If Henri is smart enough, he won't pursue the crown of the Holy Roman Empire.As I see it, if the title of HRE is not taken up, why wouldn't Henri not aim to be voted as such? Who's going to stop him? Not the Wittelsbach holdings, no male heir for them yet(if), the Czechs? Maybe, but that would take influencing the western german princes, who might be more keen to the status quo, so that the Triunes keep back. Hungry? No chance. Magyar will be a dirty word for a while in the mouths of Germans.
If Theodor simply becomes the "Lost Emperor", where he might truly have lost his mind and become the village panhandler in some hamlet on the Adriatic. His escort all falling by partisan or something, to where he one day stumbles from the woods, mumbling German, into a secluded fishing village where the war seemed to pass around. No one knows what the hell he is saying, and he looks worse than Jaime Lannister coming home. The village of 30 look after him with the local frier finding out his real identity on his deathbed.
No real decision maker knows what happens to him, really, the HRE as an entity could just die with him and then a new title arises. Theodor can keep on being the HRE, everybody else will just now be apart of this new Title. I almost feel like there would be a resistance to the idea of the Title of HRE within the German polities, look where it got them. A disastrous war with an enemy they were told would be a cakewalk, commercial subservience to the Triunes, and association with Polish fanatics, and a more influential Papacy/Templar element now in the government/economy, where every other court has been doing the opposite, and encouraging its middle class merchants. This New Empire of Whatever can just turn to everyone but Rhome and say all Treaties with Theodor are valid as well, to all of Theodors holdings, which just so happen to not be valid in Our Empire. Remember, it has been mostly Wittelsbach holdings fighting the WoRS, German states did send troops, but there is still enough resources with total war economy, to do some trouble, that they would have to win do or die. If the Triunes, I honestly would give it to the Germans, because while Henry may have N.France, he at heart is an naval power, and pound for pound, Germany as a whole, even discounting the Wittelsbach lands, can still match him plus there is everyone else around if he has intentions on Lotharingia. Germany isn't what open to being pulled apart, it's the Wittelsbach holdings that are if Elizabeth can't figure out how to make it all work, because that woman is wearing the pants in that relationship with her husband. Now that would be something, Elizabeth may have lost out on being Empress of Rome, but built her own Empire of the Germans.
Will the rest of the HRE want to let it be left on Theodor? I see the Czechs being okay with that, because there is an irate, and now confrontational Hungary, who may or maynot have an Austria now. As well as in Poland, Casimirs successor might look at the German lands as opportunity. It's in Czechias best interest I believe, for the greater German world to be united, with them as one of the top 3, if not the Emperor. Could Czech take on enough German influences culturally/linguistically to fall under the German umbrella with Rhinelander, and Saxon etc?
Because the core Roman state cannot really integrate large territories considering it has allies and vassals on almost all fronts. Only in the Levant does it no longer have a buffer, and that is where the next large Roman effort will come under Basileus Odysseus Sideros, after the truce is up.how come everyone seems to be getting expansion opportunities but the Romans? Everyone else gets expanded borders but rome the one who bore the brunt of the attack? Maybe i've missed something but it seems the romans aren't getting any extra land from this
And even that campaign won't bring huge territories, 'cause they're filled with muslims. Anything beyond Mosul is off-limits (and even Mosul itself could be a stretch).Because the core Roman state cannot really integrate large territories considering it has allies and vassals on almost all fronts. Only in the Levant does it no longer have a buffer, and that is where the next large Roman effort will come under Basileus Odysseus Sideros, after the truce is up.
None of that plays into D3's self-stated goal with this war though. He isn't trying to appear smarter he's trying to appear violent and dangerous, a bad target for future war. And this may have been a bad loss for the HRE but it was one D3's warped logic would probably think that the Latins would blame on Hungary, not on Rhoman combat power.Ah no, this is probably the worst destruction of a major army in Europe since Cannae. Sure kill them all, by the standards of the day, killing prisoners taken in combat with a ransom is a crime. Those who have no ransom, put them to work, killing them is a waste of resources. Drain the H.R.E. of gold, let them go back to their fate in the chaos upon them. You are not showing you are better than them, you are showing you are smarter.
I don't think anyone who knows the numbers involved would believe the Hungarians staying loyal would have won the battle here.None of that plays into D3's self-stated goal with this war though. He isn't trying to appear smarter he's trying to appear violent and dangerous, a bad target for future war. And this may have been a bad loss for the HRE but it was one D3's warped logic would probably think that the Latins would blame on Hungary, not on Rhoman combat power.