Monday, 24 March 2014

Updated Parish Map

The Second Battle of Foy has changed the dynamic in the county somewhat, with the victorious factions bringing more parishes under their control, and those who did less well losing face. Time then to update the map!

Having ended the costly siege of Foy and seeing off a BUF attack on their western flank, the successful Anglican League have been able to consolidate their position around Ross and convert a few neighbouring parishes to their cause. Their captured booty places their supply situation in a much less precarious position, enabling them to cautiously push north towards Hereford. Moreover they still pose a threat to Ledbury due to their presence in Eastnor and thereabouts.

The victorious Royalists, although bereft of much heavy weaponry, have been freed up to similarly consolidate and expand around the city of Hereford, taking over of the defence of the area from the myriad neutral militias. Now at liberty, their South African volunteers have re-established themselves between Shobdon and Kington, taking control of the strategic Titley railway junction.

Increasingly a big player in the area, Sir Gilbert Hill has also been able to capitalise on his success by bringing some nearby parishes into his Golden Valley Protecorate, expanding Hill's influence towards the sparsely populated uplands that flank the Black Mountains but currently unable to sway the LPA-dominated Dorstone and thus complete his control over the Golden Valley railway.

Hill’s gains have however been at the expense of the Landowners’ Protection Association, whose ‘marcher lords’ grow increasingly jealous of Sir Gilbert’s influence. On a positive note, many country estates caught between the Anglicans and the Royalists, especially around the important Aconbury Hill astride the Hereford to Ross road, have turned to the LPA in order to keep out of the fighting.

The BUF, while not enjoying the fruits of victory after their embarrassing withdrawal from Foy, remain in control of the main market towns in the county, as well as the strategic points of Rotherwas, Shobdon and Little Hereford, and still hold the Ledbury to Ross route through Much Marcle, including the radio transmitter on Marcle Ridge.

Yet again the Socialists have been unable to establish much of a presence in the county, but are still in force enough to lurk around the fringes and maintain connections with their industrial heartlands. The Welsh Nationalists similarly loiter along the border – still holding Kington as a base for further operations.

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