I agree the HRE one does look snazy, but the Byzantine one is better.
made a roman empire in the original Vicky.
and in eu3
its a goal for eu4 too when i have time to play it more.
as has been said: its fun to make alternate history. Anyone can make a super power out of France..
not the only alternate history though, in eu3 i made the swahili? faction a global power that owned the entirety of africa, couldnt achieve much more by the end of the game though unfortunately and was smashed in a war or two with europeans by the end heh.
made a global empire out of virianjar? whatever the southern indian faction is called. another from a single state faction in Japan when they released the expansion for the shogunate stuff, and conquered the world as Mecklenburg (forming germany in the process)
steamrolling states as a major power isnt as fun or rewarding as building an empire from humble beginnings
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Byzantium, I remember playing EU III vanilla and seeing there was no Byzantium. My response was to research the successor states and I decided the best course of action was to play as Trebizond. So without any way to change culture of any of the provinces that were established I conquered what was the extent of the Ottoman Empire at its height (but as Trebizond) minus the Arabian peninsula beyond the Levant provinces. Then I proceeded to fight everyone in the new world having joined the party late in the 1600's those were the days. I had Greek colonies all over the Americas, Africa and Asia. I had mega inflation and had built all the expensive buildings everywhere, my tax income was huge and I was way behind on tech never to recover but I had a huge army that could smite anyone just from number stacking. Those were the days. Sometimes it is fun to play what if and reverse history. Rome has a more cultural touching point then say what if the basque conquered Spain, or what if the Finns conquered Scandinavia. Everyone has their own interests but Rome was more universal in western culture. Either you want to win as them or defeat them.
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I once moved with France to the Greek peninsula and captured key provinces in Asia Minor. Never again.
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I believe that the Medieval Roman Imperial flag was a Chi Rho. After the restoration through the Palaiologos dynasty, this became their flag
Late Medieval/Renaissance Roman Empire flag.
That flag with the two-headed bird is a dynastic shield/coat of arms, not a country flag.
(If I am wrong on anything, please do tell me with proof. )
Personally, a little bit because of patriotism and a little bit because I find it a great challenge in all historical games I try to unite Italy before it's time. Usually as Venice or if the option is available as Parma.
I never felt the byzantine empire as actually roman. A roman empire has to be based on rome. Wrestling the title of roman empire away from the German HRE and the Greek Byzantines with the added challenge of uniting the italian peninsula under one banner is quite the epic challenge.