Welcome to my new AAR
Rome 1.3 with my little mod
Country: Ilergetes / starts as a Trade Tribe with 1 province (the aptly named Ilergetes province) with 50 civ.
1: Unite Iberia (includes throwing out the Carthaginians)
2: Conquer Gaul
Hope you will enjoy it
While the founding of the Ilergetan Republic took place roughly a decade after the Pyrrhic War, it was during that war that the Ilergetes began their expansion that eventually led to the transformation of the Ilergetes to something more similar to the Aetolian and Achaean Leagues of Greece rather then a single tribe among other tribes in the Iberian peninsula. So while the Romans and Epirote King fought in Magna Graecia (and as we all know, ending after fierce battles in an Epirote defeat and the conquest of those territories by the Romans), the Ilergetes (according to a few sources ruled by one Caraunios) moved against the Cassetani. The Cassetani rose to face the Ilergetans, but they could not defeat the Ilergetan warriors, led by Ambon.
After the Cassetani defeat, the Ilergetes set up their rule at Cissa in the Cassetani lands, while the Cassetani warriors unwilling to submit fled to the lands of the Sedetani. It seems the Ilergetes sent forces towards the Sedetani to defeat these remaining Cassetani, they hoped to avoid full confrontation with the Sedetani. This failed, and after the ensuing destruction of most of the Ilergetan army, and the victorious Sedetani deciding to go pillaging across Iberia, the Edetani of Saguntum moved in and subjugated the Sedetani lands. It is from about this time the Ilergetes formed close bonds with the Edetani as well as the Aquitani to the north, according to some sources it was a formal alliance, though in the following wars until the founding of the republic it should be noted that neither Edetani nor Aquitani became involved.
By this time, according to some sources, the Aquitani asked the Ilergetes to aid them against Volcae raiders. The Volcae, unlike the Cassetani but like the Ilergetes, was a fairly powerful and reasonably united tribe. The Ilergetes went to war with the Volcae, it can be noted that the Aquitani remained neutral this entire conflict. The Ilergetan army, sources are unclear wether they where still led by Ambon, or wether the hero Rhetogenes by this time already led the Ilergetes in battle. Nevertheless the Volcae warriors, caught unprepared, where annihilated by the Ilergetes. Of the Volcaes supposed allies the Arverni did nothing, but the Lemovices sent a strong army, that however weakened by the march through hostile territory was unable to defeat the Ilergetes and prevent the fall of the main Volcae city, Tolosa, and the subsequent annexation of the Volcae lands by the Ilergetes.
After this the Ilergetes cast their greedy eyes on the Greek city of Emporion. This city was ruled by Massilia which in turn was under the protection of Rome. It seems the Ilergetes decided to act as Rome began aggressively expanding into Gaul, defeating even powerful tribes such as the Arverni and the Sequani. The first move of the Ilergetes was sieging Emporion which fell after a brutal assault led by the famed Rhetogenes. While the Ilergetes now controlled the city, the war had just begun, and the Ilergetes moved into the Arverni lands, hoping to free them from the Romans, but after a few fierce battles, the remaining Ilergetan warriors had to retreat.
The war now dragged on with the Romans sending legion after legion to liberate Emporion, aided every now and then by Massiliot forces. However Rhetogenes smashed the legions, and after the war had dragged on, the Romans realized the Ilergetes would not submit and unwilling to send more men to their deaths in distant Iberia, allowed their Massiliote allies to accept the Ilergetan demands. The city of Emporion and the surrounding territory was ceded to the Ilergetes. By this time Ambon once again led the Ilergetan army, and Rhetogenes had been given the task of ruling the Volcae from Tolosa.
It was then shortly after this victory, that Punicus (who had become the High Elder of the Ilergetes during the recent war) formally created the Ilergetan Republic. The move was supported by both Ambon and Rhetogenes as well as the other leading figures of the Ilergetes, and while not as revolutionary as some have said, since it was in many ways simply recognizing the various ways the tribe had changed, it was certainly a significant event.