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    Latin Empireball was a Crusader state in Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria. It is know for weakening the Byzantine-icon.png Byzantine Empire giving the Ottoman-icon.png Turks an easy opportunity to expand into europe. It along with it's Kingdom of Thessalonica-icon.pngDuchy of Athens-icon.pngPrincipality of Achaea-icon.pngDuchy of the Archipelago-icon.pngvassals had fought against other nearby neighbors such as Second Bulgarian Empire-icon.png Second Bulgarian Empireball and Empire of Nicaea-icon.png Empire of Nicaeaball.

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    Latin Empireball was born as a 2-icon.png 2ball, later annexed by Byzantine-icon.png Byzantineball. The city states of Veniceball and their other rivals such as Genoa, possess very powerful navies and they have refined shipbuilding skills. Their seapower was rivaled that of Byzantium but the Romans forged an alliance with them ensuring to trade spices with them. In exchange, Venice and Genoa will provide the Byzantines naval support when war erupted. This alliance proved effective, as while the Byzantine Army and their navy was busy dealing with the empire's enemies in Europe, Venice and Genoa's navy will stop Muslim raiders from Asia and Northern Africa to ransack Byzantine coastal settlements. Venice and Genoa, due to the alliance, also get to acquire Byzantium's secret trump card, the "Greek Fire" which is the grandfather of modern flamethrowers but unlike today's flamethrowers, it's incendiary, meaning, even when in water, the fire is still alive.

    However, in 1182, Byzantine-Venetian relations soured as many in the empire were jealous of the Venetian's privileges, including sexy trading deals, their huge power and had a lot of influence in politics. In the same year, Romans ignited an Anti-Western Riot, targeting Latins and the Venetians. This angered the republic because aside from the massacre of Venetians, they also ransacked Venetian property and their owners imprisoned or banished.

    In 1204, the Crusaders contacted Venice to construct ships for them. The Venetians happily agreed, however, the Crusaders was only able to provide half the men they're supposed to have and the Venetians were angry, as they worked hard to construct the ships. To make matters worse, the Crusaders was only able to pay half the money they're suppose to pay and the Doge (ruler) didn't allow them to leave the city and collect funds to pay back Venice. So the doge decided to impose a task to the crusaders. He ordered them if they captured the city of Zara(in modern-day Croatiaball), their ships will already be payed full. The crusaders successfully captured Zara, however, this angered the pope, as the crusaders attacked a Christian state instead of a Muslim state, so the pope excommunicated them. However, the crusaders didn't care and continued their way to the Levant by marching all the way from the Balkans. Along with them is a former prince of Byzantium, Alexios IV Angelos. Before the Fourth Crusade happened, Alexios was exiled to Germany and contacted the crusaders for support to dethrone his uncle and install him to the throne. In exchange, Alexios will pay them vast amounts of money. The crusaders agreed and the knights defeated the Byzantine army and installed Alexios to the throne as his uncle, Alexios III ran away from Constantinople.

    During Alexios' short reign, he confiscated church property and sacrificed precious artworks and melted them to make silver. However, the Byzantines were angry and a riot killed Alexios. Alexios was only able to pay the crusaders half of the supposed money they'll receive and so, they pillaged Constantinople. A lot of Romans were left homeless and the crusaders commited warcrimes such as rape, massacres and more. Because of the sacking, it weakened the Byzantine Empire a lot and Byzantine clay were partitioned between the crusaders and established the Latin Empire.

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