Welcome to the second campaign map preview for VR!
This preview covers the territory of Francia, the Kingdom of the Capetians. As King of France, the Capetians should be able to demand vassalage from all the great lords of the region. However, a prolongued war with Blois-Champagne has left the Capetian dynasty very fragile, with only the princes of Anjou, Burgundy, and Vermandois remaining truly loyal. To the north, the Holy Roman Empire competes for influence over Flanders, while in the west the Bretons of Burgundy are effectively outwith royal control.
In the south of France, The Duchy of Aquitaine has been added as a fully-playable faction. Hopefully this will help to give much better representation to the divisions within France, although the Duchy will start as a vassal to the Kings of France. Nonetheless, Aquitaine is far from being a mere clone faction of France. Aquitaine had its own Occitain culture, with clearly distinct methods of warfare from its northern counterparts. Units in Aquitaine will be more lightly equipped, drawing from the native Basque population. Also, the crossbow was more more prominent in southern France, giving a technological advantage to the southern princes. As you can see in the pictures, the south of France was also more economically developed than the north, with larger towns and more advanced farming methods. With these factors combined, the Duchy of Aquitaine will no mere minor faction to be swept aside by the Capetians.
The Capetian Dynasty:
Historical Dukes and Counts:
The Duchy of Aquitaine's heartland:
The Duchy of Brittany:
The County of Flanders:
The County of Auvergne:
The County of Toulouse:
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