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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.”The Eastern Roman Empire is at a crossroads. Let me summarise the situation on all fronts, Emperor. The Empire has been raiding Hungary for many years and finally we are seeing some benefits for it. Post-Sirmione, we now also control Dalmatia and Croatia, as well as the Fruška Gora; the Hungarians agreed to provide hostages for good behaviour, in addition to paying us tribute and supplying us troops. Sebastokrator Bela is now the Hungarian king, and our northern border is finally secure. Now is the time to rethink our strategy, Emperor Manuel. We need to focus on Mikra Asia. The Turks who have occupied Thema Anatolikon for over a century have been left alone and are now regrouping. The Basilika Agemata sent to their capital city Ikonion, only desecrated 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 since your grandfather Alexios.Still addressing Mikra Asia, your subjects, the Armenioi and the Pringipato of Antiocheia which should for all intents 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 a bulwark against further Turkish invasions of Mikra Asia no longer applies. Resurgent 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 into the Eastern Roman Empire proper. Once the Turks are defeated, they serve no purpose and should be subdued. So should the other state in the vincinity, meaning the Basileion of Ierousalem. This will bring us into confrontation with the Ayyubid Sultanate of Egypt and the Abbasid Caliphate of Mesopotamia, not to mention the Great Seljuks, yet Roman strength will prevail.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 Bulgaria state, which caused the empire so much grief during the time when Basileios II was emperor. The Normans are also on the rise. There are reports that they are preparing for 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 using even your illegitimate son as an excuse, a figurehead. The not-so-successful attack of Your Majesty on southern Italy should really be the last priority.A ransom of 30,000 pounds of gold for just the city of Ancona is not acceptable. The Normans are not to be underestimated and now have a vengeance against us. The western cataphract footmen, their dismounted knights, are the best foot soldiers we have encountered. They nearly destroyed the empire when they assaulted it back in the years of the first Komnenos emperor and 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, dependable, stalwart infantry.With good horse archer mercenaries to hold the flanks and complimented by picked Varangoi, a strong imperial infantry is the only way to properly defend theHaire 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.”The Eastern Roman Empire is at a crossroads. Let me summarise the situation on all fronts, Emperor. The Empire has been raiding Hungary for many years and finally we are seeing some benefits for it. Post-Sirmione, we now also control Dalmatia and Croatia, as well as the Fruška Gora; the Hungarians agreed to provide hostages for good behaviour, in addition to paying us tribute and supplying us troops. Sebastokrator Bela is now the Hungarian king, and our northern border is finally secure. Now is the time to rethink our strategy, Emperor Manuel. We need to focus on Mikra Asia. The Turks who have occupied Thema Anatolikon for over a century have been left alone and are now regrouping. The Basilika Agemata sent to their capital city Ikonion, only desecrated 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 since your grandfather Alexios.Still addressing Mikra Asia, your subjects, the Armenioi and the Pringipato of Antiocheia which should for all intents 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 a bulwark against further Turkish invasions of Mikra Asia no longer applies. Resurgent 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 into the Eastern Roman Empire proper. Once the Turks are defeated, they serve no purpose and should be subdued. So should the other state in the vincinity, meaning the Basileion of Ierousalem. This will bring us into confrontation with the Ayyubid Sultanate of Egypt and the Abbasid Caliphate of Mesopotamia, not to mention the Great Seljuks, yet Roman strength will prevail.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 Bulgaria state, which caused the empire so much grief during the time when Basileios II was emperor. The Normans are also on the rise. There are reports that they are preparing for 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 using even your illegitimate son as an excuse, a figurehead. The not-so-successful attack of Your Majesty on southern Italy should really be the last priority.A ransom of 30,000 pounds of gold for just the city of Ancona is not acceptable. The Normans are not to be underestimated and now have a vengeance against us. The western cataphract footmen, their dismounted knights, are the best foot soldiers we have encountered. They nearly destroyed the empire when they assaulted it back in the years of the first Komnenos emperor and 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, dependable, stalwart infantry.With good horse archer mercenaries to hold the flanks and complimented by picked Varangoi, a strong imperial infantry is the only way to properly defend the


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