18 June 1768
To the Rulers of 18th Century Apocryphal Europe,
Gentlemen, it is with great urgency that we assure you of Stollen’s most profound wish for peace above all. We have no desire to be caught in the middle of a general conflict between the Emperor and the Elector, although our sympathies rest largely with the latter, thanks to the recent influx of trade and commerce from Europe and the
Unfortunately, our most immediate political troubles can be found closer to home. As you might know, rumors persist about the presence of enemy agents in the Grand Duchy. Indeed, some sources suggest that the very government of Stollen itself has been infiltrated by spies from the Electorate of Zichenau. As a result of these rumors, paranoia and fear increase daily among members of the Stollenian ministry, the bureaucracy, and the general population here in Krankenstadt. We are also concerned because it is widely known that Zichenau has allied itself with, and agreed to make its troops available to serve in a larger coalition army under the leadership of, the Emperor should the military situation in Fictitious 18th century Europe warrant it.
Equally troubling is the military situation unfolding at our doorstep. Our own scouts report that a large regiment of white-coated grenadiers has been spotted on maneuvers uncomfortably close to Stollen’s frontier. Nearby villagers report seeing armed foragers, presumably from the same body of troops, who have apparently strayed onto our side of the Lesser Zwischen, the river separating Stollen and Zichenau. A detachment of dragoons and household infantry under Colonel von Spasticus has been sent to region, to observe and ascertain whether there is any truth to these stories.
If these two items were not troubling enough, word has reached Krankenstadt today that a large mercenary regiment of heavy horse has been hired by Zichenau and is now en route from
So far, our ruler Irwin-Amadeus II has not seen fit to call for a general mobilization of Stollen’s small army – despite advice to the contrary. His rather circumspect way of handling these recent political and military developments notwithstanding, recruiting by the Stollenian army continues. However, it will probably be several months before our forces are fully prepared to take the field against Zichenau, to restore order and stability along our frontier.
With these issues in mind, we wish to stress yet again our wish for continued peace and prosperity in the imaginary
Herr Udo Dirkschneider von Pfeffernuβe, Foreign Minister
Herr Hans Karl von Wilkowiczeske, Senior Member of the Stollenian Cabinet
Herr Heinrich-Schatzi von Pelznikkel, Minister of War