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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.
EDIT:
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.