But there bordered the Empire of the Chen, the Empire of Rome; having mighty armies
which did fight constantly upon the borders of the land; causing that the Empire
of Rome should strive continually against the hordes of the Chen; being in a state
of war for a thousand years.
Summary: During the First Track of the world of the First Power, the world became
divided among three great empires: the Empire of the Chen, the Empire of Rome, and
the Empire of Drakonia (3:2:32-42). The Empire of Rome controlled the lands of present-day
Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and Madagascar, as well as the lands that bordered the
Mediterranean and eastward to the Indus River and Ural Mountains. Rome’s eastern
border was in a continual state of contention, as both Rome and the Chen fought to
defend and expand their dominion.
Drakonian Invasion of South Africa (3rd Endowment 24—25)
Following the strategy of Kronus Maximillius (3:24:10-61), the Drakonian military
launched a brilliant counter-offensive siege against the Roman province of South
Africa. Drakonian forces first attacked Herculeum, the capital city of South Africa,
then proceeded to sack several other garrisons which served as treasuries for the
Roman Empire (3:25:1-11). The invasion was an unprecedented success, with reports
of Rome losing up to half of all its wealth (3:25:22).
Battle for Petragia (3rd Endowment 27:16 — 28:44)
Known as present-day Iceland, the island fortress of Petragia was originally occupied
by the Roman Empire, but was taken by Drakonia during the newly formed empire’s fight
for independence from Rome. It wasn’t long before Petragia was reclaimed by Roman
forces. For centuries, Rome managed to keep possession of Petragia, despite the efforts
of several Drakonian Emperors to seize the prized island. It wasn’t until the reign
of Drakonus Maximillius and the cunning strategy and leadership of Kronus Maximillius
that Drakonian forces were able to successfully occupy the island of Petragia.
With the surrender of Petragia, the Roman emperor, Commodus III, was assassinated
by members of the Senate and replaced by Vespasian IV (3:28:45-48). After the death
of Kronus and the ensuing civil war, Drakonia was unable to maintain possession of
Petragia and Rome regained occupation of the prized island (AZC — Vespasian IV).
Sulla Cornellius — one of Rome’s most decorated generals; following Drakonia’s devastating
siege against South Africa, Commodus III made efforts to salvage his own position
by ordering the death of Sulla Cornellius.
Vespasian IV— became the emperor of Rome after Commodus III was murdered by members
of the Roman Senate.
Olivia Spadania — originally from Rome, Spadania seduced and then betrayed Drakonia’s
first emperor (Maximus Drakonus) by feeding information to Rome. The act of treason
resulted in Drakonus ordering all women to be stripped of their names and forced
into slavery and servitude.
Trajen — a Roman Emperor during the empire’s early history.
Julius Caesar— the first Roman Emperor of the imperial line of the Julians.
And Rome sat as a fearsome beast upon the land, having under its rule all of Europe
and Scandinavia, as well as all the lands which bordered the waters of the Mediterranean,
even all the way to the Indus River to the east; and there was added unto this all
the lands of Africa and Madagascar.
And there were under arms a host of eighteen million men, possessing armies and navies,
and air forces which did enforce the laws and decrees of the Emperor, and all those
which served him as kings and Caesars.