Principality of Moldavia
‎Țara Moldovei (Moldavian)
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Poland
1454 - Present
Flag of Moldavia, adopted 1519
CapitalSuceava
Official languages Moldavian
Regional Languages Greek; Russian; Turkic
Ethnic groups  Moldavian; Turkic
Religion Orthodox
Demonym Latin
Government Feudal Principality
 -  Voievod of Moldavia Petru V Mușat
History
 -  Organization of Moldavia 1352 
 -  Failed Moldavian Revolt 1359 
 -  Independence from Poland 1454 
Population
 -  1475 estimate 1,000,000 
Currency Taler

The Principality of Moldavia is a southeastern European nation located along the northern coast of the Black Sea. Moldavia is bordered by Polish Galicia and the Republic of All Rus' to the north, by the Khanates to the east, by the Byzantine Taurica to the south, and Hungary to the southwest.

Currently ruled by Petru V Mușat, Moldavia is experiencing some internal dissent despite a long-lasting period of growth and prosperity, given its position on the Black Sea and extensive trade with fellow Orthodox nations.

History

The history of Moldavia dates back to ...

Moldavian Subjugation

  • 1320 - Moldavian heartlands conquered by Hungary from White Horde (Battle of Barlâd)
  • 1352 - Dragos Voda forms Principality of Moldavia under Hungary
  • 1359 - Failed revolt led by Prince Bogdan the Founder (Battle of Focsani)
  • 1381 - Sack of Iasi by Prince Andrezej of Poland

Independence and Growth

  • 1454/5 - Independence of Polish Moldavia under Alexandral
  • 1470 - Stephen III becomes Prince of Moldavia, begins to attack the Crimeans
  • 1474 - Stephen III takes Odessa
  • 1504 - Stephen III "the Great" dies; succeeded by grandson Stephen IV
  • 1515-16 - Assistance to Transylvania, expansion from Hungary

Government

Royal Family:

  • Stephen III "the Great"
    • Alexandru x Irene (of Byzantines)
      • Stephen IV x Moldavian countess
        • Petru V x Katerina (of Russia)
          • Children
        • Son 2
        • Daughter

Economy

  • Capital: Suceava
  • Main Trade City: Irodoraș (OTL Kherson)
  • Secondary Trade City: Tana (OTL Rostov-on-Don)

Military

The Moldavian military is a large force, numbering as much as 40,000 troops. The Moldavian military is renowned for its use of a number of cavalry units, including the cossacks. The approximate breakdown of the Moldavian military is as follows:

  • Infantry (25,000)
    • Militia (10,000): Primarily composed of peasants, the militia drills twice yearly in peacetime to ensure their preparedness. The militia are on the frontline as responsible for protecting their local villages from Tartar raids.
    • Pikemen (6,000): Effective against enemy cavalry units on the plains and steppes, the pikemen tend to come from the lower ranks of the burgher class. A small amount of pikemen serve in a more permanent capacity, but most are only called upon in times of war.
    • Arquebusiers (9,000): Hailing from a rich tradition that dates back to 1475 with the Moldavian invention of the shoulderstock, arquebusiers are drilled regularly in peacetime to ensure integrity and morale. They provide shock and heavy casualties on the battlefield.
  • Cavalry (13,000)
    • Cossacks (8,000): An extremely light cavalry, the cossacks grow up riding on horseback. They are effective in raiding enemy lines and supply chains. Used to great effect on the plains and steppes, the cossacks are made up of middle class farmers from the eastern parts of the nation.
    • Hussars (3,000): An elite type of cavalry units of Moldavia, these are minor nobles who often wield firearms. While they are light cavalry, they are more effective in traditional, pitched battle than the cossacks but inferior to the heavily-armored knights.
    • Knights: (2,000): Comprised of the uppermost gentry and nobility of Moldavian society, knights owe fealty to the Prince of Moldavia, and fulfill this duty through military service. Heavily-armored, some may also double as leaders of infantry units (especially the pikemen and militia).
  • Artillery (2,000)
    • Cannoneers (2,000)

Moldavian military tactics are quite distinct from those of Western Europe. This is often attributed to the fact that Moldavia places a heavy reliance on cossack troops, which are most effective for raiding enemy lines and supply chains.

Culture

Foreign Relations

Positive

  • Russia
  • Byzantine Rome
  • Transylvania

Neutral

  • Georgia
  • Serbia-Bulgaria

Negative

  • Poland
  • Tartar Khans
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