The "Big Picture" --
The Principality of Saxe-Bearstein, like most 18th century imaginary nations, represents a small state in the Holy Roman Empire -- not one of the "major players" (Austria, Prussia, France, etc.).
In my local area we are gearing up to run the "Wars for Arcadian Glory" -- The Arcadian Guild being our local "gaming umbrella organization". What we are at present envisioning is that our small states will be joining one of the major powers for small local campaigns against our neighbors.
The major powers will be . . . the Elector and the Emperor . . . yes, that is a definite nod to the forces used in "CHARGE! or How to Play War Games" by Young and Lawford. Currently (although this is definitely open to change) we're thinking of a 1740 "starting date" for our wars.
All of our imaginary countries are, of course, free to change sides at will . . . perhaps supporting the Emperor one battle and the Elector the next (depending upon who we are fighting) because, after all, our primary concerns are for our own small nations and not what happens to the "big boys".
We further envision encouraging new players by allowing them to join into a battle with as little as one unit (as freicorps). I, for one, hope to eventually have some "loaner units" to those who'd like to join in.
Anyway, it occurs to me that the overall concept of "Elector vs Emperor" is one that would work for the many fictional nations here in "blog land". Many bloggers have created not only their own fictional nation, but their traditional rivals as well. Certainly we are all free to take one side or the other and have our traditional rivals take the other side.
So, if you find that you like this concept, feel free to use it . . . it may well inspire even more cross-blog interaction at best . . . and, at worst, it still gives us a potentially larger framework for the fun we have with our little nation-states.
Now, which do I like best? The Elector or the Emperor? Hmmmm, I think I may have to re-read CHARGE! to see which is more interesting.
-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein