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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    That presumes Oman would be able to capitalize on that control. Unless Oman gets a massive bump to its population that control would be decent for levying tolls right to the point it got more than annoying. It would be like Denmark trying to single handily take on the British or Germans by...
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    AHC: Protestant Austria

    For the same reason France supported the Danish and Swedish involvement in the Thirty Years War. Religion was one thing, but in international politics France's sole focus during the 16th and 17th centuries was breaking the Spanish-HRE Hapsburg block. Everything else was secondary and excusable.
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    What if Turks never came to Anatolia?

    Possibly, almost likely, yes since we still have a good two/three centuries of Turkic/Mongol invasions. But the big point is that the Seljuk invasion and the Battle of Manzikert happened at a particularly vulnerable time for the Byzantines. The frontier had not been fully settled and brought up...
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    What if Turks never came to Anatolia?

    Forget Anatolia, they already had that and half of Armenia by Manzikert. They could probably have Syria and Palestine, at least the coastal regions and important inland cities, by the 1200's. The Caliphate was collapsing, with major vassals going on their own while also being pressured by the...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Especially because that was only possible via sea lift and supplies, doing the same overland pre-railroad is not quite impossible but coming exceedingly close, particularly once you get any kind of distance from a major river.
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Yeah, he might be able to have 400,000 under arms across his empire if you count every guard and militiaman, but getting them all in one spot will likely require a miracle. Keeping them supplied and organized probably would require literal divine assistance just about anywhere, much less war...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Yeah, not to mention that depending on the circumstances Vlachia being bumped back to just their cultural heartland might be beneficial to the White Palace. If the Basileus and Office of Barbarians plays it right they could make the current rise of serfdom and reduction of royal power a reason...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Honestly it would be better if he would do that, it doesn't necessarily weaken the dynasty so long as they are still officially in charge since length of reign brings a momentum of it's own to a dynasty's legitimacy. Hell, there are several examples of weak rulers that had someone else more...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Yeah, something tells me that Athena passes, maybe unexpectedly, and Herakleois does something extremely stupid in either agreeing with advisors or asserting his own rule that causes a war with Persia and essentially results in Demetrios winding up having to come in.
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Correct, if everything stayed the same, with a butterfly eradicator, Rhomania would be looking at something like 150-180+ million people in just core Rhomania. But B444 has already hinted that the world is going to have something similar to what hit France in the 1800s to a degree and be a lot...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    So B444 is correct that even if Rhomania is doing really well and the peace bonus does its magic to make the core territory, and this includes North Mesopotamia and Syria-Palestine, supporting a population of 50 million by 1914, which would be a ~33% increase over the OTL population of the area...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Hell in 1800 the Ottomans had between 25 and 32 million though with the losses during the 1800's, particularly the Balkans and Egypt, it drastically shrunk territorially by two thirds yet still ruled a population of 18.5 million in 1914, and that was with undercounting minority populations. You...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    I agree, while I doubt it would have the demographic heft of 1913 of Germany, much less Russia or the US, the Rhoman Empire is unlikely to be beset by the non-Little Ice Age rolling disasters that afflicted the Ottomans during the 18th and 19th centuries that hammered its demographics, which...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    I mean, it is also a very real kind of faction that would pop up, especially in a nation with a burgeoning literate class that didn't decide to overextend but has many who think it should have gone farther, the fact it would open up opportunities for personal gain is just a coincidence, surely...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Sorry, I should have been clearer. Pomerania is still the same. But on Frame's map the dark blue nation on the southern Baltic coast next to the Russian kingdoms and Poland does not join Russia. It is the independent nation of Prussia, which will no doubt cause future history and geography...
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