Surely Russia will be an interesting place to see develop so much differently than OTL. Thanks as always
Borgia/Sforza: "This is anti-Italian discrimination!"Andreas Niketas having to deal with the likes of Cesare Borgia and Caterina Sforza.
That said, sometimes it is amusing for me to imagine how TTL would interact with OTL. Picture Andreas Niketas having to deal with the likes of Cesare Borgia and Caterina Sforza.
The swords of Andreas Angelos and Leo Kalomeros later show up as unlockable weapons for TTL’s Edward Kenway.Great. Now I'm not going to be able to get the idea out of my head of Assassin's Creed Revelations in TTL being Ezio in Constantinople interacting with Andreas Niketas, Andreas Angelos, and the Spider Prince Nikephoros instead of the Ottomans.
Very likely that they would've been relegated to obscurity since they were crushed by the Mongols shortly after the POD and the Christianization of Egypt and the Levant means they're not going to last long.I'm really struggling to recall what happened to the Assassins ITTL. Considering their relationship with Shia Islam IOTL I have no idea what happened to them.
The roman already kinda Is federal state since Egypt, Sicily and the other despots have a quite high degree of autonomyHonestly, I genuinely hope that some of these ideas of federalism make their way into the Roman world and find traction. It seems (at least to me) a natural fit with the Exarchate system, to limit the issues the Empire would have in leading Egyptian or Sicilian, or even worse, colonial populations, while promoting a degree of unity and security, even if it never leads to democracy as we would recognize it beyond the most local level.
Yep. And even a confederation is usually bound by more fixed obligations (Rome and despots are aligned in a more "soft" way).Maybe a confederation of sorts, but it's definitely too loose of an association to be a federation.
Roman-Russian relationship could become an interesting focal point when the social revolution comes. I can see liberalism, socialism and other various ideologies taking root in Russia and changing it from within with the Romans watching from the sidelines taking notes on what to suppress and what to embrace.There will be political influence going on back and forth between Rhomania and Russia, although I strongly suspect the Russians will have more to teach the Romans then the other way around going forward. Having the Russian example before them will be significant in effect on the Roman psyche. "Wait, you can have republican institutions and not be psychopaths who think murder is an appropriate response to being forced to pay customs duties?"
Should be an interesting dynamic.