Honestly I would still thoroughly enjoy reading about the economic, diplomatic, scientific, theological, and cultural development of a Rome at peace for the next 5 decades.I guess it wouldn't leave us much of a story if the world finally wised up and decided it is best to leave the Romans alone would it?
Not to mention that just because Rhomania is at peace that doesn't mean the rest of the world is static. A Rhomania that is withdrawn from Europe and at peace/rebuilding simply means someone else/elses has to enter that power vacuum and that's an interesting story as well.Honestly I would still thoroughly enjoy reading about the economic, diplomatic, scientific, theological, and cultural development of a Rome at peace for the next 5 decades.
Or heck, best of both, lets see the Despotates shine, or the Exarchate in the East.Not to mention that just because Rhomania is at peace that doesn't mean the rest of the world is static. A Rhomania that is withdrawn from Europe and at peace/rebuilding simply means someone else/elses has to enter that power vacuum and that's an interesting story as well.
The Strategikon would have a brand new chapter on what to do with bad fighting infrastructure and how to improve it.Also, almost forgot about the promised naval campaign in the western Med. So they can't be fully quiet just yet. I'd love to see our favorite naval commander come up with a scheme to sacrifice the green ships in order to capture vessels from the Marinids.
"One must remember that the difference between a fleet commander and a privateer is simply who owns the ship. As a result, it doesn't hurt to learn from the tactics of the pirate or privateer - if you can use your wits and guile to replace your ship with your enemies more powerful ship, then do so. If it costs you your lesser ship, that is a tragedy, but if you've succeeded in an upgrade, it is unlikely that the owner of the old ship is going to complain when you replace it with one twice its size and cannon" - MeThe Strategikon would have a brand new chapter on what to do with bad fighting infrastructure and how to improve it.
A bloody and brutal conflict, but I suppose one that was a long time coming. The human loss at Baghdad is horrible, I wonder if the property damage is commensurate. I know there have been some vicious sacks in previous Roman-Persian wars, but I'm assuming there was still a large artistic and academic legacy within Baghdad at this point. Is loot from this campaign doing much to benefit the Roman treasury?
We'll see about the loyalty of Iskander's army, but I'm inclined to believe they'll stick with him as long as things don't start looking grim. If they felt conned/pressed into his service, they likely would have simply deserted during the long campaign through Mesopotamia, while Iskander was away from the bulk of his forces.
Seems like things have been fairly quiet on the Georgian front. I assume things as proceeding as planned there. Maybe some steep casualties, but no unexpected reversals. With Ibrahim struggling to keep putting together opposition to Odysseus I can't imagine any large counteroffensives in the north from him.
Well that answers that question from God-only-knows how many updates ago.
One of the things visibly seen in your writing as opposed to many, many other works of fiction is the effect of morale. In lots of fiction, morale is either ignored outright or simply buoyed up with a great speech from a king or general and not thought about again until after the battle is over. You've always been faithful to the fact that morale matters a great deal more than most fiction writers ever say it does which is very nice to see.
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?
Rhomaoi: Let's not forget about Venice and Constantinople.Let's not forget Venice and Rome.
Well yeah. Though once industry fully caught up in the later 19th Century, the French doctrine of "Elan!" didn't count for much against the Prussians.I’ve always been struck by Napoleon’s dictum about morale is to the material as three to one. When it comes to warfare I would assume he knows what he is talking about. And I think the general idea still holds true in the industrial era, not just the pre-industrial.
Strategically, it also offers them options about where to strike once spring arrives - they can swing southeast towards Isfahan or northeast towards Qom and Tehran. I didn't expect them to march this far north from Basra, but if the politics are favorable the politics are favorable.The duo’s first target is Khorramabad, for the reason that Suleiman Pasha is from the region and his relations are major figures there. Given the lack of legitimacy advantage of either Ibrahim or Iskandar vis-à-vis each other, personal connections will be of extreme importance in winning Persians to either side. In this case it pays off very well for Iskandar. Suleiman Pasha’s support wins over his family, who then suborns much of the local notables. Ibrahim’s loyalists, despairing of holding their position, flee, and Iskandar is able to march into the city with his troops without bloodshed.