Stretched Roman forces after repeated attacks were preparing strike back. Prior to undertaking an attack into Lapus Magna they have adopted a strategy of using their depleted forces as pickets. They Emperor then holds a reserve of their stronger units was held to meet any assault.
This is fine in principle but the attacking Maoists had their own tricks. Their reserve militia units carry out night recognisance & find a gap between the pickets leading straight to the imperial palace & abandoned Preatorian barracks.
Outmanned and out gunned the Emperor’s staff and his Guard from the 1st Cohort of the Legion (reduced to 2 centuries) hide as the Maoists advance awaiting for reinforcements.
With Maoist militia about to storm the Place the Legionaries are forced to engage in an unequal fire fight.
Despite the entry of reinforcements from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Cohorts of the Legion and the surviving Roman tank alae the Maoists firing from defendable positions and making best use of indirect fire by their mortars beat off attacks.
With so called elite Roman units routing off the battlefield, the Emperor and his staff (formerly the Magister Equitium) surrenders to the 6th (Pol Pot Provincial) Workers Defense Bn. The surviving Roman forces retreat into Provinca Nova (PN,) their eventual loyalty to be determined at the end of the turn.