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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Aryan79 in Poll Ongoing | Ad Nova Aurora - A Victorian Era Mod | Visit the Discord   
    AD NOVA AURORA is a “Victorian Era” based scenario, which will try to include different polities which existed during said time period. From the renewed map of Post Napoleonic Europe, to the fairly recent Latin American republics, and from the Great Plains of the Midwest North America, to the princely states of India. A world full of possibilities, situated just at the dawn of a new era, with the rise of nationalism, colonization and new political ideologies.
    The difference between this version, and the previous one I made in the “scenarios” category (and the Conqueror’s scenario too), is that now (after some decisions here and there), we decided to include more content to the mod (we also won’t be using Addon+ as the base of the mod this time).
    The bigger difference to the original would also be the inclusion of a “revamped” version of the map, where, instead of creating a totally new one, this one will be based off the vanilla one, but with a lot of modified provinces (so the borders of the 19th and early 20th century were possible to represent).
    Link to our discord: https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    Link to our “previous” versions (The 1830 scenario: “Dawn of an Era”):
     The original scenario thread, where you can DOWNLOAD THE BETA, and see the development of the first stage of the mod:
     
    “Conqueror’s” port. The scenario is also present in the mod from version 1.5 onwards. This version also fixed some things of the previous beta above:
     
    What we’ve already added/are working mostly into it:
             More provinces for the vanilla map          Over 300+ new nations from all over the world. We plan to up this number even more, with ton of new possible nations for the player to choose from.          New flags for a lot of the civs, giving the change of ideologies a different aesthetic and identity too.          A “perfected” version of the 1830 start date scenario.          New Music, to give a much more atmospheric feeling to the player.           New ideologies, with custom icons. This ideologies will try to reflect the different currents of political thought that either already existed or appeared during those years.          An original alternate history scenario, based off a premise we can’t reveal (for now!).          New Formable nations, from historical sources, to other more “fictional” ones. ·         Changes to various names of things (example: Change “vassal” to “protectorate”, change “diseases” to “situations”, etc).
    What we plan to do in the future:
             New scenarios, going from the Congress of Vienna to the early years of the 20th century.          Events for different scenarios.          New UI and sounds.          The option to change AI aggressiveness to 0.          Hopefully, a new Map Background.          New terrain pictures. Those are our “achievable” goals. We could try to reach other things, but we don’t want to be too ambitious hahaha. We will probably be working by “stages”, trying to complete objectives little by little (this mod will probably take some time to be completed, but we will probably release beta versions, or an initial release with expansions coming after).
    I’ll use this thread to post important advancements or “Dev Diaries” (maybe even the “To Fix” section I had in the scenario thread could return here). Also, most answers could be either done by me or @Commieslav, in case someone has a question about the mod. Most “instant info” will probably be given at the discord.
    I want to also give a huge thanks to everyone who has given me and the team either help, encouragement, congratulations, corrections, and useful critics to the “predecessor” of this mod! We hope to bring even more enjoyable content to the community with this one too!
     

     
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Inspector in How i add my own crown to the ideology i created?   
    Find the "UI" folder, and inside there should be various folders (one named icons and others called "H", "XH", "XXH", etc. I'm pretty sure this last ones are for different sizes of the map.), where each of them has a "crowns" folder. Just copy one of the existing ideologies format and change it to yours. Hope that this advice helps 🙂.
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Aryan79 in Beta Download | At the Dawn of an Era - A Victorian Era "Mod" |   
    “And so it was the the Dawn of an Era, where as some nations may find their place in the sun, others would simply fall into darkness”
    Scenarios and Mods involving the famous 1830~ start date are pretty common, but even so, I wanted to try my hand at it. Being sincere, I’m posting this W.I.P since I’ve already lost all my progress once, and recently half of it too, so for it to not be another dead project, I wanted to at least show it, and search for some help on the forum.
    Anyway, getting back on track, one of the objectives of this so called mod was to “cover” the number of uncolonized/neutral provinces that appeared on most Victorian Age scenarios, and so with this, one could prevent the “Implausable colonizers”, (such as having early Qing colonies on the coast of Africa, or vice-versa, provinces that should be colonized being barren of any owner until really late on the game, such as provinces on the middle of North America), but most importantly, to give the possibility to the player to play as obscure but historical states or people’s which weren’t represented already on the game, this counts specially for regions such as Southern Africa, the Patagonian region, the Caucasus, Indonesia, Central Asia, etc.  
    So with this in mind, the player has more options on how to play the game, changing a little bit the structure for colonization, etc.
    RELEASE: The Released version down here is a Beta of the project. It still has some errors which need correction, but I decided to release it in the hopes of receiving feedback.
    ANDROID VERSION: 
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/17Ik8gs7n7Xb5j8ApQtrLHaVL162b0Z8_/view?usp=sharingT
    PC VERSION: Soon...
    THE WORLD MAP SO FAR:
    UPDATED (December 24th 2020-Android Version):

    UPDATED (December 3rd 2020):


    OLD (July 2020):

    *Keep in mind, a lot of things are subject to change*
    Miscellaneous Pics: 











    (THE IMAGES ABOVE ARE OLD SCREENSHOTS. FOR NEWER ONES, READ THE THREAD. I'LL EVENTUALLY UPDATE SOME  OF THE ABOVE.)
    Implemented Features:
    -New flags for various nations -270+ New Nations (and counting!) -Alternative flags and name for different ideologies of a nation (Example: "Tigray" being "Lordship of Tigray" as a monarchy or the "Tigray People's Democratic Republic" with the socialist ideology). More and revamped formable nations.
    Planned Features: 
    More nations (since there's still incomplete parts of the world such as India or Central Africa). A new type of ideology: "traditional state", specially designed for states which aren't tribal, but still have a chiefdom type of organization. Changes on the name of some things: "Vassal state" to "Satellite State", etc. Change the name of "Diseases", to represent "Situations", depending on the year. (Ex: "minor nationalist uprising" starting on 1844 or  "medium labour strike", etc). More Scenarios [ *Just ideas, probably not all of them* ]: "The revolutions of 1848", "The Crimean War(1853)", "1857", "1860", "Winds of Unification: 1865", " La Belle Époque (1871)", "1879", "The Great Scramble(1884)", "Sino-Japanese war: 1894", "1900", "Administrative divisions of 1900", "Moroccan Crisis: 1905". [There could be scenerios up to 1939, but with this ideas is probably more than enough for now]. New UI. More provinces and , wishfully, a new map background. Events (not for all scenarios though).
    Thanks for reading all of this.
    PD: If anyone wants to help with this project, contact me through this account.
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Distrion in Poll Ongoing | Ad Nova Aurora - A Victorian Era Mod | Visit the Discord   
    AD NOVA AURORA is a “Victorian Era” based scenario, which will try to include different polities which existed during said time period. From the renewed map of Post Napoleonic Europe, to the fairly recent Latin American republics, and from the Great Plains of the Midwest North America, to the princely states of India. A world full of possibilities, situated just at the dawn of a new era, with the rise of nationalism, colonization and new political ideologies.
    The difference between this version, and the previous one I made in the “scenarios” category (and the Conqueror’s scenario too), is that now (after some decisions here and there), we decided to include more content to the mod (we also won’t be using Addon+ as the base of the mod this time).
    The bigger difference to the original would also be the inclusion of a “revamped” version of the map, where, instead of creating a totally new one, this one will be based off the vanilla one, but with a lot of modified provinces (so the borders of the 19th and early 20th century were possible to represent).
    Link to our discord: https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    Link to our “previous” versions (The 1830 scenario: “Dawn of an Era”):
     The original scenario thread, where you can DOWNLOAD THE BETA, and see the development of the first stage of the mod:
     
    “Conqueror’s” port. The scenario is also present in the mod from version 1.5 onwards. This version also fixed some things of the previous beta above:
     
    What we’ve already added/are working mostly into it:
             More provinces for the vanilla map          Over 300+ new nations from all over the world. We plan to up this number even more, with ton of new possible nations for the player to choose from.          New flags for a lot of the civs, giving the change of ideologies a different aesthetic and identity too.          A “perfected” version of the 1830 start date scenario.          New Music, to give a much more atmospheric feeling to the player.           New ideologies, with custom icons. This ideologies will try to reflect the different currents of political thought that either already existed or appeared during those years.          An original alternate history scenario, based off a premise we can’t reveal (for now!).          New Formable nations, from historical sources, to other more “fictional” ones. ·         Changes to various names of things (example: Change “vassal” to “protectorate”, change “diseases” to “situations”, etc).
    What we plan to do in the future:
             New scenarios, going from the Congress of Vienna to the early years of the 20th century.          Events for different scenarios.          New UI and sounds.          The option to change AI aggressiveness to 0.          Hopefully, a new Map Background.          New terrain pictures. Those are our “achievable” goals. We could try to reach other things, but we don’t want to be too ambitious hahaha. We will probably be working by “stages”, trying to complete objectives little by little (this mod will probably take some time to be completed, but we will probably release beta versions, or an initial release with expansions coming after).
    I’ll use this thread to post important advancements or “Dev Diaries” (maybe even the “To Fix” section I had in the scenario thread could return here). Also, most answers could be either done by me or @Commieslav, in case someone has a question about the mod. Most “instant info” will probably be given at the discord.
    I want to also give a huge thanks to everyone who has given me and the team either help, encouragement, congratulations, corrections, and useful critics to the “predecessor” of this mod! We hope to bring even more enjoyable content to the community with this one too!
     

     
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Lim10 in ✠ 𝕱𝖔𝖗𝖚𝖒 𝕺𝖋𝖋𝖎𝖈𝖎𝖆𝖑 ✠ Gathering Storm 1936 (HOI4 STYLE) W.I.P   
    It looks really good! The color palette really helps with bringing that HOI4 like atmosphere to the scenario.
    I wonder if some nations will have some custom alternate history paths.
    Anyways, nice job overall.
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Amogus123 in Red Flood Mod AOH2   
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    I had to do it...sorry
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Cjskks in Poll Ongoing | Ad Nova Aurora - A Victorian Era Mod | Visit the Discord   
    AD NOVA AURORA is a “Victorian Era” based scenario, which will try to include different polities which existed during said time period. From the renewed map of Post Napoleonic Europe, to the fairly recent Latin American republics, and from the Great Plains of the Midwest North America, to the princely states of India. A world full of possibilities, situated just at the dawn of a new era, with the rise of nationalism, colonization and new political ideologies.
    The difference between this version, and the previous one I made in the “scenarios” category (and the Conqueror’s scenario too), is that now (after some decisions here and there), we decided to include more content to the mod (we also won’t be using Addon+ as the base of the mod this time).
    The bigger difference to the original would also be the inclusion of a “revamped” version of the map, where, instead of creating a totally new one, this one will be based off the vanilla one, but with a lot of modified provinces (so the borders of the 19th and early 20th century were possible to represent).
    Link to our discord: https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    Link to our “previous” versions (The 1830 scenario: “Dawn of an Era”):
     The original scenario thread, where you can DOWNLOAD THE BETA, and see the development of the first stage of the mod:
     
    “Conqueror’s” port. The scenario is also present in the mod from version 1.5 onwards. This version also fixed some things of the previous beta above:
     
    What we’ve already added/are working mostly into it:
             More provinces for the vanilla map          Over 300+ new nations from all over the world. We plan to up this number even more, with ton of new possible nations for the player to choose from.          New flags for a lot of the civs, giving the change of ideologies a different aesthetic and identity too.          A “perfected” version of the 1830 start date scenario.          New Music, to give a much more atmospheric feeling to the player.           New ideologies, with custom icons. This ideologies will try to reflect the different currents of political thought that either already existed or appeared during those years.          An original alternate history scenario, based off a premise we can’t reveal (for now!).          New Formable nations, from historical sources, to other more “fictional” ones. ·         Changes to various names of things (example: Change “vassal” to “protectorate”, change “diseases” to “situations”, etc).
    What we plan to do in the future:
             New scenarios, going from the Congress of Vienna to the early years of the 20th century.          Events for different scenarios.          New UI and sounds.          The option to change AI aggressiveness to 0.          Hopefully, a new Map Background.          New terrain pictures. Those are our “achievable” goals. We could try to reach other things, but we don’t want to be too ambitious hahaha. We will probably be working by “stages”, trying to complete objectives little by little (this mod will probably take some time to be completed, but we will probably release beta versions, or an initial release with expansions coming after).
    I’ll use this thread to post important advancements or “Dev Diaries” (maybe even the “To Fix” section I had in the scenario thread could return here). Also, most answers could be either done by me or @Commieslav, in case someone has a question about the mod. Most “instant info” will probably be given at the discord.
    I want to also give a huge thanks to everyone who has given me and the team either help, encouragement, congratulations, corrections, and useful critics to the “predecessor” of this mod! We hope to bring even more enjoyable content to the community with this one too!
     

     
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from RapidestJarl635 in Poll Ongoing | Ad Nova Aurora - A Victorian Era Mod | Visit the Discord   
    AD NOVA AURORA is a “Victorian Era” based scenario, which will try to include different polities which existed during said time period. From the renewed map of Post Napoleonic Europe, to the fairly recent Latin American republics, and from the Great Plains of the Midwest North America, to the princely states of India. A world full of possibilities, situated just at the dawn of a new era, with the rise of nationalism, colonization and new political ideologies.
    The difference between this version, and the previous one I made in the “scenarios” category (and the Conqueror’s scenario too), is that now (after some decisions here and there), we decided to include more content to the mod (we also won’t be using Addon+ as the base of the mod this time).
    The bigger difference to the original would also be the inclusion of a “revamped” version of the map, where, instead of creating a totally new one, this one will be based off the vanilla one, but with a lot of modified provinces (so the borders of the 19th and early 20th century were possible to represent).
    Link to our discord: https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    Link to our “previous” versions (The 1830 scenario: “Dawn of an Era”):
     The original scenario thread, where you can DOWNLOAD THE BETA, and see the development of the first stage of the mod:
     
    “Conqueror’s” port. The scenario is also present in the mod from version 1.5 onwards. This version also fixed some things of the previous beta above:
     
    What we’ve already added/are working mostly into it:
             More provinces for the vanilla map          Over 300+ new nations from all over the world. We plan to up this number even more, with ton of new possible nations for the player to choose from.          New flags for a lot of the civs, giving the change of ideologies a different aesthetic and identity too.          A “perfected” version of the 1830 start date scenario.          New Music, to give a much more atmospheric feeling to the player.           New ideologies, with custom icons. This ideologies will try to reflect the different currents of political thought that either already existed or appeared during those years.          An original alternate history scenario, based off a premise we can’t reveal (for now!).          New Formable nations, from historical sources, to other more “fictional” ones. ·         Changes to various names of things (example: Change “vassal” to “protectorate”, change “diseases” to “situations”, etc).
    What we plan to do in the future:
             New scenarios, going from the Congress of Vienna to the early years of the 20th century.          Events for different scenarios.          New UI and sounds.          The option to change AI aggressiveness to 0.          Hopefully, a new Map Background.          New terrain pictures. Those are our “achievable” goals. We could try to reach other things, but we don’t want to be too ambitious hahaha. We will probably be working by “stages”, trying to complete objectives little by little (this mod will probably take some time to be completed, but we will probably release beta versions, or an initial release with expansions coming after).
    I’ll use this thread to post important advancements or “Dev Diaries” (maybe even the “To Fix” section I had in the scenario thread could return here). Also, most answers could be either done by me or @Commieslav, in case someone has a question about the mod. Most “instant info” will probably be given at the discord.
    I want to also give a huge thanks to everyone who has given me and the team either help, encouragement, congratulations, corrections, and useful critics to the “predecessor” of this mod! We hope to bring even more enjoyable content to the community with this one too!
     

     
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Animapping in Poll Ongoing | Ad Nova Aurora - A Victorian Era Mod | Visit the Discord   
    AD NOVA AURORA is a “Victorian Era” based scenario, which will try to include different polities which existed during said time period. From the renewed map of Post Napoleonic Europe, to the fairly recent Latin American republics, and from the Great Plains of the Midwest North America, to the princely states of India. A world full of possibilities, situated just at the dawn of a new era, with the rise of nationalism, colonization and new political ideologies.
    The difference between this version, and the previous one I made in the “scenarios” category (and the Conqueror’s scenario too), is that now (after some decisions here and there), we decided to include more content to the mod (we also won’t be using Addon+ as the base of the mod this time).
    The bigger difference to the original would also be the inclusion of a “revamped” version of the map, where, instead of creating a totally new one, this one will be based off the vanilla one, but with a lot of modified provinces (so the borders of the 19th and early 20th century were possible to represent).
    Link to our discord: https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    Link to our “previous” versions (The 1830 scenario: “Dawn of an Era”):
     The original scenario thread, where you can DOWNLOAD THE BETA, and see the development of the first stage of the mod:
     
    “Conqueror’s” port. The scenario is also present in the mod from version 1.5 onwards. This version also fixed some things of the previous beta above:
     
    What we’ve already added/are working mostly into it:
             More provinces for the vanilla map          Over 300+ new nations from all over the world. We plan to up this number even more, with ton of new possible nations for the player to choose from.          New flags for a lot of the civs, giving the change of ideologies a different aesthetic and identity too.          A “perfected” version of the 1830 start date scenario.          New Music, to give a much more atmospheric feeling to the player.           New ideologies, with custom icons. This ideologies will try to reflect the different currents of political thought that either already existed or appeared during those years.          An original alternate history scenario, based off a premise we can’t reveal (for now!).          New Formable nations, from historical sources, to other more “fictional” ones. ·         Changes to various names of things (example: Change “vassal” to “protectorate”, change “diseases” to “situations”, etc).
    What we plan to do in the future:
             New scenarios, going from the Congress of Vienna to the early years of the 20th century.          Events for different scenarios.          New UI and sounds.          The option to change AI aggressiveness to 0.          Hopefully, a new Map Background.          New terrain pictures. Those are our “achievable” goals. We could try to reach other things, but we don’t want to be too ambitious hahaha. We will probably be working by “stages”, trying to complete objectives little by little (this mod will probably take some time to be completed, but we will probably release beta versions, or an initial release with expansions coming after).
    I’ll use this thread to post important advancements or “Dev Diaries” (maybe even the “To Fix” section I had in the scenario thread could return here). Also, most answers could be either done by me or @Commieslav, in case someone has a question about the mod. Most “instant info” will probably be given at the discord.
    I want to also give a huge thanks to everyone who has given me and the team either help, encouragement, congratulations, corrections, and useful critics to the “predecessor” of this mod! We hope to bring even more enjoyable content to the community with this one too!
     

     
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Animapping in Beta Download | At the Dawn of an Era - A Victorian Era "Mod" |   
    LITTLE UPDATE: SHOWCASE OF FLAGS FROM THE UNFEDERATED MALAY STATES OF "BRITISH MALAYA"!
    A collection of kingdoms of the malay penninsula. Being put in the middle of the growing influence of the British Empire on the area while at the same time some of them starting the game as satellites to the Rattanakosin Kingdom of Siam. The struggle for the dominion of this region could even mean the future for the domination of South East Asia.

    So, here they are. The different "unfederated" states of Malaya. I've decided to confect a variety of flags for different ideologies for the nations, trying to keep a balance on keeping them "historicaly accurate", mantaining some cultural elements or simply the given meaning of them, keeping them as being able to "stand-out"/keeping the "rule of cool", and being wary of copyng victoria 2 too much on the made up flags (especially relevant for HFM). The previous "personal" rules are important not only for the flags of this area, but for most of the ones present on the mod.
    Another note for this post is that, originally I was going to post the second part of the chart, which includes the Federated Malay States, and the different Colonial flags for the different British settlements (and maybe I would also craft flags for alternate colonies, such as Dutch or Portuguese Malacca?). But in the end, a mix of university work and perfectionism, since the amount of flags wasn't enough for me at least to be able to present, I ended up deciding on posting it later (probably on the weekend), but as this part of the chart is ready,  there wouldn't be a problem on presenting it. Thanks for reading my rambling again.
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Animapping in Beta Download | At the Dawn of an Era - A Victorian Era "Mod" |   
    “And so it was the the Dawn of an Era, where as some nations may find their place in the sun, others would simply fall into darkness”
    Scenarios and Mods involving the famous 1830~ start date are pretty common, but even so, I wanted to try my hand at it. Being sincere, I’m posting this W.I.P since I’ve already lost all my progress once, and recently half of it too, so for it to not be another dead project, I wanted to at least show it, and search for some help on the forum.
    Anyway, getting back on track, one of the objectives of this so called mod was to “cover” the number of uncolonized/neutral provinces that appeared on most Victorian Age scenarios, and so with this, one could prevent the “Implausable colonizers”, (such as having early Qing colonies on the coast of Africa, or vice-versa, provinces that should be colonized being barren of any owner until really late on the game, such as provinces on the middle of North America), but most importantly, to give the possibility to the player to play as obscure but historical states or people’s which weren’t represented already on the game, this counts specially for regions such as Southern Africa, the Patagonian region, the Caucasus, Indonesia, Central Asia, etc.  
    So with this in mind, the player has more options on how to play the game, changing a little bit the structure for colonization, etc.
    RELEASE: The Released version down here is a Beta of the project. It still has some errors which need correction, but I decided to release it in the hopes of receiving feedback.
    ANDROID VERSION: 
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/17Ik8gs7n7Xb5j8ApQtrLHaVL162b0Z8_/view?usp=sharingT
    PC VERSION: Soon...
    THE WORLD MAP SO FAR:
    UPDATED (December 24th 2020-Android Version):

    UPDATED (December 3rd 2020):


    OLD (July 2020):

    *Keep in mind, a lot of things are subject to change*
    Miscellaneous Pics: 











    (THE IMAGES ABOVE ARE OLD SCREENSHOTS. FOR NEWER ONES, READ THE THREAD. I'LL EVENTUALLY UPDATE SOME  OF THE ABOVE.)
    Implemented Features:
    -New flags for various nations -270+ New Nations (and counting!) -Alternative flags and name for different ideologies of a nation (Example: "Tigray" being "Lordship of Tigray" as a monarchy or the "Tigray People's Democratic Republic" with the socialist ideology). More and revamped formable nations.
    Planned Features: 
    More nations (since there's still incomplete parts of the world such as India or Central Africa). A new type of ideology: "traditional state", specially designed for states which aren't tribal, but still have a chiefdom type of organization. Changes on the name of some things: "Vassal state" to "Satellite State", etc. Change the name of "Diseases", to represent "Situations", depending on the year. (Ex: "minor nationalist uprising" starting on 1844 or  "medium labour strike", etc). More Scenarios [ *Just ideas, probably not all of them* ]: "The revolutions of 1848", "The Crimean War(1853)", "1857", "1860", "Winds of Unification: 1865", " La Belle Époque (1871)", "1879", "The Great Scramble(1884)", "Sino-Japanese war: 1894", "1900", "Administrative divisions of 1900", "Moroccan Crisis: 1905". [There could be scenerios up to 1939, but with this ideas is probably more than enough for now]. New UI. More provinces and , wishfully, a new map background. Events (not for all scenarios though).
    Thanks for reading all of this.
    PD: If anyone wants to help with this project, contact me through this account.
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Tiziazxc9365 3 in Poll Ongoing | Ad Nova Aurora - A Victorian Era Mod | Visit the Discord   
    Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Dev-Diary of our mod. It tries to settle a bit about the area and explains how we work with some things in the game. It may be a little too long, but I hope you enjoy it.
    If you want to see more about the development, you can also visit our discord channel (I fixed the link in the opening topic): https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    There's a lot of info in our research channel there, so you can see an even more in-depth look at our sources.
    SOUTHERN CAUCASUS/TRANSCAUCASIA DEV-DIARY:

    Nations at the start date. For more details about their flags and the provinces, look at the "Map" section below.
    The Caucasus region, a land of mountains, fresh air, and various ethnic groups with a lot of different and interesting traditions. In general, it has been a really interesting place from a great part of history, and the 19th century is not the exception, after all, it’s located in the border of three empires (being the Russian, Ottoman and Qajar empires), with their correspondent protectorates/buffer states stuck in the middle. Most importantly, the region had started to see some important border changes from during this period, being the Russian Expansion into the south one of the most important cases.

    We have to mention obviously that before our start date (in the 1830’s), the Russians got the higher ground over this mountains.
    http://xn--b1aaibpv0aet4h1a.xn--p1ai/forums/uploads/gallery/album_19/gallery_4_19_526588.jpg
    The Qajar Dynasty, which took power in Persia after the collapse the Zand dynasty (As good of a ruler Karim Khan Zand was, and all his campaigns against the Qajar chiefs, his “archenemies”, his successor simply couldn’t keep the throne against them). At their first years, the Qajars wanted to reestablish Iran’s power over Georgia, and with Russia focused over other problems (like the ongoing consequences of the French Revolution), they partly achieved that goal in 1795 after the battle of Krtsanisi, occupying thus Georgia for a brief period of time…but this victory would carried some political consequences with Russia, which would later ruin the ambitions of the Qajars over Transcaucasia and Dagestan. With the Russian annexation of Kartli-Kakheti in 1801, of the Elisu Sultanate in 1803, and the capture of the key fortress of Ganja (subsequently Elisabethpol) in 1804, served as the catalyst for the “Russo-Persian war” of 1804-1813. In the end, with the treaty of Gulistan, the results were obvious: Russia won; the Qajars had to cede Georgia, and parts of Azerbaijan and Southern Dagestan; and most of the Khanates of the Caucasus (Baku, Shirvan, Shaki, among others), became either protectorates of Russia or outright annexed to the empire.
    But this wasn’t the end, and the Shah of Iran knew it. It was just a breeze of armed peace, which would be followed by another war…And that’s what happened in 1826. As Russia just ended settling up the problems it had with the “Decembrist Revolt” (during the interregnum that followed the death of Alexander I), the Qajar forces invaded the Russian protectorates of the Talysh and Karabakh khanates, without declaring war, and “turned” them to their joining their side. The campaign’s goal was to recapture Tiflis and push the Russians to the other side of the Terek River. The offensive seemed to work at first, but after a Russian counter attack, the Qajars and their allied khanates got into horrible setbacks, until the decisive capture of Echmiadzin in the Erevan khanate, followed by the Russian advance to Tabriz, the war was a tremendous loss for Iran.

