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    Welcome to part three of the Empire Strikes Back! The previous parts can be found here: part one, part two.

    This one will have something new: if you respond to my posts in character, you will get in character responses back, as part of the regular reports to the Senate. Note that you have no power over the game itself, as the Empire is still an Absolute Monarchy. More details in the posts below. Full Interactivity approved by Mr. Capiatlist

    Table of Contents

    CK2 Installments
    Konstantinos X, the Ill-Ruler
    - 1059-1085
    1. A New Beginning
    2. Internal Affairs
    3. A Sicilian Adventure
    4. The Sea of Galilee
    5. War, Wars, and Half a War
    6. The Ill-Ruler

    Konstantios III, the Saint - 1085-1112
    7. A Heathen Assault
    8. The Χριστιανός ρυπαρός υιοθεσία
    9. Prince of Egypt
    10. The Saint

    Konstantinos XI, the Peaceful - 1112-1163
    11. The Peaceful
    11a. Interlude: Religious Map

    Konstantinos XII, the Childless - 1163-1177
    12. The Egyptian Rebellion
    13. Childless and Bereft
    14. The Childless

    Makarios I, the Cruel - 1177-1189
    15. The Great Rebellion
    16. Castrato
    17. Ah, Venice!
    18. Losses
    19. The Cruel

    Konstantinos XIII, the Glorious - 1189-1260
    20. The War Regency
    21. The Glory of Battle
    22. De Jure
    22a. Interlude: Political Map
    23. The Donation of Constantine
    23a. Interlude: Updated Political Map
    24. The Glorious

    Niketas I, the Duke - 1260-1264
    25. Imperial Italian Irredentism
    26. The Great Rebellion
    27. The Duke

    Konstantinos XIV, the Great - 1279-1328
    28. Regaining the Throne
    29. River and Islands
    29a. Interlude: More Maps
    30. East and West
    31. The Great
    31a. Bonus Religious Map

    Konstantinos XV, the Cruel - 1328-1363
    32. The Sicilian War
    33. Civil Wars
    34. The Cruel

    Konstantinos XVI, the Wise - 1363-1408
    35. όχι πιο πέρα
    36. Thallasa Mas
    37. Gallia
    37a. Interlude: Strategy Request
    38. The First Timurid War
    39. The Second Timurid War
    40. The Wise

    The Empire in 1408
    41. The Eve of Change


    EU3 Installments
    Konstantios IV, The Reformer - 1408-1449
    42. The Reformer
    43. Europa 1408
    44. War in the East
    45. The Three Themas
    46. The Scottish Play
    47. War! What is it good for?
    48. The End of an Era

    Zoe I - 1455-1502
    48a. The World, 1450
    49. The Persian Plan
    50. Kings of Leon
    51. 1500 Update
    52. βασιλιάς είναι νεκρός…

    Konstantios XI, the Holy - 1502-1565
    53 . …ζήτω ο βασιλιάς!
    54. The 15 Year War, Part I
    55. The 15 Year War, Part II
    56. The Peace of Westphalia
    57. The New World
    58. A Minor War or Three
    59. 1550 Update
    60. The Holy

    Ioannes VII - 1565-1574
    Konstantinos XVIII, the Zealous - 1574-1637
    61. The Reign in Spain
    62. Solomon's Gold
    63. 1600 Update
    64. The Fall of the Papacy
    65. The Particularist Revolt
    66. The Zealous

    Demetrios I - 1637-1639
    Ioannes VIII - 1639-1650
    67. The War of Three Emperors
    68. Minor Wars

    Demetrios II - 1650-1658
    69. 1650 Update
    70. The War for Huron

    Theodoros I, the Sun Emperor - 1661-1669
    71. The Sun Emperor

    Konstantinos XIX - 1669-1726
    72. Expansion Resumes
    73. 1700 Update
    74. Gallia Falls, and More
    75. 'Murica

    Konstantios XII - 1726-1760
    76. To the Rhine
    77. The Epistle to the Empire
    78. 1750 Update
    79. War in Africa

    Alexander, Megas Alexandros - 1760-1820
    80. Alexander Goes to War
    81. Megas Alexandros

    Konstantios XIII - 1820-??
    82. 1821 Update

    Vic2 Installments
    Andronikos, the Mad - ??-??
    Veronica - 1836-
    83. Empress Veronica
    84. 1836
    85. 1837
    86. 1837-1839
    87. 1839-1843
    88. 1843-1846
    89. 1846-1849
    90. 1849-1854
    91. 1854-1860
    92. 1860-1869
    Interlude - Heart of Doukas
    93. 1869-1880
    94. 1880
    95. 1880-1885
    96. 1885-1890
    97. 1890-1895
    98. 1895-1900
    99. The Death of Empress Veronica
    100. 1901-1906
    101. The Death of Emperor Konstantinos XX
    102. The Time of Troubles, the First 58 Days
    The Imperial Civil War - 20 May 1910​
    The Northern Alliance - 27 May 1910​
    The Northern Alliance Grows - 10 June 1910​
    The Great War - 17 June 1910​
    The GACPS Expands - 1 July 1910​
    The GACPS Goes to War - 8 July 1910​
    A World at War - 17 July 1910​
    103. The Time of Troubles
    July-August 1910​
    March-April 1911​
    104. The Sack of Constantinople
    105. The Time of Troubles 1911-1912
    May-August 1911​
    February-May 1912​
    106. The Time of Troubles 1912-1913
    May-August 1912​
    February-May 1913​
    107. The End of the Great Wars
    108. 1915-1921
    109. On Orthodoxy
    110. 1921-1926
    111. 1926-1931
    112. 1931-1936
     
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    The Rules

    As mentioned above, the Empire is an Absolute Monarchy. Therefore, the Senators have no direct power. Instead they are distracted by the trappings of the Senate while real power is wielded elsewhere bring important matters to the attention of the head of state, and serve as a source of knowledge and wisdom. As alluded in the first story post, the Senate was formed by any men bold enough to grab the reigns of power. While they are lively overwhelmingly aristocrats (at least as first), nearly any other class of individual might have become one. The initial Senators have all been (re)appointed by Veronica, and any future ones are appointed at her whim. As the current reform level is underground parties only, I am considering political parties to be loose associations of like-minded Senators rather than any organized set of entities. But your own writings and in-game events may start to change that. Political parties are now organized. The Empress tasked the Kyriarchía with 'instructing new Senators of the decorum of the Senate', but the other parties took the opportunity to organize, and to influence new Senators, as well.

    There seem to be many stories being driven by other people, as well. I greatly enjoy this. However, if you wish to start one, you must first PM me a brief outline of what you intend. That should allow me to accommodate you in the storytelling, as well as set the timing well on my side. As well, please do be wary of playing God with other people's characters. Yes, this can allow them to interfere with your intended story, but I can help guide things, and sometimes the distraction can build to an even better story than what you had planned.

    Senators are increasingly being given positions of authority: governorships and ministry positions. But this is for RP purposes only.

    However, the Empress has recently formed a General Staff for the army, and this allows for some direct player influence on the game. The following rules apply:
    1. The mod and the save from the latest update will be publicly provided (via gitHub), with the link on the forum thread for the AAR. Download here.
    2. For those unable to load the mod + save, strategic information will be provided by me on request.
    3. Anyone who has created a character is eligible to participate.
    4. Characters may propose battle plans covering what to do with a war with any given nation.
    a. The plans must include a text description of what to do.
    b. The plans may also include an in-game battle-plan using the Victoria 2 tools.
    c. The plan should have a name, and be attributed to the creator(s) (using their in-character names)
    5. Plans may only be proposed between the opening of a Senate session and the session being closed (see the normal flow of a round of updates, as demonstrated on the table of contents).
    6. The Empress (played by me) can accept proposed plans.
    7. Plans that have not been accepted can be returned to the Senate (for instance, if I think they're lacking in some detail, or multiple people propose plans for the same nation and I want a merged plan, I can ask for the proposed plans to be updated).
    8. If a plan has been accepted, I must make a best-faith effort to follow the plan in event of war with the specified nation.
    9. Only one plan for war with a specified country can be accepted at a time.
    10. Plans cannot specify the creation of new armies, troops, ships, etc. Those kinds of requests should be made via the Senate, and put no actual requirements on the Empress (played by me).
    11. Plans can specify mobilization, but those kinds of plans are unlikely to be accepted.

    As there is no other direct power, I'm going to play loose with my rules for your characters for now. But I reserve the right to send rocks that fall and kill everyone, or any lesser GM powers. Out of character writing should be indicated by (( placing it in double parenthesis )). If you plan to use the same character repeatedly, it would be helpful if you announced the character in a separate post, and then signed off as that character or placed the name in your signature. I will list the characters in the next post.

    When announcing a character, include the name, home, date of birth, and political party, and a brief description of the characters. The current active parties (they may change a little before things get fully running) are:
    Patrikioi - Reactionary
    State Capitalism
    Protectionism
    Moralism
    Residency
    Jingoism

    The Patrikioi are the most affluent and influential aristocrats from across the Empire. They favour the preeminence of Greek culture, both as the pinnacle of civilization and a means of maintaining the existing order, although each noble's origins are varied. The positions of the monarchy and Orthodox Church are regarded as sacrosanct, institutions demanding both respect and unyielding loyalty. The Emperor is regarded as an absolute monarch whose divine right to rule cannot be questioned, although the aristocrats of the Patrikioi are ever ready to provide much-needed advice. War is seen is but a means of achieving the goals of imperialism and to make the Empire stronger, while the government's interference in economic matters is seen as a way of maintaining stability, especially against the fickle whims of a fluctuating market economy. Most important of all, the Patrikioi recognize the need for the imperial government to maintain control over an increasingly unruly populace, for the lower classes are regarded as ignorant and often express desires counter to that of the Empire as a whole.

    Kyriarchía - Conservative
    State Capitalism
    Protectionism
    Moralism
    Residency
    Pro Military

    The Kyriarchía Party are the party of the Greek-speaking, Orthodox Christian, lower and middle classes; a populist alternative to the elitist Patrikioi for ethnic Greeks.

    Komma Romanitas Autokratorikos - Liberal
    Interventionism
    Free Trade
    Pluralism
    Full Citizenship
    Pro Military

    Seeing the awkward situation the Foideratoi was in, Theodora decided to do something about it. After some negotiations with Julius Marco and Miro Taior, the three agreed to combine their factions into one; the Koinonikistai, which had been purged by the communist invaders during the attack on Constantinople, joined in later. As the name "Unified Imperial Citizens" didn't sound appropriate, she decided on the name Komma Romanitas Autokatorikos, which adequately summarized the new party's platform. The KRA upholds the ideals of Romanitas and full citizenship for all Romans. It supports Orthodox Christianity as the state religion of the Empire, but it recognizes and respects freedom of religious practice. The KRA is a proponent of free trade and interventionism when it comes to the economy and favors expanding the civil service along meritocratic lines to allow the common people more ability to participate in the government, though it fiercely defends the rights of the monarchy and the nobility as well. When it comes to passing legislation, the KRA will not hesitate to defend workers' and peoples' rights, though usually will try to first find compromises with the nobility, the monarchy, and the church. Membership is free and does not require anything other than a strong devotion to the Empire and its ideals.

    Radical Party - Anarcho Liberals
    Laissez Faire
    Free Trade
    Secularized
    Full Citizenship
    Anti Military

    The party of choice for minorities who feel oppressed by the Empire: religious minorities; cultural minorities; linguistic minorities; commercial minorities; political minorities. They support freedom of trade, a fully-federalist empire, disestablishment of the Orthodox church, lacité and all the linguistic, cultural and domestic rights and powers that come with federalism and decentralisation. They are also against the army, but support the navy as a guarantor of free trade.

    Koinonikistai - Socialists
    State Capitalism
    Free Trade
    Secularized
    Full Citizenship
    Anti Military

    They believe in worker's rights, and want strong government intervention to uphold these rights. They wish the church detached from government entirely, and are mostly opposed to the military.

    I Koinotita - Communists
    Planned Economy
    Protectionism
    Pro Atheism
    Full Citizenship
    Pro Military

    The Pars Imperium Aecus Romani Operarii - Fascists
    State Capitalism
    Protectionism
    Moralism
    Residency
    Jingoism

    The Imperial Just Roman Workers' Party, is dedicated to the rebuilding of the Roman Empire and the establishment of a new Roman culture uniting the people. The party's roots are from the Romani vi Bonorum, the Roman Loyalist Force. Set up during the Time of Troubles the RvB waged a damaging but unsuccessful guerilla warfare campaign to oppose the Italian rebels. When the Empire made peace with the Italian government, the most radical members of the RvB relocated to southern Italy to create a political party to campaign for the rebuilding of the empire.

    Past political parties:
    Foiderátoi - Liberal
    Interventionism
    Free Trade
    Pluralism
    Residency
    Pro Military

    The Foederati support the Empire, centralization, the Greek language, and the military; but also free trade and secularism.

    Christianikoú Kómmatos Metarrýthmisi̱ (XKM) - Liberal
    Interventionism
    Free Trade
    Pluralism
    Limited Citizenship
    Pacifism

    Christianikoú Kómmatos Metarrýthmisi̱ (Christian Reform Party) are social liberals who support interventionism, political reform and some degree of decentralization (but not necessarily outright federalism), but also oppose expansion and the military on moral grounds.
     
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    Non-Player Characters
    Emperor Michael VII - Second son of Emperor Konstantinos, rose to power on his assassination in 1910.
    Princess Veronica Maria of Denmark - married to the Emperor
    Prince Konstantinos - Born 23 June 1894
    Prince Alvértos - Born 14 December 1895
    Princess Maria - Born 25 April 1897
    Prince Enrikos - Born 31 March 1900
    Prince Michael - Born 20 December 1902
    Prince Léon (deceased) - Born 12 July 1905
    Died 18 January 1919​

    Emperor Konstantinos (deceased) - Eldest son of Empress Veronica, rose to power on her death in 1901. Assassinated on 6 May 1910.
    Alexandria of Scandinavia - widow of the Emperor
    Prince Alvértos Nikephoros (deceased) - Born 8 January 1864
    Died 14 January 1892​
    Prince Konstantios - Born 3 June 1865
    Married to Princess Veronica Maria of Denmark
    Six children
    Became Emperor Michael VII in 1910​
    Princess Louiza - Born 20 February 1867
    Married to Alexander William George Duff, 1st Duke of Fife
    Three children​
    Princess Veronica - Born 6 July 1868
    Princess Mathilde - Born 26 November 1869
    Married to Prince Carl of Scandinavia.
    One child, still living​
    Prince Alexander (deceased) - Born 6 April 1871
    Died 7 April 1871.​

