Yep, I think the fact that in the game is it is written the Germans, French and Italians in that order seen to be the big giants in Moravia’s playground really do point to the first location as the more likely one and we’re thus more likely, like my cousin suggested, to have some peripheral influence from Switzerland, rather than Hungary or Romania.
Yes, that would be a good explanation and like I said, different places can occasionally share a name.
Moravia does have the heavily Catholic Anhaltians as their restive minority, but they could lean more towards either Austria or Italy then the rest of the country does and they too seem to lack Magyar, Romanian or Bulgarian influences, like you’d expect if Moravia were in the second location.
Well it would probably be the furthest South of the German minors at the time the German unification happened, it would also have been near France, Italy and Austria-Hungary and it if it was wealthy and strategically important back then it might well be that none of those powers would have wanted the other to get the advantage of incorporating it into their territory and it would likely also have helped if whoever was King at the time has a strong network of personal alliances, perhaps including the Brits, that would have given the Prussians sufficient pause to (temporarily) abandon their designs on the place.
Speaking of the aristocracy and Britain the presence of “Lady” Lydia Howe might indicate a significant amount of intermarrying between the British aristocracy and our Moravian one and the fact that even the working class mc has learned to speak a degree of English and understand it even better might be indicative of a non-negligible amount of British meddling influence in Moravia long before the time period of the game.
Can’t believe I overlooked that, though Alex said the mc would get the interior ministry, so that is more of an issue for whoever gets saddled with foreign affairs (the lucky bastard, foreign affairs or justice would the ministries the politician in me would be angling for in real-life).
Yes, again why the first location would work better for Moravia, particularly in giving the left a chance, albeit a slim one to come on top democratically as something straddling the lines between social democracy and democratic socialism.