Basically, your role is that of a Praetor or Consul (a small bit of historical inaccuracy, there weren't consular governors in Africa until just prior to the Jurgurthine War). You drew the right lot, and Roman Africa is yours. Your administrative capitol is Utica, and you can do as you like with it!
a couple notes:
-This is a sandbox scenario
-There is a bit of light military in this scenario, nothing challenging for the most part.
-There is one rather big invasion that is set to happen once, some 30 years after the scenario starts. This is an historical event that indirectly changed the Roman military forever. For you, governor, it means you have a massive siege to survive.
-Build slow to start with, focus on industry.
-You start with a lot of cash, but I advise that you take a very close look at the world map before spending it all building your city. Trade routes are VERY expensive in this scenario.
-While you're checking the empire map, take a look at the prices. You govern a province, and as such you can actually exploit its resources, if you're clever about it.
-by 5-6 years in you may want to train a couple cohorts and/or have walls built.
Rome is rejoicing in its final victory over Carthage. After the city was razed, P Cor. Scipio Aemilianus has departed to Rome to recieve his triumph and write his memoirs. After the great victory, the less glamorous task of establishing a permanent presence here lies ahead.
Therefore, by decree of the Senate, you are both requested and required to establish and administer the territory of Roman Africa for the term of your office and for such further time as it is the will of the senate to prorogue your authority. The People of Rome expect you to entrench their presence in Africa. To this end you are hereby endowed with full consular imperium, and the significant sum of 13 silver talents. The Senate and People of Rome are entrusting you to govern its territory in a manner that will increase the dignity, majesty, authority, and freedom of the Roman people. May Fortuna go before you.
Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam