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Local powerByzantion
Primary culture
Propontic (Hellenistic)

Capital territory
Byzantion (1453)

Plutocratic Republic

State religion
Military traditions
Flag of Byzantion Byzantine heritage

Ship cost.png −10% Ship Building Cost
Pop noble happiness.png +3% National Noble Happiness
Morale of armies.png -5% Morale of Armies

Flag of Byzantion Byzantion is a local power in the region of Thrace, a Flag of Megara Megaran colony founded on the western side of Bosphorus Strait to control the rich trading routes to the Euxine Sea near the border of the Greek and Persian worlds. As a small city state squeezed between the more powerful Diadochi kingdom of Flag of Thrace Thrace to the west and the smaller powers of northern Anatolia to the east, with the major power of the Flag of Antigonid Kingdom Antigonid Kingdom and its many feudatories nearby to the south, Byzantion is in a relatively difficult position and will have to play its diplomatic hand well or expand its power base quickly if it hopes not to be dominated by larger powers. Byzantion would historically survive the Wars of the Diadochi and subsequent Celtic invasions before peacefully submitting as a Flag of Rome Roman subject, taking advantage of the many trade routes passing through the area and its strategic position between Europe and Asia to become a rich, prosperous city worthy of being an imperial capital.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Greek missions#The Hospitable Sea

As a Propontic culture country, Byzantion has access to the unique Euxine Sea Hellenistic cultural mission tree The Hospitable Sea from game start, directing it to expand its influence and dominate the Euxine Sea region. Like most other Hellenistic group countries, if Byzantion 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 Flag of Hellenic League Hellenic League.

Like all other countries, Byzantion also has access to the generic missions at all times.

Decisions[edit | edit source]

As Byzantion has Hellenistic primary culture, it can take the decision to reunite Alexander the Great's empire and form the Flag of Hellenistic Empire Hellenistic Empire if it controls the required territories. This, however, will require Byzantion to change its government type to a monarchy.


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 Hellenistic Empire Hellenistic Empire
  • Has at least 1 territory
  • Country is in the Hellenistic culture group
  • Is a monarchy
  • Is not Flag of Hellenistic Empire Hellenistic Empire
  • Is not AI-controlled or has more than 40 territories
  • Flag of Hellenistic Empire Hellenistic 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)
    • Athenai (416)
    • Lysimacheia (350)
    • Sardeis (292)
    • Alexandreia (516)
    • Memphis (500)
    • Gaza (659)
    • Tyros (743)
    • Antigoneia (790)
    • Ammoneion (5537)
    • Babylon (918)
    • Seleukeia Megale (911)
    • Persepolis (4799)
    • Ekbatana (1595)
    • 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
  • If the country was originally a republic:
    • If the country originally had the Enact law cost modifier.png Provisioning Act or Enact law cost modifier.png Punic Reforms law, enact the Enact law cost modifier.png Royal Guard law
    • Otherwise, if the country originally had the Enact law cost modifier.png Military Modernization or Enact law cost modifier.png Marian Reform law, enact the Enact law cost modifier.png Royal Army law
  • Get the modifier Argead Unification until the end of the game, giving:
    • Unintegrated culture group happiness +6% Unintegrated Culture Group Happiness
    • Land morale recovery.png +5% Morale of Armies
    • Diplomatic reputation.png +2 Diplomatic Reputation
    • Freeman happiness +8% National Freeman Happiness
  • Get Province investment 5 free province investments
  • Current country becomes Flag of Hellenistic Empire Hellenistic Empire
  • If the current ruler has the Blood of the Argeads Blood of the Argeads trait, set the country's name to 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 et Paphlagonia, Cappadocia Taurica, Phrygia, 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

Population[edit | edit source]

Byzantion starts off with a Population.png population of 28 in its Local.png 3 territories, mostly Hellenic Propontic with a minority of Hellenic Bithynian pops. The population type breakdown is listed below:

  • 1 Pop noble.png Noble
  • 4 Citizens Citizens
  • 10 Freemen Freemen
  • 3 Tribesmen Tribesmen
  • 10 Slaves Slaves

Economy[edit | edit source]

Byzantion's starting cities produce Fish (Philia), Cloth (Selymbria) and Earthenware (Byzantion). The capital of Byzantion also has the special Bosphorus modifier, giving Tax income.png +10% Local Tax and Fort defense.png +10% Fort Defence.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Pan-Hellenic League icon
Pan-Hellenic League
As any Greek Republic, own the entire region of Greece.
On the Measure of the Earth icon
On the Measure of the Earth
As any Greek nation, build Towers in Omboi and Alexandria.
City of the World's Desire icon
City of the World's Desire
Have 15 Trade Routes in Byzantium.