The 850 years after the Greek and Indian War was an era of peaceful expansion and exploration. Her Majesty’s galleys finished mapping the coastlines of the Eastern Hemisphere, her archers explored the frozen reaches of north Asia and her people founded new cities throughout the Pacific Rim and east Asia.
But as the world grew smaller, so did opportunities for expansion. Returning from their voyage of discovery, Her Majesty’s galleys found Kongolese settlers moving into areas of south Africa which Queen Victoria had selected for new colonies. Mvemba A Nzinga had always been a reliable and free-spending trading partner. Will he be a good neighbor as well?
The institution of a monarchy and the crowning of Victoria as Queen of Borneo marks the end of this era. Whether or not this etas of peace and prosperity continues during her reign has yet to be played out.
The Greek and Indian War
As Her Majesty’s galleys continue mapping the coast of Africa, Victoria sends a settler to Japan and an army to wrest southeast Asia from the Greeks.
Rather than attack the walled city of Athens with slings and arrows, we bring Pericles to the peace table with terms so humiliating they seem destined to sow the seeds for further conflict.
Preferably after we’ve developed catapult technology.
From The Nan Madol War to the Eve of the Greek and Indian War
Victoria’s rule becomes overtly autocratic as her galleys forcibly extend her protection to a neighboring city-state.
Her Majesty’s galleys them embark on a voyage to map the coasts of south Asia and Africa, encountering new civilizations and a potential ally in Her Majesty’s struggles against the perfidious Pericles of Greece.
I generally don’t like attacking city-states unprovoked, but failing to exploit all opportunities to expand probably contributed to my prior failures to win Civilization VI at Emperor difficulty level.
I do generally like to attack and conquer the first civilization I meet. That Pericles had expanded into Southeast Asia, a land I covet for myself, made it mandatory. And Gandhi’s request for a joint war with Greece provided political cover for my territorial ambition.
My hope at this stage is to secure the coasts of southeast Asia. By maintaining closed borders with other civilizations, I should be able to keep them from settling Australia, allowing me to seed colonies elsewhere until my rivals develop Cartography and can sail the open oceans.
While her loyal subjects build their capital and tame the jungles of Borneo, her Majesty’s galleys map Oceania, the Bay of Bengal and the east coast of Asia. On the voyage, they encounter Pericles, mad king of the Greeks, who makes outrageous demands on our international relations. Eventually, the galleys converge on Nan Modal, a city state whose wide beachhead makes it a tempting target for territorial expansion.
I’ve been playing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI since shortly after it came out, enough that I think I can beat the game at Emperor difficulty level by now. They have also release an Earth Map recently. In this game, I am playing as England. The game seems to have certain preset starting locations for different civilizations. England in my experience usually starts between the Tigris and Euphrates or smack in the middle of Borneo.
This time it was Borneo. Moving my settlers before founding my first settlement is an unusual move for me, but necessary here. It will allow me better access to the resources of Malaysia and surrounding islands, and helps jump-start my development of sailing technologies.
This first episode covers the first 3,525 years of pre-Recorded History history, from the founding of Borneo to the eve of our first war.
The next episode will chronicle the War for Nan Madol and the decades of peace preceding her Majesty’s involvement in the Greek and Indian Wars.
I visit the Mechanist’s Lair to see if the robots actually use the scavenging stations I installed, stop at Boston Airport to assign jobs to a couple of settlers, then fast travel across the Commonwealth to visit my new settlement at Egret Tours Marina.
A couple mods let me build a habitable settlement at Boston Airport, as well as stick in another lounge singer.
The new and improved recycling facility now uses logic gates to separately run the recycling and the vacuum hopper, and a third logic gate to power the settlement’s defenses when the recycling plant isn’t running.