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The Romans of Club Penguin (aka the Romans Army) is a Club Penguin army founded on October 6, 2006 by Explorer7777 after Roman Helmet returned to the clothing catalog. It is considered to be one of the earliest armies, along with the Army of Club Penguin and the Ice Warriors.

After its founding, the Romans fought in World War II and was defeated, which resulted in the army breaking up into smaller, server-based clans. The most notable clans were the Tundra, Mammoth, and Iceberg Romans. On June 11, 2007, Djgtjvgyhxgy, leader of the Iceberg Romans, merged all of the Roman clans into an army.

The Romans experienced many highs and lows while playing Club Penguin. More information to be added soon.

After Club Penguin shut down on March 30, 2017, the Romans began to play on Club Penguin Private Servers (more specifically, on Club Penguin Rewritten) circa October 2017. After fighting in three wars, the army was shut down on March 2, 2018 due to huge drops in activity among its leadership.

The army briefly returned in the form of a successor army in July 2018, but that army was also shut down. The Romans returned for one last revival in December 2019 and shut down for the last time in October 2020.


Club Penguin

Potential Proto-Clans (Early 2006)

On February 3, 2006, the Roman Soldier Helmet was released in the Penguin Style catalog. While there is no documented proof of the existence of a Roman clan in the early half of 2006, it is likely that proto-clans existed as early as the release of the Helmet.

The Roman Helmet was a widely popular item at the time, becoming an instant classic worn by many penguins. The Helmet would be discontinued on June 2, 2006, two months before World War I. Many who wore the Roman Helmet became part of the Reds. It is possible that Korn, leader of the Reds, could have been the first founder of an organized Roman clan; this theory, however, is not supported by any prominent army historian.

Foundation and World War II (Late 2006)

In the aftermath of World War I, the Color Clans declined and fell into the background, like a shadow. As a result of this, many unorganized armies (known as Clans) started to emerge on Club Penguin. With the rise of Miniclip Forums, Mammoth became the center for a majority of these newly formed clans, largely due to the efforts of a popular user known as Vital Viper.

According to Oagalthorp in his ACP Saga, "Explorer's Romans were famous for conquering most of its smaller rival clans." Toward the waning months of 2006, a penguin named Oagalthorp founded the Army of Club Penguin, which is widely considered to be the earliest organized army. While who started World War II is still disputed, many penguins acknowledge that the war formally began after the ACP "fired the first shot" on October 13, 2006. It was also around this time, on October 6, 2006, that the Roman Helmet returned to the Penguin Style catalog. With its return, a penguin named Explorer7777 organized the first Roman clan (and arguably the first army, as the Romans existed prior to the creation of the ACP).

Romans in 2006, fighting other clans.

The first formal battle of the war was the Battle of the Igloo. The battle began in the Snow Forts on Mammoth. A lot of penguins anticipated that the Romans would win due to their many victories prior to this battle, and the fact that they had been around longer than the ACP. However, the ACP would prove to outnumber and overwhelm the Romans with better organization and tactics.

Eventually, the battle would move to an igloo, lending to the battle's name. Oagalthorp and his second-in-command, Koolaidman7, would lead the ACP against the Romans, led by Bridget1234. Explorer was not seen at this battle. Oagalthorp described the igloo as a "Vietnam-styled battlefield", with small jail cells on for soldiers who got hit by snowballs.

After 30 minutes of fighting, the Romans surrendered. This shattered whatever power stalemate existed and widened the gap between the two armies, as the ACP began to grow in numbers. While the war lasted until mid-December, the Romans would never recover from its initial surrender. The ACP then allied with the Nachos and the Vikings, which proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Romans. Explorer would fail to hold back Oagalthorp's forces during battles at the Dojo on Mammoth, and ultimately, would disappear toward the end of the war, never to be seen again. This lead to the collapse of the Romans into smaller, server-based clans.

The Romans would briefly be reorganized as an army under Link360's leadership. However, this generation was fragile and fell apart quickly due to an extreme lack of communication and poor organization. Before the end of World War II, one Roman soldier named Djgtjvgyhxgy would show interest in taking the helm, and after Explorer abruptly abandoned ship, he made it his goal to reunite the clans and revive the Romans Army.

