DBWI: The Franks settle elsewhere

During the twilight of the Western Roman Empire, many barbarian tribes started to settle into Roman territories. Among them, the Franks, who took residence in the northern Italian territories and formed the core of what would later become the Kingdom of Italy, which as of today is one of the oldest surviving European monarchies.

So, my question is: how would things change, had the Franks settled elsewhere? Gaul, maybe, or even Iberia?
 
Well Occtiania would be screwed, with only the southern half of Gaul if they were lucky. Especially since the Franks weren't exactly the best warriors in the flat lands of northern europe, meaning the Saxons that formed Germany would have a lot of Gaul
 
To go where? Gaul was entirely occupied by Visigoths. So was the Iberian Peninsula. Illyria by the Ostrogoths. Africa by the vandals. Italy south of the Po by Odoacre. There was nothing left to take.
Besides, all these Romano-Barbaric empires were extremely powerful, it would not have been easy to dislodge them.
 

Thomas1195

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Italy south of the Po by Odoacre
Maybe Italy south of Po. I mean, Emperor Germanus of the Eastern Roman Empire reconquered it in the 5th century by thorough wrecking the land. This destruction was extreme and only matched by the Visigoths' Harrying of the North in England 5 centuries later. The Franks could have taken advantage, but a succession crisis at the time enabled it to become a "Rhomanoi" land forever. Same could be said for the Ostrogoths, if they did not have to deal with the Lombards-Avars coalition. I mean, the regions of Aquileia and Italy south of Po became fully Eastern Roman in terms of institutions, language, culture... after that.

In fact, Rhomanoi Italy outlasted the Empire itself, and survives to the modern day, although as a republic with the capital in Nova Aquileia (OOC: Venice). It also shut the self-styled Frankish Kingdom of Italy (OOC: consisting of inland Northwest Italy and Switzerland) from the coast by taking back Liguria during the 8th century.
 
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Thomas1195

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However, the fact that the Kingdome of Italy is one of the only three monarchies left in Europe (the other two are Scandinavia and Gaul) while still managing to become a democracy by today is quite extraordinary, given the fact that all other kingdoms have been overthrown and became liberal democratic republics between the 16th and 19th century.

By the way, nobody can ignore the 800lb Gorilla that is the Greater Britannia Commonwealth. Becoming a republic after gaining independence from the Visigothic Kings during the 16th century, it only needed 2 centuries to become a superpower republic consisting of Britannia, Northern Acadia (OOC: Canada + Midwest + Northeast + West Coast) and Australasia.
 
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