    Empress Veronica (deceased) - former absolute ruler of the Empire
    Prince Yevhen of Ukraine (deceased) - married to the Empress, died 14 December 1861
    Princess Veronica (deceased)- Born 21 November 1840
    Married to Frederick, Crown Prince of Germany
    Eight children
    Died 5 August 1901​
    Prince Alvértos (deceased) - Born 9 Novemeber 1841
    Married to Princess Alexandra of Scandinavia
    Six children
    Became Emperor Konstantinos in 1901
    Assassinated 6 May 1910​
    Princess Alíki (deceased) - Born 25 April 1843
    Married to Louis IV, the Grand Duke of Thuringia
    Seven children
    Died 14 December 1878​
    Prince Alfrédos (deceased) - Born 6 August 1844
    Married to Grand Duchess Maria of Ukraine
    Five children
    Died 31 July 1900​
    Princess Elena (deceased) - Born 25 May 1846
    Married to Prince Christian of Denmark
    Six children
    Died 9 June 1923​
    Princess Louiza - Born 18 March 1848
    Married to John Tudor, Duke of Kent​
    Prince Artoúros - Born 1 May 1850
    Married to Princess Louise Margaret of Germany
    Three children​
    Prince Léon (deceased) - Born 7 April 1853
    Married to Helene Friederike of Burgundy
    Two children
    Died 28 March 1884​
    Princess Veatriki - Born 14 April 1857
    Married to Prince Henry of Germany
    Three children​

    Player Characters

    Patrikioi Members
    Alexios Angelos - Arakhor
    Donatello Favero - Michaelangelo

    Kyriarchía Members

    Komma Romanitas Autokratorikos (KRA) Members
    Theodora Anna Doukas - zenphoenix

    Radical Party Members
    Akbar Patel - Cossack_of_Hetmanschina

    Koinonikistai Members

    I Koinotita Members

    Pars Imperium Aecus Romani Operarii Members
    Tiberius Julius Aurelius - Sancronis

    Unaffiliated Characters
    Nestorius Septiadis/Thaddas - Damian0358
    Julius Marco - Sir Dippingsauce
    Manuel Palaiologos - austrianemporer

    Missing in Action Characters
    Alan Gael - BBBD316

    Governorships
    (North) Africa - Alexandros Damaskinos
    Armenia - Julian Leon
    Asia - Constantine Panaretos
    Britannia - Ambrosio Palaiologos
    Dalmatia - Heraclius Komnenos
    Egypt - Marcos Alexandros
    Macedonia - Alexios Angelos
    Aeteorea - Nestorius Septiadis
    Raetia - Columba Comminus
    Sicily - Alexander Smithereens
    Syria - Michael Konstantios Doukas
    Thracia - Prince Alvértos
    Australia - Magnus Kvensson
    Brittany - Αιδεν Γκρέυ
    Italy - Leonardo Favero
    Philippines - Venédiktos Nguyen-Climaco
    Spain - Nicodemo Theodosio
    Wales - Senator Marcos

    Staff Positions

    Armament minister - Senator Kvensson
    Minister of security - Senator Doukas
    Minister of intelligence - Senator Favero
    Minister of Education - Senator Angelos
    Chief of Staff - Senator Αιδεν Στήβεν
    Chief of the Army - Nicodemo Theodosio
    Chief of the Navy - Senator Alexander Smithereens


    Former Player Characters
    Kyriakos Angelos - Arakhor
    Michelangelo Favero - Michaelangelo
    Nikephoros Doukas - zenphoenix
    Damianos Septiadis - Damian0358
    Georgios Blenchard - GreatUberGeek
    Potitus Caristanius Gallio - The Crows
    Basileios Rellis - Attalus
    Konstantinos Galatías - Sakura_F
    Ovulur Kishiev - CaterpillarKing
    Στήβεν Γκρέυ - BBBD316
    Alexios Damaskinos - oskar-kar
    Andronikos Palaiologos - austrianemporer
    Alexios Doukas - zenphoenix
    Mikael Moustakas - Andre Massena
    Ioannes Angelos - Arakhor
    Constantine Panaretos - PrincepsAbsolut
    Julian Leon - Figus
    Marcos Alexandros - Fish-Of-Fury
    Ambrosio Palaiologo - austrianemporer
    Magnus Kvensson - Beaverman1
    Alexandros Damaskinos - oskar-kar
    Leonardo Favero - Michaelangelo
    Αιδεν Γκρέυ - BBBD316
    Nicodemo Theodosio - NiccoTesla
    Michael Doukas - zenphoenix
    Christophoros Palaiologos - austrianemporer
    Raphael Favero - Michaelangelo
    Alexander Smithereens - strategymad3500
    Heraclius Komnenos - Username1453
    Columba Comminus - righ na-Alba
    Venédiktos Nguyen-Climaco - ByzantineSEA
    Talbot Palaiologos - austrianemporer
    Kythos Habsburg-Palaiologos - austrianemporer
    Alexander Shelepov - Cossack_of_Hetmanschina
     
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    83. Empress Veronica
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    Empress Veronica

    In December of 1835, Senator Nicolai Stathopoulos was summoned to the Imperial Palace. This was quite odd, because no-one had been to the Imperial Palace in years.

    Years before, it was common for the aristocracy to visit the palace. There would be parties nearly every night, and constant events fawning over the Emperor throughout the day. Not only was it cultured, but it was a way to be seen by the Emperor and so to gain a valuable posting in the Empire.

    All that changed when Andronikos was appointed heir. He had always been a strange sort, but not being in the line of succession, he was not often seen. Once he was heir, his presence at the State events made everyone uncomfortable. No-one could quite figure out what about him was so off-putting, but the effect was real. So when State events began happening less frequently, and finally ceased altogether, everyone was relieved.

    Many of the aristocracy who lacked positions returned home, where the more apt of them found that the Imperial bureaucracy had replaced them as the governance in the provinces. Though few truly noticed this, as the more savvy of the aristocrats had already recognized this fact and stayed in Constantinople.

    The Imperial Bureaucracy kept the Empire governed, even as orders from the palace slowed to a trickle and then stopped. Those who sought orders, an audience, or simply to investigate at the palace where turned away by the Varangian Guard. And so the most ambitious of the aristocrats reformed the Senate, in order to 'ensure the safekeeping and functioning of the Empire'. The presence of the fanatically loyal Scholai Palatinae in the city ensured that the ambitions for the Senate went no further. Between the bureaucracy and the Senate, the Empire was kept stable. But the lack of word from the Emperor meant that international relations faded.

    Years passed. Food and supplies were delivered to the palace (the servants silent and frightened-looking when they took the deliveries), but no word came out. Until December of 1835. The Varangian Guard had been summoned inside. And then new servants were hired. Supplies were delivered, and it was clear that the palace was being cleaned and refurbished. And then days later, the summons came for Nicolai.

    When he arrived at the palace, he was escorted in by a silent guard. He was led to a room where bodies lay in state: the royal family. Many of the bodies were in poor shape, little more than skeletons. Some where more recent. Least honored was the obviously recent body of Andronikos.

