SPQR (originally The Eastern Roman Empire, Byzantium) was founded on November 2nd, becoming the first nation created in Eastern Europe, and 5th worldwide.
It is currently the 4th oldest nation on the server (USA falling), and third active (Rome being inactive)
The Time of the Imperators
(August 2 2018 - October 25 2018)
Terra Nova Announced
On August 2, 2018, Fix announced on the EarthMC discord his intent to release the "Terra Nova" update. This update, while at this point was just teased without any specific details, was recognized by most players as the map reset that so many people were asking for. While a release date was not given, most players believed the release was in the near future, and thus began preparing nations for it.
Creation of SPQR
Within only a week of the announcement, Florene Aurelia and Tiberius Caesar (Lapurdi) created "Imperium Romanum". This nation sought to recreate the Roman Empire at its peak 117AD borders, with Florene and Tiberius as the two "Imperators" or emperors. On the 11th, the name was changed to "SPQR".
Rapid Initial Growth
As the two Imperators invited more and more players, the nation grew rapidly. Among the many early members of the nation were GeneralRhombus, Pock (Now TerraAustalis), PolkadotBlueBear, Phillybob777 (Justinian Diocletian), Switzerland_ (Now ThailandPvp) and Seranil. With the large influx of interested players, the early government felt confident on wide land claims from Britain to Egypt, from Gibraltar to the Danube. Hopes were high, and confidence was strong.
After an initial week or so of rapid growth, SPQR started facing a large backlash from nations such as Germany and Spain, both of which had conflicting claims with the overly extended Roman Empire. Understanding this predicament, the Imperators shored up claims. Seranil, who was the leading Senator at the time, negotiated the Treaty of Sicily, which ceded Iberia and part of Morocco, in exchange for recognizing the other roman territorial claims. The Imperators also ceded the Rhineland to Germany, for similar terms.
Three Emperors, Three Jurisdictions
To help deal with all the government responsibilities the empire was facing, Justinian was raised to the title of Imperator by Florene and Tiberius. But now with three emperors ruling over SPQR, each of whom with different governing styles, tensions in the Roman government grew. To settle the issue, the three agreed to split the empire into three zones of jurisdiction on August 30th, each led by an Imperator. Each Imperator got final say on matters in their zone. Florene ruled the west, with her capital at Rome; Justinian ruled the east, with his capital at Constantinople; and Tiberius ruled Egypt, North Africa, and the Holy Land, with his capital at Alexandria.
Abdication of Tiberius Caesar
Frustrated from the territorial concessions, and disheartened from the seeming inactivity by many members of SPQR, Tiberius Caesar abdicated from his position on September 3, 2018.
The Great Stagnation
From late August to late September, SPQR stagnated severely. Players started going inactive on the discord, players left, more territorial concessions were made, and SPQR almost collapsed before even the release of Terra Nova. This was caused by multiple factors:
Necessary territorial concessions played a factor, as many players saw the claim map slowly shrinking week by week. Britain was abandoned, North Africa was abandoned, Egypt was abandoned, the Holy Land was abandoned, much of France was abandoned. It seemed like within only a few weeks, there would be no territory left. Florene also took a few weeks off from the discord for a family vacation, which disheartened other players as they believed the government had gone inactive. Finally, the Terra Nova update was taking longer than expected to release. When initially teased in early August, most players believed that the release was merely weeks away, thus leading to the extensive planning done by multiple nations. But as August turned into September, and September neared October, the update felt like it would never arrive.
A New Third Emperor
Seeing these effects on the empire, Justinian decided to appoint another Imperator on September 23rd to help fill the void from Florene's vacation. He settled on Dominus Pius (DinoGod) to be appointed as the new Imperator of the west. Dominicus brought hope for a new influx of players, as he started using his connections to merge other planned nations and players from other servers into the Empire.
Although September 2018 was a dark time for the empire, things began looking hopeful at the end of the month. Staff began hinting that Terra Nova was coming soon: On September 25th, Fix released a partial map screenshot; on October 5th, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO26xDvRSxQ& was posted; and three more posts over the next couple weeks continued to detail the upcoming release of Terra Nova. Florene also returned from her vacation. Justinian was able to negotiate the merging of some other planned nations such as UCS and "Byzantine_Empire". And Dominicus's efforts to invite other communities into the empire led to a securing of southern France and Italy (both of which previously appeared to be falling apart) and was even able to reclaim sections of North Africa.
Among the foreign affairs policies enacted by the imperial administration at this time was the Ecumene. This alliance, originally named the Mediterranean League, was meant to secure roman borders and provide a counterweight to the other major military alliance known as PACTAM. Some of the major members of the Ecumene included Portugal, SPQR, and Bulgaria.
