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Strategic Border Defense

Discussion in 'Civ2 - Strategy & Tips' started by Red Sickle, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Red Sickle

    Red Sickle Chieftain

    Apr 25, 2009
    While playing Civ II, I like to build large strategic defense lines to keep enemy units out of my territory. Only problem is that the only form of government where this isn't prohibitively expensive is Fundy. However, I have been trying out a few other methods with various results.

    The first method I've been trying, is what I call the Police State Gaurds. This method entails building a... well, a lot of Spys or Diplomats. You basically just get enough spies and sips to completely seal off your border, with no space between units for ZOC units to sneak through. And since Spy's and Dips cost no maintenance or happiness, you can build as many as you want. You still need a few forward bases though, for quick response, seeing as how a spy can't stop an oncoming armour column. The main purpose of this method isn't actually military defense anyways, it is designed to prevent espionage, exploration, and sneak attacks within your border.

    The second method is simply having a giant airforce, placed on airstrips at strategic points along your border, allowing you to scout out the area, brickwall enemy units with bombers, and make quick descisive strikes against the enemy before they can even reach you. In democracy, you're pretty much restricted to Stealth Fighters though...

    The third method I have come up with, is also to do with airstrips. You simply build airstrips at choke points in the middle of nowhere, where you can't post units for some reason. As soon as an enemy unit passes over the airstrip, it changes to the colour of that tribe, alerting me to who is violating my borders, and where they are, allowing me to send some units over there to deal with the situation as soon as it arises.
    *Note: this method only works on AI and really foolish humans.

    So, what are your critiques, queries, comments, and ideas aobut border defense?
  2. Prof. Garfield

    Prof. Garfield Deity Supporter

    Mar 6, 2004
    If you are putting massive amounts of resources into border defense, I would suggest that you build howitzers instead and take over the civilization on the first provocation.

    The easiest way to keep out diplomats and spies is to limit road contact with other civs; if you establish choke-points, make sure that the road doesn't run around it; it will then take 2 movement to get behind your choke-point. If you are worried about tech-theft, station spies in your border cities.
  3. mpescatori

    mpescatori Chieftain

    Jan 2, 2009
    Rome, Italy
    There is another way to establish border watch, and that is with trade units.
    Send caravans and park them in places where the enemy would like to pass, but is blocked.
    Ideally, one trade + one diplomat, stacked, so that the caravan cannot be corrupted.
    As caravans are not military, the AI will not see them as hostile and leave only one or two military units.
    On the other hand, the diplomat may be used to bribe enemy units.
    Caravans and diplomats being cost zero, they make better blocks than twin diplomats.
  4. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

    Mar 3, 2005
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    An 11-year-old necro?

    Oh, well. It's still useful knowledge. Spies and diplomats are terribly underrated. I like to keep one or two in all my cities, to prevent tech theft. The only one in the game who should be stealing tech is me!

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