Johann walked out of the palace into the bright Summer sunlight. It was a beautiful say in the nation of Bavaria and Johann Hofken had much on his mind. He was thinking about how to get the King to support the financial and military expansion of Bavaria, from an old medieval kingdom into a glorious modern nation the rival of any great power to date. Hofken began his plans in the famous year of 1700 in the city of Münich. Hofken needed the support of his king to push his reforms through. All in the country knew that the power did not lie in the hands of Bavaria's king but in her first minister.
He wanted change and he wanted it everywhere. The cities were to be upgraded for an increased economic output and he lowered taxes for all so that none would go hungry. The revenue of the state would be small for a while but it would increase as soon as his reforms took hold. Johann ordered the research of the plug bayonet, to gain military superiority through technology rather than numbers. The plug bayonet would enable his men to put a large blade into their muskets effectively turning them into giant pikes.
As another change the treasury and army ministers were replaced for more competent and deserving men. The diplomatic situation was good. Austria and Spain had both signed pacts of alliance with Bavaria making her very dangerous.
Hofken wanted access to the sea so that Bavaria could trade he also wanted at least one colony in India, perhaps Ceylon? Yes Ceylon. Bavaria would march into the United Provinces and destroy it! They would utilize the shipyards of Holland to build a fleet to take their army to Ceylon! Yes the plan was perfect, though it would require military access from the Rhineland. Johann walked the streets with a new sense of confidence and optimism.