Gandhi The Conquerer - A Five Part Chronicle of Civilization V
Gandhi is notoriously designed for peaceful, cultural play. The idea of Gandhi fielding a huge army and conquering the entire world is absurd. This is an attempt at that absurdity.
The goal is a conquest victory as Gandhi (with Giant Death Robots!). The original version of this was posted in Steam at http://steamcommunity.com/app/8930/discussions/0/828933455758505306/
Part I - The Birth of India
Gandhi, Earth, Standard size, King, Quick.
The goal is first to make India a strong enough nation to cope with a world war, then engage in a full invasion of the entire planet on civ at a time.
Science and city growth will be emphasized in the first stage of the game. Most conquered cities will be razed due to the unhappiness penalty. The first wars will be intended to thin the competition. Then technology will be the focus until nuclear weapons and giant death robots are ready. Eventually I plan to build a squad of GDRs to accompany the navy and ground troops in a massive end game, possibly backed with nukes. This depends on the availability of uranium.
The Birth of India
The city of Delhi was founded next to a lake, with some ruins just outside its borders. The city itself is on top of a salt mine, just waiting for technology to catch up with it. Pottery was chosen first, to promote religion. Religion is an important part of the intended strategy here.
The warriors quickly explored the ruins, gaining new technology and culture, then engaged in an epic battle at a barbarian camp.
The camp battle did not go as planned. While they fought valiently, and Honor was adopted, the barbarians spawned too quickly for them to heal. They were surrounded and pinned in a corner, heavily wounded. The first Indian warriors were killed.
Back in Delhi, the city borders quickly grew, and many nearby luxuries appeared. Salt, citrus, silk, and marble all within reach.
In an unusual step for me, but important for this strategy, I trained a settler to expand closer to the marble to the southwest.
The Faith of The People
India quickly declared the first pantheon. The chosen belief was Goddess of Love, to help offset the massive unhappiness.
The second city, Mumbai was founded soon after, and it contributed to the growth of the religion. In another unusual step for me, I chose to build a shrine first. The development of the first religion was essential for my strategy.
After finishing the scout, Delhi started work on the first wonder of the world - Stonehenge. The scout located a nearby city-state, Jerusalem, which contributed religious relics, speeding the birth of the first religion. They quickly became friends with India, contributing more directly. When Stonehenge was completed, India was on track for starting the first religion.
With the gold saved, a war elephant was trained, and began hunting the barbarian invaders.
Mumbai grew quickly, and its nearby hills provided a huge production boost. This made producting the Pyramids much faster, while Delhi focused on the Statue of Zeus. Unfortunately, someone else got to the statue first.
The Prophet Appears
In 880 BC, before any other pantheons were founded, the great prophet appeared in Delhi. The first religion was declared.
Hinduism was designed to negate the unhappiness from India's unique ability. Now that India could overcome the massive unhappiness from spreading out, I could conquer without concern over rebellion. This is the heart of my strategy, to encourage India to spread out.
The Prosperity of India
India grew after this, and with the religion and luxuries, people were happy. Mumbai started work on the Temple of Artemis to help grow the nation, however that too was intercepted.
Meanwhile, the War Elephants purchased with the nation's gold took the battle to the barbarians, avenging the fallen and gaining favor with the nearby city-states.
India would then expand north and west, near a silver deposit and some pearls on the coast. They also were introduced to their first neighdor, William of The Netherlands.
Soon, Hinduism was enhanced with additional beliefs, further countering unhappiness, and adding Just War. The strategy would then be to spread Hinduism to nearby cities, then invade them. Missions will go into the battlefield along with soldiers and generals to help with this conversion. It was time to begin training the army of India for war.
Preheating The Dutch Oven
A missionary converted The Hague to Hinduism. A Great General was spawned by a social policy, two catapults were almost ready to deploy, two swordsmen were on the way (limited by the 2 iron available, a 6 iron desposit was found to the northeast). Two elephants stood at the border, waiting for orders.
As soon as the army is gathered, the attack will begin. If successful, the Hague will be captured and puppeted for the copper deposit. Then the invasion will move south.