The Roman Republic cannot fall. It is as it is and has been for hundreds of years.

We've all heard this said. We've conquered and expanded. Developed and prospered. How can we not persist?

Of course, some rumours after the assassination of Tiberius Gracchus said otherwise. We've seen them written. In the words of Marcus Velleius Paterculus: From then on justice was overthrown by force and the strongest was preeminent.

As if this is a bad thing. As if this hasn't gone on for years. The Army fought the Slave Wars. They fought the Social Wars. And when Gaius Marius opened the Army to the landless, we were given the task of defending the Republic from itself.

In recent times, some say that Rome is swelling to burst with numbers from Pompey's conquests. You can hear it in the streets; no one speaks just Latin anymore. It strains the well-defined borders of society, but all the better for those who seek their place in different parts. After Caesar's astoundingly controversial first couple years as consul, it's been made clear the Army will be well-kept and well-used.

It is a time of conquest and defense. Under Caesar the legions are prompted to excellence. The clans of Gaul are moving, and we've heard tell we're to face them.

No matter. The Republic cannot fall.