Cuzco, Kingdom of

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Foundation: 1687-1704Dead.gif
Capital: Cuzco
Religion: Roman Catholic?

By Martin Helsdon

Description

A short-lived rebel state from the True Incan Empire, crushed by the Aztecs.

The History:

Unlikely to ever be written.

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1685-1686 T179
True Incan Empire: Kaine, much like the Aztecs, completed a strong program to destroy the institution of slavery within his empire. His effort was slightly more accelerated than Trakonel's, however, and there was open fighting in Maranga between pro- and anti- slavery factions. General Ketjque rebelled and had to be suppressed by the Moquequans. Too, in Calchaqui, the lords Yupanqui and Pachaquti attempted to murder Kaine and dethrone him, but were themselves betrayed and executed. The slaver lords of Chana, however, did successfully revolt and seized the city of Roniah. The old Incan kings of Cuzco followed suit soon after, declaring that no "southern dog" would ever rule them! Such troubles an emperor suffered!

1687-1688 T180
True Incan Empire: The Incans mustered out some of the reserve militas to fight against the rebels in the north. At the same time, a new city, Gaxan, appeared in Quillaca at the junction of the three highways. A new Hall of Knowledge ( Astronomy ) was built at Viracocha Polytechnic. The fight against the rebels continued; with General Xatzul leading a force of 7,000 Imperial infantry against the slave-lords of Chana. With a sharp campaign, Xatzul routed the rebels and restablished Kaine's rule over the province. The Emperor himself attempted to do the same in the north, where he visited the Incans ( backed by a strong army ). This situation turned quickly turned ugly, however, and Kaine attempted to withdraw from the province. The Incan king, Jutei, was unwilling and attacked the Emperor's army with a very strong force. The True Incans were soundly thrashed and Kaine fled to sanctuary in Aspero. Jutei then occupied the province of Pucara in retaliation. He was welcomed as a liberator by the populace, who had been long under the heel of the True Incans. With this second victory, Jutei proclaimed himself King of Cuzco, and gained alliance with the Ataurans by marriage.

Kingdom of Cuzco: Diplomacy: : Ataura( a ), Huari( ea ), Wairajikira( a )
The long-simmering resistance to the egotism of the True Incans crystallized again in the northlands, with Ataura and Wairajikira rallying behind the victory of Jutei of Cuzco over the southerners. A messenger was also sent to the king of the French, urging him to assail the True Incan lands adjacent to his domain.

1689-1690 T181
Kingdom of Cuzco: Diplomacy: : Valdivia / Qito ( nt )
The Cuzcans, seeing that it would have to be a battle to the death with the True Incans, dispatched emissaries to the north to gain the aid of the Prince of Qito. The Ataurans and Wairau then sortied out of their mountain fastnesses into the coastal provinces of Moche and Chavin while Jutei and his army, now reinforced with more peasant levies, stood poised in the passes of Inca to engage the expected Incan counter-attack...

True Incan Empire: Kaine, as befits an Emperor, counter-attacked both openly and secretly against the nascent Cuzcan state in the north. His embarassement on the field of battle was pushed aside as the Moquequans marched north into Nazca and sent cavalry patrols ahead to scout the passes into Inca itself. At the same time, General Xatzul made a very long march from the far south to bring his army to bear upon the defences of Pucara.

The Moquequans advanced cautiously into Inca, seeking to espy the deployments of the Cuzcan army. Sadly, the prince was no match for Jutei, who ambushed his army at Puquio with a force of 13,000 men. The 4,500 Moquequans turned to face the Cuzcans, and were then taken in the flank by their own mercenaries, who had accepted Jutei's coin to betray the Incan cause. Though Gumra did not betray the Moquequans, they were still annhilated. The prince of Moq was captured, but then died in captivity of his wounds. These cruel events then convinced the prince's son to abandon the [[True Incan Empire|]]Incan cause and to become independent.

Moche was 'liberated' by the Cuzcan allies that invaded it, and their effort to take Chavin as well as easily repelled by the prince of that land. He paid tribute to Inca, true, but kept his own defence. Meanwhile, Xatzul had finally reached the mountainous frontier of Pucara and wound his way slowly and carefully through the passes down into the plains of Pucara. Once through the mountains, Jutei showed himself and his army ( now reinforced by the mercenaries that had betrayed the Moq at Puquio ) and attacked the southerners.

