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Originally posted by Carvador
From what I understand, the population to land mass ratio was dismal; the people of the Roman Empire were spread much too wide. Internal political decay due to the lack of confidence in the Empire was the primary cause, and because the legionnaires were spread so thinly, barbarians and other groups of the north tore them apart and forced Rome to retreat to its capital and Italian cities.