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Rhodes is a local power located in the Asia Region, directly controlling 4 territories with a total population of 57. Led by Archon (ruler) Demaratus Demaratid ( 7 4 4 5), Rhodes starts off bordering 3 different nations. Phrygia to the north and east, Halikarnassos to the west, and Knidos to the southwest, who is a feudatory of Phrygia. Rhodes does not start off with any diplomatic partners, however such nations as Macedon, Egypt, Thrace, and possibly Phrygia would be open to alliances.
Historically, Rhodes came under the control of Alexander the Great in 332 BCE after he defeated the Persians. Following the death of Alexander, Antigonous directed his son, Demetrius to besiege Rhodes in 305 BCE, one year before the start date of Imperator. The unsuccessful siege only lasted a year before Demetrius signed a peace treaty with Rhodes. Following this, Rhodes created a statue of the sun god Helios, which was since called the Colossus of Rhodes and became a wonder of the ancient world.
Population and Culture Type
The Culture type breakdown is listed below:
- 26 Hellenic Aegean
- 11 Hellenic Cretan
- 9 Cybelene Lycian
- 6 Hellenic Ionian
- 4 Jewish Hebrew
- 1 Hellenic Athenian
Rhodes starts off with an army of 3 cohorts consisting of 3 and a navy of 5 ships consisting of 2, 2, and 1. Rhodes has the option to only recruit light infantry, archers and supply trains to their army without importing strategic resources. Once Rhodes embraces the Proud Shipwrights and Mine's Bigger Than Yours Greek Military Tradition, then all types of ships can be recruited to the navy.
The Rhodian Heritage allows Rhodes to play defensively, with +10%Fort Defense. The +10% Fort Maintenance can be offset by the national ideas, which add an extra trade route and give +10% National Commerce Income. The last aspect of the Rhodian Heritage grants a 10% decrease in navy maintenance.