The Italian Wars JCC
Director of Joint Crisis: Laurence Lu
Crisis Director: Michael Shinkar
Chairs: David Ionita & Lariana Cline
Crisis Director: Justin Zhong
Chairs: Michelle Kim & Hailey Shewprasad
Despite the namesake, the Italian Wars were in no small part driven by the ambition of French territorial expansion. In fact, nearly all the major European powers of the time (England, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire, Venice, and others). During this time, alliances and allegiances swung at the flick of a wrist, sometimes spurred entirely by personal disputes. Such was the case following the War of the League of Cambrai, where disputes between Pope Julius II and King Louis XII of France seemed to reverse the sides of nearly all parties involved. Such conflict has not deterred France, however, and now (1520/1521), Charles V has been elected emperor of the Holy Roman Emperor, uniting Austria and Spain with the Catholic Church. In a belligerent effort to replace the Emperor with the king of France, King Francis has launched a campaign against the territories of the Holy Roman Empire.