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Imperium Aeternum - Chronology : 36 BC

The Via Julia now extends into the provinces of Aquitania and Terraconensis. The road includes several stations of the Epistula Equinus. Cleopatra and Pharxes’ army begins to grow in Judae in preparation for Caesar’s invasion of Parthia several years later. Agrippa defeats Sextus’ navy off the coast of Sicily in the Battle of Naulochus Cape in May. Agrippa lands in Sicily and manages to conquer the entire island by September after the spectacular Battle of Messina in which he utterly destroys Sextus’ much larger force and executes him. Agrippa sends Sextus’ head back to Rome where it is displayed in the Forum Julium. Lepidus completes his campaign in northern Spain, annexing the rest of the Iberian Peninsula to the Roman empire in August.

Antony builds a small fleet on the Baltic Sea at Vistulus and uses it to subdue the small islands of OTL Denmark. He also subjugates the rest of the peninsula. Caesar and Valitinius’ son, Brevonus finally engage in battle on May 24th 36 B.C. at the Battle of Delirus Germanii (Latin for crazy Germans). Modern historians have coined the battle “crazy” because of the account of the battle by Livy which constantly speaks of the pandemonium faced by the Roman army. The original battlefield name is Draesidnum, but historians prefer Delirus because of the events of the battle. Caesar is first ambushed by two separate armies led by Brevonus (on the right) and Friedius (behind Caesar’s army). Friedius’ army mostly consists of berserker warriors who rush the back of the Roman army, disorienting the back of the Roman line. Brevonus waits until most of the Roman army has turned to face the berserkers before attacking from behind the trees onto the Roman right flank. Caesar barely escapes being wounded, but manages to rally his troops and repel the initial attack. The Germans retreat into the forests as the Romans frantically try to take high ground and fortify what they have with what is available. Caesar sends a messenger to Scipio to ask for his help . The Romans wait for nearly 16 hours hearing nothing but the sound of German warriors screeching through the night. In the early morning, the unnerved Roman army is attacked again from two different sides, this time left and right. The Roman army is forced to retreat, fighting the entire way nearly 2 miles south. Caesar manages to defeat the third German onslaught with a Pyrrhic victory. The fourth German assault comes and Caesar attacks as the Germans appear to be retreating and is caught between two sides of the Germanic army once again. Just as the Roman army is almost routed from the field, Scipio and his large mixed army of Germans, Romans, and Gauls attacks Friedius’ left flank, completely destroying Friedius’ army, killing him in the process. Brevonus’ army now turns and faces that of Scipio and attacks head on, driving the Romans back. Scipio decides to employ a fake retreat and does so by retreating into the forest and setting his archers in between the thick trees. Brevonus gives chase and his army is struck with the Roman arrows from all sides. Caesar attacks Brevonus’ army from the rear, and Scipio and Caesar together finish the encirclement. After nearly two more hours, the entire Germanic army is either dead or taken prisoner. Brevonus is executed in front of his remaining men. The Romans continue throughout the rest of the year defeating small Germanic tribes and finishing the subjugation of the most remote northeastern tribes. By October, most of the remaining tribes have either sworn allegiance to Rome or are sent off as slaves. Rome annexes all of Germania up to the Vistula. Antony continues to campaign south of the Vistula, building defenses and establishing the Roman border between the Vistula and Dniester rivers. By 35 B.C. Antony is campaigning extensively throughout the Carpathian Mountains.

The Battle of Zhizhi is fought in China between the Han and Zhizhi Guduhou Chanyu, resulting in Han victory and half a century of peace between the Han and the Xiongnu.

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