- This article is about the formable nation in Italy. For the DLC, see Magna Graecia (DLC).
Magna Graecia is a formable nation in southern Europe, representing a unification of the rich and influential Hellenistic city states of southern Italy. It can be formed by any Hellenistic country with its capital in one of the three Italian regions, and requires asserting control over enough of the important Greek cities of region, some of whom have since fallen under the control of Italic powers such as 20px Bruttia, Lucania, and Rome. Despite being a tier 3 endgame tag, forming Magna Graecia has only relatively modest requirements - within a single region - and similarly more modest rewards, though it will likely require contending with significantly stronger powers of Rome and Carthage. Historically a unification of the Greeks in Italy was a constant ambition of the kings of Syracusae, who attempted many times to subjugate and conquer the other Greeks of Sicily and beyond with varying levels of success, though no truly unified state or league would emerge and the divided states of Magna Graecia would eventually come under Roman rule.
The main formation decision is generally geared towards Syracusae or one of the other Siceliote states (likely after forming Sicily) and requires owning the main cities of Sicily as well as several important Greek cities on the mainland.
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.
Magna Graecia can also be formed as a reward for one of the final tasks in the Greater Greece Greek cultural mission for the Italiotes after forming the Italiote League, with slightly different requirements. As it is only available to the Italiote city states of the mainland, it does not require owning any Sicilian territories and instead gives options for controlling the Italiote cities of the Adriatic.
Only once the majority of the Italiote cities are united under common leadership will the legacy of the Greek colonies in the west be safeguarded and its future secured.