the Chilean coast of Great France – and she expected a violent response to her invasion. As a result, the province of Mapuche was heavily fortified and Lord Eron and his men patrolled ceaselessly, watching for the counter-blow. In an attempt to curry favor with the locals, Novo Ghent was granted a measure of autonomy. So too was Cuna, as part of an arrangement with the Aztecs.
Unfortunately, none of this diplomatic efforts could keep the cold hand of death from the young (overworked, tubercular) Queen. Ladila died in late ’48 leaving her step-daughter Nima as the sole Royal of age to take the throne in her son’s name. So it was that unprepared, unexpecting, single Nima (more noted for her ability with the viol than matters of government) became Queen-Regent.
Bolivia: Efforts to hire Josef d’Sackville (which had failed – the Caquetians won the toss) were therefore not necessary.
Great France: Recent advances in the efficiency of the Court Ministries and the road networks allowed King Louis to ‘let go’ a veritable horde of Papal clerks, scribes, book-keepers and other nosy-parkers. The King was quite pleased to do so – the Pope’s intervention into his marital dispute with the Knights of Saint John had not been welcome.
This maneuver had been suggested by prince Francois, who wished for Great France to strike a new path in international relations. He had his chance to steer the ship of state more directly in late summer of ’47 when his father suffered a heart-seizure and died. Upon his ascension to the throne of France, the new king dispatched letters to his neighboring kings, assuring them the policies of his father would not stand. The new king also took pains to muster many fresh regiments, just in case his honor was tested.
“But if you press the issue against Us, we shall resolve matters honorably.” The herald sent to the Caquetio made explicit reference to the province of Mapuche, which Francois expected to be returned to his beneficent and enlightened rule forthwith.
Kingdom of Caquetio: The short-lived rule of Queen Nima was put to an end by the return of prince Pardane from school in Tenochtitlan. The brash, brilliant youth swept aside his bitter, politically-radical sister and restored “the rule of tradition” at the court and throughout Caquetio. Work began on airship yards outside the capital and a massive effort was made to shift the economy of the nation to one based on the fruits of the sea. At the same time, in the very far south, the garrison of Mapuche was disbanded and (while general Eron led a Caquetian army against the French in Pichunche) local autonomy was restored in Mapuche and Novo Ghent.
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.
Meanwhile, in the far west, Baron Atayama of Pehuenche had led a small army of his own lancers and knights (reinforced with some Aztec mercenaries) across the Andes into Mapuche. There he found the Caquetian army decamped to invade Pehuenche and the citizens in revolt (under the leadership of Captain Hasird, who had been skulking about the city of Novo Ghent for some time). Meeting the rebels with open arms, Atayama turned north and within two months clashed with the returning Caquetians under lord Eron at Il Laja. Though the armies were on even terms in men (12,000-odd each) the Caquetians were blessed with a large number of elite mountain artillery batteries, while Atayama’s force was rather sketchy in terms of regular troopers.
Unfortunately, Eron failed to notice a draw to one side of his line of battle and this gulley disgorged a thousand Imperial French Hussars at just the wrong moment. Eron was wounded, his army shuddered then fled, harried by Atacayama’s gauchos. Trapped thousands of miles from home, Eron managed to save a small force, which then trekked north across the Atacama desert and eventually (a year later) managed to reach the Bolivian province of Arica. They were worn pretty thin…
 Who was furious with the King who had ordered all the fortifications in Mapuche disbanded to crew fishing boats and leaving his army stranded in the south with no way home and no support.
Kingdom of Caquetio: Diplomacy Ponta Grossa in Cumangoto(fa)
The expedition to the far south having concluded in an "inconclusive victory", Pardane summoned Lord Eron and his surviving troops home from Bolivia. While waiting for the "war hero" to return to the welcoming arms of his countrymen, the King took a squadron of freshly-built airships on a tour around the upland provinces. In Guahibo and Tres Lagoas the King brought food to the locals, passed out gifts, posed for quick sketches with school-children and pressed the flesh.
