The Nika Riots

The Nika Riots

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  • I can't afford all of this myself! We all have to pay equal amounts for our freedom.
  • Maybe this will help!
  • The Iberian War was coming to an end, and Justinian was in the midst of negotiating a treaty with the Persians. There was enormous resentment over the taxes he was enforcing.
  • Stop making us pay outrageous taxes we can't afford!
  • You suck Justinian!
  • Facing this, Justinian and his wife Theodora decided to hold a chariot race in order to cheer up his citizens. But little did he know the chariot team opposing him had something planned...
  • Those who have worn the crown should never survive its loss. Never will I see the day when I am no longer saluted as empress.
  • The race started off with Justinian's team, the Blue, in the lead and with most support. 
  • But soon the tables turned and insults began to be hurled at Justinian. The Green team now had the most support and crowds broke out and began to besiege the palace. Justinian holed up in the palace.
  • Justinian was about to flee when Empress Theodora gave him some much needed advice.
  • Eventually Justinian came up with a plan that helped him stay as emperor and helped him pursue his dream of restoring the Roman Empire.
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