Picture a scenario where RITE gets a cadet branch of the Imperial dynasty and becomes the new Eastern Roman Empire, with the ‘Byzantine heartland’ becoming a new Western Roman Empire, with the two cooperating like the classical versions combined with the Bourbon family compact.
That would honestly be the funniest fucking thing. Imagine an observer from OTL showing up in ITTL’s 2000.
“The Eastern Roman Empire is back?”
“Yeah, you want to visit? Tickets to Singapore are going pretty cheap right now.”
“Fucking Malaysia? Hold up…what happened to reclaiming Constantinople?”
“We did that in the 1280s. The Queen of Cities is the capital of the WESTERN Empire. The old heartland, you see. Now the Eastern Empire is the Heraklian Islands, Java, Malaysia, Borneo, Taprobane, Kiponissi, and Antarctica.”
“You took the frozen shithole of the planet and turned it into a theme?”
“No, silly! Antarctica is the big island with all the nasty spiders, snakes, suspiciously advanced Chinese tribesmen, and dropbears!”
“Oh my god, the memes came true. Australia here isn’t even real.”
“Neither is Finland! That’s a province of Muscovy!”
I think the way I will see this is the Romans will have the demographics of 1913 France but will have administrative, industrial, financial qualities from the British, German and USA of 1913.
Sounds like a lean, mean, Latin-mulching machine. That kind of administrative power combined with needing to rule over fewer people…might work better than it looks at a glance. What happens when OTL Turkey, already a strong nation, gets fused to the least disgusting bits of the Balkans and the Levant? Something very cool. And perhaps a frighteningly strong player in a key geopolitical theater…if the Latins and Chinese want oil, they’ll HAVE to scrape and bow to the Omani/Roman accord first…an accord that ALREADY aligns its interests to the strongest power astride Malacca.
If our Istanbul is arguably better than our Paris (lovely cosmopolitan city on par with the French capital in food, tourist vistas, and non-American-ness…but Istanbul has no Parisians), this Constantinople will be leagues better than King’s Harbor—an equally wealthy and storied city, but one without the hassle of dealing with BOTH English and French!