Afterwards, he ventured into the vast darkness of the jungle, spending several months tramping around Yanomamo. While there, some of the local guides took him to a massive, unimaginably ancient city nearly consumed by the jungle, where (at Pardane's behest) his soldiers uncovered and removed a magnificent fresco from a time-lost temple:
The next year the king returned to more civilized climes (such as Ponta Grossa in Cumangoto), where he awarded Lord Eron the ducal right to the city (which conveniently meant the old failure was off the payroll and out of the circles of power in New Hiquito).
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.
Kingdom of Caquetio: Carnivale lasted for two whole years and no one got a damned thing done. Ohhhh… my head…
Order of the Flowering Sun: A previously unheard of event occurred when several of his staff saw the Grandmaster Chukietl embrace one of his most junior officers. The officer being Malinal, subaltern of cavalry, and the Grandmaster's own daughter, no one was too shocked.
She had been released from her oaths, and was leaving for Caquetio, where the young King Pardane, whom she had met when they both were aspirant-students of the Order, had asked her to come, to be his bride and his Queen, as soon as his heavy duties could permit.
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.
Kingdom of Caquetio: During his schooling at the Order of the Flowering Sun, the then-prince Pardane had formed a connection with a female aspirant going through the same kinds of military training. Unfortunately for his youthful infatuation, she was the daughter of Grandmaster Chukietl, and Pardane was a spoiled nobleman’s son. Many factors prevented him from pursuing his interests. Now that he was King, and looking for a suitable bride, Pardane returned to Tenochtitlan to seek permission from the Grandmaster to propose to his daughter Malinal, who was now an officer in one of the Order’s elite cavalry divisions.
Pardane took the air route to Tenochtitlan accompanied by his squads of “Aeroknights” – a polite request to the Emperor had yielded overflight permission. Once in Tenochtitlan, Pardane was careful to visit both the Sisters of the Rose and the Order, bestowing lavish gifts upon each religious group in hopes of receiving their blessing. By these means he secured the Grandmaster’s permission and proposed to Malinal.
The young woman considered the king, finding him as brash and willful as ever, though the weight of his new responsibilities had tempered him slightly. “Very well.”
An engagement celebration was held in Tenochtitlan before the couple returned to New Hiquito for a relatively quiet ceremony.
The wedding is presided over by a Lencolan Minister, however a Catholic Bishop was invited as well, in respect of the dual religious nature of Caquetio as a whole. Pardane’s Sister, Nima, was given a perfunctory role in the Ceremony, but does not oversee it, despite being a recognized Lencolan Sister.
fterwards, there was a bit of food and drink for the six thousand guests. Moving the wedding presents required sixty dray-wagons and a barge. For the elephant and the Aztec gift.
Pardane and Mailinal were pleased to receive a grandiose gilded granite sun-disk sculpture from the Emperor Trakonel as a wedding gift. “Now…” Pardane wondered, squinting at the massive object, “I guess we’ll have to build a new palace just to house this thing…”
While Malinal had expected a reasonably long life (at least, as such terms applied for a cavalry officer), she did not expect her brash young husband to get himself killed while hunting in the forest only sixteen days after their wedding. This left a rather surprised Subaltern Malinal the sole ruler of an entire nation.
The first issue on her mind – which had weighed heavily ever since she had first set foot on Caquetian soil – was the matter of the slaves.
“Things are going to change,” she declared, fingering the hilt of her saber.
Knights of St. John: The civil authorities of Chamonix, a quiet port town on the French coast, were puzzled and a little disgusted to find the mutilated body of a Sister of the Rose (along with several Caquetian servants) scattered around a tawdry room in a harborside dive. The condition of the bodies were of such horrific aspect several of the gendarmes were forced to exit the building and spend an hour or so heaving their guts out in the street.
Order of the Flowering Sun: While there were successes to be had on the diplomatic front (gaining the patronage of the High King of Colorado and the continued support of Malinal of Caquetio), Chikietl also turned his attention to expanding the capabilities of the central authority and raising a new regiment of Order Knights.
