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Location of Dardanian Etrusca
|•||20-37 AD||Alexander Dardania(first)|
|Historical Era||Era Two, Era Three|
|•||Third Safinei War||2 BC - 13 AD 20 AD|
|•||13 AD est.||3 Million|
Dardanian Etrusca - also called Etrusca or (somewhat sarcastically) The Second Etruscan Republic - is an extremely authoritarian regime that rose after the mutual destruction of Etrusca and Safineim. Its government was arguably the most oppressive to its citizens for the era, though its economy and military were both thriving. Like other powerful authoritarian regimes, the nation had no shortages of wars - at first mostly against the Senone Republic and Carthage, but later against the Christian powers of the middle east.
During its 772 year existence, this incarnation of Etrusca would expand minimally, mostly due to stiff and constant resistance against any expansion. However, despite the lack of expansion, Etrusca did manege to leverage its military and economy, making it quite influential across the Mediterranean. Ultimately though, the nation's power would be limited, and it would be overthrown and reformed in 792 AD.
Following conclusion of the third Safinei war, the Italian peninsula found itself in complete chaos. Safienim had effectively collapsed, and Etrusca was ailing at best, and was also practically defunct. The most powerful, and really, the only major political force was the Dardanian family, who had managed to leverage themselves into a position of power after the actual political system had collapsed. With effective control of the tattered remains of the Etruscan army, it fell onto the Dardanians to reunite the region. This duty fell onto Alexander, one of the most promising generals in the family. Rallying what troops he could, he marched on Veii, capturing it within a few weeks. This position in the capital gave Alexander more legitimacy than any other claimant, and a larger portion of the Etruscan army quickly aligned themselves with him.
Alexander, now with around half of the Etruscan army behind him, contacted the Senone Republic, a long standing ally of the now former Etruscan Republic. While it appears that there was some disagreement between Senone elites as to whether to support Alexander as the new king of Etruscan, eventually they agreed to send some moderate support. With his allies locked down, Alexander began to take control of Etruscan back, contacting various generals and local leaders to restore control. Meanwhile, in the area formerly controlled by Safineim began to fall to Alexander, through former Safineim generals who saw Alexander as their best chance to keep their position. As Umbria - the last part of Etrusca not to be controlled by Alexander - fell in 16 AD, things also began to come together in Safineim, putting the unification of Italy within Alexander's grasp.
With Italy falling under his military control, Alexander began to focus on the political and economic aspects of his takeover. While he could partially bank on the Dardanian fortune for personal expenses, he would need a tax system to run the state. He established a flat tax, as well as a trade tax, though neither would be very well enforced, meaning people where only taxed when the government actually needed it. He also declared that the new Etrusca would be an autocracy - not even a senate to keep the king in check. While this wasn't completely accepted, a man with the wealth of the most powerful family and unilateral control of the military could hardly be denied. While this would lead to conflict in the future, by 20 AD, Alexander had established full control over Italy, and set up a workable system.
Second Mediterranean War