Luckily Demetrios didn't mention the cannibalism. People might question the contents of those sausages otherwise.
Can someone refresh my ailing memory on this apology in the early 15th century?
The Pope-in-Rome did do that yes. He only did it after the King of Aragon screwed over the Venetian reinforcement schedule via closing the Strait of Messina and threatening military action. Essentially no one outside the Pope and the Venetians liked the fact that an Empress got raped to death.I think there was also an "apology" by the Tenth Crusade-launching Pope for the Black Day. I know he fined Venice heavily - then turned around and used that money to hire Condottieri to fight Rome. Yes, the apology (if it even existed, I could be remembering wrong) was fake as all hell but it did exist.
Well they wouldn't have to go to war, just threaten sanctions or making things difficult. Besides this is similar to what China would say if for some reason Taiwan decided to be annexed to Japan or the US. Powerful nations can get away with a lot more than others. Another thing to point out is that the whole world would not be united in its backing, take modern Russia again, one could say the current actions in Ukraine are the same thing and while the majority of the West might have a similar view on it the rest of the world is a lot more varied in their reception. I am sure the current state(s) in the Maghreb and the Russian lands aren't going to be shedding tears over a lack of European unity, probably pile right on themselves.What right does modern Rhomania has to object to the formation of the EU? They may not like it but to use it as a pretext for a declaration of war would be a terrible move, condemned all over the world and paint them as a state mired in the past.
If your nation is strong enough it doesn't have to care so much what the rest of the world condemns. Especially with historical backing this bloody and assuming that Roman diplomats aren't incompetent, Rome could count on a lot of the world not being willing to go to war with a superpower to protect Western Europe's right to get together and form a European Union. Especially if they have any interest in keeping a new superpower from forming that could meddle in their own affairs. The real EU hasn't, but depending on how far TTL's EU would take things that is more than enough population and economic potential to be a dominant power.What right does modern Rhomania has to object to the formation of the EU? They may not like it but to use it as a pretext for a declaration of war would be a terrible move, condemned all over the world and paint them as a state mired in the past.
When the Hell did that happen? You people seem to remember the timeline in much greater detail than I.
TLDR on the post about Rhomania rejecting the EU proposal. "No, screw you, we've done too much horrible shit to each other for us to do this, besides you expect us to apologize for what we've done to you but we get no apology for what you've done to us? Piss off you cunts."