You shame yourself by allying with filth, and dare to attempt to wrestle terms from me for the benefit of Pagans? I never had any intention of forcibly annexing you, I had no care for Sicily, the reason I offered the joining the Empire was because of the whole Vandal raiders thing. I always give my followers great boons. Why ally with Muslims and Pagans? Ally with Christians and join the Empire, and I will give you land, wealth, power, and forgiveness. Look at how Venice has already been given more from the benefits of our rule. You too could enjoy that if you denounced the filth that you have aligned yourself with.
And the update is being revised, and though I have over 50+ divisions now, once the casualties are redone, I'll have far more men than I know what to do with. You may want to take my generosity while it stays, because rest assured, Italy and the protection of Rome is the number one Imperial priority