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IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« on: September 20, 2008, 10:56:04 am »
IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM

The year is 2152 ab urbe condita. The Emperor of the Romans, Manuel Palaiologos, has held that glorious position for eight years, since the death of his father John V Palaiologos in 2144 AUE. His empire, though, is weak. The only lands where the flag of Constantinople flies are Thrace and the lower Peloponnesus, all other lands of the Greeks being under the oppressive Muslim rule of Sultan Bayezid I. His worries are assuaged only by the beautiful masterpieces of Petros Argyros, the greatest artist east of Rome and member of the imperial court. Action must yet be taken to ensure the survival of descendants of the Populusque Romanus.

An opportunity gleams on the horizon, for in the east, the Ottomans now clash with the Timurid Empire of Tamerlane. The opposition is great, and there is no doubt that much of the Turkish armies will be sent east to deal with the impending threat posed by the descendant of the Great Khan. A key moment in the fate of the Empire is at hand, and the great Imperator Manuel must make the decisions necessary to drive our name to the status it once held, captivating the civilized world.


What remains of our glorious empire.


Manuel II

Manuel II has seen the possibility of greatness and wasted no time in moving the empire towards this goal. He has pulled the disparate territories that identify themselves with Constantinople under a more centralized code of laws, reestablishing the standard set by Justinian so long ago. Indeed, he has even formed pacts with the other Orthodox nations of the near east in Europe; Wallachia, Serbia, and Montenegro now vow to sent soldiers charging into the Ottoman Empire should war arise. Manuel has even taken direct control of the armies of Constantinople, leading them with the military skill taught him by his tutors. His last domestic decision, of course, was to revitalize the trade that kept the imperial capital alive for so long, infusing the markets that connected the east and west with merchants to bring wealth to his coffers.


This is his first goal. It is obvious to such a wise emperor that the first step in recreating the Eastern Empire of old is to liberate the homelands of Greco-Roman culture, liberating the parts of Greece controlled by Archea, Venice, and the Ottoman Empire. The decision now falls upon the men of the court; where shall our armies march first in our compaign to retake the homelands? Shall we invade the Ottomans, watching them crunch under the combined weight of Timur, Byzantium, and the Slavs? Rather, shall we invade Archea, uniting the Peloponnesus under Roman rule once again?

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This game is generational. As the emperor dies, I will send the savegame to Gunner. He will then continue with the metagame until his emperor dies, in turn sending the savegame to me. This will allow for variation in the perspectives of the empire's leadership, while helping to ensure that neither one of us gets fatigued or is at a lack of changes to instute.

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2008, 10:57:49 am »
Achea, sir emperor.
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Screw Greece, attack the Turks!
« Last Edit: September 20, 2008, 11:00:44 am by Gunner »
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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2008, 10:58:48 am »
Doesn't Etiam mean also?

ETIAM, OTTOMANS!

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2008, 11:02:40 am »
Doesn't Etiam mean also?

Blame the translation matrix.

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2008, 12:17:17 pm »
Etiam! Ottomans!


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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2008, 01:19:20 pm »
"TENTATIO REGNUM OTTOMAN"


The Byzantine flag of battle.

Manuel II saw the opportunity, and he took it. The treacherous Ottomans who stole the Balkans from their rightful leaders would pay dearly. Within weeks, the size of the army of Constantinople had tripled, and the armies of the Slavic allies grew as well. The Ottoman armies, on the other hand, had moved into Anatolia, leaving their European holdings unguarded. This included their capital at Edirne. It would be a primary target early in the war. An even greater blessing had come now, for the Kingdom of Napoli in Italy has landed its soldiers in Albania, adding to the sum of pressures that will ensure the destruction of this horrid Turkish state.

February 25, 2153 AUE: War is declared.


The allies of the empire quickly honored their pact, sending floods of soldiers into the Ottoman Empire. Manuel II led an army west from Constantinople and laid siege to the capital at Edirne. Wallachia and Serbia quickly seized swaths of land in the far north, and Naples took control of the Albanian territory in the west. It was at this time, though, that our siege of the Ottoman capital was broken, just weeks before surrender would have occurred. A Turkish army of nearly sixteen thousand men crossed the Sea of Marmara from Anatolia and drove away our army. They then continued north and west, beating back the Serbs. In the east, a small army of Turks has surrounded Constantinople. They shall be broken yet.


Shortly after, though, things began to fall apart.

Montenegro, Serbia, and Naples all made peace with the Ottomans. The army of Manuel II was crushed outside of Constantinople, and siege has been laid upon the city. All attempt to send troops from Morea are crushed by the large Ottoman army stationed in Macedonia. The Balkans, though, are ripe for revolt against the Ottomans. A white peace may be within our grasp, but the Ottomans have lost most of Anatolia to the east in their attempt to defend their European holdings, and revolts could join our cause in great number. Manuel must now make a choice. Will he continue this conflict, or pursue peace that we may grow much more slowly?

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2008, 01:23:08 pm »
I have no idea what is going on, the armies have the same damned flags!
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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2008, 01:23:47 pm »
Not even close.

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2008, 01:25:22 pm »
Peace for now, and grow slowly, until the troops are big enough to wage war again. Planto Pacifico!

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2008, 01:27:57 pm »
Not even close.

It's from above, the flags are tiny, and they have the same colour sceme, it's like the Through Fire and Flames of Strategies*!


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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2008, 02:50:03 pm »
I vote for peace!


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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2008, 05:12:14 am »
Bellum-hammer!

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2008, 10:08:03 am »
"PERSERVERO BELLVM"

Manuel II quickly came to the conclusion that making peace now was not an option. The Ottomans would be too strong at the expiration of the treaty, and we would lack the opportunity for growth that the conflict in Anatolia provides us. We must continue the drive with what little power we have until the European holdings of the Ottomans become too costly or too rebellious to maintain. The emperor knew he would need advisement on these matters. He appointed Giorgi Avashvili, a Black Sea merchant, his economic adviser in charge of ensuring the continued Byzantine control of the Thracian markets. He then appointed Eugeniusz Kmita, a former Slavic mercenary, to be the head of recruitment in Morea. Neither was incredibly skilled, but the expansion of the court was vital.

Several years passed as Manuel II mustered his armies in the south of Greece. Then, a series of significant events occurred in short order.


Firstly, the Timurid Empire and her allies in the east made piece with the Ottomans, annexing large swaths of Anatolia. This worried the emperor greatly, of course, but the next events brought his spirits back up. In the west, the Greeks and Bulgars had risen up in revolt against their Turkish lords, ripping apart the land owned by the Ottomans in the Balkans. The Ottomans only had enough manpower to handle either revolt at once, so Manuel II took this opportunity and began his march towards Constantinople, using the lands provided by friendly countries bordering the Turks to avoid the revolting armies.

The revolting Bulgar leaders.

The war then took an incredibly favorable turn. The province of Salonica, the northernmost portion of Greece, had been under the control of the rebels for some time. A diplomat from Morea had spoken with them, and in due course of Byzantine governor had been appointed. This province is now part of our realm! In the east, Manuel II reached Constantinople, driving away the meager Ottoman encampment outside of the city walls. Victory is in sight! Then, another happening wrenched land from the Turks.


Shortly after Greek rebels marched victoriously into the Ottoman capital, on February 1st, 2159 AUE, the kingdom of Bulgaria declared independence from the Ottoman Empire. It was led by King Aleksander II, one of the leading warlords that had begun the revolt in the north. Manuel II quickly proposed a royal marriage. Aleksander took the opportunity to solidify his claim, and married his son to Manuel's niece as soon as the two could meet in Constantinople.


Aleksander II
The collapse continued with great haste. Janina and Macedonia both came under the control, as the warlords who had controlled them swore fealty to the emperor. Manuel Tornikes was the leader of Janina, and his brother Hektor Tornikes led Macedonia. When they joined the empire, each of their armies alone was of greater size than the army of the emperor himself. Our soldiers now far outnumber those of the bludgeoned and bloodied Ottoman Empire.

Diplomats of the Turks are now begging for peace. They are willing to offer land west of Bulgaria, as well as a region in the far west of Anatolia. This could be a perfect moment to snatch up the land and prepare to move on the other kingdoms of Greece. So, the question now comes to the mind of the emperor, will we accept this peace and move on Greece, or drive on and try to take a little more?


Green = Byzantine Lands
Red = Ottoman Lands
Light Green = Proposed Cessions of Land

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2008, 10:51:23 am »
Planto belluM!


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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2008, 10:54:35 am »
Bah, you warmongers. We can only gain so much.

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2008, 02:00:19 pm »
Peace. I don't want to be left with nothing to rule. :(
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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2008, 08:10:47 am »
Bah, you warmongers. We can only gain so much.

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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2008, 07:30:35 am »
Bellum! :P

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« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2008, 02:07:03 pm »
one more to break the tie
No, no, he did. In the everything else section, at least. Officially, this makes him king.

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2008, 03:45:33 pm »
Ballo, thingy...


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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2008, 05:53:38 pm »
It seems the war won.

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2008, 06:20:52 pm »
"PERSERVERO BELLVM"


Manuel's eldest daughter.

As the grand armies of Manuel II took control of what the Ottomans once held in Europe, it became increasingly clear that this was not a world receptive to the creation of a second Roman Empire. There were many distinct states; many distinct peoples. The emperor in his wisdom decided that many of these people could become one with the empire naturally. As the news of victory after victory ripped across the Balkans, Manuel II sent in their wake his daughters. They quickly married themselves to the princes and kings of Wallachia, Serbia, and Albania, which had just became an independent entity after the wave of rebellion. The nations of the Balkans received this intermingling of our empire and their youth with warmth. There is no doubt that they still crave the glory of the last millennium.


Raiders in the northwestern Balkans.

In Greece, the Golden Horde, allies of the Turks, continued what raiding they could in lieu of the turning tables. For several weeks they held major cities in Morea, but were quickly driven out by Hektor Torkines, the older of the two brothers. In the north, his brother secured the territory of Nis, west of Bulgaria, and moved to garrison Constantinople. An army was preparing to move into Anatolia, but an unfortunate event has taken place. The sizable Ottoman fleet has taken to the water between their land and ours, blocking passage. To construct a fleet would be too great of a challenge in the short term. Peace would surely made before then.

Alas, though, my chapter of this history comes to the end. It was this day that his glorious majesty, emperor of the Romans, died. His son Andronikos V would carry on this legacy. Long live Andronikos!


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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #22 on: September 26, 2008, 09:05:21 pm »
Don't think this is dead, I just got the save. I will update tomorrow. :)
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« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2008, 06:54:49 pm »
Andronikos V

The death of Autokrator of Roman-blood, Manuel the Second, occurred at the most horrific time. The great new Empire we have strived to create, lives in chaos, as our large scale crusade burns holes in the patchwork frame of the Mohammedan Turk's savage, false empire. Oh graciousness of Our Lord, and Our God, that we might be given the strength to live on, and watch the scourge burn in its eternal torment... And yet! This dream may come to further fruitition through the leadership of his son, Andronikos V may lead us to our place in the sun above the Turks!
First Entry of Great Chronicler Gaius Proletian

The month of December brought a great change in the tide of the war. The invading Mohammedans from the north were expunged from the south of Macedonia, and they attempted to flee to their ships, as the Turkish captial, Edirne, was finally besieged by the glorious Latin forces, fighting for God.

Invasion Forces, Massing on Edirne.
 The Crusade was beginning its drive into the Turkish peninsula, but the mass movement of the heathen navy prevented our passage to the provinces across the strait, into the heartland. Our presence their seems unecessary at the time being, as powerful rebel armies mass in Turkish cities and villages. They have the will of their people on their side, and it pushes them onward, conquering more of their land. Smaller, but still heathen, city-states arise in the ashes of the rebellions, but many are being squashed. The collapse of the capitol is bringing a hammer onto the heads of their armies and commanders.

In news not relating to the Crusade, Bulgaria began charming us with alliances and soon, we accepted, bringing their glorious nation into our fight. Our nobility entwined through a royal marriage between one of our Vestētōrs, Helio Merti, and a Bulgarian noblewoman.

2157 AUC

The Ottoman-Byzantine War, or The Fifth Crusade

Our war has driven the Mohammedans to their brink, but now has reached an impass. We cannot move east, due to the massive heathen navies, but we may hold out against the foe.
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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2008, 01:41:25 am »
To hell with the Ottomans! Get some Merc and drive them to the desert!
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« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2008, 07:02:38 pm »
Bump, and can't you see? I can't cross to the Turkish peninsula. They are blockading the passage. :(
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« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2008, 08:06:43 pm »
No, no i cant. There are no units on your map.
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« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2008, 12:24:55 pm »
Make peace!


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« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2008, 04:51:03 pm »
No, no i cant. There are no units on your map.
That may be, but:
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Our war has driven the Mohammedans to their brink, but now has reached an impass. We cannot move east, due to the massive heathen navies, but we may hold out against the foe.
EDIT: The flags represent armies, and the slightly larger ones in the water are units. Sorry for the confusion.  :-*
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« Reply #29 on: September 30, 2008, 07:48:11 pm »
Thank you.

HUZZAH! War is winning!
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« Reply #30 on: October 01, 2008, 06:42:15 pm »
Thank you.

HUZZAH! War is winning!
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« Reply #31 on: October 03, 2008, 09:26:10 pm »
Glory on high! Grand Autokrator Andronikos V has chosen to destroy the Mohammedan dynasty!
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The cold sweat, blood, and toil of the workers has finally came to fruition! The first Grand Navy of Byzantium has been constructed! Our glorious ships of christendom have left the docks to deal well deserved deaths to the Mohammedans and Turks! Their blood shall stain the water as the children of the sea come to feast upon their bones!
Second Entry of Great Chronicler Gaius Proletian

The first true Navy of this Age, lead by the great Petros Diasorenos, rode out onto the backs of the eastern junkers, and quickly slaughtered them.

This feast for the fish, served a purpose, as it ended the blockade against our invasion of Turkey, and Bithnya and Bursa, on the Asia Minor coast, both welcomed our crusaders with open arms... after a bit of prying, of course.

The war at 2166 AUC

The 'Golden' Horde stood tall, and heavily militarized, yet their barbarian ways left them devoid of soul... but they still had a fight in them. The Ottomans, on the other hand, had been thoroughly through the beater, and were begging for a gracious peace.
 

This had not come without a price, and the two, now aging, brothers died on the sites of two different sieges.

The Final Decision

(Due to the Golden Horde's being the leader of the alliance, I couldn't annex the Turks. :()


Andronikos V is pleased, and he proudly flaunted his new power. Supporting a new, pro-Christian, Turkish sultanate of Trezbeiond, Andronikos had built himself a stable, if not useful, ally in the East. He also began to support revolts in Lower Greece, where a colonial power, Venice, and a local, heretical king, Achea, kept power. The revolts, unfortunately, ended in the reinforcement of the colonial power, and a reinstatement of power in Achea to be more for the people. Poor choice.
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« Reply #32 on: October 03, 2008, 09:38:48 pm »
Yeah! Yeah! YEAAAAHHHHH! War is awesome, jeez we are so officially BA we should go dominate Greece....... >.> <.< After building forces and economy of course....
No, no, he did. In the everything else section, at least. Officially, this makes him king.

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #33 on: October 04, 2008, 09:20:42 am »
Remember, our goal right now is to take Greece. the conquest of Anatolia may come later.

Also, why did the Tornikes brothers have to die so soon.  :(

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« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2008, 08:58:05 pm »
Remember, our goal right now is to take Greece. the conquest of Anatolia may come later.

Also, why did the Tornikes brothers have to die so soon.  :(
Constant beseiging has that effect on people, apparently.
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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #35 on: October 06, 2008, 01:23:17 am »
Interesting.  Can we conquer the Greeks with diplomacy?

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« Reply #36 on: October 06, 2008, 07:28:22 am »
.... This is speaking from what I know of history, not any experience with the game, but...


Weren't the Greeks like... master diplomats?

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« Reply #37 on: October 06, 2008, 02:54:28 pm »
No, they just very "civilised" for their age of history.
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« Reply #38 on: October 06, 2008, 03:05:20 pm »
No, they just very "civilised" for their age of history.

They basically were just very arrogant and not that much better than anyone else at all.

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« Reply #39 on: October 06, 2008, 03:10:35 pm »
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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #40 on: October 06, 2008, 03:35:23 pm »
Interesting.  Can we conquer the Greeks with diplomacy?

Not entirely. Archea may bend to our will and allow itself to be annexed in some years, but Venice controls Athens and the surrounding land.

Venice isn't going to freely cede that land. Instigated revolt and war are the only options.

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #41 on: October 06, 2008, 05:27:39 pm »
Interesting.  Can we conquer the Greeks with diplomacy?

Not entirely. Archea may bend to our will and allow itself to be annexed in some years, but Venice controls Athens and the surrounding land.

Venice isn't going to freely cede that land. Instigated revolt and war are the only options.
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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #42 on: October 06, 2008, 07:53:49 pm »
Then we should send in the spies and just dominate them after a civil war. Or just get a BAMF ally like Austria to help us out... though that may cause us to lose some holdings. (What tech group are we? Latin or Eastern European?)
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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #43 on: October 06, 2008, 11:24:00 pm »
Instigating a revolt sounds fun.  Does Venice have any enemies we can convince/trick to declare war on them at the same time?

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #44 on: October 07, 2008, 01:51:55 pm »
I don't believe we can cause them to go to war without joining ourselves.

The revolts could be useful though, as Athens is a single province separated from Venice by quite a bit of water. If we were to infiltrate the province and cause a patriot uprising, the patriots would be Greek and, if successful, most likely join the empire. The hope is that Venice will be incapable of sending a large enough naval force to combat the rebels once they occupy the province, which shares no borders with other Venetian territory or allies.

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Re: IMPERIVM BYZANTIVM: A Generational In Nomine Metagame
« Reply #45 on: October 07, 2008, 10:27:51 pm »
Support a revolt.  Move troops to the border and be ready to move in.  Be building a larger fleet to be ready to block the Venetian navy when they come to suppress the revolt.