Kingdom of Caquetio: Diplomacy Ponta Grossa in Cumangoto (^ea)
Despite numerous problems with acquiring proper materials and tools, the Royal Air Corps continued to expand.
Queen Malinal was very pleased to grant an audience to Lord-Captain Sixteen-Mountain of the Knights of the Flowering Sun – she had known the grizzled old warrior since she was a baby and met him with a glad smile as he bowed before her. “Your majesty - a long road you’ve trod since you sweated as an aspirant in my care. No longer are you a junior officer. The master of the Order has sent me to bring you this news – you have been promoted, Subaltern Malinal, to the rank of Captain of the Order.”
The Queen was touched by the gesture, for she took her duties as a Knight of the Invincible Sun very seriously. Almost as seriously, in fact, as she believed in the teachings of the Sisterhood. And there lay a problem of considerable scope… not only was a goodly portion of Caquetio still Roman Catholic, but a strict caste system obtained at every level of society and slaves were still held in the great landed estates. The Queen, young and idealistic as she was, set herself to toppling all three of those structures…
Malinal took to preaching on the streets, surrounded by a phalanx of guardsmen, trying to convince the merchants, nobility and great lords to voluntarily abandon their sinful ways. No one listened to her and the council of advisors began to mutter, wondering if her heedless desire to fix all the wrongs under the Sun would drag them all into civil insurrection and war.
Missionary work – successful even – was undertaken in Cuyuni. Rumours out of the south, of a Lost City, discovered in the jungles near Tres Lagoas were proven true! Apparently the locals had found an abandoned Incan-Minoan city in the deep green and, at great personal cost and labor, disassembled the entire town and dragged the stones to Tres, where it was reassembled.
Kingdom of Caquetio: The Queen turned her attention to the business of rule, though there were a few distractions, such as the unit creation ceremony for the new squadron of Air/Sea Knights. Colonel Brenco was put in command of the elite unit of new-model airships which would land on either land or water, being fitted with descending pontoons. Brenco and the AirSea unit were immediately dispatched to the far south, to find the source of the Amazon.
Religious trouble began to stir in Caraca, where Catholic missionaries had lately been moving among the people, seeking to turn them back to the old faith. This was then exacerbated by a clash in Recife between Shawnee freebooters loitering in the port and Governor Miguel’s garrison. The ‘pirates’ were driven off and reputedly decamped to the lawless town of St. Laurent in Camopi.
At the end of ’60, his airships rusty and spattered with bug carcasses, Brenco returned from the Green Hell of the upper Amazon with thousands of drawings, crates and crates of geological specimens, flora, fauna and native artifacts. He was very, very glad to find himself in civilization once more!
Kingdom of Caquetio: Malinal matched the South Afrikan Ambassador drink for drink, and as a result, got just about as much done as his whole nation did.
Kingdom of Caquetio: The Queen dedicated a new port town in the jungley province of Cuyuni, Paramaribo. She also worked to reduce the oppressive nature of the central government on the remoter provinces, like Chibcha and Guahibo.
The denizens of New Hiquito were tremendously pleased to learn that the Norsk Aer company had established once-a-month aerial post service between their beautiful city and St. Georges in Morocco (and thence to the rest of Europe). This good feeling did not, however, extend to the governor of St. Laurent, in Camopi, who arrested the Company agent Tukachevsky soon after she arrived in the jungle-port, on charges against “God and the Church” for her role in the Spanish Civil War (which one, you ask? I can’t remember… it was at least two turns ago…)
Kingdom of Caquetio: Diplomacy Ponta Grossa (^a)
While all attention was on the south, Queen Malinal continued to ensure the safety of her subjects. Thousands of laborers toiled in the jungles of Guahibo, expanding the fortifications around the ‘lost city’. If the Invaders came, there would be a last citadel of the Caquetians!
Heavy rains led to terrible flooding in Palicur, which washed entire villages away. The notorious Natasha Tukachevsky, who had been in jail in St. Laurent, Camopi, on charges of attempting to suborn the local authorities in an attempt to gain preferential mercantile treatment, escaped. A vigorous search failed to track her down. Inland, the Catholics of Guahibo were finally converted to Lencolar.
