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Lucilla Takes the Throne

This timeline's point of diversion occurs in 180 AD, at the peak of the Roman Empire. In his final days, the beloved emperor Marcus Aurelius designates his daughter Lucilla, rather than his son Commodus, to ascend the throne upon his death. Lucilla ushers in a new era of reform, ensuring that the Roman state remains safe for centuries. As a result, the Roman Federation endures to this day, and has gained global prominence through military, economic, and religious means.


Classical Era

  • 180: Marcus Aurelius dies. His daughter Lucilla becomes empress.
  • 183: Lucilla reorganizes the Roman Senate
  • 185: The Roman Senate outlaws gladiatorial combat in Rome.
  • 187: The Senate outlaws gladiatorial combat throughout the Empire.
  • 192: The Senate appoints new governors of Gallia, Hispania, Britannia, Graecia, Africa, Asia, Aegyptus, Judaea, Illyria, and Syria.
  • 193: Lucilla resigns, and the Senate appoints Constanza Meridius as Rome's next consul.
  • 195: The Senate agrees to hold elections for High Consul every five years.
  • 200: The Coptic Church of Christianity takes root in Egypt.
  • 202: The Senate expands from 600 to 1000 members, of which 500 are active at a time.
  • 220-260: A scientific revolution occurs in Rome, leading to advances in agriculture and medicine.
  • 264: A new method of agriculture is introduced, leading to a series of bountiful harvests.
  • 280: Christianity begins to spread rapidly throughout the Roman Consulate.
  • 294: Rome grants freedom of worship to all Christians and Jews, but does not declare a state religion.
  • 313: A new military draft increases the size of Rome's standing army.
  • 371: Augustinism, a mixture of Christianity and Roman tradition, becomes the majority religion.
  • 376: First Goth War begins when the Visigoths attack the Roman Consulate.
  • 378: Thanks to new military formations and limited Vandal support, Rome defeats the Visigoths at the Battle of Adrianople, winning the first Goth War.
  • 410: Alraic of the Visigoths begins the Second Goth War, invading northern Graecia.
  • 414: Rome signs a peace treaty with the Visigoths, allowing Gothic immigrants to freely move within the Consulate.
  • 434: Attila the Hun invades Graecia, beginning the Hunnic War.
  • 435: Visigoths come to the aid of the Roman Consulate, and begin fighting the Huns.
  • 437: Attila is repelled. Hunnic War concludes.
  • 479: The Britannic Revolt begins, led by Arthur Pendragon.
  • 491: The Britannic Revolt ends. Britannia gains complete independence from the Roman Consulate.

Post-Classical Era

  • 500s: Coptic Christianity spreads southward into Nubia and Ethiopia.
  • 690: Slave revolt in Mauritania. Rome temporarily loses control, until an agreement is reached, improving slave conditions in western Africa.

Expansion Era

  • 1124: Explorer Cassius Cavarius of Italia lands on the tip of Brazil, naming the continent Amazonium, after the ancient Amazon people.
  • 1191: Explorer Gallius Septimus lands in Quebec, naming the continent Elysium, after a region of the Underworld.

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