One of the reasons the Roman Empire finally collapsed, after a 500 year reign, was because it could no longer sustain itself fiscally. In other words it went broke. And one of the reasons it went broke is because of the constant wars it had to wage to try and safeguard all of the countries it had conquered. In short it had its nose in a lot of other peoples business. The people of Rome had a belly full of their taxes going to pay for these military exploits and they rebelled.
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