Leader: Dowager Cixi Background: Dowager Cixi was the last dowager empress of imperial China and was the last de facto ruler to hold power. Her reign was a huge controversy in chinese history, not because she was female, but because Chinese empire met its end in her hands. People talked of her reluctance of reformation, egregious expense on luxuries, hilariously declaring war to the entire world (This is true) without noticing China was of no match to industrial powers... The list of her mis-steps goes on and on. Although she made so many mis-steps in that critical condition, Cixi was in fact, a ruler of merit and political wits, even exceeding many emperors. She cleverly balanced the powers in the court, putting down numerous rebellions that could ravage any empire in history and managed to hold the already dying imperial China in one piece. All these were achieved by a woman, who never left the palace and according to traditions, could only control state-matters in indirect ways. That defined her difference from emperor Wu ZeTian (Yes, her title was emperor) and her capability of ruling. In the matters of reformation, Cixi was actually devoting much into it, seeing how China lost in front of the might of steam power and science. But all was already too late. Some may argue that she wasn't a good leader example because the condition she faced didn't allow so. But lets see the leaders in Civ 6: Cleopatra was defeated by the tides and ended ancient Egypt while Montezuma was conquered and mighty Aztec collapsed with his death. If Cleopatra can be given a chance to atone her empire, if Montezuma can be given one more chance to face against the change of tides, I suppose Cixi deserves that too. Leader Ability: Struggle of traditions When a policy is used for more than 3 turns, she gains double benefits from internal trade routes and an accumulating +2 culture per turn to her entire empire, up to +20. Any foreign military unit on her land or replacing policies removes this bonus. If she opens border or have a war declared, she gains +100% science output to technologies that the target civilization has. Every city with a foreign religion tilts 10% of her culture output to science, up to 50%. Unique Unit: Boxers They are combat units come by mysticism, replaces nothing and obsoleted by enlightenment civics. The can initiate condemn heretics, instantly killing a missionary or an apostle, even without a religion of their own. Also they exert zone of control and can launch inquisition to her own cities. They are not religious units so cannot be attacked by apostles. Note: The Boxers were rebellions in early 1900s that aimed to clear China of foreign missionaries. They were rebels by name, but were actually supported directly or indirectly by the government. The historians say that the boxers were especially approved by Cixi. Unique Building: Chinese opera house A unique building replacing the amphitheater. +2 culture when adjacent to holy site, entertainment complex or campus. Each great work housing in the opera house gives bonus to adjacent districts. +2 science for campus, +2 faith to holy site, +1 amenity to entertainment campus. Note: Watching Chinese opera was a popular leisure activity in Qing Dynasty China. The opera plots are normally based on religious myths and historical stories, providing inspirations for thousands of people. It was also one of the most favorite hobby of Cixi herself. Playstyle: Playing as Cixi faces the eternal balance between science and culture. It is a choice between facing the world or shutting yourself from others. The leader ability keeps up the culture growth, giving step-stone for cultural victory. The production and food bonus through internal trades is also good for city growth and building. She can also shift to science route by increasing contact with the world, making sure that she will never fall behind in science. The unique unit does not give her a good offensive scale. Instead they can help her balance out the science/culture tilt brought by foreign religions. Strength: Great output of culture or science, depending on play-style. Great defensive capability in religious victory. The UU is also effective in converting captured cities with warring. Weakness: Lack of direct bonus to tourism/Great person in the cultural route. The science from opening border/war does not make her surpass the others, while the science from religious bonus is rather passive, and is unlikely to gear with cultural/religious route. The lack of military advantages also makes domination victory less possible. The need of producing more unit to body block enemy units in order to keep the cultural growth also discourages this. Leader Agenda: Flattered Cixi likes flattery. The best way is to give her beneficial terms in direct trades. She likes being gifted a lot and dislike civilization that with an extra copy of luxuries but does not trade it. Agenda approval: Hohoho, enough. Take it back. What you gifted me is of nothing special. (呵呵呵, 夠了夠了, 拿回去罷, 哀家不稀罕.) Agenda disapproval: Your speech and act with SUCH prudence has been under my attention. Very well, very well... (謹言慎行, 安守本份, 哀家早就看在眼內. 好的很, 好的很.) Leader Lines: (In modern written formal Mandarin ) Introduction: I am the holy dowager empress of Qing Empire. Our great nation is pleased to meet with new ambassadors. (哀家乃大清聖母皇太后, 堂堂大清, 樂於接待蕃邦小國.) Declared war: You call yourself a civilized nation, but your deeds are merely barbaric. We will never back down from your insult. (彼自稱教化之國，乃無禮橫行, 我大清四萬萬眾, 忠信甲冑，絕無臨陣退縮!) Declared war: The tolerance of our government is no more!! I'd rather meet you on battlefield than living in cowardice!! (朝廷柔服遠人，至矣盡矣！與其苟且圖存，貽羞萬古，不如一決雌雄!) Defeated: I blamed my foolishness. Please forgive my people and leave them alone. （哀家罪己。念友邦高抬貴手，諒我大清愚民。） Notes: The declare war and declared war lines are retrieved from her real historical official war declaration. Commentary: I am afraid that this design is too OP. How do you guys think? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New Wonder Suiting Cixi Spoiler With introduction of Cixi, lets add the famous building that was built for herself, the luxurious Summer Palace. : [/IMG] Technology: Engineering Requirement: must be built on land tiles beside a lake. Effect: It can provide the surrounding lake tiles with +3 culture and tourism. Also, it can be assigned with a citizen to give 50% tourism of the total GPT the country has, but consuming 100 gold every turn. Note: The summer palace was dedicated to Cixi for her retirement (returning the power to the emperor). It cost an astronomically high price to build. It was rumored that this giant garden complex cost the funding of the navy, greatly weakening China in the coming wars. Miscellaneous staffs: If adding a theme music for Cixi, I would propose this one. This music is from a TV series talking about the royal concubines in Qing dynasty, just hauntingly beautiful and super fits Cixi. This music also fits Cixi. It gives a more disastrous and sad feeling, a theme song from another TV series depicting Cixi herself.