Decade of 950s 950: The armies loyal to Frederick approach Sicily. Liutprand and his loyal men try to flee to the island of Malta, controlled by Tunis, but their fleet wrecks near Lampedusa. The Tunisians don't allow the Romans to navigate there. 951: Frederick, proclaimed as 'the Great', gives birth to the 'Middle Empire': the Empire is slightly centralized and better reorganized. The former Saxon duchies and Silesia are formally annexed as Imperial duchies. The civil war continues in Spain, as the vassal King of Castile refuses to recognize Frederick as Emperor. 952: The British Danes suffer an unexpected and harsh defeat against the Kingdom of Norway in the waters of Northumbria. 953: The Serbs resume war with Byzantium, but this time they are severely defeated in Tessalia. The Sultanate of Egypt is finally recognized as an independent entity by the Arab Caliphate. 954: Frederick the Great strips the title of King of Castile after defeating the final resistence in Spain: the Imperial Spain (excluding Vasconia) is divided into two specially militarized duchies, the West Gothia and the East Gothia. 955: Frederick the Great reaches a secret agreement with the Tunisians and they finally manage to capture Liutprand in Lampedusa, who is immediately executed. End of the Roman civil war. 956: The British Danes expand their dominion to Northern Ireland and the isle of Man. 957: The Byzantines defeat the Arab Caliphate in Cilicia and recover part of the region, but fail once again to invade Cyprus. 958: Magyar-Bulgar war: the Magyars invade Wallachia. The Treaty of Stymma sets the new Magyar-Bulgar border along the Danube river. 959: Inestability in the Danish Britain: the sudden death of childless King Hartacnut II triggers the creation of three different factions of nobles which fight for the power.