CHAPTER I – A CHEGADA DO IMPERATOR
Ah, how Sebastião admired the Roman Empire! He’d even dug up some old roman maps of the western world while campaigning in north Africa. It seemed to him certain destiny that he rebuild so proper and grandiose an empire, and since his father had already named it the Empire, Sebastião had grown up with a single ambition: Finding Rome and building a new capital city on its ruins.
His father had left him the Iberian Peninsula and its unwavering support. His mother had offered him African colonies, and maps of distant and great civilisations to the North. But the North was cold and barbaric. It was the East which most interested the young man.
The East, which in his calculations was the direction of Rome, was his day and nightly dream. It was one he was certain of finding before the end of his life, but not- as his father- through deception and rage. Rather, he followed his mothers maxims: Love thy kinsmen, Honour thy neighbour, Peace renders war useless, and so on.
On August 6th 1519, after reigning over the Empire for thirteen years, Rafaela, wife of the former dictator and founder of the Empire, mother of the heir to the throne of said Empire, and Regent, resigned from her post without once having declared war upon any nation. She had spent a life of internal development of the soul and of the Empire.
She had ensured that her teachings of love and peace would contaminate the Empire, and especially her son, with the warm and charitable feeling of love. She succeeded in this through Lusitanism, which she slowly bent towards her own set of ethics, and which was the state religion of the Empire, and the only religion to be practised within the confines of the Empire.
North-West Africa now belonged to the Empire, and consisted of five major cities, predominantly of Berber-descendant population. But Africa was a Desert, and so only the rich coast had been claimed, and only for a certain distance from the capital (further than that the lands became hostile, as did the people [Francisco de Preto was killed there in 1514 on a mission of peace], and there were no resources of great value to be found).
The Empire had developed incredibly since Jorge’s death, and now every Iberian province had a capital city with a bailiff’s office, and a basic wall. The Empire was gaining 65 ducats per month, and was using this to develop itself into the best trading Empire on the face of the Earth: They had good competition from Eire and Catalunha, but scientists were describing new concepts daily of monopolies, total trade control, and even ways to stop others from profiting from the Empire’s riches. The 325 yearly ducats gained by the Empire’s traders would be nothing compared to what they would bring in the next decade!
Everything was set up! Everything anticipated the new-come times. Sebastião felt his body tingle as he stood in front of Quixada’s great crowds on the balcony of the Imperial Palace. He was being named Emperor of the Lusitanii on this day, August 8th 1519, at the age of 15, and by God he resolved then he would rule the world.