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  1. SlyDessertFox

    Last Light of Gaul: the Domain of Soissons endures

    I don't really want to derail this timeline with a debate on the Gallic Empire, but calling it a stable realm with any serious legitimacy is generous. The usurpers in Gaul survived because the emperors had no ability to deal with them, not because they had any real legitimacy. Each time...
  2. SlyDessertFox

    Last Light of Gaul: the Domain of Soissons endures

    That assumes they declare themselves emperors, which I doubt, particularly lacking any legitimation of the move from the eastern roman court.
  3. SlyDessertFox

    Last Light of Gaul: the Domain of Soissons endures

    Agree with all this. I could also imagine that the ERE might be interested in utilizing the Gallo Romans to invade Gothic Italy for them, or perhaps with their help, rather than taking on the endeavor entirely on their own.
  4. SlyDessertFox

    Would Rome always be the capital of a united Italy?

    Winning the social war for almost all of the socii meant getting Roman citizenship. When the Romans offered it, most of them stopped fighting. They renamed Corfinium Italica, yes.
  5. SlyDessertFox

    Last Light of Gaul: the Domain of Soissons endures

    I think there's just enough there to believe it was at least a player in the region-Gregory of Tours' claim that Aegidius briefly ruled over the Franks is certainly not true, but it reasons that if Gregory could believe it was the case that his domain was at least capable of standing on a...
  6. SlyDessertFox

    Would Rome always be the capital of a united Italy?

    Yes, unless you can somehow keep it outside of a United Italy, but I'm not sure how you accomplish that for very long.
  7. SlyDessertFox

    WI: Pompey dies at Lauron?

    Perhaps the Senate sends a full consular army there to reinforce Metellus, or perhaps the war starts turning against Sertorius after 76 BCE anyway as it was doing IOTL. Metellus is not as gifted a commander as Pompey, so it may take a bit longer for Sertorius to get worn down to a point where he...
  8. SlyDessertFox

    no roman empire does the roman republic last?

    Right but it was still a republic in the pre-modern sense that in a republic a government's power and legitimacy resided with the people. The legitimacy of the government still rested with the people (or, particuarly in the case of the third century crisis and briefly into late antiquity, with...
  9. SlyDessertFox

    no roman empire does the roman republic last?

    Only to our modern conception of what a republic is. Defining a Republic as "absense of a monarch" is a very recent thing (I can go into more detail later, but I'm busy right now).
  10. SlyDessertFox

    Diocletian returns to power in 308 AD

    No, but he wanted to come back and if Diocletian comes back he's not exactly in any position to deny Maximian's own machinations to come back.
  11. SlyDessertFox

    no roman empire does the roman republic last?

    The republic was always changing in the late republican era, with various reforms being enacted. There was no real "optimate" faction in control opposed to reformation, there did emerge an anti-triumvirate faction but that's really the only coherent ideological faction you can describe in Roman...
  12. SlyDessertFox

    no roman empire does the roman republic last?

    In the immediate aftermath, you probably see something similar to what happened after Sulla died, which is a period of a bit of weird "well what do we do now" sentiment that was already happening, followed by a gradual return to traditional late republican politics. Nothing is really inevitable...
  13. SlyDessertFox

    TL Planning: Aurelian TL

    Yeah I'll second this. Feudalism (to the extent that it was a thing) is not inevitable and it's definitely not an inevitability in the Roman Empire.
  14. SlyDessertFox

    TL Planning: Aurelian TL

    Out of curiosity @FLAYvian1310 have you read the Byzantine Republic by Anthony Kaldellis? A lot of it's conclusions I think have some interesting implications for the Roman Empire, particularly in this transitional period into late antiquity. I myself have been tinkering with the idea of a...
  15. SlyDessertFox

    How would you make the Pretorian Guard discipline and not corrupt?

    Or at the very least keep their barracks small and separated, and outside city grounds. Two separate prefects works too.
  16. SlyDessertFox

    TL Planning: Aurelian TL

    And yet, Aurelian was already in the final stages of preparations to invade the Persian Empire, and the Romans had a serious interest in doing so until Carus went as far as sacking Ctesiphon, and was planning to go further before his sudden death in 283. It stands to reason that Aurelian could...
  17. SlyDessertFox

    TL Planning: Aurelian TL

    Invading Gothic Dacia is going to be very costly and very time consuming for little benefit that a status quo that sees the Goths pliant doesn't already have. Furthermore, Aurelian is going to get his foreign victory anyway, against the Persians.
  18. SlyDessertFox

    Valens Commits Suicide

    We are only a year or two removed from Valentinian elevating Gratian to co-Augustus anyway, so I have no doubt that Valentinian would do so immediately-the usurpation of Valens would provide a similar catalyst to do so that the Great Conspiracy in Britian did in 367. However, Valentinian is in...
  19. SlyDessertFox

    TL Planning: Aurelian TL

    It's not difficult to have Aurelian not die. The conspiracy that had him killed was so absurd on its face, and based on a premise that would have fallen apart with even the slightest inquiry, that it would be easy to avoid. Without that, he will go to war with Bahram I, who would prevent a weak...
  20. SlyDessertFox

    AHC: have Carthage survive a century longer than it did historically

    I think you could still get Carthage to last a bit while longer as a Roman client state. Even in 149 there was a not-insignificant powerblock that was opposed to war with Rome. Really, you just need Masinissa to die earlier. He kind of screwed up-drawing Rome into a firm, direct presence in...
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