WI: Phocas stays in power?

Flavius Phocas(602-610) was one of the worst emperors Byzantium had. Taking advantage of pay disputes to seize power, he proceeded to brutally purge his opponents, mismanaged the army and bureaucracy, and triggered a 26-year long devastating war with the Sassanids, which of course he completely failed in managing, losing a huge portion of the empire. The Exarch of Africa, Heraclius, staged a rebellion, and usurped the throne, managing to turn back the Sassanids. However, a new threat would rise from the deserts of Arabia in the form of Islam. What if Phocas stayed in power and his generals defeated and killed Heraclius? Would he still be overthrown? Can the Sassanids successfully take Syria and Egypt? How would Islam be affected? How screwed are the Byzantines?
 
In defence of Phocas, the big losses took place under Heraclius' watch. By the time Phocas was overthrown, the Sassanids had taken Antioch and reached the Mediterranean Sea, but it was when Heraclius was Emperor that they conquered Syria, Egypt and Asia Minor.
 
In defence of Phocas, the big losses took place under Heraclius' watch. By the time Phocas was overthrown, the Sassanids had taken Antioch and reached the Mediterranean Sea, but it was when Heraclius was Emperor that they conquered Syria, Egypt and Asia Minor.
But it was Phocas that triggered the invasion in the first place. He also severely distrusted the aristocracy and brutally purged people who might have been competent commanders.
 
phocas by the time he was ousted in 610 , had lost armenia and Mesopotamia , he had lost the battle of dara of 605, the heraclians where not the only one who rebelled narces did so as well and killing him in such a brutal fashion dint help for one he killed the magester and the purges made it so that the heraclians rebelled , assuming for x reason the heraclius never takes power or rebel its likely another governor does so before being deposed the sassanids conquered mardin, eddesa,amida and some raided as far as bythnia
so sure there is a possibily that some one under phocas beats shabaraz in alt battle of Antioch but then again its unlikely
 
In defence of Phocas, the big losses took place under Heraclius' watch. By the time Phocas was overthrown, the Sassanids had taken Antioch and reached the Mediterranean Sea, but it was when Heraclius was Emperor that they conquered Syria, Egypt and Asia Minor.

Heraclius spent his energy on taking Egypt and starving out Constantinople. Had he done the right thing and focused on the Persians perhaps far less would have been lost.

He put his personal ambition over that of the Empire and only by a miracle was able to redeem his reign, if but for only a few years. Had the Turks not invaded the Sassanids and Shahrbaraz not played both sides we'd be cursing Heraclius in the same voice we do Phocas.

Not to mention that the sources on Phocas's brief reign come from the time of Heraclius and his dynasty. Despite the loss of territory the Heraclian dynasty held firm power. Not to mention that Heraclius (the Younger) came from a prestigious family. Phocas? He was just a common soldier, no wonder the upper classes held him in such disdain.
 
Heraclius spent his energy on taking Egypt and starving out Constantinople. Had he done the right thing and focused on the Persians perhaps far less would have been lost.

He put his personal ambition over that of the Empire and only by a miracle was able to redeem his reign, if but for only a few years. Had the Turks not invaded the Sassanids and Shahrbaraz not played both sides we'd be cursing Heraclius in the same voice we do Phocas.

Not to mention that the sources on Phocas's brief reign come from the time of Heraclius and his dynasty. Despite the loss of territory the Heraclian dynasty held firm power. Not to mention that Heraclius (the Younger) came from a prestigious family. Phocas? He was just a common soldier, no wonder the upper classes held him in such disdain.
the turks did little to turn the tide of the war tho it was more khosrow alianting shabaraz after the events of 622 to 626
 
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