The Very Secret Diary of the Roman Emperor Alexios I Komnenos(1)
Jan 6th, 1820 AUC
Konstantinos X Doukas died yesterday. Named me his heir.
Mikhael Doukas taking news well. Euphrosyne (wife) became quite upset when I asked to borrow her tiara for coronation ceremony.
First act as Emperor - a reform of the calendar.
Jan 8th, 1820 AUC
Turks a problem. Issued Grand Mobilisation order to all and sundry. War aims - take whatever I want. Slaughter any who complain.
In other matters, entire court of previous Basileus fled to Adrianopolis. Patriarhiko quit post after coronation and disappeared inside Stoudios monastery. Court of the Basileus now has grand total of 7 people. My wife is the only person capable of being Megas Logothetes, Megas Domestikos Demetrios Aulenos is a coward and the Logothetes tou Cryptou can be heard coming from three rooms away due to his clubfoot.
Feb 3rd, 1820 AUC
Marching. Fields, hills and plains are beautiful to look at - pain to march through. Still no Patriarhiko.
Feb 18th, 1820 AUC
Have sent Logothetes tou Dromou Leo Palaiotes to Napoli to reaffirm Napoli's position as a part of the Basileia. Patriarchy remains vacant.
Feb 21st, 1820 AUC
Palaiotes reports success. Napoli is once more securely part of the Basileia. Logothetes tou Cryptou Ioannes Arbintenos reports that Palaiotes had some trouble at first, but he happened to mention Constantinople's former name, and afterwards Spartenos became exceptionally agreeable. No Patriarhiko.
Mar 13, 1820 AUC
More marching. Have reached outskirts of desert. Yes! We have no Patriarhiko, We have no Patriarhiko today!
Apr 8, 1820 AUC
Interesting news on the Patriarhiko front; brother Isaakios (Prinkeps ton Antioch) has been unable to find anyone to become Patriarhiko ton Antioch. Two vacant Patriarchies - there is something new under the sun after all. Have created a new court position. Courtier Euphrosyne Chandrenos is now Logothete tis Dimioyrgias ton Fraseon gia na Perigrapsei to Patriarhiko Keno(2)(3). She has informed me that the squeaky wheel is still missing its axle.
(1)Yes! It's yet another Byzantine AAR! There are four of them on the front page as of this writing, so I'm doing my bit to drown AARland in Imperial purple.
(2)Logothete of the Creation of Phrases to Describe the Patriarchal Vacancy
(3)This title was created with a couple of online translators, so it's most likely hideously mangled. Come to think of it, there's a high probability most of the rest of the Ellinika in this piece is a lingustic abomination.
This is my first AAR, indeed my first bit of voluntary writing. I can't decide whether this will be comedy or tragedy. Will possibly end up going back and forth between the two, although it's more likely to end up in a third category - trainwreck.