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Editor says, what if Claudius had lived? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Politicians thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In AD 54,having narrowly survived an assassination attempt at the hands of his own wife, the Emperor Claudius embarked upon a transformative programme of change that returned Rome to a Republic with a future-proofed governance model. He did this by exiling his entire family to Tiberias' Palace on Capri and declaring that no Julian could succeed him.
Claudius LivesThe key feature of the new constitutional was the abolition of the principle collegiality, a merger of the consulship with the tribune, increasing the term of office from one year to four with no succession. But the real game-changer was the progression towards paper-based communication which made the new system of government work effectively.
Editor says, in reality Claudius died and a series of instability factors ultimately destroyed the Empire. In authoring this post, we have consulted with Scott Palter, Stan Brin and Jeff Provine, also repurposing content from Wikipedia. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.