Saturday, March 3, 2007


In 1582 Ivan IV died, leaving a distraught Empire.

During the power struggles over the succession, the boyar Boris Godunov became regent.

Duke Jedrek of Mieczyslaw rejected his selection and advised the other members of the Assembly of the Empire to reconsider the choice.

Duke Jedrek was sadly confirmed in his opinon of regent Boris as in 1591 the Tsar's son Demetrius was murdered.

Between 1598 and 1605 Boris Godunov became elected Tsar, Duke Jedrek of Mieczyslaw, withdrew from the Assembly of the Empire over this selection and was bullied by those in Moscow, saying that he and his lands would pay for their traitorous attitude.

Boris Godunov was de-throned by another invasion and investiture of Moscow by Polish troops; this time Duke Jedrek of Mieczyslaw was not connected to the invasion directly, but rather supported the move to oust the evil regent/Tsar by means of supplies and turning a blind eye to those young men whom did join the columns moving east across the boundaries of Ducal lands.

1609 Treaty of Vyborg. This sparked further conflicts over the Russian Throne, now also claimed by Polish interests. Duke Jedrek of Mieczyslaw attempted to keep the Duchy out of the negotiations, however his illness and death in 1611, predisposed The Duchy of Mieczyslaw to fall under the Polish influences as they held on to many lands out to Smolensk.

In 1612, the same year as an Assembly of the Empire selected Michael as the new Tsar, Baron Stefanik was named as the new Duke of Mieczyslaw by the szlachta Diet of Mieczyslaw. This was confirmed in Warsaw by Sigismund III Vasa and accepted by The League of Augsburg and MOSCOW.


Bluebear Jeff said...

I've got an idea to float in your direction. I know that you've got a lot of blue-uniformed Tricorn troops and quite a few green-uniformed ones.

Have you considered the possibility of creating two (yes, two) imaginary countries?

One is the Duchy of Mieczyslaw and the other could be "Russian" part/neighbor of the Duchy. Sometimes an ally, often an enemy. That way you've always got an opposing army handy if someone drops in OR you can have one campaign against me and another against Pete.

Anyway, it is an idea. I know that once I get Saxe-Bearstein on the table, I'm going to build my French-uniformed opponent (working name -- Stagonia).

-- Jeff

MurdocK said...

Oh yes Jeff, I have considered such an arrangement. In fact I have 4 or 5 sometimes allies/opponents in mind.

A Russian leaning one, a Swedish leaning one, a Prussian leaning one, an Austrian leaning one and an Ottoman leaning one!

That makes for red coats, light blue, dark blue, white and rainbow!

Bluebear Jeff said...

Sounds great, Murdock. The only quibble that I have (if I understand correctly) is that, according to my sources, Russian infantry wore Green with red turnbacks, not Red.

Of course, since we are talking about imaginary countries, you can pick whatever coat colors you choose for any nation.

-- Jeff

MurdocK said...

There are a number of Russians, notably the Cossacks, who wore red tunics, with no turnbacks or facings, called Kaftans.

These would probably not rate more than militia but then I can use them as these Cossack bunch or Brits!