Sidon is a Phoenician city-state in the eastern Mediterranean coastline, a tributary of the Antigonid Kingdom in the Syria region. One of the oldest and most important Phoenician cities along with its sister city of Tyre, Sidon was famed for its glassmaking and purple dye during the Phoenician golden age and was an active participant in their colonization of the Mediterranean. Variously a client kingdom or province of 20px Assyria, Babylon, and the Achaemenid Empire in turn, Sidon remained a wealthy city and in particular one of the main ports and centers of the Persian navy. Having peacefully surrendered to Alexander, Sidon became a client of the Argead Empire and by 450 AUC has come under the relative loose control of the Antigonids. While Sidon's status as a tributary protects its autonomy and will allow it to steer clear of the Wars of the Diadochi if it so chooses, the upcoming moment of disorder and Antigonid weakness may be Sidon's best and only chance to muster what strength it has and restore the independence and prosperity of all of Phoenicia.
Historically, Sidon remained loyal to the remnants of the Antigonid Kingdom when their empire collapsed following the death of Antigonos at the Battle of Ipsos, but would be subjugated by Ptolemaic Egypt in 290 BC and was contested by the Seleukid Empire during the many Syrian Wars before firmly coming under Seleukid rule by the end of the century. The city regained its independence for the last time in 111 BC after the collapse of the Seleukid Empire in its innumerable civil wars before coming under Roman rule in 64 BC with the establishment of Roman Syria, going into a slow decline as Tyre was favoured as the capital of the region.
Decisions[edit | edit source]
As a Phoenician-cultured country, Sidon can form Phoenicia by decision if it manages to conquer and unite the main Phoenician cities, giving claims on the region and a special country modifier.
The proud Phoenician people mastered the Mediterranean many centuries previously. Without us, there would be no Carthage, or grand cities of Iberia. Since the days of Cyrus, we have languished under the rule of foreign overlords, yet now - now is our chance to reclaim our heritage, and show the world the might of Phoenicia, once again.
Diplomacy[edit | edit source]
Sidon begins as a tributary of the Antigonid Kingdom.
Pantheon[edit | edit source]
Sidon starts with the following pantheon:
- War: El
- Economy: Melqart
- Culture: Eshmun
- Fertility: Astarte
Sidon itself is the holy site for Eshmun.
Population[edit | edit source]
The population type breakdown is listed below: