Yeap, you heard it right! Poland had some input into Balkan medieval history.
First of all I very regret that the map does not include Polish lands, as this Mod has great perspective and I would love to play Poland in it.
Though Poland will not be a faction, it still should be represented. I’ll give you suitable historic information to prove my words and some proposals how to include some Polish accents into the campaign.
First of all Moldavia – it is definitely on your map. I’m a bit surprised that it is not presented as a separate faction, though I think it should. Well Moldova was Polish vassal in years 1387-1489. So there could be available some Polish units as mercenaries and regionals on this land. Also some chronicles stated, that a contingent of probably few hundred Moldavian Nobles supported Poland in the famous battle of Grunwald/Tanneberg in 1410 – maybe represent it as an event (similar to the one from Britannia when English King left isles for crusade)?
In 1497y (when Moldova was independent) a massive Polish invasion on Moldavian lands happened. It failed because of some bad decisions of the commander, but it could go different way… I think this is really worth representing! That would be a very attractive event that would speed the action and flavor the gameplay!
Another issue is Polish-Hungarian friendship with its peak in years 1440-1444, when Polish King was crowned as Hungarian King as well. When it happened, Polish King with 2000 of Polish Royal Knights (may call them Polish Guard) move to Hungarian capital. Later those knights took part in the wars with Turkey (1443-1444) that ended with the famous battle of Warna (unfortunately lost, though the victory was so close…).
Poland strengthens Hungarian forces a bit. First of all mentioned before contingent of 2000 Polish Royal Knights – the chronicles stated, that their marvelous equipment astonished Hungarian folk seeing them marching. They proved great effectiveness on the battlefield against Turkey. Also the chronicles mentioned great courage and effectiveness of dismounted Polish Royal Knights while storming Turkey castles. Maybe represent Polish Guards (also dismounted) as a unit available for Hungary from 1440y from court building? Or maybe script Polish contingent under Hungarian command as an event?
Another important issue is the Polish Nobles (Knights) that travel to Hungary for the holy war against Turkey. They were hosted by Hungarian Kings and took part in Hungarian-Turkey wars. The most prominent example is the Zawisza Czarny – most famous Polish Knight, stated as the best knight of his time in Europe (he won all the tournaments and also took part in famous battle of Grunwald/Tannenberg where he smashed a bunch of Teutonic knights) who was a constant guest on Hungarian court. He died on the battlefield after refusing evacuation when the situation turned to catastrophe during the battle of Golubac in 1428. So maybe make for Hungary available the recruitment of Polish Noble Guests/Crusades? Or maybe scripts the military contingents? Or maybe show them as typical other crusades – available in time of crusade?
I almost forgot. Poland also took part in Hungarian home war but I would have to first make a deeper research to state any specific info.
What guys do you think?