- Dec 26, 2006
For Another Thousand Years
A Tale of the Roman Empire
An Interregnum AAR
A History of Modern Rome; University of Cevennes, 1973
The Roman Empire, having defeated the Third Crusade outside the walls of Constantinople, found itself capable of froming a new, and resurgent power. Though the Seljuks had managed to push through to Smyrna in 1388, a concerted attempt by the Empire allowed it to retake some of its long-lost Turkish territory.
In 1412, the Kingdom of Trebizond was re-incorporated into the Empire by treaty, and the Roman Emperors found themselves at the head of a territory that had dissolved the majority of the pre-existing Roman structures there, including the Akritai, centralizing the power in Trebizond greatly.
Taking advantage of this, Emperor Alexios the Fifth expanded the army greatly, creating an army of fifty thousand men under the banner of Rome. The fleet was likewise expanded, and, for the first time in two centuries, the military saw powerful central direction. Although Emperor Alexios was a great diplomat, and preferred the use of the pen to the sword, there was no doubting the threat that came from the Moslem in the south.
With such leadership, from our perspective, it seems inevitable that Rome rose to the power she is today..