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Orestes Empire

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This Alternate History is not complete and I (tubepedia) will work on it over time. Its focus is the Roman Empire and I will probably write the timeline until modern day. The Western Roman Empire was on the verge of collapse in 476 A.D, as the barbarian tribes of Odoacer wanted to take the final lands of Rome. Romulus Augustus, emperor at the time, was just the puppet of Orestes, his father whom had deposed Julius Nepos but could not himself become emperor. Odoacer demanded northern Italia which contained the city of Ravenna, the capital of the empire. Orestes, seeing these barbarians as the final destroyers of Rome, gave into their demands.

476-499 A.D

476 A.D: Formation of the Ostrogothic Kingdom in northern Italy. Orestes seizes the remains of Vandal territory on Sicily.

477 A.D: Romulus Augustus marries Odoacer's daughter, Adosinda wanting peace between their nations. Orestes sieges Carthage, capital of the Vandal Kingdom.

478 A.D: Carthage is seized from the Vandals. Dalmatia, under the rule of the former emperor, Julius Nepos defects to the Eastern Roman Empire.

479 A.D: Vandal North Africa collapses and the Romans swipe it all. Romulus' son, Orestes II is born, first heir to the throne of the emperor.

480 A.D: Vandal successor states in Corsica and Sardinia are subjugated into the Roman Empire. Roman Gaul declares independence as the Gallic Empire.

481 A.D: Eastern Roman Empire, Zeno sees to the unification of the damaged empires, Romulus (Orestes) declines, seeing the empire more powerful than it had been the past 20 years.

482 A.D: Romulus Augustus is assassinated by Nepos and Orestes becomes regent for his grandson Orestes II.

483 A.D: Orestes gains more ground in Raetia and southern Gaul. The Ostrogoths plan to invade and sack Rome.

484 A.D: Sacking of Rome fails, and the Ostrogoths declare war on Rome. Orestes sees to that the Zeno should rename his empire the Empire of Byzantium as it was sure that their empire did not contain Rome, which Zeno disagrees to by slaughtering Orestes messenger. Tensions between East and West Rome increase.

485 A.D: Ravenna is captured from the Ostrogoths after many long bloody battles which brings an end to the Ostrogothic Kingdom and the unification of Italia. Reformation of the Roman army, which includes increased cavalry

486 A.D: Julius Nepos is captured by the Praetorian Guard and is imprisoned in a cell in Rome. Orestes demands Dalmatia from the Eastern Romans, which Zeno disagrees with.

487 A.D: Orestes leads his army into Burgundy and starts a long campaign against his Germanic neighbours. Zeno is assassinated and Orestes assumes power and sails to Constantinople, where he proclaims himself the Emperor of Rome.

488 A.D: Orestes II is placed as the heir to the throne and is placed as governor of Thrace. The Burgundians suffer many defeats and are forced north into the Alps.

489 A.D: The Kingdom of Burgundy collapses and the Romans move north and take their former provinces in Gaul.

490 A.D: The Gallic Empire collapses from Frankish invasions. while Rome moves into their territory.

491 A.D: The Langobardii attack Raetia and take control of the region, while the army is rerouted there.

492 A.D: Julius Nepos dies in his prison cell. Bulgars attack Armenia and are barely repeled calling for immediate help, and the governor of Pontus gives them troops. The Langobardii and pushed out of Raetia back into Germania.

493 A.D: A rebellion occurs in Burgundy and the Emperor decides to put a former Burgundian noble as governor of Burgundy to settle their rebellions.

494 A.D: Orestes falls ill but continues his conquest in northern Gaul.

495 A.D: The Franks and the Romans subjugate the former Gallic Empire and Orestes settles a retirement villa on the coast to live his last days. Orestes II marries Ariadne, daughter of the former Eastern Roman Emperor, solidifing his claim on Thrace.

496 A.D: Orestes declares himself incompetent as a leader and places his grandson, Orestes II as Emperor of Rome. Soon after Orestes dies in his sleep in his retirement villa.

497 A.D: Orestes [the second] invades eastward deep into Germanic territories and regains a former capital, Trier from the barbarians. The Sassinids invade Palestine and conquer the region within months.

498 A.D: The Bulgars strike again in larger numbers in Armenia. They are not held off very well and Rome loses a fair amount of land in Armenia. The Sassinids march to Egypt but are stopped by 8 Greek legions which swipe back most of Palestine from the Sassinids by the end of the year.

