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Local powerColchis
Primary culture
Colchian (Caucasian)

Capital province
Kotais (1707)

Autocratic Monarchy

State religion
Military traditions
Montane heritage

Notes: For countries with a starting Country capital.png capital in a Mountains mountains terrain territory.

Fort defense.png +5% Fort defense
Fort maintenance cost.png −5% Fort Maintenance
Improve relation.png −10% Improve Opinion Maximum

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 Flag of Iberia Iberia and the Greek colonies of the coast united under the flag of Flag of Phasis Phasis, known as the legendary home of Medea and the Golden Fleece. Having thrown off the Flag of Achaemenid Empire Achaemenid yoke some time before, Colchis would historically become a vassal of Flag of Pontus Pontus and then Flag of Rome 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 Flag of Iberia Iberia and especially Flag of Armenia 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 Flag of Seleukid Empire Seleukid Empire can be overcome.


As a Caucasian culture group country, Flag of Colchis Colchis has access to the decision to form 20px Persia if it integrates Persian culture.


Form Persia

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!

Potential requirements
  • Has at least 1 territory
  • Country is in the Iranian, Caucasian, or Anatolian culture groups
  • Is not 20px Persia
  • Is not AI-controlled or owns at least 40 territories
  • Is not a Tier 3 formable
  • 20px Persia does not exist
  • If the country is not AI-controlled and there are Persian-cultured pops in the country, has Persian as a primary or integrated culture
  • Is not at war or in a civil war
  • Owns the follow territories:
    • Babylon (918)
    • Ekbatana (1595)
    • Pasargadai (4951)
    • Persepolis (4799)
    • Nostana (6561)
    • Arbela (880)
    • Gazaka (1515)
    • Opis (914)
    • Hormirzad (4791)
    • Zadrakarta (3435)
    • Artakabana (6559)
    • Sousa (946)

  • If the country is AI-controlled, there are Persian-cultured pops in the country, and Persian is not the primary culture, add Persian as an integrated culture
  • If the game is ironman, the country is not AI-controlled, and the country is or started as Flag of Heraclea Pontica Heraclea Pontica, award the achievement Heraclea Persica
  • Country becomes 20px Persia
  • If the country's ruler is in the same family as Amastris Achaimenid (82), set the name and flag to Flag of Achaemenid Empire Achaemenid Empire
  • If the current government form is a monarchy and not Empire or Imperial Cult, set the government form to Empire
  • Otherwise, gain Political influence.png 300 political influence
  • Get the event Seat of Power
  • Get the modifier Unification of Persia for 20 years, giving:
    • Integrated culture happiness +15% Integrated Culture Happiness
    • Freeman output +12% National Freemen Output
  • Get claims on all unowned territories in the regions of Persis, Media, Parthia, Ariana, Mesopotamia, Bactriana, Gedrosia, and Assyria
  • Get Province investment 5 free province investments


Colchis begins in 450 AUC with a sizable population for a local power with Population.png 134 pops in its Local.png 24 territories, the vast majority of which are Colchian Armazic and so belong to Colchis's primary culture and religion. There are very small minorities of Graeco-Pontic Hellenic pops in the coastal territories around the Greek colony of Flag of Phasis Phasis, as well as a few Armenians in the very far south of the kingdom.


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The following achievement(s) can be obtained by playing Colchis:

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Three Great Fires
Form Persia and own Ganzak, Nevshapur and Gur.