Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Will Finally Let Canada Politely Conquer the World

Nathan Birch

For years Canadian Civ fans have been begging for an opportunity to take over the world, and it seems the upcoming Civilization VI: Gathering Storm expansion will finally make it happen. The Cree, an indigenous nation largely based in northwestern Canada, were part of Civ VI’s Rise and Fall expansion, but now the whole country will be represented under respected Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier (he’s the guy on our $5 bills). You can check out a video overview of Canada, below.

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It appears Canadian Civ will include all the usual stereotypes – our unique unit is, of course, the Mountie and our unique building is the Hockey Rink. Also, the “Four Faces of Peace” ability, which prevents Canada from declaring surprise wars, or having any surprise wars declared on us, is pretty much perfect. We’re lovers, not fighters. Well, maybe we’re not lovers eithers. We’re watching Netflix under blanketers. Here’s a complete rundown of what Canada brings to the table:

Unique Ability – Four Faces Of Peace

This ability prevents Canada from declaring surprise wars on opponents or declaring war on City-States, but also ensures that surprise wars can’t be declared against Canada. Grants bonus Diplomatic Favor based on per-turn Tourism, and Canada receives extra Diplomatic Favor from successfully completing Emergencies or Scored Competitions.

Unique Building – Ice Hockey Rink

Ice Hockey Rinks grant additional Appeal and Amenity, and bonus Culture for each adjacent Snow, Snow Hills, Tundra, and Tundra Hills tile. Once the Flight technology is unlocked, grants Tourism from Culture; after unlocking the Professional Sports Civic, awards additional Production and Food; and, if built adjacent to a Stadium building, grants even more Culture. Only one Ice Hockey Rink allowed within a city’s borders.

Unique Unit – Mountie

This modern era unit has the ability to create a National Park. Mounties receive combat bonuses when fighting near a National Park, and an additional combat bonus if the National Park is owned by Canada.

Laurier Unique Ability – The Last Best West

This ability allows Canada to build farms on Tundra terrain, and reduces the cost of purchasing Snow and Tundra tiles by half. Gathering resources from Snow and Tundra tiles yields twice the usual amount.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Canada seems to cater directly to my Civ play style, as I usually try to avoid war, get along with everybody, and quietly pump up my culture. I’m such a stereotype. Firaxis has also announced Hungary and the Maori will be part of the Gathering Storm expansion.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, will include a total of nine new leaders representing eight civilizations. The $30 expansion comes to PC on February 14, 2019.

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