Margraviate of Montferrat
Leader: Boniface III Palaeologus
As of 1493, the Margraviate of Montferrat stands on the precipice of two dramatic changes. On the one hand the elderly marquess, Boniface III, is withered by age and soon to die. On the other, the Margraviate stands directly in the path of the impending French invasion of Italy. Diplomacy must be key to Montferrat's strategy if it is to survive these changes. The pro-French policies of Boniface and his heir William have staved off French aggression at the price of French interference, at least to this point. The marquess' niece Blanche currently rules Savoy as regent for her son Duke Charles II, ensuring peace from the west. But the infant is sickly, and Savoy may soon fall out of the control of Boniface's family. Alliances can collapse rapidly in the claustrophobic atmosphere of northern Italy. But what other choices does Montferrat have? To the north-east, Milan is rich, powerful, and intractably hostile to France and her allies - Montferrat among them. To the south, Genoa is sympathetic to France; it may make a useful ally, at least in the short term. One thing is clear: the elderly marquess may boast all he likes of the strength of the Casale wine-trade and his noble descent from the Byzantine emperors, but he must now select a side to take. France, or Milan? Montferrat must make the choice quickly, but can ill afford to get it wrong.
Strength: Descendants from the Byzantine Emperors
Weakness: In a dangerous position
Historic unit: Paleologi Guard
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