The fields of Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel wave with greenery. Except, of course at “that
time of year” when mountains of drying flax covers every available flat surface. For, you see, Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttelhas a deserved reputation as “The capital of European small clothes”. Under uncounted sets of sturdy peasant breeches lurks pairs of drawers, in varying states of disrepair, of stout Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel linen. This almost monopoly is accounted for by the hard wearing qualities of the cloth; a decent pair of Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel linen drawers will last a good many years.
There are slight drawbacks to these astounding hard wearing qualities; it is rumoured that iron foundries find in the cloth a good substitute for carborundum in the finishing process. Makers of fine furniture (or those with suitably calloused hands) use it for sandpaper. The linen is never, ever used for napkins due to the fact that an indelicate application of the cloth can draw blood from the delicate lips of ladies. The effect of these qualities on the nether regions has caused some sales resistance, but price does conquer all.
When Mark, the current Herzog, inherited rulership, he was more than a little embarrassed at the jibes overheard when he called on his patron, the king of Prussia (as a good client needs to, if he wishes to remain in his palace).
Nettled by the rude jokes of the junkers (it is truly amazing how bitter down at the heels country noblemen can be about someone who is well monied due to cheap underwear), Herzog Mark decided that Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel would become a center of style and erudition. Resources were devoted to producing a more supple product, and an experiment began to diversify production into men’s hosiery (the very early versions had some popularity as they obviated the need for footwear. Or riding boots. Or wooden clogs.) Later versions of the stockings have proven more malleable.
Added to this effort to become a fashion capital (the latest experiment being the use of linen in pre-powdered wigs. Unfortunately the first products now adorn the Herzog’s Cuirassier regiment, as being harder than their cuirasses, and of use in buffing brass work) many authors, playwrights, and thinkers have been invited to visit, and indulge in discussions with the Herzog.
Some even showed up, which just goes to show what some penurious literati will do for a lifetime supply of underwear.
Herzog Mark’s army currently consists of :
|1||GB Finck||Regular Trained||Infantry||6||Broken at Osnabrück, Broken at Kinderbeuern, Promoted after Sprockhovel|
|2||GB Sydow||Regular Trained||Infantry||6||Broken at Osnabrück, Broken at Kinderbeuern|
|3||IR Braunschweig #1||Regular Trained||Infantry||6|
|4||IR Braunschweig #2||Regular Trained||Infantry||6||Broken at Osnabrück, Broken at Recklinghausen, Promoted after Sprockhovel|
|5||IR Kleist #1||Regular Trained||Infantry||6||Broken at Grabow, Promoted after Osnabrück, Broken at Kinderbeuern, Broken at Sprockhovel|
|6||IR Kleist #2||Regular Trained||Infantry||6||Promoted after Strenck, Broken at Osnabrück, Broken at Recklinghausen, Broken at Kinderbeuern, Broken at Sprockhovel|
|7||IR Munchow #1||Regular Trained||Infantry||6||Promoted after Osnabrück, Broken at Kinderbeuern, Broken at Sprockhovel|
|8||IR Munchow #2||Regular Trained||Infantry||6||Promoted after Grabow, Broken at Recklinghausen, Broken at Kinderbeuern, Broken at Sprockhovel|
|9||KR Garde du Korps||Elite||Cavalry||8||Promoted after Osnabrück|
|10||KR Schonaich #1||Regular Trained||Cavalry||6|
|11||KR Schonaich #2||Regular Trained||Cavalry||6|
|12||DR Trucheiss||Regular Trained||Cavalry||6|
|13||Position battery A||Artillery||1|
|14||Position Battery B||Artillery||2|
|15||Freibattalion Wolfenbuttel||Irregular||Infantry||3||Broken at Sprockhovel|
|C1||Great Captain||National Advantage||12|
|N1||Filip Koreczki||Notable||Retired after Kinderbeuern|
|N2||Robert de Casside||Notable||Retired after Recklinghausen|