Damian Constantine is the son of Phillipicus, and Aelia Constantine making him a member of House Constantine.
Damian Constantine would be born the third child of Phillipicus the Emperor of Byzantine at the time of his birth, and during his youth he was treated very poorly by his father of whom did not like his son's obsession with books, and lack of obsession with martial matters thus eventually leading to Damian being sent to Nicaea the largest city in the eastern section of the Byzantine Empire. Following the demise of his brother Julian Constantine he would become noticeably absent from politics and gave up the Title of Themata of Low Nicaea to his son Michael Constantine II. Damian Constantine would be placed in command of a portion of the fleet of Nella Constantine but during the conflict he made it very clear to his niece that he was not one for fighting something that his brother had known and thus Nella quietly let this be known to her own brother of whom placed Damian in an economic centered role away from the fighting instead. Damian Constantine would depart Byzantine for Crimeria following the Expansion of the Byzantine Empire under Antonio Constantine and would become the Magnate of the Byzantine merchant holdings there.
Damian Constantine would be born the third child of Phillipicus the Emperor of Byzantine at the time of his birth, and during his youth he was treated very poorly by his father of whom did not like his son's obsession with books, and lack of obsession with martial matters thus eventually leading to Damian being sent to Nicaea the largest city in the eastern section of the Byzantine Empire.
Departure from Politics
Following the demise of his brother Julian Constantine he would become noticeably absent from politics and gave up the Title of Themata of Nicaea to his son Michael Constantine II.
Magnate of Crimeria
Damian Constantine would depart Byzantine for Crimeria following the Expansion of the Byzantine Empire under Antonio Constantine and would become the Magnate of the Byzantine merchant holdings there.
| The Expansion of Byzantine|
It was of vital importance to the long term strength of the Empire that we controlled the coast lines. The Empire of Nehekhara may be unaproachable on the ground, but it would be interesting to see long term how they did if we cut them off at every one of their ports, and starved off their trade routes.
With his father dead he was crowned Emperor of Byzantium. He wasted no time and it was only two days after his father's death that he went to the Saint Sophia and had the Patriarch of Constantinople crown him. When Constantine IV took power there was a general sence that this man was someone who was very expansionist, and almost an extreme nationalist in his leanings. For the powers in Constantinople this was great, as they always wanted more. But when he did come to power and was in place for good, the nobles of Constantinople begin to realize that they were dealing with a very calculating leader, who was extremely charismatic, and intelligent. In his early days he begin several high profile meetings with the powerbases in the Empire in an attempt to galvanize support for the campaigns he was planning to undertake. For thos being met with it became clear that you were either with him, or very much against him. He proved this point when he had the third most powerful house in Constantinople completely destroyed after they were involved in a plot against him. With this action it became clear what he was capable of and the rest of the nobles fell quickly into line. With his powerbase under control, he went about planning for his expansion into the surrounding regions. Constantines desire to expand the Empire led him to many expansionary strategies, of which the first stage of which was the control of the eastern Mederateranian.
Tony Constantines desire to expand the Empire led him to many expansionary strategies, of which the first stage of which was the control of the eastern Mederateranian. In this regard he pushed his internal allies very hard to build up their strength, and he built up a large navy which he knew would allow him to gain the initiative in the area. His other goal during this period was the growth of the Ostrogoths in Anatolia of whom he was preparig for his eventual movement into the lands of the Empire of Nehekhara. In order to do this he sent in a large number of his intellectuals into the region of Anatolia where they proceeded to even further advance the urban growth of the Ostrogoths, and in this way also increased their industrial properties allowing them to make their military forces stronger then what they were at the time. So as the expansion prepared to move forward it was with complete shock that the surrounding kingdoms had no idea that any of this was even going on.
In order to do this he went about campaigns against the Greeks and the Bulgarians. Moving large forces to these borders he used a strategy of infiltrating the goverments of these areas to turn their own forces against themselves, to the point that they were fighting themselves more then they were fighting the encroachment of the Byzantines. In only 2 years he pacified greece and expanded his holdings in Bulgaria to the point that he was heralded in the streets for the largest expansion of the Empire since the Civil War.
| The Island Wars|
Greece fell two years quicker then I would have thought. Seeing their failure gave me increasingly bravery towards the islands of the eastern Mediterranean.
Fall of the Mediterranean
His next step was to get Cyprus and Crete into his realm of control along with Rhodes. Constantine sent his greatest servent Basil Arygros to Cyprus in the hopes of creating the annexation without any bloodshed. When Basil arrived on the island he was greeted by the entire nobility of Cyprus, and before he had a chance to even offer terms the King bid Basil to tell his Emperor that he would be coming to Constantinople to discuss things. The Kingdom of Cyprus was already close with Byzantine and greatly feared the Nehekhara so it agreed to an alliance that made them a nearly independent nation. During these negotiations Tony became very close with the King of Cyprus at the time, and this relationship would become a very important one for Tony in later days. Crete quickly as well saw an advantage to joining up with Byzantine after the quick fall of Greece left them very exposed.
"We needed an oppurtunity to show the islands of the south that resistance was futile. Rhodes gave us the perfect excuse to show our power in the region."
Rhodes held onto its independance and for its resistence the Byzantines launched a massive armada to the small island and quickly overwhelmed them. With their defeat the Byzantines brought in Houses from there expansion territores who would rule over rhodes. In this way they rewarded their allies and at the same time destroyed the Rhodes Elite. Crete quickly as well saw an advantage to joining up with Byzantine after the quick fall of Greece left them very exposed. Crete would resist to some extent but Alberto had already been given assurances that their main military force would be placed in the wrong places thus assuring a swift victory. Being forced to use force for the first time the Byzantine fleet would utterly decimate the defences surrounding the capital of Crete, and then land within the capital where they sacked the parliment, and killed much of the rebellion's leadership. With the resisting members of the Cretian leadership dead, the sympathisers would be placed in key positions while themain force of leadership was handed over to Visigoths, and Italians brought in from the mainland.