I read a bit in the Strategy Guide and thought: lets start with Macedonia :-)
So I get smashed by the Gauls, first time unprepared, second time I try to prepare my defence, still not enough.
But I find threads on the forum where the changes with the barbarian invasion are explained.
So I am considering either to fight the tricky battle on the island, or start two years later, when the invasion has petered out.
Then I notices that two years later recruitment of a cohort takes almost twice as long as before (90 days instead of 56 days).
The country has less troops (6 cohorts instead of 12), +1 stability instead of 0, but otherwise I cannot discover much difference (if anything the King has a much better military value, but less finesse.
Can't find any info on recruiting times. And unfortunately there is no Wiki to answer those questions, so I am afraid I will bother this forum with several trivial questions next few days.
For the fighting scenario, is going over the support limit punished the same way as in EU3? I think I read that it can be expensive to get rid of cohorts after the war, but I don't think I can beat the Gauls without first beafing up my army with a lot of heavy infantry, even when they attack into the islands over the strait.