Two armies equal in numbers ( at 18,000 men apiece ) faced off amid the stone terraces of Ayaviri, each determined to bring the ruin of the other. For four days the two armies battered back and forth through the tiny orchards and elevated fields, suffering fierce casualties. On the fifth day, Xatzul could no longer countenance continuing and ordered his men to withdraw at dusk. Gumra, seeing that the battle was far from lost, argued with him to stay, but was overruled. Some of the Incan regiments still wanted to fight and refused Xatzul's orders. The fifth day was confusion for the southerners, and Jutei launched a fierce attack. The Incans broke, but Jutei and Xatzul both were killed. Gumra shepherded the remaining Incans back to Trishka, but then quit the Incan service in digust. The Cuzcans bore the body of Jutei back to the city in a mournful procession. His loss was keenly felt.

1691-1692 T182
Kingdom of Cuzco: Diplomacy: : Valdivia( a ), Qito( ea )
By marriage, Gomon managed to secure the aid of the Valdivians in the north, which was a really good thing, because the True Incans had managed to convince the New French to aid them with money and troops. In any case, the Valdivians marched south into Chimu, hoping to link up with the Ataurans and Wairau in Moche. At the same time, Gomon himself moved his army down into Pucara to stand off any Incan attacks from the south...

The Valdivians arrived in Moche in time to find the Wairau and the Ataurans, dogs that they were, leaving the province entirely. Having accepted large sums in Incan gold, they were repudiating their allegiance to Gomon and returning to their mountain strongholds. Garrisoning Moche, the Valdivians continued south into Chavin. There they found that powerful principality paying tribute to Inca - lord Tzrug and the Valdivians managed to convince the prince to only make the most perfunctory obeisance to Kaine and to let them through, into Nazca, which they then liberated from the Incans.

True Incan Empire: Kaine, his coffers fattened with French guilders, raised another army, placed it under the ill-advised command of Minister Pzultan and sent it north to battle the Cuzcans, again. This time, however, a force of New French went with it. Efforts to secure the services of Lord Gumra and any mercenaries were forestalled by the much larger war in North Amerika. Still, Pzultan's army reached the Pucaran frontier by late 1691 and attacked into the province.

Gomon was waiting for them, his men having had some months to dig in along the mountain passes leading down into the Incan plain. Despite this the Incan-French army attacked him at Ayaviri and, due to their superior numbers defeated the Cuzcans and slew Gomon. Pzultan, exulting in his victory marched on Cuzco itself. Without walls or defenders, the city surrendered to Pzultan and he entered the ancient capital as if a conqueror of old.

While Pzultan was celebrating in Cuzco and eating grapes and drinking wine, the Valdivians had reached Nazca, driven off the local Incan garrison, and also met up with the remnants of Gomon's army. Regrouped, this force then invaded Pucara, cutting off Pzultan's line of supply back into Inca. The Incan-French then sortied from Cuzco to defeat this rabble. At Sayara, the very overconfident Incans and French ( all 7,000 of them )were soundly thrashed by 4,000 Valdivians and Cuzcans. Pzultan was killed and his men slaughtered. The French fled south into Uru themselves to escape the dire sabers and muskets of the northerners. They suffered even more casualties in flight, harried as they were by the Incan cavalry. Hakaen, who had taken command of the Cuzcan troops after Ayaviri now recaptured the capital in turn, and was acclaimed the new Duke of Inca.

If these latest reverses were not enough, at the end of 1692, Kaine died in Calchaqui ( the coughing sickness ) and a minor struggle ensued to determine who would serve as regent for his son, Marco, who was yet ten years of age. An expatriate Irishman won out, though some of his enemies at the court had to die in the process.

1693-1694 T183
Kingdom of Cuzco: Diplomacy: Nazca / Aspero ( f ), Qito( a ), Chimu( a )
While Hakaen ruled from the mountain stronghold of Cuzco; and suffered in an abortive assassination attempt by, apparently, the Aztecs, his son Tuhunu made his way down to Nazca where he found a bride and a new family and province. Soon after this Tuhunu learned that Aztec agents had been active in Chavin, so he marched north with his army to see what was transpiring there. That land still remained loyal to the Incans, but was isolated from them, so Tuhunu entered into negotiations with them to see if they would join Cuzco. This too, they refused.

The Aztec landings were unexpected, even so, with the Red Storm landing in Chimu and the Singing Flame at Moche. The Cuzcan prince of Qito dashed south with his army to contest the landings in Chimu, while Tuhunu abandoned his efforts in Chavin and moved north into Moche.

The Red Storm landing in Chimu, then, was in hot water. Not only had the Qitoans come south, but Chimu itself was equipped with a sizable army. 20,000 Red Storm troops surged ashore in hundreds of boats and established a beachhead at Pacasmayo to find 13,000 Cuzcans waiting for them. The invasion was a debacle. The first landing forces were chewed up in battle on the rocky heights beyond the beach, then the Legion general was killed when his landing boat was hit by a stray Cuzcan artillery round. The Legion retired in disarray, leaving a fair piece of heavy equipment in the surf and retired back to Nan Chao in Guayami.

