The map looks good from my perspective, though I am not sure about Sardinia.@John7755 يوحنا
I can imagine this as a potential map of this. What do you think?
I agree with you here about this. I could see what become Aragon becoming tied more to Francia as a nominal vassal of sorts.
When do you see the conflict arising with East Francia potentially asserting its independence from the Emperor much like how the French Kings did in otl?
Where do you see the capital of the Western Empire being? Would it be Paris, Lyon, Milan, Reims ?
By Charles II you mean Charles the Bald right? Do you think Charles the Bald could have secured the Imperial Crown within West Francia potentially making some sort of arrangement with Louis the German?
Aragon yes, even in otl, it was a nominal vassal of the French kingdom in Paris until the Papacy began to refer to the Kings of Aragon as true kings, rather than as little kings, thus separating them from the French crown fully.
I am not sure as to when the East Franks will attempt to redress the situation. In otl, the West Franks gained success over the HRE due to the internal issues that Otto IV had with the Papacy and the Papacy made sure to balance the French against the HRE as long as the HRE remained its foe. It is possible that there is no rebellion or war, only that the East simply progressively pushes free and in a later date we have wars internally that lead to a thorough separation similar to otl Netherlands or the Austrian realm after the rise of Prussia. Many things can happen, one just needs to reason them based on prior events.
There may not be a capitol. Though, my guess is that a capitol will be manifold.
Something like this:
Chancellors of the Empire form the technical capitols. Those are in theory:
-Rome (the Papacy was the guardian of the kingdom of Italy in theory alongside Cologne, which held a ceremonial role in otl)
That rules out Rheims as it is the domain of the Chancellor of the West Frank. Milan would be quite odd I would presume for the Papacy, they would feel safer holding their lands a bit away. Indeed too, there is existing nobility ruling Lombardy in the period, they cannot simply revoke lands and settle there. They could move court there, but that may cause issues and lead to disruptions. So, my preferences would be:
-Lyon --- Fairly centrally located and not far enough to have court and easily return to the north on regular occasions. Likewise, the emperor can go to Italy pretty rapidly and enforce order. Ideally though, the Emperor will use the Papacy to enforce order as it was ideally supposed to be in the Reform Papal motif.
-Paris --- The traditional capitol and the most well located in terms of fertile farmlands. This will make the nobles happy in every region. Those far away will be left be more so, while those close will enjoy having the king of kings near them.
-Metz --- A good option if we are to emulate the Merovingians. It is well located to the east, able to survey all of Middle Francia and West Francia easily and also well positioning to every Chancellor. Papacy will be comfortable also, as it will be able to do as it pleases without an eye of the emperor around every pillar.