"one of the few who came close to matching" Rome in power and wealth.
They blend "Persian, Hellenistic" and local cultures; they also venerate Greek and Iranian god figures. Their greater tolerance of foreign culture eases their paths of conquest; so no travel visas.
This is the seventh faction to be revealed by the Total War developer, with others including power houses like Carthage and Macedon, as well as tribals Iceni and Arveni.
"As an Eastern faction, Parthia profits from the rich heritage established by the Persian Empire both in its capacity for trade and in its cultural strength. A degree of tolerance for foreign cultures further eases Parthian conquest of new lands, but their Zoroastrian practices mean an aversion to slavery, which is detrimental to both the economy and to public order."
"In battle, their great marksmanship and mastery of cavalry makes them a force to be reckoned with when fighting on open ground," continued the of the official Total War wikia.
Total War: Rome II releases on PC this autumn.