Cyrenaica: Earning an Imperial Reprieval
"The exiled Marius carouses from the eighth hour of the day and revels in the wrath of Heaven, while you, poor Province, win your cause and weep"
Extremely difficult non-military Citizen level -- Loaded as Construction Kit
City -- Enormous Desert Province
Starting Funds: 2500 dn with no bailout loan from Caesar available
As punishment for being caught in bed with Caesar's neice, you have been exiled to the newly-acquired province of Cyrenacia, bequeathed to the Roman empire by the Egyptians, having themselves failed to colonize this god-forsaken corner of their country. Your mission: to turn this barren backwater of the empire into a fairly-prosperous province. Your property has been sold to raise the funds necessary for you to begin such a Herculean task, and you have been advised by the senate not to waste it, because none of them with donate a cent to your baffling enterprise (for fear of falling out of favor with Caesar----and his neice). And if you can be as successful at plowing the barren sands of this province as you have been at plowing his neice, you just might manage to regain the emperor's favor. Until then, however, you are forbidden to raise an army of any size, and will be expected to satisfy the emperor's frequent requests for weapons, among other hard-to-come-by commodities. You will suffer no invasions while you are in Cyrenacia, since no one seems to want to live in this province anyhow, for it has no valuable resources. The Colosseum has not yet been built in Rome, so naturally you won't be able to build one in your province, so keep this in mind when placing your hippodrome as a third and final entertainment venue. Also, gardens will not grow in this baren soil, so you will have to resort to other means of beautification to make your neighborhoods more attractive to immigrants. Another tool being used by the senate to encourage immigration is the guarantee that no taxes will be collected in your province, so you will be unable to use forums. The highest housing level you will be able to reach is luxury villa, due to the lack of a second type of wine. Finally, there is no ground water to be tapped into, so you will not be able to use any wells.