After my York AAR had to be abandoned due to CTD's, a couple of people suggested that I try my hand at an AAR of the Byzantine Empire. I thought this sounded like an interesting challenge, so here you are. Let's hope this one is allowed to go further than the first one.
The primary objective in this game will be to preserve the integrity of the Empire, that is, at least to maintain the general status quo at game start. Ideally, the Empire will be able to expand into its former holdings in the Middle East, North Africa and eventually Italy, in an attempt to restore the former glory of the Roman Empire.
Incidentally, you probably won't find many references to the "Byzantine" Empire in this AAR, since that is a term coined sometime in the 18th century, by Montesquieu I believe. In keeping with the self-image of the time, I will usually call it the 'Roman Empire', or the 'Basilia Romaion', when I'm in the atmospheric mood.
The game is afoot - onward to glory and SPQR, and all that.