1648… Without any stop, the European powers wage war among themselves and without any stop, death and destruction took down all of Europe. Religion as a main motive, all of Europe’s powers, emperors, kings, dukes, princes, formed their alliances and tried to vanquish the other side. For thirty years, many lives had been lost for the sake of religion. Protestant reformation became the greatest rival of once-mighty sacred The Papal States of Rome. Catholics and Protestants turned their growing tension among themselves into a major scale war thirty years ago. Although religion is the main motive, there are also power struggles between great forces which affected the alliance blocs. Other than that many other countries have different objectives while religious sides fighting each other all along. Independence became the first priority for many countries and this aspect created a whole new dimension in this complex war.
But in 1648, both sides were tired and they suffered too much to continue the wars. Thirty Years’ War took many lives and resources for all countries. Also growing developments such as the unstoppable Ottoman expansion outside the continent which threaten Christian Europe become a motive to negotiate and compromise. Now the war is coming to an end. Yet; rivalries, interests, and religious tension among countries are still there. In this chaotic atmosphere all sides decided to meet and bring an end to this bloody, long-lasting pain of Europe. Although this war created many winners and losers, victory’s worth was terrible and now it’s time to discuss the demands and bring peace to the Holy Roman Empire.
For the participants, this peace may be one of the most important treaties in European history but only when they agree upon it and there are many formidable obstacles in front of countries. To conclude, in order to save Europe and Christian world, peace must be brought to the Holy Roman Empire, one way or another.
Under-Secretary General Responsible for the Committee
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