Civilization VI – Peter the Great and Russia

Posted on 06 Oct 2016 by
Sawyer Scherbenske

Peter the Great was an 18th century absolute monarch, brought Russia out of the dark ages, and the reason we consider it a part of Europe today.

Russia being the largest country in the world, which is why they get extra territory upon founding cities in Civilization VI and using great people in cities with lavras, their unique district. To sweeten the deal, they’re the only civ that can benefit from tundra tiles, which give them faith and production.

Outside of Russia’s massive borders, Peter’s “Grand Embassy” ability gives them bonus science or culture when trading with more advanced civs. To defend those trade routes and territories, cossacks are making their return as a unit that specializes in movement. These horse-riding musketeers are stronger than the cavalry they replace and move both before and after attacking.

Russia is the master of land-grabs with their bonus tiles upon founding cities and tile gains from using great people. Not only will it be huge, but they’ll never be far behind as long as they have someone to trade with and get science from. As long as you have the military power and food to sustain this massive civilization you’ll undoubtedly be on the path towards victory whether you’re aiming for culture, science, or world domination.

Peter the Great and Russia bring the total confirmed civ count up to 18 when Civilization VI releases on October 21st.

Official Press Release

2K and Firaxis Games today revealed that Peter the Great will lead Russia in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, launching on Oct 21st for Windows PC.

Known for his vast reforms and modernizations, Peter the Great has a resume few can match.
Peter modernized Russia at a widespread level – primarily expanding his nation’s naval abilities for both trade and warfare, and gaining access to the Black Sea by capturing Azov from the Crimean Tatar vassals of Turkey. In 1697 he discretely went to Western Europe in the Grand Embassy to examine international affairs.

Peter led a coalition against the Swedish Empire in the 21-year Great Northern War. A historic victory was won in the Battle of Poltava in 1709, but it wasn’t until 1721 that the Baltic belonged to Russia.

As “Emperor of All Russia”, Peter the Great advanced youth and secular education, reformed the nation’s calendar system to fit European standards, prioritized investment in industrial manufacturing, and improved trade relations dramatically. Through intelligence and a strong will, Peter left an indelible mark on Russia.

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