I like the fact that I can't see exactly how the politics/nation-building plays out.
* England becoming a stand-alone nation - but will assist in 'smacking down barbarians".
* Gaul - May go the same way as England, or may not, based on the fact they are too close to the
'Diminished, but powerful', Roman Empire.
* Rome (dimminished but still powerful)
Can Rome get over: The Strongest soldier Rules !
Therefore any man who wants to be Emperor (or the power behind the Emperor) has to prove
he can beat anyone who approaches him in power - not matter how much weaker that makes
Come-On guys, focus on slamming the Barbarians and find a Political Solution so that the Roman Emperor
doesn't have to go to war with anyone (civilized) who develops any military power.
Plus I see some signs of commercial/economic power being mentioned in the story line.
I want more of that. Let's get some ships sailing and some traders trading.