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The Fall of Rome (Vae victis!)

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The Fall of Rome
Part of Vae victis!
Battle of Allia
A picture of Roman and Senone forces fighting
Date 387-386 BC
Location Italian Peninsula
Result Victory for The Senone
  • The Senone gain large amounts of gold and valuble tools
  • The Roman Republic collapses
  • The Etruscans and the Safinei begin to split the Italian Peninsula
The Senone Roman Republic
Commanders and leaders
Brennus Marcus Furius Camillus
13,000 26,000
Casualties and losses
3,000 ~20,000 Soldiers, 17,000 civilians

The Fall of Rome was a series of three decisive battles between the Senone and the Roman Republic. The fighting was intense, but the Senone manged to crush the Romans at every battle, causing Rome to collapse and leading to the eventual centralization of the Senone. The ultimate defeat of the Roman Republic lead to a redistribution of power across the Italian peninsula, and set the basis for much of history.


Previously, the Senone had been camped outside an Etruscan village, essentially holding the area hostage until Etrusca would grant them land. To resolve the situation, Rome sent a team of three diplomats to help resolve the situation. However, after failing to do so, the Etruscans launched an attack on the Romans. During the chaos, one of the Roman diplomats killed a high ranking Senone. After Rome refused to turn the diplomat over, the enraged Senone army began marching toward Roman territory.


The first contact between the two forces came at the battle of Allia. Here, a superior Roman force presented a defensive line to the Senone, wanting to kill them as they approached. Brennus moved his army forward, attacking the Romans head on, and quickly cutting their line to ribbons. Within hours of the first contact, the Roman army was fleeing, and a day after that, the Senone army followed with only minimal casualties. The forces met again in Rome, were Brennus handily dispatched the remaining defenders, massacring the senate to secure victory. After these intense battles, the Senone army settled down outside Rome for the winter.

After the Winter, the Senone resumed their devastating offence. They marched northward toward Veii - the only real place the Romans could realistically fight. After defeating a few Roman vanguard units, the Senone started a siege of Veii. After nine days of intense fighting, the walls were breached, and the city sacked. Later, during negotiations, Brennus would kill the Roman general, thus sealing the fate of the Republic. After this triumph, Brennus and his army marched back through Etrusca, intending to return to their homeland.


Immediately following Rome's fall from Grace, the Etruscan government reformed itself and took over Umbria. Meanwhile, in the south, the Safinei took over what little remained of the Roman Republic, taking advantage of the near anarchy the region suffered. Over the following years, Safineim and Etrusca built themselves up, eventually culminating in three wars spread out over hundreds of years. This would be the main legacy of the destruction of Rome, though it did indirectly allow the Senone to centralise, eventually creating the Senone Republic.

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