How will they divide it up
They are not going to divide the kingdom, at least not with the Eastern Romans.How will they divide it up
Marcianus not only need to deal with the Gelimer and his brother but also with the same enemy that threatened the Vandal kingdom so far. The use of diplomacy could help him stabilize the Diocese but like OTL the first years of the reconquered territory are going to be really difficult. Then we will also have to confront with other problems such as local unrest and revolt, the plague, the invasion of new people and more immediately the reaction of the Romano-barbarian kingdoms to this aggression by Rome against the Vandals. Soon we will be able to talk about an empire under siege. There is also the religious aspect that still need to be addressed especially in the east but we shouldn't forget the relation between the Romans and the conquered Arian population. Just because the Vandals have been defeated on the field doesn't mean that they can't cause anymore problem. There are also some positive aspects about this war: the return of the empire to a position of military and political hegemony and the great treasure of the Vandals now in the hands of the Romans.The noticeable temporal jump, without evident notable events in a decade aside the death of Theodoric is apparently a sign of peace for the West like for the East and of apparent stabilization of the Empires as for the Roman-Barbarian realms, which is fine of course.
The Empire got a great victory, so far, now we will see if and would be consolidated and in which direction - pushing towards Numidia, or focusing over Sardinia and Corsica (both cases may not be so easily as Numidia could fall in the hands of Maurs and Berbers and cause if not overextension some logistic strain at least or endemic border wars, and the islands may become haven of Vandalic resistance and pirate raids), but I wonder now which kind of domino effect the war seem to have started... I have a first guess but we'll see.
Western Rome is becoming more and more the China of Europe TTL; Eastern Rome so far is still going OTL more or less so is more a fate suspended to the future.
Sorry for the lack of any update. To be honest I already know the exact details on the incoming updates, at least until the end of the VI century. Unfortunately it has been a difficult month with the job, university and two flights, so I didn’t have enough time or energy for the timeline. As soon as possible I’m going to resume it. We still have a war to conclude and an empire to restore.got some writer block?
And it’s not over yet, but first we have to go back to other regions of the empire....king Agila had been assassinated.
Asking for military support would probably have made him look a puppet of Rome. However you can expect Rome to recognize Athalaric as the rightful king of the Goths. Unfortunately as you said, no one is in position to avenge Agila now, especially since the Romans still have to deal with problems in Africa, Sardinia and with a surprise coming in the next updates. Overall I don’t think Rome can consider this a victory as they effectively lost a precious and powerful ally which means they need to change their diplomatic relationship with the western kingdoms bordering with the Goths.One has to suspect that Agila sent his son to the emperor hoping to get him out of harms way, not just to negotiate. Also, given the good impression he made, i can see Athalaric getting folded into the imperial administration. I would also do the same for Huneric, at least as to keep up the pretense that they were assisting their ally rather than outright (re)conquering Africa.
Unfortunately no one is in position to avenge Agila, as invading hispania anytime soon would just spread the west way too thin, though i wouldn't be surprised if WRE got the Balearics due to their loyalties lying with Agila and subsequent his son. So over all, Rome still wins and the Mediterranean is almost a roman lake again
In OTL war in Africa lasted well beyond the official end of the Vandalic war in 534, so you should expect something similar here and in Sardinia (nothing really serious here, but I just want to make things a little more interesting).Well, skirmishes in Africa and in the Mediterranean are in the way most likely.
Having Belisarius as commander of the African army and seeing him fighting against both the Berbers and the internal resistance against Rome will certainly be interesting. Maybe he could exploit his military success in order to pave the way for one of his son or nephew.Belisarius as usual felt on his feet, and the African Magister is surely a great prize for him after his previous misadventures. Also marrying in the Imperial family... How much before he would aim for more?
Marcianus Valens was a last minute addition to the story but now I would really like to see him and his branch of the imperial family leave a lasting mark on the empire. The possible conflict between Theodosius and Valens (or one of his son) will be the subject of a future update.Marcianus did a logical choice in declaring Valens Caesar, but it may cause later a rift between him and his son... let's see how it goes for the future. But is surely interesting to see how the adoption (well technically it wasn't, but the move was all but in name an adoption) wasn't totally abandoned as succession method... and would reallow the Western Senate to regain a certain authority on the matter.
I like to see Valens as the “Constantius III” of the VI century. Let’s see if he can be more successful.But is also true the Empire is regaining lands and a Caesar is starting to be necessary for a coadiuvated effort...
Every general had a private army back then,it would be surprising if a general didn’t.A force of 2,000 isn’t a cause for concern,I would however if he had 10,000 directly employed by himself.So, Roman Africa seems destined to expand soon. Belisarius having a private army is a bit concerning, but is not he may attempt to expand out of Africa... unless being called in Europe soon?
I am curious to see how much time the Vandals will require before being assimilated.
And well, new tensions between Visigothic Hispania, Rome and the Suebs seem coming soon.
Very true. Plus this is Belisarius. Of all Roman generals he is probably the most trustworthy with that kind of power. It would be best though if the Empire found a way to tie the army to the state more firmly rather than the generals.Every general had a private army back then,it wouldn’t be surprising if a general didn’t.A force of 2,000 isn’t a cause for concern,I would however if he had 10,000 directly employed by himself.
Granted, is still the first private army since the Imperial restoration. Is not a good precedent no matter the loyalties of Belisarius to Marcianus are.Very true. Plus this is Belisarius. Of all Roman generals he is probably the most trustworthy with that kind of power. It would be best though if the Empire found a way to tie the army to the state more firmly rather than the generals.
I don’t think it is.Every aristocrat would have armies at their own disposal,especially in the west where the Imperial government’s weak.It’s a major reason as to why emperors(unlike earlier ones) didn’t just proscribe the aristocrats and take over their wealth despite the government bankruptcy.Granted, is still the first private army since the Imperial restoration. Is not a good precedent no matter the loyalties of Belisarius to Marcianus are.
Well then this is a point I am curious to discuss further, it intrigues me because it implies feudalization in the WRE.I don’t think it is.Every aristocrat would have armies at their own disposal,especially in the west where the Imperial government’s weak.It’s a major reason as to why emperors(unlike earlier ones) didn’t just proscribe the aristocrats and take over their wealth despite the government bankruptcy.