The Darkest Hour
1613, Anno Ignamini
A new Arch Bishop has risen to power, superseding the monarchy and sporting ideas of mercantilism. Following the failure of Emperor Philip III to end the hundred year war and eradicate the Rovassian Monarchy, the church marched against the backlands with a templar led army and ended the war through a series of conflicts and scorched earth tactics. It is well known that the archbishop is attempting an absolute government, with only superficial power in the hands of the emperor. The shift is unwelcome, with the church's inquisition naming heretics out of business rivals and classic interpretations of Ignasticism alike. The Anglian church's focus on finding new sources of income is threatening social and economic stability, and the people are scrambling. Among those opposing the Arch Bishop are Puritanical Imperialists who strongly oppose the new Church dogma and are attempting to limit the Arch bishops power. The Parliament, nobility, and gentry similarly attempt limit the church's power through trade charters and smaller, regional powers of government. One such charter was granted to the Anglian Trading Company, who have since begun to offer free land and compensation to any Anglian citizen who will make the journey. The newly established colonies are an attractive offer to those who would seek to make their fortune in trade, or simply wish to practice their faith true to its origin, and ideals- without neo classical interpretation.