    Siege and Capture of Erivan.
    The treaty of Turkmenchay then was settled, confirming a Russian hegemony in the Caucasus, the passing of the khanates of Erivan and Nakhichevan to the Russian Empire, migration of a considerable number of Armenian subjects of Persia into the region (causing some population changes), and the undermining of British interests in Persia (setting up a new stage in the “Great Game”). And now, in the 1830’s, Qajar Iran sits as an empire which is slowly losing strength of its previous glory, perhaps an skilled player could return them into their old glory?
    But not all conflicts were in-between Persia and Russia. The Ottomans also had interests in the region…which they also lost. Although in the Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812 they didn’t lost a lot in the Caucasus, as the “Danubian Theater” was much more important during the war, and that was where they lost the region of Bessarabia. Later, the Russo Turkish War of 1828-1829, sometimes considered as part of the Greek War of Independence, saw some more significant action in the area. The Russians sieged and captured Kars and later Erzurum. Ultimately, the Ottomans also lost this war and had to sign the “Treaty of Adrianopole”, and with it they lost quite some stuff: While the Russians ended up with most ports of the eastern side of the Black Sea now under their control and their previous conquests of previous Persian territory, the Ottomans also had to ratify the autonomy of the Principality of Serbia, to finally recognize the independence of the Greeks, and, pay some economic indemnities, and to give more autonomy to the Danubian Principalities, while at the same time, giving Russia permission to occupy them until the indemnity was paid (this is the reason why in the original scenario and the Conqueror’s one, Russia starts with military access to Wallachia and Moldavia…I may go much more in-depth over the topics about the Principalities and the Greek War of Independence in a later entry). This war ended just before the start date, so the Ottomans may start with an event explaining the situation, or at least, with a negative treasury and lower happiness.

    And with the previous, you see why Russia starts at the top in the region, with new territories and vassals, which will probably rebel at some point, since even if they have control of the area, will the Russians be able to hold the different peoples of Transcaucasia under their yoke?
    To understand that, we have to go more in depth over the different “minor nations” (both existent at the start date or recently annexed) of the Southern Caucasus Area.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2yvZW7WxXx8/VefrpCPMIeI/AAAAAAAABSE/23w0bYAlM4g/s1600/Map%2B2.JPG
    In the case of Georgia, although the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti was annexed in 1801 and turned into the “Georgian Governorate”, some of the more little principalities survived for some a little more time as protectorates, much more akin to “rump states”. Their autonomy varied, and some regions were practically free thanks to their isolation (like “Free Svaneti”). At the start date, the Kingdom of Imereti was already annexed to Russia in 1810, an the same happened to the Principality of Guria in 1829, leaving then only the Principalities of Mengrelia and Svaneti remain as “independent”…well, and an area of Svaneti called “Free Svaneti”, “feudal” holdouts which refused both the suzerainty the Russian Empire and the Principality of Svaneti (under the House of Dadeshkeliani). Abkhazia also persisted as an autonomous principality until 1864 (they also had a revolt in 1866…but it failed and because of it, a good amount of the population was obligated to flee the country, resulting in a great decrease of population for the area).

    For the Armenians, things were going particularly “better”, since around 30,000 Armenians came back to “their lands”, migrating from the Qajar Empire. This caused an important religious and demographic shift in the region of modern day Armenia, considering that during the Erivan Khanate’s reign, the Muslim population was the majority, with the Armenian Christian being a minority. The Muslim population (Iranians, Turkics, Kurds, etc.) then preferred to migrate to other “Muslim lands” (like the Ottoman Empire or Persia), making the shift much more notorious. An important Armenian related, but mostly overlooked part to talk about here would be the Melikdoms of Karabakh, five principalities ruled by “Meliks” (Designated Armenian noble title in various Eastern Armenian lands), which appeared after the dissolution of the “Principality of Kachen” in the 15th century, and survived until 1822, when the Russian Empire abolished ethnic feudal formations. The Melikdoms were almost always semi-independent and even often fully independent. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Nagorno-Karabakh became an epicenter of the idea of re-creating an independent Armenian state; this state would be allied with Georgia and protected by Russia and European powers, but the plan didn’t seem to ever get on track…we could perhaps some event for it, where the Meliks, which became then Russian nobles, could convince either Russia to cede to their requests, or rebel by themselves.

    On the other side, we have the remaining khanates of Azerbaijan. Humiliated, after the wars Russo-Persian wars some years ago, almost all of them are gone. The Fortified Ganja Khante annexed, the Karabakh Khanate abolished, the proud Erevan Khanate was ceded to the Russian Authorities, and the same fate was bestowed to Shirvan, Nakchivan, Shaki, Baku, Talysh and Shirvan. The only persisting one, in the southern Caucasus, at the start date would be the Tsakhur controlled “Elisu Sultanate”, which would soon see its demise in 1844 too. This doesn’t mean that the Russians were in total control, since the different khans and peoples in general would still resist the Russian forces, and with the Caucasus Imamate in the other side of the mountains, perhaps they could get inspired to also rebel, either united under one banner, divided by their cultural allegiance, or perhaps with the help of Persia…This all depends on what the player decides (with a little help of the events that we will leave in the scenario of course).
    As a sort of additional note, most of the nations mentioned above, will probably start as cores inside the area, making it more unstable.
    THE MAP
    With all those things in mind, this would leave us with the map looking somewhat similar to this:

    All the Provinces of the new version

    Nations at the 1830 start date, with their respective flags (at the time).
    Since I haven’t finished all provinces of the world map (or at least all of the ones for the first release), I just colored this ones with the starting nations…but you get the idea.
    And considering that we are looking at the map, you’ll be able to see how the provinces follow different lines: From rivers (like the Aras) in Azerbaijan, to the historical regions in Georgia, or the addition of Lake – in Armenia. I tried to also blend the old administrative divisions, with the current ones (for example, you could sort of replicate the new borders of Nagorno-Karabakh ones with the existing provinces). I also have at least one city for each province (some with their old names, and some with newer ones).
    Some maps I used as examples:
    Map of The Historical provinces of Georgia:
    River map (mostly Azerbaijan):

    Evolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh provinces (after the war of 2020):

    Armenia’s Relief map:

    Map of the Karabakh Khanate "administrative divisions":

    Cores and Formables:
    Well, there’s a lot of nations that could be considered put in here. For instance, all the Khanates that were in the Beta before will be available as releasable/“core nations” (and they will get more flags too). There’s also the possibility of either adding the Armenian Melikdoms as either a union, the "Khamsa Union”, or as individual nations…This will depend of whether I’m able to find symbols for all of them or not (I’m still digging up some things from the internet for this). Other than those, I’ll probably add the Extinct Georgian principalities too (Adjaria, Guria, Imereti, Kartli and Kakheti), and some other smaller nations representing specific groups or regions that have a different/interesting culture and/or history behind them (Kevshureti, Javakheti, Salipartiano, Samurzakano, Tianeti, etc)…but that last may also depend of some later development details. I may also add the different Russian Governorates as separate nations (For example, The Tiflis governorate)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JIBH92Qd6Zc/VCHhFN4qk6I/AAAAAAAAAJ8/02Qpw82KKAc/s1600/ММ02222%2B121111111.jpg

    Flags and Coat of arms of the "Melik Union".
    For Formable Nations the most obvious ones would be Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. There's also the possibility to add Transcaucasia too. Considering both historical and ahistorical paths, we will see what we can do.
    Events and some Ideas?
    Well, there’s a lot of potential ideas for events and details to this region. For more “vanilla”/“historical” things, we will probably add the annexation of the Elisu sultanate, the 1832 Georgian plot (A plan to restore the Georgian statehood), the surge of Georgian nationalism, the “Armenian national awakening”, The Quba revolt (in the lands of the former khanate, from 1837-1839), The Lykhnensky revolt, etc.
    But we also have some more, quite “out-of the rails”, ideas:
    From things like a new theater for the “Great Game” between Russia and Britain (if the Qajars end up as a protectorate of the UK), the creation of a greater Armenia (the Armenian question gone wrong, ending up with a sort of “Willsonian” Armenia), the Unification of Transcaucasia, or even the creation of a Crusader state in the middle of it (considering the population of a little part of Georgia claimed to be descendent of lost crusaders, and kept using chainmail and participating in duels until the soviets started “repressing” their culture).
     
    Wow, it has been a lot of time since I wrote a dev-diary hahaha, and as always, I went again off the rails with historical details and all (maybe even more than that long post about the different Mayan groups of Central America?). Well, since I have this free space now, I might as well write something about this project:
    A simple scenario, which then went into more and more details ended up as a now developing mod which tries to include a lot of historical things…we may be getting way too ambitious, but on the other hand, why not shoot for the stars if you have the opportunity to do so? So here we are hahaha.
    Ad Nova Aurora walks this thin line where it tries to be similar to Victoria II (well, who doesn’t love that game’s atmosphere), but at the same time, it tries to have its own identity, with that in mind, the team has decided to add different things that other mods may not include, so that’s why we hastily research topics to take inspiration and content for the mod (we’ve seen a lot of really obscure sources, maybe not at the level of TNO, but for amateurs as us…its quite something). The only problem with that, is that our development may be too slow, but I’m sure it will all be worth it (so we hope that you’ll bear with us for the time being). For example, and technically by personal experience, the provinces of the mod were made with a lot of research and not with a single map in hand (at least for this area), same with some flags (I had to look above and beyond for some things, using languages I don’t fully understand hahaha).
    In the end, we are sure at least that we’ll be able to deliver a quality product for the community. And with those words I close these first “dev-diary”, which covered a “mountain” of interesting topics…and although I may have broken my promise of making them shorter, I hope that you found it interesting enough.
    I hope to be able to write the next one soon, although online classes may be an obstacle, but I’ll do what I can.
    Thanks for reading!
     
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    AD NOVA AURORA is a “Victorian Era” based scenario, which will try to include different polities which existed during said time period. From the renewed map of Post Napoleonic Europe, to the fairly recent Latin American republics, and from the Great Plains of the Midwest North America, to the princely states of India. A world full of possibilities, situated just at the dawn of a new era, with the rise of nationalism, colonization and new political ideologies.
    The difference between this version, and the previous one I made in the “scenarios” category (and the Conqueror’s scenario too), is that now (after some decisions here and there), we decided to include more content to the mod (we also won’t be using Addon+ as the base of the mod this time).
    The bigger difference to the original would also be the inclusion of a “revamped” version of the map, where, instead of creating a totally new one, this one will be based off the vanilla one, but with a lot of modified provinces (so the borders of the 19th and early 20th century were possible to represent).
    Link to our discord: https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    Link to our “previous” versions (The 1830 scenario: “Dawn of an Era”):
     The original scenario thread, where you can DOWNLOAD THE BETA, and see the development of the first stage of the mod:
     
    “Conqueror’s” port. The scenario is also present in the mod from version 1.5 onwards. This version also fixed some things of the previous beta above:
     
    What we’ve already added/are working mostly into it:
             More provinces for the vanilla map          Over 300+ new nations from all over the world. We plan to up this number even more, with ton of new possible nations for the player to choose from.          New flags for a lot of the civs, giving the change of ideologies a different aesthetic and identity too.          A “perfected” version of the 1830 start date scenario.          New Music, to give a much more atmospheric feeling to the player.           New ideologies, with custom icons. This ideologies will try to reflect the different currents of political thought that either already existed or appeared during those years.          An original alternate history scenario, based off a premise we can’t reveal (for now!).          New Formable nations, from historical sources, to other more “fictional” ones. ·         Changes to various names of things (example: Change “vassal” to “protectorate”, change “diseases” to “situations”, etc).
    What we plan to do in the future:
             New scenarios, going from the Congress of Vienna to the early years of the 20th century.          Events for different scenarios.          New UI and sounds.          The option to change AI aggressiveness to 0.          Hopefully, a new Map Background.          New terrain pictures. Those are our “achievable” goals. We could try to reach other things, but we don’t want to be too ambitious hahaha. We will probably be working by “stages”, trying to complete objectives little by little (this mod will probably take some time to be completed, but we will probably release beta versions, or an initial release with expansions coming after).
    I’ll use this thread to post important advancements or “Dev Diaries” (maybe even the “To Fix” section I had in the scenario thread could return here). Also, most answers could be either done by me or @Commieslav, in case someone has a question about the mod. Most “instant info” will probably be given at the discord.
    I want to also give a huge thanks to everyone who has given me and the team either help, encouragement, congratulations, corrections, and useful critics to the “predecessor” of this mod! We hope to bring even more enjoyable content to the community with this one too!
     

