The developers want to introduce players to one of the regions of the upcoming expansion Imperiums: Rome vs Carthage. The Eastern Mediterranean is the main arena of the wars of the commanders of Alexander the Great, the Diadochi, who fight for the remnants of his vast empire.
Alexander’s empire collapsed shortly after his death, and his generals had to fight for power. The desire to become the next Alexander turned former friends against each other, all memories of past adventures were erased and replaced by hidden or open hostility.
The sworn enemy seems to be the Antigonids, who rule most of Anatolia. Adamant in their relations with the other Diadochi, they hope to win the loyalty of the Greek cities and with their help to take the throne of Macedonia. They can count on a strong economy and rich cities, but they are surrounded on all sides by betrayal, and trust is not something they give away lightly.
Seleucus, who controls lands from Syria to Babylon, is just as ambitious, but a much larger empire makes it almost impossible to concentrate all of his armies and energies in one place. The lesser kingdoms of Armenia and Cappadocia more or less accept suzerainty, but the Antigonid kingdom to the west is a direct threat to his power, so Anatolia must be taken if he ever wants to sleep in peace.
Ptolemy in Egypt is relatively far away and thus safe from the endless backstabs of his former comrades, but even he has great ambitions. It controls the remote island of Cyprus and southern Anatolia, both of which give it a strategic advantage for immediate expansion plans towards Syria. In addition, many lesser nations hold Egypt in high regard, and if Ptolemy could turn their proximity into a pledge of loyalty, this would give him a certain political advantage over others.
As is often the case, power and the lust for war have clouded the minds of former friends, and anyone who assumes power in this region will face formidable and ruthless enemies.