William II of Switzerland (Tyler Anthony Kroshbon; 7 April 1680 - 18 August 1746) was King of the Swiss from 23 August 1738 until his death in 1747. He was also concurrently Duke of Zurich from 1731 at his elder brothers ascension until his own reign began in 1738, at which he became the Duke of Bern. He was the second Swiss monarch of the House of Kroshbon.
His life and his reign (1738 - 1746) remain the longest of any Swiss monarch. For the majority of both his reign and life, important military operations were in place. Perhaps the bloodiest war he served in was the Empire War (1734–1735) in which he led the Swiss Kingdom as Prime Minister, and personally was Commander-in-Chief of the Swiss Militaries. William personally has served as an important diplomat and member of the Swiss government for 17 years, the longest of any official.
William was born in 1680 to a powerful Trading Company Chairman, Anthony Kroshbon, and his wife, Elisabeth in Pripyat, Ukraine (although the family is known to be French). He grew up on the families large estate. His sole godparent was his uncle, Gerard, a Knight of the Hospitaller Order.
Tyler’s family held a vast estate in Pripyat, which was given to Prince Richard I, after Tyler’s death. On the estate, Tyler learned many skills that he valued as an adult, including fencing, academics, war, riflery, sailing, cannoneering, and political skills.
William’s father, Anthony died in 1710, and since Gerard had died four years ago, a temporary Head needed to be instated as Tyler was still too young to hold the power in the family business, Hank Wimbleton became Head of the House of Kroshbon. Hank expanded the family into the Caribbean, and created the Caribbean Branch, which was eventually dissolved in 1746, after the Caribbean Crisis, when Hassigos was obliverated, along with several other districts, although it was only a preview for the hurricane that was to come.
He created the Lonesome Drifters, a mercenary guild working for the family. Hank and the Kroshbon Brothers would hold meetings in a Tortuga office, next to a tattoo parlor every week. In his remaining time, Tyler would work as the Manager of the nearby King’s Arm, a tavern where his friends also worked.
In 1723, Wimbleton went missing, and was believed to be dead. His second-in-command, and Head of the Lonesome Drifters, Sven Daggerfury, attempted a coupe to take control of the family. The brothers already had a mercenary guild working for them, the Armed Guard. A short war occured on Hassigos, in which the Lonesome Drifters were obliverated. A year long war occured with Tyler leading most battles. One such of these battles was the Attack on King’s Arm, in which Drifters held the King’s Arm hostage and demanded for all their money. They proceeded to destroy all the liquor by creating a large fire. By this time, the Armed Guard had arrived, and one of the bandits was shot. Two more escaped. A search was held for one, while Tyler personally chased the other. Catching him, outside Tortuga Town, Crossbones shot him. The third bandit escaped on a boat. After this event, the Armed Guard proclaimed that all assets the Lonesome Drifters had invested in the Tortuga Pact, had been froze.
A break in occurred at the Tortuga Clubhouse, in which 75% of the Lonesome Drifters funds were taken. They were used to pay for the King’s Arm mess. After this, an attack was held the Clubhouse itself. Seven Drifters were brought in and attacked the clubhouse. A valiant fight was held inside, but the Guards were badly outnumbered. Luckily, Roger Goldmonk arrived with an entire company of Guards, and the Drifters retreated. Heading back to their ships, the Drifters had fled from Tortuga. The Armed Guard began its campaign soon after. Launching an attack on the Spanish island, the Guards swarmed over it. They cornered Daggerfury in his private mansion. He surrendered, and terms were given. He handed the guild over to Jessica Goldfire, although she soon became inactive, disbanding the Drifters. Daggerfury died sometime after. It is unknown from what.
The brothers began to reorganize the family. Tyler, the eldest, was unanimously elected Head of the Family. His younger brother, Ryan, was made his right-hand man. The brothers began the long trip back to Europe. In 1731, they stopped in Switzerland, which was in anarchy. Seeing that no government was present, the brothers decided to make this country their home. After taking complete control of the nation, Ryan was crowned King of Switzerland, the first in almost 10 years. Tyler was made Prime Minister.
Prime Minister of SwitzerlandEdit
In one of his first Diplomatic meetings, Tyler and Ryan met with King Phillipe V Clemente and one of his top advisors aboard the Noble Queen, Tyler's personal yacht. After requesting Clemente's advisor to arrange a meeting with Clemente, Ryan prepared for the first diplomatic meeting of his reign. The meeting almost resulted in a treaty with Spain, until Phillipe was needed elsewhere and the meeting had to be adjourned.
Another important event in Tyler's early days as Prime Minister was a series of skirmishes that were held against the East India Trading Company. Starting in February 1732, the Armed Guard held several skirmishes against the East India Trading Company's Black Guard. Captain Jack Decksteel had established a base on Isla Perdida, although the Armed Guard had claimed it as their property, as it was on Hassigos. When Armed Guard Shock Troops entered Isla Perdida's "Queens Nest", and passed the West River, Decksteel ordered artillery attack on them.
Sergeant Crewman Jones, an eventual deserter, but a sharp wit, came up with an idea to attack from a hidden, alternative route. As Johnathan continued the attack on the West front, Crossbones, Crewman, and Lieutenant Mark Sharkswine attacked from the south-east. It was here that Decksteel performed an atrocity that would enrage Tyler. A young EITC sergeant, the right hand man of Decksteel, was pushed off Decksteels office, which was on a cliff, for failing to acknowledge the south-east passage. Since the Sergeant was a former Guard member, the command there asserted that he was a spy. Upon learning this, Crossbones halted the attack, and resorted to blockading the island from both passages.
Prime Minister Johnathan Goldtimbers had arrived in the Caribbean, and was given Decksteels report. he immediately stopped the fighting, and Decksteel was demoted to a Sergeant. Crossbones got along well with Goldtimbers, as he had also previously served as the Flag Lieutenant to a certain Lord Cutler Gears, who happened to formerly be second-in-command of the EITC, during Lord Samuel Harrington’s term.
Marriage of RyanEdit
Ryan eventually began to seek marriage. He eventually met Rose Macmorgan, a young french girl, who happened to be the daughter of the famous EITC Lord, Benjamin Macmorgan, who commanded the EITC as Lord Governor in the 1690s. Rose and Ryan were married by Tyler on the Noble Queen, and the ceremony was attended by a few top notch members of the Armed Guard, and a select few of Ryan’s personal friends. The gathering was small, but thousands cheered as Ryan returned to Bern. Ryan proceeded to go on his honeymoon, leaving Tyler in-charge of Switzerland in his absence.
