Monday 26 November 2012


A very brief overview.
At the start of the 15th century, we find Austria with a similar division as Bavaria; an Upper and Lower Austria, each of two duchies. Unlike Bavaria, the Austrian domains were a result of political unification and a last will of a dying Duchess.

During the war against Hungary, Ottokar II of Bohemia managed to unite Styria with Austria in 1261 and later added Carinthia and Carniola in 1269. After his defeat by Rudolph I of Germany in 1278, the House of Hapsburg reigned until WWI.

In the 14th and 15th century, lands in the vicinity were acquired, the most significant being Tyrol, bequeathed to Rudolph IV of Austria in 1363. Following the reign of Rudolph IV, the domains, under the Treaty of Neuberg 1379, were distributed between his brothers Albert III and Leopold III to what is known as Upper and Lower Austria. 

Schloss - Tirol (Wiki).

Upper Austria included Salzburg and later Tyrol (Albert III)
Arch Duchy of Austria, Vienna (residence),
Country of Tyrol, Brixen (residence),

Lower Austria included Styria, Karnthen and Carniola (Leopold III)
County of Karinthia, Klagenfurth (residence),
County of Carniola, Lubach (residence), 

Austria in the Campaign
At the campaign opening, Austria has little interaction with Bavaria other than utilizing the water and land corridors en route to Switzerland. During Bavaria's internal squabbles, Austria can intermediate on their behalf. As the game progresses, Austria's attention will be directed to the political changes taking place in the east, the rise of the Ottomans. 

Austrian Army list
IV/13b Medieval German army 1151-1439 AD:
1 x General (Kn),
3 x knights (Kn),
1 x knights (Kn) or crossbowmen, either mounted (Cv) or on foot (Cb),
1 x crossbowmen (Cb),
2 x city guards (Bd),
2 x mercenaries (Bd or Pk) or city militia (Sp) or retainers (Hd),
2 x archers (Ps).

Terrain Type: Arable. Aggression: 2 Like Bavaria, the geography of Austria overlaps several types; Arable, Hilly and Forest. 


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