    After Nicolai recovered from the shock of this revelation, he was escorted to a waiting room. He tried to recall the lineage of the royal family and which bodies he had seen. Where there any survivors?

    When a servant came to wait on him, he tried to ask questions, but the servant merely shook his head. When Nicolai shouted “Why will no-one speak to me?!” the servant looked up with sorrowful eyes, then opened his mouth. He had no tongue. Nicolai fell back in his chair as the servant left. What horrors had happened here?

    Eventually, he was led to an audience chamber, where there was a young woman, in her late teens. She greeted him. “Senator Stathopoulos, thank you for coming. I am Veronica, the last of the Doukas family.” Nicolai remembered that she had been an infant when the palace had become closed off. She would be nearly seventeen now. “I am afraid that the reign of my Uncle Andronikos has not been a good one. But it is now over. He died at his meal the other day. As I am the last of my family, I am the heir to the throne. The coronation will be in a few days. But I wanted to greet you beforehand to thank you for your service to the Empire. You will, of course, be reappointed to the Senate as my reign begins.”

    After a short time, Nicolai was led out of the audience chamber and out of the palace. He was stunned, and it took him some time to meet with the other Senators, who had also had similar experiences this morning. By now, rumors were spreading throughout the city regarding the day's events, and speculation as to the fate of the royal family was rampant: the family had been stuck down by plague and Veronica the lone survivor, raised by servants; the family had turned on each other for power, killing each other through the years; Andronikos had led a reign of terror before he was struck down by God; Andronikos had led a reign of terror, but had been killed by Veronica when he sought to assault her; Veronica had willfully murdered her whole family; Veronica was a demon-monster who drank her family's blood and had only emerged when she ran out of victims. It would never be known what had happened, the only witnesses other than Veronica were unable to speak and so could never tell.

    The next day, the announcement went from the palace: Veronica would be crowned Empress on New Year's Day, and immediately after would address the Senate. Unknown to the Senators, her agents were even now listening to their discussions, allowing her to address their greatest concerns immediately.
     
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    84. 1836 - The State of the Empire
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    The State of The Empire - 1836

    Senators, We thank you for how you honored Us during Our coronation ceremony.

    As Empress, it is Our duty to protect the Empire, to make it strong, and to bring it glory. As Senators, it is your duty to advise Us in Our duty. And for you to do your duty, you must know the state of the Empire.

    And so We give a state of the Empire address.

    The Empire remains the preeminent nation in the world. None comes close to us in prestige, industry, or military might.
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    But our withdrawal from world affairs these last years has lessened our diplomatic influence. Our vassals are independent. Our allies gone their own way. But also, our enemies have lost their fear of us. Diplomatically, we are a blank slate.
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    Militarily, we are quite strong. We have fifteen Legions, two fleets of Man'O'Wars, one fleet of Frigates, and numerous transports. But the reality is not as good as it sounds. I have reports that my predecessors developed an advanced system of foraging that allowed the Legions to march in grand numbers without fearing attrition. And yet the reality of this is nowhere to be seen. Most of the Legions have been forced to split into smaller groups to avoid attrition. With supplies from Imperial Storehouses, this might be somewhat averted, but spoilage and disease might still take their toll. The Legions are also depleted from years of neglect.
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    Unfortunately, it will be difficult to replenish the Legions, as we are unequipped to supply them even at their current state.
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    For that matter, while we have large cash reserves, our budget is strongly negative. Although the clerks tell me these are predictions based on old records, and it may prove different in very little time.
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    We have several centers of industry, though not much of our population works in these centers.
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    Our technology is unmatched throughout the world.
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    Our population is mostly Greek-speaking, though quite diverse. Most of the non-Greeks are in the west. Castilians, Basque, and Andalusians in Iberia; Bretons, Cosmpolitane French, Aquitaine French, and Burgundians in Gaul; Italians in the Po valley; Flemish and Walloons in the Low Country; Welsh, Scottish, and a few English in Britannia; Berbers scattered throughout North Africa; Azerbaijani in Azerbaijan; and Jews everywhere, with a strong presence in Palestine.
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    Speaking of Africa: it seems that between the slave trade, our conquest, the conversions, and the political reorganizations, nearly all political organization has completely collapsed in west Africa. A few nations have started small trading posts, but we have certainly lost our grip on the region.
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    The world's borders have not changed much. There are current maps that will be made available to all Senators.
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    And these broadsheets Our clerks have been distributing give the estimated political concerns of the Senators we have appointed.
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    Now, I shall hear your concerns and recommendations.
     
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    Your Imperial Majesty, you come to the throne at a time when the Empire has stagnated for over a decade. If we wish to ensure our dominance of the world, we must spread our influence far and wide. I suggest that we attempt to bring the other nations of Europe back under our fold through trade and diplomacy ((get as many of the minor powers in our sphere as possible)). We should also attempt to re-establish our former positions in Africa if possible ((not sure if portions of Africa can be colonized at this point, but it looks so bare)). Our military most likely requires reorganization, but I am not as experienced in the gritty details of our forces. Industrialization has also become a powerful force and perhaps we should consider opening factories to produce wondrous goods for our Empire. Our focus should be closer to home until the Empire has adjusted to the rule of Your Illustrious Person. Of course, Your word is law, so I will support whatever efforts You prefer.

    - Michelangelo Favero

    "Noble Basilissa, I understand that the rebellious people of Skotia1 and Irlandia2 have united against your enlightened rule, yet they still control a sliver of southeastern Anglia3. I ask that the mighty armies of Rhomaion drive back the Skotsezoi4 past the great wall of Basileus Adrianou5 and retake southern Anglia and Oualia6, once and for all!"

    ~ Kyriakos Angelos


    1: Scotland. 2: Ireland. 3: England. 4. Scots. 5. Emperor Hadrian. 6. Wales.



    Senator Favero, We thank you for your inputs. We will look to build our industry, rebuild the Legions, and regain the Empire's influence in Europe. We fear that Africa is still too chaotic for us to regain control, but We shall seek any opportunities to do so.

    Senator Angelos, it seems Our address was unclear. Indeed, the Empire holds all the lands south of Basileus Adrianou's wall. The former drawing instead was showing the regions where our subjects primarily speak Welsh, English, or other non-Greek tongues. A large map of the Empire is to be installed in the Senate Hall later today, and smaller maps have been printed for all Senators and will be delivered shortly.
    (( If you click on the map in the previous post, you can zoom in, where it's more clear. ))

    If no other Senators have concerns at this time, we shall end this address to the Senate.
     
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    85. 1837 - The Russo-Ukraine War
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    The Russo-Ukraine War

    March 8, 1837

    Senators,

    Doubtless you want an accounting of the Russian War.

    In 1836, We decided that supplying the Legions was Our most important task. To that end, We tasked the Imperial Society with putting chemistry to the use of doctors, so that the Legions would not suffer such bad attrition.
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    In order that the Royal Society might better accomplish such tasks, We sent agents to recruit more clergy as teachers in the most populated regions of the Empire.
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    We adjusted the budget, setting the nominal tax rates to 100% (effective tax rates were 37%). We used this money to fund various civil servants, the soldiers in the Legions, and to stockpile goods that the military would need.
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    It was clear that our artisans could not supply all the needed goods, so We opened new factories to increase production: Artillery factories in Mainz and Franche-Comte (in addition to the existing one in Wales); Clipper shipyards in Bulgaria, Normandie, Attica, Suez, Alexandria, and Middle Egypt (in addition to the existing ones in Emelia and Loire).
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    While stockpiling the goods to build these factories, We also began mass upgrades to our naval facilities throughout the Empire.
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    Meanwhile, many nations in central Europe began warring against each other.
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    It was clear for the sake of stability that there should be a strong nation containing them all, so We formed an alliance with Germany in the hopes of their ascendance.
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    We allowed all nations that requested military access said access on the condition that they supplied their troops from their own stockpiles and not from the lands they marched through. Thus, the idea of troops being centrally supplied became normal.

