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Crusader Kings 3: Byzantium is just three western dudes in Greek Cosplay
Crusader Kings 3. Fun game, has issues with Byzantium.
Before we go into that:
- Yes I'm aware it's just a game. This subreddit is based about being pedantic, you can lower the pitch forks
- Yes I'm aware that 'it has to be feudal or it wouldn't work in the game'. Imo that's not that good an argument, they should have made its own government mechanic.
- 'But they're going to fix it in DLC and sell it to us'. Not the best argument there, but regardless this is discussing the basegame.
- No, I don't hate the game. It's fun. In the west. The East is just disappointing.
Anyway, onto the issues:
First things first:
It calls them Greek. Not Rhomanoi. Not Romans. Just 'Greeks'. Please stop.
It's feudal. With feudal contracts. In both the 867 start and the 1066 start.
Putting aside the fact that 'feudal' isn't really a thing as much as a massive oversimplification of numerous different systems and styles?
The Byzantine Empire wasn't feudal. Like, at all. The old argument that Pronoia is a feudal influenced system has been debunked (though some still argue it). The peasants are citizens, not serfs. The land is still legally owned by the Emperor, its just the revenue from it is granted to a person for their lifespan. It varies a little over the centuries with the extent of it.
The closest you get to 'it's basically feudal contract right?' is a very brief period after the clusterfuck of 1204, if I remember correctly. Feel free to correct me if this is incorrect.
Next, Constantinople. It's a castle
A god damn castle. One of the Greatest Cities of the Medieval world. Is a castle.
The buildings it has is:
- Mansions (Manor Houses)
- Regimental grounds (Regiment clearings)
- Hagia Sophia - The 'upgraded' version of this is the Mosque variant
- Theodosian walls
What about the farm land outside of Constantinople? Doesn't exist unless you decide to build it. Guess we've just been photosynthesising till now.
The famous tradeports and harbours of the city? Don't exist unless you want to build them. I guess people have just been sailing up to the beach and yeeting crates onto the shore till then?
The Imperial Barracks? Not a thing. I guess the imperial regiments have just been sleeping outside like homeless cats.
The Tax offices? The Imperial Palaces? Not a thing. Unless you tear down the Theodosian walls to build them. But even then you can only get one.
To move off to the side for a moment onto personal gripes: Honestly I don't get why they couldn't have split Constantinople into multiple holdings. At least that way we'd be able to grant enclaves to merchant republics in exchange for support. Oh wait, we can't do that anyway so whats the point. Sob.
Now, what about the Byzantine military?
Well, you know the Navy? Yeah, it doesn't exist anymore. If people are sailing up to invade your lands you can't send out the fleet to engage them, you just need to watch them sail along. This was a flaw in CK2 too but it's disappointing to see it repeated here.
The Imperial Army with its many regiments? Well, in the 1066 start that doesn't exist. You've just got 6524 peasants with sticks and 10 Hetaireia. For reference by the 11th century the Hetaireia
are meant to be ...well, originally a bodyguard unit but it later merges with others to become a regiment full of young nobility.
The Scholae (iirc they last appear in combat in 1068)? Not existing.
The Excubitors who were wiped out by the Normans in 1081? Nothing.
The Hikanatoi? Nothing.
The tagmata don't exist in the 867 start either, mind you. Nor does any representation of the theme system.
The Varangian guard does
exist but they just act like bog-standard mercs. 1630 gold to use them. You start in 1066 with 273 gold and earn 28.8 a month.
But what about the succession system?
No co-Emperors. No Caesars.
Someone best go tell Manuel I that John's crown should have gone to his living eldest son instead of him. Bibliography Secondary Sources
- Angold, Michael, The Byzantine empire 1025-1204, A Political History (London : Longman, 1984)
- Haldon, John, The Byzantine Wars: Battles and Campaigns of the Byzantine Era (Stroud: Tempus, 2001)
- Haldon, John, The Byzantine Wars (Stroud: History Press, 2008)
- Kaldellis, Anthony, Romanland, Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium (London: Harvard University Press, 2015)
- Treadgold, Warren T, Byzantium and Its Army, 284–1081 (Stanford, Califorina: Stanford University Press, 1995)
- Yannis Stouraitis, ed, The Byzantine Culture of War, CA. 300-1204 (Leiden: Brill, 2018)
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