B444 has New Zealand been discovered in TTL? Besides this, I know that it is long shot, but is there any chance we will see a Roman Darwin-like person reaching the Galapagos Islands?
I think Ceylon is Roman Taprobane.Roman Australia sounds like an awesome idea, admittedly more in later days, it could be a damn important trade partner by the modern day.
But at this moment? The Romans do have population issues, so colonisation could be difficult, but having something like the Roman Sea Lords, or a combination of various "Roman" peoples settling could be a huge boon for the Romans Eastern possessions. Nearly impossible for Europeans (Triunes) to attack atm, at the other end of Roman trade lines - it would ensure that the Romans have a presence in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Considering the collapse of the Wu, I could see it being a plantation colony, especially where sugar is growable. Add in the sheer amount of food that could be grown, you could twist OTL. Have Rhomania Proper set it up as a criminal-settlement. Not a Penal colony where everyone is being punished, but being given the chance to go out to Australia to settle.
Alternatively - If the Romans have a shortage of land to pay their soldiers, retired-settler colonies where you get MUCH more land than in Rhomania proper could form the beginning of a Roman Australia. (Plus, it could be an interesting sale)
Although, crucial question - who owns Ceylon? That could be key.
Gah, any chance of a new map of the East?
And thus, Australia begins.
It's how all my Rhoman EUIV games progress lol.
Real talk though, I wonder what my favourite emperor (Theodosius IV) would think of our Nano-Niketas. Economically, Andreas doesn't seem to show much flair. I wonder how much interest he has in the Far-East. Theo4 would have been beside himself with the opportunity to make the money that is coming from there. I almost feel the Rhomans are squandering it a bit, bigger fish to fry I suppose.
Why get Australia when you can own all the Spice Islands, Philippines, Malaysia, Ceylon, and Indonesia? Just create a massive Trade flow and steer it all into Constantinople. When the Rhoman Center of Trade has more trade than the next half a dozen Centers of Trade combined you know that the Empire is the bomb.
Some figures would be interesting. I imagine with the Wu making Singapore a big deal, that the Rhomanion-in-the-East might begin to coalesce around it. Singapore, and a few other locations as major defensive spots, and Rhomanion-in-the-East might be OTLs Indonesia. (Eventually). Do they control Sangiang/Cilegon? Because they'd basically control trade to the west that doesn't go the long way round.
OTL Australia's subpurpose as a penal colony is still possible. But I agree that there is a lack of economic incentive in the early 17th century to keep it afloat. Perhaps in many decades, the new Roman Wu trade, flush with commercial success and a new identity, encourages and helps the Rhomans to reclaim their homeland which with new innovative agricultural techniques (especially considering the untouched Western Australia) and a steady influx of convicts from territories under integration like Mesopotamia, Maghreb and unruly Latins might just be enough.
That cultural melting pot though. Mesopotamian, N.African, Latin, Wu, Nan and Greek. That is either some crazy beautiful cultural merge, or ethnic warfare in the making.