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What if the Roman Empire endured?


Imagine if the Roman Empire hadn’t fallen, hadn’t split into two separate empires, and had carried on from its peak under Trajan. Using our calendar, for ease, it’s now 1930. The Empire is led by Emperor Georgius the Sixth, and is broken down into three areas. The first is the west, in what we call the United States. The second is Europe, with the Scandinavian counties, Caledonia, the Baltic and much of the Slavic countries still free. The third is the east, what we used to know as the Byzantine Empire, only expanded and which is a truly fractious area, especially on the border of China.

This just a quick idea off the top of my head, inspired by the motorbike charioteers. Hopefully it will get people thinking.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


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