Toy soldier blogs come, and toy soldiers blogs go, but the GD of S blog celebrates its tenth year during 2016! The Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II invites you to drop by his realm. . . somewhere to the northeast of Frederick's Prussia. . . sometime during the mid-18th century.
Located east of the sun and west of the moon, somewhere just to the northeast of King Fredrick's Prussia, the Grand Duchy of Stollen (purple) is a small, unimportant place, surrounded by a gaggle of equally insignificant territories. The Electorate of Zichenau is to the southwest (light blue). The Mark of Schleiz (dark green) is a historically contested region, rich in timber, game, and copper that is controlled at present by Zichenau. The surrounding principalities -- Zeller-Schwarzekatze (light green), Pillau-Zerbst (red), Pillau-Reuss (orange), Tauroggen-Fiebus (light blue), and Werben-Steinau (light blue)-- change sides whenever the political winds shift over this particular corner of 18th Century Europe. Nevertheless, they furnish the occasional body of troops to one side or the other in the ongoing struggle between Stollen and Zichenau.