For, when Rome was freed of the fear of Carthage, and her rival in empire was out of her way, the path of virtue was abandoned for that of corruption, not gradually, but in headlong course. The older discipline was discarded to give place to the new. The state passed from vigilance to slumber, from the pursuit of arms to the pursuit of pleasure, from activity to idleness.
-- Marcus Velleius Paterculus, "Roman History": Book II, Ch. I
This is a place of insidious corruption.
Once, the Brujah of Carthage imagined Kindred and kine might co-exist openly. When infernalism tainted an Antediluvian's grand plans, Kindred armies swept across the Mediterranean and wiped Carthage and its Cainite denizens from existence. Most of them, anyways. The Romans never quite understood their vicious enemies, and now they understand even less. Old memories faded in the flush of power amassed by the loyal followers of the Ventrue Elder Camillus' bold vision for political unification.
Camillus declared himself pater (father) of the Eternal Senate, and forged a new destiny for Rome. The city soon eclipsed her fallen rival and decadence soon followed. Triumphant Elders now busy themselves with amassing debts and favours to further their own agenda. Suspicious courtiers hungry for influence mire childer and newcomers in a complex, shifting web of intrigues. Entrenched clans seek to protect their position against a flood of outsiders. Quiet warnings and prophesies go unbidden.
This is a place of frightening change.
No longer are childer mightier than men after their Embrace. Kindred scholars fear this sign of impending doom. Mortals walk the streets who wield unfamiliar might that can force even a veteran of Carthage to bow. Augurs tremble in the darkness. A reckoning is coming to Rome.