Yeah Australia isn't gonna be colonized for a while although it would be interesting if the Lotharingians were able to establish a foothold there at some point
Also, Theodor is alive?! I thought he kicked the bucket once he went mad in the streets of Apulia or something like that. Ottokar might have to deal with him if he ever wants full control over the HRE.
What if Vlachia falls under personal union with Rome?
Looking back on previous posts, it seems that the Roman Empire hasn't adopted a lot of the Terranovan crops as late as 1587, as shown from this previous post from way back:
While it's the 1630s and decades have passed, I doubt they could've adopted crops such as maize and potatoes this quickly since it took OTL Europeans centuries before they became staples (My mistake to assume that Vlachia even grew maize at this point). This does mean that food security and agricultural output is lower than what could theoretically be possible contemporaneously. Perhaps the current depression and the collapse of Vlachian serfdom could be the catalyst towards further agricultural development and the adoption of potatoes or maize as staple crops in the Empire? (They might've adopted them already or it could be averted, so who knows what will happen...)
Question: Is this the same Henri as Arthurs son Henry still?
I don't expect Theodor to survive for much longer, especially if Ottokar finds out about his existence and needs him killed to secure further legitimacy as the Emperor. Alternatively, it would be interesting if Henri or even D3 discovers him. Even an insane vegetable can potentially be a dangerous tool at the hands of these men or at least a sick form of entertainment (Theodor being found by D3 would be a pretty bad ending for him, as I'm sure that he'll end up being a Crassus or a Valerian).Still alive, with bouts of sanity in between periods of insanity.
The fact that the Wu are mostly located in New South Wales / Victoria is practically the worst case scenario for every European colonist that's trying to set up shop in Australia. It's the region that has the most agricultural value on the continent for growing cities (And the climate is good for the cultivation of both rice and wheat) and it's populated by hordes of people that mostly resistant/immune to Old World diseases and capable of running cavalry or even gunpowder due to trade with Nusantara or by utilizing stolen European weapons.The Wu first set up shop at Nan (OTL Darwin) but relocated to Xi Wang (OTL Sydney); I didn’t think a location in northern Australia was at all viable. Nan remained as the Wu’s window to the outside world until the collapse. The Wu that remain are in the Xi Wang area.
I don't expect Theodor to survive for much longer, especially if Ottokar finds out about his existence and needs him killed to secure further legitimacy as the Emperor. Alternatively, it would be interesting if Henri or even D3 discovers him. Even an insane vegetable can potentially be a dangerous tool at the hands of these men or at least a sick form of entertainment (Theodor being found by D3 would be a pretty bad ending for him, as I'm sure that he'll end up being a Crassus or a Valerian).
It's also possible that he just keels over and dies, which is probably the likeliest outcome. An undignified death for the man that desired the entire world.
The fact that the Wu are mostly located in New South Wales / Victoria is practically the worst case scenario for every European colonist that's trying to set up shop in Australia. It's the region that has the most agricultural value on the continent for growing cities (And the climate is good for the cultivation of both rice and wheat) and it's populated by hordes of people that mostly resistant/immune to Old World diseases and capable of running cavalry or even gunpowder due to trade with Nusantara or by utilizing stolen European weapons.
When the British made landfall in NSW/Victoria, disease had practically made the region barren and empty since it killed most of the native population. Here, resistance would be fierce and brutal once hostilities between the Wu/Aboriginals and the Europeans begin. It'd sour any imperialist ambitions on the continent pretty quick once they find out a Wu warlord or confederacy massacred entire settlements within a short time frame.
It probably lends more credence to an independent native Australia at least until the Industrial Revolution comes around, which could tip the balance towards the Europeans, although political reasons or perceptions towards Australia being a hellhole might still prevent the Europeans from making the first step towards outright settlement.
Also, I thought that the Wu had merged with the native Aboriginals already (at least around Northern Australia and NSW/Victoria), which is why I assumed that the Aboriginals would mostly be a farming society with the exception of the desert tribes. Seems like they remain mostly separated (although some interbreeding might still occur), and the trends are reversed, as a Wu dominated Australia is likely within a century or two with the majority of Aboriginals being absorbed into this new ethnic group, which is kinda sad.
Regardless, the Wu's negative impact on Australia thanks to the spread of Old World agriculture is as destructive as I expected. The result of this is how Australia will look to Europeans once they reach further inland. In OTL, the British colonists saw pristine plains and forests thanks to the work of the Aboriginals that carefully modified the entire continent for their use. With the Wu, I could expect the Australian wilderness to be a lot more wild and overgrown with the decline of the Aboriginal population, perhaps even more dangerous than OTL. Not a good sight for any European colonist.
Henri, meet the meat grinder you just stuck your hand in.I suspect the weird buffer zone that current marks the simmering front line of the Triune-HRE war is going to see a sudden influx of heavily armed peasants with their lords dispossessed by Triune arms and pleading with Ottokar to restore them to their lands.
I could see that as a possibility, with anthropologists seeing Australia as a model for how agriculture developed in Europe and the Middle East (Agriculture spreads throughout the continent, displacing and assimilating vulnerable hunter-gatherer societies, with the end result being a highly structured central state as villages or towns are united by a stronger state). Roman historians would also notice the Wu being fairly similar to the Japonic Yayoi peoples and their migration to Japan, with the displacement of the "primitve" Jomon/Emishi/Ainu, leading up to the creation of the Yamato kingdom and the foundation of Japan.Don’t know what’s in store for Australia, but right now I am interested in the Wu expansion. The Wu are an island of agricultural villages in a sea of hunter-gatherers, so their expansion is a possible mirror of the prehistoric growth of agricultural communities, but taking place in a time when the process might be recorded in writing. Anthropologists interested in the period of time between the development of agriculture and the invention of writing would be extremely interested in this case study.
Mix in the ongoing climatological disaster of the Little Ice Age to everything you described here and you have a recipe for complete ruin that may take decades to recover from.The Raven's Rebellion is going to end up being extremely ugly. Imagine a three way war between the HRE, the Ravens, and the Triunes around the Rhineland happening after years of carnage at the hands of the Romans and the Triunes (The war with the Triunes is still happening so this just brings even more chaos into the mix). I can't help but think central Europe is just going to end up being an impoverished wasteland in a similar vein to the 30 Years' War if it is not already.
Yes, it affected everyone during the 17th century. As for Central Europe, The 30 Years' War was pretty horrible and the Little Ice Age pretty much exacerbated all of the misery and suffering that happened during the war thanks to poor harvests and bad living conditions, contributing to the chaos.Almost everyone will be affected by this little ice age isn't it?
Would be low-key hilarious if after decades of planning Henri finally takes the Rhineland only for it to be worth a fraction of what he thought due to the war and depopulation as you described. Of course, the English (and to a lesser extent Irish) would still be pissed off that he added the Rhineland to the Kingdom of France. So Henri would get all the aggravation from his English grandees/nationals without anywhere near the projected massive tax/trade revenue from the Rhineland to help offset said aggravation. Which...damn.I wouldn't be surprised if much of the Rhineland became severely depopulated thanks to the series of wars that happened between Romania, the HRE, and the Triunes alongside the Raven's Rebellion. Decades, or even centuries could pass before they could rebuild the destroyed infrastructure and the population rebounds back from this low point.