>>55084 Well to be cliched, the problem started with Alexander dying when he did. He didn't leave a will, so it wasn't clear who would inherit the empire. There was already a lot of intrigue before he died but Alex was a skillful leader/politician and he kept things under wraps with a strong hand. The problem was after Alex died, the macedonian army elites grafted their decision making system onto the persian administrative system. So there was a short regency with a lot of infighting, and that quickly broke down as the regent, perdiccas, assigned Alex's generals different parts of the empire to rule as satraps. But when they got to their territories they basically succeeded from the empire and all hell went lose as civil war broke out in the regions. As for Macedonia itself, it was less damaged than other regions during the civil war, though there were some battles fought and complex set of events that put the Antigonids in power there. The main problem, however, was IMMIGRATION, more than 50% of macedonians left to take up opportunities in the East, where they were given favorable treatments and inducements from Alex's generals. This left Macedonia with a manpower shortage so she could never muster a good army to reconquer alex's empire. It was still a solid economic and military power, however, and its navy beat off the ptolemaic navy and stuff.
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