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The Eastern Roman EmpireThe Eastern Roman Empire, A.D. 1174 Summer

Haire Basilea ton Romaion!By the grace of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, may your rule be long and even more successful. The people on the streets are calling you “Megas”, my lord Manuel, but you still have a long way to go before you claim that title. As Seleukos once said, “If someone knew the burdens and endless paperwork of running a kingdom, one wouldn’t pick up a crown if he found it lying on the street”.Eastern Roman Empire is at a crossroad. Let me summarise the situation at all fronts, Emperor. The empire has been raiding Hungary for many years and finally we are seeing some benefit. Post Sirmion, we now control also Dalmatia and Croatia, as well as the Fruška Gora; the Hungarians agreed to provide hostages for good behaviour; to pay us a tribute and supply troops. Sebastokrator Bela is now the Hungarian King, and our northern border is finally secure. Now is the time to re-think our strategy, Emperor Manuel. We need to focus on the Micra Asia. The Turks who have occupied Thema Anatolikon for over a century have been left alone and now are regrouping. The Basilika Agemata sent to their capital city Ikonion, only descecrated the Muslim cemetery. We need to attack them and occupy their capital. Be wary of Kilij Arslan II and his Seljuk Turks, Sire. He is a great ambusher, and there are many sites along the way where he would hurt us, especially Myriokephalon. Spies report he has been poisoning all wells along the way. A defeat there may ruin all our efforts against the Turks ever since your grand father Alexios.Staying on Mikrasia, your subjects, Armenioi and the Pringipato of Antiocheia which should for all intent be considered one entity, are again on the verge of independence. They will try their best to secede from the Empire, and claim their independence. They should be quashed at all costs. The original idea of holding them as bulwark against further Turkish invasion of Mikra Asia no longer applies. Ressurgent Georgia is now about to surround the “Sultanate of Rum” as the Turks of Thema Anatolikon call themselves, and take on that role. I think the time has come to suspend those imperial fiefs and incorporate them to the Eastern Roman Empire proper. Once the Turks are defeated they serve no purpose and should be subdued. So should the other state of the vincinity meaning The basileion of Ierousalem. This will bring us into confrontation with the Ayyubid Sultanate of Egypt and the Abbasiid Chaliphate of Mesopotamia, not to mention the Great Seljuks, yet Roman strength will overcome.Still, these are not the only enemies we face. Imperial intelligence believes two brothers in the Paristrion Thema are actively plotting with the Cumans. Their goal is to resurrect the Bulgarian state, which brought the empire so much grief during the time when Basileios the second was emperor. The Normen, are also on the rise. There are reports that they are preparing an assault on our Balkan holdings, including the Symbasileuousa itself, Thessaloniki. Rest assured Autokratora, that if a dynastic crisis ensues in our realm, they will attack even using your illegitimate son as an excuse, a figurehead. The not so successful attack of your Majesty towards S. Italy should really be the last one.30.000 pounds of gold for just the city of Ancona is not acceptable. Normans are not to be underestimated and now have a vengeance against us. The western cataphract footmen, their knights, are the best foot infantry we have come across. They nearly destroyed the empire when they assaulted back in the years of they first Komnenos emperor, in the time of your grand father, Alexios I. The fact that the mercenaries deserted the empire at Brindisi, demanding huge sums of money really shows the error of our ways. We need a strong, trustworthy, stalwart infantry.With good Horse Archers mercs to hold the flanks, and complimented by picked Varangoi, a strong imperial infantry is the only way to properly defend the empire. As I said in the beginning emperor, there is a great crossroad ahead. Now that we consolidated our holdings in the Balkania, do we stay on the defensive on Mikra asia ? Especially so when rumours are abound that a new power is on the rise in the ends of Asia, Horse archers even better than the Turks?No, emperor, we need to attack. The situation is the same as when our ancestors faced Hannibal. They brought the war to his continent and went for his capital. We should too. We must focus our force on recreating the best infantry the world has ever seen. We need to be able to have them hold the line and feel secure, where as our Kataphractoi horsemen will pounce the enemy between a hammer and anvil. Start the offensive and stay there. It is a heavy legacy we must follow. Herakleios reclaimed Egypt. Trajan conquered the Mesopotamia. Megas Alexandros conquered the whole of Asia and invaded India. Our ancestors point to the road we must fallow.We mustfight in such a way that we will once more prove to the barbarians that we are a nation of masters and not of slaves because this is the most suitable way for the descendants of Greeks and Romans!


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