499 A.D: The Greek legions invade Mesopotamia and take the capital city of Ctesiphon for a matter of weeks before being pushed back 30km along the Euphrates River. Orestes army attacks the Frankish kingdoms and successfully subjugates half of them by the years end.

500-549 A.D

500 A.D: Orestes' wife Ariadne gives birth to their first son Leo, named after his grandfather Leo II. Ctesiphon is retaken and the Sassanid capital is moved to Persopolis. Orestes' army march for Persopolis (they are in Raetia).

501 A.D: Orestes sieges Persopolis; Sassanid Emperor flees to Samarkand. In the Visgothic Kingdom, Aquitaine rebels and declares independence as the Kingdom of Gaul.

502 A.D: Persopolis is captured and the Sassanids are forced to give all their territories in Mesopotamia and Persia.

503 A.D: Orestes second son Romulus, is born. Orestes attacks the coastal Arab settlements on the Red Sea. They are subjugated by the end of the year.

504 A.D: Trade opened up to the nations in Britannia. East Anglia conquers Essex. Orestes invades Amorica, which is forced into vassalisation by the end of the year.

505 A.D: Orestes first daughter Adosinda, is born. Orestes organises the Britannic Crusaders to invade Britannia. Essex and Sussex are taken by the end of the year.

506 A.D: The Britannic Crusaders create a vassal state, namely the Kingdom of Britannia. The Kingdom of Langobardia forms in the Alps. Missionaries sent to East Anglia and Cornwall.

507 A.D: The Kingdom of Prydain forms in the regions of Wales and Cornwall. East Anglia renamed the Anglian Kingdom. Britannic Crusaders invade Mercia with great success. Revolts within Visigoth Aquitaine cause it to claim independence as the Kingdom of Gaul. Small Frankish Kingdoms form east of the Rhine.

508 A.D: Orestes third son Julius, is born. The remains of Mercia and subjugated into the Kingdom of Britannia. Bulgars invade from Dacia with great success, sadly for the Romans. Constantinople is besieged by the Bulgars but Orestes army, returning from Persia, obliterate the Bulgar forces.

509 A.D: The Kingdom of Bulgaria formed in Dacia. Calendonia joins the Kingdom of Prydain. News comes that Hibernia has been united by a king called Niall. The Anglian Kingdom changes its state religion to Christianity. Prydain gains many christian citizens. The Kingdom of Saxony forms in northern Germania. The Kingdom of Bavaria forms north of Raetia.

510 A.D: The Kingdom of the Upper Rhine (a Frankish kingdom), conquers the Kingdom of the Eastrhine (another Frankish kingdom). The Kingdom of Northumbria becomes a vassal state to the Kingdom of Anglia. The Kingdom of Ireland invades Prydain and takes western Wales. The Britannians take this opportunity to invade Cornwall. The Gauls sack the Visgothic capital, Carthago Nova and annex Catalonia. The Saxons invade North Frankland and Frisia.

511 A.D: Saxony conquers Frisia and North Frankland and settles southern Jutland. The Danes are united under one king and set out to stop the Saxon settlers southward. The Kingdom of Thuringia forms as after a former loose claimant of the Roman throne (relative of Zeno) unites many Germanic tribes. Small German kingdoms forming. A Hunnic successor state, known as the Attilic Kingdom [by foreigners but call themselves the Hunnic Empire], forms in Crimea and around the River Don. Romans settle south Crimea and are contested by the Attilic Kingdom. The Irish conquer the remains of Wales while the Britannic Kingdom conquers the remains of Cornwall. The Kingdom of Caledonia succeeds the Kingdom of Prydain. Gallic invasion of Iberia lands at a halt

512 A.D: The Danes and Saxons fight it out in Jutland causing the Danish king to flee to Bornholm. The Kingdom of Skane forms on the North Sea coast. Ireland loses grip in eastern Wales. Romans declare war on the Attillic Kingdom, which loses Crimea by the end of the year. The Kingdom of Gothia forms in Pannonia. The Kingdom of the Upper Rhine conquers the Kingdom of Francland and becomes the only Frankish Kingdom left, proclaiming itself the Kingdom of the Franks. The Greek legions invade Bulgar Armenia from the Black Sea and set up their own vassal state, the Principality of Armenia. The Sassanids expand westward to the Caspian Sea. In Brittannia the King of Anglia calls an invasion of Saxony, which ends in terrible failure as their fleet is burnt out at the mouth of the Rhine. The Kingdom of [East] Wales declares independence from Ireland.

513 A.D: The Sassanids expand futhermore on the Caspian coast. Bulgar Armenia is conquered and most of the people flee to the Volga delta, forming the Khanate of Volga. The Thuringians conquer the Kingdom of Mecklemberg and the Kingdom of Aland. The Romans and Franks jointly conquer the Kingdom of the Langobards, which restarts itself east of Bavaria. The Northumbrians break their vasslage from Anglia and invade. The newly founded Principality of Armenia sends diplomats to try and let other states in the Near East declare independence. After tens of massive revolts within Persia, it is elevated to vassal status but cannot break allegeance to the Emperor ever. The middle Germanic Kingdoms unite to become the Kingdom of Alania, namely after the Alans, whom had inhabited the area for over a century. The Kingdom of the Berbers forms on the fringes of Roman North Africa. Carthaginian nationalists revolt in Carthage causing civil disrest in Roman Africa. Jutland is taken for Saxony and the Danish king relocates to Copenhagen. The Kingdom of Gothia collapses and the king resettles east of Langobardia.

514 A.D: Emperor Orestes succumbs to the same diease as his grandfather. The Visgothic king dies, and his kingdom is split between his three sons. The Gauls and Romans take this chance and invade the weaker southern kingdoms. The Kingdom of Wales, after much debate, is given all of Irish Wales in exchange for vassalage. Northumbria's king dies and is incorporated into Anglia. The Carthaginian rebels are crushed in a razing of their main fort in Carthage. The Kingdom of Bohemia forms north of Langobardia. The king of Bavaria is assassinated by Thuriginian king, Leo, and the new king is forced vassalage. A provincal deal between the Kingdom of Anglia and the Kingdom of Britannia, causes the coast between Northumbria and East Anglia to become Anglian territory, while the coast of the Irish Sea is granted to the Brittannians. The Visgothic Kingdom invades the Kingdom of the Basques. As revenge for the failed invasion of Saxony, the Saxons invade Anglia and take the south. Pannonia is subjugated into the Roman Empire. The Cumans settle a Khanate north of Dacia. The Danes settle in Skane.

515 A.D: Orestes, in his illness, places Leo III as Emperor. Anglia falls to the King of Saxony, now naming himself King of Anglo-Saxonia. The Anglian remnants in Northumbria declares itself the Kingdom of Northumbria. The Kingdom of Britannia declares independence from Rome, taking in the old Anglian traditions and removing some Roman ones. The Bulgars in Dacia defeat the Roman Army in Thrace and Adrianople is captured. The Kingdom of Alania is invaded by the Franks and Saxons and is split into to different vassal states, North Alania and South Alania. Bohemia invades and conquers Silesia. Kingdoms start to form in Poland. The Kingdom of Stettin forms north of the Polish states.

516 A.D: Orestes dies in battle in Thessalonica, although very sick, he managed to save most of Greece from the Bulgars. The Bulgars siege Constantinople once again, and fail badly having to fall back to Adrianople. The Principality of Kiev is founded in northern Ukraine. The Kingdom of Prussia is founded north of the Polish Kingdoms. Dacia is invaded by Cuman tribes and the Bulgars fall back from Thrace. Some Norwegians settle a kingdom in Olso. The Kingdom of Slupsk forms between Prussia and Sttettin. The Kingdom of the Seubs invade the Visgothic Kingdom and decisively take their coastal area once belonging to the Basques which are given vassal status. The Brittannic Kingdom invades Saxon Anglia and takes Londonium. The Roman governor of Hispania declares Hispania a vassal state. The Vandals in western Roman North Africa rebel. The King of Gaul dies and splits his Kingdom between his three sons, subsequently creating the Kingdom of Gaul, the Kingdom of Catalonia and the Kingdom of Hispania. Since there are two Kingdoms of Hispania, the Roman one is named the Kingdom of West Hispania and the Gallic one is named the Kingdom of East Hispania. The Kingdom of Krakow merges with the Kingdom of Warsaw to form the de facto Kingdom of Poland.

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Europe in 516 A.D

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