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When the Holy Roman empires was obliterated, it was destroyed by tribes of Slavs, Vandals, and other Gothic tribes, who made a point of coming in from a north-east or north-west direction and BYPASSING the northern areas of the Empire, since it had no great value to them aside from random plundering due to it being a branch-off and was mainly used as farming and small towns; the "meat" of the Empire lay in the East and West. As such: there was, in fact, no "northern" Roman Empire. The empire, when it was eventually split and destroyed due to a huge number of causes -best outlined in the book The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, written by Edward, Gibbon- was separated into the Western and Eastern halves. The Eastern half came to be known as The Byzantium Empire. The Western half became known as Mediolanum. This last attempt at a more wide-reaching "civiliaztion" ended in ~480AD. After that time, it would become informally, and then formally known as "The Dark Ages."

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