The HRE and the UKs are still bigger than the Romans, in population and material resources. The Romans are just better able to harness and utilise theirs. Once Latin institutions catch up, they'll easily out match anyone in Europe, save for a reunited Russia.
We're in the era of the Cuirassiers now, plenty of opportunity for heavy cavalry charges.I won't lie, there is still a soft spot in my heart for KATAPHRAKTOI, READY KONTOI! I really want to see some more of that, or its equivalent.
I need me some heavy-armoured cavalry bois firing carbines and smashing some Germans. Time to remind them of the sheer terror of the Kataphraktoi!
On account of inventing modern banking practises?
Sure those are modern banking practices, but in times of crisis it might still cause huge problems during bank runs, as has happened numerous times throughout history. And they probably will be lacking some crucial elements of modern banking practices designed to avoid those bank runs, such as deposit insurance.
Why is the Empire constantly plagued by these self-serving asshats? The state is fighting an existential war on 2 fronts, and the guy is trying his hardest to get the Empire's closest allies to start shooting at the Empire.
Curtain Jerker: I’m justifying it by there being a larger ‘European’ cultural sphere ITTL than OTL. Rhomania (replacing the OTL Ottomans) and Russia are fully integrated into this ‘European’ culture, which also includes Georgia, TTL Ottomans, and even Ethiopia at this point. So there’s a larger group of people able to exchange ideas between themselves, which speeds up innovation and the spread of ideas. Plus it’s cumulative. I believe I had snaphances (a predecessor to flintlocks) show up around the same time in ITTL as they did IOTL. But there was a quicker jump to flintlocks than OTL and faster development of them also.
Wolttaire: A lot of really good points were made that I will probably use in some form or another, but I do have my own ideas too
Are the despotates also organized in this style with their own little mini kephalates?However the Megas Logothete is also his own department head, so to speak, as all of the 171 Kephales of the Imperial heartland plus the eastern Katepanoi report to him. While the Katepanoi in the east have Kephales subordinate to them and so act as an intermediate authority there, the heartland Kephalates all answer directly to the Megas Logothete with no interim supervisor.
DEMETRIOPOLIS, ARES - Elonas Muskarias announces the next step in his ambitious plan to send the first humans to the Alpha Kéntavros system, in a press conference from AstroX headquarters on the Red Planet.I haven’t decided yet the details, but I am planning on having TTL 2018 Earth being both less populous but also more advanced than OTL. I have a vison of the first Roman unmanned space probe entering the Alpha Centauri system in 2018 I want to make happen.