I write to you with the utmost urgency. Hispania is facing revolts. In the region, only Emporiae alone can claim to be in any kind of order. Osca, Carthago Nova, Sanguntum, and Gades are all on the verge of rebellion.
I'll begin with the situation in Sanguntum. The public order can be remedied with lowering taxes on the onset to low. That I am preparing to do. As for Osca, we can move the legion outside of the city and its legate Marcus Julius Caesar into the city to act as a policing force. However, there will still be significant resistance there so I recommend the building of an additional Lares Martis, which would cost us 380 denarii and speed the conversion of the local populace to our cause.
Now, in terms of Carthago Nova, I believe the best course of action would be to exchange its current garrison of milita with the legion located in Sanguntum. Allow me to explain this decision. One, Carthago Nova is also much closer to Gades, which has an atrocious amount of rebellion. Plus, Sanguntum's infrastructure is built such that it's possible for me to maintain order with a minimal garrison. However, the construction of an additional Lares Familiaris in Sanguntum, costing 280 denarii, will be necessary to further Romanize the province.
Now, moving on to Gades. This is perhaps the most difficult region for us to hold on to. Its distance from all controlled Roman lands have made the populace there very resistant to our Republic. I have a simple, yet brutal method for dealing with this. We will conscript the a majority of the residents in Gades into the military and position them as a local police force. I believe that this will be the best option for us as it not only will give us a sizable military presence, but also depletes a number of idle hands. Simultaneously, I recommend the construction of a Lares Familiaris to further Romanize the region. The recruitment will cost us dearly, at about 2620 denarii for the five units of Scutarii Falcata Infantry while the lares will cost us 280 denarii.
This brings the total sum of Hispania's speculated costs to be a total of 3560 denarii. More than what I had hoped for, but less than the cost of losing those lands and then forced to re-conquer them.
I thank the gods that I only have two more years of this hell before I can return to Rome. I hope all things are well in Africa.
Strength and Honor,
Tertius Tullius Decula
Pro-praetor of Hispania