Regnum Romanum

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Regnum Romanum

Welcome to the Portal Page for the Regnum Romanum alternate timeline.

Introduction

In the year 245, having angered the Roman populace through the pace and burden of constant building, Tarquin embarked on a campaign against the Rutuli. At that time, the Rutuli were a very wealthy nation, and Tarquin was keen to obtain the spoils that would come with victory, in hopes of assuaging the ire of his subjects. Failing to take their capital of Ardea by storm, the king determined to take the city by siege.

With little prospect of battle, the young noblemen in the king's army fell to drinking and boasting. When the subject turned to the virtue of their wives, Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus claimed to have the most dedicated of spouses. With his companions, they secretly visited each other's homes, and discovered all of the wives enjoying themselves, except for Lucretia, the wife of Collatinus, who was engaged in domestic activities. Lucretia received the princes graciously, and together her beauty and virtue kindled the flame of desire in Collatinus' cousin, Sextus Tarquinius, the king's son. After a few days, Sextus returned to Collatia, where he implored Lucretia to give herself to him. When she refused, he threatened to kill her, and claim that he had discovered her in the act of adultery with a slave, if she did not yield to him.

To spare her husband the shame threatened by Sextus, Lucretia submitted to his whims. But when he had departed for the camp, she sent for her husband and father, revealing the whole affair, and accusing Sextus. Despite the pleas of her family, Lucretia took her own life out of shame. Collatinus, together with his father-in-law, Spurius Lucretius Tricipitinus, and his companions, Lucius Junius Brutus and Publius Valerius, swore an oath to expel the king and his family from Rome.

As Tribune of the Celeres, Brutus was head of the king's personal bodyguard, and entitled to summon the Roman comitia. This he did, and by recounting the various grievances of the people, the king's abuses of power, and by inflaming public sentiment with the tale of the rape of Lucretia, Brutus persuaded the comitia to revoke the king's imperium and send him into exile. Tullia fled the city in fear of the mob, while Sextus Tarquinius, his deed revealed, fled to Gabii, where he hoped for the protection of the Roman garrison. However, his previous conduct there had made him many enemies, and he was soon assassinated. In place of the king, the comitia centuriata resolved to elect two consuls to hold power jointly. Lucretius, the prefect of the city, presided over the election of the first consuls, Brutus and Collatinus.

But what if if things had gone differently, resulting in the Collatinus becoming king? This timeline explores world history after a series of changes allows the continuation of the Roman monarchy into the present day.

Several important things to mention before reading this timeline :

  1. This alternate timeline is a rework of the Kings of Rome alternate timeline.
  2. This alternate timeline uses the Ab urbe condita system of dating, with the year 0 starting with the Founding of Rome. If you have some difficulties with the dates, you can use this (click here) to convert the dates and years.
  3. This alternate timelines features fictional people that do not exist in OTL.
  4. This alternate timeline is a timeline not open to unauthorized edits. Unauthorized edits will be reverted. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please refer to the talk page.

Sincerely, Frederick II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and duke of Kirchheimbolanden.

Point of Divergence

The Point of Divergence of the Regnum Romanum alternate timeline occurs in the year 245 (509 BCE), on which the prince Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus decided to seize power and become king, after overthrew the king Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. Instead of leading the Roman people to take the oath to never allow a king to rule.

In the news

Februarius 13, 2774
  • Florentia, RomaniaGaius Voconius Curio, the high-living, quick-witted two-term Consul who sent a man to space and dominated politics for decades, died today. He was 93. Edwards died of respiratory problems with family and friends by his bedside, the family spokesman said, days after entering hospice care at his home in Roma.

Februarius 8, 2774

  • Roma, Romania — Roman ex-consul Publius Cornelius Casca has been sentenced to three years in jail, two of them suspended, for corruption. He was convicted of trying to bribe a judge in 2014 — after he had left office — by suggesting he could secure a prestigious job for him in return for information about a separate case. Casca, aged 65, is the first former Roman consul to get a custodial sentence. His lawyer says he will appeal. Casca will remain free during that process which could take years.

Januarius 31, 2774

  • Athens, Achaea — Hundreds of thousands of Achaeans walked off the job, heeding the call of labor unions to join a general strike. The effects of the strike, which came in response to a new round of austerity measures proposed by Primes Minister Alexis Mitsotakis nearing approval in Parliament, were widespread. As flights and public transportation were disrupted, ships remained anchored in ports, government offices were closed and hospitals operated with limited staff.

Januarius 28, 2774

  • Roma, Romania — Senator Lucius Marcellinus Liberius, a young and charismatic liberal faction politician, announced today that he will run for the consulship in the 2778 election — making him the first candidate to challenge incumbent Consul Publius Decius Albinus. With his national profile, Liberius enters the race immediately as a top-tier contender. His announcement came months after he captured the faction's imagination with his better than expected performance in the 2773 Consular election.

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