In 1618, a small Arletian expedition led by one Gaston Coligny accomplished this, sailing through the Magellan Strait (which is named for Coligny instead ITTL), meeting David III of Mexico in Cuzco just as he was conquering the Incas. David put Coligny up to sailing across the Pacific to get to China, which is how the trans-Pacific Pyrgos galleon trade route began. Thereafter Coligny, down to two ships, made it across the Pacific to Pyrgos, and thence to Arletian factories in India, and then presumably back to Arles itself.Has anyone completed a circumnavigation of the globe yet?
This is one of the reasons I love this timeline. The fanbase can be so incredibly attentive and knowledgeable.In 1618, a small Arletian expedition led by one Gaston Coligny accomplished this, sailing through the Magellan Strait (which is named for Coligny instead ITTL), meeting David III of Mexico in Cuzco just as he was conquering the Incas. David put Coligny up to sailing across the Pacific to get to China, which is how the trans-Pacific Pyrgos galleon trade route began. Thereafter Coligny, down to two ships, made it across the Pacific to Pyrgos, and thence to Arletian factories in India, and then presumably back to Arles itself.
I wonder if the Rhomanian government is considering a Suez Canal.
So, in the future, the elites of the West may claim "descent" or rather inspiration from the classical Rome, while at the same time the byzantines have their continuity kinda acnkowledged or rather, ignored in the "yeah, ok, whatever" sense. That is a good compromise indeed for the psyche of both sides. And of course it also can be used for a future cultural divide between the more christian ERE and the more classical influenced West.
This was a very cozy update, we haven't had a good White Palace breather in a while. The Mexican delegation introducing new crops reminds me, and apologies if this has already been addressed, but is cacao grown anywhere in the Old World yet? I remember it and chocolate more generally being mentioned in previous updates, but I think only in the context of imports from Mesoamerica. I know the climactic conditions are pretty specific, so I wouldn't expect it widely cultivated outside of places like West Africa, but I could imagine it being planted in Rhomania-in-the-East as it's grown in Indonesia today.
Speaking of that delegation, I also rather appreciated the odd little story around chihuahuas; a close friend of mine has one, and as much as I respect and appreciate him there have been a few times where I would have felt no remorse taking a polearm to the little gremlin. Too bad for the Mexicans ITTL they didn't bring a few xolo dogs with them instead.
Poor Alexandros Drakos going out with a little whimper.
Definitely agree Demetrios is being set up for great things outside of Constantinople. Perhaps he goes Wast with Leo Kalomeros as his right hand man? He should be old enough for high command by then.
Of course is all vanity. Just like China calling herself the "Middle Empire" or a ruler calling himself representative of Christ or something.
But what have western action to do with another nation calling Byzantium, Rome? That not only has little meaning to do if they are not influenced by rhomans but is also pesky .
Moreover, by this time and for quite a few time, it's the rhomans who are doing the colonial atrocities, not the Latins, by that logic everyone in the est with problems with the rhomans (and there are a lot) will call them Greeks.
If news of this comes out, the next latin invasion will be led by a horde of chihuahua. What will the Romans do to counter this?
Funnily enough, I love what that "long thicc dangling Syria" looks like. A Rhomania with just Anatolia and without some dangly bit to the south (whether just the coast or the whole of Syria) feels... incomplete, somehow.
I can already imagine all the misanthrope characters in Roman literature keeping chihuahuas just for this symbolism, with non-Roman readers left scratching their heads as to why.
Oh hey, they aren't immediately murderized!
However, the tension between an Orthodox ruler of a near-uniformly Muslim land isn't just going to go away. Might Alexandros or one of his successors consider converting to Islam, or would the White Palace veto such a move?
Also, a mostly-mercenary army doesn't sound too good, but... 'Lexy can't really raise native troops and create a copy of the Roman tagma system unless he can somehow ingratiate himself to them. His mother and his wife have both been key, but he needs more if he wants to be more than a puppet king of a realm that doesn't like him. Hmm... what options does he have? Considering the state of Mesopotamia and that he has to pay for a mercenary army, he's probably short on cash, and the Romans don't exactly have much money to give him. I can't really think of much right now.
Sad that Demetrios didn't get to see the Compendium, and that most people just ignored it. It's literally an exhaustive encyclopedia of an exotic land! >:c
Younger Demetrios doin' some foreshadowin' right there. Romania-in-the-East? Or some new land?
Chihuahuas are indeed annoying little f******, my neighbour who got fed up with their Chihuahua, actually used a sock to cover the non-stop screaming over all who passed their house. I can't help but laugh when I heard the whimper of a bark from those annoying twats.Chihuahuas: So the reason for that whole bit is it’s an expression of my frustration of having to deal with the bad behavior of people’s dogs while out on walks. I’m on public footpaths, minding my own business, and these dogs come charging out of nowhere and making like they’re going to attack until I bellow really angrily at them repeatedly until they back off. It’s really annoying. My “favorite” is the dog that ran across the street right in front of cars to charge at me; if those cars hadn’t slammed on the brakes it would’ve gotten run over and if those cars had had any vehicles following them there easily could’ve been an accident. (And these are aggressive charges, not ‘hi, new friend, want to play?’ approaches. I’ve had some of those, especially that adorable golden retriever puppy, but not nearly as many.)
As for the focus here on Chihuahuas, well, most of the time the gratuitous unprovoked aggression seems to be because of the personality of the dogs, rather than breed. Except for Chihuahuas. I’ve never encountered one that did not engage in gratuitous unprovoked aggression, including one that attacked me from behind. I’m not scared of them, but I’m sick and tired of the little shits and their unprovoked shittiness.
I might be reading too much into this, but you're probably right. Demetrios going towards RITE or India as an adventurer or even an Exarch seems like a pretty fair assessment.Never once been a deli with fried rice myself. Unless you're making some sort of Delhi pun.
This is so unbelievably petty that I have no choice but to love it.So the reason for that whole bit is it’s an expression of my frustration of having to deal with the bad behavior of people’s dogs while out on walks.
And so it seems Philip Sigismund is the only real choice, despite it being clear he is in collusion with Henri II. The retreat at Wiehl could’ve been a mistake, but the Duke removes all doubt when he publicly negotiates with Henri to arrange safe passage for himself and the electors to hold the election in Mainz. That will give the decision they make more legitimacy.
I actually think the idea of a early unified Germany could be a more realistic possibility due to the rise of Hungary, the loss of the Rhineland/Lotharingia, and the unifying factor of a shared hatred towards the Triunes and the Romans. With the HRE left as the core German states, it would theoretically be easier for an Emperor to slowly accrue power and centralize the HRE into a more effective state, though we'll see if that actually happens once Philip Augustus is dead.And there goes the concept of Germany.