Political Factions within England


Now that the Ruling Council of Nobles has been disbanded the political geography of England has altered, there are three recognisable factions, the Royalists who support the 15 year boy king James III, The Commonwealth faction who advocate a parliament based solely on wealth and gentry and are vehemently opposed to a monarchy and finally the independent faction who have vested interests in remaining aloof from the war. The independent faction have announced that should any one of their member regions be attacked they will immediately ally with the opposing faction.

The Maps of England.
Please note that the Titles given to some Lords ie Duke of York do not necessarily indicate that is necessarily where their regions of influence are, some of these titles are old and have stayed in the families for a hundred years or more, for a more accurate assessment of where a particular lord rules see the maps.
It should also be noted that as the tides of war swing and sway over England in time the political map will change.

                                                                     Southern England

                                                                            Northern England



The Factions & the leading characters along with the military forces.
Authors Note
Most of the Lords, Dukes and Knights listed below will not be in the Lyndhurst story apart from occasional reference, the full council and voting procedures have been included below to help understand the dysfunctional condition of England and why certain individuals or counties act the way they do in my Imagi Nation story.


Royalist Faction

Duke of Essex  
Lord Richard Hackett
Supports James III
Was a very strong advocate for pro Nobility under the council, but has since modified his stance for practical reasons, he is dying and the other lords would be vying for his lands on his death, James III has promised to guarantee that Lord Hackett’s daughter will be elevated to Princess and her inheritance protected.
Religion Church of England
Military Units
4th Dukes Own, 5th Foot, 6th Foot, 91st Foot, 115th Fusiliers
2nd Regiment Dragoon Guards
16th Light Horse Regiment (Dragoons)

Duke of Berkshire –
Lord Robert Castlemaine
His powerbase is London.
Religion Protestant
Supports James III
The city has the largest Arsenal in England.
Has been known for his strong Republican views but has modified them owing to supporting James III mainly due to the fact he had no faction support as a republican.
Advocates a democratic Parliament, based on intelligence and skill not only on landed gentry. His powerbase being in London will in time become threatened by the presence of a popular King James III
Military Units
7th Fusiliers, 8th Fusiliers, 9th Fusiliers, 92nd Foot, 41st Foot.
3rd Regiment Dragoon Guards
17th Light Horse Regiment
Can raise 4 Militia battalions



Duke of Gloucester –
Lord Steven Frobisher
A Royalist
Religion Church of England.
A strong supporter of James III, another supporter of a more democratic Parliament
Military Units
10th Foot, 11th Foot, 93rd Foot
1st Regiment of Horse (Blue)
18th Light Horse Regiment
Can raise 3 Militia

Duke of Cumberland 
Royalist, in alliance with Scotland, which also indirectly supports an English crown
Supports James III but is isolated from the rest of his Royal Allies. Has been promised support from Scotland if he is attacked.
Religion – Protestant.
Military Units
19th Foot, 20th Fusiliers, 21st North British Fusiliers, 97th Fusiliers
1st Dragoon Regiment
Can raise 3 Militia

Duke of Cornwall 
Lord John Culpepper
Supports James III
Royalist
Religion - Protestant
Duke of Cornwall has been a strong ally to Sir Anders of Lyndhurst. He is also a Lord who has very strong pro Nobility and advocates a Parliament based on nobility and wealth. Despite this he realised England needs a King and that the Council of Nobles was failing.
Military Units
25th Foot, 26th Foot, 27th Inniskilling 99th Foot
3rd Dragoon Regiment
Can raise 2 Militia Battalions

County of Lyndhurst
Sir Edward Anders is the central figure in the Lyndhurst story, his nephew is James III and Sir Edward Anders is co-regent with Lord Hackett.
He is pro a democratic parliament and was the central figure in the demise of the Council of Nobility.
Sir Edward Anders
Religion – Church of England
28th Foot,
102nd Foot, 
4th Dragoon Regiment
Can raise 2 Militia Battalions

County of Fordingbridge
\Sir Reginald Skippon
Very pro James III and an ally to Sir Anders and Lord Culpepper of Cornwall.
Religion - Catholic
30th Fusiliers,
104th Foot
Can raise 1 Militia battalion


Duchy of Nene
(Part of Northampton)
Sir Anthony Tillier
Religion - Catholic
Sir Tillier favours a democratic Parliament but also realises the country needs the experience in leadership from the nobility and landed gentry. He is concerned that his lands are surrounded on three sides by Commonwealth forces, he is demanding significant reinforcements be sent to help defend his lands.
33rd Foot
36th foot
 2nd Dragoon Regiment
Can raise 2 Militia battalions

County of Northampton
Sir Richard Hamilton
Religion - Presbyterian
Used to be an ally to the Duke of Norfolk but disagreed over the functions of the council of nobility. He is eager for a military command.
34th Foot
Can raise 1 Militia Battalion

Duchy of Severn
A close friend and brother-in-law to Sir Edward Anders, very pro James III.
Sir Samuel Stradling
Religion – Church of England
44th Foot
Can raise 2 Militia Battalions




