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Mastering Civilization IV – The American Empire in Civilization IV

by: johnsinit ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

When first launched in 1994, Sid Meier's Civilisation game was the first real turn-based strategy game ever and went on to spawn 7 editions. The latest PC playable version is Civilisation IV. This article starts exploration of nation's unique abilities, dealing with American Empire.

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    Introduction

    Civ IV is a very popular and enjoayble game.With the victory options and most the pre-game selections (choosing the map, the climate and sea level, game speed and world size, Difficulty Levels (A,B)) covered previously, we are now reviewing the aspects of civilization choice.

    Choosing the nation in Civilization IV has to be done in context with each nation's unique advantages. The first nation that we are going to analyze is the American Empire.

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    American Empire Overview

    The American nation has the Navy Seal as their unique unit (replacing the Marine) with advantages of 1-2 first strikes and the free “March" promotion (along with the Marine common “Amphibious" promotion). As the unit requires Rifling and Industrialism technologies, it is wise to study them as soon as possible (beware that Chichen Itza is being obsolete by Rifling and Industrialism cancels Ivory).

    The starting technologies are Fishing and Agriculture, meaning Sailing and Animal Husbandry are available instantly, and Pottery is very close (with Mining).

    The civilization has 2 possible leaders – Washington and Roosevelt.

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    Washington

    Playing with George Washington will mean you are “Financial" and “Organized". Thus, you should research “Banking" as soon as possible, as the Banks are constructed at double speed. As you will probably have many banks – consider building the Wall Street wonder as well. Also, you should concentrate on terrains which produce more commerce, as you have a bonus of +1 for each square that generates 2.

    “Organized" means you have to pay less for your civics – making the usually expansive Police State, Vassalage, Environmentalism and Organized Religion less painful. It also enables you to construct the “Courthouse" and “Lighthouse" at double speed, making the discovery of Sailing and Code of Laws logical. The latter is generally more important as the first to discover founds “Confucianism" religion. Courthouses will also lead you to the Forbidden Palace – reducing the corruption in your empire. Sailing, on the other hand, is enabled immediately, as you already have Fishing.

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    Roosevelt

    Playing with Franklin Delano Roosevelt means you are “Organized" and “Industrious". Organized has been covered in the above paragraph, while “Industrious" will mean you have a double speed production of all Wonders and Forge. The latter must lead you to discovering Metal Casting (requires Pottery and Bronze Working) as soon as possible, with Crossbowman (enabled by Machinery) just one technology away.

Civilization IV - Guide To Sid Meier's Civilization IV PC Game

This series on Civilization IV tells you how to get the best out of the classic Sid Meier PC game. Game strategy and options are reviewed and disscussed
  1. Mastering Civilization IV - Victory Conditions
  2. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game Part I – Selecting a Map (A)
  3. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part II – Selecting a Map (B)
  4. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part III – Climate and Sea Level
  5. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part IV – Map Size
  6. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part V – Difficulty Levels (A)
  7. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part VI – Difficulty Levels (B)
  8. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part VII – Game Speed
  9. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing the civilization - Overview
  10. Mastering Civilization IV – The American Empire in Civilization IV
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  12. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Your Player Nation – Aztec Empire
  13. Mastering Civilization IV – Playing As The Chinese Empire - Choosing Your Playable Nation
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  15. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Your Nation – English Empire
  16. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Which Nation to Play – French Empire
  17. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Playable Nations – German Empire
  18. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing A Playable Nation – Greek Empire
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  20. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing the nation – Indian Empire
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  24. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Playable Nations – Roman Empire
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