     
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Tiziazxc9365 3 in Poll Ongoing | Ad Nova Aurora - A Victorian Era Mod | Visit the Discord   
    AD NOVA AURORA is a “Victorian Era” based scenario, which will try to include different polities which existed during said time period. From the renewed map of Post Napoleonic Europe, to the fairly recent Latin American republics, and from the Great Plains of the Midwest North America, to the princely states of India. A world full of possibilities, situated just at the dawn of a new era, with the rise of nationalism, colonization and new political ideologies.
    The difference between this version, and the previous one I made in the “scenarios” category (and the Conqueror’s scenario too), is that now (after some decisions here and there), we decided to include more content to the mod (we also won’t be using Addon+ as the base of the mod this time).
    The bigger difference to the original would also be the inclusion of a “revamped” version of the map, where, instead of creating a totally new one, this one will be based off the vanilla one, but with a lot of modified provinces (so the borders of the 19th and early 20th century were possible to represent).
    Link to our discord: https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    Link to our “previous” versions (The 1830 scenario: “Dawn of an Era”):
     The original scenario thread, where you can DOWNLOAD THE BETA, and see the development of the first stage of the mod:
     
    “Conqueror’s” port. The scenario is also present in the mod from version 1.5 onwards. This version also fixed some things of the previous beta above:
     
    What we’ve already added/are working mostly into it:
             More provinces for the vanilla map          Over 300+ new nations from all over the world. We plan to up this number even more, with ton of new possible nations for the player to choose from.          New flags for a lot of the civs, giving the change of ideologies a different aesthetic and identity too.          A “perfected” version of the 1830 start date scenario.          New Music, to give a much more atmospheric feeling to the player.           New ideologies, with custom icons. This ideologies will try to reflect the different currents of political thought that either already existed or appeared during those years.          An original alternate history scenario, based off a premise we can’t reveal (for now!).          New Formable nations, from historical sources, to other more “fictional” ones. ·         Changes to various names of things (example: Change “vassal” to “protectorate”, change “diseases” to “situations”, etc).
    What we plan to do in the future:
             New scenarios, going from the Congress of Vienna to the early years of the 20th century.          Events for different scenarios.          New UI and sounds.          The option to change AI aggressiveness to 0.          Hopefully, a new Map Background.          New terrain pictures. Those are our “achievable” goals. We could try to reach other things, but we don’t want to be too ambitious hahaha. We will probably be working by “stages”, trying to complete objectives little by little (this mod will probably take some time to be completed, but we will probably release beta versions, or an initial release with expansions coming after).
    I’ll use this thread to post important advancements or “Dev Diaries” (maybe even the “To Fix” section I had in the scenario thread could return here). Also, most answers could be either done by me or @Commieslav, in case someone has a question about the mod. Most “instant info” will probably be given at the discord.
    I want to also give a huge thanks to everyone who has given me and the team either help, encouragement, congratulations, corrections, and useful critics to the “predecessor” of this mod! We hope to bring even more enjoyable content to the community with this one too!
     

     
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    Sorry for posting again (like for the third time in a row) hahaha.
    Well, I finally figured out how to make polls in the forum threads, so people who don't want to/can't join the discord, can also express their decisions.
    To not make this post another useless "notice", I wanted to announce that we will soon try to bring a "teaser" which considers the Remake of the Caucasus Region Provinces. 
    I'll probably post a more complete one here in the forum, but I'll try to put some teasers before in the discord. 
    Anyways, I thank everyone for reading this, and I hope that we will be able to bring more interesting content to the forum soon.

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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Commieslav in Poll Ongoing | Ad Nova Aurora - A Victorian Era Mod | Visit the Discord   
    Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Dev-Diary of our mod. It tries to settle a bit about the area and explains how we work with some things in the game. It may be a little too long, but I hope you enjoy it.
    If you want to see more about the development, you can also visit our discord channel (I fixed the link in the opening topic): https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    There's a lot of info in our research channel there, so you can see an even more in-depth look at our sources.
    SOUTHERN CAUCASUS/TRANSCAUCASIA DEV-DIARY:

    Nations at the start date. For more details about their flags and the provinces, look at the "Map" section below.
    The Caucasus region, a land of mountains, fresh air, and various ethnic groups with a lot of different and interesting traditions. In general, it has been a really interesting place from a great part of history, and the 19th century is not the exception, after all, it’s located in the border of three empires (being the Russian, Ottoman and Qajar empires), with their correspondent protectorates/buffer states stuck in the middle. Most importantly, the region had started to see some important border changes from during this period, being the Russian Expansion into the south one of the most important cases.

    We have to mention obviously that before our start date (in the 1830’s), the Russians got the higher ground over this mountains.
    http://xn--b1aaibpv0aet4h1a.xn--p1ai/forums/uploads/gallery/album_19/gallery_4_19_526588.jpg
    The Qajar Dynasty, which took power in Persia after the collapse the Zand dynasty (As good of a ruler Karim Khan Zand was, and all his campaigns against the Qajar chiefs, his “archenemies”, his successor simply couldn’t keep the throne against them). At their first years, the Qajars wanted to reestablish Iran’s power over Georgia, and with Russia focused over other problems (like the ongoing consequences of the French Revolution), they partly achieved that goal in 1795 after the battle of Krtsanisi, occupying thus Georgia for a brief period of time…but this victory would carried some political consequences with Russia, which would later ruin the ambitions of the Qajars over Transcaucasia and Dagestan. With the Russian annexation of Kartli-Kakheti in 1801, of the Elisu Sultanate in 1803, and the capture of the key fortress of Ganja (subsequently Elisabethpol) in 1804, served as the catalyst for the “Russo-Persian war” of 1804-1813. In the end, with the treaty of Gulistan, the results were obvious: Russia won; the Qajars had to cede Georgia, and parts of Azerbaijan and Southern Dagestan; and most of the Khanates of the Caucasus (Baku, Shirvan, Shaki, among others), became either protectorates of Russia or outright annexed to the empire.
    But this wasn’t the end, and the Shah of Iran knew it. It was just a breeze of armed peace, which would be followed by another war…And that’s what happened in 1826. As Russia just ended settling up the problems it had with the “Decembrist Revolt” (during the interregnum that followed the death of Alexander I), the Qajar forces invaded the Russian protectorates of the Talysh and Karabakh khanates, without declaring war, and “turned” them to their joining their side. The campaign’s goal was to recapture Tiflis and push the Russians to the other side of the Terek River. The offensive seemed to work at first, but after a Russian counter attack, the Qajars and their allied khanates got into horrible setbacks, until the decisive capture of Echmiadzin in the Erevan khanate, followed by the Russian advance to Tabriz, the war was a tremendous loss for Iran.

    Siege and Capture of Erivan.
    The treaty of Turkmenchay then was settled, confirming a Russian hegemony in the Caucasus, the passing of the khanates of Erivan and Nakhichevan to the Russian Empire, migration of a considerable number of Armenian subjects of Persia into the region (causing some population changes), and the undermining of British interests in Persia (setting up a new stage in the “Great Game”). And now, in the 1830’s, Qajar Iran sits as an empire which is slowly losing strength of its previous glory, perhaps an skilled player could return them into their old glory?
    But not all conflicts were in-between Persia and Russia. The Ottomans also had interests in the region…which they also lost. Although in the Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812 they didn’t lost a lot in the Caucasus, as the “Danubian Theater” was much more important during the war, and that was where they lost the region of Bessarabia. Later, the Russo Turkish War of 1828-1829, sometimes considered as part of the Greek War of Independence, saw some more significant action in the area. The Russians sieged and captured Kars and later Erzurum. Ultimately, the Ottomans also lost this war and had to sign the “Treaty of Adrianopole”, and with it they lost quite some stuff: While the Russians ended up with most ports of the eastern side of the Black Sea now under their control and their previous conquests of previous Persian territory, the Ottomans also had to ratify the autonomy of the Principality of Serbia, to finally recognize the independence of the Greeks, and, pay some economic indemnities, and to give more autonomy to the Danubian Principalities, while at the same time, giving Russia permission to occupy them until the indemnity was paid (this is the reason why in the original scenario and the Conqueror’s one, Russia starts with military access to Wallachia and Moldavia…I may go much more in-depth over the topics about the Principalities and the Greek War of Independence in a later entry). This war ended just before the start date, so the Ottomans may start with an event explaining the situation, or at least, with a negative treasury and lower happiness.

    And with the previous, you see why Russia starts at the top in the region, with new territories and vassals, which will probably rebel at some point, since even if they have control of the area, will the Russians be able to hold the different peoples of Transcaucasia under their yoke?
    To understand that, we have to go more in depth over the different “minor nations” (both existent at the start date or recently annexed) of the Southern Caucasus Area.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2yvZW7WxXx8/VefrpCPMIeI/AAAAAAAABSE/23w0bYAlM4g/s1600/Map%2B2.JPG
    In the case of Georgia, although the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti was annexed in 1801 and turned into the “Georgian Governorate”, some of the more little principalities survived for some a little more time as protectorates, much more akin to “rump states”. Their autonomy varied, and some regions were practically free thanks to their isolation (like “Free Svaneti”). At the start date, the Kingdom of Imereti was already annexed to Russia in 1810, an the same happened to the Principality of Guria in 1829, leaving then only the Principalities of Mengrelia and Svaneti remain as “independent”…well, and an area of Svaneti called “Free Svaneti”, “feudal” holdouts which refused both the suzerainty the Russian Empire and the Principality of Svaneti (under the House of Dadeshkeliani). Abkhazia also persisted as an autonomous principality until 1864 (they also had a revolt in 1866…but it failed and because of it, a good amount of the population was obligated to flee the country, resulting in a great decrease of population for the area).

    For the Armenians, things were going particularly “better”, since around 30,000 Armenians came back to “their lands”, migrating from the Qajar Empire. This caused an important religious and demographic shift in the region of modern day Armenia, considering that during the Erivan Khanate’s reign, the Muslim population was the majority, with the Armenian Christian being a minority. The Muslim population (Iranians, Turkics, Kurds, etc.) then preferred to migrate to other “Muslim lands” (like the Ottoman Empire or Persia), making the shift much more notorious. An important Armenian related, but mostly overlooked part to talk about here would be the Melikdoms of Karabakh, five principalities ruled by “Meliks” (Designated Armenian noble title in various Eastern Armenian lands), which appeared after the dissolution of the “Principality of Kachen” in the 15th century, and survived until 1822, when the Russian Empire abolished ethnic feudal formations. The Melikdoms were almost always semi-independent and even often fully independent. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Nagorno-Karabakh became an epicenter of the idea of re-creating an independent Armenian state; this state would be allied with Georgia and protected by Russia and European powers, but the plan didn’t seem to ever get on track…we could perhaps some event for it, where the Meliks, which became then Russian nobles, could convince either Russia to cede to their requests, or rebel by themselves.

    On the other side, we have the remaining khanates of Azerbaijan. Humiliated, after the wars Russo-Persian wars some years ago, almost all of them are gone. The Fortified Ganja Khante annexed, the Karabakh Khanate abolished, the proud Erevan Khanate was ceded to the Russian Authorities, and the same fate was bestowed to Shirvan, Nakchivan, Shaki, Baku, Talysh and Shirvan. The only persisting one, in the southern Caucasus, at the start date would be the Tsakhur controlled “Elisu Sultanate”, which would soon see its demise in 1844 too. This doesn’t mean that the Russians were in total control, since the different khans and peoples in general would still resist the Russian forces, and with the Caucasus Imamate in the other side of the mountains, perhaps they could get inspired to also rebel, either united under one banner, divided by their cultural allegiance, or perhaps with the help of Persia…This all depends on what the player decides (with a little help of the events that we will leave in the scenario of course).
    As a sort of additional note, most of the nations mentioned above, will probably start as cores inside the area, making it more unstable.
    THE MAP
    With all those things in mind, this would leave us with the map looking somewhat similar to this:

    All the Provinces of the new version

    Nations at the 1830 start date, with their respective flags (at the time).
    Since I haven’t finished all provinces of the world map (or at least all of the ones for the first release), I just colored this ones with the starting nations…but you get the idea.
    And considering that we are looking at the map, you’ll be able to see how the provinces follow different lines: From rivers (like the Aras) in Azerbaijan, to the historical regions in Georgia, or the addition of Lake – in Armenia. I tried to also blend the old administrative divisions, with the current ones (for example, you could sort of replicate the new borders of Nagorno-Karabakh ones with the existing provinces). I also have at least one city for each province (some with their old names, and some with newer ones).
    Some maps I used as examples:
    Map of The Historical provinces of Georgia:
    River map (mostly Azerbaijan):

    Evolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh provinces (after the war of 2020):

    Armenia’s Relief map:

    Map of the Karabakh Khanate "administrative divisions":

    Cores and Formables:
    Well, there’s a lot of nations that could be considered put in here. For instance, all the Khanates that were in the Beta before will be available as releasable/“core nations” (and they will get more flags too). There’s also the possibility of either adding the Armenian Melikdoms as either a union, the "Khamsa Union”, or as individual nations…This will depend of whether I’m able to find symbols for all of them or not (I’m still digging up some things from the internet for this). Other than those, I’ll probably add the Extinct Georgian principalities too (Adjaria, Guria, Imereti, Kartli and Kakheti), and some other smaller nations representing specific groups or regions that have a different/interesting culture and/or history behind them (Kevshureti, Javakheti, Salipartiano, Samurzakano, Tianeti, etc)…but that last may also depend of some later development details. I may also add the different Russian Governorates as separate nations (For example, The Tiflis governorate)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JIBH92Qd6Zc/VCHhFN4qk6I/AAAAAAAAAJ8/02Qpw82KKAc/s1600/ММ02222%2B121111111.jpg

    Flags and Coat of arms of the "Melik Union".
    For Formable Nations the most obvious ones would be Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. There's also the possibility to add Transcaucasia too. Considering both historical and ahistorical paths, we will see what we can do.
    Events and some Ideas?
    Well, there’s a lot of potential ideas for events and details to this region. For more “vanilla”/“historical” things, we will probably add the annexation of the Elisu sultanate, the 1832 Georgian plot (A plan to restore the Georgian statehood), the surge of Georgian nationalism, the “Armenian national awakening”, The Quba revolt (in the lands of the former khanate, from 1837-1839), The Lykhnensky revolt, etc.
    But we also have some more, quite “out-of the rails”, ideas:
    From things like a new theater for the “Great Game” between Russia and Britain (if the Qajars end up as a protectorate of the UK), the creation of a greater Armenia (the Armenian question gone wrong, ending up with a sort of “Willsonian” Armenia), the Unification of Transcaucasia, or even the creation of a Crusader state in the middle of it (considering the population of a little part of Georgia claimed to be descendent of lost crusaders, and kept using chainmail and participating in duels until the soviets started “repressing” their culture).
     
    Wow, it has been a lot of time since I wrote a dev-diary hahaha, and as always, I went again off the rails with historical details and all (maybe even more than that long post about the different Mayan groups of Central America?). Well, since I have this free space now, I might as well write something about this project:
    A simple scenario, which then went into more and more details ended up as a now developing mod which tries to include a lot of historical things…we may be getting way too ambitious, but on the other hand, why not shoot for the stars if you have the opportunity to do so? So here we are hahaha.
    Ad Nova Aurora walks this thin line where it tries to be similar to Victoria II (well, who doesn’t love that game’s atmosphere), but at the same time, it tries to have its own identity, with that in mind, the team has decided to add different things that other mods may not include, so that’s why we hastily research topics to take inspiration and content for the mod (we’ve seen a lot of really obscure sources, maybe not at the level of TNO, but for amateurs as us…its quite something). The only problem with that, is that our development may be too slow, but I’m sure it will all be worth it (so we hope that you’ll bear with us for the time being). For example, and technically by personal experience, the provinces of the mod were made with a lot of research and not with a single map in hand (at least for this area), same with some flags (I had to look above and beyond for some things, using languages I don’t fully understand hahaha).
    In the end, we are sure at least that we’ll be able to deliver a quality product for the community. And with those words I close these first “dev-diary”, which covered a “mountain” of interesting topics…and although I may have broken my promise of making them shorter, I hope that you found it interesting enough.
    I hope to be able to write the next one soon, although online classes may be an obstacle, but I’ll do what I can.
    Thanks for reading!
     
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    For some reason I added a temporal link instead of a permanent one. It should now be fixed.
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    Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Dev-Diary of our mod. It tries to settle a bit about the area and explains how we work with some things in the game. It may be a little too long, but I hope you enjoy it.
    If you want to see more about the development, you can also visit our discord channel (I fixed the link in the opening topic): https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    There's a lot of info in our research channel there, so you can see an even more in-depth look at our sources.
    SOUTHERN CAUCASUS/TRANSCAUCASIA DEV-DIARY:

    Nations at the start date. For more details about their flags and the provinces, look at the "Map" section below.
    The Caucasus region, a land of mountains, fresh air, and various ethnic groups with a lot of different and interesting traditions. In general, it has been a really interesting place from a great part of history, and the 19th century is not the exception, after all, it’s located in the border of three empires (being the Russian, Ottoman and Qajar empires), with their correspondent protectorates/buffer states stuck in the middle. Most importantly, the region had started to see some important border changes from during this period, being the Russian Expansion into the south one of the most important cases.

    We have to mention obviously that before our start date (in the 1830’s), the Russians got the higher ground over this mountains.
    http://xn--b1aaibpv0aet4h1a.xn--p1ai/forums/uploads/gallery/album_19/gallery_4_19_526588.jpg
    The Qajar Dynasty, which took power in Persia after the collapse the Zand dynasty (As good of a ruler Karim Khan Zand was, and all his campaigns against the Qajar chiefs, his “archenemies”, his successor simply couldn’t keep the throne against them). At their first years, the Qajars wanted to reestablish Iran’s power over Georgia, and with Russia focused over other problems (like the ongoing consequences of the French Revolution), they partly achieved that goal in 1795 after the battle of Krtsanisi, occupying thus Georgia for a brief period of time…but this victory would carried some political consequences with Russia, which would later ruin the ambitions of the Qajars over Transcaucasia and Dagestan. With the Russian annexation of Kartli-Kakheti in 1801, of the Elisu Sultanate in 1803, and the capture of the key fortress of Ganja (subsequently Elisabethpol) in 1804, served as the catalyst for the “Russo-Persian war” of 1804-1813. In the end, with the treaty of Gulistan, the results were obvious: Russia won; the Qajars had to cede Georgia, and parts of Azerbaijan and Southern Dagestan; and most of the Khanates of the Caucasus (Baku, Shirvan, Shaki, among others), became either protectorates of Russia or outright annexed to the empire.
    But this wasn’t the end, and the Shah of Iran knew it. It was just a breeze of armed peace, which would be followed by another war…And that’s what happened in 1826. As Russia just ended settling up the problems it had with the “Decembrist Revolt” (during the interregnum that followed the death of Alexander I), the Qajar forces invaded the Russian protectorates of the Talysh and Karabakh khanates, without declaring war, and “turned” them to their joining their side. The campaign’s goal was to recapture Tiflis and push the Russians to the other side of the Terek River. The offensive seemed to work at first, but after a Russian counter attack, the Qajars and their allied khanates got into horrible setbacks, until the decisive capture of Echmiadzin in the Erevan khanate, followed by the Russian advance to Tabriz, the war was a tremendous loss for Iran.

    Siege and Capture of Erivan.
    The treaty of Turkmenchay then was settled, confirming a Russian hegemony in the Caucasus, the passing of the khanates of Erivan and Nakhichevan to the Russian Empire, migration of a considerable number of Armenian subjects of Persia into the region (causing some population changes), and the undermining of British interests in Persia (setting up a new stage in the “Great Game”). And now, in the 1830’s, Qajar Iran sits as an empire which is slowly losing strength of its previous glory, perhaps an skilled player could return them into their old glory?
    But not all conflicts were in-between Persia and Russia. The Ottomans also had interests in the region…which they also lost. Although in the Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812 they didn’t lost a lot in the Caucasus, as the “Danubian Theater” was much more important during the war, and that was where they lost the region of Bessarabia. Later, the Russo Turkish War of 1828-1829, sometimes considered as part of the Greek War of Independence, saw some more significant action in the area. The Russians sieged and captured Kars and later Erzurum. Ultimately, the Ottomans also lost this war and had to sign the “Treaty of Adrianopole”, and with it they lost quite some stuff: While the Russians ended up with most ports of the eastern side of the Black Sea now under their control and their previous conquests of previous Persian territory, the Ottomans also had to ratify the autonomy of the Principality of Serbia, to finally recognize the independence of the Greeks, and, pay some economic indemnities, and to give more autonomy to the Danubian Principalities, while at the same time, giving Russia permission to occupy them until the indemnity was paid (this is the reason why in the original scenario and the Conqueror’s one, Russia starts with military access to Wallachia and Moldavia…I may go much more in-depth over the topics about the Principalities and the Greek War of Independence in a later entry). This war ended just before the start date, so the Ottomans may start with an event explaining the situation, or at least, with a negative treasury and lower happiness.

    And with the previous, you see why Russia starts at the top in the region, with new territories and vassals, which will probably rebel at some point, since even if they have control of the area, will the Russians be able to hold the different peoples of Transcaucasia under their yoke?
    To understand that, we have to go more in depth over the different “minor nations” (both existent at the start date or recently annexed) of the Southern Caucasus Area.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2yvZW7WxXx8/VefrpCPMIeI/AAAAAAAABSE/23w0bYAlM4g/s1600/Map%2B2.JPG
    In the case of Georgia, although the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti was annexed in 1801 and turned into the “Georgian Governorate”, some of the more little principalities survived for some a little more time as protectorates, much more akin to “rump states”. Their autonomy varied, and some regions were practically free thanks to their isolation (like “Free Svaneti”). At the start date, the Kingdom of Imereti was already annexed to Russia in 1810, an the same happened to the Principality of Guria in 1829, leaving then only the Principalities of Mengrelia and Svaneti remain as “independent”…well, and an area of Svaneti called “Free Svaneti”, “feudal” holdouts which refused both the suzerainty the Russian Empire and the Principality of Svaneti (under the House of Dadeshkeliani). Abkhazia also persisted as an autonomous principality until 1864 (they also had a revolt in 1866…but it failed and because of it, a good amount of the population was obligated to flee the country, resulting in a great decrease of population for the area).

    For the Armenians, things were going particularly “better”, since around 30,000 Armenians came back to “their lands”, migrating from the Qajar Empire. This caused an important religious and demographic shift in the region of modern day Armenia, considering that during the Erivan Khanate’s reign, the Muslim population was the majority, with the Armenian Christian being a minority. The Muslim population (Iranians, Turkics, Kurds, etc.) then preferred to migrate to other “Muslim lands” (like the Ottoman Empire or Persia), making the shift much more notorious. An important Armenian related, but mostly overlooked part to talk about here would be the Melikdoms of Karabakh, five principalities ruled by “Meliks” (Designated Armenian noble title in various Eastern Armenian lands), which appeared after the dissolution of the “Principality of Kachen” in the 15th century, and survived until 1822, when the Russian Empire abolished ethnic feudal formations. The Melikdoms were almost always semi-independent and even often fully independent. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Nagorno-Karabakh became an epicenter of the idea of re-creating an independent Armenian state; this state would be allied with Georgia and protected by Russia and European powers, but the plan didn’t seem to ever get on track…we could perhaps some event for it, where the Meliks, which became then Russian nobles, could convince either Russia to cede to their requests, or rebel by themselves.

    On the other side, we have the remaining khanates of Azerbaijan. Humiliated, after the wars Russo-Persian wars some years ago, almost all of them are gone. The Fortified Ganja Khante annexed, the Karabakh Khanate abolished, the proud Erevan Khanate was ceded to the Russian Authorities, and the same fate was bestowed to Shirvan, Nakchivan, Shaki, Baku, Talysh and Shirvan. The only persisting one, in the southern Caucasus, at the start date would be the Tsakhur controlled “Elisu Sultanate”, which would soon see its demise in 1844 too. This doesn’t mean that the Russians were in total control, since the different khans and peoples in general would still resist the Russian forces, and with the Caucasus Imamate in the other side of the mountains, perhaps they could get inspired to also rebel, either united under one banner, divided by their cultural allegiance, or perhaps with the help of Persia…This all depends on what the player decides (with a little help of the events that we will leave in the scenario of course).
    As a sort of additional note, most of the nations mentioned above, will probably start as cores inside the area, making it more unstable.
    THE MAP
    With all those things in mind, this would leave us with the map looking somewhat similar to this:

    All the Provinces of the new version

    Nations at the 1830 start date, with their respective flags (at the time).
    Since I haven’t finished all provinces of the world map (or at least all of the ones for the first release), I just colored this ones with the starting nations…but you get the idea.
    And considering that we are looking at the map, you’ll be able to see how the provinces follow different lines: From rivers (like the Aras) in Azerbaijan, to the historical regions in Georgia, or the addition of Lake – in Armenia. I tried to also blend the old administrative divisions, with the current ones (for example, you could sort of replicate the new borders of Nagorno-Karabakh ones with the existing provinces). I also have at least one city for each province (some with their old names, and some with newer ones).
    Some maps I used as examples:
    Map of The Historical provinces of Georgia:
    River map (mostly Azerbaijan):

    Evolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh provinces (after the war of 2020):

    Armenia’s Relief map:

    Map of the Karabakh Khanate "administrative divisions":

    Cores and Formables:
    Well, there’s a lot of nations that could be considered put in here. For instance, all the Khanates that were in the Beta before will be available as releasable/“core nations” (and they will get more flags too). There’s also the possibility of either adding the Armenian Melikdoms as either a union, the "Khamsa Union”, or as individual nations…This will depend of whether I’m able to find symbols for all of them or not (I’m still digging up some things from the internet for this). Other than those, I’ll probably add the Extinct Georgian principalities too (Adjaria, Guria, Imereti, Kartli and Kakheti), and some other smaller nations representing specific groups or regions that have a different/interesting culture and/or history behind them (Kevshureti, Javakheti, Salipartiano, Samurzakano, Tianeti, etc)…but that last may also depend of some later development details. I may also add the different Russian Governorates as separate nations (For example, The Tiflis governorate)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JIBH92Qd6Zc/VCHhFN4qk6I/AAAAAAAAAJ8/02Qpw82KKAc/s1600/ММ02222%2B121111111.jpg

    Flags and Coat of arms of the "Melik Union".
    For Formable Nations the most obvious ones would be Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. There's also the possibility to add Transcaucasia too. Considering both historical and ahistorical paths, we will see what we can do.
    Events and some Ideas?
    Well, there’s a lot of potential ideas for events and details to this region. For more “vanilla”/“historical” things, we will probably add the annexation of the Elisu sultanate, the 1832 Georgian plot (A plan to restore the Georgian statehood), the surge of Georgian nationalism, the “Armenian national awakening”, The Quba revolt (in the lands of the former khanate, from 1837-1839), The Lykhnensky revolt, etc.
    But we also have some more, quite “out-of the rails”, ideas:
    From things like a new theater for the “Great Game” between Russia and Britain (if the Qajars end up as a protectorate of the UK), the creation of a greater Armenia (the Armenian question gone wrong, ending up with a sort of “Willsonian” Armenia), the Unification of Transcaucasia, or even the creation of a Crusader state in the middle of it (considering the population of a little part of Georgia claimed to be descendent of lost crusaders, and kept using chainmail and participating in duels until the soviets started “repressing” their culture).
     
    Wow, it has been a lot of time since I wrote a dev-diary hahaha, and as always, I went again off the rails with historical details and all (maybe even more than that long post about the different Mayan groups of Central America?). Well, since I have this free space now, I might as well write something about this project:
    A simple scenario, which then went into more and more details ended up as a now developing mod which tries to include a lot of historical things…we may be getting way too ambitious, but on the other hand, why not shoot for the stars if you have the opportunity to do so? So here we are hahaha.
    Ad Nova Aurora walks this thin line where it tries to be similar to Victoria II (well, who doesn’t love that game’s atmosphere), but at the same time, it tries to have its own identity, with that in mind, the team has decided to add different things that other mods may not include, so that’s why we hastily research topics to take inspiration and content for the mod (we’ve seen a lot of really obscure sources, maybe not at the level of TNO, but for amateurs as us…its quite something). The only problem with that, is that our development may be too slow, but I’m sure it will all be worth it (so we hope that you’ll bear with us for the time being). For example, and technically by personal experience, the provinces of the mod were made with a lot of research and not with a single map in hand (at least for this area), same with some flags (I had to look above and beyond for some things, using languages I don’t fully understand hahaha).
    In the end, we are sure at least that we’ll be able to deliver a quality product for the community. And with those words I close these first “dev-diary”, which covered a “mountain” of interesting topics…and although I may have broken my promise of making them shorter, I hope that you found it interesting enough.
    I hope to be able to write the next one soon, although online classes may be an obstacle, but I’ll do what I can.
    Thanks for reading!
     
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    Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Dev-Diary of our mod. It tries to settle a bit about the area and explains how we work with some things in the game. It may be a little too long, but I hope you enjoy it.
    If you want to see more about the development, you can also visit our discord channel (I fixed the link in the opening topic): https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    There's a lot of info in our research channel there, so you can see an even more in-depth look at our sources.
    SOUTHERN CAUCASUS/TRANSCAUCASIA DEV-DIARY:

    Nations at the start date. For more details about their flags and the provinces, look at the "Map" section below.
    The Caucasus region, a land of mountains, fresh air, and various ethnic groups with a lot of different and interesting traditions. In general, it has been a really interesting place from a great part of history, and the 19th century is not the exception, after all, it’s located in the border of three empires (being the Russian, Ottoman and Qajar empires), with their correspondent protectorates/buffer states stuck in the middle. Most importantly, the region had started to see some important border changes from during this period, being the Russian Expansion into the south one of the most important cases.

    We have to mention obviously that before our start date (in the 1830’s), the Russians got the higher ground over this mountains.
    http://xn--b1aaibpv0aet4h1a.xn--p1ai/forums/uploads/gallery/album_19/gallery_4_19_526588.jpg
    The Qajar Dynasty, which took power in Persia after the collapse the Zand dynasty (As good of a ruler Karim Khan Zand was, and all his campaigns against the Qajar chiefs, his “archenemies”, his successor simply couldn’t keep the throne against them). At their first years, the Qajars wanted to reestablish Iran’s power over Georgia, and with Russia focused over other problems (like the ongoing consequences of the French Revolution), they partly achieved that goal in 1795 after the battle of Krtsanisi, occupying thus Georgia for a brief period of time…but this victory would carried some political consequences with Russia, which would later ruin the ambitions of the Qajars over Transcaucasia and Dagestan. With the Russian annexation of Kartli-Kakheti in 1801, of the Elisu Sultanate in 1803, and the capture of the key fortress of Ganja (subsequently Elisabethpol) in 1804, served as the catalyst for the “Russo-Persian war” of 1804-1813. In the end, with the treaty of Gulistan, the results were obvious: Russia won; the Qajars had to cede Georgia, and parts of Azerbaijan and Southern Dagestan; and most of the Khanates of the Caucasus (Baku, Shirvan, Shaki, among others), became either protectorates of Russia or outright annexed to the empire.
    But this wasn’t the end, and the Shah of Iran knew it. It was just a breeze of armed peace, which would be followed by another war…And that’s what happened in 1826. As Russia just ended settling up the problems it had with the “Decembrist Revolt” (during the interregnum that followed the death of Alexander I), the Qajar forces invaded the Russian protectorates of the Talysh and Karabakh khanates, without declaring war, and “turned” them to their joining their side. The campaign’s goal was to recapture Tiflis and push the Russians to the other side of the Terek River. The offensive seemed to work at first, but after a Russian counter attack, the Qajars and their allied khanates got into horrible setbacks, until the decisive capture of Echmiadzin in the Erevan khanate, followed by the Russian advance to Tabriz, the war was a tremendous loss for Iran.

    Siege and Capture of Erivan.
    The treaty of Turkmenchay then was settled, confirming a Russian hegemony in the Caucasus, the passing of the khanates of Erivan and Nakhichevan to the Russian Empire, migration of a considerable number of Armenian subjects of Persia into the region (causing some population changes), and the undermining of British interests in Persia (setting up a new stage in the “Great Game”). And now, in the 1830’s, Qajar Iran sits as an empire which is slowly losing strength of its previous glory, perhaps an skilled player could return them into their old glory?
    But not all conflicts were in-between Persia and Russia. The Ottomans also had interests in the region…which they also lost. Although in the Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812 they didn’t lost a lot in the Caucasus, as the “Danubian Theater” was much more important during the war, and that was where they lost the region of Bessarabia. Later, the Russo Turkish War of 1828-1829, sometimes considered as part of the Greek War of Independence, saw some more significant action in the area. The Russians sieged and captured Kars and later Erzurum. Ultimately, the Ottomans also lost this war and had to sign the “Treaty of Adrianopole”, and with it they lost quite some stuff: While the Russians ended up with most ports of the eastern side of the Black Sea now under their control and their previous conquests of previous Persian territory, the Ottomans also had to ratify the autonomy of the Principality of Serbia, to finally recognize the independence of the Greeks, and, pay some economic indemnities, and to give more autonomy to the Danubian Principalities, while at the same time, giving Russia permission to occupy them until the indemnity was paid (this is the reason why in the original scenario and the Conqueror’s one, Russia starts with military access to Wallachia and Moldavia…I may go much more in-depth over the topics about the Principalities and the Greek War of Independence in a later entry). This war ended just before the start date, so the Ottomans may start with an event explaining the situation, or at least, with a negative treasury and lower happiness.

    And with the previous, you see why Russia starts at the top in the region, with new territories and vassals, which will probably rebel at some point, since even if they have control of the area, will the Russians be able to hold the different peoples of Transcaucasia under their yoke?
    To understand that, we have to go more in depth over the different “minor nations” (both existent at the start date or recently annexed) of the Southern Caucasus Area.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2yvZW7WxXx8/VefrpCPMIeI/AAAAAAAABSE/23w0bYAlM4g/s1600/Map%2B2.JPG
    In the case of Georgia, although the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti was annexed in 1801 and turned into the “Georgian Governorate”, some of the more little principalities survived for some a little more time as protectorates, much more akin to “rump states”. Their autonomy varied, and some regions were practically free thanks to their isolation (like “Free Svaneti”). At the start date, the Kingdom of Imereti was already annexed to Russia in 1810, an the same happened to the Principality of Guria in 1829, leaving then only the Principalities of Mengrelia and Svaneti remain as “independent”…well, and an area of Svaneti called “Free Svaneti”, “feudal” holdouts which refused both the suzerainty the Russian Empire and the Principality of Svaneti (under the House of Dadeshkeliani). Abkhazia also persisted as an autonomous principality until 1864 (they also had a revolt in 1866…but it failed and because of it, a good amount of the population was obligated to flee the country, resulting in a great decrease of population for the area).

    For the Armenians, things were going particularly “better”, since around 30,000 Armenians came back to “their lands”, migrating from the Qajar Empire. This caused an important religious and demographic shift in the region of modern day Armenia, considering that during the Erivan Khanate’s reign, the Muslim population was the majority, with the Armenian Christian being a minority. The Muslim population (Iranians, Turkics, Kurds, etc.) then preferred to migrate to other “Muslim lands” (like the Ottoman Empire or Persia), making the shift much more notorious. An important Armenian related, but mostly overlooked part to talk about here would be the Melikdoms of Karabakh, five principalities ruled by “Meliks” (Designated Armenian noble title in various Eastern Armenian lands), which appeared after the dissolution of the “Principality of Kachen” in the 15th century, and survived until 1822, when the Russian Empire abolished ethnic feudal formations. The Melikdoms were almost always semi-independent and even often fully independent. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Nagorno-Karabakh became an epicenter of the idea of re-creating an independent Armenian state; this state would be allied with Georgia and protected by Russia and European powers, but the plan didn’t seem to ever get on track…we could perhaps some event for it, where the Meliks, which became then Russian nobles, could convince either Russia to cede to their requests, or rebel by themselves.

    On the other side, we have the remaining khanates of Azerbaijan. Humiliated, after the wars Russo-Persian wars some years ago, almost all of them are gone. The Fortified Ganja Khante annexed, the Karabakh Khanate abolished, the proud Erevan Khanate was ceded to the Russian Authorities, and the same fate was bestowed to Shirvan, Nakchivan, Shaki, Baku, Talysh and Shirvan. The only persisting one, in the southern Caucasus, at the start date would be the Tsakhur controlled “Elisu Sultanate”, which would soon see its demise in 1844 too. This doesn’t mean that the Russians were in total control, since the different khans and peoples in general would still resist the Russian forces, and with the Caucasus Imamate in the other side of the mountains, perhaps they could get inspired to also rebel, either united under one banner, divided by their cultural allegiance, or perhaps with the help of Persia…This all depends on what the player decides (with a little help of the events that we will leave in the scenario of course).
    As a sort of additional note, most of the nations mentioned above, will probably start as cores inside the area, making it more unstable.
    THE MAP
    With all those things in mind, this would leave us with the map looking somewhat similar to this:

    All the Provinces of the new version

    Nations at the 1830 start date, with their respective flags (at the time).
    Since I haven’t finished all provinces of the world map (or at least all of the ones for the first release), I just colored this ones with the starting nations…but you get the idea.
    And considering that we are looking at the map, you’ll be able to see how the provinces follow different lines: From rivers (like the Aras) in Azerbaijan, to the historical regions in Georgia, or the addition of Lake – in Armenia. I tried to also blend the old administrative divisions, with the current ones (for example, you could sort of replicate the new borders of Nagorno-Karabakh ones with the existing provinces). I also have at least one city for each province (some with their old names, and some with newer ones).
    Some maps I used as examples:
    Map of The Historical provinces of Georgia:
    River map (mostly Azerbaijan):

    Evolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh provinces (after the war of 2020):

    Armenia’s Relief map:

    Map of the Karabakh Khanate "administrative divisions":

    Cores and Formables:
    Well, there’s a lot of nations that could be considered put in here. For instance, all the Khanates that were in the Beta before will be available as releasable/“core nations” (and they will get more flags too). There’s also the possibility of either adding the Armenian Melikdoms as either a union, the "Khamsa Union”, or as individual nations…This will depend of whether I’m able to find symbols for all of them or not (I’m still digging up some things from the internet for this). Other than those, I’ll probably add the Extinct Georgian principalities too (Adjaria, Guria, Imereti, Kartli and Kakheti), and some other smaller nations representing specific groups or regions that have a different/interesting culture and/or history behind them (Kevshureti, Javakheti, Salipartiano, Samurzakano, Tianeti, etc)…but that last may also depend of some later development details. I may also add the different Russian Governorates as separate nations (For example, The Tiflis governorate)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JIBH92Qd6Zc/VCHhFN4qk6I/AAAAAAAAAJ8/02Qpw82KKAc/s1600/ММ02222%2B121111111.jpg

    Flags and Coat of arms of the "Melik Union".
    For Formable Nations the most obvious ones would be Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. There's also the possibility to add Transcaucasia too. Considering both historical and ahistorical paths, we will see what we can do.
    Events and some Ideas?
    Well, there’s a lot of potential ideas for events and details to this region. For more “vanilla”/“historical” things, we will probably add the annexation of the Elisu sultanate, the 1832 Georgian plot (A plan to restore the Georgian statehood), the surge of Georgian nationalism, the “Armenian national awakening”, The Quba revolt (in the lands of the former khanate, from 1837-1839), The Lykhnensky revolt, etc.
    But we also have some more, quite “out-of the rails”, ideas:
    From things like a new theater for the “Great Game” between Russia and Britain (if the Qajars end up as a protectorate of the UK), the creation of a greater Armenia (the Armenian question gone wrong, ending up with a sort of “Willsonian” Armenia), the Unification of Transcaucasia, or even the creation of a Crusader state in the middle of it (considering the population of a little part of Georgia claimed to be descendent of lost crusaders, and kept using chainmail and participating in duels until the soviets started “repressing” their culture).
     
    Wow, it has been a lot of time since I wrote a dev-diary hahaha, and as always, I went again off the rails with historical details and all (maybe even more than that long post about the different Mayan groups of Central America?). Well, since I have this free space now, I might as well write something about this project:
    A simple scenario, which then went into more and more details ended up as a now developing mod which tries to include a lot of historical things…we may be getting way too ambitious, but on the other hand, why not shoot for the stars if you have the opportunity to do so? So here we are hahaha.
    Ad Nova Aurora walks this thin line where it tries to be similar to Victoria II (well, who doesn’t love that game’s atmosphere), but at the same time, it tries to have its own identity, with that in mind, the team has decided to add different things that other mods may not include, so that’s why we hastily research topics to take inspiration and content for the mod (we’ve seen a lot of really obscure sources, maybe not at the level of TNO, but for amateurs as us…its quite something). The only problem with that, is that our development may be too slow, but I’m sure it will all be worth it (so we hope that you’ll bear with us for the time being). For example, and technically by personal experience, the provinces of the mod were made with a lot of research and not with a single map in hand (at least for this area), same with some flags (I had to look above and beyond for some things, using languages I don’t fully understand hahaha).
    In the end, we are sure at least that we’ll be able to deliver a quality product for the community. And with those words I close these first “dev-diary”, which covered a “mountain” of interesting topics…and although I may have broken my promise of making them shorter, I hope that you found it interesting enough.
    I hope to be able to write the next one soon, although online classes may be an obstacle, but I’ll do what I can.
    Thanks for reading!
     
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    Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Dev-Diary of our mod. It tries to settle a bit about the area and explains how we work with some things in the game. It may be a little too long, but I hope you enjoy it.
    If you want to see more about the development, you can also visit our discord channel (I fixed the link in the opening topic): https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    There's a lot of info in our research channel there, so you can see an even more in-depth look at our sources.
    SOUTHERN CAUCASUS/TRANSCAUCASIA DEV-DIARY:

    Nations at the start date. For more details about their flags and the provinces, look at the "Map" section below.
    The Caucasus region, a land of mountains, fresh air, and various ethnic groups with a lot of different and interesting traditions. In general, it has been a really interesting place from a great part of history, and the 19th century is not the exception, after all, it’s located in the border of three empires (being the Russian, Ottoman and Qajar empires), with their correspondent protectorates/buffer states stuck in the middle. Most importantly, the region had started to see some important border changes from during this period, being the Russian Expansion into the south one of the most important cases.

    We have to mention obviously that before our start date (in the 1830’s), the Russians got the higher ground over this mountains.
    http://xn--b1aaibpv0aet4h1a.xn--p1ai/forums/uploads/gallery/album_19/gallery_4_19_526588.jpg
    The Qajar Dynasty, which took power in Persia after the collapse the Zand dynasty (As good of a ruler Karim Khan Zand was, and all his campaigns against the Qajar chiefs, his “archenemies”, his successor simply couldn’t keep the throne against them). At their first years, the Qajars wanted to reestablish Iran’s power over Georgia, and with Russia focused over other problems (like the ongoing consequences of the French Revolution), they partly achieved that goal in 1795 after the battle of Krtsanisi, occupying thus Georgia for a brief period of time…but this victory would carried some political consequences with Russia, which would later ruin the ambitions of the Qajars over Transcaucasia and Dagestan. With the Russian annexation of Kartli-Kakheti in 1801, of the Elisu Sultanate in 1803, and the capture of the key fortress of Ganja (subsequently Elisabethpol) in 1804, served as the catalyst for the “Russo-Persian war” of 1804-1813. In the end, with the treaty of Gulistan, the results were obvious: Russia won; the Qajars had to cede Georgia, and parts of Azerbaijan and Southern Dagestan; and most of the Khanates of the Caucasus (Baku, Shirvan, Shaki, among others), became either protectorates of Russia or outright annexed to the empire.
    But this wasn’t the end, and the Shah of Iran knew it. It was just a breeze of armed peace, which would be followed by another war…And that’s what happened in 1826. As Russia just ended settling up the problems it had with the “Decembrist Revolt” (during the interregnum that followed the death of Alexander I), the Qajar forces invaded the Russian protectorates of the Talysh and Karabakh khanates, without declaring war, and “turned” them to their joining their side. The campaign’s goal was to recapture Tiflis and push the Russians to the other side of the Terek River. The offensive seemed to work at first, but after a Russian counter attack, the Qajars and their allied khanates got into horrible setbacks, until the decisive capture of Echmiadzin in the Erevan khanate, followed by the Russian advance to Tabriz, the war was a tremendous loss for Iran.

    Siege and Capture of Erivan.
    The treaty of Turkmenchay then was settled, confirming a Russian hegemony in the Caucasus, the passing of the khanates of Erivan and Nakhichevan to the Russian Empire, migration of a considerable number of Armenian subjects of Persia into the region (causing some population changes), and the undermining of British interests in Persia (setting up a new stage in the “Great Game”). And now, in the 1830’s, Qajar Iran sits as an empire which is slowly losing strength of its previous glory, perhaps an skilled player could return them into their old glory?
    But not all conflicts were in-between Persia and Russia. The Ottomans also had interests in the region…which they also lost. Although in the Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812 they didn’t lost a lot in the Caucasus, as the “Danubian Theater” was much more important during the war, and that was where they lost the region of Bessarabia. Later, the Russo Turkish War of 1828-1829, sometimes considered as part of the Greek War of Independence, saw some more significant action in the area. The Russians sieged and captured Kars and later Erzurum. Ultimately, the Ottomans also lost this war and had to sign the “Treaty of Adrianopole”, and with it they lost quite some stuff: While the Russians ended up with most ports of the eastern side of the Black Sea now under their control and their previous conquests of previous Persian territory, the Ottomans also had to ratify the autonomy of the Principality of Serbia, to finally recognize the independence of the Greeks, and, pay some economic indemnities, and to give more autonomy to the Danubian Principalities, while at the same time, giving Russia permission to occupy them until the indemnity was paid (this is the reason why in the original scenario and the Conqueror’s one, Russia starts with military access to Wallachia and Moldavia…I may go much more in-depth over the topics about the Principalities and the Greek War of Independence in a later entry). This war ended just before the start date, so the Ottomans may start with an event explaining the situation, or at least, with a negative treasury and lower happiness.

    And with the previous, you see why Russia starts at the top in the region, with new territories and vassals, which will probably rebel at some point, since even if they have control of the area, will the Russians be able to hold the different peoples of Transcaucasia under their yoke?
    To understand that, we have to go more in depth over the different “minor nations” (both existent at the start date or recently annexed) of the Southern Caucasus Area.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2yvZW7WxXx8/VefrpCPMIeI/AAAAAAAABSE/23w0bYAlM4g/s1600/Map%2B2.JPG
    In the case of Georgia, although the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti was annexed in 1801 and turned into the “Georgian Governorate”, some of the more little principalities survived for some a little more time as protectorates, much more akin to “rump states”. Their autonomy varied, and some regions were practically free thanks to their isolation (like “Free Svaneti”). At the start date, the Kingdom of Imereti was already annexed to Russia in 1810, an the same happened to the Principality of Guria in 1829, leaving then only the Principalities of Mengrelia and Svaneti remain as “independent”…well, and an area of Svaneti called “Free Svaneti”, “feudal” holdouts which refused both the suzerainty the Russian Empire and the Principality of Svaneti (under the House of Dadeshkeliani). Abkhazia also persisted as an autonomous principality until 1864 (they also had a revolt in 1866…but it failed and because of it, a good amount of the population was obligated to flee the country, resulting in a great decrease of population for the area).

    For the Armenians, things were going particularly “better”, since around 30,000 Armenians came back to “their lands”, migrating from the Qajar Empire. This caused an important religious and demographic shift in the region of modern day Armenia, considering that during the Erivan Khanate’s reign, the Muslim population was the majority, with the Armenian Christian being a minority. The Muslim population (Iranians, Turkics, Kurds, etc.) then preferred to migrate to other “Muslim lands” (like the Ottoman Empire or Persia), making the shift much more notorious. An important Armenian related, but mostly overlooked part to talk about here would be the Melikdoms of Karabakh, five principalities ruled by “Meliks” (Designated Armenian noble title in various Eastern Armenian lands), which appeared after the dissolution of the “Principality of Kachen” in the 15th century, and survived until 1822, when the Russian Empire abolished ethnic feudal formations. The Melikdoms were almost always semi-independent and even often fully independent. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Nagorno-Karabakh became an epicenter of the idea of re-creating an independent Armenian state; this state would be allied with Georgia and protected by Russia and European powers, but the plan didn’t seem to ever get on track…we could perhaps some event for it, where the Meliks, which became then Russian nobles, could convince either Russia to cede to their requests, or rebel by themselves.

    On the other side, we have the remaining khanates of Azerbaijan. Humiliated, after the wars Russo-Persian wars some years ago, almost all of them are gone. The Fortified Ganja Khante annexed, the Karabakh Khanate abolished, the proud Erevan Khanate was ceded to the Russian Authorities, and the same fate was bestowed to Shirvan, Nakchivan, Shaki, Baku, Talysh and Shirvan. The only persisting one, in the southern Caucasus, at the start date would be the Tsakhur controlled “Elisu Sultanate”, which would soon see its demise in 1844 too. This doesn’t mean that the Russians were in total control, since the different khans and peoples in general would still resist the Russian forces, and with the Caucasus Imamate in the other side of the mountains, perhaps they could get inspired to also rebel, either united under one banner, divided by their cultural allegiance, or perhaps with the help of Persia…This all depends on what the player decides (with a little help of the events that we will leave in the scenario of course).
    As a sort of additional note, most of the nations mentioned above, will probably start as cores inside the area, making it more unstable.
    THE MAP
    With all those things in mind, this would leave us with the map looking somewhat similar to this:

    All the Provinces of the new version

    Nations at the 1830 start date, with their respective flags (at the time).
    Since I haven’t finished all provinces of the world map (or at least all of the ones for the first release), I just colored this ones with the starting nations…but you get the idea.
    And considering that we are looking at the map, you’ll be able to see how the provinces follow different lines: From rivers (like the Aras) in Azerbaijan, to the historical regions in Georgia, or the addition of Lake – in Armenia. I tried to also blend the old administrative divisions, with the current ones (for example, you could sort of replicate the new borders of Nagorno-Karabakh ones with the existing provinces). I also have at least one city for each province (some with their old names, and some with newer ones).
    Some maps I used as examples:
    Map of The Historical provinces of Georgia:
    River map (mostly Azerbaijan):

    Evolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh provinces (after the war of 2020):

    Armenia’s Relief map:

    Map of the Karabakh Khanate "administrative divisions":

    Cores and Formables:
    Well, there’s a lot of nations that could be considered put in here. For instance, all the Khanates that were in the Beta before will be available as releasable/“core nations” (and they will get more flags too). There’s also the possibility of either adding the Armenian Melikdoms as either a union, the "Khamsa Union”, or as individual nations…This will depend of whether I’m able to find symbols for all of them or not (I’m still digging up some things from the internet for this). Other than those, I’ll probably add the Extinct Georgian principalities too (Adjaria, Guria, Imereti, Kartli and Kakheti), and some other smaller nations representing specific groups or regions that have a different/interesting culture and/or history behind them (Kevshureti, Javakheti, Salipartiano, Samurzakano, Tianeti, etc)…but that last may also depend of some later development details. I may also add the different Russian Governorates as separate nations (For example, The Tiflis governorate)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JIBH92Qd6Zc/VCHhFN4qk6I/AAAAAAAAAJ8/02Qpw82KKAc/s1600/ММ02222%2B121111111.jpg

    Flags and Coat of arms of the "Melik Union".
    For Formable Nations the most obvious ones would be Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. There's also the possibility to add Transcaucasia too. Considering both historical and ahistorical paths, we will see what we can do.
    Events and some Ideas?
    Well, there’s a lot of potential ideas for events and details to this region. For more “vanilla”/“historical” things, we will probably add the annexation of the Elisu sultanate, the 1832 Georgian plot (A plan to restore the Georgian statehood), the surge of Georgian nationalism, the “Armenian national awakening”, The Quba revolt (in the lands of the former khanate, from 1837-1839), The Lykhnensky revolt, etc.
    But we also have some more, quite “out-of the rails”, ideas:
    From things like a new theater for the “Great Game” between Russia and Britain (if the Qajars end up as a protectorate of the UK), the creation of a greater Armenia (the Armenian question gone wrong, ending up with a sort of “Willsonian” Armenia), the Unification of Transcaucasia, or even the creation of a Crusader state in the middle of it (considering the population of a little part of Georgia claimed to be descendent of lost crusaders, and kept using chainmail and participating in duels until the soviets started “repressing” their culture).
     
    Wow, it has been a lot of time since I wrote a dev-diary hahaha, and as always, I went again off the rails with historical details and all (maybe even more than that long post about the different Mayan groups of Central America?). Well, since I have this free space now, I might as well write something about this project:
    A simple scenario, which then went into more and more details ended up as a now developing mod which tries to include a lot of historical things…we may be getting way too ambitious, but on the other hand, why not shoot for the stars if you have the opportunity to do so? So here we are hahaha.
    Ad Nova Aurora walks this thin line where it tries to be similar to Victoria II (well, who doesn’t love that game’s atmosphere), but at the same time, it tries to have its own identity, with that in mind, the team has decided to add different things that other mods may not include, so that’s why we hastily research topics to take inspiration and content for the mod (we’ve seen a lot of really obscure sources, maybe not at the level of TNO, but for amateurs as us…its quite something). The only problem with that, is that our development may be too slow, but I’m sure it will all be worth it (so we hope that you’ll bear with us for the time being). For example, and technically by personal experience, the provinces of the mod were made with a lot of research and not with a single map in hand (at least for this area), same with some flags (I had to look above and beyond for some things, using languages I don’t fully understand hahaha).
    In the end, we are sure at least that we’ll be able to deliver a quality product for the community. And with those words I close these first “dev-diary”, which covered a “mountain” of interesting topics…and although I may have broken my promise of making them shorter, I hope that you found it interesting enough.
    I hope to be able to write the next one soon, although online classes may be an obstacle, but I’ll do what I can.
    Thanks for reading!
     
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    St.Chmnd got a reaction from Kerems2434 in Poll Ongoing | Ad Nova Aurora - A Victorian Era Mod | Visit the Discord   
    Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Dev-Diary of our mod. It tries to settle a bit about the area and explains how we work with some things in the game. It may be a little too long, but I hope you enjoy it.
    If you want to see more about the development, you can also visit our discord channel (I fixed the link in the opening topic): https://discord.gg/FNVgp5ZDtR
    There's a lot of info in our research channel there, so you can see an even more in-depth look at our sources.
    SOUTHERN CAUCASUS/TRANSCAUCASIA DEV-DIARY:

    Nations at the start date. For more details about their flags and the provinces, look at the "Map" section below.
    The Caucasus region, a land of mountains, fresh air, and various ethnic groups with a lot of different and interesting traditions. In general, it has been a really interesting place from a great part of history, and the 19th century is not the exception, after all, it’s located in the border of three empires (being the Russian, Ottoman and Qajar empires), with their correspondent protectorates/buffer states stuck in the middle. Most importantly, the region had started to see some important border changes from during this period, being the Russian Expansion into the south one of the most important cases.

    We have to mention obviously that before our start date (in the 1830’s), the Russians got the higher ground over this mountains.
    http://xn--b1aaibpv0aet4h1a.xn--p1ai/forums/uploads/gallery/album_19/gallery_4_19_526588.jpg
    The Qajar Dynasty, which took power in Persia after the collapse the Zand dynasty (As good of a ruler Karim Khan Zand was, and all his campaigns against the Qajar chiefs, his “archenemies”, his successor simply couldn’t keep the throne against them). At their first years, the Qajars wanted to reestablish Iran’s power over Georgia, and with Russia focused over other problems (like the ongoing consequences of the French Revolution), they partly achieved that goal in 1795 after the battle of Krtsanisi, occupying thus Georgia for a brief period of time…but this victory would carried some political consequences with Russia, which would later ruin the ambitions of the Qajars over Transcaucasia and Dagestan. With the Russian annexation of Kartli-Kakheti in 1801, of the Elisu Sultanate in 1803, and the capture of the key fortress of Ganja (subsequently Elisabethpol) in 1804, served as the catalyst for the “Russo-Persian war” of 1804-1813. In the end, with the treaty of Gulistan, the results were obvious: Russia won; the Qajars had to cede Georgia, and parts of Azerbaijan and Southern Dagestan; and most of the Khanates of the Caucasus (Baku, Shirvan, Shaki, among others), became either protectorates of Russia or outright annexed to the empire.
    But this wasn’t the end, and the Shah of Iran knew it. It was just a breeze of armed peace, which would be followed by another war…And that’s what happened in 1826. As Russia just ended settling up the problems it had with the “Decembrist Revolt” (during the interregnum that followed the death of Alexander I), the Qajar forces invaded the Russian protectorates of the Talysh and Karabakh khanates, without declaring war, and “turned” them to their joining their side. The campaign’s goal was to recapture Tiflis and push the Russians to the other side of the Terek River. The offensive seemed to work at first, but after a Russian counter attack, the Qajars and their allied khanates got into horrible setbacks, until the decisive capture of Echmiadzin in the Erevan khanate, followed by the Russian advance to Tabriz, the war was a tremendous loss for Iran.

    Siege and Capture of Erivan.
    The treaty of Turkmenchay then was settled, confirming a Russian hegemony in the Caucasus, the passing of the khanates of Erivan and Nakhichevan to the Russian Empire, migration of a considerable number of Armenian subjects of Persia into the region (causing some population changes), and the undermining of British interests in Persia (setting up a new stage in the “Great Game”). And now, in the 1830’s, Qajar Iran sits as an empire which is slowly losing strength of its previous glory, perhaps an skilled player could return them into their old glory?
    But not all conflicts were in-between Persia and Russia. The Ottomans also had interests in the region…which they also lost. Although in the Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812 they didn’t lost a lot in the Caucasus, as the “Danubian Theater” was much more important during the war, and that was where they lost the region of Bessarabia. Later, the Russo Turkish War of 1828-1829, sometimes considered as part of the Greek War of Independence, saw some more significant action in the area. The Russians sieged and captured Kars and later Erzurum. Ultimately, the Ottomans also lost this war and had to sign the “Treaty of Adrianopole”, and with it they lost quite some stuff: While the Russians ended up with most ports of the eastern side of the Black Sea now under their control and their previous conquests of previous Persian territory, the Ottomans also had to ratify the autonomy of the Principality of Serbia, to finally recognize the independence of the Greeks, and, pay some economic indemnities, and to give more autonomy to the Danubian Principalities, while at the same time, giving Russia permission to occupy them until the indemnity was paid (this is the reason why in the original scenario and the Conqueror’s one, Russia starts with military access to Wallachia and Moldavia…I may go much more in-depth over the topics about the Principalities and the Greek War of Independence in a later entry). This war ended just before the start date, so the Ottomans may start with an event explaining the situation, or at least, with a negative treasury and lower happiness.

    And with the previous, you see why Russia starts at the top in the region, with new territories and vassals, which will probably rebel at some point, since even if they have control of the area, will the Russians be able to hold the different peoples of Transcaucasia under their yoke?
    To understand that, we have to go more in depth over the different “minor nations” (both existent at the start date or recently annexed) of the Southern Caucasus Area.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2yvZW7WxXx8/VefrpCPMIeI/AAAAAAAABSE/23w0bYAlM4g/s1600/Map%2B2.JPG
    In the case of Georgia, although the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti was annexed in 1801 and turned into the “Georgian Governorate”, some of the more little principalities survived for some a little more time as protectorates, much more akin to “rump states”. Their autonomy varied, and some regions were practically free thanks to their isolation (like “Free Svaneti”). At the start date, the Kingdom of Imereti was already annexed to Russia in 1810, an the same happened to the Principality of Guria in 1829, leaving then only the Principalities of Mengrelia and Svaneti remain as “independent”…well, and an area of Svaneti called “Free Svaneti”, “feudal” holdouts which refused both the suzerainty the Russian Empire and the Principality of Svaneti (under the House of Dadeshkeliani). Abkhazia also persisted as an autonomous principality until 1864 (they also had a revolt in 1866…but it failed and because of it, a good amount of the population was obligated to flee the country, resulting in a great decrease of population for the area).

    For the Armenians, things were going particularly “better”, since around 30,000 Armenians came back to “their lands”, migrating from the Qajar Empire. This caused an important religious and demographic shift in the region of modern day Armenia, considering that during the Erivan Khanate’s reign, the Muslim population was the majority, with the Armenian Christian being a minority. The Muslim population (Iranians, Turkics, Kurds, etc.) then preferred to migrate to other “Muslim lands” (like the Ottoman Empire or Persia), making the shift much more notorious. An important Armenian related, but mostly overlooked part to talk about here would be the Melikdoms of Karabakh, five principalities ruled by “Meliks” (Designated Armenian noble title in various Eastern Armenian lands), which appeared after the dissolution of the “Principality of Kachen” in the 15th century, and survived until 1822, when the Russian Empire abolished ethnic feudal formations. The Melikdoms were almost always semi-independent and even often fully independent. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Nagorno-Karabakh became an epicenter of the idea of re-creating an independent Armenian state; this state would be allied with Georgia and protected by Russia and European powers, but the plan didn’t seem to ever get on track…we could perhaps some event for it, where the Meliks, which became then Russian nobles, could convince either Russia to cede to their requests, or rebel by themselves.

    On the other side, we have the remaining khanates of Azerbaijan. Humiliated, after the wars Russo-Persian wars some years ago, almost all of them are gone. The Fortified Ganja Khante annexed, the Karabakh Khanate abolished, the proud Erevan Khanate was ceded to the Russian Authorities, and the same fate was bestowed to Shirvan, Nakchivan, Shaki, Baku, Talysh and Shirvan. The only persisting one, in the southern Caucasus, at the start date would be the Tsakhur controlled “Elisu Sultanate”, which would soon see its demise in 1844 too. This doesn’t mean that the Russians were in total control, since the different khans and peoples in general would still resist the Russian forces, and with the Caucasus Imamate in the other side of the mountains, perhaps they could get inspired to also rebel, either united under one banner, divided by their cultural allegiance, or perhaps with the help of Persia…This all depends on what the player decides (with a little help of the events that we will leave in the scenario of course).
    As a sort of additional note, most of the nations mentioned above, will probably start as cores inside the area, making it more unstable.
    THE MAP
    With all those things in mind, this would leave us with the map looking somewhat similar to this:

    All the Provinces of the new version

    Nations at the 1830 start date, with their respective flags (at the time).
    Since I haven’t finished all provinces of the world map (or at least all of the ones for the first release), I just colored this ones with the starting nations…but you get the idea.
    And considering that we are looking at the map, you’ll be able to see how the provinces follow different lines: From rivers (like the Aras) in Azerbaijan, to the historical regions in Georgia, or the addition of Lake – in Armenia. I tried to also blend the old administrative divisions, with the current ones (for example, you could sort of replicate the new borders of Nagorno-Karabakh ones with the existing provinces). I also have at least one city for each province (some with their old names, and some with newer ones).
    Some maps I used as examples:
    Map of The Historical provinces of Georgia:
    River map (mostly Azerbaijan):

    Evolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh provinces (after the war of 2020):

    Armenia’s Relief map:

    Map of the Karabakh Khanate "administrative divisions":

    Cores and Formables:
    Well, there’s a lot of nations that could be considered put in here. For instance, all the Khanates that were in the Beta before will be available as releasable/“core nations” (and they will get more flags too). There’s also the possibility of either adding the Armenian Melikdoms as either a union, the "Khamsa Union”, or as individual nations…This will depend of whether I’m able to find symbols for all of them or not (I’m still digging up some things from the internet for this). Other than those, I’ll probably add the Extinct Georgian principalities too (Adjaria, Guria, Imereti, Kartli and Kakheti), and some other smaller nations representing specific groups or regions that have a different/interesting culture and/or history behind them (Kevshureti, Javakheti, Salipartiano, Samurzakano, Tianeti, etc)…but that last may also depend of some later development details. I may also add the different Russian Governorates as separate nations (For example, The Tiflis governorate)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JIBH92Qd6Zc/VCHhFN4qk6I/AAAAAAAAAJ8/02Qpw82KKAc/s1600/ММ02222%2B121111111.jpg

    Flags and Coat of arms of the "Melik Union".
    For Formable Nations the most obvious ones would be Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. There's also the possibility to add Transcaucasia too. Considering both historical and ahistorical paths, we will see what we can do.
    Events and some Ideas?
    Well, there’s a lot of potential ideas for events and details to this region. For more “vanilla”/“historical” things, we will probably add the annexation of the Elisu sultanate, the 1832 Georgian plot (A plan to restore the Georgian statehood), the surge of Georgian nationalism, the “Armenian national awakening”, The Quba revolt (in the lands of the former khanate, from 1837-1839), The Lykhnensky revolt, etc.
    But we also have some more, quite “out-of the rails”, ideas:
    From things like a new theater for the “Great Game” between Russia and Britain (if the Qajars end up as a protectorate of the UK), the creation of a greater Armenia (the Armenian question gone wrong, ending up with a sort of “Willsonian” Armenia), the Unification of Transcaucasia, or even the creation of a Crusader state in the middle of it (considering the population of a little part of Georgia claimed to be descendent of lost crusaders, and kept using chainmail and participating in duels until the soviets started “repressing” their culture).
     
    Wow, it has been a lot of time since I wrote a dev-diary hahaha, and as always, I went again off the rails with historical details and all (maybe even more than that long post about the different Mayan groups of Central America?). Well, since I have this free space now, I might as well write something about this project:
    A simple scenario, which then went into more and more details ended up as a now developing mod which tries to include a lot of historical things…we may be getting way too ambitious, but on the other hand, why not shoot for the stars if you have the opportunity to do so? So here we are hahaha.
    Ad Nova Aurora walks this thin line where it tries to be similar to Victoria II (well, who doesn’t love that game’s atmosphere), but at the same time, it tries to have its own identity, with that in mind, the team has decided to add different things that other mods may not include, so that’s why we hastily research topics to take inspiration and content for the mod (we’ve seen a lot of really obscure sources, maybe not at the level of TNO, but for amateurs as us…its quite something). The only problem with that, is that our development may be too slow, but I’m sure it will all be worth it (so we hope that you’ll bear with us for the time being). For example, and technically by personal experience, the provinces of the mod were made with a lot of research and not with a single map in hand (at least for this area), same with some flags (I had to look above and beyond for some things, using languages I don’t fully understand hahaha).
    In the end, we are sure at least that we’ll be able to deliver a quality product for the community. And with those words I close these first “dev-diary”, which covered a “mountain” of interesting topics…and although I may have broken my promise of making them shorter, I hope that you found it interesting enough.
    I hope to be able to write the next one soon, although online classes may be an obstacle, but I’ll do what I can.
    Thanks for reading!
     
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    Government type; 政府形態

    Parlamentaric Republic 議会共和制 tag;””
    Commune 評議会 tag;"n"
    Despotic Monarchy 専制君主制 tag;”d”
    Enlightened Despotism 啓蒙君主制 tag;"e"
    Constitutional Monarchy 立憲君主制 tag;”m”
    Fascist Dictatorship ファシスト独裁 tag;”f”
    Proletariat Dictatorship プロレタリアート独裁 tag;”c”
    Presidential Dictatorship 大統領独裁 tag;”p”
    Military Junta 軍事暫定政権 tag;"j"
    Anarchy 無政府 tag;”t”
    Emirate 首長国 tag;”h”

    New Ideologies Chart System; 新型イデオロギーチャートシステム
    Traditional Conservatism 伝統的保守主義
    Libaral Marketism 自由市場主義
    Romantism ロマン主義
    Anarchism 無政府主義
    Moderative Socialism 穏健社会主義
    Reformism 社会改良主義
    Communism 共産主義
    Nationalism 国粋主義
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