very interesting opinionThe Achaean and Aetolian League make much more sense as candidate factions than KH. They played a major part in politics and war in Greece during the game's timeframe. The KH was actually just a temporary alliance between the Athenians and the Spartans to fight Macedon in the Chremonidian war, which they lost. These two were weak, far from any prospect of imperialism, because the very concept of a city-state had become obsolete at the time. A city state could under no circumstances rival the hellenistic kingdoms of the time, that's why leagues of cities were formed in the first place. The Achaean and Aetolian leagues along with Macedon dominated Greece in the Hellenistic period. Neither Athens nor Sparta played any significant role during this period. IN FACT Sparta was "conquered" (forced to join at swordpoint) by the Achaean league.
Massilia wasn't just another city state that was captured. It was a powerful Western European Greek empire. Most of the Greek cities in western Mediterranean like Emporion were Massilian Colonies. And they were quite a few. Massilia with it's navy played a MAJOR part in the Punic wars as an ally of Rome and was finally subdued by the Romans after Julius Caesar's death. I think it was during the war between Octavian and Marc Antony. It certainly was not just another city-state that gets captured by Gauls, as it hapens in EB1.
The argument "too many Greek factions" is used quite often. I respectfully disagree. I believe a faction like a Greek league of cities (not the KH) or Massilia would be a better choise, in terms of historical importance, than another Scythian or Arabian faction. I agree with a belgic or another celtiberian faction though. As for Syracuse and Rhodes, Massilia was way more important than any of them, and than Athens and Sparta as well.
If the game's timeframe was the classic period Athens and Sparta would be the logical choices. In the hellinistic period though, they played no bigger part than to wait for a greater faction to Capture them, which is what happened by the way. (Athens was finally captured by Sulla)
well i cant say anything regarding the leages but completely agree with the massilia part