The Central Alliance
Along with the Ecumene, SPQR also joined the Central Alliance. This military alliance, between France, HRE (the planned but implemented one), and SPQR, sought to create a stable central Europe. It would later collapse during the release of Terra Nova when HRE was failed to be made, and France extended claims over much of Germany.
The Creation of the Tetrarchy
With the nation growing at a rapid rate again and the announcement of a distance limit from national capitals to their towns, SPQR took two measures in order to better administer its territory. First, the empire was split into two towny nations. In the east would be Justinian and Florene, with their capital at Constantinople. In the west would be DinoGod with his capital at Rome. Second, the Imperial Administration added one more member to its ranks. In order to balance out power, and to balance out imperial administration, the west adopted a second emperor similar to the east.
New titles were also adopted to prevent confusion about authority. "Imperator" was replaced by a senior emperor rank called "Augustus", and a junior emperor rank called "Caesar". In the model, based on the real-life Diocletian tetrarchy, the Caesar would be subordinate to the Augustus and would essentially be the heir apparent. Thusly, Florene would rule as Augusta of the East, Justinian as the Caesar of the East, Dominicus as the Augustus of the West, and the newly appointed Marcellus as the Caesar of the West.
Marcellus arrived on the scene as part of Dominicus' recruiting projects. He was the leader of a large group of non-EMC players, who were found by Dominicus. The deal made between the two was simple: Marcellus would be made Caesar of the West, and his group would merge into SPQR. After final arrangements were made, the tetrarchy was formed.
(October 25 2018 - November 9 2018)
Initial Fallout From Terra Nova
When Terra Nova was released, donators were given a few days headstart over the all other players. To ensure the survival of the eastern empire, Florene asked Syn, the then leader of the HRE and donator, if he could create Constantinople so another nation would not claim it first. Syn agreed to help, and on October 26 2018, he created the town of Constantinople.
The west was not so lucky. The only player who had donator ranks was Marcellus, who was able to claim Rome. However, a new, yes unknown nation started taking hold over northern Italy. This nation, Italia, was previously unknown to SPQR, and as the days until the full, non-donator release of Terra Nova dragged on, the western empire was only able to watch as town after town was made in northern Italy. Negotiations were attempted but proved futile, as Marcellus' attacks on the Italians precluded any further talks.
Terra Nova Released
On November 1, 2018, the Terra Nova release finally arrived. Players rushed on the server and raced to be the first one to claim this or that town, or to build this or that nation. In the east, things were looking hopeful. Over a dozen active players (most of which were senators prepping to create their own towns) had joined Constantinople and were all collecting gold to create the nation.
The west did not look as good. While Rome was claimed by Marcellus, who refused to hand it over to his senior emperor Dominicus. And the only other town that was created was Carthage, on the northern tip of Tunisia. Every other western citizen either disappeared, or moved east. Little action was done in the west to otherwise cement their territory, and the dispute over Rome only escalated the issue.
Blaming the entire SPQR government for the territorial issues in the west, Marcellus declared himself in open rebellion on November 1, 2018. He claimed to be "Imperator" of Rome and broke away from the western empire. He took the rebellion a step further, and through fake DM chats between one of his lieutenants and a phony Justinian account, he tried in instill distrust in the eastern monarchy. For these treasonous acts, Marcellus was stripped of his position, made an enemy of the state, and was banned from the SPQR discord along with all of his supporters.
Acquisition of Horses
After some experimentation with the MCMMO plugin's Taming skill, CorruptedGreed, mayor of Philippopolis, spawned some in and breeded them. This supplied the capital, Constantinople, with its first horses.
Italia Recognized as The New Western Empire
When Marcellus took Rome for himself at the very start of Terra Nova and refused to give it to the rightful Augustus in the West: Dominicus, the establishment of the Western Roman Empire came to a sudden halt. Italia to the north, however, had begun to slowly creep further southwards over the coming days with the establishment of new towns. Eventually seeing the situation in the west as hopeless, Florene reached an agreement with the Italians, recognizing them as the new western empire, thus allowing her to focus on matters in the east. The dual empire of old was now just one, eastern Roman Empire, Byzantium.
(November 9th, 2018 - January 1st, 2019)
First Byzantine Colonial Expansion
On the 15th of November, Florene was approached by Jump Fox where he details the possibility of Byzantine Colonial possessions in Asia, specifically Bangkok and South-East Asia. This was accepted by Florene and thus Byzantine Bangkok was established which later went on to form Byzantine Siam.
Byzantium Reaches the #1 Spot on /n list
Since the first week Byzantium was always one of the most Active and most populated nation s however near December Byzantium came to its peek as #1 Nation in January it lost to Nazi in number of Citizen but greatly outnumbered any nation in terms of Town (60 Byzantine town compared to 30 for the second biggest nation)
Intervention Between Canadian Tribes and Panama
As a request from Panama, Byzantium came to their help in the war in exchange of some Turtle Eggs.
Forum of Constantine Completed
See Christmas Conflict.
Mercenary Work Outlawed
Following the Christmas Conflict, mercenary work was outlawed. Citizens of Byzantium were no longer allowed to operate as mercenaries under the reasoning that it causes problems for foreign affairs.
Turkish Republic Claim Deal
After the creation of the Turkish Republic, Justinian made a deal with them, giving them half of Anatolia(Eastern part) to the Turk while the West and Center would be Byzantine , this deal started an Internal conflict in Byzantium between the Greek Head and the Armenian Population of East Anatolia that saw its expansion possibility blocked by the deal, the Deal would be later broken by the Turk at the time of the Balkans War.
January 2019 Elections
The election started out with a total of 6 candidates. 5 of the candidates were running for Consul, with the other being the only one to run for Legatus. The 5 starting candidates for Consul were Carlos_Eduardo, CorruptedGreed, moope787, WTDpuddles, and Voisardian. The race was steady, with all of the candidates posting their campaigns gradually throughout the month of December. However, being the first election, there were certainly bumps along the way. The Christmas Conflict led to Consul candidate Carlos_Eduardo dropping out of the race before the voting period started. Following this incident, Voisardian started publicly criticizing other candidates, borderline smearing them. [Historian's note: To be continued]
The First Consulship of CorruptedGreed
(January 1st, 2019 - January 29th, 2019)
The Byzantium-Albania War was an unprecedented conflict. Relations between Byzantium and Albania were stable for a great duration of both the nations' existences. However, tensions between the two suddenly skyrocketed. Hampusk8, the king of Albania, had harassed _S64_, the committee chair in charge of infrastructure, by attacking him multiple times during the construction of a railway. After the increased acts of hostility, Albania created the town of Prilep in Byzantium's claimed land (Macedonia). This drew sharp a turning point in relation, and sent the nations into war against each other. The conflict was concluded with a decisive Byzantine victory after the creation of Forte_Carlos. Hampusk8 surrendered to Byzantium, and came to the table to organizethe peace. On January 15th, Hampusk8 agreed to the terms of the Byzantine-Albanian Treaty, drafted by current-serving Consul CorruptedGreed, and approved by the Augustus, Justinian. The treaty most prominently includes full reparations for the Fort in exchange for its disbandment, along with Albania handing over the town of Prilep.
Due to internal trouble NATO, was dissolved. This information came with some happiness in Byzantium as some citizens (mainly Serbian and Armenian) had no sympathy for the Coalition name. After the disbandment of the alliance, new ones were developed to fill the gap left.
New Alliance Solution
After leaving NATO, Byzantium decided to take a more decentralized and article approach to its alliances. The next step of action was joining 3 separate alliances: the Tervel Alliance, the Near East Treaty Organization, and the Intermarium Alliance. The Tervel alliance is the personal military alliance between Bulgaria and Byzantium. The Near East Treaty Organization is a means of organizing the borders of the middle east. The current members are Byzantium, Judah, Persia, and possibly soon Greater_Armenia. Finally, the Intermarium Alliance, being an economic and military alliance for eastern and southern Europe. It has a defense pact aspect, so member states need to help one another if they get war declared on them. The member's states are Byzantium, Bulgaria, MinskanRus, and Austria-Hungary. As of January 12th, 2019, Austria-Hungary is no longer apart of this alliance due to declaring war on another member state, Byzantium (The Great Balkan War).
The Great Balkan War
Abdication of Florene
On January 10th, 2019, Florene, the current serving Augustus, decided to abdicate. This decision was made by her in order to invest more time into building Constantinople. Justinian, being the long-serving Caesar, was to replace Florene. The ceremony to crown Justinian was held during mid-January with the participation rate exceeding 20 players (Enemies were also allowed the attend; fighting was successfully prohibited for the duration of the ceremony).
3 Byzantine Towns on /towny top land
On January 19th, Cilician_Armenia grasped a position among the top 10 biggest towns, after having farmed 1500 gold in just 3 days. It sits with Constantinople (365 plots), Pergamon (289 plots), with Cilician_Armenia at 246 plots. Thus far, Byzantium is the only nation that has more than 1 town being apart of the top 10 biggest towns on the server. This achievement signals that towns other than the capital are experiencing major development. Byzantium may be the first nation to set an example for nation-wide development, dissuading from having Constantinople as their Forward Capital.
The February 2019 Elections
Close election between CorruptedGreed and offtechthegamer.
The Second Consulship of CorruptedGreed
(January 29th, 2019 - March 1st, 2019)
Vassalization of Spain and Caribe
February 5th, 2019 - The nation of Spain, along with its Caribbean dominion joined Byzantium as dominions, further expanding borders into Iberia.
Withdrawal from The Intermarium Alliance
February 11th, 2019 - Byzantium formally withdraws from The Intermarium Alliance. Shortly after, ScaryDragon, the leader of Minskan_Rus, announces the alliance's dissolution. The primary reason for Byzantium withdrawing from this alliance was due to the lack of support it got from fellow member states after The Great Balkan War broke out.
The Third Consulship of CorruptedGreed
(March 1st, 2019 - March 26th, 2019)
The End of The Great Balkan War
March 4th, 2019 - After 3 months of conflict, Romania finally withdraws from the Great Balkan War. Due to being the main adversary of the war, Romania's withdrawal ultimately signaled its end. Austria Hungary and other adversaries went dormant following Romania's withdrawal. Despite being given a white peace, the state of the nation is beyond repairable. While The Great Balkan War may have ended, returning the Balkans to its previously dormant state, its effects prominently impacted the geopolitics of the region. It would pretense the capitulation and rise of nations in the area.
CorruptedGreed Becomes Caesar
March 9th, 2019 - Justinian, the second reigning Augustus of the GRE, proclaims CorruptedGreed as his Caesar (heir) of the Empire. This followed a successful political legacy, via serving as the first Consul for three consecutive terms. AddyF is put in charge of Persia as Queen Regent, and CorruptedGreed moves into Constantinople.
The First Consulship of Zqppy
(March 26th, 2019 - April 26th, 2019)
April 4th, 2019 - Over one month ago The Balkan Treaty was signed between the GRE and Romania. It involved Romania buying the Byzantine towns on its territory while sticking to their own claims. Dukasv violated the agreement of the treaty earlier by planting/accepting towns in Ukraine. This prompted further questioning on why Romania had not gone through with the treaty after weeks had gone by. Romania had made enough money to pay off the treaty with its national shop but simply spent it on claims for pre-existing towns and for the towns in Ukraine instead. The following exertion of diplomatic pressure and overall instability of the nation lead to Dictator heat1804 handing it over to Caesar CorruptedGreed as payment for the treaty. The resulting chaos that ensued included all governmental officials going into the diaspora, becoming separatists and carving out their own sovereign, national claims (Transylvania and Bukovina).
Vassalization of Caucasia and Kievan Rus
April 3rd, 2019 - The Caucasian Empire, consisting of Greater-Armenia and Georgia, join the GRE as one province, Caucasia. Kievan Rus also joined, created by a formerly Byzantine mayor for the purpose of controlling Ukraine under an individual province.
The First Consulship of fritzstick
(April 26th - May 26th)
Coronation of CorruptedGreed
May 25th, 2019 - CorruptedGreed is crowned Augustus at the Senate House.
The First Consulship of YellowVictini
(May 26th - June 27th)
Vassalization of Bulgaria
May 29th, 2019 - Bulgaria officially joins the GRE as a province.
Vassalization of Numidia
The Second Consulship of fritzstick
(June 27th - July 26th)
End of the Italian Revolt
July 4th, 2019 - After over a month of rebellion, JuliusCastor finally surrenders and hands over the nation of Roman_Republic to the GRE, returning it as a province.
July 7th, 2019 - Manoia, a Senator who owned a town in Crete, declared independence and made his own Greek nation. This came after minor donations of gold given by the nation to help claim. Byzantium instantly reciprocated by declaring war and securing eastern Crete.
In the following days, God_Of_Murloc came to negotiate with Manoia. He easily understood that Byzantium was in fact the main Greek nation and that his nation was a threat to its stability, so he agreed to move out. On the 17th he finally moved out to Canada and changed his nation name to Hudson_Bay.
Creation of the Triumvirate
July 9th, 2019 - With Britain and the German_Empire threatening multiple nations in Europe, Spain, France, and the GRE created an alliance called the Triumvirate. It would seek to combat Britain and its allies, later known as the Regional Powers, and would be renewed on the 15th of each month.
GRE-Turkey War Ultimatum
July 17th, 2019 - After hostile conflict with Turkey for over 3 months, the GRE sent an official ultimatum asking them to recognize previously made border agreements. When no response was received, the GRE officially declared war on Turkey.
July 21th, 2019 - A new claim map was made showing the borders of each province at the time. It can be seen in #claim-map in the GRE discord.
The Third Consulship of fritzstick
(July 26th - August 28th)
The Fourth Consulship of fritzstick
(August 28th - September 30th)
War on the German Empire
September 14, 2019 - After multiple towns were sniped by the German_Empire from France on the Rhine, the Triumvirate drafted an ultimatum to send to them, which demanded the towns. After receiving no answer for over 24 hours, the Triumvirate nations declared war on the German_Empire.
The Fifth Consulship of fritzstick
(September 30th - November 3rd)
October 24th, a day to be widely regarded in history.
Byzantium's 1 Year Anniversary
November 2nd, 2019 - The nation turns 1 year old. CorruptedGreed makes a statement in celebration.
The First Consulship of therealOGre and EchoOcelot
(November 3rd - December 2nd)
Creation of the New Constitution
November 10th, 2019 - After months of work led by Justinian, a new Constitution was finally finished and put up for vote. It passed overwhelmingly in the Imperial College and the Senate.
November 11th, 2019 - Bulgaria is sold to the town Nova Kakhovka in Ukraine, and Adrianople joins Byzantium.
Vassalization of Nubia
December 1st, 2019 - In late November, Twomoo1119 made a ticket requesting to join the GRE as a province. A vote was started on December 1st which had overwhelming approval, and so Nubia officially joined the GRE.
The Second Consulship of therealOGre and EchoOcelot
(December 2nd - December 12th)
Impeachment of EchoOcelot
December 12th, 2019 - On December 11th, WTDpuddles announced that he would be starting an impeachment vote on EchoOcelot. 24 hours later, the vote commenced. With a 49-4 final result (many people choosing not to vote to make it not meet the quorum), EchoOcelot was effectively impeached. S64 was next in line to become Consul, but he stepped down and so WTDpuddles took his place.
The Consulship of therealOGre and WTDpuddles
(December 12th - January 1st)
Integration with Turkey and Renaming of Byzantium to SPQR
December 23rd, 2019 - After months of negotiation, Augustus CorruptedGreed announced that Turkey and Byzantium would officially unite into the nation of SPQR. The old nation of Turkey would be preserved in a one chunk town to retain its /n spawn.
The Consulship of Golden_Bowser and WTDpuddles
(January 1st - February 1st)
Rebellion of Grand_Yugoslavia/Ottoman_Rumelia
January 5th, 2020 - VladThyInhaler, (now known as Suleivlad), mayor of Thessaloniki, declared independence from the GRE. War was instantly declared on them by the GRE. Multiple battles were attempted/occured at his town. Eventually, he would rename his nation to Ottoman_Rumelia, and his town to Salonika. On January 12, the town of Lemnos was created and joined Ottoman_Rumelia. Multiple sieges took place on the town.
Capture of Ottoman_Rumelia
January 30, 2020 - VladThyInhaler/Suleivlad decided to sell his nation to a player named shellblu. Shortly after, the nation was then sold to S64 through BasicallyAndrew, ending the Ottoman conflict once and for all. Vlad then went to various places, ending up in Pakistan.
The Consulship of Voisardian and WTDpuddles
(February 1st - March 1st)
Nubian Election Scandal
February 1, 2020 - Shortly after the February election results were posted, it was discovered that EchoOcelot had bribed Nubia with gold to get their senators to vote for him. He was told that he would have 24 hours to either resign or be impeached. He didn’t, however, have to state that he bribed Nubians for gold.
February 2, 2020 - EchoOcelot made an announcement about his resignation. He explained that he did bribe the Nubians and realized that what he did was corrupt and unfair to the election process. Basically_Andrew would take his place as Praetor. Shortly after the resignation, Echo started an impeachment vote against _Demon1932_, a person who also was voted in by the Nubians. A few hours later, Demon made an announcement stating that he would be resigning, ending the impeachment process. TheLocalWizard would take his place as Praetor.
February 10, 2020 - With help from many Imperial College members and senators of the empire, a new Constitution was drafted. Led by WTDpuddles, the new constitution made various changes such as adding Imperial Edicts, non-amendatory declarations that can be made by the Augustus, precautions against election fraud, and many other topics.
Secession of Aegyptus/Aigyptos
February 16, 2020 - Judge__Judy decided to sell his nation of Aigyptos and leave for France. He sold it to the former leader of Ottoman_Rumelia, Suleivlad, an enemy of the GRE. Immediately after purchasing the nation for 400 gold, he left the GRE.
War on Lithuania
February 21, 2020 - On February 16th, a Lithuanian town was made within the Ruthenian prefecture of the GRE. The Imperial College started a ticket with the Lithuanians on the matter, where they stated that they had no care for borders and wanted to control the Black Sea. Since a solution could not be reached, a vote was started to declare war on Lithuania. It passed unanimously in both the Imperial College and the Senate, and on February 21st war was officially declared. A battle took place later that day at Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. Victory was not declared by either side.
Secession of Nubia and Nyasa
February 29, 2020 - A day before the GRE’s elections, Nyasa declared independence from Nubia, citing election fraud, the desire of total power, and the griefing of other nations as their reasons. They also stated that they would not like to stay in the GRE, but still maintain a friendly alliance. Shortly after, GRE senators were complaining about the fact that Nubia has been interfering in their elections and that they should leave. Twomoo1119, the leader of Nubia, said that he would “do it himself,” and left the GRE discord. Their leaving was officially voted on and approved on March 4, 2020.
The Consulship of Basically_Andrew and 32Killorin
(March 1st - March 31 )
The secession of San Marino
The Consulship of TurkDarthJoker and Fritzstick
(April 1st -April 14th)
War on Carthage
April 6, 2020 - After the collapse of San Marino, the leader moved the nation to a north African town in Numidia, renaming the nation "Carthage". There were talks between Roman and Carthaginian officials to no avail. After a few days of minor battles and skirmishes and a unanimous vote in the imperial senate, war is declared upon Carthage. After the declaration a few minor conflicts took place, most notably a Carthaginian beacon which was stolen by a Roman legionnaire. Despite this the war died down after 1-2 weeks with Carthage slowly losing its towns and eventually becoming a city-state. It has remained this way, even today.
The Consulship of TurkDarthJoker and Basically_Andrew
(April 14th-April 18th)
The Impeachment of Basically_Andrew
April 14th, 2020 - Augustus CorruptedGreed announced that he will impeach Basically_Andrew due to inactivity. This was the 2nd impeachment ever carried out on a government official, and the first one done by the Augustus. This was a warning to the rest of the government of the consequences of idleness. The impeachment ended with Basically_Andrew effectively removed from office. Golden_Bowser took his place as Consul as he was next in line by number of votes.
The Consulship of TurkDarthJoker and Golden_Bowser
(April 18th-April 31st)
Crusade Against Ancient Egypt
While the GRE had been in conflict with Ancient Egypt for months prior to this event, interest was reinvigorated thanks to Pope BenedictXVII. Observing recent territorial gains made by the pagan Ancient Egyptians, he realized that they started to pose a threat to the holy land. With the large following his church already began to have, with the help of CorruptedGreed, they were able to create one of the largest military coalitions the server had ever seen: The Crusade against Ancient Egypt. Within the first week dozens of nations big and small had pledged their allegiance towards the cause. Notable nations include:
Empire of Yemen
The Consulship of WTDpuddles
(May 1st - June 1st)
Due to a vote carried out during the consulship of TurkDarthJoker and Golden_Bowser, this is the first consulate in six months in which there was only one Consul.
The First Consulship of Justinian
(June 1st - July 1st)
Establishment of the Aerarium Populi Romani bank
Justinian's first major accomplishment was organizing a government bank with Exarch 32Ogre. The bank goal of the bank was to loan mayors gold to expand their towns and generate revenue for the state.
Persian Departure from the GRE
Persia, which up to that point has been considered one of the most powerful and influential provinces in the GRE, has decided that they would fair better off being independent. While this was disappointing to many government officials, it was ultimately allowed.
The Invasion of France
While France's internal stability was at an all time low, the GRE saw this as a perfect opportunity to create a Province within France. Led by 32Benja, Carolingia quickly saw French towns rebel and join it. Although this Province was frowned upon by France, it made no resistance to it. While this new vassal was successful, Benja ultimately decided that merging with France would be the best thing to do for stability in the region.
The Departure of Georgia
Although Georgia considered itself independent for months, it was officially voted upon and removed from the Roman constitution under Consul Justinian.
The most notable accomplishment of Justinian's first term was the various matters of legislation he passed that helped eliminated some of the Imperial College's many nuances.
A major rework of the bureaucracy which eliminated the lower bureaucracy and condensed it into five Magister positions. These positions were also given voting seats in the Imperial college.
Kephale reforms which gave a Kephale to every Province no matter the size a Kephale, among other things
And the Reworking Quorum and Voting act which altered the way the Imperial College vote was counted.
Led by Erimzy, many towns in the Turkish region that had ethnically Turkish mayors, decided to rebel, forming the Turkish Republic. This resulted in SPQR losing population. This uprising coincidently conceded with a massive influx of Turkish players due to a large youtuber making a video. This granted Turkish Republic an early boost in activity in population, this boost however, was short-lived
Turkish Republic has attempted to siege Constantinople once, failing in the process. Otherwise most action has been through claim wars instead of actual battles.
The Second Consulship of Justinian
(July 1st - August 1st)
The Vassalization of Liechtenstein
Due mostly to the efforts of Exarch 32Ogre the vassal state of Liechtenstein was created to combat German and Austrian presence in the area.
The Creation of KingdomOfRomania
The Dominion of KingdomOfRomania was created by Supermario8 to spark activity in the Dacian region.
Intelligence Plot Revealed
After months of being a powerful member and leader figure in the Turkish_Republic, TurkDarthJoker reveals that he was a Roman spy all along. This was a powerful move that crippled Turkish moral and caused many towns to join SPQR, or become inactive and collapse. This action marked the turning point in the war and started the slow collapse of the Turkish_Republic.
The Fourth Consulship of 32Ogre
(August 1st - September 1st)
The Addition of Arabia
The Territory of Arabia was created by alsjad with the goal of establishing Roman dominance on the peninsula. After only a very short lifespan the project was discontinued due to inactivity and has laid dormant ever since.
The First Consulship of Zerkillor
(September 1st - October 1st)
Ultimatum to the Dominion of Israel
In a rather peculiar move, Consul Zerkillor puts up a vote in the Imperial College initiating a ultimatum to the SPQR dominion of Israel. The Ultimatum made Israel apologize for its past wrongdoings and pay a large sum of gold. Although the vote passed, it was declared invalid by Augustus CorruptedGreed due to ultimatums not being a matter of legislation.
The Russian War
The GRE declared war on Russia due to Russian violation of a peace treaty made between it and Tzarist_Russia. Led by Legatus alsjad, the GRE was able to crush Russia within two hours of war being declared, resulting in a peace treaty that made new boundaries and guidelines.
First Consulship of alsjad
(October 1st - November 1st)
Collapse of the Serbian Empire
After months of conflict, the nation of Serbian Empire collapsed. This was a monumental victory as it meant that the SPQR now had sole dominance on the Balkan peninsula after fighting for it for almost two years.
Officials from the Roman Province of Tzarist Russia and the independent nation of Russia decided that unification under the GRE would be the best option for both of their nations. Thus, the Province of Russian Empire was formed, granting the GRE control over most of the vast region of Russia and its inhabitants. For a period of time this new nation was among the most populated on the server.
The First Consulship of Kronosfobi
(November 1st - December 1st)
The First Consulship of Marko_
(December 1st - December 31st)
Consul Marko has instituted a number of amendments to help increase government productivity and stability within the empire. This includes:
Subsection VI: Internal Borders - This was a long awaited addition to the Constitution which prohibited provinces from making towns within other provinces claim maps.
Subsection IV.1.1: The Bureaucrats - After Consul Justinian ousted the lower bureaucracy, there was no middle man between the Imperial College and a mere Senator. This amendment created Bureaucratic positions to assist the Magisters with their tasks.
The Promotion of the Dominion of Israel
Under Consul Marko, a vote to promote Israel's status from Dominion to Province was passed. This was a major development as Israeli's have been asking for Provincial representation in the Roman government for months prior to this.
Europa Pact Established
With the Coalition of Europe being outdated and neglected, a new alliance known as the Europa Pact was created to take its place. With the GRE being a driving force in the pact's creation, the Europa Pact provided a means for the GRE's claims to be recognized and respect by the relevant powers of Europe.
The Establishment of the Traders Rome
Consul Marko created the first state shop since RomeMarket using a data collection technique to maximize profitability. Along with this he establishes multiple factories to supply the new industrial output.
The Second Consulship of Marko_
(January 1st - January 31st)
New Canada Conflict
Two former citizens of the Turkish Republic moved to the Americas to establish the nation of New Canada. As soon as New Canada was created, it declared war on SPQR and Finland. Although New Canada never attacked any SPQR towns directly, Roman legionnaires such as IkSteelJouhoofed attacked and killed many New Canadians.
The Third Consulship of Marko_
(February 1st - February 31st)
Ottoman Empire Skirmishes
MrsVolter created the nation of Ottoman Empire, he soon started planting towns all over Anatolia and the Black Sea. To his dismay none of the nations in his region supported him and soon formed an unofficial "coalition" against his nation, Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire has faced daily raids from nations such as Ancient Egypt, Turkish Republic, and the GRE. After several cheating and alting accusations and controversies, the Ottoman Empire's leader, MrsVolter was banned and eventually, Roman spy DalekTV inherited the nation and soled it off, marking the end of this iteration of "Ottomans".
Military Castras Instituted
In preparation for the upcoming war-plugin, Consul Marko_ arranges a plan to erected military "safe zones" in key points across disputed areas. This also marks the first Consular addition to the military since Killorin supplied legionnaires in Ankara.
The Fourth Consulship of Marko_
(March 1st - March 31st)
Intervention in Egypt
After months of stagnation, direct action was finally starting to take shape in the Egyptian region. Towns like Giza, Memphis, Gahreb, and most notably Frog Moore all received funding to combat Ancient Egypt and contain the greater Osiris metropolitan area.
Ever since the former Kaiser, SerGreek, established a hostile state within SPQR, the Roman government has had an unfavorable view of Germany. With the German succession crisis the GRE was eager to support 32Gold's claim to the throne. To show recognition a Roman embassy was constructed in the new capital, Berlin.
The Fifth Consulship of Marko_
(April 1st - April 31st)
Under Consul Marko, a series of reforms to the Roman legions were written and approved. These reforms split the military into combat and administrative sectors along with creating the government positions Legatus and Centurion. For the first time in months the GRE had an ogranized military.
Seccond Israeli Kephale Instituted
For the first time since the Italian renaissance, a province besides SPQR received a second representative to the Imperial College. Many saw a second Israeli Kephale as a symbol of Israel's rise to prominence within the GRE, becoming a province able to compete with SPQR for dominance within the union.
Integration of Kingdom of Romania.
The Kingdom of Romania after being given to alsjad was promptly disbanded and integrated within SPQR
The impeachment of 13E666L13
On April 23, 2021, Magister Millitum fritzstick initiated an impeachment vote on Praetor 13E666L13.
After 48 hours of suspense it was revealed that 13E666L13 barely escaped removal from office with just under 50% approval for his abdication.
Marko Retires from Politics
After five wildly successful terms as Consul, Marko announces that he has done all he desired with the position and wishes to pass it on to new innovative minds. To many this was a return to mediocrity filling the position of Consul.
The Fifth Consulship of 32Ogre
(May 1st - May 31st)
The impeachment of 32Ogre
On May 11th, 2021, Praetor YellowVictini initiated an impeachment vote on Consul 32Ogre.
It was concluded that 32Ogre was to remain in office with just under 50% approval for his abdication.
The Imperial College
- Quaestor - TurkDarthJoker
- Magister Militum - fritzstick
- Sakellarios - 13E666L13
- Vicar - alsjad
- Aedile - WTDPuddles
- CorruptedGreed (SPQR)
- TurkDarthJoker (SPQR)
- Mining_Tzar (SPQR)
- Marko_ (Israel)
- Iksteeljouhoofd (Israel)
- TheMirro1 (Italia)
- ItzNotNeon (Russian_Empire)
- Jan_Skrzetuski1 (Numidia)
Honorary Members (Imperial College)
- Legatus of the Ancient Egyptian War - zerkillor
- Legatus of the Carthaginian War - 32OGre
- Centurion for the Ancient Egyptian War - Jan_Skrzetuski1
- Centurion for the Carthaginian War - TBA
- 20 Legionnaires
- 2 Engineers
- 2 Suppliers
Total serving force of 24
The Forum of Constantine
Serving as the main center of the city, the forum of Constantine is a circular public space that includes the Senate house. The forum in its entirety occupies a 7 by 7 chunk area of the capital. Quartz, brick, and colored terracotta/concrete are among the materials used to decorate the ornate marvel.
The Hagia Sophia
Currently in construction
Imperial Senate House
[Historian's note: To be documented soon]
The general architecture is from the classical to medieval ages. While it is not enforced, mayors and citizens alike are encouraged to build in this style.
The nation SPQR is mostly located in The region of the Balkans, Anatolia, and the Middle East with a few exceptions
SPQR spans over the entire Balkan peninsula, stretching even a little beyond with cities like Balti and Dnipro granting control of modern day Moldovia and southern Ukraine. Additionally SPQR maintains a strong presence in Asia, controlling the majority of land in Anatolia, and all of modern day Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. To top it all off, with the recent annexation of Aegyptus, SPQR has a substantial foothold in the Egyptian region, with large towns like Cairo and El Dabaa securing the Mediterranean coastline. SPQR is the Imperial Province leading the GRE (Greater Roman Empire).
Position in Relation to Other Nations
North of Constantinople, past the Danube, is Romania. To the east are Georgia and Greater-Armenia. Towards the south-east is Israel. In the west is Italia. Finally, Austria-Hungary is the farthest north-west.
Military alliance via the Europa Pact
Military alliance via the Europa Pact
Military alliance via the Europa Pact
Since Byzantium expanded its land to the Balkans, the relations between Byzantium and Austria_Hungary kept falling, hitting a bottom worst at the Balkans War. Austria_Hungary and Byzantium claim disputes are the main reason for the war.
Conflict due to border disputes.
Niger has persistently raided GRE towns over the course of early to late 2019, now Niger seems to be dying out and raids have slowed in frequency.
Hostile relations due to the Europa Pact
Hostile relations due to the Europa Pact
Hostile relations due to being in hostile relations with Serbia
Timeline of Augusti
- October 25th 2018 - January 13th 2019
- January 13th 2019 - May 25th 2019
- May 25th 2019 - Present
|The Europa Pact|
|Founding Member Nations|
|GRE | Austria | Spain|
|Augustus CorruptedGreed | File:Mednis.png Kaiser Mednis | File:32Pengun.png Rey 32Pengun|
|Wars and Conflicts|
|Europa Pact - French War|