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    Default The Empire that never sees the sun set

    This is a Seleukid aar. I don't have a lot of screenshots but I hope it turns out alright. By the year 244 BC, the third basileus has already ascended the throne. Nominated by the great king Antiochus II, he succeds to the throne as a famous general.

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    Prelude
    In the year 272 BC, Antiochus Syriakos became basileus. His reign was short and not particularly distinguished when compared with that of his son. However, the old foe of the Seleukids, the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt was finally brought to heel when an army of pezhetaroi conquered phoenicia,palestine and lower egypt. Their great capital of Alexandria fell to Antiochus in the summer of 269 BC. By that time, southern Anatolia had also fell and the pharoh had fled to Nubia. Shortly afterwards, a great army was sent to Arachosia under the crown prince Theodoros, who decided to teach the marauding Parthian nomads a thing or two......
    Antiochus, safe in Antiocheia, heard that his son had smashed a large Parthian army and regained the important border stronghold of Hekatomopylos. He made plans to lead the great army that was being trained to conquer Pontus and Galatia, but the old emperor was rapidly declining. He died in the summer of the year 262 BC, knowing that his son would not disappoint him, for the Parthian client kingdom of Margiane had just been recovered and the local inhabitants 'liberated'.
    Theodoros ascended was enthusiastically acclaimed basileus in the town of Alexandeia-Ariana. His uncle wept with joy when he saw the local dignitaries prostrating before his young nephew. Turning to a nearby friend, he remarked,"The king is surely the heir of Megas Alexander himself! Now they will tremble with fear at the mention of the name of Seleukia." Few who were there that night would beg to differ.
    In far away Egypt though, the local governor Alexandros was most displeased at this turn of event. Antiochus had been an old man, one easily persuaded by others in his old age. Theodoros though, was a popular general, one who enjoyed the support of army and people alike. The ambitious general prepared to marshal the resources of his satrap and raise the banner of revolt. Before that could happen though, his colleague, one arabian known as Zari would have to be subdued....

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