Syracusae is a local power in eastern Sicily, a former Corinthian colony that has grown to be one of the largest and most important Greek cities and one of the main powers of Magna Graecia and beyond, with interests stretching as far as Greece and the Adriatic Sea. Long engaged in a struggle with Carthage for control of the cities of Sicily, in 450 AUC Syracusae under its tyrant Agathokles had just been defeated after an ambitious campaign in Africa, leaving the island largely divided between the Carthaginian domains in the west and Syracusan territory in the east, including its feudatories of Gelas to the south and Rhegium and Locri on the mainland. As still by far the most powerful Greek state in the area Syracusae is in a good position to unite the smaller Greek states by diplomacy or war, but tensions with Carthage is likely inevitable and Syracusae will have to find other allies and prepare for war to the west all the while keeping a wary eye on the rising power of Rome, whose ambitions will likely soon reach the Greek cities of Magna Graecia. Historically Syracusae would call in Epirus to break the Carthaginian dominance during the Pyrrhic Wars, allying with Rome after the wars' conclusion and enjoying a lasting period of peace and prosperity as a center of art and philosophy - most notably in the person of Archimedes - until siding with Carthage during the Second Punic War and being annexed by Rome after its defeat in 212 BC, though Syracusae would continue to prosper as the most important city in Sicily for centuries afterwards.
- 1 Missions
- 2 Events
- 3 Decisions
- 4 Diplomacy
- 5 Population
- 6 Mercenary states
- 7 Unique deities
- 8 Strategy
- 9 Achievements
- 10 References
- Main article: Syracusan missions
With the Magna Graecia DLC, Syracusae has a unique set of 4 missions focused on uniting the remaining Siceliote states and developing the area, driving the Carthaginians from Sicily once and for all, conquering the Italiote city states of Magna Graecia, and overthrowing the tyrants to restore the old republic.
Like most other Hellenistic group countries, Syracusae can also get access to two of the Greek cultural missions under certain circumstances. If Syracusae 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 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 Syracusae to expand its influence and dominate the Euxine Sea region.
Like all other countries, Syracusae also has access to the Generic missions regardless of whether or not the DLC is enabled.
Apart from those associated with its unique missions, Syracusae also has a few country-specific flavour events.
Syracusan flavor events
Syracusae has a couple of flavor events around the famous mathematician and inventor Archimedes, who spawns the court of the owner of the city of Syrakousai in 490 (note that this does not necessarily have to be Syracusae itself), as well as the legacy of the conquests of Dionysius I.
||Is triggered only by
37-43 years after the start of the game
The Talented Archimedes
It seems he is the son an astronomer, and was educated in the Alexandrine schools of Egypt. His talents may prove useful in more than just theoretical applications...
||Is triggered only by|
Let us hope he finds much.
An Eastern Base?
We should not let our ambitions wither, and the disputed island of Korkyra off the Epirote coast would make a fine base for our expanding our interests in the east.
||Is triggered only by
180 - 365 days after the start of the game
The island shall be ours.
Syracusae also has a startup event revolving around Agathokles' claim to be King of Sicily, allowing Syracusae to choose between improving relations with its neighbours and getting claims on the rest of the island.
Every eye in the Mediterranean looks to us, gauging our response, and waiting for any sign of weakness.
Mamertine Republic events
- Main article: Italian flavor events#Syracusan events
When Agathokles dies, there is also a special event that can trigger if Syracusae holds Messana that spawns the 20px Mamertine Republic, giving Syracusae the choice of either immediately declaring war to reconquer the city or accepting their control and allowing them to rule the city as an autonomous mercenary state.
The goal of uniting the island of Sicily, whilst seemingly a simple thing, has been the cause of countless lost lives. Perhaps we could be the ones to finally succeed in this task?
Form Magna Graecia
The Greeks have been present in southern Italy and Sicily for many centuries. Whilst often far removed from the macro-politics of the mainland, the region of Magna Graecia, as it was known, played an important part in the Hellenistic world.
As well, as a Hellenistic culture group monarchy, Syracusae has access to the decision to form the Hellenistic Empire.
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.
Syracusae starts with 3 feudatories:
Syracusae begins with a population of 135 pops divided across its 11 territories. Most of the population is Siceliote, though there are some Boeotian pops in the northern cities and a few Achaeans in the south, and some of the inland territories are still largely of the native Siculian culture and may be the source of some trouble. All of Syracusae's pops are Hellenic.
- Main article: Mercenary state
|Available only with the Magna Graecia DLC enabled.|
A mercenary state is a particular type of client state that has been created by granting control of a city to a mercenary company, much like the historical 20px Mamertine Republic. As well as fighting alongside their overlord, each mercenary state will also reduce the overlord's costs when hiring other mercenary companies, and if the overlord is a monarchy with the Mercenary Contract Law enacted, the overlord can use the Elect New Leader Character Interaction to replace their current leader with that of the mercenary state at the cost of some stability, much like Agathokles himself once did.
Mercenary states can generally only be created by releasing an owned city through the Create Mercenary State territory action at the cost of 50 political power, available from the start of the game to Syracusae (representing the rich mercenary-using traditions of the Siceliotes) or to any country that has adopted the Satellite Status Oratory invention. The 20px Mamertine Republic, when released, will also be a mercenary state.
- Main article: Hellenic#Syracusan deities
These deities are available to Syracusae or countries formed from Syracusae, as long as it is Hellenic, or polytheistic and has enough Hellenic pops / controls the deity's holy site, and require the Magna Graecia content pack (Apollo Didymaios can also be unlocked by the Seleukid Empire in the unique Seleukid mission tree Western Dreams with Heirs of Alexander):
|Deity||Category||Rarity||Passive effect||Omen effect||Apotheosis effect||Holy site|
|Athena Nikephoros||War||Very Rare||+5% Monthly Military Experience||+5% Morale of Armies||Gain 1,000 Manpower, multiplied by the deity’s Martial, and an extra 1,000 if the deity’s Martial is at least 11, if manpower is below 80%
Gain 2.00 Military Experience, otherwise
|Arethousa||Culture||Very Rare||+0.04% National Population Growth||+8% Manpower Recovery Speed||+0.15% Local Population Growth in the capital province for five years||84, Syrakousai, Syracusae|
|Apollo Didymaios||Economy||Very Rare||+4% Integrated Culture Happiness||+10% National Citizen Output||If the deity has more than 8 finesse, gain 1 Free Province Investment
Otherwise, the culture with the most pops gets +8% Culture Happiness and +10% Culture Slave Output
|Artemis Alphaia||Fertility||Very Rare||+5% National Freeman Happiness||+15% Global Monthly Food Modifier||1 Slave appears in the capital; 2 if the deity’s Finesse is at least 6; 4 if the deity’s Finesse is at least 9||—|
- These events can be found in .
- This event can be found in .