    Sadly, before We had had a chance to bring the Legions to strength, Russia declared war on Ukraine. We had been sending agents to influence Ukraine in our favor, and had nearly pulled them into our sphere of influence. So this invasion had to be resisted. We declared war on Russia in defense of Ukraine. Persia had sided with Russia in this war, but Germany was eager to flex their muscles and join us.

    Immediately several legions marched: XXIV. Legio (near the Ukrainian border) to break Russian sieges in northern Ukraine, IV. Legio (in East Macedonia) to attack Russian forces in southern Ukraine, II. Legio (near the Russian border north of the Caucasus, but divided into two units) to also attack the Russian forces in southern Ukraine, and I. Legio (in Antioch) to attack Persia.
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    While the battles with Persia went to the Legions, the battles with Russia did not. IV. Legio, having marched from East Macedonia nearly to the Caucasus, saw victories, but it was not enough to turn the Russian tide. Even the Persian victories were not enough, as they simply sent more forces to occupy border provinces while I. Legio sought to stop other occupations. And when I. Legio sought a decisive battle against the main Persian force, they lost.
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    German troops in Persia began to undo some of Persia's gains, but it was too little, too late. It was clear that the war was unwinnable and that further fighting would only lessen our chances to undo the damage at a later date. And so We surrendered to Russia, allowing them to annex Ukraine.
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    We are displeased that this was necessary. We are certain that given more time, the Legions could have been better supplied and brought to their full numbers. This will still be done, though it may take two or three years. As well, the Legions have a shortage of skilled generals. This is slowly being remedied, but will also take time. This kind of disaster will not be allowed to happen again.

    Other information We should share include that during the war with Russia, both Bavaria and Hungary had succeeded in their wars, becoming ever stronger regional powers. Bavaria immediately followed this with a war on Nurnburg, and Hungary declared war on Bavaria.
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    And on the colonial front, We found nearly all of Africa to be too disorganized and dangerous to gain control. The one exception was the Transvaal, which we colonized.
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    Further African colonies will be encouraged in the future, as the existing ones are proving to have vast natural resources.
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    The outcome of the Russo-Ukraine War is most unfortunate. Not only have we lost an important buffer, but the Russians now have access to the Black Sea. We should take efforts to minimize further Russian expansion, perhaps by ensuring the survival of Poland or the Livonian Order. I am certain that under Your careful guidance, Empress, the Empire will be ready for any threat presented by Russia.

    - Michelangelo Favero

    We must find friendship with the Germans, Livonians and Polish -- it is the only way to stop the Russians!

    - Konstantinos Galatías

    Our loss of ukrainian buffer zone forces us to act immediately. I'm suggesting that we should start investing our resources to bring Poland in our Sphere of Influence, maybe even help them with expansion into Livonian Order, as they are already at war. I suggest abandoning Livonian Order as potential ally, as Poland and Livonian Order are hostile towards each other. Not mentioning that with Poland we can cover entire border between Europe and Russia, wchich we can't do with Livonian Order. Also, in possible future conflicts with Russia we should press our claims to govern all Black Sea ports directly, rather than forcing Russia to grant independence to Ukraine with all its ports.

    - Alexios Damaskinos

    The loss of the Ukrainian borderlands is a devastation to both our overall political influence in Europe and to our control of trade in the Black Sea. As has been stated by other senators we should look to prop up another, more powerful nation as a new borderland. If we are to expect the Russians to perform further invasions soon, then an immediate resolution would be Poland. But if we're in for a long con, then I'd say we should prop up the Germans and aid them in any ways possible. Besides, we already have an alliance with them.

    - Julian Leon

    Glorious Empress, our defeat against the Russian barbarians only came from our long years of waiting. Soon we will crush those who oppose us !
    The best way to show this renewed state of affairs to the Barbarians is to seize all ports along the Pont-Euxin coast. Thus you would do more than the great emperors of old did ! The Mediterranean may have been a Roman lake but the Pont-Euxin was never fully pacified. You would protect your people and carve your name into history !
    But we should contact other Barbarians to use them as a shield against the Asiatic legions. Surely one Roman life is worth a Polish legion ?

    -Basileios Rellis

    Already the lenient ways of the Senate allow sedition and corruption to seep through our society.

    Whilst the Emperor is busy appeasing the fat cat reactionaries of the Senate, we continue to waste the Legions in the wastelands of Russia. Meanwhile our true enemy in Scotland remains free and must be brought to heel.

    Alliances with Germany and Poland will secure our Northen and Eastern borders, whilst we make the Scots bow.

    - Στήβεν Γκρέυ

    I disagree Στήβεν Γκρέυ. Those Slavic Barbarians have just seized an important buffer, a buffer we invested heavily in I might add. While the Scots are our traditional enemies these are not traditional times, we have a new enemy now in Russia. It is a monster the Emperor has birthed and we must put down! That is why I think we should instead turn our attention East and subjugate the Russian's however costly that might be. I also will take this time to promote an invasion of Germanium. While the First Empire was unable to tame the barbarians just across the Rhine I have a belief that we can, we have defeated them in the 15 years war, and the many wars before, so lets do it again. Restore Roman Rule to Germanium!

    -Potitus Caristanius Gallio

    I also disagree, Senator Nkréy. The Sko_tsézoi1 are of no threat to Mégas Ró_mi2. Instead, I counsel that, with the loss of Ukraine to the people of Ro_ssía3, the Basilissa's armies should move against the people of Oungaría4 and incorporate that state fully within our own borders, rather than perpetually outside.

    ~ Kyriakos Angelos


    1: Scotsmen. 2: Great Rome. 3: Russia. 4: Hungary.

    Damian0358 said:
    Senator Nkréy, you must agree that, compared to the Russians, the Gaels do not pose a threat. The Ukraine was a important buffer to the Empire and the Russians have to be stopped, though I hope we can settle this affair diplomatically.

    Senator Gallio, I do not believe that the invasion of Germania would be beneficial. It is in my belief that we should attempt to assist the Germans in uniting Germania, as such, gaining an ally who could assist us if the Russians decide to invade. If possible, I could make a map displaying my ideas of what the borders of Europa should be.

    ~ Damianos Septiadis

    The Crows said:
    A united Germania would only endanger the Empire more than the Russians. Assuming we can unite them, and assuming they do not immediately implode, it has the potential to turn into another Russia. When the Germans do sour of us, as they will the damned barbarians, we will be fighting a behemoth that outmatches even us in both industry and military. So in conclusion while respect your views Septiadis, i feel they will do more harm than good.

    - Potitus Caristanius Gallio

    Attalus said:
    Germans are a threat. No one should forget what happened centuries ago when they attacked the Western Empire and brought it to its end. Thus we can not risk Roman on the chance they might still ally us after we helped them. Continuous watching on the Rhine and Danube is the only way.
    Polish on the other hand could be used well against the Russian Hordes.

    - Basileios Rellis

    Arakhor said:
    They are all barbarians, senator, but perhaps the Nemitzoi are the most perfidious of all. How long has it been since their sham western empire collapsed once again? I am not sure which I would sooner wish upon my enemies - the Rus or the Nemitzoi. Each would be a most uncomfortable bedfellow.

    ~ Kyriakos Angelos


    Nemitzoi: The Germans.

    The Crows said:
    I agree with Angelos if I am understanding right. I-I mean we must destroy the Germans and Rus before they do the same to us. Empress Veronica, establish Regula Romanus in Europa!

    - Potitus Caristanius Gallio

    Figus said:
    Yes the Germans in the past were barbarians who greatly weakened the empire, but at the same time they provided much work as mercenaries, Foederati. And though there is a chance that the relationship can sour, but at the same time this would just be a mere case of history repeating itself, and in that case we know what to do. But I assure you all that not only are the Germans a civilized people, but also that they have been long civilized and even had an admiration for us shown with their pretender Holy Roman Empire. So it is an almost absolute fact that the Germans will be a staunch supporter of us.
    - Julian Leon

    BBBD316 said:
    How does the Empire expect to dismantle the Russians and maintain the neutrality of the other nations that have thrown of the guiding hand of Mégas Ró_mi and those upstart colonies across the water with the infamy that we must accure to halt the Russian hordes? Even with the best efforts of our diplomats we will only be able to force them to release one or two potentially hostile nations, unless the Senate expects our Legions to fight the entire continent.

    I in 2 quick ways we can deal blows to the heart of the Hun and the Gaels and force them to kneel before our might. However we must proceed with caution, let the Legions rest and recover theire strength and it is clear we need a more professional army to best our enemies and the Empire should put forward funds to research new ways of bringing this to our forces.

    - Στήβεν Γκρέυ

    Senators, it is clear there is much disagreement on how to proceed. Nevertheless, it will take time before the legions are ready for any kind of fighting, let alone fighting other Great Powers. I will report to you when matters have changed. Thank you for your advice.

    As well, these are some newspapers that the archivists thought significant:

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    86. 1837-1839 - Summoning the Senate
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    All Senators,


    Your presence is requested at a special session of the Senate on November 27, 1839, where Empress Veronica will address the Senate on the State of the Empire. As preparation for this session, the following newspapers have been deemed significant by the archivists:

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    86. 1837-1839 - The Senate's Discussions
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    It would seem that the Russians are aware of our desire to see them weakened. We must be extra careful if we are to take action against them in the future.

    - Michelangelo Favero

    No, we must strike as soon as our treaty is over! Losing to the Rus was a humiliation upon our great empire, have you seen the news! They are calling it a shameful defeat and a loss in every sense! We have been hiding from the World Stage for to long and this defeat has not helped us regain our supreme standing on the World Stage.

    - Potitus Caristanius Gallio

    Well our time sure is interesting. I think we should name one of these "dinosaurs" after one of our rulers.
    Other than that I reserve my thoughts for the Empress.

    -Basileios Rellis
     
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    86. 1837-1839 - The State of the Empire
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    Senators,


    In the wake of the Russo-Ukraine war, it seemed nobody could agree on what to do. But it was clear to Us that nothing could be done until the Legions were restored to strength.

    While medicines were being researched, We resumed the industrial programs from before the wars. We began construction of clipper shipyards in Upper Egypt; canned food factories in Croatia, Van, Leon-Castilla (in addition to the ones in Southwest England and Picardie); machine parts factories in Granada, Bourgogne, West Switzerland, Wallonie, Nordrhein, and Karntern-Steiermark; a steamer shipyard in the (British) Midlands. This was more than sufficient to begin meeting the Empire's needs, but it also proved that factories could provide gainful employment for otherwise unemployed citizens. So in any state with one hundred or more potential factory workers, We created new factories that fit the region.
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    And We laid plans for naval bases all throughout the Empire. Those plans laid, We began fortifying the Caucasus and the regions nearby. This soon expanded into fortifying all of our borders.

    As the Polish peace with the Livonian Order only took away a border state, We continued the process of bringing Livonia into our sphere of influence, a process completed in November 24, 1837.
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    We then began pulling Poland into our sphere. But Poland soon became too great in their own right for such effort.
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    Instead, We focused on our southern border and sought to draw Ethiopia (long a friend of the Empire) into our sphere again. But Castille caused our efforts there to go astray.
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    So We looked across the sea to the United Tribes of America.
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    During this time of preparation, there was increased liberal agitation throughout the Empire. Secret societies sprung up everywhere, and local regulations against them only served to liberalize the population. Jacobins held marches in several provinces. The natives in Africa were angered by the number of big game hunts happening in their lands. People were strangely upset about the use of forced labor as a punishment. Business men complained about Imperial procurement contracts. Questions about how education for non-Greeks should be handled grew heated. And as the agitation grew worse, there were Luddite mobs that had to be put down with force.
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    It is of no surprise that many of you first became more liberal, and later became more radicalized.
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    When the arts of medicine had advanced enough that most lands could support full-sized Legions, we tasked the Imperial Corps of Engineers with finding improvements to the weapons used by the Legions.
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    Sadly, this effort had only begun when Germany asked for our help in their war against Denmark and Pommerania. Fortunately, they did not need help in this war, so while we became the war leader, we needed spend no effort.
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    Meanwhile, mass recruitment for the legions began. Eighty-nine cohorts were recruited in the first round. Seventeen in the second. When the recruitment was over, each legion had two cohorts of hussars, eight cohorts of infantry, and four cohorts of artillery. The exception was II. Legio, who could not support that many cohorts near the Russian border, and was short two cohorts of infantry. And the Scholai Palatinae now consisted of three cohorts of cuirassiers.

    And with the advances in medicine, We were able to send colonists throughout Oceania, further expanding our hold on the region.
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    And this proved that it is now time for us to take our place in the sun.
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    To demonstrate this, X. Legio assisted in the war against Denmark. They proved most effective in battle (the siegework was left to Germany).
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    But of course, domestic matters were more important. For among the refugees from Ukraine was my cousin Yevhen. We fell greatly in love, and so were married May 5, 1839.
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    About six months later, Denmark finally surrendered, Germany gaining much land.
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    Also, during this time, Bavaria expanded, including into Hungary.
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    And Russia completely annexed Bjarmia as well as taking some border territories from Scandinavia.
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    In addition to your usual recommendations, We also wish to propose that the royal family refurbish and begin using the palace at Blachernae again. The Scholai Palatinae would, of course, come with us. In turn, the Senate's use of the Great Palace would be properly formalized and written into law.
     

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    My most royal Majesty, would it be impudent of me to request an update of those that that dare to call themselves our peers?

    I am sure I speak for all senators when I say that we would like to be able to advise on those near us that should be brought closer to the imperial fold and which of these worthless "Great Powers" we should crush beneath the legions heels.

    Certainly not, Senator Γκρέυ!

    A clerk quickly leaves the hall and returns a surprisingly short time later with a stack of broadsheets which are distributed to the Senators.

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    Congratulations to you, my Empress, on your marriage. Perhaps one day your husband's home may be freed from the control of the perfidious Russians.

