A New Alexiad: The Anatolian Uprising of 1295 Succeeds

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  1. Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    That vassal state is the personal domain of Nikolaos Glabas, the Exarkhate of Thessalonika. He had been defacto ruler of the West since 1301, but only became a de jure autonomous vassal in 1308 in exchange for handing over Simeon II.

    Thessalonika would under most circumstances be crushed, but lying a mere five miles across the border are the mines that produce ~70% of the empire's gold. In a single day, Glabas could cripple the empire indefinitely if he chose to. And so now, the two sides wait.
     
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    Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    1310:

    Sofiya Asen is installed in Tarnovo as Tsarina of Bulgaria. Alexios gives command of a Taxarkhon and tells him to win his throne.

    Sofiya's early reign is untroubled as Simeon II and his allies are still holes up in the mountains licking their wounds. However, Iancu crosses the Danube and raids into Bulgaria. Nikephoros meets him on the plains outside of Cheven and puts him to route.

    Stefan Milutin and Jelka Nemanijic arrive in Konstantinopolis in July. Nikolaos V is cowed into holding the marriage between Theodoros and Jelka, which is held on 5 August.

    Sorry for the brevity, I had a scheduling snafu and only had time to give the cliff notes version of 1310.
     
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  3. Albert Blake Gott Mit Uns

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    How old are Theodoros and Alexios?
     
  4. Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    Alexios is 39, Theodoros 14, Sabbas 11, Maria 11, Ioannes 3 and Isaakios less than 1.
     
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    Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    Giovanni Aleramici does in Monteferrat. The next in the line of succession is Ioannes Palaiologos, the son of Andronikos II. A month after his installment, Alexios sends a message to him politely asking for him to swear fealty and reminding him that he has his family. Ioannes reluctantly accepts, and on 12 May 1311 Rome gains its first holding in Italy since 1071.
     
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  6. Basileus_Komnenos Imperator Romanorum Βασιλεύς των Ρωμαιων Αὔγουστος

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    Cue HRE, the French, or some more powerful duke declaring war to vassalize it. Plus it has no sea access. It’s at best a nominal fealty as Rome ha other problems on its plate. How are relations with the Romans and the Papacy? Can an equitable reunification ever plausibly occur here? Would the state of the Empire here be comparable to the late Western one after Rome was sacked and Africa was taken by the Vandals? Does the Imperial government have any plans to rebuild its infrastructure and improve urbanization? Does it have the means to do so?
     
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  7. Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    A) You're right, it's vassalization was for pure propaganda value
    B) Standoffish because, well 1204
    C) Maybe
    D) No
    E) Yes, but unfortunately resources are tight

    P.S. Basileus_Komnenos - Once Upon a Time in the Western Empire is still running, I'm just a slow writer.
     
  8. Basileus_Komnenos Imperator Romanorum Βασιλεύς των Ρωμαιων Αὔγουστος

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    I was comparing the situation of the Eastern Empire to the late Western one after the sack of Rome and loss of Africa to the Vandals. Do you see any similarities to the situations here? How screwed is the East compared to the Western Empire of the 5th century?
     
  9. Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    To use a compasion to the WRE, at this point Alexios is Aëtius after Catalaunian Plains, with the greatest enemy (Atilla/Mesut) temporarily forced back but still a threat.
    Whether this situation ends with Nedao or Cape Bon has yet to be ascertained....
     
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    Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    An embassy of noblemen from Namen (remember them?) arrive in Konstantinopolis in May. They humbly ask that Alexios proclaim a charter-constitution for Namen along the lines of that of their neighbors in Brabant. Alexios laughs, finding it so funny that the entire contingent is blinded. The next week Stefanos Mouzalon and 1500 men set sail from Konstantinopolis.

    They sail through Gibraltar and up the coast to the mouth of the Meuse. Mouzalon lands in Namen on July 28 as the first Exarkhos ton Gallia. Roman rule prior to this had been fairly light, and as such the arrival of this large garrison prompted the beginning of a small insurgency in the Ardennes.
     
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  11. Albert Blake Gott Mit Uns

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    I’m very confused. Roman rule now nominally extends to the Low Countries? That seems kinda implausible.
     
  12. Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    Well, back in 1298 Caterine, Marchioness of Namen and Alexios' second wife gave her lands to her husband when she was believed to be dying of tuberculosis. It turned out to be false and Alexios' returned the land, but after her execution by Kourkoas in 1301 no one informed Namen until after Alexios returned in 1304, at which point he declared himself the Marchion as co-marchion with Theodoros.
     
  13. Albert Blake Gott Mit Uns

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    I highly doubt it’ll last. How centralised is the empire anyway?
     
