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Simon, "to invest a city" means:

(Mil.) To inclose; to surround of hem in with troops, so as to intercept succors of men and provisions and prevent escape; to lay siege to; as, to invest a town.

Is that the meaning you meant? - Cian Gillebhrath

I believ you will also find a meaning (arising from the next step to yours) of entering a town or city in triumph -- to cover, to envelop, also to endow with authority.
The new regime, having (by your meaning) invested, i.e. beseiged, then invests by enveloping and entering in to, thereby endowing it with the authority of legitimacy as opposed to enmity.
However, if you can think of a better synonym ...
--Simoncursitor 13:30, 12 Nov 2004 (EST)