Heritages are a set of modifiers assigned to each state, always consisting of two bonuses and one malus usually reflecting its culture, history, or ambitions. Several countries have unique heritages, while the remainder share group heritages. Heritages are pre-assigned and cannot be changed over the course of a game, not even when creating a formable nation.
Many major and more notable countries have their own unique heritages, listed below.
Some countries of the same culture or culture group share a common special heritage, listed below.
The Achaeans have preferred to avoid the great political games of recent years, maintaining their small league of alliances but ready to defend themselves if their sovereignty is threatened.Starting countries:
The disparate islands of the Aegean sea produced the shipwrights and sailors who brought the Persian invaders to their knees, and still maintain a strong maritime tradition to this day.Starting countries:
The interior of the Peloponesos is remote and rural, a primordial place fantasized of by the urbanized elite of Greece, and survives mainly on agriculture and maintaining its distance.Starting countries:
Among the oldest colonies founded by Greeks, the Bithynian cities have survived by acceding to the demands of barbarians kings and emperors, concentrating instead on cultivating their cities.Starting countries:
The Greek colonists of the north western Pontos Euxinos descend mainly from Megara and Miletos and have founded thriving trading hubs, preferring to stay out of the affairs of the mainland.Starting countries:
The isolated cities of Crete remain doggedly embroiled in their own wars of revenge and dominance, asleep to the great political upheavals of the Hellenic world.Starting countries:
The island of Euboea is not particularly rich or populous, but its people have always produced fine sailors and asserted their independence, using the isle's strategic location and rugged terrain to best advantage.
The Greek colonists of the southern Pontos Euxinos have lived in close proximity with the native Anatolian peoples for centuries, trading and negotiating with the barbarians kings.Starting countries:
The once wealthy and powerful Italiote cities stagnated under their own indolence, preferring to rely on local mercenaries and aid from abroad to wage their wars while they discuss philosophy.Starting countries:
The Greek cities of Sicily have struggled with the rise of populism like nowhere else in the Hellenic world, a symptom of the comfortable life of philosophy and culture pursued by their people.Starting countries:
While Greek settlers have traveled east for generations before Alexander it was his conquest of the Achaemenid empire that led to the creation of eastern Greek states. The fusion of Persian and Greek culture that Alexander tried to foster now lives on as an undisputed Hellenistic heritage.Starting countries:
Our people prides itself with its great skill as riders and its horsemanship. Nobles and commoners alike learn to ride at an early age and as a consequence the force of our cavalry arm can make the strongest of empires tremble. A pastoral lifestyle has made many accustomed to a free way of life however, fostering an autonomous mode of government where chieftains and nobles have great say over their own business.Starting countries:
All other states without a country or culture/culture group specific heritage get a generic one from the list below, based on the terrain and modifiers of its capital. The first heritage that the country meets the requirements for will be selected.
Mission created heritagesEdit
Corinth was one of the largest city-states of Greece until recent years, playing an important role as it was at a highly defensive position in-between the rich states of Attica and the Peleponnese. After the conquests of Macedon, it was left as nothing more than a fortified position for the Macedonian troops in the south, bereft of its own independence.Released from the Roman mission tree Subduing Greece
The ten great cities of the Decapolis have often been allied to one another to defend against the Judean aggressors to the south, and now they have finally been put together in a league.Released from the Roman mission tree Eastern Glory
The people of Sicily has long been under the protection of Carthage, as they were faced by the danger of subjugation by the Greek overlords of Syracuse. Finally they have come together to form a proper state, instead of a flimsy defensive alliance protecting several city-statesReleased from the Carthaginian mission tree An End to Sicilian Warfare
Religious State heritage
Notes: For countries released through the Autonomous Enclave mission task.
This state was founded by the priesthood of a great temple. To this day they revere the old traditions of their predecessors even if some would say their rule has grown increasingly focused on the temporal world over time.Released from the Generic mission tree Pearl of [Region]/ Growth of [Region]/ Stabilize and Grow [Region]