July 1543 - April 1644
The Protestants made good their retreat with no further losses. Wallenstein got a bit carried away and ran out of supplies during his abortive pursuit. He lost some lads to attrition before he made it safely back to Frankfurt. The only other event over the winter is the outbreak of a civil war in England. More heretic mischief, but at least it forces England out of the war. English troops and money are withdrawn, a small loss to the Protestants, but every little bit helps! Alas the child King of France, Louis XIV, had decided to continue the war against the Hapsburgs. At least his first minister, Cardinal Mazarin (yet another Italian hell-spawn!) has deemed it in France's best interests to do so. Not that French armies have accomplished much so far, although their money has been instrumental in the Swedish successes.
So, as the 1644 (!) campaign season opens, the situation is as follows (remarkably like 1643, actually):
Feria is at Mainz, Wallenstein at Frankfurt and Bucquoy at Wurzburg. Francisco is at Brussels. The Catholics remain on the defensive due to a lack of funds. They have 85 gold and their armies require 6 gold a month in upkeep. Precious little is left for replacements.
The heretics are faced with exactly the same dilemma as last year: how to establish a foothold in the Palatinate? Attacking Frankfurt frontally has failed, so some new strategy is required. An attack on Koln with the French in support? A move on Wurzburg, a city with a large depot and unprotected by a river? An offensive in Bohemia is out of the question since Saxony never entered the war on the Protestants behalf (despite a decade of 100% Protestant diplomatic support). Tiny cities, long distances, mountains and forests - no, Bohemia is unapproachable at this point. Decisions, decisions, decisions... (The heretics have 209 gold for this year's campaign. Their armies require 5 gold/month for upkeep.)
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