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.
There are 12 supply centers - 7 to win.

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)
- cc and ch both represent English ch (but cc is harder)
- ss represents English sh
- zz represents the s in leisure
- j is not and English j but an English y
- dj in the main represents the Serbo-croat d with a bar and it is kind of soft English j .

Abbreviations

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 


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