That charge directly into cannon fire reminds me of lord cardigan and the charge of the light brigade.
Seems like the Germans have generals who are both good and lucky, whilst the Romans are still suffering from mediocre talent with no luck at all. Weren't there reforms during the Eternal War that cleared out peacetime generals in favour of new blood due to their poor performances?
It's been decades atleast, I think.The Romans probably burned through several generations of great generals during the Time of Troubles, this current mob of mediocrity is their punishment. But it is interesting that Roman martial superiority has almost vanished since the start of Helena's reign (I understand everyone has caught up). When was the last time the Romans defeated an enemy when outnumbered? These battles were almost a dime a dozen during the reign of Andreas Niketas and even with Andreas Drakos.
Charge of the Light Brigade eat your heart out. Triune admin hooha can't be compared to Rhoman valor.
What will it take for Demetrios to personally lead his armies? And if the unlikely happens, how much is he going to inspire them?
When was Belgrade last annexed by Rhomaion again? AFAIR, the 1625 map showed it in Serbia's boundaries.
Babyrage: Vlachs are marshalling their forces and raiding along the Polish and Hungarian frontiers, but given the small numbers they can field (the Thrakesian theme alone has double the population of all of Vlachia) at this point they’re a sideshow. They’ll be more significant later on.
If I could speculate for a bit, I reckon this War will be split into several phases, just like the ToT. Two gigantic armies facing down each other in Thrace/Macedonia won't take too long. If this war is going to something like a World War (if it's still going along that path), the Germans have to be thrown out, which will expand the scope of the war as surrounding countries pounce.
I just don't think that the geography of the Roman Empire is conducive to a multi-nation conflict, especially as there's no civil war and the Ottomans aren't participating. Germany and Central Europe has proven time and time again (especially OTL) as the theatre of choice for destructive conflicts.
I think the phases of the war will be divided into when other countries decide to enter the conflict i.e Lombardy sides with the Germans and steamrolls Sicily, the Russians states pour into Poland, etc. I still think the Ottomans will get involved in the war eventually, probably with the Triunes bribing them into intervening. But if I had to guess that won't be until the final phase of the war after the Ottomans finish their invasion of northern India and even then I doubt they'd advance far into Roman territory with their main aim to snag a few border territories to shore up their position in Mesopotamia.
A common enemy will do the trick. Like a crazy Polish King hellbent on conversion Conversion by the Sword.How is Khazaria doing right now? Are they strong enough to even engage the Ottomans? That could be useful to at least divert somehow Ibrahim's focus (Sooner or later they will join the fray).
I wonder if this huge war may finally bring Russia back together. Cannot fathom how, though.
Weren't Ottomans completely pushed from India after Iskander?
There goes Lazar's legitimacy. That's great for the Romans, because it strengthens the argument that Durad is totally the one with the divine right to rule.But the optics of Drenovac are more important than the reality. Lazar, on hearing the news, capitulates to Theodor. Bosnia is to be ceded back to Hungary but Serbia proper is reduced to a Despotate, Lazar renouncing the Serbian crown and receiving the rank and insignia of a Roman Despot (identical in every detail to what Demetrios III would issue to his Despots) on his submission. The same can’t be said for his subjects. Serbians are to be conscripted into the Allied ranks, but their loyalty is questionable and four thousand slip across the border to present their arms to the Romans, including Lazar’s younger brother Durad.
What could these be? Who else is there for him to woo to his side?Before returning to Munich to oversee domestic affairs and some important negotiations over the winter, Emperor Theodor erects another monument to the Akoimetoi in the center of Drenovac, underneath which are lain the bodies of the fallen. On it is writ: