Who controls Gibraltar i.t.t.l., the moors I think?
They have more important things to think about at the moment. Like killing each other.I suspect that the entire Kingdom of Lombardy will collectively shit their pants when they hear what happens at Thessaloniki. The news will probably reach them just as the two Lombard Dukes clash.
Interesting that their Eastern frontier has been stripped of troops. What will they do if D’Este decides to come back now that it’s a much easier target?
This. Demetrios is too pragmatic to pick the winner, he will let them pick one for him and whichever wins will be in his pocket, and terrified.The two sides will race to make peace with the Romans and make concessions to Demetrios in return for support in gaining the throne in Milan. It's clear none of them have any nationalistic aspirations or loyalty to "Italy"; they just want more dynastic prestige and power.
But to leave Lombardy in a even weaker state against everyone else. Too weak, and out come the wolves. The last thing the Accord want is a Despot in all but name, because Rhome isn't going to let anyone else have control of N. Italy. As I think of it, Lombardy could be the western, Catholic, Georgia. Best to have a grateful and capable North Italy to maintain the balance and have a bigger market for goods in friendlier ports. Really at heart the magnates in North Italy are mostly merchant based in their 'democracies', with the right treaty and economic deals, Lombardy could be how Rhome keeps it's western border properly secured. So the when the Ottomans clock is up, well let's just say D3 doesn't get the 'Forgotten' just because of his reign.Or he can prop up the loser, who will be much more grateful since he owes his position to D3.
A big impact already is the relatively lack of piracy. With the Roman East no source of piracy, and the sources of the Barbary pirates addressed/minimised by Carthage, Southern Italy sits at the heart of an economic powerhouse in the Med. It wouldn't surprise me if we discover Southern Italy begins to flourish with a number of Macedonian refugees travelling across to the now significantly secure southern part of Italy.The North in Italy is major in industrial strength i.o.t.l. With the backing of the Empire the south may be different.
I think a fracturing of Northern Italy is more likely. Tuscany, Genoa will split off and probably the loser is going to retain some other area. Rome and Umbria will probably be under the roman "umbrella". A big cantonization of the area could be possible.A couple ideas:
- I don't think D3 it's going to abdicate soon, I presume that he HAS PLANS for after the war. More likely Odyseus is crowned co-Emperor and D3 get out of the spotlight and little to little start to transfer reponsibilities to his son.
- With a more Roman Italy, what's going to happend with the City of Rome and the Papacy? If the plan is to get a more definitive status in the west, the Pope out of Rome is a problem, and the Pope need to feel secure in Rome.
- The Despotate of Italy is maybe going to get to strong. Maybe they can separate it in a despotate of Sicily and other of Italy.
That's very possible. It is also noted that he is drinking a great deal more than he probably should.Maybe we're all thinking too hard. Maybe D3 dies in office from bad health/stress. In 1632 B444 said "In two calendar years he [D3] was said to have aged ten" because the job of being Emperor took such a physical toll on the guy. I can't imagine the job has gotten easier or less stressful since then.