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“Since the murder of the Emperor, we have had two weeks to secure our flanks. The governors of Daciae, Macedonia, Thrace, plus those north and east have pledged their loyalty to you, as the rightful emperor. Dalmatia, Pannonia, and Illyricum have been split. As far as I can tell, the civil war has erupted there in full force. Your greatest supporters in the region seem to be a confederation of cities centered around Narona on the Narenta village. If we can move some forces there, we may be able to take the entire province. At strength, there are roughly thirty legions in territory that we can definitively claim as our own.” Sovorix spoke as he placed several groups of small flags, bearing the golden Laurel Crown over a field of red, on the map.
“But most of those are tied down facing the Mongol.” Constantine leaned forward slightly. “How many legions do we have available outside of the eastern theater?”
Sovorix checked his notes. “I thought you’d ask that sir. Currently, you’ve got roughly six legions under your direct command, including those damaged during the battle of Kici. There’s another three under Commander Paulos northeast of Antioch. Five legions are holding a line between Tripolis and Damascus in Phoencia, and four legions are holding the northern edge of the Mongol salient around Edessa.”
“So what you’re saying, Speculatores, is that over half my loyal legions are tied down holding back the Mongol invasion.” The primus Caesar had presumed as much, but it felt as though the work of two whole weeks had netted him little strength.
“Well… yes. But you do have twelve other legions…”
“Spread out in a dozen different locations between the Caucuses and North Africa. We’ll be destroyed in detail if we can’t concentrate our men, but if we concentrate out legions, then the Mongols will run roughshod over the entire rest of the east. We cannot face both my uncle and the Mongols at the same time. I simply don’t have the manpower.”