Who controls Gibraltar i.t.t.l., the moors I think?
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?
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.
Or he can prop up the loser, who will be much more grateful since he owes his position to D3.
The North in Italy is major in industrial strength i.o.t.l. With the backing of the Empire the south may be different.
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.