This is an interesting idea as from the Serbian perspective the Laskarids are occupied with a major war in Sicily and Calabria. On the other hand Byzantine lands are far easier to take than Despotate land so maybe take Roman Macedonia first as you are the Emperor of Serbs and Romans and then move to Greece as the plague hits the somewhat urbanized Despotate harder than you. All the while Louis/Lajos is in Italy rampaging. Of course if He presses too much against the Romans then the Bulgarians might interfere as they see Serbia as a threat as well as Michael joins against him to curb the Serbian advance. So Dusan is in a pickle to decide where to unleash his armies.Will he also press and support Dusan to attack, or divert, into Lascarid Hellas
I have a feeling Dusan will live longer and I would like to see that. And while I am on the topic of the future I wonder if the new Philanthropenos who is married to the royal line and has some quite Byzantine raising will be as loyal as his father especially if Theodore dies from the plague. That would put the Despotate in a very precarious position. Although Alexandros n2 is already leading armies in Sicily and Calabria but Greece is a whole other stage. To be honest I don't see him rebelling yet except if he is removed from position or if his heir doesn't get favored. He has kids right? I think he should be older than Theodore.
Yeah man! F** em French!!!Palermitan mobs screaming Morte ai Francesi
On another take on this event I really don't think the barons will bow easily to Theodore but more than likely the peasants will want an end to the raids and the war and of course the heavy taxation. What I fear is for the big concentration of Laskarid pronoia getting infected by the plague and getting decimated...