Marius said nothing, and the Admiral spoke up instead. His face was grim.
“I am offering you peace, security, and and Valkorian infrastructure and law. Disarm your troops, and bend the knee to the Emperor. You will pay a tax of 10 sesterces per man per year. Valkoria will furnish a garrison for you, and defend you against foreign threats, as a province of the Empire. You will be allowed to govern yourselves, so long as you pay taxes, and obey the laws of Valkoria. Your ruling council, leaders, or higher government may not go to war without Valkorian leave, or raise troops, but you may consult the garrison commander for military matters. Trade will continue as before, but without any premiums or tariffs whatsoever.”