The Dark Ages period (or Early Middle Ages) is the early medieval period of western European history, usually specified as the time (476800 AD) when there was no Roman (or Holy Roman) emperor in the West or, more generally, the period between about 500 and 1000, which was marked by frequent warfare and a virtual disappearance of urban life. The name of the period refers to the movement of so-called barbarian peoples, including the Huns, Goths, Vandals, Bulgars, Alani, Suebi, and Franks, into what had been the Western Roman Empire. Whilst 'Dark Ages' is not as widely used by historians anymore, it's still a handy term to refer to this period for wargaming.

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