Civilization VI – India and Gandhi

Posted on 31 Aug 2016 by
Sawyer Scherbenske

Firaxis shocked nobody when they announced that the peaceful “Father of the Nation” Mahatma Gandhi will lead India in Civilization VI.

Gandhi is a Civilization Veteran and his legacy continues in Civilization as a faithful and nonviolent leader. Gandhi’s ability is “satyagraha,” and gives India a “significant” bonus to faith every time that they meet another, non-warring civ, and gives any civ that declares war on them happiness penalties. Faith is vitally important for India, and that shows in their Dharma ability. India not only gets their faith’s bonuses, but gets the benefits of any other religion that exists in any of their cities.

In case peace and faith aren’t working, India has the Varu, or elephant spearman unit, that reduces the strength of adjacent military units. They also have the stepwell, which provides housing and food, with an extra food bonus when built next to a farm or a faith bonus when next to a holy site.

Gandhi’s India is a great food and faith building civ. India may not be the strongest civ, but their ability to produce faith, food, and housing are unparalleled thus far, and should be an ideal match for people looking for Gandhi’s peaceful and worldly approach when playing Civilization VI.

Gandhi and India bring the total confirmed civ count up to ten. With Philip II for Spain, Barbossa for Germany, Tomyris for Scythia, Pedro II for Brazil, Queen Victoria for England, Catherine de’ Medici for France, Montezuma II for the Aztecs, Qin Shi Huang for China, Teddy Roosevelt for the USA, Cleopatra for Egypt, and Hojo Tokimune for Japan.

Civilization VI releases October 21st for PC.

Official Press Release

2K and Firaxis Games today revealed Mahatma Gandhi will lead India in  Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, launching  on Oct 21st for Windows PC.

Returning to lead India in Civilization VI is the beloved Mahatma Gandhi. Born in British-ruled India, Gandhi was famed for his courageous passive movements towards alleviating poverty, increasing women’s rights, promoting religious harmony and, most prominently, obtaining India’s independence.

Gandhi led the campaign for India’s independence from British rule through a specific philosophy of nonviolent resistance called Satyagraha. Some of his movements included the famed Salt March, multiple hunger strikes and more, which often led to long stints in prison and harm to himself.

Gandhi also worked to unite Hindus and Muslims in the country, which drew the attention of many would-be assassins. After five failed attempts on his life, Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, leaving a nation and world in mourning. As the preeminent nonviolent activist, Gandhi’s influence changed the course of human history, setting the stage for leaders such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela who drew from his inspiring nonviolent philosophies for change.

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