Civilization VI: Rise and Fall will not release in 2017. The games expansion is coming in early 2018 for Windows, Linux and Mac. That being said, we now have a first look at the games new content. Which is also going to be available on Steam and Humble Store for Windows. As well as Linux and Mac.
Master strategist. Respected diplomat. Honored student. Chandragupta Maurya of India was all of those things and became legend amongst his people because of it. In his time, he toppled a corrupt empire. Succeeding in pushing the boundaries of his kingdom. Working to better the lives of his subjects. Then he voluntarily walked away from it all.
While born sometime in the 3rd Century BCE. Chandragupta’s early life remains somewhat of a mystery. Though some accounts also speak of his connection to a family with a noble warrior tradition. Other accounts claim he was born a commoner. Since he is said to be orphaned at an early age. Regardless, Chandragupta earned a reputation as a clever and charismatic man. So much so that the great Chanakya mentored him. Thanks to the legendary politician and philosopher, Chandragupta received a crash course in politics, the arts, and military tactics.
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Ever the masterful strategist, Chanakya had a plan: he hoped his pupil could challenge the Nanda dynasty, a government widely perceived as corrupt. Chandragupta proved worthy of his tutor’s confidence, for he soon raised an army. By 322 BCE he overthrew the Nanda, installed himself as ruler of the kingdom of Magadha, and established the Mauryan dynasty.
Chandragupta next turned to the lands held by the successor-states of Macedon. Although Alexander the Great had perished before Chandragupta’s ascent to the throne. His conquest of the Indus valley should be addressed. Chandragupta kept extending his kingdom. Until he pressed against the newly-formation of the Seleucid Empire. The Seleucid-Mauryan War, lasting from 305 to 303 BCE. Ending with Seleucus ceding Macedon’s Indian satrapies to the Mauryan king. To show there were no hard feelings. And knowing Seleucus cared more about his successor state rivals to his west and south. Chandragupta gifted 500 war elephants to the basileus.
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall – First Look: India
Chandragupta’s empire extended all the way from modern day Afghanistan to southern India. Yet conquest was not Chandragupta’s only strength. Throughout his reign, Chandragupta proved himself a canny ruler while caring for his people. He built roads, irrigation systems, expanding trade routes. All to improve the lives of his people. He was also clever enough to ensure the loyalty of his soldiers by providing them finery and servants in their garrisons.
Chandragupta met the sage Bhadrabahu near the end of his life. Who taught him the precepts of Jainism. A religion promoting spiritual enlightenment and nonviolence through ascetic living. Following this new code, Chandragupta gave his throne to his son, Bindusara. He sought enlightenment, going on a pilgrimage to a cave in southern India. Where he meditated until his death. Fulfilling his ultimate goal of spiritual purity. Giving up literally everything. His throne, kingdom, riches and even food.
Chandragupta’s death was not the end of his dynasty, though. The Mauryan Empire would last another century. Inspired by his actions, Chandragupta’s successors—especially his grandson, Ashoka—followed his combined examples of expansion and spiritual enlightenment.
UNIQUE LEADER ABILITY: ARTHASHASTRA
This ancient Sanskrit treatise is often translated as “The science of politics,” Arthashastra covers much more ground. It’s the Indian framework for how to conduct statecraft, but also economic policy and military strategy. Credited to Chanakya – Chandragupta’s mentor – this is a template for the Mauryan dynasty. Take advantage of these lessons as you declare a War of Territorial Expansion. You will gain Movement and Combat Strength bonuses as you march into battle.
Steam and Humble Games release:
Chandragupta is one of the nine new leaders coming with Civilization VI: Rise and Fall. So when the games expansion releases on February 8, 2018 via Steam and Humble Store for Windows. Expect to see the games Linux and Mac. Since we do not have a formal release for Linux just yet. Stay tuned.