Congress of Vienna,
Hello, this is your one and only history lesson by a dude that has never had any interest in history, but let's do this thing. I've watched a few youtube videos and read GH's posts on this in the champs spec chat so I should be a pro now.
Okay. So, we all know Europe here I hope, this takes place there. Yes, it's a place, no I'm not talking about the band that wrote The Final Countdown, but that's the superior Europe, I agree.
There was this dude called Napoleon Bonaparte. Here's Napoleon.
Napoleon was smol. Or at least, according to reputation and rumours.
I've learned that memes existed at that time. Pretty cool. Notice how smol Napoleon is, standing up to be able to split the Earth with an english dude called William Pitt, a PM or something.
Okay, I've also learned that nobody reads flavour but I'm a good boy so I'm weh still typing. Let's see, where were we.
Okay so during the French Revolution 1789 (
that we all know because we've all watched Les Misérables several times
(and cried)), Napoleon was basically a military dude, that had been climbing the ranks and becoming pretty baller. The French Revolution was followed by everybody being angry and stuff, and wars declared to the left and right, honestly, it's not really fun to read about but Napoleon became Captain after Austria and Prussia declared war on France, won a battle, was promoted weh again to some kind of General, put in prison, got out because he was goat, led some nice battles, hated England, but was scared of invading, rekt Egypt instead, conquered Malta on his way there, lost Egypt, etc etc.
At 30 years of age, he decided he wanted more power, and became First Consul of France, where three Consuls in total were in control of France. MOST people liked him, except for the ones that wanted him dead and he did dodgy stuff, and crowned himself the Emperor of France in 1804. He literally put the crown on his own head. Here he is, notice how he doesn't look too smol there. Apparently he was 5'2.
Okay so, what happened next was baaaasically years and years of wars. In 1812, he tried to rek Russia, but they were smort and burned lands and even Moscow was put to fire, however that is done, but it lasted five days or so, and the huge french army soon realised they wouldn't be able to stay in Moscow over the winter with what they had, and Napoleon ordered them to return. Basically, they all died of cold, starvation or russians... like half a million people, which is a lot.
After that, many countries realised hey maybe we can do something about Napoleon, and they could, and after the War of Liberation (War of the Sixth Coalition) he was forced to abdicate in 1814 and was exiled to Elba, an island outside Italy.
Of course, since he was badass, he raised an army of 1200 on Elba, escaped, and marched towards Paris, met by troops who, when they saw him, joined his ranks. King Louis XVIII, who had taken over after Napoleon, escaped the country, and Napoleon was yet again Emperor.
During Napoleon's exile, The Congress of Vienna
was ongoing. A conference where Ambassadors of the European states wanted to restore order after the chaos that had taken place in the continent since the French Revolution. Boundaries were redrawn, to "balance out" the main powers but also they were smort and realised that hey, revolution is bad, people having rights and stuff were totally a bad thing and needed to be delet.
Anyways, at the time this conference had started, Napoleon had become Emperor again, so, a bit tired of his bull$%#!, the four key members of the so called Seventh Coalition, Austria, Prussia, Russia and the United Kingdom assembled a lot of men to end his rule, which is called the Hundred Days War. Napoleon stood no chance, and this time he was sent a bit further away, to an island in the Pacific called Saint Helena. He died there.