The Singing Flame attack on Moche met with better success, however, as the Mocheans did not care for the Cuzco either, leaving Tuhunu's army without any support. This Aztec army was 34,000 men strong and well equipped and well led. Tuhunu and his 12,000 men made a game stand at the landing, then got their clocks cleaned. The Aztec troops then spread out and secured the province.

1695-1696 T184
Kingdom of Cuzco: Chavin / Maranga( a )
Hakaen closed up many of the gates of the city in an effort to strengthen it against the inevitable Aztec siege. The duke also spoke to his men, saying "Our nation is going through a difficult moment in our history. It is my intention to establish good relations with the True Incan Empire, and as proof of this, our ships will not create any trouble for Incan merchants. I would like to say the same about the Aztec ships, but until we receive a good reason for their presence in Moche, it is better for them to stay away from our forces." Hakaen was well intentioned, but the Aztecs were in fact intending to destroy his realm.

General Vis and the king of Valdivia, having made their way in secret down into Maranga, convinced the Chavin lord to support them against the Aztecs - who were in the process of invading his nation. Once this arrangement was made, Prince Tuhunu joined them in defence of the coastal province. The Aztec Eagle legion came to battle with 27,000 men and the Chavin / Cuzcans met them with 15,000. Fighting on the approaches to Maranga cost the Aztecs almost seven thousand men, but the Chavin even more. Maranga was besieged. The Eagle legion was loath to test the walls however, and they found themselves stalled in a lenghtly effort to starve the city into submission.

Similarly, in the north, the Singing Flame advanced into Chimu, where the Cuzcan forces gave ground before them abandoning first Chimu and then Valdivia province to hold the city of Qito against the invaders. Unlike the situation at Maranga, here the Singing Flame commander was will to try and root the defenders out of the port. 10,000 Cuzcans held the city against the 29,000 Aztecs, but they were sorely lacking in heavy siege guns and engineers - attributes held in plenty by the Aztecs. Despite stiff resistance by the Cuzcans, the Aztecs handily demolished the defences of the city and poured through two breaches in the wall to secure the victory. The prince of Qito was killed and the king of Chimu captured by the Aztecs.

1697-1698 T185
Aztec Empire: Despite not quite having finished the Imperial School for Girls, princess Dashilúna was dragged out of her final semester and packed off to Government House in Huave to labor at her father's side and learn the techniques and rituals of rule. Trákonel was quite pleased to have her handle all of the domestic matters, for his attention was entirely focused on completing the war against the Cuzco. Thousands more troops, mostly siege engineers and artillery, were sent south to reinforce the Eagle Legion besieging Maranga in Chavin and many mercenaries were hired to beef up the campaign to take Nazca. Victory was close, Trákonel could smell it...

Kingdom of Cuzco: Ataura / Huari ( fa ), Wairajikira ( fa )
Hakaen mustered the last dribs and drabs of men to serve in his army. Once outfitted, the Duke and his son, Tuhunu, slipped north into Ataura in search of aid against the Aztecs. General Vis was sent south to Aspero to try and hold that city against the Aztecs. In Maranga, the food got thin and there were few rats or dogs left in the streets.

Hakaen's travels through the highlands gathered him more troops as he paid the princes of Ataura and Wairau to join him in his war against the northerners; now with a force of almost 24,000 men. This army swept down out of Wairau into Chimu to find that the Aztec armies had cast their weight southwards. The Cuzcans overran Chimu and Moche before the entered Chavin to face the first Aztec host. Unlike previous contests, now Hakaen had equal numbers - 29,000 men against the 30,000 Eagle Legion troops.

The battle of Cerro Azul threatened to decide the entire war in one stroke - Hakaen certainly hoped that it would! The Aztecs had originally taken up positions along a steep sided stream, but were forced to abandon them when the Chavin troops in the city sortied and turned their flank. The Eagle legion fell back about a half-mile to Cerro Azul village, when Hakaen attacked them as they were redeploying. The Eagle commander refused the flank and swung his artillery around to blunt the Cuzcan charge - in moments the field was choked with clouds of black smoke and dust. The first morning was roughly equal, though Hakaen was wounded and the king of Valdivia ( actually a better battle commander ) took control of the Cuzcan force. The Eagle legion had given more ground, losing the vinyard, and their commander was hoping that his cavalry would come up from the south to help out. The afternoon was more of the same, with neither side gaining a clear advantage.

The morning of the next day, however, the Valdivian king had slipped his small cavalry force around the flank of the Aztecs and they attacked out of the rising sun, catching the sleepy Aztecs unprepared. The Aztecs panicked and the Cuzcans smashed into the line as one. Both Eagle commanders were killed and their army scattered. The Cuzcan cavalry washed their sabers well in blood that day. Now Hakaen ( borne in a litter ) ordered his men south to find the other Aztec legions.

The Singing Flame and Earthquake legions, meantime, were busily trying to root General Vis out of Aspero in Nazca when they learned that their backfield had been swept by the Cuzcan counter-attack. Now without a port to supply them, they had little choice but to strike back north, hoping to capture either Maranga or Lucifuge. These forces met Hakaen's army at Yauca on the coast below Maranga. Now with two Legions, the Aztecs had the advantage in numbers again ( 19,000 men vs. 12,000 ), though most of their army was mercenary Dakotan cavalry. Now it was Hakaen's turn to dig in and see if his men could withstand the Aztec onslaught. They could not, despite fierce resistance. Hakaen gave the order to break off, which they did despite the superior numbers of Aztec cavalry and fell back to Maranga.

Now the Singing Flame commander pushed past Maranga to Moche, where once more the Aztecs secured the province, resupplied and waited for reinforcements. Trákonel would not be pleased!

1699-1700 T186
Kingdom of Cuzco: The Duke found that the Aztecs had outbid him for the service of the various gangs of mercenaries that were hanging about. Gritting his teeth he summoned his various war-leaders to him and decided that an attempt would be made to roust the Aztecs out of Moche province first. So, while General Vis hung out in Maranga to improve the defences, Tuhunu Capac and the Valdivians ( in concert with the latest levies from Wairau and Ataura ) swept down out of the hills upon the Singing Flame's encampment at Lucifuge.

The battered remains of the Singing Flame and the Earthquake Legion huddled in their poor fort; but against the swarms of Incans that now surged against the battlements it was the best they got. And they gave an excellent account of themselves, slaughtering piles of the natives. Unfortunately at last a breach was made and the Incans piled inside, hacking and shooting. Both legion commanders were killed and many of their men captured.

The next act opened with the landing of the reinforcement Spear of Fire and Sword of the Empire legions ( comprised of freshly raised infantry levies and a passel of mercenaries) at Lucifuge as well. For reasons that soon became clear, the Cuzcans allowed the Aztec forces to disembark on the wide beach north of the fortress. Then, after everyone was ashore, the natives attacked!

The second battle of Lucifuge was mainly marked by the desertion of the Aztec mercenaries ( well paid, I assure you ) for parts unknown and the pitched struggle in the Sand-Dunes between the remaining 15,000 Aztec troopers and the 16,000 Cuzcans. As the Aztecs were entirely lacking any artillery it was a rough go and about 3,500 of the fresh troops managed to make it back aboard the fleet via longboats. Both of the legion commanders lived, though they were cashiered soon afterwords by a very irate Trákonel.

1701-1702 T187
Kingdom of Cuzco: Moquequa(nt), Wairajikira(n), Ataura(n)
Despite all that they could do to prevent it, the Cuzcans besieging Qito could only watch helplessly (cursing the heavens) while Aztec troops poured into the city in endless numbers. Still, new levies for their own forces were drawn from the Valdivian countryside and the Ataurans and Wairau, as ever, were summoned to war.

At last the Aztecs felt themselves ready and sortied from the city with almost 40,000 men. Against them the Cuzcans had mustered 26,000 of their own troops. Tuhunu Capac, the Cuzcan commander, knew that it was unlikely that they would stop the Aztecs this time, but it was their only chance.

Sadly the day of Yaguachi was marked by base betrayal as the Ataurans (staunch Cuzcan allies for the past nine years) abandoned the Cuzcan lines, marching away to the south. Yes, the Smoking Mirror assassins had done more than bring a knife in the night. Now only 16,000 southerners remained and the Aztecs were already attacking. Those 16,000 Incans made the Aztecs pay dearly, but they at last were swallowed up under wave after wave of Aztec infantry. Now the way south was open!

Chimu, Moche and Chavin were all overrun and Maranga taken in a siege that ended just as winter closed down 1702. The City of a Hundred Gates would be next.

1703-1704 T187
Kingdom of Cuzco: Hakaen was murdered by Aztec agents in the garden of his small home in the City of the Hundred Gates. With his death, the heart was torn out of the Cuzcan realm and with the fall of the city, it too fell. The Incan coast was once more subdued by the might of Aztec. The people wailed to fall under the black banner of the northern savages.

The Kings

  • Jutei 1687-1689
  • Gomon 1689-1691
  • Hakaen 1691-1704

The Players

  • Fernando Belizzi T182-???
  • Mike White ???-T187
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