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Local powerBactria
Primary culture
Macedonian (Hellenistic)

Capital province
Baktra (6678)

Monarchy (Autocratic)

State religion
Military traditions
Hellenistic heritage

Notes: For Culture.png Hellenistic culture group countries without a more specific country or cultural heritage outside of Greece, the Balkans, Anatolia, and Italy.

Happiness for wrong culture group modifier.png +6% Unintegrated culture group happiness
Civilization.png +0.01% Monthly Civilization Change
Pop assimilation.png -15% Pop Assimilation Speed

Flag of Bactria Bactria is a local power in Central Asia controlling much of Bactriana and Sogdiana as a satrapy of the Seleukid Empire, one of the Hellenistic states in the east arising from the collapse of the Flag of Argead Empire Argead Empire. With 99 territories and 1016 pops, it is strongest of the three eastern satrapies of the Flag of Seleukid Empire Seleukid Empire and one of the most powerful states in the region despite its subject status and largely Bactrian and Sogdian populace, able to project its power in the region much more effectively than the neighbouring Flag of Seleukid Empire Seleukid and Flag of Maurya Mauryan Empires despite their nominally larger size. Historically, the satraps of Bactria would declare independence to form the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom and conquer large parts of Ariana and northern India as the Indo-Greeks to form a kingdom famed for its sophistication and cultural syncretism between east and west, before fracturing and falling to the invasions of the Sakas and 20px Yuezhi, though its cultural and religious legacy would persist for many more centuries.


Like all other countries, Bactria also has access to the generic missions at all times, and those are the only missions that it can take at the start.

However, if Bactria keeps its Macedonian culture and makes conquests to the west back to the Greek homeland, Bactria can also get access to two of the Greek cultural missions. Like most other Hellenistic group countries, if Bactria makes conquests in the Asian, Bithynian, or Thracian region it will get access to the Euxine Sea Hellenistic cultural mission tree The Hospitable Sea, directing Bactria to expand its influence and dominate the Euxine Sea region, while conquering territory in Greece will make available the Greek cultural mission tree Pan-Hellenic Government, directing Bactria to unite the Greek city-states into a new Flag of Hellenic League Hellenic League.


Main article: Bactrian events

Bactria has a few unique events centering around the interaction of the Hellenic colonists and the Bactrian natives, including a special event that can trigger at the beginning of the game that allows Bactria to switch from Macedonian to Bactrian culture. Additionally, there are a couple of events by which Diodotus, historical founder of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, can appear and become the ruler. The Bactrian events also include the DHE covering the unification of the eastern Scythian tribes and the rise of the Flag of Dahae Dahae just to the west.


As one of the easternmost Hellenistic states, Bactria can take the decision to move their centre of power to Northern India and embrace greater cultural syncretism if they make conquests in the region, representing the historical creation of the Indo-Greek kingdoms.


An Indo-Greek Kingdom

The lure of friends, empires, and riches to the East leads many of our people to the realization that fighting over the scraps of Alexander's Empire, may not be a goal worth pursuing. Greater glory lies in tying our destiny to the land beyond the Indus.

Potential requirements Allow
  • Owns all territories in the Madra area

  • Move the capital to Sakala (4340) and make it a city if it is currently a territory
  • Change the name of Sakala (4340) to Euthymedeia
  • Add Citizens 4 citizen pops, Freemen 4 freemen pops, and Slaves 4 slave pops to the capital
  • Get the modifier By the Indus until the end of the game, giving:
    • Unintegrated culture group happiness +6% Unintegrated Culture Group Happiness
    • Diplomatic reputation.png +2 Diplomatic Reputation

As well, as a country with Macedonian primary culture, Bactria can form Flag of Macedon Macedon if it makes its way all the way to the west to conquer the area and destroy the existing Antipatrid kingdom. As a Hellenistic culture group monarchy, Bactria also has access to the decision to form the Flag of Argead Empire Argead Empire.


Form Macedon

The Barons of Macedon have always favored the strong and able over the weak and feeble. Let us seize the kingdom away from those that are leading it to ruin and create a new stronger state for the Macedonians to serve.

Potential requirements
  • Has at least 1 territory
  • Country has Macedonian culture or, if the Epirus Content Pack is not enabled, started as Flag of Epirus Epirus
  • Is not a republic
  • The capital is in the regions of Macedonia or Greece, or has dominant Macedonian culture
  • Is not Flag of Macedon Macedon
  • Is not AI-controlled or has at least 20 territories
  • Is not a Tier 2 or Tier 3 formable
  • Flag of Macedon Macedon does not currently exist
  • Is not at war or in a civil war
  • Owns the following territories:
    • Pella (379)
    • Aigeai (428)
    • Amphipolis (365)
    • Pharsalos (394)
    • Eratyra (3175)
  • If the country is not AI-controlled and there are Macedonian-cultured pops in the country, has Macedonian as a Integrated.png primary or integrated culture

  • Gain Political influence.png 150 political influence
  • Current country becomes Flag of Macedon Macedon
  • Set the primary culture to Macedonian, with the old primary culture being Integrated.png integrated
  • Set the capital to Pella (379), and make it a city if it is currently a territory
  • Add Citizens 4 citizen pops and Freemen 4 freemen pops of the state culture and religion to Pella (379)
  • Pella (379) gets the modifier Emergent Capital until the end of the game, giving:
    • Global population growth.png +0.15% Local Population Growth
    • Freeman happiness +8% Local Freeman Happiness
    • Civilization.png +10% Local Civilization Level
  • Get claims on all territories in the region of Macedonia
  • Get Province investment 3 free province investments

Reunite Alexander's Empire

For too long parasites and scavengers have made a feast of the Great Empire that Alexander spent a lifetime building. It is time we do away with all claimants, usurpers and delusional provincial strongmen. There can be only one authority within the empire of Alexander the Great, one upholder of the great Hellenistic legacy that this great man founded.

