What if in Schoolhouse Imperial there's different kinds of schools based on countries like Rhomania or Persia? Easy way for a friendly rivalry to emerge between the neighboring schools.Rhomania and Persia being like step-siblings in a TV show (maybe something like "One Tree Hill" although I've only seen a smattering of episodes years ago so I can't say for sure) who bicker and pick on each other but close ranks when anyone outside the family tries to attack either one of them makes me smile.
Might be only a handful of guard regiments are with Odysseus. After all he went for a more surgical strike army that can effectively conquer without the need for massive logistics.Fantastic update. I know all will be revealed in good time, but I can't help but wonder what Iskander's plans are. He obviously doesn't have enough troops to vie for the throne just yet and striking east on his own to try to gather more support seems like a great way to get killed quickly. I doubt non-captive audiences will be as receptive to his speeches at the moment. I would suppose his new army will move alongside Odysseus's waiting for an opportunity for another pitched battle with Ibrahim. It would be hard to have them function as a surprise in that battle since it seems like the garrison in Mosul was given the choice to defect to him, so the secret if it ever was one is out.
I imagine that the Romans will continue their advance up until the line that they have designated as their ideal border then turning east. Whether they can coordinate with the Georgians in territory designated as Persian in the imagined post-war world will depend entirely on how much diplomatic framework has been laid there. In a forum that loves to paint maps it's hard to conceive of a country that would agree to being completely closed in by stable borders, but the Gegorgians can't reasonably hope to conquer all of Persia and guaranteed peace at the expense of grandiose ambitions doesn't sound like too bad a deal.
On a separate note, what's the deal with the guard tagmas at the moment? If I recall they weren't attached to either the eastern or western army directly and had reached a pretty good size by the end of the last war. Are they participating in this campaign?
He has the advantage that the only people in Rhomania that he needs to keep happy at the moment is Odysseus and the army. He's close friends with Odysseus and has been with the army most of his adult life. They are of one purpose and are very much realists and working towards the end goal of two strong, stable states, with fixed borders. Short of backstabbing the Romans, and trying to reverse all losses in this conflict Iskander has the leeway to grant pretty much anything he needs to with regards to the Persian nobility and Persian and Mesopotamian populace.The battle for Persia is where we are really gonna see Iskandar shine. He's gonna have to walk that tightrope between keeping Rhomania happy and winning back the Ottoman nobility, only a master diplomat could pull that off but Iskandar is one smart cookie
Well that answers that question from God-only-knows how many updates ago....and it is this psychopathy that manifests itself most clearly here that is often the reason the conflict is named the War of Wrath
And lost morale is even harder to replace than lost equipment.
Most likely Ibrahim will try this as the combined army attempts to cross the Zagros Mountains. This is what the Zagros Mountains look like from space:Not an expert in Persian geography - is there a way Ibrahim can funnel the Roman/Iskander army and slowly whittle it down via raids or ambuscades or does he have to pick a spot and fight a pitched battle once and for all?