Tyler was also seeking marriage, and met a girl by the name of Elizabeth. Unfortunately, she eventually left Port Remnant, and travelled to Tortuga to stay with her brother. Around this time, Tyler purchased a new puppy, and named her Elizabeth.
Lieutenant Jack Goldwash informed Tyler that a supply ship had disappeared around a distant isle. Tyler informed Ryan, and the two set off by themselves. Reaching a deserted island, in a shipwreck, they used supplies from their torn up ship to keep them alive for the next few days. They continued travelling, and got stuck in a mountain. Nearly freezing to death, they were saved by several Armed Guards.
The Peaceful YearEdit
The next year, 1733, was very peaceful, and no hostility took place. Trade with Great Britain began, and the Switzerland continued getting important diplomats. One such individual was Alec Nigel, a Russian who based his business in organizing the Swiss government, although his significance came a few years later. Another important individual was Christopher Ironshot. Ironshot joined after resigning as a Norwegian sea Captain, and was soon promoted to Secretary of the Admiralty, although he used the title “Admiral of the Fleetl”. His post was under Alec, who was “Head of the Military”, the leader of the Armed Forces (which was later changed to Minister of Defense). Ironshot soon became Third-in-Command of the Armed Guard, and was responsible for modernizing the ranks, which had formerly been Captain, Flag Lieutenant, Lieutenants, Sergeants, Privates, and Cadets.
Several changes were made to the Government structure. An official unicameral legislative body was formed, called “The Parliament”. The presiding officer was William Keelspinner, who was the equivalent of the later rank of “Lord Chancellor”, although he was solely called “Lord Keelspinner of the Parliament”. The Judicial system was led with a court for every Canton. A Federal Court was also created, with Tyler as Head, officially the “Chief Judge of Switzerland”.
Towards the end of the year, Tyler and Ryan halted trade with Norway on the basis that they were illegally claiming Swiss land, and referring to the Swiss leaders as their Emperor, Kwagar, servants. After Norway attempted to annex Switzerland in December, the Parliament met on the matter. On February 19, 1734, the Parliament declared war, which was then approved by both Tyler, and the King.
The Empire WarEdit
The war officially began on June 2, 1734, when 7,000 Norwegian Troops marched on Hassigos. The two forces met off the coast of what would be Kroshbon Quarry. Admiral Christopher Ironshot met the Norwegian Invasion force with the Hassigos Defense Fleet. A stunning feat was accomplished by the Admiral, as he managed to push the Norwegians out of Hassigos, and back into the Norwegian District of Antama.
With half his fleet destroyed, Ironshot called on Johnathan, commander of the Caribbean Armada, to send additional forces. A Squadron of 7 ships were sent to Ironshot, who was still anchored off Kroshbon Quarry. Johnathan sent his report back to Tyler, in Switzerland, telling him that the Caribbean was suffering massive casualties. Tyler informed Ryan, who agreed to let 20,000 Swiss Troops, head to the Caribbean. Johnathan was recalled to Switzerland, and was put in charge of Border Defense. Tyler & Alec headed to the Caribbean.
Arriving in Port Remnant on June 19, Tyler issued the opening of a small island to be used as HQ for the forces (which was later named Fort Matthew, in honor of Matthew II). The Norwegians begun their second attack the very next day, on June 21. The 7,000 strong force, under the command of Admiral Noonrider, met on the HQ with little resistance. However, once they entered a plateau, they were ambushed and attacked by 4,000 Swiss Shock Troops, personally under the command of Tyler. Meanwhile, on the sea, their Invasion Fleet was under heavy fire from Ironshot's fleet. The result was a second retreat from Hassigos, with 2,000 men lost. After their second attempted invasion failed, the Emperor of the Norwegians, Emperor Kwagar, journeyed to the Caribbean with 14,000 Norwegian soldiers that made up the Forsworn, Kwagar's elite regiment. With their numbers now totaling 20,000, and 19,000, respectively, the battle was now more evenly proportioned. On the morning of June 25, the Norwegians launched their third attack, taking Fort HQ by surprise, and annihilated the forces under Lieutenant Mark Sharkswine stationed there (Sharkswine himself was M.I.A following the battle). The Norwegian force numbering 8,000 proceeded to Padre de Fego, which was under command of Ironshot. A fierce battle ensued, in which 4,000 Norwegians, and 1,500 Swiss soldiers were killed. With a smaller force, Ironshot only had 500 men left, and retreated into Los Pulgas. The remaining force of 4,000, under Admiral Noonrider set up base in Los Padres. A series of skirmishes occurred while during the course of the next week.
Meanwhile, 9,000 of the Forsworn began their invasion of Port Remnant. 15,000 soldiers were stationed there, personally under the command of Tyler and Alec. Kwagar and his second-in-command, Tom Wildfitte, attacked during the afternoon hours, taking the town by surprise. They quickly took control of the Shipwright Beach, but faced resistance in the town. A second force of 2,000 attacks from the docks, under the command of Wildfitte, effectively surrounding the forces in the town, under Lieutenant Edward Tackswine, who was presumed K.I.A following the battle.
Alec Nigel ordered the evacuation of Tyler from Bern Manor following Tackswine's defeat. Tyler was taken to Fort Courageous, where he was hidden, as Alec prepared for the coming siege. Wildfitte sacked Bern Manor that evening, under orders from Kwagar. The next morning, June 26, marked the final attack on Port Remnant. Kwagar, Wildfitte, and Kwagar's Chief Assassin, Jack, led a 6,000 strong push against Fort Courageous. Nearly the entire force was killed, but were successful in demobilizing the gates, which were broken through by the 5,000 remaining troops. The Swiss, now with only 2,000 men, since 3,000 had been captured in the Town Assault, and 10,000 had been ordered to retreat. Alec was held in his office by Jack, while Wildfitte led a search for Tyler. Gathering 300 men with him, Tyler sprang from the Gunnery deck, taking Wildfitte's party by surprise, and pushing him off the fort.
Tyler's force slowly moved towards Alec, but Kwagar noticed them before they had taken the group by surprise. The Swiss soldiers were massacred, but Tyler escaped with Alec, and almost 20 men, who were given medals for their bravery. Jack was elevated to Wildfitte's position, and Kwagar set up command at Fort Courageous. Meanwhile, on Padre de Fego, Admiral Noonrider continued his push against Ironshot's force. His force had been reduced to 3,000, while Ironshot had 450 men left, only losing 50.
Tyler and Alec retreated to Crescent Island, where the Swiss had established a temporary stronghold, with the tavern being used as HQ. The Swiss had 200 men left, as the remaining 10,000 had retreated, and were en-route to Switzerland, under Sergeant Nathaniel Bridgesteel. With the small force, the war remained at a stalemate for the next four months, until in late in October, when Earl Ciel Phantomhive, the younger brother of the Emperor, who was leading the attack on Switzerland. Johnathan met Ciel at the plains of St. Castro, where a fierce battle ensued, resulting in over 24,000 casualties from both sides combined. The battle was a moral victory for the Swiss, as they had killed nearly 16,000 Norwegian soldiers, whilst the field was really taken by the Norwegians.
A couple days later, the Norwegians drove hard into Switzerland, taking half of Zurich under attack and burning. Johnathan rushed to halt their advance, but only succeeded in chopping their attack to a lesser degree. Tyler was informed of this, and headed back to Switzerland, taking control of a 30,000 strong army. Tyler launched a surprise attack on the Norwegian camp, and crushed Ciel's main force. Only 20,000 Norwegian soldiers remained in Phantomhive's army, following the defeat. Tyler also ordered Alec to take a 25,000 strong force from Graubunden, and head to Hassigos. The Norwegians there, under Kwagar, only had 7,000 men left in total, with Kwagar and Noonrider combined.
By December 1734, Ciel had been pushed from Zurich, back to the border. He sent for reinforcements, which arrived early in January. 5,000 Norwegian soldiers marched to assist Phantomhive, under command of Jack Fireskull. The 25,000 force was now facing a combined force of nearly 50,000. In February, Johnathan attacked the Norwegian camp, a fatal mistake. As the main force under Johnathan was distracted, An 8,000 strong force led by Fireskull moved to attack Tyler. Tyler had anticipated this, however, and hid his force in the mountains, while having cannons batter down the Norwegian force. Fireskull's entire force was annihilated, and he was captured and interrogated. He was let go, and set back to Norway, where he was duly tried and executed for treason.
Feeling that if he could end the attack in the Caribbean, Ciel would halt the invasion of homeland Switzerland. He placed Johnathan in charge again, and returned to the Caribbean. It was late April when the force arrived in the Caribbean. Surrounding Kwagar's small force, the army first attacked Padre de Fego, liberating Ironshot, and crushing Noonrider's force. Noonrider returned to Norway in shame, and soon resigned. Next, they set their sights on Port Remnant.
On May 3, the Swiss force landed on Port Remnant. Encountering no resistance initially, Jack and a small army had prepared for them. Cannon fire pelted the Swiss, ripping their ranks apart. They finally got a hold, when Alec provided a distraction, and Tyler attacked from behind. After defeating Jack, Tyler entered Fort Courageous. Battling his way to Kwagar's Command center, Tyler challenged Kwagar to a duel. A duel was held, but ended when Kwagar pulled his gun on Tyler, a violation of the rule. Alec led the Swiss in reclaiming Port Remnant, but Kwagar escaped, along with Jack.
The War in the Caribbean was over, but the War in Switzerland was still going on. Ciel had sent troops from Zurich on their way to Bern. Johnathan's futile attempts to stop them led Ryan to ride out to the field with his personal bodyguard of 500 men. The day was won with heavy casualties on the Norwegian side, and minimal for the Swiss. As Ciel awaited news of his invasion, he was attacked from Jura by 30,000 troops under Tyler. Ciel was taken by surprise, and forced to retreat, all the way to the border, where Johnathan stood waiting for him. Alec Nigel had stayed in the Caribbean with the 25,000 troops, and was focusing on rebuilding. On May 27, just before the one year anniversary of the start of the war, Ciel formally surrendered his force of nearly 20,000 to the Swiss, effectively ending the Empire War.
Following the War, Norway was exhausted of funds. Emperor Kwagar returned to Norway, shamed by his people. The Swiss had also lost much money, but were grateful of their victory. To replace Lieutenants Sharkswine and Tackswine, Lieutenant Jack Goldwash and Lieutenant Richard Shipbreaker were promoted to their place.
In Switzerland, thousands cheered as Tyler & Nigel returned for a ceremony at the Royal Manor. Alec earned knighthood, while Tyler was awarded the Conspicuous Order of St. Nicholas of Flue, one of only 5 people to earn the award. Johnathan & Ironshot were both awarded Swiss Medals of Honor, and Knighthood.
Following this, a purge started, seeking anyone accused of harboring loyalty to Norway. Over 20,000 people were arrested (2,000 of whom were executed), but were found innocent. After several government officials were found out, and captured, it was revealed that Queen Rose held allegiance to Norway, being a close friend of Kwagar’s wife, Maggie.
Trial of Queen RoseEdit
While Ryan was on his trip to Ukraine, Tyler trialed Rose, with Ironshot serving the prosecution. Rose was found guilty on several counts of treason, and the Royal Swiss Ball was cancelled. Rose was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in exile, on the Yucatan Peninsula, an exile she is still serving.
In order to ensure that James was with his mother, he sent him with her, although he would later return. Around this time, Alec Nigel resigned his post. Johnathan took his spot as Head of the Military, while Ironshot remained Secretary to the Admiralty. In October, Ryan returned from Ukraine. Learning of his wife’s betrayal, he was devastated, however, he trusted Tyler’s judgement.
Ryan became more secluded as time went by, eventually locking himself in the third wing of the Royale Manor, Koniz. Tyler began to run the country, and knew that Ryan’s reign was coming to an end. He looked for notable diplomats, and a name stood out to him. That name was Matthew Alessiano O’malley II, a noted politician for Britain, who served a short tenure as Lord Diplomat of Britain, and a Prince of France, son of Duchess of Anemois. Tyler invited Matthew to have tea with him in Bern. When Matthew arrived, Tyler was surprised to see the aging man, who he later learned was almost 86, but looked in his 50s-60s.
A New KingEdit
Ryan soon abdicated the throne. He left no heir, and set out for piracy. Tyler was forced to disown his brother. Upon Ryan’s abdication, Tyler contacted O’malley to see if he was interested in becoming King. Matthew accepted the offer, and set out with his order, The Golden Dukes, from France. Ryan was adopted by Chris Warhawk following this, and changed his name to Ulysses after Chris died. He would play a part in the Swiss Revolution, the next year.
O’malley was coronated in early spring, 1736, and immediately began reforming the country. He made Tyler Head of the Military, making Johnathan General of the Armies, and Christopher Admiral of the Navies. He also set out at once for the Ottoman Empire, along with his Prime Minister, Josef Stormfellow, leaving Tyler in charge. The treaty made with Sultan Mahmud II created an alliance that would last decades.
In late-summer, O’malley married, the second Swiss Queen, Grace I. O’malley was on his honeymoon when Josef Strom suffered from a stroke. He survived, but remained in bad health for the remainder of his term. Sir Liam Shooter, the Secretary of State, ran the Government from then on. Shooter also replaced Keelspinner, who Matthew deemed unworthy to hold said rank. Ironically, Tyler supported Matthew on his positions, even though O’malley was systematically getting rid of people loyal to Tyler. The effects of this would come later, though.
King Matthew IIEdit
Return of an Old FriendEdit
Alec Nigel returned to Switzerland in 1736 for his second term serving them. Now with Tyler as Head of the Military, Alec pursued a job as Secretary to Tyler. As secretary, Alec reformed the Military, and the weaponry. Breach Swivel Muskets (Zombie Kabab Bayonets) were patented into the Armed Forces, making it easier for the Marine regiments, who needed to fight on both fronts.
Around this time, Johnathan left on a leave of absence, travelling to Ukraine, and was replaced as General of the Army by Roger Gunshot. He retired later that year, and stayed for the rest of his life in Pripyat. After he died in 1745, he left the Kroshbon Estate to Tyler, who in turn gave it to his son, Richard.
In July, 1736, before his term ended, Alec Nigel formed the Swiss Trading Company, a joint-stock company focusing on enriching Switzerland’s wealth. Alec promoted Christopher Goldtimbers to the position of President of the Swiss Trading Co. Shortly after that, in late August, Alec returned to Moscow. He later tragically died in the Battle of Moscow in 1745, during the War on Russia, in which Great Britain and Spain allied to attack the small city-state of St. Petersburg, which was taking control of Russia.
Geoffrey O’malley was a cousin of Matthew O’malley. A graduate of the University of Berlin, Geoffrey was one of the most respected men in Switzerland. During his brief tenure as Secretary of State, Geoffrey was elevated to the position of Vice Advisor to the King, second only to Tyler.
After moving to Switzerland, Geoffrey looked for a position in the government. He temporarily served as Duke of Graubunden, before being elevated to Secretary of State, with Shooter now serving as Lord of Parliament full-time. Geoffrey was made Vice Advisor after responding to a Declaration of War.
On January 21, 1737, Spain declared War on Switzerland, and Geoffrey responded by ordering a military blockade on the Western Border. An alliance proposal was sent to Britain & France, who had also been declared war on. This was accepted, although Spain never actually attacked, focusing on fighting the British. General of the Army, Roger Gunshot remained stationed on the Western Border for the remainder of the year, however.
Geoffrey tragically died of a stroke while travelling from Graubunden to Bern, and was replaced temporarily by his son, David O’malley, who was replaced by Liam Shooter again.
Chief Advisor to the KingEdit
After Liam Shooter replaced Geoffrey O’malley as Vice Advisor, the Chief Advisor position became of more importance. Tyler used his position to deal with the Spanish attack, working out a stalemate with them, in which neither side attacked.
As of 1737, a new political group was formed, under the leadership of a certain Josef Kohleshmied. Josef was a young revolutionary who was outraged by the atrocities committed by O’malley’s Administration. The fight which ensued was called The Swiss Revolution.
In March 1737, the Swiss Revolutionaries marched on Hassigos, at what came to be known as Albeir Island. Matthew ordered Tyler to move on them. Tyler, with the Armed Guard, attacked the rebels in the King’s Arm. Multiple men fell dead quickly. Josef Kohlesmied, leader of the rebels, escaped, and moved his headquarters to another island. He was pursued by the Armed Guard, and a fierce battle occurred on the bridge, in which the Swiss were routed, as General Ice Heart, leader of the Revolutionary Army, attacked the Swiss flank.
Tyler retreated to Fort Courageous, and planned his next move carefully. Attacking the Rebels at dawn, striking them by surprise. Within half an hour, the Rebels had been devastated. General Ice Heart lay dead, collapsed on his horse. The Revolution had basically been quelled, although Josef was still at large. In order to capture Josef, so that he could be trialed, Ryan Warhawk, now under the alias of Ulysses, was hired to track down and arrest Josef. Ulysses captured him and brought him in to Swiss authorities.
This was the only trial in which Tyler did not preside over the court. Instead, King Matthew himself was Judge, with Sultan Mahmud of the Ottoman Empire as Jury. Josef officially surrendered, and was exiled to Morocco.
Trial of Ryan WarhawkEdit
The confession and subsequent list of members to New Switzerland, the political party that instigated the Revolution, given by Kohleshmied, included that of the third member of the Inner Circle. The Inner Circle consisted of Kohlesmied, General Iceheart, and the funder, Ryan Warhawk.
Ulysses was found hiding out on Albeir Island, and taken by the Swiss Armed Guard. He was held in Port Remnant for two days, awaiting Tyler's arrival from Padre de Fego. A trial was immediately with Tyler presiding as Chief Judge, Rose Macmorgan serving lawyer to the defendant, and President Christopher of the STC as Baliff. Prosecution was led by the government.
Ryan pleaded partly innocent to charges of treason and conspiracy, and was ultimately found innocent, with a Jury vote of 3 to 2. Ryan was set free, although would later come under arrest numerous times. This was a turning point, as it was a more organized court, with a full Jury, compared to Macmorgans trial, with a smaller jury.
In November 1737, Matthew O’malley claimed the throne of France. He was coronated that month, as King of France, and made Tyler Duke of Switzerland. Tyler was thrilled with this news, until he learned of the atrocities Matthew was hiding. Matthew had turned almost every nation against Switzerland.
After no countries acknowledged Matthew’s claim of France, it was dropped. However, Matthew proceeded to began claiming another country, Britain itself, in February 1738. Matthew ruled that, since King George rarely visited the Caribbean, he was unfit for rule, and it was the will of the people to make Matthew king. Matthew ordered Tyler to prepare his Shock Troops to march on British waters.
Tyler readied his forces, and accompanied Matthew to a British island. Several notable British commanders were there, and defended George’s right to the throne, led by Governor Marcus Washington, Lord Governor of the 13 Colonies. Eventually, trumpets were heard, and George himself walked out into the spotlight.
A debate sparked, in which both sides left. Matthew ordered Tyler to prepare for War. Tyler, bewildered by this statement, replied that he was unable to ready for war with Britain. Matthew accused him of treason, and Tyler resigned his post. The Armed Guard was ordered to prepare to march out from Switzerland, and requested support from Hawaiian Fleets.
Tyler decided instead to retake Switzerland. He ordered the Armed Guard to move on Hassigos. Port Remnant was instantly taken, with the Golden Dukes being routed, and half their force captured. A main Golden Duke force fled to Albeir Island, while a single ship fled to Padre De Fego. Flag Lieutenant Christopher Ironshot was sent after the single ship, while Tyler led a force towards Albeir Island. Upon arriving, a ship battle broke out between the fleets. Lieutenant Richard Shipbreaker was put in charge of the Sea Battle, while Tyler, Lieutenant Jack Goldwash, and Lieutenant Ryan Goldmonk snuck onto the island.
A thorough search revealed that Matthew had been on the other ship, which happened to be his Flag Ship, the Golden Destroyer. The group embarked on Goldmonk’s ship, informing Shipbreaker to continue fighting. They reached Padre quickly, and were caught in a firefight. The ship, The Noble General, was struck, and begun sinking. Only the Lieutenants, and Tyler survived, and successfully landed. Ironshot’s main column was in a narrow pass, while his secondary force was locked down at the town. Lieutenant Goldmonk was sent in with a small platoon, and cornered the Dukes inside the Tavern. Goldwash and Tyler kept moving foward, eventually finding Lieutenant-Commander Adam’s force locked in a brutal fight at the bridge, with Adam protecting Fort Liberty, where he was Commander.
Tyler and his men routed the Golden Dukes, who retreated into Beckett’s Quarry. Tyler sent Goldwash with an advance team into the quarry, and made his way around to the other entrance, this time assisted by Lt. Commander Adam. They broke through the defense there, and flanked the force fighting Goldwash. The Golden Dukes there surrendered, and were taken to prison by Adam.
Tyler, Goldwash, and Goldmonk all marched onto Las Pulgas. As they left the quarry, reports say that a shot, fired by Matthew’s personal guard, Iron Fury, hit Lieutenant Roger Goldmonk square in the chest. The Lieutenant fell, and the Armed Guard dived for cover. The last of the Golden Dukes was firing at them, but many had deserted, and were fleeing Padre that very moment. Tyler took an analysis of who was left. Several guards, led by Iron Fury continued a firefight with Goldwash and his men. Matthew was sure to be holed up in the shack, and Josef Strom was probably there with him, although in very poor health. Liam Shooter was no where to be seen, so it was assumed he deserted. Tyler ordered Goldwash to keep up the firefight, and ordered a cannon to break down the back wall of the shack. The wall was broken, and Tyler swarmed in. Strom was already dead, and Matthew was found behind a barrel. He was arrested and escorted back to the main camp. The firefight with Iron Fury continued until the next morning, when Fury was struck from a shot by Goldwash, instantly killing him, and causing the remaining Golden Dukes to surrender. Tyler stayed with Lieutenant Roger Goldmonk until he passed away, later that night. Meanwhile, Matthew was exiled from Switzerland for his actions. Tyler wasn’t King, but the de facto leader.
It was now June 1738, and Switzerland was in a state of authoritarian leadership, with Tyler at its Head. Tyler set up a small government, with Lt. Commander Adam in charge of Hassigos, Lieutenant Jack Goldwash in charge of West Switzerland, Lieutenant Richard Shipbreaker in charge of East Switzerland, General Gunshot in charge of Southern Switzerland, and Tyler himself in command of Northern Switzerland, assisted by Admiral Ironshot.
Tyler did not have many trusted officers left, and Switzerland was on the verge of financial collapse. He was outgunned and outmatched. In order to keep the peace, and prevent riots, Tyler decided on a risky deal. He was going to sell Switzerland to Great Britain.
Britain, a major world power, was interested in the offer, but believed Tyler had set too many requests. The list was altered, but due to interception by Jason Blademorgan, it was cancelled. Tyler begun paving a new Kingdom, reforming and revising the old government. It was obvious that he would become King, but he firmly believed that he would find a successor to Matthew II. It was July, and the Armed Guard hierarchy had changed drastically. Admiral Christopher Ironshot had resigned, Lt. Commander Adam had been medically retired, Gunshot had gone on a temporary hiatus, and Tyler only had two officers left with him, neither politicians. Around this time, Tyler introduced a very important figure to politics. His name was Blau Wolfe XIII. He owned merc group, the Imperial Military, around the time Tyler found him. Blau Wolfe XII, the father of Blau, had worked with Anthony Kroshbon, which is where the relation came from. Tyler took him in as an apprentice, and mentored him in politics.
The next month on August 25, he was officially coronated as King of Switzerland.
King of SwitzerlandEdit
Developing the EmpireEdit
Tyler was now King, but he had no official government. At once, he began changing the old, corrupt offices, into more beneficial posts. The position of Chief Advisor was made a small post, a simple helper of the King. The positions of Vice Advisor and Secretary of State were eradicated. Tyler introduced a new form of government called the Ministry Council. The Ministry Council consisted of several Ministers; the Minister of Warfare, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Welfare, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. This new system gave each branch a more in depth look, replacing the Secretary of State, who served as the sole equivalent to a minister to each of these branches.
Tyler replaced the Armed Guard as the Office of Swiss Special Operations Command, or Swiss Special Forces for short. 20,000 men were drafted into the Swiss Military that year, 4,000 being enlisted in Special Forces, bringing the number to 10,000 Special Ops Troopers.
His son, Richard served as temporary right-hand man, until Richard Venables joined Switzerland. Venables had previously served as Lieutenant-Colonel of the 21st Regiment of Foot in Britain. He was made Duke of Jura, and served as the new right-hand man to Tyler while the government was being set up.