Kingdom of Caquetio: Summoned to war by the Church, Malinal ordered a new regiment of riflemen and grenadiers be raised and then led (along with the rest of the army) them into the south. The insurance brokers working in the coastal ports raised their rates appreciably, as the passage from Africa had become, of late, very dangerous.
The War Against the Ten Thousand (the Tzitzimime)
June 1767: A large Aztec fleet arrives at New Hiquito in Caquetio and takes aboard the near entirety of the Caquetian army, then sets sail for the Canal and the Inca coast.
November': On the coast, Queen Malinal’s 13,000 Caquetians unload from an Aztec fleet at Apamea in Arica. There is great confusion in the port, as Prince Drakon’s 15,000 Shawnee are landing as well, and the sea is blanketed with ships, the docks crowded with men, guns, supply wagons and all the materiel of war.
April 1768: The Aztec Earthquake fleet returns to Guyami from the south, having delivered the Caquetio to the southern front.
June: 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.
July: The Alliance armies swing south along the highway into Calchaqui and at last enter into the dead and desolate lands afflicted by the monstrous growths of the Red Weed. And here too they face resistance at last, for the Tzitzimime have withdrawn into their fortress and citadel at Versailles, where russet domes and slender towers of inhuman design now rise over the ruins of the French city…
The Alliance army advances in a black tide, swinging wide around the city, engineers already running forward to dig gun emplacements, zeppelins retiring to the rear at all speed – what use sending them to certain doom? A stabbing, actinic ray lashes across the vanguard of the deploying army, vaporizing hundreds of cavalrymen… but more keep coming, thousands upon thousands… the siege begins in earnest with a thunderous barrage from nearly 1,200 guns.
The Tzitzimime answer in kind, filling the sky with the shriek of black smoke canisters spitting from the war-machines rising from the ruins like dreadful black flowers. Among the batteries, many of the human gun-crews do not pause in their barrage – nearly all have cumbersome, head-enclosing masks and grotesque filters. They sweat ferociously, covered head-to-toe in canvas battle-suits…
Hell descends upon the earth and in a maelstrom of poison gas, unending artillery barrages and the searing blaze of the deadly ray the Alliance army storms against the Tzitzimime defences again and again…. But they hold. The monstrous creatures and their engines of destruction chew up regiment after regiment, division after division, and the hellbat ranging the upper air wreaks havoc upon the Alliance rear-areas.
After a month – no more than thirty days of hellish unrelenting combat – the Alliance army staggers back, shattered, leaving more than a hundred thousand dead upon the walls of Versailles and in the surrounding countryside. The demoralized survivors stream north, mindless with fear, into Omaguaca where only the willpower of Queen Malinal of Caquetio (the most noble surviving commander) holds the survivors together as an army, rather than a mob.
Among the lost were Prince Drakon and lord Tecumseh of Shawnee, the two Aztec commanders and a host of lesser lights.
By the very grace of god, the Tzitzimime do not pursue.
1769 – 1770 (T220)
Kingdom of Caquetio: Bandits plagued the miners in Pijao, destroying the post offices and inns of ill repute.
Desultory missionary efforts by Caquetian brothers and sisters of the Roseate Order began in Arua, where they managed to entertain some of the locals when they were drinking after a hard day of laboring in the cane plantations and rubber orchards.
'The War Against the Tzitzimime
March: Unknown assailants dressed as Nisei samurai attack Queen Malinal of Caquetio in the Alliance encampments at Omaguaca, badly wounding her and killing many of her bodyguards. The Queen survives, though her airship squadron is sidelined for the battles to come.
- Malinal 1755-date
- Pardane Viceno, “The Bold” 1749-1755
- Nima Viceno Queen-Regent for Pardane Viceno 1748-1749
- Ladila Viceno Regent for Pardane Viceno 1744-1748
- Gimoc of Aburra 1739-1744
T205-date (1739-date) Matt Holy
Last updated: 30 January 2005
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