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DemocraThree: 24 January 2013

by J.R.

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Every Friday, bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D and like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.

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Great Game Previews In History: 21 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

The-Execution-Of-Louis-Xvi-$281754-93$29On this day in 1793, France’s King Louis XVI sustained an upper-body injury; he did not return.

Officially, Louis was executed for treason — that is: for colluding with foreign monarchs who invaded early Revolutionary France in an effort to restore Louis. He was almost certainly guilty, given that these invading powers were his cousins.

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DemocraThree: 17 January 2014

by J.R.

demothree

Today, we debut a new weekly feature here at III Communication — DemocraThree. Every Friday, bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D and like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.

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Great Game Previews In History: 16 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

524px-Ivan-Groznyi-ParsunaIvan IV Vasilyevich, Grand Prince of Moscow, is crowned as Tsar of All the Russians on January 16, 1547.

You know him better as Ivan The Terrible.

At 8, Ivan ascended as Grand Prince of Moscow upon the death of his father, Vasili III, who was struck ill with blood poisoning after he developed a boil. His mother acted as regent, but died of what is now believed to be poisoning. Ivan felt put out by the powerful boyars and at just 16, was crowned with Monomakh’s Cap and proclaimed Tsar of All The Russians, the first ruler with that title (though his grandfather, Ivan The Great, used the title tsar).

Ivan ruled until 1584 (!), and his 37 years as tsar show him to be a complex and interesting figure.

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Great Game Previews In History: 9 January 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

444px-Joan_of_arc_interrogationThe trial for heresy of Joan of Arc begins in Rouen, France. The trial, like oh so many, was politically motivated — Joan was responsible for the coronation of Charles VII as King of France while France’s throne was claimed by England’s Henry VI and Joan’s military victories reversed the fortunes of her native land during the Hundred Years War.

The trial was tedious — o, was it tedious.

Every session began, more or less, with this exchange:

Question: Do you swear to speak the truth in answer to such questions as are put to you?

Joan: I do not know what you wish to examine me on. Perhaps you might ask such things that I would not tell.

Question: Will you swear to speak the truth upon those things which are asked you concerning the faith, which you know?

Joan: Concerning my father and my mother, and what I have done since I took the road to France, I will gladly swear to tell the truth. But concerning my revelations from God, these I have never told or revealed to anyone, save only to Charles, my King. And I will not reveal them to save my head.

Sure, that won’t get exhausting.

In any case, Joan was convicted of heresy — in large part because she dressed as a soldier, which she said was to keep the guards off her in prison — and burned at the stake and is now a French heroine, in large part because she was the last French person to win a battle.

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Great Game Previews In History: 3 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-USA-Washington_Circle_ParkAmerican forces led by General George Washington defeated Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton January 2, 1777.

The victory capped Washington’s winter campaign through New Jersey, solidifying the American hold on what would become the Garden State.

The Americans were in early danger of being overrun, but the arrival of Washington turned the tide. He famously rode to the front of the ranks, waving his hat to and fro to rally the troops even as his warhorse trembled due to the charging British behind him — the scene was the inspiration for the statue of Washington in his eponymous circle in his eponymous capital city.

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Great Game Previews In History: 25 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

In November 1864, in the vinegar strokes of the Civil War, an octet of Southerners, calling themselves (rather grandiosely) the Confederate Army of Manhattan, sneaked into New York City via Canada.

And once there, these eight tried to set 21 simultaneous fires in an effort to overwhelm the firefighting capabilities of the New York Fire Department and…well, it doesn’t appear there was much of a plan beyond that.

As Clint Johnson put it:

None of the Confederates had ever visited New York before they arrived to burn it down. They did no scouting to find the most flammable targets. Just days before the attack, one of the Confederates was thrown out of his hotel for loudly proclaiming in his Alabama-born accent the merits of secession. None of the young men had any experience with incendiaries, yet they trusted a stranger to provide them 144 firebombs. When they took possession of the firebombs, they spent only a few minutes practicing with them – out in the open, in the daytime, in Central Park.

Few of the fires caught and those that did were contained quickly and, initially at least, all eight members of the Confederate Army of Manhattan escaped back to politically-neutral Canada.

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The Devils’ Most Famous Fan Is A Horrible Liar

by J.R.

Elaine Benes’ boyfriend David Puddy is the most famous Devils’ fan in the world:

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Great Game Previews In History: 10 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

Cumbre_Iberoamericana_2007During the 2007 Ibero-American Summit in Santiago, Chile, Hugo Chavez kept interrupting Spain’s prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Eventually His Majesty Juan Carlos the First, By the Grace of God, the King of Spain, King of Castile, of León, of Aragon, of the Two Sicilies, of Jerusalem, of Navarre, of Granada, of Seville, of Toledo, of Valencia, of Galicia, of Sardinia, of Córdoba, of Corsica, of Murcia, of Jaén, of the Algarves, of Algeciras, of the Canary Islands, of the East and West Indies, of the Islands and Mainland of the Ocean Sea; Archduke of Austria; Duke of Burgundy, of Brabant, of Milan, of Athens and Neopatria; Count of Habsburg, of Flanders, of Tyrol, of Roussillon, and of Barcelona; Lord of Biscay and of Molina de Aragón; Captain General and Supreme Commander of the Royal Armed Forces; Sovereign Grand Master of the Order of the Golden Fleece and of the orders awarded by the Spanish state, got fed up and said:

¿Por qué no te callas?

More or less, “Why don’t you just shut up?” Baller.

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