*These biographic facts are ATL assumptions due to lack of archival evidence.
|Born:||716, March 10*|
|Died:||803, March 12|
|Place of birth:||Vicus Elbii*|
|Legal status:||Citizen of the Roman Empire|
Throughout his reign he put focus on encouraging cooperation between the Optimates and Populares, a political format he was said to have loathed, professing that he took Cicero as an inspirational example in building some form of sincere concern for the people rather than the simple aim of personal aggrandizement.
Leading up to his reformation of the Senate, Carico fought against corruption both in the patrician and equestrian levels with a shocking level of disregard for his personal safety. Carico in this sector was not hesitant to drop the blameshell on patricians and equestrians for the conflicting greed and manipulations that led to the formation of the First Triumvirate and the first civil wars.
By Julia he had six children, four of which survived childhood:
- 733(-20) Gaia Carico, dying aged 4 (737(-16))
- 735(-17) Tæcana Julia
- 738(-14) Fabia Julia
- 741(-11) Octavia Carico, dying aged 18 months (742(-10))
- 743(-8) Julia Carico
- 748(-5) Giana Carico
| |-------+------| | | Julius Cæsar Julia----+----M.AtiusBalbus | Atia------+--GOctavius | |-----------------+--------------------------------------------| | | Scribonia—x--Augustus--\--Livia----------\---TbClNr | | | | | 1 | | | CæciliaAttica--\--Agrippa--\--Julia-----------------\--------------GClMetellusMn--\--Octavia—x--MarcusAntonius | ---+---Carico | | | 1 |---------+--------| | 2 | | | | |------+-------| GFurnius--+--AntoniaMj | VipsaniaAgrippina---------------Tiberius | | NrClDrMj--------------------+----------------- AntoniaMn 2 | | |--------+------| Gaia | | Tæcana NrClDr TbClDr Fabia Octavia Julia Giana Names: Tb=Tiberius \=marriage ended by death of one or more members Nr=Nero x=marriage ended by divorce Mn=Minor +=totally harmonious Mj=Major M=Marcus Members of the Claudian faction in the war of succession G=Gaius ------- OTL Marriages/spouses/children Dr=Drusus ------- ATL Marriages(includes OTL marriages at ATL dates)/spouses/children Cl=Claudius
OTL, Carico could be called a real Marty-Stu. He was never known to have been sick or tired -he seemed to rarely sleep more than six hours, assassination plots were fizzled so totally that there was doubt any actually existed -he enjoyed great popularity despite his extensive meddling with the Senate, and he had perfect memory - never needing a nomenclator.
Carico took up Agrippa's mantle as builder, mostly expanding his vapos network, but most notably building the domed Pantheon in 738(-15). Unfortunately the dome collapsed in 744(-9) and a more conservative design was used in the reconstruction.
When Carico secured his rule he received envoys from civilisations ranging from the Indians and Bactrians to the Scythians and Garamantes, all seeking ceremonial alliances and exchanges of gifts, just as Augustus had. He followed Augustus' example of a strongly controlled propaganda machine turning out idealised art forms, and upheld himself as the continuer of Augustus' policies even in the face of his extreme unconventional reforms.
Throughout his rule Carico made a very systematic and law bounded taxation system, likely influenced from his exposure in Ægyptus. He also made efforts in forming a rough budgetary system for the government and reducing the empire's dependence on plunder for prosperity. Carico institutionalised renewed land protection laws in order to prevent the collectivisation of peasant farmlands, for Rome was strengthened by having a diverse and productive land owning class. He increased the number and authority of censors, trying to further reduce corruption. Carico enforced the city of Rome as the sole capital of the Empire. Having a mobile capital had political and military benefits and kept things flexible, but Carico insisted that a centralised authority was critical for the logistics of coordinating the massive amounts of resources needed for the Empire to continue to grow in stability. By doing this however, the Empire's capital would become more vulnerable, leading to Roma being among the only central cities to have a substantial permanent garrison (though this would not actually be part of imperial law until the 19th century).
Carico made an effort to control population growth of the city of Rome, while encouraging growth elsewhere and the construction of more Latin colony cities in order to build the Empire's base of loyalty, tax revenue, and recruitment pools. The growth of the city of Rome could not be controlled however, and it wouldn't be until Cæsar Zeno and the later Project Zeno before its structure was properly improved.
Although he was a strict enforcer on the fair treatment, incorporation, and development of subdued peoples and provinces, he was also a proponent of territorial expansion, a concept which would become a basis for the future Pheromanitas
In 771(18) Carico annexed Cappadocia after the death of its king Archelaus.
782-8(29-35) Carico implemented a modified form of Julius Cæsar's expensive project of draining and filling in the Pontine Marshes to reduce disease and provide farmland.
In the 80's Carico pushed for a consolidation and standardisation of the Empire's social services under the Censors (ethics), Praetors (law), and Aediles (public works).
In 797(44) Carico annexed the Kingdom of Mauretania (a Roman ally and client since the Punic Wars) after it's Roman-appointed king Petronax Thalamus died. Carico divided the kingdom into Mauretanias Cæsariensis and Tingitana, both Cæsarian provinces.
In 799(46) Carico annexed the Regnum Thraciæ as a Roman province.
It was under Carico and his immediate successors that the last voices of isolationism were silenced one way or another. As Carico saw it and regularly proclaimed, ever since the Macedonian Wars (513(-214)...605(-148)) the world was clearly no longer content with leaving Rome be, and that Rome had to go out of its way to set the rules if it didn't want to be imposed upon. This opinion seemed tempered however by his saying "Non unus gens aut populus mundum totum potest regere ecuando", ("No(t) one people or nation can ever rule the whole world"). The mantle of legitimacy for Rome as the natural leader of the world was also an important prospect.
Carico was an enthusiast for history, and offered his patronage to many of those studying or recording history.
In his memoirs Carico described his vision of creating an 'imperial federation' with all the benefits of both empire and republic. This was regarded as partly idealist, partly ridiculous by most people.
Carico's last words were not officially recorded, but they were said by some to have followed Augustus', asking: "Was I a good actor?"
Carico also proved to be an insightful though haphazard mathematician as well, introducing the concepts of:
- Log and Lon(Ln) functions.
- and perhaps most significant for mathematicians, the introduction of using the symbols (displayed here literally as they were given) + - = ÷ • and using letters as variables.
These were all very nice things but the first three were very poorly explained by Carico in person and on paper, largely they ended up sitting unanalysed for centuries. Carico was still hailed as one of the great mathematicians of history.
Carico's successors followed his example to promote population growth. They funded the clearing of Europe for farmable expansion, however later on this would contribute to soil degradation, and during the 3rd Millennium in response to the falling crop yields the government would often collectivise and consolidate farms, further exasperating the degradation and erosion. It would not be until after Rome that it was realised smaller farms could be up to 20 times as efficient as the huge ones.