Hi hope that you can help me with a decision about how to proceed with my first EB campaign. I'm playing as the Romani difficultly M/M on the ALX.exe
I'm trying to expand in a sort of semi historical way, and thus far I have taken things slow building my economy (now earning about 30000 per turn) and slowly expanding.
Before I ask for your advice please alow me to set the scene. (and hope you read on)
I currently have 4 Legions and a few support units being ferried back and forth to italy to be retained.
My Northern Italian Legion guards against the Gallic tribes and the Sweboz.
My Illyrian Legion is currently guarding Dalminion from Epeiros who are mounting raids basically every turn. The Sweboz are now making moves against Segestica and I dont think that my Illyrian Legion can cope with both attacks at once.
My Southern Italian Legion is currently serving in North Africa and as taken three cities from Carthage earning the commander the title Africanus.
My fourth fledgeling Legion is my the North African. They are not at full strength yet as I would like some Numidian Archers (which I believe I can train at Ippone) once this legion is at strength I will send my Southern Italian Legion back home (and I was thinking maybe on to Greece)
So it comes to my problem. The Sweboz...
They have been garining stength for a while now and have only recently been able to defeat the slave supper stacks taking the regions around the Alps. Well they are now turning their attentions on me.
They have attacked Mediolanum a number of times each time I have been able to see them off. However they are now making moves on Segestica also, and I dont think my Illyrian legion can handle both the Sweboz and Epeiros.
I think I have enough money to build another Legion but I'm in two minds as to what to do with it.
1) Use it to guard my Northern Illyrian border from the Sweboz
2) Use it to take the war to the Sweboz and attack their cities.
The problem is that I didnt really want to invade Germania until after the Marian reforms which are some time away. Plus by invading Germania I will extend my borders further inviting conflict with other factions which I'm not ready to take on yet. However, I kind of think that two legions guarding Illyria is a bit much. Ive tried asking for an alliance but it was refused even with a big cash gift attached (plus I dont believe alliance would last) I've also tried to take sweboz cities and gift them to my ally the averni, but the averni refuse the gift, time and time again. I dont want to use the forced dip script.
So any ideas on what I should do? Is there a third option that I havent thought of.