Clash of Civilizations: The Greco-Persian Wars, Independent Greek Poleis 481 BCE

Crisis Director: Andrew Greco

Chair: Quinn Gordon

Vice Chair: Neal Desai

Available January 1st, 2020

Advanced Joint Crisis Committee

It is 481 BCE, nine years ago the independent Greek Poleis defeated the invading Persian force at the Battle of Marathon. Now the Achaemenid Empire is once again preparing for war as Xerxes I, King of Kings, musters the largest army in history. The remaining independent Greek Poleis must rally together in order to defend their homeland and once again repel the invading Persian armies. A severe numerical disadvantage in soldiers, issues of petty infighting between city-states, and the massive size of the Achaemenid Empire are some of the significant challenges that will face the Greeks as they fight to retain their independence. The current state of affairs with the Achaemenid Empire is an uneasy peace and no one expects this to last. Within a couple of years Greece will most likely find itself ravaged by war and struggling to survive. The decision of fighting for self-interest or preservation of Greece rests with every leader present. It is one that must be weighed carefully in order to minimize the risk of destruction and maximize the chance of riches and fame. Treachery, heroics, and politicking will all surely be rampant.

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