The Senate appointed Gaivs Constantinvs, a 32 year old Moesian, as Cæsar in 1057(304). He tolerated the Republic and even consulted the Senate when he felt the need but did not add any senatorials. He kept the power balanced between him and the Senate. In 1061-2(308-9) he stomped a Sicanci rebellion in eastern Gaul. Constantine felt that the Empire was stagnating and needed more land, loot, and liveliness. 2 years later he organized a campaign to restore the Viadua frontier in Germania. This was very successful, restoring Rome’s previous frontier but again reaching maximum limits in the north. The Albis was difficult enough for a supply route to be based on, and the Viadua even more so. Sufficient areas would not be clear or secure enough for vaposcvrr for some time.
The difficulties did not faze Contantine, but did convince him to move operations. 3 years later, after fortifying the frontier he moved all the way to Southern Ægyptvs and began driving into Nubian lands, using mercenaries and whole populations of enslaved cities to keep up the invading armies' numbers. In order to keep these new slave 'legions' organized and obedient, Constantine formed the Kushite Legions, all officers were Italian, all 5000 legionaries were Nubian(the Kushite Legions were usually bigger because the army had to make up for skill and training with masses). These desert lands proved to still have some hidden gold contrary to historical records of their depletion hundreds of years ago. The port cities on the Mare Erythraeum and the Nile were given priority for economic development. Rail lines were built as quickly as possible and roads were either constructed or expanded at record speed. In 1070(317) Constantine had secured Nubia for the Empire and trade coming from tropical Africa and even the Indus kingdoms helped stabilise the barbaric region. A port city was built on the Mare Erythraeum coast closest to the Nile being called Pvnicevs Constantinopolis-it was to be Nubia province’s capital. The Kushite Legions were made into an auxiliary group, each divided into 50 sets of centuries and dispersed on border patrols while placing a more trustworthy Cyrenian Garrison at the new province’s capital.
These victories brought the Empire liveliness, land, and even new cultures to fad about, but from the public works begun the treasuries were certainly not engorged. The new Nubian economy was expected to eventually pay for itself once mining, trade, tax collection, and agriculture resumed. Communication with one of the Empire’s most distant provinces was also very highly prioritized. It was the only Cæsarian province as yet to have a quintuple trans-provincial rail line. Constantine was very lively himself, his energy made the Senators question their previous worries about the Empire being too large for one man. This Emperor was a valuable strength and the Senators saw it that it would be best to keep Constantine in power as long as possible. When Constantine returned to Rome in 1071(318) for his Triumphs, he passed the Edict of Mediolanum (Milan), a declaration prohibiting persecution or discrimination of a peoples because of their religion. This had mixed results, those previously hiding their faiths were pleased while those who would prefer them to keep their practices quiet grumbled. Constantine saw this problem and assumed the best way to keep the citizens law abiding was to add tolerance to the teachings in the schools. He also made incentives for girls to attend the basic school levels and lowered the fees of the Vapasianvs National School. Attendance increased and over his reign, literacy increased from 35-46% (it had risen 3% in the last 200 years).
Constantine was a religious person, though not in Diocletian’s god-Emperor view. He found most modern religions lacking and so formed his own, loosely based on the lifestyle of the Ancient Ieff Brian. He intended it to be a private religion but it did have limited popularity with the people.
In 1073(320) the Cæsarian governor of Parthia by the name of Flavivs Licinivs (also born in Moesia) had had enough of Constantine’s liberal religious views and forsaking of the traditional gods, proclaiming Parthia to be his own Empire while retaking Mazun. This proved problematic. By now Parthia was a well developing province with its own military installations. This was the first serious civil war in centuries and the empire was just dealing with an expensive era of expansion. Constantine demanded that the Antonivs Dexpiscorari Academia focus on developing more efficient, powerful, or persuasive weaponry. Many other discontented and powerful politicians and generals waited at this moment to see whether it would be wise to rise up or tolerate this new religious toleration.
Constantine readied his most powerful available legions in the region. This would be a battle of almost equals in tactical terms. Both had bombus alesalitis, both rail lines, both Legions willing to serve. Constantine had the advantage of attrition but knew he could not risk to play the game in case those on the verge of rebellion lost patience. Many spies were sent in to contact loyal troops, Constantine divided his armies in Syria and while one section fought across Mesopotamia, Constantine lead the other section, reclaiming the thinly guarded Mazun, taking up mercenaries, and making a successful bombing and sea landing of Persepolis as Licinivs fled north. Meeting up with his eastward marching troops, Constantine followed Licinius’ direct flight route, having generals branch off to take important cities along the way. These branchings proved more costly than they were worth and eventually Constantine’s army began having trouble defeating troops Licinivs left behind to stall their advance. Finally, a few loyal centuries met up with Constantine, and the drive recovered (though branchings ceased all together). The army looped around all over the place, going so far as Media before finally pinning down Lucinivs in a village called Turin. Lucinivs was unceremoniously executed along with his conspirators in 1078(325).
Constantine was now bitter from the long war. He knew now that rebellions all over the Empire would be more likely since it had taken so long to recapture Parthia. Constantine had those he suspected were loyal to Lucinius’ cause hunted down, the numbers of which were unfortunately high. Some Parthian cities ended up very depopulated. Constantine also somewhat abandoned his equality policy with the Senate, strengthening his personal position in the government. He called on the Senate to start a relocation program for many of the Empires’ overpopulated cities. This program sent settlers over to the newly freed land with lower taxes. This would end up being a good idea with a now much higher minority of Parthia more loyal to the Empire. A few cities in Parthia’s east were lost, probably not forever.
Constantine spent the next 27 years of his reign quelling rebellions, executing would-be usurpers, and weeding out dissent. Much maintenance and stress, and it was a miracle he lived be 80, dying in 1105(352).