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  1. Basileus444

    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Technically Rhomania in the East won’t bounce back. The support of various locals will ensure survival and recovery, but in the process it will become Rhomania of the East. I don’t have a good answer for their timber sources. One possibility is the Malabar coast; I know the Persians in the...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: Rhomania in the 1650s, part 1: Seeds, Ships, and Stars

    Rhomania in the 1650s, part 1-Seeds, Ships, and Stars: The period of Roman history from the death of Andreas III to the end of the Army of Suffering has been compared to the 7th century or the late 11th or the early 13th. The analogy is not entirely accurate, as unlike those earlier periods the...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Social unrest locations: Here is a list of all the places that I have planned will have social unrest. Not in chronological order and some of these might get little more attention than “this is a thing that’s happening”, but these are the ideas brewing. EAN Triple Monarchy Spain Sicily Rhomania...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: The Lands of Germany (and neighbors): The Arrival of Peace, Part 2

    Thank you. The lands of Germany (and neighbors)-The Arrival of Peace, part 2: The Treaty of Cologne of 1658 is often presented as a pivotal moment in European diplomatic and political history, and the treaty and the war that led to it profoundly shaped much of Europe, albeit in diverse and...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Puritans do ruin everything. Why should I learn to speak that wretched tongue? All the English notables worth anything can speak French. And most of my subjects are French anyway. But I suppose you're right. It doesn't seem right to speak to God and my horse in the same tongue. I can use...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: The Lands of Germany (and neighbors): The Arrival of Peace, Part 1

    He might make the list. That's an impressive feat. But he did that with Iskandar the Younger, and when he was sole commander, that was the still impressive but bloody slugging match in Mesopotamia. So, there are also counterarguments to including him in a top 10. * * * The lands of Germany...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    First, the hate. Why not both? Triunes have done much more damage and more recently, but Romans have ‘war crimes even by 17th century standards’ under their belt. (Field of Knives: mass execution of prisoners because unable to guard them. Dachau: burning a church with hundreds of people inside.)...
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    Down with British Imperalism! Never Again!

    “This forum is for serious TLs only.” Not according to the forum description, which talks about discussing alternate history with a POD after 1900. Nothing about serious-ness. Not every TL can, or should be, a serious and original magnum opus. Sometimes they can be a silly AH romp that’s...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: The Lands of Germany (and neighbors), 1652-1655

    Technically no, since 'Roman' is a political label/identity. That means anyone serving a sovereign/state that is not the Roman Emperor/Empire becomes not-Roman. So, a former Roman in service of, say, the Vijayanagara Emperor, stops being a Roman and becomes a Greek, but if they returned to...
  10. Basileus444

    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Yeah, but I have to admit I was quite disturbed when I read that. So I shared. Actually no. Because this will end up being somewhat shorter than the OTL 30 Years War. This conflict started ITTL in 1631 with Theodor’s invasion of Rhomania and won’t make it to 1661. (And the Triune invasion of...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: The Lands of Germany (and neighbors), 1652 part 1

    Ottoman oil can go many ways, but that’s all well in the future so haven’t committed to anything yet. Won’t speak here about Anglo-French because, well, see update for a hint. Fixed to second. Thanks. There’s the matter of prestige. And sunk cost fallacy. More substantially, if Henri did...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: The Lands of Germany (and neighbors), 1651 part 2

    The Lands of Germany (and Neighbors), 1651 part 2: The example of Nuremberg provides a spur for many other similar uprisings across the Holy Roman Empire. Some of them are quickly and bloodily put down, but enough survive long enough to encourage even more rebellions and to link up and join...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    That wasn’t consciously intended on my part, but it is amusing to see Austria’s Hungarian connection, even though the TTL nature is different from OTL, having a somewhat similar effect of drawing Austria out of the German sphere. One aspect is that it has been a lot like the OTL Hundred Years...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: The Lands of Germany (and neighbors), 1651

    The Lands of Germany (and Neighbors), 1651: Things are not looking well for the enemies of Philip Sigismund and Henri II as 1650 ends and 1651 begins. Saxony, Brandenburg, and Pomerania, while forming a solid bloc in the northeastern corner of the Holy Roman Empire, is hardly a match against...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    I think it was Napoleon (not sure, but he would’ve been in a position to know) about how nice it was to fight coalitions. Like the Triple Monarchy. The Imperial title was a prestige gimmick and didn’t signify any administrative changes. Yup, but there always seems to be somebody in these...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: The Lands of Germany (and neighbors), 1650

    There have been some overtures, but the Poles are wary of committing any more than they already have. The last time they jumped hard into German affairs their king and a good chunk of their army got killed in Macedonia, and then lost a good chunk of territory, and it could have gone even worse...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: The Lands of Germany (and neighbors), 1649 part 2

    The Lands of Germany (and Neighbors), 1649 part 2: In May 1649 Duke Leopold publicly accuses Philip Sigismund of illegal sequestration of princely lands, including although not restricted to Bavaria and Wurttemberg. He demands that a long list of territory be returned to their designated...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    It’s fun to imagine the reactions of everybody in IOTL there had been a Habsburg Pope and Habsburg Emperor simultaneously… I do enjoy the ATL possibilities of ‘completely different route but ending up in the same place as OTL’. It’s fun to play with. I don’t mind the parallelism, provided it’s...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: The Lands of Germany (and neighbors), 1649

    The Lands of Germany (and Neighbors), 1649: Elizabeth has been promised Russian military aid but there is still the matter of marshalling and getting it to Germany, plus the need for more and particularly German allies. If she comes marching in alongside a wholly foreign army, it will do much...
  20. Basileus444

    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Maria Theresa’s plea was the direct inspiration for that bit. Something like that, yes, at least among the elements of society that can afford such things. Keep in mind that update about the contents of a typical Roman home at this time. “Half of Rhomania without a fork.” For simplicity’s...
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