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Kingdom of Sweden

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The Kingdom of Sweden sits as a powerful force in the Baltic, led by Gustavus II Adolf, King of Sweden. King Gustavus II is one of the most brilliant military minds in Europe, and has led to many innovations during the the last few decades. Having installed the idea of combined arms by attaching "commanded muketeers" to cavalry uniuts and fielded light 3-pounder guns to provide infantry units with organic artillery. As it stands, Sweden has one of the most powerful armies in Europe. Still there are many obstacles in Sweden's path. Expansion in the Baltic would likely draw the eye of Denmark, whom we have a shaky peace with. Unless we can secure our western border with Denmark and Norway, we will likely be unable to do much of anything.

Even so, if we ally ourselves with Denmark and pursue war in Mainland Europe, we could shift the balance of power away from the Habsburgs in Austria and Spain to a new order. If we manage to gain friends across the Protestant world, the Protestant Union is our best bet to make a stand against the scourge of Catholicism.
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Republic of the United Netherlands

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The only full Republic in the Protestant world, United Netherlands stands in an unusual position. Sitting as a powerful trading and naval power in the English Channel, Netherlands has the money and troops to help change the course of the religious war. With a vast colonial empire and the largest fleet of merchantmen of any nation, and the oldest stock market in living history. The Republic consists of seven provinces, each with their own governments. Each province elected members of the States General, who served as the legislative and executive authority of the state. The leader of the Netherlands was the Stadtholder, who was elected by the States General. Although this could be anyone in the nation, effectively it was the House of Orange-Nassau that held control. Under Maurice of Orange, the Republic was organized into an effective fighting force and organised the rebellion against Spain into a successful revolt. Although this revolt is still ongoing, Spaniards have been largely pushed out of most of the Republic, but there still is a threat as war still exists.

The Netherlands is formally a protectorate of England, but not much support has been given in the fight against Spain. If the Netherlands are to hold their own in the religious wars, England and the rest of the Protestant world has to be prepared to aid the Republic the defense of its territory.
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