■Maria Theresa and the War of Austrian Succession■
In 1740, Maria Teresa assumed the positions of the Archduchess of Austria and the Queen of Hungary. But because she was the first female Hapsburg archduchess, there were many of those who opposed the act, and of course the one who picked the most holes in the plan was that one country that also belonged to the Holy Roman Empire.
The Holy Roman Empire may seem like one huge country, but in reality it was just a group of many smaller nations with Austria more or less holding them together.
But as Austria begun to lose power, another kingdom from the Empire - Prussia - said, "Hey, your boss is a woman, give us some land!" and the Prussians swiftly attacked.
■And so somehow the fight started■
A simple explanation of the relationships during the War of Austrian succession.
In order to crush Austria, Prussia teamed up with France; and the third member of the Bad Friends, Spain, somehow fell into their company too. Two more countries from the Holy Roman Empire, Saxony and Bavaria, also joined the group, and as a result the "Let's smash Austria to pieces" force was a pretty large one.
But the only country that directly supported Austria against such a huge enemy force was Britain.
For the simple reason that France's foes are Britain's friends.
But this chaotic schema will only get more confusing.
■Let's take it easy■
□Spain VS Austria□
This is how the War of Austrian succession looked like. Basically, everybody just bullying Austria. At one point, Northern Italy (Milan) got caught in a war between between France and Prussia, not noticing Spain surrounding him from the South until he got kidnapped.
Battles fought against Spain during the War of Austrian succession. Even though he first managed to take over Milan, another part of Italy, Sardinia, sided with Austria and the attempt to recapture all of Italy failed.
He still has debts to pay. Good luck, Spain!
■Austria Lost the First Battle■
Once the progress of the war stopped being favourable, Austria's last ray of hope, Britain, switched to neutral status.
■France the Habitual Looter■
■Reinforcement from Hungary■
Maria Theresa actually took the trouble to personally travel to Hungary to collect reinforcements. It is said that she appeared in front of the Hungarian parliament while holding her few months old, crying son in her arms, and pleaded: "Please, save Austria! You are our only hope!" What a brave mum!
■Hungary was Freakishly Strong Back Then■
The story continues with the Seven years war!
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