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"Truly it can be said of him, without count are his soldiers & beyond measure his might." - Prince Edward in reference to Lord Butler & his invasion force departing London for Mars.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Nobility of the Balkan Wars between Huack & Turkoslavia, circa 1880.

His Royal Highness Prince Karl Michael Alexander Lothringen, Prince of Huack, Duke of Moden. Born in December 1853 at Castle Moden in Austria, the only child of the Duke and Duchess of Moden. Prince Karl was raised an avid hunter and was educated in Vienna at the Imperial Military Academy. During the Russo-Turkish War the Prince was the Austrian military observer with the Russian army.

His Excellency the Khedive, Mahemed Ali Pasha. The son of a doctor, born in July 1849 in Constantinople. Mahemed joined the Ottoman Navy at an early age. In 1867 he was promoted to junior commander and given command of a patrol boat. By the time of the Russo-Turkish War he was captain of a destroyer on the Black Sea where his daring exploits and military accomplishments earned him the nickname "The Kraken." It was as a reward for his naval service during the war that he was created Khedive of Turkoslavia.

The Congress of Berlin

The Congress of Berlin which ended the Russo-Turkish War of 1877 to 1878 established the Principality of Huack and the Khedivate of Turkoslavia on the southern shores of Lake Hreshta. The Principality of Huack was created an autonomous vassal state of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Khedivate of Turkoslavia an autonomous vassal of the Ottoman Empire.

In Huack, Archduke Karl Michael Alexander Lothringen of Austria was titled Prince and took Castle Huack as his royal court in the city of Alshirejvo. Whereas in Turkoslavia, Mahemed Ali Pasha an Ottoman naval commander, and nephew of the Sultan was crowned Khedive. Immediately both states saw the other as a rival and threat. Before the end of 1879 skirmishes and naval engagements were breaking out between the two small states. Both states are wary of not only each other but their balkan neighbors as well.

The lands of the two kingdoms are prosperous and fertile. Wine, cheese, wool, iron and lumber are the main exports from both. Lake Hreshta as it is known in Huack or Lake Ohrespa in Turkoslavia is fed from the tributaries and creeks of the Danube.