Preview: Civilization V

Greg Tito | 10 Sep 2010 19:00
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I first met the leaders of Hanoi and Seoul, two feeble warring city-states who each asked me to destroy the other. Seoul's people were the most like Iroquois, though, so I showered that city with gold so that they might share their culture with us. Other states such as Oslo and Rio de Janeiro were seafaring nations, able to gift us with foodstuffs to fill my people's granaries.

Beyond Rio were the larger empires of France and the Ottoman Turks. Napoleon sat astride his horse elegantly while Suleiman of the Ottomans wore his turban well. I told them of the wonders of Iroquois civilization, but all they seem to be interested in is signing petty Pacts of Secrecy against each other. Pah, they would learn of the glory of the Iroquois soon enough.

Still, the Iroquois were enriched by meeting these empires. Suleiman of the Ottomans gave us silver in exchange for excess dyes and both of our peoples were happy for the arrangement. Unfortunately, Suleiman's greed was his undoing. He sent his Janissaries to storm the city-state. I did not want Rio to be absorbed into the Ottoman empire, for they were my allies, I could not directly attack his forces without forfeiting our trade agreements.

I tried to array my longswordsmen and archers on the battlefield to block the Ottoman advance, but as hot fire launched from their trebuchets rained down on the walls of Rio, Iroquois could stand by no longer. I broke my agreements with Suleiman and destroyed his attacking armies easily by attacking from higher ground and flanking his janissaries.

I expected the Turk to stop his aggression, but over the next few centuries, Suleiman continued to attack Rio de Janeiro. My scientists had discovered how to use gunpowder and I was able to pay for these guns while my armies were in the allied lands of Rio. As soon as my armies were refit, I ordered their advance on Istanbul under the banner of the great General Patton.

Instead of conquering the Ottoman cities or razing them to the ground, I created mere puppets. By keeping semblance of control in the natives' hands, all of their resources and trade were sent directly to Onondaga and the residents were kept relatively happy.

As I learned the secret of Optics and navigation by using the stars through and sent the first ship able to traverse the deep ocean, the caravel, to search for new lands, I discovered that such warmongering was the norm rather than the exception. Oda Nobunaga of Japan traded with me, hungry for my foreign silks and gold, but he immediately asked me to attack his neighbor, Ramkhamhaeng of Siam. Alexander of Greece was willing to enter into a research agreement with me, setting aside gold to learn a random technology together, but he was preying upon the smaller city of Genoa at the same time.

Faced with such dishonorable practices, I realized that something must be done. I adopted polices of Freedom and Commerce to further enhance the economy of the Iroquois. I built bastions of culture like Notre Dame and the Louvre and my people were happier for it. I discovered machinery, steam power and eventually the secret of flight.

But through it all, I had one goal: to unite all peoples under one banner. I built the United Nations in the former Roman city of Antium. I firmly believed that if I could convince the peoples of the world that Hiawatha of the Iroquois was worthy of their trust, then maybe I could bring peace to the world. It took ten years to convene the delegates from all of the civilizations and city-states of the world.

But once they came to Antium, once they saw the glory, as well as the mercy, of the Iroquois nation, their voices called out one name: Hiawatha, Hiawatha. Savior of the human race. Leader of the World.

Greg Tito has played more hours of Civ than any other game franchise. Easily.

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