    It is unfortunate that Poland was unwilling to accept our protection as the Livonian Order did. Are they still amiable to an alliance though? ((I'm guessing not because you can usually only ally one great power and that would be Germany.))

    Castille is most unwise to interfere in Ethiopia, a nation of great importance to the Empire. ((Where exactly is Castille located if not in Iberia?))

    - Michelangelo Favero

    Empress, would the Hungarians be amiable to our protection? Would be useful in any war in the East and stop the Bavarians from stealing their lands piecemeal.

    Senator Γκρέυ

    ((The second should be Gray. I just put my name in a Greek convertor, so like the man with a chinese symbol tattoo, who knows what it actually says.))

    May I be amongst the first to offer my warmest congratulations, most esteemed basilissa, on the occasion of your marriage? I am sure that kaisar Yevhen will make a spl,endid match for you, sebaste."

    ~ Kyriakos Angelos


    (Sebaste = feminine version of "esteemed/venerable one". Kaisar = a royal title, originally meaning "Caesar".)

    Congratulations on your Marriage Veronica, may it be long and produce many heirs. Now down to business and first I would like to support Michelangelo Favero in his support for both an alliance with Poland and increased influence in Ethiopia. I want to condone the colonization of Australia and hope for further colonial expansion across the world. The maps should be painted purple! I also want to address Veronica's interest in the UTA and all I can say is they are not fit for our influence. They are a bunch of tribal barbarians who can't survive in a civil society. We must sail our Legions across the Atlantic Ocean and destroy them before they grow to powerful for us to handle.

    I know I have said that about the Germans and the Rus but we cannot run anymore on the assumption that we will be the unchallenged masters of the world for much longer. I see powerful rivals in the UTA, Rus and the Germans, enemies that must be destroyed before they can kill us. I want also want to congratulate both the Empress and the Royal Engineers in finally bringing our Legions up to scratch. I further hope that we can become pioneers in the military field.

    - Potitus Caristanius Gallio

    We have Livonian Order in our sphere, which is good. I must say that news from Poland are unfortunate, but from broadsheets provided by clerk we can tell that situation with Poland is not stable. Germany and Livonian Order, our allies and friends, have cores on them. Poland is ignoring Russia, our common threat. Also, they seem eager to expand internally*. I can suggest nothing less radical than partition of Poland, which I consider the best option to stop russian threat in Europe. Having in mind that Poland has no allies, it is higly possible that, if we don't do it, Russia will.

    Alexios Damaskinos

    (( * - Somebody noticed that Poland is one of four countries that have any points in industry? In my opinion, it means that they can soon be stronger than Mexihco and Bavaria, being 4th Great Power))

    I wish you and your new husband a lifetime of happiness, your Majesty. I also believe the recommendation to restore Blachernae and provide for us the use of a palace for affairs would be must conductive to the nature of the state -- However, I hear there are problems arising between non-Greeks and Greeks in the Western regions. I take great interest in this, as my home lies in the lands settled by the Burgundians -- for my mother herself was one of them. I am of Greek cloth, but I accept my barbarian ancestry as it helps me better and civilize those in the West -- my suggestion is that we seek to co-opt their support, rather than grind down their cultural heritage into dust. We are Romans, let us make them Romans through education and noble rule, not through beating them down.

    - Konstantinos Galatias

    Senators,

    Thank you for your insight. We shall research what approaches can be taken to Poland. We fear they will not be amenable to an alliance, and the Westphalian system may make a partition impossible. Yet there should be some means of containing Russian expansion into Europe. Hungary as well will be approached.

    But for the immediate future, We suspect that there can be no extended military campaigns. The Imperial stockpiles can only supply the Legions for a short time. It seems we have entered an age where a nation's industry is the greatest factor in its strength.

    We thank you for you amenability towards the restoration of Blachernae as a royal palace. The restoration will commence immediately.

    Finally, We will strongly consider approaches to non-Greeks within the Empire that are less harsh.

    Until, the next address, Senators.

    (( I think that's sufficient for me to go and play some more!

    For the record, Castille was driven from Iberia to the Azores in the EU3 era (I couldn't tell quite when from my updates, I may dig into the saves to see more), and it amused me to let them persist on their islands. They have a minor African colony now, too. Somehow they got lots of culture, prestige, and tradition in EU3, so they're a GP now. It won't last too much longer, I think. ))
     
    87. 1839-1843 - Summoning the Senate
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    Senators,

    Your presence is requested for a State of the Empire Address on 24 May, 1843. Any requests for information should be sent in advance to the Blachernae palace. The following newspapers were considered significant by the archivists.
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    87. 1839-1843 - The State of the Empire
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    Senators,

    After the last address, the Scholai Palatinae escorted the royal family to Blachernae, which had begun refurbishment. Likewise, funds had been allocated for the restoration of the Grand Palace under your direction and for your use.
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    We immediately sent diplomats to Poland and Hungary to assess their feelings towards the Empire and to draw them closer to us, if possible. Poland was wary of any alliances due to fears of being part of grand coalitions, though our diplomat was yet able to increase our relations. Our diplomat to Hungary reported anger at our possession of lands they considered theirs. Of course, We soon found the real reason was that they had formed an alliance with Russia. Soon after, Hungary declared war on Poland for the bit of Slovakia under Polish rule, and Russia joined in their aggression.
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    Across the ocean, Mexhico agreed to peace with the UTA, giving up what parts of Tejas they had previously possessed.
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    And in March of 1840, Germany declared war on Bavaria for Franken.
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    Meanwhile, We continued the process of upgrading naval bases and fortifying the Empire's borders.

    In April of 1840, Senator Galatias' defense of non-Greek citizens was shown to be good when Henri-Gustave Delvigne, François Tamisier, and Louis-Étienne de Thouvenin all developed major improvements to the existing muskets used by the legions. Thus Our call for improved weapons for the Legions was answered. Simultaneously, the Imperial Corps of Engineers declared they would better function as engineering cohorts than as embedded in infantry cohorts, so We began the process of organizing two engineering cohorts per legion. Later a Parisian, Claude-Étienne Minié, improved on the firearms even more, creating a ball for the rifles that has been named after him.
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    Beyond this were the continuing advances in medicine: a Hungarian in Transdanubia discovered the principles of antiseptics, a Burgundian discovered the principles of heredity, an Englishman developed a useful thermometer, a Breton created the stethoscope, and a Southern German developed chambers for thorax surgery.
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    Thereafter the philosophy department of the University of Constantinople insisted on more funding, and that their works would increase innovation throughout the Empire. We were skeptical of the practicality of philosophy, but recognized that it would at least increase our prestige. So the philosophy department was expanded and given room to recruit new professors.
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    We spent this time increasing our influence in Ethiopia, and by 1841 we could consider them firmly in our sphere of influence.
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    Not long after, Iraq's war with Hedjaz, Persia, and Russia ended with them giving the Trans-Baikal region to Russia. Russia now held uninterrupted lands stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific.
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    And then Russia made peace with Poland: Hungary got the Slovakian lands they wanted, and Russia took Lieutva from Poland. It was fitting that Poland did not keep the lands they and taken from Livonia, but worrisome that those lands went to Russia.
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    We began countering this influence by beginning to bring Japan into our sphere of influence.
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    As the final shipyards and fortresses were planned, We began expanding the railroad network that had begun to form in the Empire. It was during this time that the philosophers began to expound about idealism. We asked them to apply these principles to better inspire the peoples of the Empire.
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    When Russia insulted an ambassador, We considered using this as a reason to go to war. But We preferred to ensure the Legions could be fully supplied from our own factories first.
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    As the wars between major powers drew down, a crisis arose in the province in Sichuan. The area was controlled by the Ming, but Tibet claimed it should be a part of their nation. And indeed the people of Sichuan were more Tibetan than Chinese. Nevertheless, when Ming asked for our aid in the crisis, We agreed to assist them. Russia supported Tibet, further demonstrating their hostility to the Empire. But they quickly agreed to a peace, even as the legions only began to mobilize.
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    In the wake of this crisis, Castille’s arts no longer sufficed to promote them as a Great Power. Iraq instead was seen as a rising star.
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    In February of 1843, Mataram claimed our merchants were purposefully violating the local laws in favor of trade. By April, their interference with our traders was to the point that We declared was to protect our traders.
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    Before the month was over, Mataram surrendered, bringing the last of the island of Java under Imperial governance.
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    Meanwhile, Germany abandoned their war on Bavaria, being unable to defeat them, and strangely unwilling to ask the Empire for help.
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    When we held a parade in Constantinople for our victories, We invited dignitaries from all major nations.
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    Finally, having upgraded all transport fleets to use steamer ships, We began production of commerce raiders to supplement and upgrade the Light Fleet guarding the Mediterranean.
     
