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This is my first EU: Rome AAR and it will mostly be based off of Riccardo93's AAR The Roman Republic. This AAR is segmented into sections for each Consuls. Mine will be somewhat similar except it will be broken down by Consul, but the Chapter name will be an event. Seeing as how the game will be starting in 474 AVC with the Pyrrhic War, the first update will cover this War.

Lets say for example any Consul is still ruling after an event is over. It will come to an end of that Consul's term(2 years) before finishing. This means that we could very well be getting into the next event and chapter before the previous chapter is over.

I am not taking pics for this AAR as I do not believe that this AAR is in need of them. This is mostly something fun for me to be doing. For those of you who reads the AAR I hope you all enjoy it.
 

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Table of Contents
Pyrrhic War(474-476)
Libo's Peace(476-485)
Magna Coalition(485-487)
Roman Sickness(487-499)
Sicilia Front(499-504)
Punic War(504-509)
Reclaiming the North(501-511)
Consul for Life(512-520)
March on Carthage(520-521)
Second Punic War(521-526)
Greco-Roman War (526-534)
Sons of Cotta (534-546)
Massila's Aid (546-548)
Second Macedonia War (548-554)




Consuls of Rome
Lucius Aemilius Barbula (472-474)
Marcus Aemilius Paullus (474-476)
Lucius Julius Libo (476-492)
Marcus Fulvius Flaccus (492-511)
Lucius Caecilius Metellus (511-514)
Publius Claudius Pulcher (514)
Lucius Caecilius Metellus (514-518)
Quintus Fulvius Flaccus (518-524)
Quintus Valerius Falto (524)
Publius Valerius Falto (524-536)
Quintus Aurelius Cotta (536-538)
Lucius Manlis Flaccus (538-540)
Sextus Aurelius Cotta (540-554)


King of Rome
Sextus Aurelius Cotta 554


Roman Conflicts
Pyrrhic War [Rome against Magna Graecia/Epirus] (473-475)
Magna Coalition [Rome against Magna Raecia/Epirus/Aetolian League] (485-487)
First Punic War [Rome/Massilia against Carthage/Numidia] (499-509)
Italia North Reclemation [Rome against Veristii/Lancionsi] (511)
Second Punic War [Rome/Massilia against Carthage/Numidia] (520-526)
First Macedonian War [Rome/Massilia against Macedonia/Achaen League] (528-534)
Massila's Aid [Massilia/Rome against Carthage/Numidia/Egypt] (546-548)
Second Macedonian War [Rome against Macedonia] (552-554)
 
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Pyrrhic War

Lucius Aemilius Barbula (16 March 472 - 16 March 474)

Following the Third Samnite War only a decade before, Rome once again found itself taking part in a conflict in the south. This time they were trying to assist a minor city in the region of Ager Bruttius. However, as they did this they broke a long standing truce with Magna Graecia. Enraged by this they requested the assistance of the Epirus King, Pyrrhus, in dealing with Roman insults. Agreeing to come to Magna Graecia's aid, King Pyrrhus prepared his armies to sail to the southern tip of Italy and join with the armies of Magna Graecia. And so the Pyrrhic War began.

At the time of this war's beginning Lucius Aemilius Barbula found himself Consul of the Roman Republic. He was the son of Quintus Aemilius Barbula who had served two terms as Consul and had been awarded his very own Triumph. With word that King Pyrrhus had joined the conflict Lucius knew that he would not get the oppertunity to lead the armies himself in the south. With such a conflict about to occur he instead named Publius Cornelius Rufinus Legate of the First Legion and Gaius Fabricius Luscinus, the former Consul, Legate of the Second Legion. Manius Valerius Maximus, another former Consul, was given command of the Navy to try and prevent King Pyrrhus from making landfall.

This was a great success as Manius came across King Pyrrhus and his fleet just off the coast of Ager Bruttius. With astounding skill Manius was able to sink or capture every one of King Pyrrhus' fleet. The King though was able to escape his grasp when he paid off his captors to let him go when they made landfall. The war was turning out well, but with this Lucius' days as a member of the Council had come to an end. Many believed he would be reelected Council again, but instead they gave that honor to another.


Marcus Aemilius Paullus (16 March 474 - 16 March 476)

For the past few years Marcus Aemilius Paullus served as Dux, Governor, to the province of Umbria on the fringes of the lands controlled by Rome. His time here was not spent wastefully though as he used it to grow in wealth. This wealth would then be sent to ensure his own rise to the position of Consul of Rome. In his place of Dux of Umbria he named his predecessor, Lucius Aemilius Barbula. The war in the south was going rather well for Rome as in two quick back to back victories Rome was able to destroy all of Magna Graecia's soldiers. Tarentum was now besieged by the Second Legion while Ager Bruttius was besieged by the First Legion. King Pyrrhus wished to send, but was unable to as Manius Valerius Maximus had his port blockaded. The two times he had already tried to slip away Manius quickly forced his fleet back into port. There was no way about assisting Magna Graecia.

As his first year as Consul was coming to an end both Tarentum and Ager Bruttius were captured. As much as he wished to force Magna Graecia to surrender of their lands to him, he eventually agreed to just be given the province of Ager Bruttius. That and their entire stockpile of gold. A friend of his Gaius Sempronius Blaesus was sent to become the new Dux of Ager Bruttius. This upset many of the Senators as they did not believe he was the most skilled candidate for the position. Marcus turned a deaf ear to this. He cared little for the politics of Rome, he simply wanted to be the leader during the time of war so the history books would remember his name.

With Magna Graecia finished Gaius Fabricius Luscinus sailed across Adriatic Sea with his Second Legion. Landing on the shores of Epirus he was quickly attacked on all sides by the much large Epirus army. They may have outnumbered him, but they were not better skilled. Forming the ranks he quickly cut through these men until none was left that dared stand up to him.

At the same time Publius Cornelius Rufinus had taken his First Legion to attack Syracusae. This battle turned out just as one sided as the other. Syracusae at this time was having trouble with a sickness which had killed a large number of their people. Without even giving a fight they surrendered their city to Rome. After hearing about this in Epirus, King Pyrrhus rode out and agreed to surrender his claim on Syracusae. Gaius Fabricius Luscinus also took the man's crown as a trophy.

With the war over and his time as Consul come to an end, Marcus Aemilius Paullus was happy to not run for Consul for a second term. He added accomplished what it was that he wanted to accomplish in this life. He was only curious if another war would bring him back out of retirement.
 

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Fortunate that you were able to sink Pyrrhus' entire army aboard the ships (although the later battle in Epiros suggests that you might have been able to deal with the invading forces just fine). A quick war and some fine acquisitions for the Roman Republic.
 

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I was able to sink his entire army. However during the nearly two years as I was conquering Magna Graecia he rebuilt his army to 9,000 strong in Epirus and another 5,000 in Syracusae. My legion was only 8,640.
 

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Libo's Peace

Lucius Julius Libo(16 March 476 - 16 March 486)

As the Pyrrhic War came to an end many of the citizens of the Republic wished for Marcus Aemilius Paullus to stay on as Consul for a second term. He refused these requests. In an attempt to build upon Marcus' time as Consul as well as that of the previous Consul, Lucius Aemilius Barbula, Quintus Aemilius Papus put his name forward for the position.

His family name was not enoughr to pull out a victory though. So in the year 476 Lucius Julius Libo, former Dux of Campania, was able to pull an upset victory by one vote. It was so close that they had to do a recount six times before he was finally made Consul two days after Marcus had already left the position. Even though Marcus said he was finished with politics Libo was able to convince the man to take over as the new Dux of Campania.

Next he sent Gaius Genevius Clepsina to Syracusae as the Dux of this recently conquered land. With him was orders for Publius Cornelius Rufinus and his First Legion. The Pyrrhic War may have come to an end, but there was still the threat of Carthage. This great power controlled more land then any other region in the known world. More importantly they had control of Corsica, Sardinia, and the western half of Sicilia which they could launch invasions from. As well as there new territory in northern Greece they had taken during Illyria 's conflict with Macedonia.

Gaius Fabricius Luscinus and the Second Legion on the other hand was sent to Etruria. There were rumors that there were barbarians massing in the Alps. It turned out to be true when the Second Legion was set upon by twenty thousand crazy men in nothing but paint.

They were large in number but that would not be enough to best the Second Legion. Marching from Etruria the Second Legion pursued these men north where they were crushed, every last one of them. As Gaius was beginning his return to Etruria he was attacked by another seventeen thousand barbarians. These faired no better than the last. Even if Gaius had to march half way across Gail to see the men put to the sword.

With Gaius away in Gaul only Quintus Aemilius Papus ran against Libo for the position of Consul. Two years ago Quintus lost by a single vote. This time around Lino won again by a slightly larger margin, six votes. It wasn't much but Libo was happy to stay in office.

The years of peace stretched on until the end of 479. Gaius and the Second Legion was finally returning from the lands in the north when they were set upon by thousands of angry barbarians just north of Umbria. In a fit of rage by the attack Gaiua had many of the men, women, and children of the area massacred.

Libo thought of replacing Gaius with another man, but he instead decided to use this misfortune to his advantage. He rounded up families willing to move from Rome and sent them north. Among those families was Spurius Carvilis Maximus who was happy to take the position of Dux of this new province of Bononia.

The reception he received was not one he was expecting. Thousands of the people he would now be ruling swarmed the platform he was speaking on. Burning and looting his new home and many others in the area. It took the Second Legion two weeks to put down this riot. By then Spurius was no longer thinking about the honor he would receive or the chance to maybe one day be Consul. Now he just wanted to survive the post.

With another election in 480 being held Libo feared for his post. He would now have to contend with four men for the position. Once again Quintus Aemilius Papus put his name forward, though now the Aemilius family was not as powerful and so he only received a few votes. Gaius Fabricius Luscinus also was in the running, but after the people heard about what he did to those children he dropped out to keep his position as Legate.

These other two men were Libo's great rivals. Men not of high rank, but of strong families. There was Appius Claudius Russus and Marcus Fulvius Flaccus. Either of these two men could have taken the position of Consul from him. Thankfully since they battled each other as much as they were battling him he was able to pull off a marginal victory.

In the north barbarian raids became a common thing which the Second Legion was able to deal with. Then near the end of 481 Publius Cornelius Rufinus passed away. Libo gave the position of Legate of the First Legion to Quintus Aemilius Papus in order to gain his support for the coming election. It was a smart move as this allowed him to gain another victory in the 482 and 484 elections.

November of 484 brought a change in the barbarian raids. Both Etruria as well as Bononia were attacked at the same time. This forced Gaius Fabricius Luscinus to choose where to defend. His choice brought about the Burning of Bononia. Among those presumed dead was Dux Spurius Corvilius Maximus.

It would not be until March of the following year that the Second Legion was able to free Bononia from its barbarian captors. Spurius was found among the men made salves by the barbarian tribe. He was freed of his chains and returned to his former position. No matter how much he begged to go anywhere else.

As 485 was coming to an end Libo feared for the coming election. Either Appius or Marcus could use the Burning of Bononia against him. He needed something to boost his popularity and get the people behind him again.

The only thing he could think of was the unification of the Italia Peninsula. Ordering the First Legion back into Italia, Libo declared war on Magna Graecia. He did not think of their Greek help though. The newly formed Epirus Republic which had overthrown King Pyrrhus after the last war came to Tarentum's aid. The Aetolian League did as well. They now outnumbered his own men two to one. This politically motivated war could very well turn against him.

Then just days before the election word came from the south. Quintus Aemilius Papus had won a resounding victory in Tarentum. Would this news be enough to give him his sixth consecutive term as Consul of the Roman Republic? Or would Appius Claudius Russus or Marcus Fulvius Flaccus be able to unseat him. Would he let them if they tried to? He would know in just two more days.
 

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Magna Coalition

Lucius Julius Libo(16 March 486 - 16 March 488)

One Vote!!! One vote again saw him named Consul. If Appius Claudius Russus or Marcus Fulvius Flaccus had supported the other then there was no chance he could have won. They hadn't and he found himself Consul for his sixth term. He would be Consul during the Magna Coalition.

This term started much like his first had with sending a new Dux to Syracusae. Gaiu Genecius Clepsina had passed away. Some spoke up for him to name Appius to the position but he dared not increase the man's power and influence. Instead he named Decimus Junius Pera, son of Decimus Junius Brutus, a former Consul.

As the year was coming to an end three letters arrived for him. The first came from Gaius Fabricius Luscinus. He had landed on Epirus. The second letter was from Quintus Aemilius Papus, who he owed his position as Consul to. After his victory against the soldiers of Magna Graceia he had led a successful siege on Tarentum. The province was now in Roman control.

The final letter was also from the Legate of the Second Legion. The battle outside of Epirus only lasted a day and was a victory. Gaius had begun the siege of Epirus. He requested the transfer of the First Legion to Epirus as the seven thousand men who survived the battle were seen moving south. They would soon join up with the Aetolian vast army.

Agreeing to this the First Legion was sent to Epiru. As Libo waited for word in Greece he felt the need to continue on his legacy. Already he had become the longest ruler of the Republic's history since the days of the old Kings. He would be remembered in history, but what of more intimate nature. What would he do after finally losing this position?

So in the following year he married Aemilia Varro, cousin of Quintus Aemilius Papus. He was happy in love and still celebrating this new union when word came that the Coalition was attempting to break the siege of Epirus. They would have succeeded to if the First Legion wasn't there as well.

Shortly after, Epirus fell and agreed to surrender all its lands to Rome. Preparing for the march south Gaius Fabricius Luscinus grew terribly ill and died. The same day his friend and some said his lover, Spurius Carvilius Maximus, Dux of Bononia, died.

Libo sent Publius Sulpicius Saverrio to Bononia. Gaius Aurelius Cotta took ship for Epirus to become the new Legate of the Second Legion. He left with orders to being peace in Greece. The Aetolian League agreed to his terms to pay a monthly tribute to Rome as well as a large sum of gold. Magna Graecia surrendered all their lands to Rome. With this accomplished all lands south of the Alps belonged to the dominion of Rome.

Libo felt comfortable with this fact as he went into the 488 elections. He had added two more provinces to the Republic, filled its coffers, was receiving monthly sums of gold, and one of his biggest rivals was now dead. He did not think there was anybody who could force him from his position as Consul.
 

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Yay! I inspired something! :D

I rather like the format, considering I used one rather similar; one suggestion I'd have would be pictures to help it keep the dreaded 'walls o' text' arising.
 

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I'm doing this from my phone at work so it would be difficult to do pictures here.

That and I mostly don't want to do pictures for this AAR. Rome doesn't really have anything greatly interesting to take pictures of.
 

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I'm happy with the format. True, maps or pictures are always nice, but I understand your point about not being able to post them. You also keep your updates fairly short, which means the amount of text doesn't get overwhelming. So if this is the system that works for you, it works for me. :)

Libo's been a very successful politician: re-elected as consul 5 times! And he's managed to expand the Republic as well, which will look good on his historical record. Something about the last update makes me think he won't get re-elected again, but he's already made his mark.
 

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I'm glad it's not to hard to read.

Hopefully I will have the next chapter or two up tonight. I will also be doing a breakdown of the Consuls at the end of this AAR.

The game will end should the Republic collapse or the Empire is formed.
 

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Roman Sickness

Lucius Julius Libo(16 March 488 - 16 March 492)

With the unification of Italia, Lucius Julius Libo found himself beginning his seventh consecutive term as Consul. His first task was the rearranging of the Legions. The First Legion under Quintus Aemilius Papus would stay stationed in Epirus. The Second Legion under Gaius Aurelius Cotta took ship back to protect against any barbarian invasions.

Libo still needed men in Syracusae though to protect against any possible attacks by Carthage. The only option was to form a Third Legion. This Legion was placed under the command of Appius Claudius Caudex. Appius was the grandson of Appius Claudius Caecus who had built the Appian Way during his time as Censor. Appius Claudius Caecus had served twice as Consul and was Dictator for a number of years. His son had similar ambitions, but so long as he was away in Syracusae he did not feel like he had anything to fear from him.

Quintus Aemilius Papus passed away at the end of 488 leaving the First Legion leaderless. They would need strong leadership to keep the Greeks in line. The only person who came to his mind was Marcus Fulvius Flaccus. Bringing the man before him they made an agreement. So long as Marcus supported Libo in the coming election he would step aside and retire in 492.

Marcus agreed to these terms and set off to become the Legate of the First Legion. And true to his word in the 490 election both Marcus and his friend Appius Claudius Russus did not run. Libo had a single vote in this election, but it was enough to win as nobody else ran against him. He had his third one vote victory to finish his career.

This last term would be known for two things. Libo had engouh control over the region of Liguria to send any families willing to, to settle this region. This connected Rome with its one and only ally Massilia. Gaius Claudius Conina volunteered to take up the position as Dux of this region. He had served once as Consul and believed this would get him towards that posiiton again.

The other and more devastating event was what became known as the Roman Sickness. Across all of Rome thousands of pepole were growing ill and dying. Not just the plebians, slaves, and craftsman either. Men of high rank and outstanding families were dying as well. In just the six months before Libo's end of Consul five thousand people were dead. Among these were Marcus Otacilius Crassus, Dux of Epirus; Publius Sulpicius Savernio, Dux of Bononia; and Lucius Aemilius Barbula, Dux of Umbria and former Consul. In their places he named Gaius Sulpicius Paterculus, Gaius Junius Bubulaus, and Lucius Montius Vulso.

Knowing what this Sickness was doing to the land Libo graciously left Rome after his Consul term ended. Libo's served as Consul of the Roman Republic for sixteen years or eight terms. In his time the lands of Epirus, Tarentum, Bononia, and Liguria were all added to Rome's power. Only two years of war went on in that time and Libo stamped out corruption across all of the Republic. Libo's time as Consul would be remembered as a time of peace and growth.


Marcus Fulvius Flaccus(16 March 492 - 16 March 500)

The 492 election was closer than any election in Roman history. The three men who put their names forward was Marcus Fulvius Flaccus, Legate of the First Legion; Appius Claudius Russus, a close friend of Marcus and one of the leading statesmen; and Appius Claudius Caudex, Legate of the Third Legion. As the votes came in Marcus and Claudius Russus were tied while Claudius Caudex was in a distant second. The vote was held again and again with similar totals. Marcus and Claudius Russus votes went up, but they continued to rise evenly. Even when Claudius Caudex dropped completely out his votes split evenly between the two.

Eventually the two friends came to an agreement. Appius dropped out of the race and in return he would be named Dux of Syracusae. After two terms in this office Marcus would step aside allowing Appius his turn at Consul. Appius believed this agreement would be most beneficial to him as by that time the Sickness plaguing Rome would have passed. So in June 492 Decimus Junius Pera was accused of corruption and replaced by Appius.

Marcus two terms were rather peaceful. Men, women, and children of all ranks were still dying in the land. There was only one Dux in his first term that died. Gaius Claudius Conina, Dux of Liguria, passed away meaning he would never become Consul again. He was replaced by Lucius Genucius Clepsina, a much younger and healthier man. Following the 494 election and the beginning of the second and final term Marcus had a second navy formed. This vast fleet would be under the command of Gaeso Quinctius Claudius. Or at least he was in command for a few days until the sickness struck him too. He was replaced by Lucius Postumis Megellus.

With the term coming to an end Marcus did not wish to give up the power he had gained. He enjoyed being Consul. If he was going to best his friend though he needed to take away some of the man's support. His biggest supporter was the Aemilius family. In January 496, Marcus married Aemilia Barbula, daughter of Luciius Aemilius Barbula, former Consul and Dux of Umbria. This gained him some extra support, but the next victim of the Sickness ensured his continued seat as Consul. With only twenty days to go before the 496 election, Appius Claudius Russus died. Some said Marcus had him killed. Though nobody dared say it to his face.

After the election of 496 the Sickness took a turn for the worse. For these next two years nearly a quarter of Rome's people died. The province of Etruria was hit the hardest. They went through four Dux in those two years. By the 498 election Sarvius Fulvius Paetinus held the position. They were not the only place to be hit though. Lucius Valerius Flaccus of Lucania died. As did Gaius Junius Bubulcus of Bonbonia and Quintus Gurges of Samnium. Quintus would be replaced by Libo who was begged by the people to come out of retirement.

Rome had lost so many people the land of Epirus thought it was time to revolt. This was a foolish move as Marcus and the First Legion was still stationed there. In three days Marcus had killed more people in Epirus then the entire Sickness had up to that moment. The man was rather pleased with his actions too. Returning to Rome he held a triumph for himself. This was not done by normal standards. The Senate did not vote for it and there was no slave standing behind Marcus to remind him that he could die.

Then with the start of his fourth term as Consul word came from the north that a barbarian tribe known as the Veristii were attacking Bononia. Even though Gaius Aurelius Cotta and the Second Legion was a weeks march away, Marcus would not allow him to engage the barbarians. He wanted the honor to save Bononia and to hold yet another triumph for himself. This would not be so. Arriving not far from the barbarian camp Marcus had camped prepared. Just not in the normal fashion. No trenches or walls were built, only the tents were put up with a few men to keep watch. Taking advantage of this laziness the Veristii were able to bring a resounding defeat to Marcus and his First Legion. Ignoring Marcus' orders Cotta marched to Bononia. When he arrived the city was completely destroyed. Nothing was left and the Veristii were marching further into Italia. It would not be until February of 499 that Cotta was finally able to put down the last of the tribe.

In Syracusae Appius Claudius Caudex was doing his best to cause a war. The man had captured two Carthaginians on the eastern half of Sicilia. These men were exected by Appius himself. The delegate Carthage sent to complain about the treatment of its people was executed as well as the man who came to inform Appius that Carthage was now an enemy of Rome.

Hearing of this Marcus sailed to Sardinia in an attempt to capture the islands. The Second Legion was sent to Syracusae to take over command of the province from Appius. Even Massilia sent its army to capture the island of Corsica. Things looked well as both Corsica and Sardinia fell. Then the war made a turn for the worse. Epirus rose in revolt in an attempt to reclaim its lands. Lucius Postumius Megellus died during the transport of the Second Legion. It took the new Navy Prefect an additional three days to get to Syracusae as he had begun sailing the wrong way one of the days. By the time Cotta arrived in Syracusae he knew there was no way to fix what Appius had done and the city was abandoned.

The war looked like it was going against Marcus as the 500 election was nearing. He had won his victory, but this was the first time in recent history that Rome had lost its own lands. The Punic War was goign against him and even worse Libo had come out of retirement. He even had a solution that he brought before the Senate to fix the Sickness.
 

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This upcoming war with Carthage goes on for quite some time. Because of that I will be splitting it into multiple posts.


I will be adding a Roman Conflicts Table in the second post as well. Currently there is the Table of Contents and the list of Roman Consuls with their times in office. How do you think the Roman Conflicts should be set up?

Magna Coalition[Rome against Magna Graecia, Epirus, Aetolian League] (485-487)
Punic War[Rome/Massilia against Carthage/Numedia] (499-???)



