So, what would be the best way to start the Indian adventure? Perhaps to admit that I have severely underestimated the quantity of troops needed for proper presentation, and will need to remedy that at one point. Besides that little side note, what would be the most distinct unit type that abundantly wealthy Indian empires cultivated and developed? At least for any army entering from the west, the most terrifying of them was a war elephant later adopted to the armies of Alexander’s Successors.
Indus river is one of the longest in Asia, and at 3180km makes it longest in Pakistan. History of Indus river and surrounding region is diverse and the river has always attracted inhabitants and encouraged building of cities and establish empires. Some of the early inhabitants of the regions were Mardan cave dwellers, and paleolithic sites have been discovered close to modern day Islamabad.
Bhirrana, oldest discovered site of Indus Valley Civilization has been carbon dated to 7500BC, while Harappa and Mohenjo-daro (name is speculative because real one is not known but Kukkutarma has been suggested. City was abandoned at the time of ICV decline 1900BC) around 3300BC represented one of the largest human concentration in Ancient World.
Until now, over thousand ancient cities and settlements have been discovered in the region of Ghaggar-Hakra and it’s tributaries alone. It is debated wether the decline of the Indus River Civilization around this region may be related to environmental events that reduced the river flow to seasonal (it is suggested by some that the glacier meltwaters reduced when the ice age glaciers withdrew from the Himalayas, causing the Ghaggar to disappear and that river region dotted with thousand cities and dwellings actually was the Sarasvati of the Rig Veda).
At the time Macedonians started their adventurous expeditions eastwards, Indus region was heavily populated, wealthy region and Pauravas ruled there from 890 BC for over 500 years. Wars were fought between Persian Empire under reign of ten kings and Pauravas become loosely attached to Persian rule. Once Alexander reached the eastern edge of Persian dominions, another war was fought against Macedonians. After Battle of Hydaspes in 326BC, barely victorious Alexander allowed Porus to remain as a king.
Regardless of Alexander’s grande designs, Macedonians have had enough, and refused to face the strength of Nanda Empire further East. Already in decline 4th and 3rd century BC, Pauravas was conquered by immensely rich and powerful Mauryan Empire in 322BC.
There are still three more stands in progress, and not exactly sure how to have the proper indian colorful look for them. Will have to experiment but it is clear that some really elaborate mandalas etc. are out of question.