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Regional powerCyrenaica
Primary culture
Cyrenaican (Hellenistic)

Capital province
Kyrene (3360)

Autocratic Monarchy

State religion
Military traditions
Flag of Cyrenaica Cyrenaican heritage

Build cost.png -5% Build Cost
State religion.png +10% State Religion Happiness
Diplomatic relations.png -1 Diplomatic relations

Flag of Cyrenaica Cyrenaica is a regional power in North Africa, a federation of Greek colonies centered on the eponymous city of Cyrene and known as an important cultural and intellectual center of the Hellenistic world. Always associated with the neighbouring power of Flag of Egypt Egypt as first an independent kingdom and then a satrapy of the Flag of Achaemenid Empire Achaemenid and Flag of Argead Empire Argead empires, Cyrenaica came under the control of Flag of Egypt Egypt after the death of Alexander but by 450 AUC had essentially slipped out of Flag of Egypt Ptolemaic control as an independent nation. Settled on a fertile coast surrounded by desert on land but with easy access to the Mediterranean, Cyrenaica is in an ideal location to either grow rich off trade and go for more cultural and intellectual pursuits or found a maritime empire in the Eastern Mediterranean to rival that of Flag of Carthage Carthage - but only if it can manage to deal with Flag of Egypt Egypt, larger, stronger, and eager to reassert its authority over what it sees as its natural sphere of influence, as well as the nomads of the desert that seem present an ever-present threat to civilization.

Historically Cyrenaica would again come under the control of Flag of Egypt Egypt under Ptolemy's stepson Magas shortly after the beginning of the game, alternating between short periods of independence and direct Flag of Egypt Ptolemaic rule before its last independent king bequeathed the kingdom to Flag of Rome Rome on his death in 96 BC, after which Cyrenaica became a Roman province.


Main article: Greek missions

At the beginning of the game, Cyrenaica starts off only with access to the generic missions. However, like most other Hellenistic group countries, Cyrenaica can also get access to two of the Greek cultural missions under certain circumstances. If Cyrenaica conquers territory in Greece, it can 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, while making conquests in the Asian, Bithynian, or Thracian region will gives access to the Euxine Sea Hellenistic cultural mission tree The Hospitable Sea, directing Cyrenaica to expand its influence and dominate the Euxine Sea region.


Main article: Egyptian flavor events

The Cyrenaican Problem[edit]

Near the beginning of the game Flag of Egypt Egypt will decide how to deal with Cyrenaica, who only a few years before had effectively asserted their independence after the death of the previous Ptolemaic governor. Flag of Egypt Egypt might choose to attempt to bribe the new king and try to get Cyrenaica as a Vassalized.png tributary, assert its historic rights and get claims on the area, or send the king's stepson Magas to restore Ptolemaic rule over the region - forcing the Cyrenaicans to decide whether to accept their new governor and become a Vassalized.png tributary of Flag of Egypt Egypt, or face a civil war against Magas's forces and the Flag of Cyrenaican Opposition Cyrenaican Opposition.


As a Hellenistic culture group monarchy, Cyrenaica has access to the decision to form the Flag of Argead Empire Argead Empire.


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 Argead Empire Argead Empire
  • Has at least 1 territory
  • Country is in the Hellenistic culture group
  • Is a monarchy
  • Is not Flag of Argead Empire Argead Empire
  • Is not AI-controlled or has more than 40 territories
  • Flag of Argead Empire Argead 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)
    • Thebai (426)
    • Sparta (427)
    • Argos (440)
    • Athenai (416)
    • Lysimacheia (350)
    • Gordion (189)
    • Sardeis (292)
    • Alexandreia (516)
    • Memphis (500)
    • Gaza (659)
    • Tyros (743)
    • Antigoneia (790)
    • Epiphaneia (1874)
    • Ammoneion (5537)
    • Babylon (918)
    • Seleukeia Megale (911)
    • Sousa (946)
    • Persepolis (4799)
    • Ekbatana (1595)
    • Alexandreia Kaukaso (6611)
    • 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
    • Promotion +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
  • Get the modifier Argead Unification until the end of the game, giving:
    • Unintegrated culture group happiness +6% Unintegrated Culture Group Happiness
    • Land morale.png +5% Morale of Armies
    • Diplomatic reputation.png +2 Diplomatic Reputation
    • Freeman happiness +8% National Freeman Happiness
  • Current country becomes 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, Cappadocia, Galatia, 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
  • Get Province investment 5 free province investments

Cyrenaican Opposition[edit]

Local powerCyrenaican Opposition

Cyrenaican Opposition.png

Cyrenaican (Hellenistic)

Capital province
Paliouros (3366)

State religion
Military traditions

The Flag of Cyrenaican Opposition Cyrenaican Opposition is a Civil war.png civil war releasable that can appear as part of the The Cyrenaican Problem event chain if Flag of Egypt Egypt decides to send Magas to reassert control. If Cyrenaica refuses Magas's ultimatum, Magas will seize control over Paliouros (3366) and several other eastern territories on the Flag of Egypt Egyptian border as the Cyrenaican Opposition and begin a Civil war.png civil war against the existing Cyrenaican government, which Flag of Egypt Egypt might decide to help fund with additional troops. If Magas wins, the Cyrenaican Opposition will become Cyrenaica and Flag of Egypt Egypt can either accept them as a Vassalized.png tributary or demand more control - which Cyrenaica might accept to become a Vassalized.png client state, or refuse to remain independent, which will grant Flag of Egypt Egypt claims.


Cyrenaica has a Population.png population of 197 at the beginning of the game, divided across its Local.png 226 territories. The coast and the bulk of the population are Cyrenaican Hellenic, while the more sparsely populated interior is populated by native Libyan Megalithic pops.