A Difference Of Fate: A Late Roman Timeline

Chapter 8 458-459 Reforms
Chapter 8

Other than the birth of the 2 imperial sons in 458, the year was important for other reasons, the cencus issued by each Prefecture would come back. In total the western empire had roughly 23 million people, of those about two thirds were of taxable age, or about 15 million people. This population was mainly split between Gaul and Italia where 15 million people lived, Hispania had a further 6 million and Dalmatia the last 2 million.

Tax reform began as well, with the new census this gave an accurate number for how much taxes each region should pay. Corruption was quickly snuffed out, the perpetrators having their wealty seized and put into the empires coffers, any lands they had redistributed. One change was the land tax, Majorian would change this tax so that those who farmed grain would recieve smaller taxes than those with Vineyards, this was put in place to make the west less reliant on the grain from africa. As for the taxes and revenues, Gaul and Italy would supply the west with roughly 500,000 Solidi, or 90,000,000 million Folli, the Follis becoming the standard unit of account during this time, and worth 1/180 of the Solidus. Hispania with its mines and only slighlty smaller population than the former two provinces would bring in 250,000 Solidi, or 45,000,000 folli. As for Dalmatia with its small population and minor industries it brought in 25,000 solidi or 4,550,000 folli, giving the west an annual budget of 148,550,000 folli or 775,000 solidi. However instead the empire was bringing in only roughly 81,000,000 folli.
This dramatic drop in revenue was due to several things mainly including corruption, and tax evasion.

Each prefecture contained smaller regions to make the collection of records and taxes quicker and more efficient, Gaul contained 7 of these Provinces. Each of the provinces who had a govenor would submit the revenue records to the prefecture, the prefect after accepting these records would then send them to the emperor, any irregularities found along the way would then be investigated. Over the years, this system had been abused, to the point that the empire was only receiving half of what it should have been. During Majorians reign this system would be kept in tact but vast corruption purges would bring this system back closer to what it had been before.

In 459 Avitus would die, his son Eparchius Avitus would take his place. To a testament of the corruption purges The empire in 459 would receive 130,000,000 folli in 459.

In 459 the Majorians reformist mind would take full effect. Other than the formerly mentioned Land tax where Grain farmers were taxed less then Vineyard farmers, Majorian would put in a tax for those that were of 20 years old and unmarried or without kids. A tax for those whose wealth or land was worth more than 5,000,000 follis would be put in place, this tax would be worth 5% of this wealth. Initially this tax was evaded by some, but others like Eparchius Avitus (one of the richest men in the west) would support it seeing how it could benefit the empire. This tax would bring a potential 40 million follis into the budget in the future.

Following the change in taxes, would be military reform. In the decades following the decay of the west, soldiers had been paid less in coin, and more in food, this was due to the rampant corruption, in 459 Majorian would announce that soldiers would be paid 600 follis a year. The empire at this time had 60,000 soldiers, 13,000 in Dalmatia, 12,000 in Hispania the remaining 35,000 split between Gaul and Hispania, costing the empire 36,000,000 folli a year in wages for soldiers, a further 20,000,000 follis going to food and equipment.

For recruitment reform, Majorian would put this onto shoulders of both the prefecture and the Magister Militum. They were to come up with the required number of men to replace those soldiers discharged due to age or injury, as well as to come up with a number of men needed to grow the army to an effective operating size. For Hispania this was made to be 15,000, for Gaul and Italia 20,000 each, and for Dalmatia 17,000. Then the recruitment of men was to be placed upon the provinces of each prefecture to come up with the required number of men splitting the weight of recruitment.
 
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Accidently posted this half completed, its completed now. This chapter was rather difficult to write, im not an expert at Romes economy or taxation, so i hope that the figures presented in this chapter or reasonable or believable. The next chapters will get us back into the major political events of the empire.
 
So something I got wondering was if it is that easy to solve issues like corruption. Also are purges also a good idea? You are already short on trained manpower, I remember hearing once that if you could read in the late roman army they would instantly put you in high positions because this became so rare.
 
So something I got wondering was if it is that easy to solve issues like corruption. Also are purges also a good idea? You are already short on trained manpower, I remember hearing once that if you could read in the late roman army they would instantly put you in high positions because this became so rare.

Oh no it definitely isnt that easy to solve corruption, in fact you can see there was still some corruption as the empire only recieved 130million follis instead of the full nearly 150million. However it is my opinion that corruption breeds under weak leadership like that of Valentinianus and Honorius, which escalated the situation of the west drastically, after all if theirs strong leadership that hits hard on corruption really your only option is to not be corrupt or kill those that would stop you from being so, like Aurelian. So no the corruption problem is not silved but definitely has been stamped down pretty good.

That last issue were if you could read you were promoted, that was something that was not really special just to the late era, but yes you are right, its not the best idea, but positions like those in administration were often filled readily enough by those who could read. For the military even though everything in this chapter sounded like it went through very easily it wont especially on the military side, we may see some better recruitment due to a steady wage being re introduced into the army, but it will definitely be a problem in the coming wars.
 
I get the feeling Majoran is about to go full Aurelian.

Assuming that he can stabilize the empire somewhat, how much longer could the WRE last? On that matter without Justinian's attempts at reconquest of the west could the ERE use that money and manpower on fixing the eastern situation? Or would they just do what they just blow it all on some fancy churches?
 
Chapter 9 460-462 Schemes of a General
Chapter 9

460

The opening weeks of the year 460 would bring joy to the Vandal King as his grandson was born, Huneric son of Hilderic and Eudocia eldest daughter of Valentinian. The birth of Huneric is generally thought to be the beginning of the leadup to the Roman Vandal war in 9 years.

In May of this year Majorian and Anthemius would meet in Dyrachium meeting in the middle of the two capitals to signify that they were equals, with their two eldest children. This was a major event for the two emperors to meet something that was nearly unprecedented. It was during this meeting that 5 year old Theodosius would be betrothed to 5 year old Alypia, and likewise 10 year old Athemiolus to 3 year old Julia Placidia. These matches were made with promises of greater cooperation between emperors, something that would come to harm one of these matches.

It was also during this 2 week meeting that the emperors discussed many things, such as Majorians rise to power, his reforms, and either of their campaigns they had expierenced, and the empires future. A major contributing factor in these discussions was the Vandals, whose major fleet and history was a threat to both empires. Majorian at this time had slowly been moving funds to build a fleet to counter the vandals however in its effectiveness the fleet was minor movement as these funds were often better used elsewhere like rebuilding infrastructure. However Anthemius promised that the east with its vast amount of wealth would provide some funds to help build the fleet and would even send some of its own fleet to help the west.

The last day of this meeting of greats would be on May 16th, a day that would be a day of fanfare and celebration in the city as festival and games took over the city for the day. Anthemius would return east were his son Procopius Anthemius would be born in June, his next and last child being Procopius Romolus born in the opening year of the Vandal war.

Majorian would return west to Rome were he would overwatch the building of the western fleet, it was during November of this year that Majorian and Placidias last children would be born, as twin boys would be born in a highly stressful birth, the result of which would make Placidia unable to bear children again, these Boys were Julius Valerius Gallus, and Julius Valerius Valens.

However there were other matters afoot during the year of 460. After the loss of 10,000 men Genseric had lost roughly a third of his army. Knowing that the future held war for his people he began training as many able men as he could, he also began making alliances, or trying to. King Theodoric of the Visigoths was firmly in the Roman corner after they helped put him on the throne of his people, and he also held a grudge for the disfigurement of his sister at Genserics hands. However there was another Ambitious member in the Visigoth Royal family, someone who was willing to overlook old family grudges. It was during the summer that one of Genserics nieces would be married to Euric of the Visigoths in secret, and soon to be Euric King of the Visigoths, as later that year Theodoric would be killed by supporters of his brother, they sent Theodorics head to Ricimer claiming that Theodoric was plotting against Rome.

For his part Ricimer would basically accept this without question. Now some would wonder why Ricimer did not question this, well Ricimer had his own schemes, and Thorismund as a pro Roman king was a threat to those plans, the more infighting between the Visigoths the better. See Ricimer was if anything Ambitious, he had used the situations he was given to rise up the ranks. But with Aegidius as the Emperors Magister Militum he could go no further. Instead of trying to build up a credible resume to become the next Magister Militum, he began plotting. However his plans didnt just stop at being Magister Militum, there were young imperial hiers to manipulate as Emperors.

461

Ricimer had picked an uphill fight, and his first move would be to eliminate pieces of the game board. Nepotianus was not only loyal to Majorian but also an able commander and had recently used his 13,000 strong Hispanian army to stop a raid from the Vasconian Baugudae. Unfortunately this competent man would die in February of 461, to poison administered by a agent of Ricimers. In the aftermath and with the death of the Hispanian Comes, a force of 10,000 Bagudae would invade the Ebro Valley, Ricimer used half of his army to move into Hispania and stop this Baugudae raid, while at the same time filling the power vacumn in the region with his quick movements. The news of the Comes death followed by Ricimers victory were close on eachother arriving in Rome. Majorian was suspicious, he ignored Ricimers message that he had the region under control, and sent Severinus to take Nepotianus place. However the son of Nepotianus, Julius Nepos and commander of the Emperos Palitini took his fathers death hard, and in fact swore that Ricimer must have killed him to have acted so quickly.

Majorian for his part would heed Nepos's voice, and recalled Ricimer for questioning, Ricimer would travel to Rome, but passed the Emperors questioning, saying he had been in southern gaul overwatching the Visigothic situation. This only added further conviction to Nepos as if the new King had really stopped his brother from plotting what was their to watch. Weary of Nepos who was right in his conviction Ricimer tried to have him assassinated however it failed, but the assassin did escape, keeping his secrets safe. After the assassination attempt Nepos would send spies to Gaul, only one would come back with Damning evidence, the final act for Ricimer was beginning.

462


News of Ricimers betrayal would spread quickly, hearing it himself Ricimer tried to turn his men against the emperor, after all had he not lead them to victory in Hispania, lieing through his teeth he declared Nepos had brought fake evidence before the emperor trying to find some sort of vengeance for his fathers natural death. However his troops were more loyal to Majorian than Ricimer and he barely escaped their swords on horseback. Ricimer would ride to the Burgundian King Gundioc his brother in law hoping for help. However Gundioc would not risk his family for the power hungry Ricimer, and instead closed his cities gates on his brother in law. However the Emperors men were chasing the ex general and before he could cross into Alemanni territory Ricimer was caught, brought back to Rome in chains. Ricimer would be tortured for days before he would tell the truth, afterwhich he was executed by Nepos who would finally get vengence for his fathers death nearly a year after it had happened.

Nepos would gain more from the betrayal of Ricimer, replacing him as Magister Militum per Gallias surpassing his uncle Marcellinus who was Comes of Dalmatia. Replacing Nepos as Majorians commander of his Palitini was Syragius son of Aegidius.

During these 2 years taxes would grow and wane, recieving 140,000,000 folli in 460, before dropping back to 135,000,000 folli in 461. In 462 however a sharp drop was taken as only 120,000,000 were taken. Though there was some lost taxes to the Baugudae raids, it seemed that there was a slow progression of losses as a corrupt Magistrate in Gaul was taking tax money and taking lots of bribes. This magistrate would be caught by both the Emperor as he read tax reports and Ecdicius Avitus, who would catch the anomalies as some cities were taxed far greater then they were supposed to be and others taxed less. The magistrate would have all his wealth consficated and be sent into exile, which wouldnt last long as the Franks brough Nepos his head after he stole some goods and then tried to sell it at an exorbitant amount in another town. However in the east a power was starting to rise in the Ostrogoths.
 
Good riddance to someone the late Roman Empire definitely did not need.

Yep, a survivor he was in otl, however itl he chose his moment and chose it wrong, with Nepos being able to avoid assassination, and with his conviction of who it was, Ricimer really delt himself a poor hand.
 
Sorry for the lack of updates guys, have been meaning to do one here, but have been really busy irl, i will try to have one done this week or this weekend! Thanks for the patience.
 
Chapter 10: Gaul, and the Rugian War, 463-454
Chapter 10

463

With the promotion of Nepos to Magister Equitum per Gallias Majorians Regime was in a strong position with trusted men in the highest positions. However while politcally the Emperor was in a strong secure position, that did not mean the empire was in the same position. Between the powerful Visigoths and Vandals, the peace was fragile, and with Franks, Alemanni, Rugii waiting to pounce at the borders, and the Ostrogoths in the east, the empires position was fragile.

In Gaul Nepos was implementing a plan that him and Majorian had made, recruiting Eurics brother Fredricus as a Comes in the Gallic army, with the plan to elevate him as a leader, to rival his brother. Fredricus was given command over a group of Fedoratti including Visigoths, Alans, Burgundians, as well as Romans numbering 5,000 men, and put in charge of the Amorican Front in northwestern Gaul. During the summer of 463, Fredricus would decisively defeat a Baugudae Raid into Roman territory, in a brilliant battle crushing a force double his own numbers. In the following months Fredricus would march into Baugudae territory, defeating another smaller Baugudae army, before taking several towns. With the wind down of the campaigning season Fredricus would garrison the minor territorial gains he made.

Elsewhere in the Empire, Majorian was making reforms, Majorian passed some laws on allowing coastal cities to bear arms as to stop any piracy problems, which had grown with the lack of an imperial fleet. As well as some laws focused towards the issues of wills and the death of those with lost wills, as well as laws to preserve the monuments of Rome. Majorian also issued a law to restore the municipal Administration, restoring the role of defensor civitatis, this magistrates job was to defend the interests of the citizens against the public administration particular matters of fiscal matters. In effect Majorian was proving a competent Emperor and the west was at a tenous peace, the first time in many years.

However Majorian didnt just focus on passing laws. He was planning Campaigns. While the situation in Gaul was tenous, Majorian planned a campaign with Marcellinus the Comes Dalmaticus, and uncle of Nepos. This campaign would begin in 464, and was to be a joint campaign between the Emperor and Comes against the Rugi who inhabited Noricum. However near the end of Winter, Majorian and Placidias, youngest son, the 3 year old Julius Valerius Valens passed away due to a sickness, causing Majorian to delay his joining of the Campaign. Marcellinus would continue without his Emperor in the spring, and would be joined by men from the Italian Comitatenses.

464

In Gaul the spring was greated by the army of Fredricus marching into Baugudae Amorica, where he quickly stormed several towns and stormed the city Darioritum (Vannes). For his success the Baugudae leader who had been gathering his army, refused open battle, instead used a schorched earth policy, and lead Fredricus northwest away from Roman territory deeper into Amorica. The Baugudae leaders goal was to weaken the Roman supplies, as well as to weaken the romans with constant hit and run attacks. When the Baugudae leader did finally accept battle the numbers were 10,000 Baugudae Militia, against, 4000 of Fredricus battle hardened Veterans. Fredricus would once again lead his men to a stunning victory, and even killed the Baugudae leader in single combat near the end of the battle, after this battle Fredricus was hailed as king by his Visigothic soldiers. However as stunning as this victory was Fredricus had lost a significant amount of men, and was forced to pull back to Roman territory, looting all the way back.

Euric however had been watching these events unfold, and had not taken kindly to hearing his brother being called king, nervous of Roman intervention, Euric gave the order, and in the Fall of 464, Fredricus a Regal, and Noble Visigoth loyal to the romans, died of Poison. This left the last two sons of Theodoric I alive, Euric and his youngest Retimer, who fled to Nepos.

