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In 1160(407) Goths began fleeing to Germany as well. These massive migrations put a lot of stress on the local governments and it also forebode that if tens of thousands were fleeing when no reports of Huns or Magyars were apparent the enemy must be very fierce. Much of Germania’s most eastern regions up to the River Elbe were given to the Ostrogoths as farmland so that they would accept the responsibility of defending that land when the enemy came, the same happened in Bosporos and Cavcasvs. These regions were politically devolved into dependent kingdoms since the Romans knew that the Goths may not even wait for the Hun problem to be resolved before they started pillaging again. Rome put the Goths’ refugee status very conditional and made sure they all knew it. The Goths must not pass the River Elbe, Must pay their taxes and adhere to Roman laws, and also children below 10 must attend a specialized Roman schooling (to instill complacency and obedience in the children)
After some reconnaissance and study by Rome, these Huns turned out to have originated from the Cavcvs mountain ranges. Roman expansion in the Cavcvs had pushed them north where they ran into the Ostrogoths, now they were pushing into Gothic lands. The ‘give the land to the Goths to worry about’ tactic worked well in stopping the flow of refugees. They were even supplied with antiquated weapons and armour to defend against the invaders. Eastern Germania’s defencive strategy was changed from many border forts to hidden forest garrisons. Theodosivs had the ability to use the attrition strategies Constantine could not. The Bosborvs and Caucasian regions had less defencive capabilities and those regions were prepared for evacuation to Pontvs and Dacia.
The unfortunate part was that the invasion was long to come, it took until 1187(434) for the Hun armies to appear. It was first in the Cavcasvs. After a moderate victory for the Romans it was found the leader of these invaders was named Attila, who was recorded to have been a Roman peace hostage of an unnamed nomadic tribe in 1171(418) that had escaped. Supposedly he had absorbed a lot of Roman knowledge before his escape, taking his knowledge to the already expanding Huns. The fact that Attila may be smarter than the average barbarian did not sit well with the generals. The Huns also used a sort of double arced bow which made their archers ridiculously accurate, ranged, and powerful-even from horseback. For four years Attila’s Empire expanded until it brushed Gothic Germania, then the Huns' attacks were concentrated driving deep into the territory, causing total havoc, Attila presiding. Heavy attacks on Dacia also occurred under the Huns. By 1197(443) most of Dacia had fallen and the Gothic tribes in Germania were slaughtered, although the Huns were running out of strength there fast. Bosporos was invaded and lost by 1198(445).
Finally, in 1199(446) the Hun army lead by Attila was totally crushed in a three-way ambush a few km east of the Elbe River by Roman and Gothic armies. Attila escaped but a huge amount of Hun weapons were recovered and sent to the ADAs to be developed for Roman use and improved upon if at all possible. Hun holdings in Germania were retaken in 1203(450) by Roman reinforcements and the remains of the Gothic tribes. The Goths continued invading into the Hun lands but were repeatedly ambushed and defeated, withdrawing again to the Albis.
In 1204(451) Roman armies tried to follow up on the Gothic warpath to take lands further east of the Viadua(Oder) but the supply routes, even with the Albis more urbanised and developed, couldn't be sustained against native ambushes.
In 1205(452) Attila had somewhat regrouped and crossed the Danube river to take Byzantium. At that time Byzantium was almost like a second capital because of its economic power and strategic placement. The Huns conquered much of Moesia Inf. and continued south. Over 100 cities fell to Attila in the east before he began the siege of Byzantium in 1206(453).
Also, since surviving from the crash of a bombus alesalitis was so unlikely and crew deaths made many in those cohortes complain, they worked with scientists at Campvs Marcvs’ own ADA to develop the Acciomunimeninis(parachute), now flying crews could get out of crashes with no more than broken tibias, if their acciomunimeninii worked properly.
Attila was a terrible foe for Barbarian warlords and legates alike, but was eventually repulsed from Byzantium in December, and using desperate delay tactics Attila managed another escape with the sacrifice of much of his army. Pursuant legions eventually caught up with Attila's party just north of Dacia where he was killed in a last stand, January 1207(454), but just as in Germania, it was very costly. After the news of Attila’s death spread across his empire, it rushed to collapse. Dacia, Moesia inf. and sup., Thracia, and Germania were all restored but the northern shore of Bosporos would not be recovered for some time. As for the Gothic tribes, in Bosporos and Germania they became extinct while those in Dacia survived. In the Cavcvs where Goths and Bulgars still lived, very large education campaigns were made to civilize the tribes, they centred on instilling the Roman ideals of Gravitas, Pietas, and Dignitas. They were still allowed their religious rituals and were given forested areas for them to be conducted, and the devastation by the Huns also made them much more agreeable.
Theodosivs was considered to have conducted the war well although he lost much popularity for losing Bosporos and allowing such deep penetrations into the Empire.
Although barbarous, the Huns made the wearing of pants more popular in the Empire.
Theodosivs died in late 1207(454) after having Byzantium’s walls overhauled and enlarged.
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