Manuel losing the Egyptian war is an unfortunate setback but the Romans are miles ahead of where they were OTL regardless. It's been many decades of peace (no Turk raids!) in Anatolia so the Roman heartland should be booming economically. As far as I'm concerned the disasters of the Angeloi and...
Seriously hope Ody got some serious trade concessions in exchange of all those petty state's freedom from the Viceroyalty. Some preferred tariffs and maybe even trading quarters in the coastal cities will be a serious boon, and really cement Rhomania as the dominant Western power in Asia.
I reckon the Roman-Persians will probably their battles, but at a high cost. B444 did say Odysseus' reign will look glorious, as long as you don't look into the details.
But in any case, if they're able to destroy some Indian armies and sack some key cities, they may be able to recoup the vast...
Wonder if the thought of double crossing Odysseus has crossed Iskandar's mind. Presumably as the campaign carries on their joint army is more reliant of Persian troops (Roman reinforcements are probably almost impossible to supply).
Don't think it'll happen, but imagine if it does...
Also curious, what's in the note. Given Kadir's nature it must be a manipulation, but valid enough for David to take action.
Also, shouldn't the Qutlughids have relocated their capital? For an Empire that stretches to the Indus, Tabriz is a bit far.
Ibrahim must have lost around 100,000 men after taking in casualties from all the battles, also guessing that the units who would have fought until the end rather than defecting are veteran units from Iskander Snr and Ibrahim's campaigns.
It takes 4 decisive battles to finally defeat Ibrahim? He must be really tenacious.
I'm assuming these battles were all Eternal War era sized? So it's a complete reversal of his father's victories, rather than pick apart the Coalition armies, he gets outmaneuvered and destroyed.
It's becoming increasingly clear that Persia is screwed, does that mean states that have been recently subdued by Ibrahim or his father on the Northern and Eastern fringes will get ideas? Seems like a real good opportunity to break free.
Great stuff, a lesson in hubris and underestimating your enemies. Glad to see Trebizond come out with serious gains in exchange for their losses, they'll slowly turn the black sea into their personal lake.
What if Romanos dies never losing a single battle, but his madness results in so many fires spreading in the Empire that he's unable to stamp them all out.
Losing may teach him some humility, but if it's just his lieutenants being defeated it'll drive his madness even further.
Sounds like Manuel will be dealt a bad hand in the invasion (perhaps the Crusaders smash the Fatimid army and capture Cairo whilst the Romans are stuck reducing the coastal cities).
Perhaps in that case, he'll still be in a position to influence who gets what if the Romans can't take the Lion's...