In Noricum Marcellinus invaded Rugii territory with 10,000 of his Dalmatian soldiers who were some of the very best in the empire, along with 3,000 Burgundians, and 2,000 Ostrogoth Mercenaries, and some 10,000 Italian soldiers. Reaching Iuvavum within 3 weeks, Marcellinus put the city to siege. With the city lightly defended it fell within Days, sparing the population of looting, Marcellinus left a garrison of 3,000 men before moving northeast towards Lauriacum. Soon after news of the Rugian King Flaccitheus and his army reached Marcellinus. Flaccitheus had gathered a substantial army at Castra Regina, a city built around an old legionary fortress that dated back to the time of Marcus Aurelius. Flaccitheus army was reported to have numbered some 25,000 , numbering similar to Marcellinus's own force, and news was that he was marching to Iuvavum.

While Marcellinus was confident in his army, with reports being that Flaccitheus army numbered the same as Marcellinus original numbers, he fell back to Iuvavum, to gather his garrison there, so that he could have his full force in the field, and marched northwest, with his scouts ranging almost 50 miles ahead to try and find the enemy. Both forces converged upon the Inn river, and it fortunate that Marcellinus decided that he would need his total force, as the Rugii numbers were closer to 32,000 men.

The two armies sat stationary across the river from eachother, outside of Artillery range. Both armies scouts, cavalry and skirmished along the river looking for places to cross the river. However for the most part the river was to deep, especially for men. Marcellinus would be the first to move, his scouts finding a bridge a few days march to the south, and leaving his camp during the night, force marched his men looking to reach the bridge before the Rugii could block his crossing. While the Rugii, were able to catch up to the romans at night, Marcellinus and his men would continue their late night marches, marching nearly 30 miles in a day and building their camps in the early afternoon and sleeping early while the Rugii who spent their entire day marching were slowly falling behind. As their camps were not built until night, and so to try and follow the romans when they marched would result in tired exhausted men.

However on the final days march both forces left camp early, the Romans having got a full sleep and meal, the Rugii still tired and eating cold meals. They marched hard, both forces cavalry racing towards the bridge were they would clash. The Roman-Ostrogoth Cavalry numbered 2,000, and the Rugii were of similar numbers, the fighting was intense, but the Roman cavalry was able to fight the Rugii off, killing their captain and took the bridge successfully. However holding the bridge would mean nothing if the Rugii were able to reach it at the same time as the romans. While both forces were marching, the rugii had fallen perhaps a mile behind the romans, Marcellinus had sent a portion of his force some 5,000 men ahead early on in the night, .the cavry had passed these men in the morning. These 5,000 men would cross the bridge after the cavalry battle securing for Marcellinus a bridgehead on the other side. These 5,000 men began building a trench, rampart and palisade, to fortify their position if the Rugii and Marcellinus arrived around the same time, which they would, the Rugii, only being at most half an hours march behind the romans. At Noon, the romans reached the bridge, 20 minutes later the Rugii reached it as well.

With the infantry and cavalry, a total of nearly 7,000 men across the river, Marcellinus lead the rest of his army across. And marched these men to the end of the palisade his other men had created, in the twenty minute wait before the Rugii arrived Marcellinus managed to successfully cross a further 8,000 men, leaving the rest to reinforce him during the battle. When Flaccitheus and his army arrived their was no early battle skirmish, or waiting. The rugii, slowed checked thier lines, and charged. Both sides before the moments of impact threw their javelins or Plumbatta darts, and formed shield walls.

