Heraclea Pontica is a Local Power in Bithynia, controlling several surrounding cities and territories on the Euxine Sea coast in the eponymous province of Heracleotis. Founded as a Megaran colony like many of the other Greek cities in the region in 560 BC, Heraclea Pontica has become a large and important city and trade center in the region and in 304 BC is under the rule of Queen Amastris, widow of the previous tyrant Dionysius and the niece of the last Achaemenid emperor Darius III, making her the last reigning scion of the Achaemenid dynasty. Historically, the city would fall into the sphere of influence of Thrace after Amastris's marriage to the Diadochi king Lysimachus but regain its independence after that kingdom's collapse, feuding as a fierce rival of Bithynia until aligning with the Romans after their arrival in the region. This would last until Heraclea Pontica sided with Pontus in the Mithridatic Wars, leading to its sack and annexation by Rome after which it would never quite reach its former importance. Ingame, Heraclea Pontica is one of the smaller of the many independent states in northern Anatolia, precariously close to the Diadochi kingdoms of Thrace and especially the Antigonid Kingdom who will inevitably eventually turn its attention to the region; the city of Hercules will have to quickly grow its power or find powerful allies to protect it if it wants to survive and prosper, whether to crush its Anatolian rivals and control all trade in the Euxine Sea or to restore the Persian Empire for the glory of the Achaemenid dynasty.
- Main article: Greek missions#The Hospitable Sea
As a Bithynian culture country, Heraclea Pontica 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 Heraclea Pontica 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 Hellenic League. Note that neither of these missions will be accessible if Heraclea Pontica decides to embrace Persian culture.
Regardless of which culture it chooses to embrace, like all other countries Heraclea Pontica also has access to the generic missions.
Heraclea Pontican events
Heraclea Pontica has a single country-specific event that triggers at the beginning of the game, allowing the country to choose between staying true to its Greek heritage or embracing the Persian culture, religion, and traditions of its ruler. Notably, this is the only instance where a country can change its military traditions.
The Persian Heiress
As Alexander overthrew the old Persian empire and took control of its ancient areas, the dynasty of King Darius was married to the many generals and satraps serving Alexander to secure his new rule.
One of his nieces, Amastris, ended up married to the Macedonian general Crateus. The marriage was shortlived as Craterus wanted an alliance with Antipater just a couple of years later, after the death of Alexander, and sent Amastris to the tyrant of Heraclea Pontica, Dionysus.
After the old tyrant Dionysus passed on, Amastris has been left in charge of their two sons and the rulership of Heraclea Pontica, and become quite popular among the populace. Though some argued against Persian rulership at first, they are now quickly becoming used to the idea.
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Though we have a Persian ruler, we will embrace our heritage.
We will bring in her old countrymen to rule this nation.
Amastris marriage events
- Main article: Thracian events#Amastris Marriage Events
A few years into the game, King Lysimachus of Thrace will receive an event allowing him to propose his historical marriage to the Heraclean queen Amastris. If he chooses to extend the offer, Amastris can either accept and will leave Heraclea Pontica to her heir to join Lysimachus in Thrace, who will extend a guarantee to her Heraclea Pontica in return, or refuse and allows Thrace to get claims on the region, possibly encouraging it to extend its influence more aggressively.
As a Hellenistic culture group monarchy, Heraclea Pontica has access to the decision to form the Argead Empire if it does not choose to change its culture at start.
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.
If Heraclea Pontica does choose to embrace Persian culture, it will instead have access to the decision to form 20px Persia, and in particular can directly restore Achaemenid Empire if it manages to keep its ruling Achaemenid dynasty. As well, as Persian will already be its primary culture Heraclea Pontica will not have to take the additional step of integrating to reform the Persian Empire.
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!
Heraclea Pontica begins with a population of 71 between its 6 territories at the beginning of the game, nearly all Bithynian Hellenic. This means that Heraclea Pontica will have very few primary culture and state religion pops if it embraces Persian culture and religion, though the fact that the old primary culture Bithynian is integrated and the current Hellenic pantheon is kept means that happiness problems are not significant, though omen power will be very low until more Zoroastrian pops are conquered or converted.
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