Aeolia, also known as Aeolis, the Aeolian League, or the League of Ilion, is a local power on the north-western coast of Asia and one of the many free Greek city-states and leagues owing allegiance to the Antigonid Kingdom. Settled by Thessalians during the Greek Dark Ages, the Aeolian League of 304 BC is a revival of an older league that once united the cities of the area until the 6th century BC when the area fell under the domination of Lydia, and after that the Achaemenid Empire. Sponsored by the Antigonid Kingdom along with the neighbouring Ionian League, by the start of the game the restored Aeolian League is now centered at Ilion (Troy) and has been expanded to include some of the Ionian cities in the Troad as well. Despite its vassal status, Aeolia is one of the more powerful states in the area that is Greece and the Aegean and has access to the region of Europa through three fords on the Hellespontus, giving it a strategic position at the border between the Antigonid Kingdom and Thrace that might alternatively be the key to its success or reaons for its downfall once the Wars of the Diadochi resume.
Historically, Aeolia would remain under the control of stronger powers and follow the political fortunes of the rest of Asia Minor, conquered from Antigonid control first to Thrace and then the Seleukid Empire, after that coming under the influence of Pergamon and finally passing with the rest of the region to Rome.
- Main article: Greek missions#The Hospitable Sea
As a Hellenistic culture group country in the region of Asia, Aeolia has access to the Euxine Sea Hellenistic cultural mission tree The Hospitable Sea if it can be come independent and grow to own at least 25 territories, directing it to expand its influence in the region and dominate the coasts of the Euxine Sea. Like most other Hellenistic group countries, if Aeolia conquers territory in Greece it can also get the Greek cultural mission tree Pan-Hellenic Government and attempt to unite the Greek city-states into a new Hellenic League.
Like all other countries, Aeolia also has access to the generic missions.
Reunite Alexander's Empire
That one power could not possibly come from any dynasty but our own. Only a family that respects the Argead traditions can legitimately claim its legacy.
Aeolia starts with a population of 150, all belonging to the Hellenic religion. The only culture group is Hellenistic, with the predominant culture being Troan, though some of the southern cities are Aeolian or Aegean.