Unification of the Clans (2007)

The aftermath of World War II saw the Romans Army split up into several smaller clans that were based on servers or rooms. These Roman clans would have no reliable communication with each other, as each operated on its own turf. This chapter in the story of the Romans came to a close when the Emperor of the Iceberg Romans, Djgtjvgyhxgy, reunified the struggling clans into an army. He successfully accomplished this lofty goal on June 11, 2007, but from the start, the ranks would be a mess, having more than four different ranks being described as "leader".

The Romans Army, under Dj's leadership, would continue to operate for the next 10 years, seeing multiple generations rise and fall, all the way until its closure with the shut down of Club Penguin on March 30, 2017.

This section is currently under development. More information to be added soon!

Club Penguin Rewritten

Generation I (2017–2018)

The end of Club Penguin in March 2017 gave way to a massive rise in the popularity of Club Penguin Private Servers. A penguin named Ehroyals helped revive the Underground Mafias Army on a private server called Club Penguin Rewritten. This revival didn't last very long, however, because he decided to revive the Romans instead. He received support from Djgtjvgyhxgy and Twitchy543, and so in October 2017, the first "CPPS generation" of the Romans Army had begun. The initial leadership included Ehroyals, Zeke, Games, and Smurf.

The army's first event wasn't too impressive, maxing just 5 members. Ehroyals left the Romans after this event. The Romans maxed 15 and averaged 9 at their next event under Zeke, Games, Smurf, and Hannahbal (Ehroyal's replacement). The Romans didn't have an event in days following this, and Zeke left the Romans, following Ehroyals back into the UMA. Hannahbal had also left, and Smurf was promoted to Legate (1ic). He was now solely responsible for ensuring the success of this revival. Around that time, Smurf recruited a penguin named Ray, who would later become a leader.

URP–Roman War (2017)

On December 2, 2017, the Romans declared war on the United Republic of Penguins. Accusations levied against the URP included acts of treason, conspiracy, and espionage. However, on December 5th, this declaration was rescinded and replaced with two further declarations of war.

The following is an excerpt from a post on the Romans' website:

❝Today, the Roman Empire declares war on two different armies, the Underground Mafias Army and the Dark Knight Empire.

Yesterday, we were approached by a couple members of the Dark Knight Empire, who voiced their displeasure with the behavior of their leader, Emperor Flame. These soldiers defected to us in the past, but had been forced to return to their army by the unkind words of their leader. After we heard this, we pledged to declare war on the DKE in the interest of giving these defectors a voice.

After our unofficial declaration of war, Emperor Flame desperately scrambled to gather allies to fight us, pathetically begging armies like the URP and the Tubas to back them up in this war. He also attempted to fake a retirement to get us to cancel our war, which didn’t even last the day.

The DKE, paired with an UMA soldier, attempted to raid our training session later that evening, but failed spectacularly, not bothering to offer us anything even somewhat resembling a fight.❞


War of Roman Subjugation (December 2017)

Main Article: War of Roman Subjugation

The New Viking Alliance invaded and successfully captured two Roman territories: Blizzard and Abominable. The NVA maxed 13, while the Romans maxed 6. Even having suffered these losses, the Romans would not give up. Before the war came to an end, the Romans invaded Deep Freeze in a battle that would be jokingly referred to as the "Godly Battle of Deep Freeze". This battle lasted over two hours. The RPF joined the war effort during this battle, siding with the Romans. When the smoke cleared and the battle came to a close, the NVA had won four battles and the Romans had only won two. The victor of this war is still disputed; some say the Romans won, some say the Dark Knights/NVA won, each with different reasoning.

The war came to an end when the Romans pulled out of the war effort following their decision to remove themselves from all affiliation with Elmikey, who at the time had recently revived the Rebel Penguin Marines and began associating with the UMA and DK. The aftermath of this war saw SavageCobra, former leader of the DK, join the Romans for a position of authority; he was later suspended for repeatedly breaking its rules.

This war was called the War of Roman Subjugation, largely due to the overwhelming defeat the Romans incurred.

CPC–Roman War (January 2018)

Main Article: CPC-Roman War

After Smurf stepped down from Legate to serve as a Tribune, the Hawk Rebellion Catch went to war after invading Zipline, and the Blizzard Warriors wanted to capture it Zipline to give it to the Club Penguin Crew. The HRC was warned of an invasion, but changed the time to half an hour before without warning. ComissarXing messaged an HRC leader who was AFK regarding the time change, so they logged on and invaded half an hour after BW's event. When confronted about this, Xing said it was "HRC's fault" that they weren't online. Because of this, HRC scheduled a re-invasion and warned CPC leader Tymatt, who was also AFK, to give them a taste of their own medicine. The Romans then had a battle with the CPC, and the CPC dominated them. Because of this, the Romans held a war training event, where they maxed 12. The next day, the HRC carried out their re-invasion and, like HRC the day before, the CPC didn't show up. After CPC discovered this had happened, they scheduled another invasion of Zipline. The Romans and the HRC were ready and showed up before them. The CPC contacted other armies, asking them to help out. During the event, both sides fought their hardest, but after half an hour had passed, the CPC ordered their troops to log off.

