In an unexpected move, the Ambrosian Republic of Milano has decided to unilaterally leave the Holy Roman Empire. The relations with the Austrian Emperor have recently worsened due to a declive in the trade between the nations.

Milano has reclamed a good part of North italy and are about to reform the Realm of Lombardy and recover the Bones of St Alberti. The only fear we have in our hearts is the increasing Byzantium Menace. We see Byzantium as a very aggresive and expansionist country and his close presence to our borders is disheartening.

We hope the relationship with both Byzantium and Austria improves in the future, meanwhile we hope to stay strong and preserve our independence.

The chancellor of Milano, Traxi Markucci.