I forgot ducks, which go hand in had with aquaponics, and rice paddies. They are one of the best defences against slugs and snails, as well as water weeds and pests.
Re: the possibility of Maori unification, OTL after British colonization started up there was the Maori King movement (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Māori_King_Movement), which sought to establish a single monarch. OTL the British were concerned by this and worked to put the movement down, and not all the Maori recognized the king, but to this day there is still technically a Maori king of Aotearoa. If Rhoman colonizers were to support rather than work against a TTL equivalent to this movement, I could see it succeeding and establishing a Maori Despot.The Maori are still enjoying their splendid isolation. The Wu were focused on the lands from which they came. Not really sure yet what I want to happen when contact is made. I like the idea of a Maori Despotate (so they get to keep the land), but the Romans would insist on dealing with one Maori Lord for the sake of simplicity. I’m not sure how feasible that is. Or a Maori Kingdom like the OTL Kingdom of Hawaii that is perhaps a satellite of Rhomania like Vlachia but still independent. But that’d require a Kamehameha-like figure to unify the area and I’m not sure about the plausibility.
I remember during the Time of Troubles, Andreas Angelos visited Tieh China on a trade mission. He preferred the Wu so I think Tieh China was the same as OTL Ming when it came to trade and I doubt the Zheng will be any better.Since the Wu were mentioned, how are the other Chinese states doing? Are they keeping parity with the Europeans? Are they more open for trade than the Chinese were IOTL?
I agree, even two Iskanders won’t be enough for the Ottomans to beat the Roman juggernaut (+Georgians and Allies) gearing up to roll through Mesopotamia.Let's see the final showdown with the Ottomans soon! I want that moment for the Romans to contemplate how their great enemy has fallen. And then strike the deathblow!
What about an idea for the Army Corps? Will the Romans develop it first or will someone else?@Praetor98: The theme system, especially since the soldiers all got converted into solely cash-paid rather than land & coin-paid, has been moving towards a division structure. The war will move that process forward since many of the tagmata were expanded substantially during the war based on their theme’s capabilities. The result was tagmata varying widely in size with some such as the Thrakesian (close to 40,000 by itself) being unwieldly large. There will definitely be some redrawing of the theme borders soon to make the resulting tagmata more even and not so ridiculously large.
It will be glorious.I agree, even two Iskanders won’t be enough for the Ottomans to beat the Roman juggernaut (+Georgians and Allies) gearing up to roll through Mesopotamia.
Now with these departments to keep intel flowing, it won't be long till Rhomania sees a need to develop their own special forces from the army or elsewhere to enforce the Emperor's will in peace and at war, conducting special warfare (in the vein of Delta Force and British Commandos)Demetrios delineates the responsibility of the four ‘security departments’.
The last map for the thematic reorganizations didn't include this territory so does Naissus and OTL Kosovo & Serbia fall under the Macedonian or Bulgarian Themes? Perhaps a new one of its own including the Belgrade garrison is in the works?Naissus is a Roman border town with Serbia. If you drew a line connecting Pristina to Nis and then kept it going until you hit the modern Serbian-Bulgarian border