Cappadocia is a Local Power controlling most of the eponymous region of Cappadocia Taurica as a satrapy of the Antigonid Kingdom, one of the Hellenistic states in the region arising from the collapse of the Argead Empire. Stubbornly loyal to the Achaemenid Empire, the region would only be properly pacified by the Macedonians after the death of Alexander, becoming the satrapy of the Argead loyalist Eumenes until his defeat and execution at the hands of Antigonos. By the beginning of the game, the south of the Cappadocian satrapy is under the control of the Antigonid loyalist Amyntas, while the more remote north has broken off to become Pontus. Historically, the Macedonian satraps would be overthrown shortly after the start of the game by the Ariathrid dynasty, restoring Iranian rule to the region under Seleukid suzerainty and then ruling as an independent kingdom after their decline for some time afterwards. Cappadocian independence would be lost by the machinations of Pontus during the Mithridatic Wars, becoming a Roman client and eventually province afterwards.
In 450 AUC, Cappadocia finds itself in a somewhat difficult position - while it may soon be able to break off of the Antigonid Kingdom so long as the wars of the Diadochi resume, Cappadocia will still likely find itself nestled between the Seleukid Empire and whichever power manages to take control over Asia and Phrgyia, both of whom will likely to see Cappadocia is an appropriate target for conquest, with Armenia either an overlord too weak to realistically protect Cappadocia or yet another potential rival that it will have to keep an eye on. Only if Cappadocia can manage to unite the other Anatolian kingdoms does it have any hope of either entering the fray as a serious contender for the Argead throne, or rejecting the Macedonian usurpers entirely and restoring Iranian rule to Asia and beyond.
Like all other countries, Cappadocia has access to the generic missions at all times, and those are the only missions that it can take at the start.
However, if Cappadocia keeps its Macedonian culture and makes conquests to the west back to the Greek homeland, Cappadocia can also get access to two of the Greek cultural missions. Like most other Hellenistic group countries, if Cappadocia 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 Cappadocia 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 Cappadocia to unite the Greek city-states into a new Hellenic League.
The Cappadocian Throne
- Main article: Armenian flavor events
Not long into the game, the Ariarathid heir will approach the ruler of Armenia to lead an expedition to overthrow the Macedonian satrap and reclaim the throne of Cappadocia. If this ultimatum is accepted, Ariarathes II will be restored to his ancestral throne and Cappadocia will become Cappadocian Zoroastrian, as well as breaking away from its Antigonid overlord. If the Antigonids are otherwise distracted they will let Cappadocia go without a fight and Cappadocia will become a tributary of Armenia, though if they are not they will likely go to war to suppress this rebellion.
Ariarathes can also be executed to keep the Macedonian Hellenic ruling class in place, though this will significantly anger all Cappadocian culture characters.
The Antigonid Cause Wavers
- Main article: The Antigonid Cause Wavers
When Antigonos I Monophthalmos, the starting ruler of the Antigonid Kingdom, dies, their empire will disintegrate if they have not managed to conquer Korinthos (418) from Macedon or have failed to maintained control over a number of key cities scattered across their vast Asian territories. If Cappadocia is still an Antigonid subject when this event triggers, it will be able to take advantage of the chaos to become independent without having to fight its old overlord.
As a country with Macedonian primary culture, Cappadocia can form Macedon if it conquers the area and destroys the existing Antipatrid kingdom. As a Hellenistic culture group monarchy, Cappadocia also has access to the decision to form the Argead Empire.
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.
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.
The days of Cyrus and Darius are long gone, but the Persian people remember the great empires built by their own. It is time to throw off the shackles of our foreign oppressors, and unite our people once again!
Cappadocia starts with the following pantheon:
- War: Ma (Cybelene)
- Economy: Sraosha (Zoroastrian)
- Culture: Men (Cybelene)
- Fertility: Cybele (Cybelene)
Cappadocia has a population of 438 across its 52 territories at the beginning of the game. The vast majority of the population is in the Anatolian culture group, mostly split between Cataonians in the east, Cappadocians in the centre, and Morimenians in the east of the country, with smaller minorities of other cultures in the border areas. The population is mostly Cybelene, though with a significant Zoroastrian minority concentrated in the far east and the major cities. Notably there are only 4 Macedonian Hellenic pops in the entire country; while Cappadocia still has a significant base of integrated culture pops given that Cappadocian is an integrated culture, unless it converts the country will begin with almost no religious unity and so extremely low omen power.
- Main article: Cybelene#Cappadocian deities
These deities are exclusively available to Cappadocia, as long as it follows a polytheistic religion:
|Deity||Category||Passive effect||Omen effect||Apotheosis effect||Holy site|
|Ma||War||−2.50% Legion Maintenance Cost||+5% Discipline||Gain 1,000 Manpower, multiplied by the deity’s Martial, and an extra 1,000 if the deity’s Martial is at least 11, if manpower is below 80%
Gain 2.00 Military Experience, otherwise
|172, Komana Hierapolis, Cappadocia|