It is the sixth century BC and the conflict between the independent-minded Greek city states and the mighty Persian empire is escalating. The Persian King Cyrus the Great has conquered the Greek-inhabited region of Ionia and appointed tyrants to rule them but the Greeks do not look kindly upon foreign rulers.
Politeia takes the players back to the Persian Wars. Faced with the threat of a Persian invasion, the players must cooperate to defend their civilization. However, the competition for wealth and resources is fierce, as simulated by an inventive action mechanism, and just like the Ancient Greeks, the players are likely to turn their weapons against each other instead.