The Knight of the Slavonian Plain
by David Barnsdale
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This variant is set in the time of Maria Theresa. The legal authorities are a bunch of vain and ineffective nobles who spend their time holding parties a doing nothing about the bandits (the serbo croat word is Hajduk which is pronounced high-dook) who are terrorizing the countryside from their hideouts in the marshes lie to the side of the Danube and Drama. Serious opposition to these brigands is posed only by the mysterious Slavonian Knight
The players represent the Slavonian knight and two brigands.
Slavonia is an inland area without seas. However the marshes are crucial as refuges for the bandits. Hence "seas" in this game are in fact marshes or hilly areas. Fleets represent bands of skirmishers who get distinctly nervous if stray too far out into open terrain where they can be ridden down by cavalry represented by diplomacy's traditional armies. These skirmishers have no problem with skipping between "coasts" of the province they are in so the one province that appears to have two coasts (Vinkovci) is a "canal".
The double letters are the old system for representing Serbo-Croat letters used by telegraph operators. I suspect no one will ever get round to programming the judges to use Serbo-Croat letters so for want of an alternativ I'll use that system. (No, it's not on the judges yet but I hope it will be one day)
Bacc bac Banov Dol bad Bansko Brdo bab Beli Manistir bel Bijelo Brdo bij CCeminac ccm CCepin ccp Daljska Planina dpl Daljski Rit dri Darda dda DJakova Greda DJG DJakovo djo Fruska Gora fru Gussevac gus Jagodnjak jag Karadjordjevo kdj Karapanzza kpa Kopaccki Rit kop Kosska kos Markussica mak Monjoross mon Mostongo mos Negoslavci neg Onoplje ono Osijek osi Otok oto Petrijevci pet Plavanski Rit pla Semeljevo Jezero sem Sombor som SStid sst Trpinja trp Valpovo val Velike Livade vel Vinkovci vin Vuka vka Vukovar vkr ZZupanja zzu