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The Principate is the name sometimes given to the first period of the Roman Empire from the beginning of the reign of Augustus in 27 BC to the Crisis of the Third Century in 284 AD, after which it evolved into the so-called Dominate. The Principate is characterised by the reign of a single emperor (princeps) and an effort on the part of the early emperors, at least, to preserve the illusion of the formal continuance, in some aspects, of the Roman Republic



K-Tier: 7-B

C-Tier: 9-C | 9-B to 9-A with artillery

Name: Senatus Populusque Romanus, Imperium Romanum, Ρωμαϊκή Αυτοκρατορία (Romaïkí Aftokratoría), Principatus Romanus

Origin: Real Life

Type of Faction: Ranges between a benevolent or military dictatorship, or authoritarian monarchy

Era: Ancient times

Times of Stability: 27 BCE to 31 CE | 41 CE to 64 CE | 69 CE to 167 CE | 197 to 211 CE | 222 to 235 CE

Times of Turmoil: 31 CE to 41 CE (Tiberius's reign after Sejanus became a bloodbath of paranoia and uncertainty, and Caligula proved to be a totalitarian tyrant) | 64 CE to 69 CE (The rather incompetent rule of Nero proved to take a turn into bloodbath and paranoia after the great fire, and a continuus civil war sparked throughout 69 CE after his death) | 167 CE to 197 CE (The brilliant reign of Marcus Aurelius was plagued (literally) with external factors such as civil war and parthian /germanic incursion, the reign of Commodus proved to be utterly bloodthirsty and corrupt, and afterwards there was a long-running civil war) | 211 CE to 222 CE (The reigns of Commodus and Elegabalus proved either extravagant or downright totalitarian, with mass executions and genocide which would lead to all states hating Rome) | 235 CE to 284 CE (The Crisis of the Third Century. Several emperors were murdered or assasinated through disastrous battles or civil war, much territory were stripped away by the Germanic Tribes and Persians, mass plague and famine diminished the population, and the economy was stunted by massive inflation and debasement)

Date of Creation: January 16, 27 BCE

Date of Dissolution: July, 285 CE

Population: 61.4 Million (164 CE)

Holdings: 2.75 Million square km (25 BCE) | 5 Million square km (117 CE)

Weaknesses: Usurpation is very common, corruption and tyranny may happen depending which emperor is ruling, and the entire infrastructure of Rome was falling apart during the Crisis of the Third Century



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