Germans LARPing as Romans
Naturally anything Germanic will be targeted in the internet, also it’s name isn’t accurate for what it actually was. More like a catholic confederation of lords agreeing to call themselves an empire and help each other as a mutual defensive strategy to make them look more centralized and threatening than they actually were. Of course it was the status quo of this decentralization that allowed it to last so long. Things that don’t bend, break. The Holy Roman Emperor could bend, so he didn’t break.