As an unenthusiastic, off/on NCR supporter I would just like to start off by saying that it is a terribly bad sign that the Legion's top military minds combined with some of their best military forces failed to unseat one of the most far flung, under funded, no training having welps of the NCR off of their fancy pre-war toilet. The tip of the Legions mighty spear was dead stopped by a disorganized smattering of some of the NCR's finest worst. What would a hypothetical dust up between the Legion and the NCR look like if the NCR were to divert their efforts held up in part by brahmin land barons toward the Dam? We are seeing some of the best the Legion is capable of in NV. Strategy, equipment, top brass, rank and file, morale, momentum and resolve. By comparison it is the opposite with the NCR. Based on these observations who would have an easier time invading the others territory? Who would be more capable of retaking a lost dam? It would also appear that taking the dam is an all, or nothing objective for the legion as opposed to being a very critical one for the NCR. The Legion requires divine intervention to succeed in their manifest destiny where as the NCR requires the courier to not lose an important territory that they want to expand into. Also consider that the NCR is capable of manufacturing weaponry and military equipment comparable to ww2 equipment as well as maintaining working vertibirds. Oddly though the idea of taking out the legions leadership to win the war is one I'm actually not so eager to act on as it will likely cause the Legion to balkanize along their old tribal lines and collapse into moral crusading, uber zealot, Islamic style caliphates with a penchant for enslaving pregnant women and their unborn children for life. Not to mention that they engage in guerilla tactic, biological warfare via radiation to get their way already. This may happen anyways as Caesar will die of a tumor if not for the courier and Lanius is a capable military leader, but I do not think is capable of leading the empire as Caesar has. Given his past how many of Caesar's closest would be bludgeoned to death upon his passing? Vulpes would do a better job although I have my doubts on how an extremely macho, survival of the fittest culture would take to having little finger leading them. My bet is on it not lasting long. Their system is very non flexible. A good measure of how strong an empire, or system of government is is how well it handles a crisis of leadership, or any other crisis for that matter. In this I believe we see the NCR's greatest advantage over the legion. They can weather Kimball's death better than the Legion will Caesar's. The Legion is analogous to the Mongols: Elite fighters that conquered much, but failed to hold onto it past a human life span when their god king/key stone died. They may have invaded China successfully (which I doubt the Legion is capable of with the NCR) but who do we all have on our minds today? Which of these groups has a more accomplished history? Edward Sallow, his actions and legacy are a great example of why Roman Catholicism's elites believed that certain knowledge should not be available to certain individuals. Not a value I hold myself, but there are always exceptions... All roads lead to Rome and Rome's road leads to death. Romani ite domum is an unavoidable reality even if Caesar lives and is ultimately replaced. They are mongols with Roman aesthetics and some tactics thrown in.