In his new government, Tyler realized that he needed a second-in-command. Thus, he for formed the Prime Minister Elections of 1739.
Prime Minister ElectionsEdit
The Prime Minister Elections of 1739 gathered the most publicity inside Switzerland in nearly 20 years. Several candidates applied, but the election to fell to two individuals; Christopher Ironshot, former Admiral of the Fleet, and Josef Kohlesmied, leader of the Swiss Revolution.
Josef Kohlesmied, the nominee from the Swiss People’s Party, set his platform on expanding the countries borders, producing their own weapons, capturing Savoy, and producing new technologies. He offered no comment on Ironshot, other than stating that he was more fit for a military position.
Christopher Ironshot was the nominee from the King’s Loyal Opposition. He promised a boost in the economy, peace with the Norwegian Empire, better living conditions for middle and lower classes, and make a land route to the sea. He said that Kohlesmied was needed elsewhere, as Ironshot had served with Switzerland for 4 years.
The SIA regulated the election, and the votes were confirmed final and the end of March, 2 months after the election started. The final vote came down to 66% in favor of Kohlesmied, and 34% in favor of Ironshot. Thus, Kohlesmied became the first democratically elected official in Swiss history.
Tyler begun to set up a very distinguished district system. He formed four Districts of Switzerland; Bern, Zurich, Jura, and Graubunden. The Swiss cantons were evenly distributed, and although not the same amount in number, they held the same size. The leaders of a District were usually called “Dukes”, with leaders of Kantons being named “Counts”. Each District held a county seat; Kanton Bern for the District of Bern, Kanton Zurich for the District of Zurich, Kanton Jura for the District of Jura, and Kanton Graubunden for the District of Graubunden. Each Kanton also had a county seat, the four major ones being in the District county seats; The City of Delemont for Jura, the City of Chur for Graubunden, the City of Zürich for Zurich, and the City of Berne for Bern, which was also the country seat.
As for provinces outside of Switzerland, another system was patented: provinces outside of Switzerland were called Provinces, and led by Viceroys. In any Viceroyalty/Province, the King was referred to as “Lord Protector”. Smaller groups in provinces were named after large cities in the province, and were led by a Chief Commissioner, who reported to the Viceroy. There were usually two in each province, which were then filled with “sectors”. Similar to towns, these sectors were led by Commissioners, who in turn reported to the Chief Commissioner of their area. There were several of these posts throughout the provinces, and they were seen as a sort of mayor.
Although provinces were limited, the largest province Switzerland had, up until David Kroshbon’s ascension to Kingship in 1747, was the Caribbean district of Hassigos. This server had been claimed by the House of Kroshbon upon the Caribbean Branch’s creation in 1695. The Armed Guard had based their influence on Port Remnant, the largest island on the server, and from there, gained control of the entire server.
Founding Fathers of SwitzerlandEdit
Josef Kohlesmied served as the third Prime Minister of Switzerland, from 1739-1747. He was also Chief Advisor to King William from 1739–1742, when Blau Wolfe absorbed that title. Josef remains the longest serving and most influential Prime Minister to date. Kohleshmied also formed the first official Swiss Political Party; the Swiss People’s Party.
Kohlesmied also was a pioneer in Switzerland’s economy. In 1740, Kohlesmied founded CoalBlue Industries with fellow Swiss official, Blau Wolfe XIII. By January 1741, CoalBlue had gained a profit of over 60 Billion Swiss Franc. Kohlesmied & Wolfe used then transformed CoalBlue into the “new” Swiss Trading Co.
In early 1746, Kohlesmhied was captured by Wurrtembergian Guerilla soldiers, who Swiss officials believed were under the employ of the hostile Duke of Wurttemberg, Franz Eugen. This did not take lightly, and, on September 4, 1745, 10,000 Swiss Soldiers of the First Division of Swiss Infantry decended on the small Duchy. Within two days, it was over, and the first Viceroyalty of Switzerland was formed, under Viceroy Robert Obrecht.
Kohleshmied was reinstated as Prime Minister after Blau Wolf XIII was found to be a rebel, but was later dismissed from court at an old age by the new King, David I. He is the only man to have been Prime Minister twice.
Blau Wolfe XIIIEdit
Blau Wolfe has been a very controversial character in Switzerland. He first came into prominence as the new apprentice of King William, making his way to Minister of Welfare. He was granted the right to form a noble house around this time, and the ages-old Wolfe Clan became part of Swiss nobility. He was later transfered to the Ministry of Finance, where he excelled.
Blau quickly became the most active member in the government; proposing article after article, law after law. He created the Swiss Franc Bill, and when it was voted, formed the first Swiss currency system. However, there was a rebelliousness in him that was never supressed.
Even though Blau held William in high regard; he hated his policies. He wished to have more control of the government, and a less socialist economy. After the King’s Speech of 1747, the first amendment to the Constitution was given, he was pushed over the edge. So, in March 1746, he formed the Swiss Rebellion. Enlisting the help of recently instated Minister of State, Matthias Kenwëy, as the new Chancellor of Federal Switzerland and himself as Prassident. He needed a military, however, so he enlisted Jack Daggerstealer, a well-known terrorist and wanted criminal in Switzerland. Daggerstealer owned the UIC, a malevolent terror organization. With his terrorist soldiers, Blau planned the coupe of King Willam. (See “Civil War”)
Eventually, Blau was pardoned for his offense, and reinstated as the Minister of Finance, but with constant SIA supervision. His son, Blau Wolfe XIV, went on to become the next Minister of Finance, before being removed and put as Head of Transportation.
Sir John GlorybaneEdit
John Ragnar Glorybane came to the Caribbean seeking to enlighten the barbaric pirates on the Catholic word of God. His progress was tracked by King William, and, after seeing that the young minister was sincere, sent him a letter appealing for him to join Switzerland and take the position of Archbishop.
Glorybane gathered funds for a project of his, and eventually persuaded Christopher Ironshot, the richest non-royal in Switzerland, to fund it. In late 1745, they released blueprints for the “Berne Abbey” - a cathedral that would become the fourth largest in Europe.
A bit of controversy began over the “Assistant to the Archbishop” position, which would sort of act as a Prime Minister/Caretaker to the Abbey started in 1746, but was cleared up by the time the Abbey opened in Summer 1746.