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    87. 1839-1843 - Replies to earlier queries
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    Empress I assume our staunch ally in Germany has not called us into they petty feud with the vile Bavarian?

    I also agree we should invade and destroy Delhi as per their fears.

    Whoever writes these papers should be drawn and quartered. Either they called Empress Veronica a mere queen and gave the wrong name for her husband, or they are referring to some foreign queen named Victoria and used our Empress' name for the title. And who are these mysterious X06_conservatives who took power in Werle? What a strange name for a group.

    It would seem that the Scandinavians look upon us quite favourably. Perhaps they could be of some use against the Russians. An alliance should be considered if possible.

    - Michelangelo Favero

    ((Almost missed the bit about Mataram. Obviously there's been a war that the Senate has been left in the dark about for now.))

    My dearest Empress, what is the current colonial situation of Africa at the moment? I wish our Empire and its soldiers all the best in its fight against Mataram.

    -Ovular Kishiev

    Now, to reply to your messages to Blachernae:

    Senator Γκρέυ, would a diplomatic solution, bringing them into our sphere of influence, suffice?

    Senator Favero, We can assure you that those responsible have been sacked. The state newspapers cannot allow such lax standards. As well, We shall look toward forming an alliance with Scandinavia. However, Russia considers the Kola region theirs, so such an alliance may be yet another potential source of conflict.
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    Senator Kishiev, the only region of interest in Africa right now is in the west, where a few nations formed small colonies during the collapse of order in the region. Scotland has come to control the Gambia River, England the Casamance River, and Castille the Geba river. Former slaves have formed the nation of Leberia, bordered to the north by another English colony. And the former Gold Coast is home to colonies from Scotland, Germany, England, and Denmark. Inland, Sokoto and Benin have begun to show some level of political organization, though in a more primitive form than when those lands swore fealty to the Empire.
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    If instead you meant to ask about the Empire's ability to form colonies, it seems that not enough people can be found willing to overcome the hardships at this time. Expansion in Africa is closed to us.
     
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    87. 1839-1843 - Responses and replies
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    Empress I congratulate our legions on defeating Mataram, it was a great way to show the World the Legions and Rome are not to be messed with. I would like to advocate for an Hungarian or Polish alliance at this time, they would be useful when we inevitably move against Russia.

    - Potitus Caristanius Gallio

    I am curious if the imperial archives contain a list of all nations that claim Roman land in Europe as rightfully theirs, as I see our ally Germany may make such claims. It would be quite informative for considering potential alliances in the future.

    While I understand the desire to not get dragged into conflict unprepared, if we do not stand up against these Russian brutes, they will roll across Europe. If the Russians truly want Scandinavian land, I say we let Scandinavia know that Russia will have to fight the Roman Empire as well to take it.

    - Michelangelo Favero

    I call for the annexation or allegiance of the minor powers in Europe - Germany, Bavaria, Denmark, Poland and Hungary. If they cannot handle their own affairs, they should cede that responsibility to mighty Rhoma, before the Rus take it themselves.

    ~ Kyriakos Angelos

    A punitive war is the only way to deal with Russia and keep the Pontos Euxinos safe. The sooner, the better since we allow them currently to reenforce and break the balance of the countries north of the limes. Using the Barbarians from Japan could be a nice distratction given the size of their pesky empire.
    If your Highness doesn't approve that expedition, I would advise to continue bringing the Spice islands under our control. Java might be the richest and most populous but the others deserve civilization too.

    - Basileios Rellis

    Senator Gallio, We shall seek such an alliance. As you point out, more allies bordering Russia will be quite useful.

    Senator Favero, Hungary claims parts of Transdanubia and Karnten-Steiermark; Bavaria claims part of the Mainz region; Thuringia also claims part of the Mainz region; Denamrk claims the Mainz region and Nordrhein; Russia claims part of Ekaterinodar; and Germany claims all lands with a plurality of German peoples, including Burgundians.

    Senator Angelos, We fear that such an endeavor is beyond the Empie's means at this time. Yet We shall continue to form alliances to hem Russia in.

    Senator Rellis, the Spice Islands are certainly within our means. Meanwhile, We can continue to build our industry so that the Legions are prepared for Russia.

    Thank you for your time, Senators. Until the next address!
     
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    87. 1839-1843 - A late reply
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    I know this session of the senate to be closed, however I thought I should back up a few of my colleagues.

    Potitus Caristanius Gallio is correct in that we should bring the Poles closer to our Empire, however the Hungarians are only worthly of licking the dog mess from our boot heels. Their alliance with Russia must be nullifed.

    Michelangelo Favero and Basileios Rellis are correct we must take action against Russia, any nation that may lose land or be attacked by Russia must be brought into our ranks, together we will humble this monster and bring it to heel. Sweden should have trust in our Legions to protect them and bring them more worthless tundra if they so wish.

    - Senator Γκρέυ,
     
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    88. 1843-1846 - Summoning the Senate
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    Senators,

    Your presence is requested for a State of the Empire Address on 18 February, 1846. Any requests for information should be sent in advance to the Blachernae palace. The following newspapers were considered significant by the archivists.
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    As well, the Senate's world map is being updated even now.
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    (( If you click on the map and then press plus, you can see the full resolution version ))
     
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    88. 1843-1846 - Messages to Blachernae
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    ((I see we've been busy taking on Iraq and I assume helping the UTA against New England and Mexihco.))

    Russia's aggression knows no bounds. It is obvious at this time that war with them is inevitable. We cannot let these barbarians threaten Europe for much longer.

    - Michelangelo Favero

    ((Also, this is me every time I see the borders in this game:

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    I concurr with Senator Favero. Russia is continuing is unprovoked aggression against Pax Romana and her interests, that is why I would fully support War between us and Russia. The sooner the better."

    - Potitus Caristanius Gallio

    (( People new to this AAR from the posts on Reddit sometimes wonder how I didn't completely take over the world in EU3. The answer is that I spent my effort enforcing nice borders on everyone I could! ))
     
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