Colchis is a fairly large local power located along the eastern Black Sea in the Caucasian Mountains, an ancient Kartvelian kingdom occupying the valley of the Phasis river and squeezed between its fellow Caucasian kingdom of Iberia and the Greek colonies of the coast united under the flag of Phasis, known as the legendary home of Medea and the Golden Fleece. Having thrown off the Achaemenid yoke some time before, Colchis would historically become a vassal of Pontus and then Rome before being directly annexed as a province, though the kingdom would later re-emerge as Lazica and its medieval successor state of Abkhazia. Colchis in 450 AUC starts in a decent position and somewhat isolated from the Diadochi kingdoms further to the south, though its neighbours of Iberia and especially Armenia to the east and south respectively are stronger. If Colchis can defeat or keep those potential rivals at bay, it has the potential to unite the Caucasus under its banner, and forge a kingdom to rival those of the Greek usurpers to the south, potentially even reforming the empire of 20px Persia if the Seleukid Empire can be overcome.
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!
Colchis begins in 450 AUC with a sizable population for a local power with 134 pops in its 24 territories, the vast majority of which are Colchian Armazic and so belong to Colchis' primary culture and religion. There are very small minorities of Graeco-Pontic Hellenic pops in the coastal territories around the Greek colony of Phasis, as well as a few Armenians in the very far south of the kingdom.
The following achievement(s) can be obtained by playing Colchis: