Boeotia is a small republic in Greece, that was the leading power in Greece under the leadership of Thebes less than half a century ago. Theban hegemony was crushed at the Battle of Chaeronea (416 AUC) and subsequently replaced by Macedonian hegemony under Philippos II Argead.
Background[edit | edit source]
In historical times, the leading city of Boeotia was Thebes, whose central position and military strength made it a suitable capital; other major towns were Orchomenus, Plataea, and Thespiae. It was the constant ambition of the Thebans to absorb the other townships into a single state, just as Athens had annexed the Attic communities. But the outlying cities successfully resisted this policy, and only allowed the formation of a loose federation that, initially, was merely religious.
The destruction of Thebes by Alexander 'the Great' Argead (335 BCE) destroyed the political energy of the Boeotians. They never again pursued an independent policy, but followed the lead of protecting powers. Although enrolled for a short time in the Aetolian League (~245 BCE) Boeotia was generally loyal to Macedon, and supported its later kings against Rome. Rome dissolved the league in 171 BCE, but it was revived under Augustus, and merged with the other central Greek federations in the Achaean synod. The death-blow to the country's prosperity was dealt by the devastations during the First Mithridatic War.
Missions[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Greek missions
As a Greek nation, Boeotia can pursue the Pan-Hellenic Government mission, guiding them through the unification of the Greek city-states into a new Hellenic League. Expanding into ports of Asia, Bithynia et Paphlagonia, or Thrace will unlock access to the The Hospitable Sea, focusing on establishing control of the Black Sea.
Like all other countries, Boeotia always has access to the generic missions.
Decisions[edit | edit source]
Boeotia can undertake the decision to form the Hellenic League if they control all of Greece and Thessaly.
During the days of Argead domination the League of Corinth united all Greek cities in one league. The goal of this organization was always to control them, and to deny them the independence that they are due. But the idea of a Pan-Hellenic League has not died with the oppressive actions of the Argeads and Antipatrids, it could also be the ultimate guarantor of Greek Independence.
Let us unite one and all and form a League to encompass all the free cities of Greece. Together we will become the dominant force of the Greek world, leaving the kingdoms of would be successors, or usurpers, behind us.
Formation requirements[edit | edit source]
If it is destroyed, Boeotia can be reformed by any republic that has Boeotian primary culture and has its capital in the province of Boeotia, which at the beginning of the game include Delphi, Tanagra and Opus. Note that forming Boeotia will not give access to any of its unique events, decisions, or mission trees.
The Boeotian League was at one time the main power in northern Greece, reaching its peak under the leadership of the Theban commanders Epaminondas and Pelopidas, who lead the Boeotians to defeat Sparta and Macedon in pitched battles.
Diplomacy[edit | edit source]
To the west, Boeotia borders the city-states Delphi and Elatea, which may enter a defensive league with Boeotia, and the regional power Macedon with its feudatory Opus to the north. To the east is the recently rebuilt Boeotian city-state of Thebes and the once-great Attic nation of Athens, former leader of the Delian League.
The competing allegiances of Macedon-aligned and Antigonid-aligned states foreshadow eminent war between both factions and among the entire Greek world.
Pantheon[edit | edit source]
Boeotia starts with the following pantheon:
- War: Apollo
- Economy: Hermes
- Culture: Zeus
- Fertility: Eros
Population[edit | edit source]
Boeotia has a population of 26 pops at the beginning of the game, divided across its 3 territories. All pops are Hellenic Boeotian.
The population type breakdown is listed below: