(This is my first post, so bear with the quality please. =x Unfortunately, I can't seem to upload yet, but once I have this posted, I'll work on getting the whole uploading images thing right.) A History of Rome (4000 BC - 3500 BC) - By Tanner Bates/Taniciusfox Special Details: -C3C Map (El Mencey's 362 x 362 huge map) -$1 million is equal to 1 unit of gold. -Resources apart from fish and whales are all available for trading to create a vibrant economy. - Civilization also has most civilization powers and two extra technologies to compensate for the player's incompetence. - Also in relation to incompetence, corruption is gone. - Citizens generate 1 tax unit by default per turn for realism. Tax collectors add 3 tax units but cause one unit of unhappiness. Listen closely my pupils. I must teach you the history of our country so that you may use it to affect the future. This IS a meritocratic state, after all! The story of the great Roman Empire begins in 4000 BC. Rome was founded in the region of Mesopotamia, between the two rivers of the Euphrates and Tigris. This occurred when the wisemen of our tribe(back then, we might as well have believed the elderly were put in power by the gods...or were gods themselves, but we know better now.) After our tribe finally abandoned it's nomadic lifestyle for the stability of the Mesopotamian valley, we worked on constructing irrigation canals, mines and roads. We also put more emphasis on education decades after the city's founding, so our research and discoveries began to increase. Scouts headed north to Anatolia, which would allow us to see future possessions. We had discovered the site of modern Byzantium as time neared 3900 BC, and scouts were then sent to the modern Suez Canal and Nile regions to further investigate our surroundings. By 3750 BC, we had organised our first main corps of defenders, a division of spearmen numbering 300 men, they defended Rome, but at the time there was not much to defend from apart from the occassional wild beast. In the year 3550, Rome's army was doubled in size, with another 300 men being trained, sent to overlook modern Byzantium's site in order to avoid any pesky raiders from Europe(or potential rivals). Soon we planned to train bands of settlers to conquer the site and establish a far flung colony, a colony that would hopefully be of valuable use. We are now at 3500 BC in the book. While we had not yet expanded from glorious Rome's capital, we had built up a moderate army and had explored countless lands, laying the foundations of an empire that would rule the Middle East, Egypt and the Balkans! ...And perhaps more. And that concludes our first introductory lesson. Oh, don't get cocky little ones, we're going to have FAR longer lessons in the future.