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Second, Constantinople would very rarely witness smooth imperial succession. A dynamic  emerged whereby A) an external crisis would combine with B) a politicized population and C)  individual elite's ambitions stoked by D) royal family members (often female) to cause at times  dizzying successions of would-be rulers. In every case, however, an experienced administrator or  general would jump into the breech, preventing total decomposition. In this context there evolved  an elite circulation, not of design, but of necessity. This is the third issue. Gradually, Eastern  Rome was becoming less Roman in leadership and more representative of its multi-ethnic  population, including Isuarians, Greeks, Armenians, and Balkan masses. Of course, underneath  it all, Byzantine bureaucracy and administration would provide governing continuity, so that  repeatedly, state and society would find the resources to continue. 
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