>Bosnia denies right-of-way on the grounds that they do not exist.
Hmmm, I must have meant Montenegro. Could we have a better-labelled map? I can’t seem to find any two maps that agree on what countries are between Greece and Austro-Hungary, much less one that matches the game map. Romania is in purple, the former state of Bulgaria is now of course in pink, and Serbia is teal, but what about the rest? Are the three countries bordering the Adriatic on the east Greece, Albania, and Montenegro (from bottom to top)? And the three countries nestled between Germany and France are The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, right? And does the red color mean that the island of Kıbrıs is under control of the British Empire?
Response to the Kaiser’s proposed summit meeting in Vienna
W e thank the Kaiser for suggesting these talks. Clearly this is a volatile time for Europe and Asia Minor. Because of the military-political climate in the area, while we hope this meeting will occur, we will not be sending high-ranking members of the Ottoman government, but will rather send back our Austrian ambassador along with his staff. Hüseyin Hilmi Pasha has been given permission to speak on behalf of the Sultan in these matters as he is already well-respected among many of the Austrians, is fluent in French, German, Turkish, and Arabic, and of course because we have heard that you Europeans have a “thing” for Lesbians.
To the Czar of Russia, regarding our mutual border
T hank you for your patience in this matter, as we were foolish in employing military maneuvers that could have easily been mistaken for hostility without clarifying our intent to you. We are in agreement that there is no quarrel between our great Empires, and neither do we have any wishes to invade your land. Our intention was only to keep watch over all of our borders, as it is clear that the treacherous Austrians may resort to any means to grab land. Should they have been successful in invading deep into Romanian or Russian lands, we wanted to be ready to meet that threat as well. What with Austrian forces having already taken a small excursion into our lands, we welcome Russia to take similar precautions, as it is unknown what extent of advantage it would afford the Austrians to gain access to Чёрное мо́рe. Clearly, this implies a mutual need to keep a close watch on Romania.
M ay the blessings of Allah be upon the Czar and his family! We foresee a long and prosperous reign for you, and wish to continue existing side-by-side in harmony far into the foreseeable future. Be assured that the Ottoman Empire will not allow Europe to use her as a footstool!
P.S. Speaking of which, we send this message along with a gift for you that we hope will help you to remember our friendship, as we always remember and value yours.
> In the event of Germany’s summit proceeding and a temporary ceasefire being declared, Ottoman troops will not push further into Austro-Hungary, nor will they attack occupying troops on the Aegean coast unless provoked. With no ceasefire, troops continue to push into Austro-Hungarian territory, not interfering with Russian troops, and available troops will push the invaders into the Aegean.
> Regardless of outcome of the summit, troops will be pulled from the east to assist with whatever situation they find there. A small number of troops with be left behind to continue watching the Black Sea and Russian border.
> Also regardless of the summit, Romania is to be given an unofficial warning that with any provocation whatsoever, Ottoman troops have been given orders to respond by invading Romania, moving as far east as 100 km from Bucharest.
> Naval forces are to maintain current positions with investigation into how forces managed to infiltrate our shores and reformulate strategies to avoid further incursions.