Rhodes is a local power in the southwest of the Asian region, a strong naval and commercial center controlling many of the neighbouring islands as well as parts of the nearby coast as the Rhodian Peraia. Once a part of the Delian League under Athens, the cities of Rhodes united in 408 BC and after brief spells under the Achaemenid and Argead Empires now stands as an independent nation once again with close ties to Ptolemaic Egypt. These ties and an unwillingness to help the Antigonids would lead to a great siege by the Antigonid prince and general Demetrios Poliorcetes in 305 BC, whose failure would be celebrated by the construction of the Colossos of Rhodes, widely considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. Its treasured independence preserved, Rhodes still lies at the crossroads between the Antigonid and Ptolemaic spheres of influence, both major powers that Rhodes could not hope to hold off alone - to say nothing of any other Macedonian warlords who might make a play for the region. Only by playing the Diadochi against each other, making effective use of its commercial and naval power, and taking leadership of the other minor Greek states will Rhodes be able to hold off the ambitions of foreign kings, and perhaps take leadership of the Aegean Sea and beyond.
Historically, Rhodes would leverage its famed commercial and naval power to maintain a balance of power between the Seleukid, Antigonid, and Ptolemaic empires in the region until a breakdown in the arrangement forced Rhodes to seek aid from Rome. The subsequent decline of Diadochi power would allow Rhodes to briefly expand to control the remainder of Caria and Lycia and take leadership over the Nesiotic League from Egypt, though this territory would be surrendered as Rhodes surrendered its independence to become a cultural and commercial center within a now-dominant Rome.
- Main article: Greek missions#The Hospitable Sea
At the beginning of the game, Rhodes begins only with access to the generic missions. However, as it begins with territory in the Asia region, Rhodes will be able to take the unique Euxine Sea Hellenistic cultural mission tree The Hospitable Sea once it expands to own at least 25 territories, directing it to expand its influence and dominate the Euxine Sea region. Like most other Hellenistic group countries, if Rhodes 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.
As the ruler of the city of Rhodos, Rhodes has access to the special decision to build the ancient wonder of the Colossos of Rhodes.
Colossus of Rhodes
Many say we were blessed by Helios himself when we managed to stop Demetrios I the Besieger from taking our island and city. We fought valiantly to beat back the oppressing Antigonids, and with the help of the Ptolemies of Egypt we managed to secure our independence.
It is time to thank the god for his help in protecting the island, and celebrate our victory. Our architects have prepared the necessary documents for a massive statue in the honor of the god, that will forever protect the ports of Rhodes.
As Byzantion has Hellenistic primary culture, it can also take the decision to reunite Alexander the Great's empire and form the Argead Empire if it controls the required territories. This, however, will require Byzantion to change its government type to a monarchy.
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.
Population and Culture Type
Rhodes starts with a population of 57 across its 4 territories. Culturally, Rhodes is heavily divided with a different culture dominant in each territory; of the islands, Rhodos proper is Aegean Hellenic while Zakynthos is Cretan Hellenic, and on the mainland Kallipolis Karias is Ionian Hellenic while Kaunos remains Lycian Cybelene, in the Anatolian group. Like most major cities in the region Rhodos also has a small minority of Hebrew Jewish pops.
The population breakdown by class is listed below: