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Decline of the Roman Empire
After the Pax Romana, the Roman Empire started to decline. The reasons were political and economic, and they had problems with foreigners. After the guard killed Commudus, they sold power to the highest bidder. This led to chaos every time a leader died. All leaders became dictators, and almost all were killed by their guards. The Roman Empire had 26 leaders in the next 50 years.
A leader had to pay his army well to keep them happy so that they would fend off invasions. This led to high taxes and inflation. Borders were left open as Romans fought among themselves. Germanic tribes invaded, Persians took Roman lands, and Gaul tried to become independent.
Farmers had to stay on their farms; ones who left were hunted down.
Town officials had to collect taxes, and pay the difference between what the state wanted and what they collected.
Government workers had to keep their jobs for life, and their children had to do the same job.
The Roman Empire was split by Diocletian, into west and east.
The new capital was Constantinople because the east was richer than the west.
The End of the Western Roman Empire
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