- Feb 2, 2013
- Socially distant
The author managed to have one civic which you could choose but for the Nomad/Settled civic it was set depending on if you had a tech or not. There was no possibility that your nation would revert to nomadic once you got agriculture. That does happen:- the Nabataeans (of Petra fame) were "desert" nomads, became bandits, then became a settled nation as taxes and services are much more profitable and easy than raiding. But then they got invaded, while their army was busy else where ( a great time to invade) so abandoned their cities and went back to being nomadic for awhile. Eventually settling down again.
Now THAT is interesting. I hadn't even considered going from settled back to nomadic...
I am envisioning a random event... "Since the war is going badly, would you like to pack up and move into the wilderness?"
My own take of the types goes something like:-
- Hunter/gatherers or seasonal nomads - moving from one seasonal camp to another, can be from one source of resources to another or maybe following wild herd migrations of a mix.
- "advanced" seasonal nomads - some plant or herd management. If there is enough food it would allow for one small settlement (no more than a hamlet) probably the centre of religion. It may not be occupied throughout the year.
- pastoralist nomads - the herds are now domesticated and go where humans decree. ditto
- settled herders - most of the tribe stay in one place and just those herding the animals move about. Restricted to temperate regions eg from history where the herds winter in the valley and move up and down the mountains with the weather. Allows villages)
- settled - most food from farming and non-migratory animals.
I think I will be doing something like this, slowly building from the top one to the bottom one using different techs. But at any point the player could just keep going in the direction they are going and forget that whole "sedentary" thing. (The problem will be convincing the AI's that this is a fine way to do things. They don't really know how nomadism works.)