Note: This continues from the Constantine perspective of the events after the permanent schism of the Roman Empire in 359 AD. Read about the article here.
The Post-Constantine Period
Emperor Constantius II died just 2 years after the Schism, leaving power up for grabs. Power went to Sixtus, a general in the army. He was a brilliant tactician and diplomat, and he led his army to conquer the Kievan Rus in AD 368. He established the city of Sixtanople on the Crimean peninsula. He also established control over large areas of Persian land.
His death in 397 sparked yet another struggle for power, him having left no heir apparent. By 407, another emperor had emerged: Marcian of Thrace. Marcian was full of pomp and circumstance, tall and thin, and was a very royal man by nature. He reintroduced much of Achaian literature and school of thought to the empire.
He also put an end to the idea of a dynastic empire. He put into tradition the idea of only selecting the best man for the job, one of the first true meritocracies in the world.
Many years of peace continued after this, the Constantinians establishing their empire from Nubia to Kiev.
Dealings With Ethiopia
In 427, when journeying into his new lands, Emperor Theodosius III discovered a great resource: Ethiopian gold. He set out to conquer it, but then he was visited by the Archbishop of Sixtanople, who urged him not to, citing the book of Acts in which Phillip converted the eunuch, and how the eunuch spread God's word to the Queen of Ethiopia, and how he should instead ally with Ethiopia. Theodosius agreed, and recalled his men.
He sent out a caravan with gifts from the farthest reaches of the empire, and went personally into the court of the King. The king was pleased to see him, and when he heard that the Emperor was Christian as, well, he held a large feast, described later by Ethiopian historian Guimo, "There was not an animal in all of Ethiopia not present at the dining table. They dined on plates of platinum and gold, with fine silverware and cups from the orient. The wine was richer than those of the vineyards of Lower Gallica, and the joy in the room no one shall experience again until kingdom come."
And thus began positive relations lasting to this day.
The Early Empire
The Scythian War
The Constantine Empire was the most volatile force in the Scythian war. 178,000 Constantines and Armenians participated in the battle against the Huns in 454. They barely won, a dismal 50,000 coming back alive. It was described as "The Generation of Angels" because of all who died in the battle. It took 3 decades for to overcome the stunted growth.
The Era of Darkness
After the war, art an literature declined to a point of regression from the Roman Era. This was devastating to culture. Countless works of art were lost. However, they soon came out of this black hole in art, and by the 620's had recovered.
The Colonization of Upper Tripolitania
The Constantinians soon colonized the area south of Tripolitania, subjecting its people it its rule, and forming a puppet kingdom, much like the Romans in Umbria, and in 865, they fully incorporated it into the empire.
The Armenian Secession
The Armenian people revolted in 487, taking the weakened army by surprise, and successfully formed the Czardom of Armenian Scythia, also in the process taking over Kievan Rus.
The Muslim Wars
In 654, Muslim army came up to the border of the empire and then issued an ultimatum to Emperor Damian V for the cities of Damascus and Tyre, as well as Galilee. The Emperor promised the cities, and abandoned them. The prophet sent his army into the cities to pillage them. They feasted in the city hall of Tyre, but then, one by one, the men became ill. Just then, one man discovered berries of nightshade hidden in the meat, saturating it. The army fell ill and died that day, 196,000 of them dead.
The stench was so unbearable that Tyre was promptly set on fire by direct order of the Emperor. However, the Muslims continued to be a pestilence, the battles of Damascus and Acre taking place within the next 3 decades, but they were not a serious threat.
The Median Era
The Median Era starts in the year 1054, at the schism of the Catholic and Orthodox churches. At this point, the Orthodox church is essentially a political nonentity. The empire, though its rulers have been Christian since Constantius I, has increasingly been secularized due to the excess they enjoy due to their control of trade routes through Egypt and Judea.
Culture in the Median Era
The Culture in the Median Era was largely Capitalistic, the Archbishop of Jerusalem describing it as, "Godless men, brazen in their sloth and greed, fattened with pigs and calves, drinking wine from midday to midnight, always drunk, sad men, depraved of the joy of the Lord and of the fruit of labor. The women are like a fattened cow, mindlessly eating until they are sent to the grave."
This was largely the culture of much of Europe at this time. There was a new sense of grandeur. Culture, it was felt, had reached its peak. There was not much in the ways of wars during this time, and as such the population became complacent. Religion was, in everywhere except Rome, largely abandoned.
Invasion of Zimbabwe
If anything, the Constantinians loved gold, and rumors had it that the exotic nation of Zimbabwe in the South had it. There was one problem: they were allied with the Ethiopians. However, the Ethiopians had fallen on hard times. Emperor Justinian IX offered to buy Zimbabwe from them for 300 pounds of gold. The Ethiopians had no protest to this sudden relief to their famine, and accepted it.
Justinian invaded the nation by surprise to find a lack of gold, but a lot of people who were willing to kill him. So, he devised a plan. He once again bought out someone, this time the King of Zimbabwe, in an effort to affect his opinion. The king ordered his people to mine at the mountains to try and find gold. They found no gold, but instead diamonds.
Thus, by 1220, The Constantine Empire was the richest in the entire world.
In the year 1228, Genghis Khan began his conquest. By 1241, his empire included all of Siberia, much of the Kievan Rus, China (as a client state led by his son), Tibet, and Turkestan. This paved for the collapse of the Muslim Empire due to the lack of an army they had because of defending Turkestan, one of their client states.
The Constantine Empire made a deal in 1238 with the Queen of Ethiopia that they would conquer together the homelands of the Muslim Empire, and that they would take the Levant and Syria, while the Queen could take Arabia and Persia. The Queen accepted, and together their armies met the rugged Muslim Army at Babylon.
The Muslims fled to their colony in Australia. And so, the influence of the Islamic Empire, in both India and in the Middle East, ended.
The New World
Within 100 years, they had incorporated both Zimbabwe and the Levant into their empire. So, they needed new land, with all of the Old World having been colonized. The perfect opportunity arose in Marcusia, the New World. Emperor John IX permitted the expedition to colonize. They had 2 colonies, Ionopole, in the north, named after John, and Christanople, in the south, as an effort to return the colonials and the natives to religion.
The Plea of the Jews
The Jews of Constantinople came to John at this time with a plea for the land of Israel. John allowed it, on three conditions:
1. He was the emperor of Israel, and as such, they would pay taxes to him
2. All Christians could still make pilgrimages there
3. All Christians there could still live there
The Jews agreed to these terms, and in 1355, the nation of Israel was founded. This proved to be hugely successful, as the Jews of Rome, Germania, Persia, and Scythia all came home, making more tax revenue for the Emperor.