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.

Potential requirements
  • Has not previously formed the Flag of Argead Empire Argead Empire
  • Has at least 1 territory
  • Country is in the Hellenistic culture group
  • Is a monarchy
  • Is not Flag of Argead Empire Argead Empire
  • Is not AI-controlled or has more than 40 territories
  • Flag of Argead Empire Argead Empire does not current exist
  • Is a monarchy
  • Is not at war or in a civil war
  • Owns or has a subject that owns the following territories:
    • Pella (379)
    • Korinthos (418)
    • Thebai (426)
    • Sparta (427)
    • Argos (440)
    • Athenai (416)
    • Lysimacheia (350)
    • Gordion (189)
    • Sardeis (292)
    • Alexandreia (516)
    • Memphis (500)
    • Gaza (659)
    • Tyros (743)
    • Antigoneia (790)
    • Epiphaneia (1874)
    • Ammoneion (5537)
    • Babylon (918)
    • Seleukeia Megale (911)
    • Sousa (946)
    • Persepolis (4799)
    • Ekbatana (1595)
    • Alexandreia Kaukaso (6611)
    • Taxila (7314)
    • Alexandrou Limen (6821)

  • If the country is tribal, add the modifier Civilizing Tribe for 10 years, giving:
    • Civilization.png +0.10% Monthly Civilization Change
    • Local pop promotion speed.png +2 Pop Promotion Speed
    • Integrated culture happiness +10% Integrated Culture Happiness
  • If the government type is not Empire or Imperial Cult, set the country's government to Empire
  • Get the modifier Argead Unification until the end of the game, giving:
    • Unintegrated culture group happiness +6% Unintegrated Culture Group Happiness
    • Land morale.png +5% Morale of Armies
    • Diplomatic reputation.png +2 Diplomatic Reputation
    • Freeman happiness +8% National Freeman Happiness
  • Current country becomes Flag of Argead Empire Argead Empire
  • Get the event Capital of an Empire
  • Get claims on all unowned provinces in the regions of Parthia, Syria, Ariana, Bactriana, Media, Persis, Gedrosia, Mesopotamia, Assyria, Bithynia, Cappadocia, Galatia, Cilicia, Asia, Greece, Palestine, Gandhara, Lower Egypt, Upper Egypt, Macedonia, and Thrace
  • If the country is Flag of Antigonid Kingdom Antigonid Kingdom, Flag of Macedon Macedon, Flag of Seleukid Empire Seleukid Empire, Flag of Egypt Egypt, or Flag of Thrace Thrace and is not AI-controlled, award the achievement No More Worlds Left to Conquer
  • Get Province investment 5 free province investments

Combined with Bactria's Hellenistic heritage (which gives Unintegrated culture group happiness +6% Unintegrated Culture Group Happiness as one of its modifiers), if Bactria manages to take both of these decisions it can accumulate one of the highest Unintegrated culture group happiness unintegrated culture group happiness modifiers in the game, making dealing with foreign conquests much easier.


Bactria has a Population.png population of 1016 at the beginning of the game. Culturally, the population is mostly of the Bactrian culture group - predominantly Bactrians and Sogdians - with a significant Macedonian minority concentrated in the province of Oxiana and the cities of Alexandreia Margiana and Alexandreia Eschate. The country is religiously divided more evenly, with Zoroastrianism dominant in Bactriana (with a significant Hellenic minority) while Sogdiana has some Ritualistic and Heptadic minorities in the outlying areas. While Bactria does have a large proportion of pops in a different culture group, their starting integrated cultures and cultural privileges mean that most of their core will generally be stable even if they do not choose to fully embrace Bactrian culture, with its Hellenistic heritage doing some compensation for the rest. The large proportion of wrong religion pops and the spread of religions they follow means that it will be more difficult to get higher Omen.png and keep them all fully satisfied with pantheon deities, however.

Bactria has a small proportion of nobles for a civilized country, but the other population types show a roughly even split between the four other types:

  • Pop noble.png 8 Nobles (0.79%%)
  • Citizens 233 Citizens (22.93%)
  • Freemen 290 Freemen (28.54%)
  • Tribesmen 272 Tribesmen (26.77%)
  • Slaves 213 Slave (20.96%)

Cultural privileges[edit]

  • Bactrian (Bactrian) - Integrated.png Integrated culture, Citizens Citizen rights
  • Sgodian (Bactrian) - Protected Inheritances, Right of Intermarriage


Bactria begins as a Vassalized.png satrapy of the Flag of Seleukid Empire Seleukid Empire, as well as claims on the provinces of Aria, Paropamisadae, and Tapuria.


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To the End of the World
As the Seleucid Empire or Bactria, conquer the regions of Gandhara, Mahdyadesa, Pracya, Maru, and Avanti.
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The Man who would be King
As Bactria, become independent, and conquer the regions of Ariana, Bactria, and Gandhara.