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What AIs switch to Free Religion?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by mercury529, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. mercury529

    mercury529 Warlord

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    I was wondering if there is any list of AIs that will switch to Free Religion when it is available. The switch can instantly ruin diplomatic relationships, and it seems important to know which AIs are likely going to stick with a religion. Also, what factors influence switching to Free Religion? If an AI founds a religion, are they less likely to switch? Thanks.
     
  2. The Rook

    The Rook King

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    Any AI that has Free Religion as their favourite civic is extremely likely to make the switch, irrespective of whether they found a religion or not. This includes:

    Asoka
    Darius
    Elizabeth
    Willem
     
  3. bhavv

    bhavv Glorious World Dictator

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    Catherine just did it in my game, dropped from Friendly to Pleased, then backstabbed me :(

    Free Religion is one huge drawback with any civs that were the same religion as you before.
     
  4. 50_dollar_bag

    50_dollar_bag Imitation Louis Vuitton

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    A lot depends on how many religions are present in AI cities too, the more religions a city has the more it benefits from the happiness Free religion gives.

    I think the least likely are AIs with Theocracy as their Favourite Civic i.e. Zara, Isabella and Saladin.
     
  5. Ormur

    Ormur Prince

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    Hannibal adopted Free religion in my game but he hap spread three religions in all his cities so maybe that pushed him. But fortunately he stayed friendly and I was 10 turns from domination by then so it didn't matter.

    Ironically Isabella was his colony, which he had recently given independence.
     
  6. BalbanesBeoulve

    BalbanesBeoulve Emperor

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    I've seen Isabella voluntarily adopt free religion (as in not having her as my friendly vassal and bribing her too switch).

    She was teching like a fiend in that game too.

    I've seen Hattie switch too. So I think every AI can switch to free religion. Founding a religion does make them more likely to stay in that religion, though it's no guarantee.
     
  7. King Jason

    King Jason Fleece-bearer

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    I'd say it'd be unlikely any civ with a religous civic as their favorite that isn't FR would switch to it. Though nothing is gauranteed. The best bets for switching to it though would be the ones that favor the civic. I'd also think Civilizations that don't have a favored religion (a fair amount) would switch easier than those that do. Anything else I'd imagine is circumstantial and would depend if the civic provided the needed benefit to the civ at the time.

    Here's a list of favored stuff;

    Free Religion
    Asoka
    Darius
    Elizabeth
    Willem Van Oranje

    Organize religion
    Brennus
    Hatshepsut
    Ramasses
    Suryavarman

    Theocracy
    Isaballa
    Justinian
    Saladin
    Zara Yaqob

    No favored religion (May have an impact, I wouldn't know)
    Alexander
    Augustus
    Boudica
    Brennus
    Cyrus
    Darius
    Ghengis Khan
    Gilgamesh
    Hammurabi
    Hannibal
    Hatshepsut
    Huayna Capac
    Julius Caesar
    Mao
    Montezuma
    Pacal
    Pericles
    Ragnar
    Ramasses
    Shaka
    Sitting Bull
    Stalin
     
  8. Ormur

    Ormur Prince

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    Is there no leader that favours pacifism? It's not really surprising when you think about why the leaders are picked but I thought that maybe Gandhi or someone would have it.
     
  9. Brammimond

    Brammimond Chieftain

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    I have never seen Boudica without Teocracy (after that comes into play) in all my life of playing.

    Cat Power - Cross Bone Style
     
  10. DMO

    DMO Chieftain

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    I think Ghandi turned to free religion in my game.Immediately after that he had a war with his neighbor and brother in hindu faith,hannibal.

    Doesn't free religion help u with researching?That makes it important for space race.But if u are neighbor with a fanatic,u 're burned.
     
  11. BalbanesBeoulve

    BalbanesBeoulve Emperor

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    If you're near a zealot at least you're better off with free religion than with a different religion.
     

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