County of Royston
Sir John Waite
Religion - Catholic
Favours a nobility dominated parliament but realised the council of Nobles was dysfunctional. He also realises that England needs a King even if only as a figurehead.
45th Foot
Can raise 2 Militia battalions



Total Royalist Force
30 Infantry Battalions
10 Cavalry Regiments
4 Medium Batteries
3 Light Batteries





The Commonwealth Army


Duke of Kent 
Lord Charles Bedford
Lord Bedford was intending to have himself made King but James III came before his preparations were ready. He will not accept anyone else as King and has made himself the leader of the commonwealth faction.
Religion – Staunch Catholic
1st Foot, 2nd Foot, 3rd Buffs, 90th Foot, 114th Fusiliers
1st regiment Dragoon Guards
15th Light Horse Regiment (Dragoons)
Can raise 4 Militia battalions

Duke of Norfolk
Lord Allen Ashely
Very pro council of Nobility, and a strong ally to Lord Bedford.
Religion - Catholic
12th Foot,
13th Foot,
 94th Foot
2nd regiment of Horse
Can raise 3 Militia battalions

Duke of Warwick
Lord Stephen Fraser
Religion - Protestant
Lord Fraser feels he should be in command of the commonwealth faction, he feels Lord Bedfords lands are too much at risk and his lands are also isolated from the rest of the commonwealth factions. Has been working amongst the commonwealth leaders to have himself voted as faction leader and as “Lord Protector” of England.
14th Foot,
15th Foot,
16th Foot,
95th Foot
3rd Regiment of Horse (Carabineers)
Can raise 3 Militia battalions

Duke of York 
Lord Nigel Kent
A strong supporter of Lord Fraser and the commonwealth faction.
Religion – Church of England
17th Foot,
18th Foot,
 96th Foot
4th Regiment of Horse (Black)
Can raise 3 Militia battalions


Duke of Stafford
Lord Colin Weil
Lord Weil fancies himself as leader of Wales, he has many friends in the Welsh Confederation, but none powerful enough to support him or his claim.
Religion - Catholic
22nd Foot,
 23rd Welsh Fusiliers,
24th Foot,
98th Foot
2nd Dragoon Regiment (North British)
Can raise 3 Militia battalions

Duchy of Romney
Sir Steven Ferguson
Strong supporter of Lord Bedford
Religion - Catholic
29th Foot,
103rd Foot
Can raise 2 Militia battalions

County of Freemen
Sir Joseph Thornhill
A strong supporter of the Commonwealth faction
Religion - Protestant
35th Foot
Can raise 1 Militia Battalion



County of Worcester 
Sir David Crawford.
Religion – Church of England
39th Foot
Can raise 2 Militia battalions

County of Huntingdom 
Sir John Buford
Religion - Catholic
40th Foot
Can raise 1 militia Battalion

Total Commonwealth Forces
24 Infantry Battalions
6 Cavalry Regiments
4 medium batteries
4 Light Batteries.



Independent Forces:
County of Westbury
Sir Clive Sunderland
38th Fusiliers

County of Bedford 
Sir Francis Thomas
42nd Foot


County of Newcastle
Part of Shropshire
Sir Henry Wareham
43rd Foot

County of Nottingham
Sir John Vaughan
46th Foot

County of Winsford
Sir Richard Thomas
47th Foot

County of Monmouth
Sir Maurice Carey
48th Foot

Confederation of Wales
Lord Owain Llywelyn
Has 6 Regular Infantry Battalions
2 Dragoon regiments
2 medium Art Batteries.


MILITARY DEPLOYMENTS OUTSIDE ENGLAND
Troops overseas
North America
13 Battalions = 54th Foot – 66th Foot consecutively.
112th Foot
Light troops:
Brewer's Rangers
Dank's Rangers
Dunn's Rangers
Gardiner's Rangers
Gorham's Rangers
Hazen's Rangers
James Rogers' Rangers
Robert Rogers' Rangers
Stark's Rangers

Provincial Regiments:
Connecticut Provincials
Georgia Provincials (aka Georgia Rangers)
Maryland Provincials
Massachusetts Provincials
New Hampshire Provincials
New Jersey Provincials
North Carolina Provincials
New York Provincials
Pennsylvania Provincials
Rhode Island Provincials
South Carolina Provincials
Virginia Provincials

Regular British cavalry regiments
8th, 9th & 10th Dragoon Regiments.


Hanover
12 battalions = 67th – 77th Foot consecutively
112th Foot, 113th foot
11th & 12 Dragoon Regiments

India
8 Battalions – 78th – 86th Foot consecutively

East India Company Army
European Regiments
Bengal European Regiment
Bombay European Regiment
Madras European Regiment

Native Regiments
Bengal Sepoy Battalions (6 Bns)
Madras Sepoy Battalions (7 Bns)

Regular British Cavalry Regiments
13th & 14th Dragoon Regiments

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