Glorybane soon left on a trip to India, to spread the word of christendom. However, his caravan was attacked, and the Arrchbishop was killed in the ensuing conflict. In 1747, a funeral was held for the Archbishop, who is often seen as the Father of Swiss Catholicism. From his death on, the monarch of Switzerland would hold both the positions of Bishop of Bern, and Archbishop of Switzerland.
Romania from an early start was hostile with the Swiss. After gaining independence from the Russians, Romania was in a permanent unfriendly state with Switzerland. Eventually, this escalated into full scale conflict.
Romania declared war on December 24, 1745 - but was immediately stopped by a large ally of the Swiss; Great Britain. This short political war came to be known as the “War of Romanian Aggression”. After this short conflict, Romania apologized for its former actions, and Swiss diplomats struck a peace treaty. As per the agreements of the treaty, which came to be named as the Treaty of Graubunden, positioned the Swiss and Romanians in a union, which the two would remain in until Romania was absorbed by the Ottoman Empire in Spring 1747.
To further the alliance, King Albert was made Lord Chancellor of the Swiss Courts, and King William becomes a Romanian Senator.
One of the many goals of King William was to return the state of Sweden back to its original glory under King Frederick I (John Macbatten). The current ruler, Elizabeth III, was a tyrannical monarch in the eyes of William, and needed to be removed.
King George II of Britain, however, was often infatuated with Queen Elizabeth, and when William begun his conquest in 1746, the British warned the Swiss, and sent troops to help Sweden, since it had no military force.
The planned invasion of Sweden is what led to the War of Romanian Aggression. As per the terms of the Treaty of Graubunden, Switzerland would not involve itself in Sweden for 10 years.
Russia also declared a state of unfriendliness with the Swiss, and during the Lord Chancellor’s annual Parliamentary Speech, Russia was complimented for being Britain’s largest supporter and ally. This infuriated the Swiss, who had previously pledged to help the British in all their wars, joining the British Union (Britain, Netherlands, Switzerland).
Furthermore, the Lord Chancellor described Switzerland as a province, and warned that they would remove “Viceroy” William, if he continued these attacks. This would worsen the declining friendliness between Britain and Switzerland.
In February 1746, King William authorized the annexation of Hesse into the Kingdom of the Swiss Confederacy. The Duke of Hesse, James Hessenstien, had joined the Swiss months before, and had gone inactive with no heir apparent, it was believed to be in the best interest to leave Hesse to the Swiss.
King Antonius, the new King of Prussia (as of Frederick II’s abdication circa 1744) held fierce resistance to this idea. Hesse was at the center of Prussia, and would disunify the Prussian nation in halves. Being a former British diplomat (the former Minister of Warfare), Antonius was backed by Britain.
The Swiss nevertheless declared the invasions of both Hesse and Tuscany on May 13, 1746, and Swiss troops moved in. Field Marshal Blau Wolfe XIII led his Swiss Special Forces upon the Hessian defenders, who surrendered without a fight. Although not recognized by other nations, the Swiss held de facto control of Hesse.
Tuscany was a very controversial area. The Spanish claimed supremacy over it, but were largely ignored. It was settled that it was owned by the Austrian Empire. In January 1746, Empress Maria Theresa coronated Roberto de’ Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany. However, Poland had claimed Tuscany.
Austria being a close ally of the Swiss reached out for help. Switzerland declared that it would invade on May 13 - the same day that they took Hesse. The invasion force, however, was called off, and the Medici were left to recapture Tuscany themselves.
The most audacious move in the Swiss Imperialist period was the Annexation and subsequent Invasion of Genoa. Genoa was previously owned by Prime Minister Kohlesmied, who was still MIA from the events in Wurttemberg. His heir apparent, Nico Simone, was not a member of the Kohlesmied Family, and was hostile with the Swiss.
As per a secret agreement William had made with Kohlesmied, Genoa would become apart of Switzerland towards the end of William’s rule, and Kohlesmied would be made regent to the new King. This agreement was not recognized however, and Simone convinced people of his rule.
The Swiss swiftly annexed Genoa, and sent an invasion force, led by George Swordeagle, to establish the new Viceroyalty. This move caused King George II of Britain to call for Parliament’s Declaration of War on the Swiss Confederation. Within a week, Parliament had reached the conclusion that war must occur, to either remove the Kroshbon Administration, or end the Swiss conquests.
The war with Britain started with a British division marching on Wurttemberg. Swiss soldiers did not officially meet them, but skirmishes were held. The British set up camp in the woods, however, and would not advance for a while. Meanwhile in Switzerland, panic had begun. The economic market collapsed on itself.
Minister of State, Mathias Kennwey intercepted a peace treaty from Spain, and declined, furthering hostilities with international nations. Soon after, he joined Jack Daggerstealer’s terrorist organization; the UIC. Beginning a plan, he declared that he would take over Switzerland, and become the Prassident.
Graubunden, already rebellious to the ruling family due to holding a large Romanian population (who had tensions with the Swiss at that time), quickly adopted itself as the “Federal Republic of Graubunden”, with “Prassident Mathias Kenwey” as leader. Within days, UIC Shock Troops - the main infantry in use by the organization, had begun fighting Swiss soldiers in Zurich. Although a smaller force, they were victorious over many Swiss regiments due to their guerilla tactics.
After a meeting with William, Blau Wolfe XIII - the Prime Minister at the time - revealed himself as the true mastermind behind the plot. He took Jura with his Bodyguard, and established a dominion there, officially founding the “Federal Republic of Switzerland” with himself as Head of State, and Kenwey as Head of Government.
Knowing that an attack would soon come on Bern itself, William ordered the 1,000 strong army responsible for the defence of Bern to mobilize. Holding no artillery, William was forced to distribute 800 regulars around the walls of the Canton Bern, forcing each soldier to cover a large range. His personal security force, the King’s Royal Bodyguard was to protect the City of Berne at all costs.
Captain Ragetti decided to send 50 men to guard William at the Royal Manor, Koniz, while the remaining 100 would guard the city. Sneakily working his way into the city, Daggerstealer tricked Ragetti and his men into leaving the city gates, while the UIC Shock Troops managed to get inside. The gates were closed, locking everyone except the 50 men guarding the Royale Manor, out.
The UIC swarmed into the Royale Manor, executing the entire unit guarding William. William was put in a cell for the night, and by the next morning, Blau Wolfe XIII had arrived. He ordered the King executed, and declared that Switzerland was now free from dictatorship.
Unknown to the rebels, Crown Prince Benjamin I had entered Switzerland from a trip to Britain in Jura. He had an elite unit with him, and easily defeated the UIC guard force. The Prince then publicly torched the capital of Jura, proclaiming the end of the UIC.
The next day, Benjamin and his team captured both Blau Wolfe, and Jack Daggerstealer therefor unofficially ending the rebellion. William was freed, and a clean-up process began. It took a week to return Switzerland to normal.
Both Kenwey and Daggerstealer were exiled from Switzerland (Daggerstealer to the Yucatan; Kenwey to Morocco) while Blau Wolfe was pardoned by William. It remains a topic of discussion on why Wolfe was not exiled as well, but the most common and accepted theory is that William held a profound liking to Wolfe, and wanted to keep him in the government. Another theory, formed by several prominent conspiracy theorists, is that Wolfe was undercover the whole time (being Director of the SIA), and was involved in a plan with William to rid the government of any rebellious members.
The rebellion had a serious affect on William, and, over the next few months, his health deteriorated. Josef Kohleshmied was made Prime Minister again, although handling of the government was largely left to Blau Wolfe yet again, although Switzerland remained relatively quiet for the remainder of William’s life.
William’s final month was occupied with finding a heir to the throne of Switzerland. Several candidates were chosen, but an agreement was ultimately found with David Yellowfish, a pirate leading the Joeson Empire. William adopted him in secret, and he was formally proclaimed King in William’s will.
William also ensured the House of Kroshbon would not be harmed after his death. Of over 450 million already in the famed Kroshbon Vault, nearly 50 million was added as ¼ of William’s wealth was dedicated to it, bringing up the total to 500 million at the time of William’s death (although it was marked as 600 million as of April 1748). Additionally, 50 million was given to each of William’s sons in his will.
William ultimately never recovered from his deteriorating health, and on August 18, 1747, he passed away quietly in the Royale Manor, a week short of a ten year reign, the longest in Switzerland.
William lived for 67 years and 133 days, and reigned for 10 years and 3 days: making both his life and reign longer than any of his predecessors.
William was often viewed as a contradicting personality. Regarding his leadership of Switzerland, noted Spanish historian, Hannibal Clemente stated; “The King of the Swiss Confederacy. Tyler Crossbones (although seen as an incapable and power-hungry leader) has managed to keep Switzerland in one piece for quite some time and has demonstrated the characteristics of a true absolute monarch. Although King of only a small piece of land, Crossbones has a decent amount of followers and his own Wiki for the Confederacy of Switzerland. He is also on somewhat good terms with the Pope and is in line to seeking an alliance with The Spanish Empire.” Hannibal also ranked him based on several groups; “Prestige: 8, Titles: 5, Overall followers: 8, Qualities: 8, Control: 8”
William dominated Switzerland for 17 years, and was responsible for the formation of several organizations. During his reign, he also completely reorganized the government. Establishing a sort of Elective Bureaucracy, giving citizens the right to vote on multiple government positions, but keeping a nobility and royalty hereditary. He formed the Swiss Intelligence Agency, which has since been arguably the most effective branch of the Swiss government. Also his creation was the Swiss Trading Company, which was expanded by Blau Wolfe XIII and Josef Kohleshmied.
William granted the charters for many of projects put forth by legendary art, architecture, and education patrons such as Josef Kohleshmied and Blau Wolfe XIII, but did not actively participate in the projects. Neverless, several places were named in honor of him throughout Swiss territories.
Titles, Styles, Honors, and ArmsEdit
Titles and StylesEdit
- 7 April 1701 - 2 February 1723: Master Tyler Kroshbon
- 2 February 1723 - 13 April 1731: Lord Marshal Tylar Kroshbon of the Armed Guard
- 13 April 1731 - 30 June 1736: His Excellency, The Duke of Zurich, Prime Minister of Switzerland
- 30 June 1736 - 5 August 1738: The Duke of Zurich, Head of the Military
- 5 August 1738 - 25 August 1738: His Highness, the Lord Protector of Switzerland
- 25 August 1738 - 18 August 1747: His Majesty, The King of Switzerland
William used the official style of “William the Second, By the Grace of God, King of Switzerland and Lord Protector of Wurttemberg, Duke of Bern and Grand Duke of Tuscany, Archbishop of All Swiss and Bishop of Bern, Lord Marshal of the Armed Guard, and regally appointed Head of the Royal House of Kroshbon”
His permanent short style was “Your Majesty” in Switzerland, and “Your Royal Highness” in Wurttemberg.
Honors and ArmsEdit
- First Grandmaster of the Order of St. Nicholas of Flue
- Knight Companion of the Most Honourable Order of Bath
Tyler was married several times over the course of his life. The first official marriage he had was to Lisa Seawinds, sister to the Head of the Royal Army, John Raidfox, an important rival and later ally of Tyler. He was married to her for 12 years, the longer of his two wives. She bore him two children, Richard and Rose. Richard lived to attend Cambridge University, and graduated to become a professional fencer. Rose studied the womanly arts of the day, and was one of the most educated young women in Europe.
Tyler later married again, in 1744, to Maggie Wildrage, after Lisa moved to her brother’s house in England, and Tyler divorced her. He was only married to her 4 years, until his death, and she bore him no children.
In 1731, Tyler begun an affair with Rose Macmorgan, daughter of the famed EITC Lord, Benjamin Macmorgan, and wife of his brother, Ryan. In the short affair, she bore him a child, James. However, she was later exiled, and James went with her. Although, after he became an adult, he changed his name to Alexander and returned to Switzerland, where he studied at the University of Zurich, and went on to become Vice-Principal. He was made Crown Prince for a year or so, but Tyler was ultimately succeeded by David Kroshbon, his second adopted son.
Tyler also had an adopted son, Benjamin. A full list of his children by age goes as follows;
- Benjamin I - Crown Prince of Switerland until 1746 and adopted son of Tyler
- David I - Adopted son of Tyler and King of Switzerland
- Alexander I - Crown Prince of Switzerland during 1747 and son of Tyler with Rose Macmorgan. Later King of Switzerland.
- Richard II - Crown Prince at a young age, before Alexander returned, and Benjamin was adopted. Professional Fencer and graduate of Cambridge University
- Rose I - Youngest child and only daughter of Tyler.