Alexios was not a complete idiot, and knew that purging his own guard corps was *probably* a bad idea. That and regular pay increases kept the eleutheroi loyal.Why not kill him and get someone who can give you a pay rise like other Roman guard units?At least you don’t have to be afraid of getting killed randomly.
I'll work on this and try to get back to you tomorrow.hi. I really want to ask how extensive the Polynesian and incan exchange is as a lot could change if some technologies were spread to the Incans.
If I ever write a novel derived from this TL, it will probably focus on this period.I love all of this drama and backstabbing, it reads like something that could be perfectly adapted into a black comedy a la Death of Stalin.
Indeed. It honestly feels strange not writing a major civil war since what, 1466?Well, at the very least this latest round of Byzantine musical chairs were limited mostly to the court. No large, expansive and resource consuming civil wars!
The Trapezuntine army is severely reduced, yes, but their navy is in good condition as Ratetas effectively had/has the pick of the litter, per se. Given the fairly large distance between the Ottoman and Trapezuntine heartlands, naval warfar will play a large role in future conflict.Well those three didn't last long. Maybe this new regent will stick? Doubt it with all of the byzantine politics going on for the Romans.
I think Trebizond is even more incapable of taking advantage of the ongoing Second Ottoman Civil War since their leadership was gutted again and the army is in a state of confusion and disrepair. That only leaves the Karamanids to ravage and take the rest of Anatolia, which would be very bad news for the Komnenoi. Let's hope the Ottoman Sultan still has the teeth to fight back....or should I say Grand Vizier Ebulhayr Pasha, hehehehe.
Thank you.Wonderful maths !
Why yes, yes there is.Is there a Francisus Scaramanga in the Trapezuntine future?
My question is, will we be seeing neighboring powers and ethnicities see this and make a play to win independence and/or expansion at Ottoman expense?Did the Grand Viziers actually make the mistake of culling the imperial house?They should have let more princes live so that they could use them against unruly sultans.
They have hearths?!?!Today's update will be a bit shorter, because I got assigned an essay due on Monday, even though I already wrote two fucking essays this week and we aren't even covering anything new, but no, the school can't have any of their students have one fucking regular weekend or their shriveled-up hearts would stop.
BTW, out of sheer curiosity, what type of school are you going to?Today's update will be a bit shorter, because I got assigned an essay due on Monday, even though I already wrote two fucking essays this week and we aren't even covering anything new, but no, the school can't have any of their students have one fucking regular weekend or their shriveled-up hearts would stop.
I actually had that in an earlier draft but decided to can it.Looks like the Trapezuntine Empire is gonna get involved with Pasa side pretty quickly. Maybe he might even cede territory to them t gain their support
No, there are still a few dynasts kicking around out there.Did the Grand Viziers actually make the mistake of culling the imperial house?They should have let more princes live so that they could use them against unruly sultans.
As darthfanta said, this is the case.My question is, will we be seeing neighboring powers and ethnicities see this and make a play to win independence and/or expansion at Ottoman expense?
Good luck with the tests!
Understandable. Just focus on your test, and best of luck to you
Thank you all. I got an 85 on my Physics test and 96 on my Spanish, so I think I'll do alright. The Math one hasn't been graded yet, but I think I did well.Good luck!
You are entirely correct about stratgeic depth and the Karamanids, and the two states are on an effective collision course.Just binged this TL. Fine writing thus far (and good luck with the day's exams)!
It is highly likely that the Trapezuntines will be able to gain territory through intercession in the war, the questions are "where" and "how much." I have steep doubts about their ability to advance into former Optimatoi just yet, but they could easily move at least to the Filyos/Billaeus River with little issue. Then again, I may be underestimating the amount of Trapezuntine support by persecuted Anatolian Greeks, the strength of the divided Ottoman Empire, or in converse the weakness of the divided sultanate. Of course, if things really are bad enough, who knows how much of Anatolia the Komnenoi can overrun?
There is at least one aspect heavily limiting the realistic extent of Trapezuntine gains beyond the Black Sea coast, both in this war and into the foreseeable future: their aforementioned lack of strategic depth, which really hurts them the further they are from Pontus proper. Not only does having poor logistics across the central plateau from Trapezous hurt administering more loyal coastal pieces overland, but those regions are both full of Turkmen/Seljuks and necessary for the production of high quantities of decent cavalry.
Between the political and geopolitical realities of it, I think Trebizond will have to start cutting into the Karamanids before it can make serious gains even in western parts of inland Anatolia. No direct land borders to worry about, but government and logistics of those territories will be enforced solely by the (admittedly formidable) Komnenian navy, which is a pretty big lability.
Magnet school in the South. Won't say more than that.BTW, out of sheer curiosity, what type of school are you going to?
I'm going for a general "Crisis of the 16th Century" across Europe.Oh my.
This...was not what I was expecting. I had a slight suspicion the war would be more even than I thought, but wow. A decade long civil war followed by a century long crisis sounds damn near apocalyptic.