Something like that?




Also I'm not sure if you guys notice but I update the Consul table after every update. So for example Libo's said (476-486) after Libo's Peace. Then after Magna Coalition it changed to (476-488). I will be doing the same thing with the Roman Conflicts. So this war would be considered the Punic War or Appius War. After two or three wars it could very well change to First Punic War or something along those lines.
 

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Also I played until the year 585 and then screwed up. Was offered to create a dictatorship and clicked yes.

Forgot to save since the current war. I had twenty Consuls since Marcus. Fought in four Punic Wars and a war with all the Greek states.
 

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Sicilia Front

Marcus Fulvius Flaccus(16 March 500 - 16 March 504)


Libo's suggestion was to change the irrigation of the farms of Italia. He believed that their current method of farming was what was making the people so sick. The solution he proposed would drain the entire treasury right before the start of a major conflict. This caused him to be laughed out of the Senate and Marcus was able to secure his fifth victory. Three months later Libo died of the Sickness himself. Saddened to see such a man dead, Marcus initiated Libo's proposal. Libo was the greatest man of his time and this was the least he could do for the man. It was not much he knew, but he needed to find some way to honor the dead hero.

The Second and Third Legion attempted to retake Syracusae shortly after Libo's death and failed. Cotta was embarrased by this fact as he believed he could ensure victory in Syracusae. Marcus made an attempt himself with the First Legion but he found no more success then the other two Legions. They had never faced an army so well equipped nor well trained. The Romans were having no great success on land, but the entire Carthage fleet was either sunk or in Roman hands. The Romans won control of the Mediterranean with losses of their own. The entire Second Navy was at the bottom of the Sea alongside it's newest Navy Prefect.

March 501 saw the last living former Consul dead. Marcus Aemilius Paullus, Dux of Campania, fell to the Sickness that had taken so many others already. A few days later the man who took Libo's place as Dux of Samnium died as well. These two men were the last to die of the Sickness of the patrician class. Though it would not be until the year 505 that the Sickness was finally over thanks to Libo's plan.

After a rebuild of the First, Second and Third Legion, Marcus led yet another attack to reclaim Syracusae in June of 501. They killed thousands of Carthaginians, but they still failed to reclaim the land and fled back to Ager Bruttius to regroup. Having failed yet again to take Syracusae many of the men blamed Appius Claudius Caudex for the failure the Romans were having. During their retreat back to Ager Bruttius, Appius was found dead one morning. His throat had been slit. Marcus made no inquiries on his death and instead informed the Senate that he had died in battle. His place as Legate of the Third Legion would be taken by Lucius Mamilius Vitulus. Lucius had served as an envoy and diplomat for many years for Rome. It was his voice that secured Syracusae in the first place from Epirus. He now had a plan to retake all of Sicilia.

The plan was a simple thing. Carthage had thirty thousand men stationed in Syracusae at this time. That meant that Panormus was undefended except by the bare minimum to hold the city. In waves of Legions they would sail around Sicilia and attack it not from the east side but by the west. Cotta and the Second Legion went first, then came Marcus' First and finally Lucius followed with his Third Legion. Upon his arrival the First and Second had formed a strong barrier along the border to the east to prepare for the coming attack by Carthage.

For three months the three legions did battle with Carthage. It looked like it could go either way. During this time the 502 election as held and Marcus retained his position. At last in April of 502 the legions won and Carthage was defeated in the field for the first time. With Carthage's army defeated Lucius and Marcus pursued the Carthaginians back to Syracusae in an attempt to once and for all finish their army off. Cotta stayed behind to capture Panormus which fell in August of 503. The First and Third Legion after finishing off the last of the Carthaginians on Sicilia split apart. The Third stayed to recapture Syracusae while Marcus took ship to the island of Malta.

The 504 election came with Panormus in Roman hands, the Carthaginian main army defeated, Syracusae returned to Rome and Marcus on the island of Malta. Appius' War which began to be known as the Punic War following the man's death was going in Rome's favor at last. The island of Sicilia as well as the islands of Corsica and Sardinia was in Roman hands. All that was left was Malta and then on to Carthage itself.
 

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Sorry to hear about the screw-up with the game. Are you writing based on what you had already played, or did you start to replay everything? Either way, I'm glad the AAR is continuing.

It took a while to figure out how to beat the Carthaginians, but it looks like you hold the upper hand now. What are your goals? As much as you can get, or will you accept a more modest peace - say, just the islands of Sicily and Sardinia?
 

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Punic War​


Marcus Fulvius Flaccus (16 March 504 - 16 March 510)

With the three main islands captured Marcus was able to win the 504 election and continue his attack on Malta. As he began the siege here Lucius Mamilius Vitulus now in command of both the Second and Third Legion crossed from Sicilia into Northern Africa. At the same time of their landing Malta fell freeing Marcus and his First Legion to join them in the attack on Africa. The only problem he faced was that the lands of Epirus had revolted and named a new King. Marcus could not worry about such triffeling matters and so agreed to allow the man to have his throne and crown.

Province by province fell to the might of the Roman Legions now that they had begun their true attack. Most importantly Carthage's army had been destroyed allowing Rome's legions to go unopposed. City by city were destroyed or captured by Marcus and his three Legions. Nothing could stand in their way. During this push west both the 506 and 508 elections went on with Marcus keeping his place as Consul of Rome.

Marcus' accomplishments were unmatched by any other man in all of Rome. He had accomplished so much that the people begged him to take the position of Dictator. Once, twice, three times he denied the people's requests. Rome must stay a Republic he would tell them. I will rule until my death if you wish, but I wish to ensure that these lands stay out of the hands of any man who would one day name himself King. This only got the people more excited and again they begged him to name himself Dictator. He refused them yet again.

The march west finally hit a halt just before the walls of Carthage. Marcus and his men were tired and so they built camp just south of Carthage to prepare for the coming assault. They knew this coming battle would be the deciding factor in their great war. The Numidians knew this too and in the middle of the night Marcus and his three Legions were attacked by a vast army of Numidians and Carthaginians. They were greatly outnumbered. This time though the camp was prepared for such an assault. Marcus had learned his lesson from the last time and he was able to fight off the numerically superior enemy forces.

He then decided to split his forces into two. He marched west to finish off the Numidians while Legate Gaius Aurelius Cotta and Lucius Mamilius Vitulus marched north on Carthage. For two months Marcus pursued the Numidians into their lands stricking them and hurting them to the point they eventually surrendered leaving Carthage alone to do battle with the might of Rome.

September 509 saw the Second and Third Legions arrived at the gates of Carthage. This might city was prepared to hold out against Rome as long as they could. As long as they could was a little less then a month before the city gates were opened and the people surrendered. The majority of the people surrendered that is. A group of children attacked the Legions as they road into the city their newest conquest. Even though they were but a few years old, one threw a rock just right striking Lucius Mamilius Vitulus aside the head killing him instantly. The man who ensured this war's success was now dead.

Saddened by this loss Marcus made peace with the great lands of Carthage. Carthage surrendered the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and the western half of Sicilia to Rome. In return they would have peace and the city of Carthage would not be put to the torch like Cotta wished to do. With peace returned to the lands Marcus named Tiberius Valarius Labeo Legate of the Third Legion with orders to keep the newly conquered islands of Corsica and Sardinia safe. The First and Second Legion took ship north to deal with an old threat.

For ten years Rome and fought in the Punic War, but it was at last over. It was now time to reclaim what they had lost as they were distracted by one enemy and not another. With the 510 election about to commence Marcus prepared to reclaim some of the lands fallen in the recent war.
 

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Carthage still exists, but given the spoils you have gained, you have definitely won a decisive victory over them. Now back to the north... Are you going to teach the Epirotes a lesson about the values of a republican system of government, or are there some barbarians that need 'policing' with the sharp end of a sword?