Marcellinus to try and prevent a serious outflanking by the Rugii whose line was still longer than his own, had been forced to thin his lines to 4 men, while the ruggi lines were easily double that, and in some places triple. As the lines met with a resonating crash, this formation difference became very apparent, with Marcellinus center beginning to bow inwards. While his flank was still being pushed hard and the Rugii beginning to envelop it, Marcellinus split his cavalry, half of which was armed in the style of Cataphracts with lances. Marcellinus lead half to his left flank were his forces were being surrounded and charged into the rugi on the rear of his men, preventing most of the wrapping manouver, these 900 men and their general, would be forced to hold the flank against the enemy until reinforcements crossed the bridge. However in the center was where the situation was even more precarious. As the center fought, and men died on both sides, they were still being pushed back, and a significant U was forming in the center, nearly at the breaking point. Even as reinforcements arrived, it still was barely holding. This is where the remaining cavalry was crucial. Their leader a young man named Flavius Aurelius Silvanus, formed a wedge some 100 paces behind the infantry ready to charge. Then finalt at the very center of the roman formation, it broke, the roman army was split into 2 halves, and the Rugii, broke through. Only to be charged by 900 Roman light Cataphracts. The Ruggi who broke through the roman formation were instantly shattered. The charging lancers were extremely effective, their charge slaying and trampling hundreds as they pushed forward, allowing the roman line to close up behind them. On the palisade the battle was going much better for the romans as they were in a advantageous position. The rugii were forces to climb the earthen rampart before trying to fight over a short wicker palisade. The rugii casualties were so much in this position that the ditch in front began to fill with their dead.

However on the flank, Flaccitheus lead his cavalry around the flank, his cavalry only numbering 1200 after the previous cavalry battle, he had been hesitant to comit them early. However by this point they were to late as Roman reinforcements rallied the left flank, where the fighting was some of the harshest. Even Marcellinus was forced to away from battle, having recieved a thigh wound that needed a doctor immediately. Though it is noted that Marcellinus continued to give out orders and watched the battle unfold from Behind its lines, still acting as a general even as a doctor was trying to stich up his leg.

The battle continued on for over 3 hours like this until the entirety of the Roman force crossed the river. By which point the battle was in a deadlock with thousands dieing and neither looking like it might win. The exhausted rugii had been unable to capitalize while they had the numbers, and at this point they were far more exhausted than the romans. It was at this point that Flavius Aurelius Silvanus comes back into the battle. The young commander, had managed to extricate himself and only 10 of his men from the battle having to pull back through roman lines on foot as their horses were dead. Grabbing horses from the rear, Silvanus took command of what was left of the roman cavalry after it had been able to pull back from the left flank, roughly 600 men. After talking with Marcellinus it was decided that he would flank the enemy and try to put an end to the battle, the enemy cavalry not a worry having lost most of its numbers when it joined the battle, being only a guard for their king.

Silvanus and his men began thier circuit route of the battlefield, and halted upon reaching the flank, checking ranks and forming a wedge, preparing themselves and thier exhausted horses for a charge. As they charged a horn sounded, a Rugii horn, sounding the fall back. Flaccitheus had spotted the Roman cavalry, and knowing his men would be unable to hold it off on the flank, he tried to preserve his army by pulling them back before the cavalry hit. Unfortunately it backfired causing confusion, it only added to roman charge which tore into his armies flank. It was a total route. The exhausted romans only followed for half a mile, before halting and returning to the bridge.

The battle of the Inn River was over. Roughly 16,000 Rugii were killed, and some 6,000 romans lost. The majority of the survivors were all injured in one way or another. The rugii and their king would retreat back to Castra Regina, which they would fortify, rebuilding the old roman walls, and even adding to them, when the romans would arrive it would be a fortress. However the romans stayed near the battlefield. They buried their dead with honours and dumped the Rugii dead into mass burials. The army would await supplies and wait for the numerous injured to get better. Silvanus became a hero to the army, and Marcellinus though severely injured, became one of the most respected generals of Majorian, having fought one of the toughest battles since Aetius and Attila at the Catalaunian fields.

The army would receive a suprise when their next shipement of supplies and food arrived. Emperor Majorian finally arrived in Noricum. Majorian had with him his entite Palitini guard, some 8,000 men. Arriving at the battlefield, Majorian would make a speech to the army, thanking them for their sacrifices upon the battlefield and that he was honored to be able to call them soldiers of Rome, with the fresh supplies he had brought, and cattle that were procured from the nearby area, he allowed them to feast and have the next week to rest, his Palitini would take their places on guard. For Marcellinus he would give him honours and rewards. The army would stay were it was for the next 2 weeks.

After those two weeks Majorian sent Silvanus northeast to capture Lauriacum with 10,000 men, while Marcellinus and Majorian would go North to Castra regina with the remaining 17,000 men. Silvanus would expierence no fighting with his city surrendering immediately.

However Majorian and Marcellinus after arriving at Castra Regina nearly a month a month and a half after the battle of the inns river, would find a fortress garrisoned with nearly 12,000 warriors. The fortress was also a city, and it was along the Danube making it impossible to surround and prevent supplies from going in. However that didnt mean they couldnt try. Majorian would surround the city with a wall, upon which he placed Onagers, and Ballistae, and rained upon the place perpetual fire. During the day, the siege engines fired rocks into the city, at night, they fired flaming pots into the city. Not once did Majorian try to take the city, and niether did Flaccitheus try to sally forth as his army was smaller than the romans. Finally, a two weeks into the siege, Flaccitheus opened negotiations seeing that Majorian would not try to take the impressive walls he had built. At first , Majorian demanded all territory south of the Danube, and that the Rugii become fedoratii. However the Rugii king simply laughed and told him that he still held the walls of his city, and if he wanted that much Majorian could try to take them.

Majorian presented his army in full to the city, however he hesitated seeing the enemy walls covered in soldiers, and decided that he would continue his bombardment. A further week passed, before an agreement was made. Rome would take any territory south of the Danube and east of the Inns river. The rest would remain Rugian, and the Rugii would become Fedoratii. Even though it was not much gain. Majorian considered this a deal, the war had weakened the Rugii who had lost nearly half their army, and they had gained territory and made another tribe Fedoratii.

After this Majorian going into 465, and beyond would begin centering his focus on Africa.

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Sorry for the long break, which was longer than intended. This chapter ended up being different from what was my first intentions, with it originally being 463-468. However i felt that the Rugian war and especially the Battle of the Inns river needed some special attention. Thanks everyone for the support in the Timeline and I hope you are enjoying it!
 
Map of the west 454
Sorry for the poor quality map,
Red represents the territory gained by Rome in 464, the light greens are Roman Fedorattis, the Yellow/Gold outline is the franks, Blue outline is Alemanni, and the purple is the Ostrogoths, who are at this time Fedoratti of the eastern Empire, and are also employed in the army of Marcellinus.
 

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Glad you’re back! It’s been awhile.

It’s good that Majorian and his commanders have bloodied the armies before the African campaign. Can’t afford to have any inexperienced or undisciplined troops.

So looks like Euric is still coming to the throne of the visigoths. At least one of the royals is still in Roman hands, as leverage will be needed over the ambitious Euric.
 
Glad you’re back! It’s been awhile.

It’s good that Majorian and his commanders have bloodied the armies before the African campaign. Can’t afford to have any inexperienced or undisciplined troops.

So looks like Euric is still coming to the throne of the visigoths. At least one of the royals is still in Roman hands, as leverage will be needed over the ambitious Euric.

Thank you!

The coming war will be very eventful so inexperienced troops will be forced to become Veterans quickly, and as we have seen in several cases in history troops forced to the breaking point either become hard like Iron and the backbone of any good army, or shatter and die on the field.

As for Euric, just like with Fredricus, he will see Retimer more as a threat to be eliminated than a prisoner of the enemy.
 
Thank you!

The coming war will be very eventful so inexperienced troops will be forced to become Veterans quickly, and as we have seen in several cases in history troops forced to the breaking point either become hard like Iron and the backbone of any good army, or shatter and die on the field.

As for Euric, just like with Fredricus, he will see Retimer more as a threat to be eliminated than a prisoner of the enemy.
Majorian is is for one hell of a time!

A damn shame Fredricus is dead. Keeping the Visigoths divided would’ve been good for the empire. Surprised he croaked so early, definitely not from natural means.

Hopefully Majorian keeps Retimer safe, he could be useful.
 
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