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The heart of the Seleucid kingdom, Mesopotamia is not only just powerful but rich as well, with Babylon sporting a market for spices and a supply centre based in Seleucia itself. The Seleucid empire also doesn't just cover Mesopotamia alone, but covers Syria to the southwest, as well as Cilicia to the west and Iran's south and west. Equally, the Seleucids also have several satrapies, most notably Armenia, Parthia, and Bactria, as well as an ally in the form of Pontus and Cimmeria to the north.
The only issue for the Seleucids is that apart from Babylonia and Seleucia, most Seleucid domains are at low levels of fortification, meaning that they are excellent targets of opportunity for the many factions which surround the Seleucid empire. So while the Seleucids have a vast contingent of 5 armies, defence can be a big issue, because most of its supply centres are located in northern Asia Major. The only good news for the Seleucids is that its so-called friends, the satrapies, are not capable of allying with one another until they rebel which should buy the Seleucids enough time to smooth out its supply problems, and then go on the attack. Additionally the satrapies pay you tribute every so often but eventually they will rebel. Generally, you should note the following:
- If you declare war on Egypt but don't win within 5 turns afterwards, the Bactrians will turn hostile, but will not attack you.
- If you run out of tribute, the Armenians will turn hostile
- The Parthians turn on once the other 2 satrapies have rebelled against you.
So much for satrapies. Thus far, the two major factions which the Seleucids need to be wary of are Macedon in Hellas, and Egypt in Africa, who are seeking to destroy any and all other Greek factions. However, while Macedon is embroiled in war with other Greeks, the Egyptians have a free hand so they should be taken care of first. Once the Egyptians are taken care of you should then be able to turn on your satrapies and assimilate them in full into your empire to secure your military strength, which can then be directed upon the rest of the world. On the other hand, the Parthians are dangerously ambitious, so you need to keep an eye on them. Bactria itself is busy making money and dealing with internal pressures, so they may be left alone.
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Eliminate or subjugate the following:
Destroy Egypt in five turns or less after commencement of hostilities and do not run out of tribute to prevent satraps from rebelling.
- Territories: Seleucia (capital, level 3); Babylon (level 4, spices); Gordiana (level 3, obsidian, 1 x supply); Syria (level 1, glass, 1 x supply); Cappadocia (level 1)
- : Pergamenes
- : Armenians, Bactrians, Parthians, Pontics
- : 150
- : 2 x Civics Eureka, 2 x Mercenaries
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