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Matteo Lubiani

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Great Despotato of Albania and Epirus
« on: 14 December, 2017, 11:46:51 AM »
The Great Despotato of Albania and Epirus, a place until a few months ago dead, devoid of population, weight for anyone who had the choice to take the crown. Robbed of all good by a Hispanic marauder, a land left to abandonment, by no one claimed and by no one disputed.
It is only thanks to the guidance of Teos if Matteo Lubiani took the burden of lifting that land. Task that with dedication and patience was carrying on.
He healed the debit of the kingdom, financed the building of the academy, remained pending, increasing wages and rebuilding a community.
Little by little the Despotate was recovering, had begun to trade with foreign kingdoms and was already able to cope with internal needs. Although it lacked its own resources, commercial activities allowed an adequate standard of living.
Maybe it's just being a commercial junction that attracted the envy of his neighbors, or maybe it's his envy of his Serbian ally, where the Serbs, success after success, were forming a real empire. Whatever the reason, the king of Bulgaria, Theodor Sletoslav, decided to wage war, marching like a barbarian marauder, with his army, against what is currently still the weak and poor kingdom of the known world. He claims that they are the lands of his father Hector, forgetting that already at the time King Hector was an invader, and forgetting that it was King Hector himself to recognize the Albanian self-determination to remain free and independent kingdom, withdrawing its troops, and giving Albania the right recognition. Now here, it was Matteo's turn to show the will of the Despotate to remain free and independent.
The barbarian invader would have been rejected.

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Re: Great Despotato of Albania and Epirus
« Reply #1 on: 15 December, 2017, 10:44:41 PM »
And that was how Bulgaria launched its attack. A whole army lined up to fight against ... no one. Which "glory", as "honor" in these deeds. Matteo He saw from the top of a promontory, safe with all his people, the thick black smoke rising in the sky, from the high towers. The barbarians had entered the city. With the sadness of one who sees his house in flames and his fleeing people, Matteo turned to the people and said:

My beloved people, it is not this time to cry for what we have lost. The houses will be rebuilt, the workshops will return to produce, the fields will still be cultivated by our hands. To cry we will have time, time to make tears of joy for our return home. Now this is the time of weapons, of battle and of strategy. We have an ally that nobody can ever beat and that will give us the strength to win. He and Teos, Our Lord and with him our final victory will be certain. Now let the barbarians enjoy their "Pyrrhic victory", since in the end we will be exulting on the lkro corpses hanging as a warning on the high stilt houses that we will erect in recurrence of our victory.

After this speech Matteo went with his people far from the confines of the city, before the barbarians could have the intelligence to look for them.

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Re: Great Despotato of Albania and Epirus
« Reply #2 on: 13 July, 2018, 02:05:45 AM »
The promise had been kept, the Despotate of the Epirus and of Albania came back under the control of Despot Matteo. Of course, Matteo was aware that resuming the Despotate did not mean restoring peace. When the invader was expelled, he asked his people if he was ready to fight to keep his freedom. The answer was in unison and Matteo made his decision. He sent alliance requests to Rome and Sicily, having been abandoned by everyone, only Rome and Sicily promised him support. He consolidated his throne with new provinces and took care of the growth of his people. Overlooking the window of his palace, Matteo wondered what future this land would have. A land that has taken dry, uninhabited, abandoned, that he, together with those who gave him confidence, has made it a populous and fruitful place. But the war knocks on his door. A handful of soldiers left for Normandy, keeping faith with the commitments made with its allies. The Normans will be punished for being co-responsible for the blockade of the Roman-Sicilian soldiers in the Savoyard lands. An inevitable attack, which many see as aggression, to which Matteo has not however been able to find an alternative solution. But this is not the war that worries him, nor the judgment of the other kingdoms, at this moment what worries him is to better organize his Despotate, with lands far too far from each other. A different kind of organization was needed. They used the local commanders, the houses that managed the land at best for the war that would come. It was time to prepare for the defense and the struggle for his lands, for his people, for all those who believed and believe in him. The judgment of his work will be up to the story.
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(RIP) Gjergj Kastrioti

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Re: Great Despotato of Albania and Epirus
« Reply #3 on: 14 July, 2018, 01:48:13 PM »
Tutto era ormai pronto per salpare verso la Normandia, Gjergj aiutava il Capitano negli ultimi controlli. Solo qualche ora e la flotta avrebbe fatto rotta per Narbonne, dove l'esercito albanese si sarebbe congiunto a quello siculo e a quello romano per assaltare le terre normanne. I rifornimenti, gli armenti, erano già a bordo, mentre i soldati si erano appena prestati a salire. In quel momento Gjergj penso al futuro, alla guerra e cosa sarebbe successo se lui non fosse tornato, suo figlio Rinor avrebbe ereditato la Contea che per generazioni è appartenuta al ramo materno della sua famiglia?  Sarebbe stato cresciuto come un vero Golem di Suez come ogni Kastrioti prima suo padre  compreso quest'ultimo?  Prima di partire Gjergj voleva certezze, quindi prese un cavallo e si recò al Palazzo Reale per chiedere udienza


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Everything was now ready to sail to Normandy, Gjergj helped the Captain in the last checks, only a few hours and the fleet would sail to Narbonne, where the Albanian army would join the Sicilian and the Roman to assault the Norman lands The supplies, the herds, were already on board, while the soldiers had just lent themselves to get in. At that moment Gjergj thought of the future, the war and what would have happened if he had not returned, his son Rinor would have inherited the County that for generations it belonged to the maternal branch of his family? Would it have been raised as a true Golem of Suez like every Kastrioti before his father understood the latter? Before leaving Gjergj wanted certainties, then took a horse and went to the Royal Palace to ask court hearing

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Re: Great Despotato of Albania and Epirus
« Reply #4 on: 17 July, 2018, 12:22:46 AM »
Matteo was facing the window of his palace, while he thought about how to improve and make the Depostate more efficient. The lands too far from each other. The difficulties were multiple. He still remembers the desolation that was there in his first days of regency. At that same window, when he looked out, he saw only abandoned houses, uncultivated land, the desolation to master it. Now he had turned Durazzo into a living city, swarming with people, the land was well maintained and the houses were inhabited again. He had to be optimistic, he would have obtained the same result even in the most distant lands of his domains. You hear a knock on the door, and a page within to announce that Gjrgei Kastrioti wanted to meet him. Matteo gave instructions to make him sit in the reception room, I waited a few minutes, remembering how things had changed and how they would be further changed. The army was preparing to reach the port. Never wished war, yet his soldiers were leaving for it. Matteo finally gave his back to the window and walked with a firm step towards the reception room.

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Re: Great Despotato of Albania and Epirus
« Reply #5 on: 18 July, 2018, 12:59:09 AM »
Un servitore gli fa cenno di entrare, oltrepassato il l'uscio di quella porta, Gjergj resta sbalordito dalla magnificenza della stanza. Alle pareti raffigurazioni della storia albanese, le invasioni dei barbari quali i Goti, gli Avari, gli Slavi, i Bulgari, il dominio greco, il Primo Despota Michele il Regno Angioino, poi alla fine si vedeva la raffigurazione del Regno di Albania e della sua vastità nella penisola. Il tetto vi era raffinato il Cielo con al centro il Triangolo teologico con i suoi raggi divini. Ed ecco che si aprì  un'altra porta, ed eccolo  , il Gran Despota, il Re Monaco, Matteo Lubiani

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A servant beckons him to enter, past the door of that door, Gjergj is stunned by the magnificence of the room. On the walls depictions of the Albanian history, the invasions of the barbarians such as the Goths, the Avars, the Slavs, the Bulgarians, the Greek dominion, the First Despot Michael the Angevin Kingdom, then at the end the depiction of the Kingdom of Albania and its vastness in peninsula. The roof was the sky with the triangle of the triangle with its divine rays. And here another door opened, and here it is, the Great Despot, the King Monaco, Matteo Lubiani