A comment on the CPC's post about their invasion attempt.

After this, Twitchy, Emperor of the Romans, who served in a "backseat" role up until now, temporarily made himself a Legate and officially declared war on the CPC. The first formal battle in this war did not go as planned, however. The Romans were planning to raid the CPC's event on Ascent, but the CPC logged on to Sleet instead, unaware that CPR staff were online at the time. Around 5-10 or more CPC members were banned in an instant, and the rest of the Crew followed. The Romans then celebrated this unexpected victory by default with a "display of [their] Roman might." Then, the Romans invaded Sleet, just because they could. Then, after Tymatt retired from the CPC, a significant development broke out that would tip the scales of the war in favor of the Romans: the infamous Security, well-known for defacing many armies in the community, had blackmailed his way into the CPC leadership and created a dictatorship. It turned out that he was responsible for calling on CPR moderator Wicked Wickz to ban the CPC on Sleet. More information can be found in this article posted by SavageCobra (please note: the article's content contains use of explicit language). After this, the Romans accepted many CPC refugees into their ranks, such as SavageCobra, Zeke, and Tophattea. The CPC's website was then deleted, and the Romans declared themselves victorious.

DKE, before the merge into Romans.

Merger of the DKE (2018)

While suffering from an unexpected surge of inactivity, many Romans began to migrate to the DKE, which only worsened the situation. Cobra decided to return the new recruits to the Romans, however, and help fix the Romans' inactivity problem. On February 11, 2018, at around 1-2 AM EST, the Dark Knight Empire merged into the Romans Army.

This resulted in bolstered activity and new servers to be listed under the Romans' belt. SavageCobra became a leader of the Romans as a result of this merge.

Colonization of the HRC (2018)

On February 11, 2018, at 1:24 PM EST, a vote was held in the Hawk Rebellion Catch to decide whether the HRC should become a colony of the Romans. Nearly 5 hours later, at 6:18 PM EST, the vote was unanimously decided. Sleet [US], a sever on Vintage Penguin that was controlled by the HRC, was then given to the Romans.

First Shutdown (2018)

On March 2nd 2018, Ray and Cobra voted to shut down the Romans due to huge drops in activity among its leadership. Twitchy, Emperor of the Romans, announced the shut down of the Romans Army, and the army's website and Discord server began to be archived.

Nova Phoenix Corps (July 2018)

On July 13, 2018, several Roman veterans, including Twitchy, Ray, and Cobra, founded a successor army to the Romans called the Nova Phoenix Corps. Intended to carry on the Roman legacy in spirit, the army had high hopes and had to fulfill big expectations. Ultimately, it suffered the same fate as its predecessor's last generation (extreme inactivity among the leadership) and was shut down within less than a month.

Generation II (2019-2020)

In September 2019, Ray was inducted as an owner of the Roman Empire by Twitchy. He is the fifth owner overall, the first owner who did not serve while Club Penguin was active (2006–2017), and the third owner to achieve the title of "Army Legend".

In December 2019, with Twitchy's support, the Romans Army was revived once again, this time under the leadership of Cobra, Dino, Games, Smurf, and Lynx. Toward the end of this generation, these five were promoted to Consuls (co-owners) of the Roman Empire, serving directly under the Emperor (owner) when the army is active and acting as the owner when the Emperor is away.

Second Shutdown (2020)

In September 2020, several members of the Roman leadership called on Ray, who had been retired for the past year, to help them address issues within among the leadership. These issues were ultimately addressed and satisfied with the Romans Ownership Guide, a document written by Ray and edited by Twitchy that details the ownership of the Romans. Unfortunately, however, the "curse" of inactivity once again struck the Romans, and by October the army was shut down for the last time.


Achievements

  • Won the war against the Club Penguin Crew.
  • Won the DSMAN Inaugural Awards 2018 Best Name Award.
  • Won the DSMAN Inaugural Awards 2018 Most Influential Army Award.
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