- Feb 14, 2011
You do know that there are no historical contemporary city names, and their languages are unattested, except for undeciphered script.Randomly gen leader names for every state that the Olmecs or Harappians or whatever are divided in (civilization and state separation, remember) according to the rules of the language, which could in theory account for 100+ ingame cities. The thing the Civ player plays is the 'spirit of the Civilization', represented by a historical figure as in civ that sorta pushes the civ into acting a certain way that can be swapped out at any time. Make it very clear that this leader representative doesn't exist in universe and is just a face to make playing the civ easier. Still keep the funny interactions between civilizations (states are just automated, this would be for when you meet other civilizations entirely)
look through the historical city list, if you can't, try to figure out their language and name cities based off of that, city names are usually things like 'river city'.