This 17-day Greek city-state challenge allows students to work in small groups for approx. 5 minutes each day to meet and make decisions as a city (the effects of those choices are decided by the teacher each day) and the goal is to have the greatest population by the end of the challenge.
Based on their decisions, the teacher can decide how their population, money, and state of happiness is affected. Some challenges include invasion from the Persians, plagues, shortage of foods, plundering other city-states, and other fun situations and scenarios that create a choice they must make as a team. There are many twists, and is completely controlled by the classroom teacher.
The city-states may also choose to invade each other, live peacefully, or plan strategic attacks.
Suggestion: I project a map of Ancient Greece on my board each day with city markers for each of their city-states that grow or shrink based on the decisions the make as a council.