  14. Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    Planoudes has re-invigorated the bureaucracy, but the more far-flung parts of the empire (Trapezous, Kypros, Kimmerikon etc.) are mostly under the rule of semi-autonomous governors (not Thessalonika level autonomous, but close). Alexios is losing favour with the army due to a lack of victories in Anatolia. We know that the peace benefits the Empire, but the soldiers don't.
     
  15. Albert Blake Gott Mit Uns

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    I’ve tried to look for Mesut on Wikipedia but can’t find any page about him, when did he die exactly OTL?
     
  16. Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    1319.
     
  17. Albert Blake Gott Mit Uns

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    Be cool if he went down fighting Alexios one-on-one.
     
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    Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    1313 may as well be a non-year. So here's foreshadowing:

    (From Manuel Planoudes' Ho Autokrator, 1369)

    "...If I were able to go back and change anything in my life, I would unwrite the aforementioned note in 1313...."


    ALEXIOS TARKHANEIOTES: THE OTHER ONE

    The Alexios Tarkhaneiotes I refer to is not the emperor, but instead his first cousin. Alexios Tarkhaneiotes was born to Andronikos Tarkhaneiotes and Helene Angelos in Larissa in 1283. He was fourth in line to the Thessalian throne, but showed no interest in power, instead spending his time reading and developed an early fascination with languages, learning French, Latin and Aromanian before the age of 15, when he moved to Konstantinopolis and accompanied the emperor on the Paphlagonian Campaign.

    He commanded a ship during the Siege of Sinope and carried Parwana back to the capital after its fall and was permanently promoted to captain. He lost his left eye three years later during the Civil Wars of 1301, in which he supported Kourkouas and by merit of being the only captain who didn't immediately flee in the aftermath of the Coup of 10 June was promoted to admiral and sent with five ships to track down Planoudes. He was anchored off of Antikythera when news of Konstantinos XII's coup and counter-purge reached him. His squadron sailed to Kriti and joined Alexios VIII's armada. When Nikephoros overthrew Alexios VIII he exiled him and told him never to return.

    Alexios winds up in Florence with Planoudes and Dante, joining the clergy in 1303 and taking the clerical name Bonifacius. By 1307 he had worked his way up to priest and convinced Clement V to appoint him Bishop of Vinland. He traveled north to Bjørgvin and from there to Reykjavik, Herjolfsnes and Vinland proper. He spent a year as Bishop before appointing a local deacon as his replacement in 1309 and leading a group of 20 Vinlanders on a self-proclaimed Crusade against the Mississippians, whom he had only vaguely heard of through Algonquin traders. They found the Mississippians far stronger than they expected and were taken to Cahokia for human sacrifice. Alexios-Bonifacius escapes with a bagful of copper ritual plates and is chased back to Vinland. He then launches a second expedition that sails down the coast to Florida and then across to the Antilles. He lands in the Yucatan, steals a few bags of tomato and cacao seeds before most of his group are killed and he and two men flee back to Vinland. He is almost lynched upon his return but escapes and flags down a Basque fisherman and returns to Europe in 1312. He then resigns from the priesthood and is rebaptized into the Orthodox Church in Serbia.

    Stefan Milutin grants him a small tract of land in Kosovo so he can use him to support an invasion of the Empire. In 1316 he petitions Alexios VI to rejoin Imperial service. The emperor agrees and Alexios joins the Papioi.

    At this point he could speak (in order of learning) Greek, Latin, French, Aromanian, Hebrew, Italian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Arabic, Romani, Norwegian, Vinland Norse, Algonquian, Mississippian, Nahuatl, Basque, Serbian, Albanian and Bosnian. The Papioi recognized the potential of such a polyglot, and as such was forcibly circumcised and sent on a mission to infiltrate the major Islamic schools of the Middle East. He was the first European to enter Mecca in 1321 and spent the next eight years crisscrossing the Middle East taking notes on the prevailing theologies of the area. In 1330 he was assigned to explore the Coast of Africa (the last reliable accounts were from the 3rd Century) and spent the next two years sailing, riding and hiking as far south as Great Zimbabwe. From there it was to India in 1332 and China in 1336. He returned to the Empire in 1338 and went into retirement in Konstantinopolis.
     
  19. Albert Blake Gott Mit Uns

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    How in Alexios’ most august name does an Orthodox Roman become a traitorous Latin Catholic.
     
  20. Eparkhos_Ton_Trapezous Dux Theodoros ton Khaldeia

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    How does a pious Latin Catholic become a traitorous Orthodox Serbian?
     
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