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Seleucus Reborn part 3: All the Nice Factions Hate Me
The conflagration increases further as Media Atropatene join the general ‘war with the Seleucids’ fashion currently sweeping the world. This effectively opens up a new front and makes join attacks from the east and north a danger.
Drangiana moved in and took Charax from Media, who in turn took Susa back from Persia. My first army sat out that battle, still reeling from their earlier mauling.
The second army fared a lot better defeating Nabatea not once, not twice, but three times. In one ambush a superior force from Nabatea was put to flight for the loss of just one man. The Ma’in was also roundly thrashed and turned into a satrapy. We’ll see how long that lasts but with Nabatia similarly subjugated a few turns later the southern front is at least under control.
An army of Drangiana moves north from Charax to threaten Syria, making my own army building something of a priority. Yet the barracks in Antioch are still being rebuilt, so they army will be a long time coming.
This is the point at which Galicia declares war on me, turning Asia Minor into a battleground yet again. This actually turned out alright. Pontus decided to make peace (a first!) as Galicia represented a common enemy. By outmanoeuvring Galicia on land and sea I defeated their armies and took three new provinces for myself. With Galicia destroyed I forced marched the additional army that had gone into Asia Minor back east.
Things weren’t going so well in the east. Media had performed admirably, but defending against armies from four separate factions was taking its toll, and they were reduced now to one city with two very sick looking armies around it.
My own army’s losses from the battle with Persia were still not recovered, with enemy agents stopping the army from recovering. Agents are a great way of slowing or disrupting an opponent’s army, but unfortunately the computer players know this too.
Army building was being helped by completion of two chapter objectives is quick succession. Running an economy in Rome II is a delicate balance between food, wealth, and public order. Buildings that produce one tend to have a negative impact on one of the others. You must be careful not just about what you build, but the order in which you build it.
My army from Asia Minor arrived in Mesopotamia and promptly took Hegra from Media Atropatene. At this point a slave army erupted in Asia Minor, sacking one of my new cities. Cappadocia emerged from under the boot of Pontus and promptly declared war on… me. Honestly.
A quickly mustered army marched out of Antioch (now rebuilt with chapter completion money) put the slave army to the sword, and marched on Cappadocia. I was in no mood for satrapy-making and so Cappadocia was gone, and the Seleucids now had a third province completely under their control.
Now can I please get on with the war in the East?