Civilization VI – Mvemba a Nzinga and Kongo

Posted on 07 Sep 2016 by
Sawyer Scherbenske

The faithful and wise Mvemba a Nzinga might not be as well knows as King George or Gandhi, but his patronage to religious arts and historic leadership has landed him a place in Civilization VI.

Kongo’s unique ability is Unkisi, which gives them food, production, and gold from each relic, artifact and sculpture as well as generating extra great artist and great merchant points each turn. Their unique district, the umbanza, replaces the neighborhood and can be built earlier, creates food and gold in addition to the housing neighborhood usually create.

Mvemba is rare in that he was an African convert to Christianity, meaning that he can’t build holy sites, but his cities can still get religious bonuses from apostles spreading their faith to his cities. He’s also strange in that his unique unit, the Ngao Mbeba, are defensive shieldbearers better at defending cities with their defensive bonuses against ranged units than attacking cities like many other faithful leaders in Civilization VI so far.

Mvemba a Nzinga is a unique leader that can be faithful without holy sites and best played in the middle of forests. He’s variable and can pursue any victory type unlike other civs while still being able to compete with the best of them at food and gold.

Mvemba a Nzinga and Kongo brings the total confirmed civ count up to 11, With Gandhi for India, 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.

Official Press Release

2K and Firaxis Games have revealed that Mvemba a Nzinga will lead Kongo in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, launching on Oct 21st for Windows PC.

Debuting in Civilization VI is the Kingdom of Kongo, led by Mvemba a Nzinga. Also called King Afonso I, Nzinga is most famous for his attempts to spread Christianity across his empire, and increased activities with Portugal in a bid to modernize the empire.

Mvemba a Nzinga’s road to becoming king was paved with conflict. In 1506, he defeated his half-brother Mpanzu a Nzinga’s forces in open conflict to claim the throne. Accounts attributed his victory to the appearance of an apparition of Saint James the Great breaking the morale of the enemy, thus leading to Christianity becoming the royal faith during Nzinga’s rule.

Nzinga’s relationship with the Portuguese was seen as occasionally amicable and at other times highly contentious. Nzinga deplored Portuguese participation in the Kongo slave trade and fought to stop it. Once allied, Portugal helped bring structural progress to the empire and attempted to convert all of Kongo to Catholicism. Kongo welcomed Portuguese missionaries, who helped modernize the country with new schools, establish a literate noble class and gain new architecture from Portuguese designers.

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