IMPERIAL ROMANS CIVILIZATION PROFILE

by Michael Hafer. Email: michaeldhafer@gmail.com

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NATURE

Keeping with the design approach that a civilization should be represented at a specific time in history, the (High) Imperial Roman civilization is set in the "principate" era during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, when the Roman Empire was at its greatest extent, economic stability, and military power.

The Imperial Romans will have a unique citizen/soldier dichotomy not found in any other civilization in the game. The 'Female Citizen' of other factions is now the Roman Citizen ("Plebeius"), a unit of (randomized) both genders. And since the Roman imperial army of this time was a professional force, there is a distinction between the Plebes as an economic unit and the Soldiers as military units: The Plebeius can gather resources and build economic and civic buildings, while the Roman soldiers can fight and build only military buildings, making the Imperial Romans a very unique civilization to play.

UNIT DESCRIPTIONS

MILITIA

  • Generic Name: Vigiles Urbanum.
  • Specific Name: Urban Militiaman.
    • Class: Swordsman.
    • Hacker Armament: Gladius.
    • Appearance: -
      • Garb:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Helmet:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Shield:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Figure(s): .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 1.
    • Function: Light melee infantry that trains very quickly from the Civic Center-only and only in small numbers (10 max per Civic Center). They can only be used as a quick reaction force in case of invasion or as a quick boost of workers at the beginning of a match. They have no hard counters against any other unit type and have only 1 rank.
    • Special:
      • "Police Force" Aura: +10% gather and build rate for nearby Plebeians.
      • "Fire Brigade": Repair buildings 3 times faster than other units.
      • "City Watch": Train time for Urban Militiamen is half of a normal soldier, but they can only be trained in small numbers.

INFANTRY

  • Generic Name: Roman Legionnaire.
  • Specific Name: Legionarius.
    • Class: Swordsman and Heavy Skirmisher.
    • Hacker Armament: Gladius.
    • Ranged Armament (Initial): Pilum.
    • Appearance: -
      • Garb:
        Basic – Chain hauberk, aka lorica hamata. Cingulum.
        Advanced – lorica segmentata. Cingulum. No greaves.
        Elite – lorica segmentata, greaves, leather pteruges, manica (segmented armor) on the right arm. Cingulum.
        Centurion - Lorica Squamata adorned with numbers silver medals for gallantry. Embossed iron greaves. Leather pteruges. Cape. Cingulum.
      • Helmet:
        Basic – Bronze Imperial Gallic helmet.
        Advanced – Iron Imperial Gallic helmet.
        Elite – Iron Imperial Italic Helmet with front-to-back crest.
        Centurion - Imperial Italic Helmet with the transverse (side-to-side) crest of the famed Centurion.
      • Shield:
        Basic – Roman "scutum" with slightly curved sides.
        Advanced – The Roman Imperial scutum with basic motifs.
        Elite – The Roman Imperial scutum with elaborate motifs.
        Centurion – The Roman Imperial scutum with elaborate motifs.
      • Figure(s): - Wide tunic is player color, plus sandals (caligae).
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 1.
    • Function: Heavy line infantry. To engage the enemy at close range with swords after an initial javelin volley. Good against melee and ranged infantry.
    • Special:
      • "Pila Volley": These Roman soldiers discharge a volley of pila (heavy Roman javelins) before closing upon the enemy with their melee weapons.
      • The Roman Legionaire also can promote to a 4th rank, in contrast to other citizen-soldiers who only have 3 ranks. This 4th rank is that of the famed "Centurion", with Champion-like stats and strength.
  • Generic Name: Auxiliary Spearman.
  • Specific Name: Pedites Auxiliares.
    • Class: Spearman.
    • Hacker Armament:
      Basic - Spear (hasta). Gladius (ornamental).
      Advanced – Spear (hasta). Gladius (ornamental).
      Elite – Spear (hasta). Gladius (ornamental).
    • Appearance:
      • Garb:
        Basic – Lorica hamata.
        Advanced – Heavy lorica hamata.
        Elite – Heavy lorica hamata. Cape.
      • Helmet:
        Basic – Coolus helmet.
        Advanced – Coolus helmet with feathers.
        Elite - Bronze Imperial Gallic helmet.
      • Shield:
        Basic – Large oval shield.
        Advanced – Large oval shield.
        Elite – Large oval shield.
      • Figure(s): -
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 1.
    • Function: - Good against cavalry.
    • Special: -
  • Generic Name: Legionary Skirmisher.
  • Specific Name: Lanciarius.
    • Class: Skirmisher.
    • Ranged Armament: Roman heavy javelin - the lancea.
    • Appearance: -
      • Garb:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Helmet:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Shield:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Figure(s): .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 1.
    • Function: - Good against spearmen and ranged cavalry.
    • Special: -
  • Generic Name: Syrian Auxiliary Archer.
  • Specific Name: Syrus Auxilia Sagittarius.
    • Class: Archer.
    • Ranged Armament: Eastern bow.
    • Appearance: -
      • Garb:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Helmet:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Shield:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Figure(s): .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 1.
    • Function: Archery support for the legion. Heavier armor than all other archers, but more expensive. Good against melee infantry.
    • Special: -

CAVALRY

  • Generic Name: Batavian Heavy Cavalry.
  • Specific Name: Equite Batavorum.
    • Class: Cavalry Spearman.
    • Hacker Armament:
      Basic – Lancea – overarm for stabbing. Ornamental Gladius
      Advanced – Lancea – overarm for stabbing. Ornamental Gladius
      Elite – Lancea – overarm for stabbing. Ornamental Gladius
    • Appearance:
      • Garb:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Helmet:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Shield:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Figure(s): -
      • Mount:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 2.
    • Function: Good against ranged infantry and siege weapons,
    • Special: -
  • Generic Name: Auxiliary Light Cavalry.
  • Specific Name: Equite Auxiliares.
    • Class: Cavalry Javelinist.
    • Ranged Armament: Javelin. Gladius (ornamental).
    • Appearance:
      • Garb:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Helmet:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Shield:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
      • Figure(s): -
      • Mount:
        Basic – .
        Advanced – .
        Elite – .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 2.
    • Function: Raider. Good against support units.
    • Special: -

SUPPORT UNITS

  • Generic Name: Roman Citizen.
  • Specific Name: Plebeius.
    • Class: Citizen/Gatherer?.
    • Appearance: -
      • Garb: Roman tunica.
      • Helmet: None.
      • Shield: None.
      • Figure(s): -
    • History: The plebeians were the common citizens of the Empire.
    • Garrison: 1.
    • Function: -
    • Special:
      • Since the Roman imperial army was a professional force, the Plebeius can gather resources and build civic buildings, while the Roman soldiers fight and build military buildings.
  • Generic Name: State Priest.
  • Specific Name: Pontifex Minor.
    • Class: Priest.
    • Appearance:
      • Garb: Long purple tunic.
      • Helmet: None.
      • Shield: None.
      • Figure(s): He should have the look of an old man.
    • History: During the Empire, the position of priest was elevated and required a lot of responsibilities, which is why priests were by no means chosen randomly. The position of Pontifex Maximus, the high priest of the Roman religion, was occupied by such prominent figures as Julius Caesar, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Augustus.
    • Garrison: 1.
    • Function: -
    • Special: -
  • Generic Name: Plebeian Merchant.
  • Specific Name: Mercator Plebeius.
    • Class: Trader.
    • Appearance:
      • Garb: White shirt and brown pants.
      • Helmet: None.
      • Shield: None.
      • Figure(s): A young man.
      • Mount: Mounted on a horse (no matter the colour).
    • History: Since the start of the Roman Republic, the plebeians dedicated themselves to commerce, while patricians owned and cultivated the land. Trading was considered negatively, so patricians tried to avoid it, or made some of their plebeian client's trade, using their clients' names.
    • Garrison: 2.
    • Function: -
    • Special: -
  • Generic Name: Merchant Ship.
  • Specific Name: Corbita.
    • Class: Merchant Ship.
    • Appearance:
      • Shell: (Standard).
    • History: The Corbita was the most famous class of Roman merchant ships, known as Oneraria. They had a cargo capacity of 60-300 tons on average, with variants known to carry as much as 400 tons. These vessels traveled all over the Mediterranean, and could be found literally on every trade route.
    • Garrison: Cannot.
    • Function: -
    • Special: -
  • Generic Name: Roman Liburna.
  • Specific Name: Liburna.
    • Class: Bireme.
    • Appearance:
      • Shell: .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: Cannot.
    • Function: -
    • Special: -
  • Generic Name: Fishing Boat
  • Specific Name: Navicula Piscatoria.
    • Class: Fishing Ship.
    • Appearance:
      • Shell: Roman fishing boats were rather small and constructed from wood and marked by the extensive use of iron nails. A distinguishing feature however was the addition of a central compartment in the center of the boat that could be flooded on purpose and drained at will.
    • History: For the Romans fishing quickly became the plebs’ favorite pastime from the early days of the Roman Republic when fishing was still done on the Tiber. However towards the end of the Republic the fishing craze spread to the nobility, and hit its peak from the 2nd Century BC to the 4th Century AD. As both a livelihood and as a sport, fishing actually outpaced hunting.
    • Garrison: Cannot.
    • Garrison Capacity: 1; support, infantry
    • Function: Gathering: Only method of collecting meat from fish.
    • Special: -

SIEGE

  • Generic Name: Onager.
  • Specific Name: Same.
    • Class: Catapult.
    • Appearance: -
      • Shell: .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 3.
    • Function: -
    • Special: -
  • Generic Name: Cheiroballistra.
  • Specific Name: Same.
    • Class: Bolt Shooter.
    • Ranged Armament: .
    • Appearance: -
      • Shell: .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 2.
    • Function: -
    • Special: Able to throw darts at a distance of 350 meters.
  • Generic Name: Battering Ram.
  • Specific Name: Aries.
    • Class: Ram.
    • Appearance: -
      • Shell: .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 3.
    • Function: -
    • Special: -
  • Generic Name: Siege Tower.
  • Specific Name: .
    • Class: Siege Tower.
    • Appearance: -
      • Shell: .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: Cannot.
    • Function: -
    • Special: -

CHAMPION UNITS

  • Generic Name: Evocati Officer.
  • Specific Name: Praefectus Evocatorum.
    • Class: Champion Infantry Swordsman.
    • Hacker Armament: Sword (Gladius).
    • Ranged Armament (Initial): Javelin (Pilum).
    • Appearance: -
      • Garb: Bronze Lorica Squamata (scale body armor). Adorned with medals for gallantry. Embossed iron greaves, leather pteruges. Cape.
      • Helmet: Imperial Attic helmet with vertical crest.
      • Shield: Rectangular Imperial scutum.
      • Figure(s): -
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 1.
    • Function: -
    • Special: .
  • Generic Name: Praetorian Guard Cavalry.
  • Specific Name: .
    • Class: Champion Cavalry Spearman.
    • Hacker Armament: Cavalry spear. Gladius (decorative).
    • Appearance: -
      • Garb: .
      • Helmet: .
      • Shield: Long Hexagonal cavalry shield with scorpion motifs.
      • Figure(s): .
      • Mount: Powerful horse with saddle blanket strapped to back and elaborate bridle
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 2.
    • Function: .
    • Special: .

ROMAN HEROES

  • Generic Name: Emperor Augustus
  • Specific Name:
    • Class: .
    • Hacker Armament: .
    • Appearance:
      • Garb: .
      • Helmet: .
      • Shield: .
      • Figure(s): -
      • Mount: .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 2.
    • Function: -
    • Special:
      • "Hero" Aura ().
  • Generic Name: Emperor Titus
  • Specific Name:
    • Class: .
    • Hacker Armament: .
    • Appearance:
      • Garb: .
      • Helmet: .
      • Shield: .
      • Figure(s): -
      • Mount: .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 2.
    • Function: -
    • Special:
      • "Hero" Aura ().
  • Generic Name: Emperor Trajan
  • Specific Name:
    • Class: .
    • Hacker Armament: .
    • Appearance:
      • Garb: .
      • Helmet: .
      • Shield: .
      • Figure(s): -
      • Mount: .
    • History: .
    • Garrison: 2.
    • Function: -
    • Special:
      • "Hero" Aura ().

NEW UNIT TRAITS

  • "Pila Volley": The Roman Legionaries discharge a volley of pila (heavy Roman javelins) before closing upon the enemy with their swords.

CIV CENTRE UNITS

  • Citizen: Plebeius (Roman Citizen)
  • Melee Infantry: Vigiles Urbanus (City Watchman).

FORBIDDEN CLASSES

  • Slinger.
  • Cavalry Swordsman.
  • Cavalry Archer.

STRUCTURE DESCRIPTIONS

VILLAGE

  • Generic Name: House
  • Specific Name: Domus
    • Class: House.
    • History: The word "domus" is the root of the English word "domicile" which means house or home. The typical middle and upper-class Roman Domus had many rooms, a skylight to collect water and provide sunlight, and a tile roof. An attached garden was later included under Hellenistic influence.
  • Generic Name: Farmstead
  • Specific Name: Villa
    • Class: Farmstead
    • History: As Rome grew more and more affluent, many of the rich senators built lavish villas throughout Italy. Most of them emulated earlier Hellenistic examples; remains can be seen even today at Pompeii.
  • Generic Name: Field
  • Specific Name: Ager
    • Class: Field.
    • History: The possession of fields once determined the difference between patricians and plebeians. It is told that Cincinnatus possessed only a small field, the smaller possible for a patrician. The distribution of the Ager Publicum was one of the most important issues of the late 2nd century BC. Tiberius Gracchus was the pioneer in this field, and his brother Gaius succeeded in carrying out a number of reforms, which improved the situation of Roman farmers, the backbone of Roman military.
  • Generic Name: Corral
  • Specific Name: Saeptum
    • Class: Corral.
    • History: A corral for the keeping of animals.
  • Generic Name: Storehouse
  • Specific Name: Receptaculum
    • Class: Storehouse.
    • History: Used for the dropping off of resources.
  • Generic Name: Barracks
  • Specific Name: Castra
    • Class: Barracks.
    • History: Romans specialized in the building of military camps and forts. A few of them still survive.
    • Function: Trains the Legionarius (Roman Legionaire), Lanciarius (Legionairy Skirmisher), Equite Batavorum (Batavian Cavalry), and Praefectus Evocatorum (Evocatus Officer) champion.
  • Generic Name: Outpost
  • Specific Name: Vigilarium
    • Class: Outpost.
    • History: N/A.

TOWN

  • Generic Name: Civic Centre
  • Specific Name: Forum.
    • Class: Civic Centre.
    • History: The forum was the center of a Roman city, where citizens gathered for economic and political reasons.
  • Generic Name: Dock.
  • Specific Name: Portus.
  • Class: Dock.
  • History: Being an inland city, Rome was still connected to the port of Ostia through means of the Tiber. Merchant ships from all over the Mediterranean arrived at Ostia, bringing all kinds of luxurious goods. The construction of a reliable harbour was planned by Julius Caesar and carried out by Claudius.
  • Generic Name: Temple
  • Specific Name: Aedes
    • Class: Temple.
    • History: Roman temples in general were not meant for congregational worship. Instead the temple housed a statue of whatever deity the temple was dedicated to and what was needed to carry out the ceremonial and cultic practice necessary for worship. The actual activity was performed outside.
  • Generic Name: Blacksmith
  • Specific Name: Armamentarium
    • Class: Barracks.
    • History: The Roman army stored and repaired its equipment in the armamentarium of the camp.
  • Generic Name: Market
  • Specific Name: Mercatum
    • Class: Market.
    • History: Roman markets were flush with goods from across Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • Generic Name: Defense Tower
  • Specific Name: Turris Lignea
    • Class: Defense Tower.
    • History: For use by the Romans to keep an eye over surrounding hostile territory.
  • Generic Name: Wall
  • Specific Name Moenia
    • Class: Wall.
    • History: Strong city walls.
  • Generic Name: Wall Tower
  • Specific Name: Turris Lapidea
    • Class: Wall Tower.
    • History: Towers for the defense of the city walls.
  • Generic Name: Gate
  • Specific Name: Porta
    • Class: Wall Gate.
    • History: The gate of a wall was the center of attention during any siege.

CITY

  • Generic Name: Fortess
  • Specific Name: Castellum
    • Class: Fortress.
    • History: A fortified fortress.
    • Function: Trains Heroes, Praetorian Cavalry, and Siege Weapons.

SPECIAL STRUCTURES

  • Generic Name: Auxiliary Camp.
  • Specific Name: Castra Auxiliaris.
    • Class: Special Barracks.
    • History: .
    • Requirements: -
    • Phase: Town.
    • Function: Trains Auxiliary soldiers, Pedites Auxiliares (Auxiliary Spearman), Equite Auxiliares (Auxiliary Light Cavalry), and Syrus Auxilia Sagittarius (Syrian Auxiliary Archer).
    • Special:
      • "Forward Base" - Allows players to train auxiliary units from a fast-building barracks in Neutral or Allied territory. The Auxiliary Camp slowly loses Health over time, making it a temporary structure. Build limit: 2.
  • Generic Name: Temple of Vesta.
  • Specific Name: Aedis Vestae.
    • Class: SB2.
    • History: .
    • Requirements: .
    • Phase: City.
    • Special:
      • "Eternal Fire" Aura: All buildings within its aura gain +25% health.
      • "Faith Healing" Aura: Like other temples, slowly heals nearby units.
  • Generic Name: Triumphal Arch.
  • Specific Name: Arcus Triumphalis.
    • Class: SB3.
    • History: .
    • Requirements: .
    • Phase: City.
    • Special: All buildings within its aura gain triple loyalty (they are thrice as resistant to capture). Build limit: 1.
  • Generic Name: Tenement.
  • Specific Name: Insula.
    • Class: SB4.
    • History: .
    • Requirements: House.
    • Phase: City.
    • Special: A large apartment building with a population bonus of 25. Costs 200 Wood, but has a low amount of health.

WONDER

  • Generic Name: The Colosseum.
  • Specific Name: Amphitheatrum Flavium.
    • Class: Wonder.
    • History: The largest, most impressive amphitheater in the Roman Empire.
    • Requirements: Temple.
    • Phase: City.
    • Special: .

CIV BONUSES

  • CB1
    • Name: Testudo Formation.
    • History: The Romans commonly used the Testudo or "turtle" formation for defense: Legionaries were formed into hollow squares with twelve men on each side, standing so close together that their shields overlapped like fish scales.
    • Effect: Roman Legionaries can form a Testudo. The Legionaries at the front, back and sides hold their shields to the outside and the Legionaries in the centre raise their shields above their heads. This formation provides improved protection against melee and ranged attacks. However, their movement rate is much slower. The formation button is only available for a group that consists exclusively of Roman Legionaries.
  • CB2
    • Name:
    • History: .
    • Effect: .

TEAM BONUS

  • TB1
    • Name: .
    • History: .
    • Effect: .

CIV WEAKNESSES

(none)

TECHNOLOGIES

  • Infantry: Strong. Among the strongest in the game.
  • Cavalry: Not very good. Very few upgrades.
  • Naval: The Roman Navy wasn't powerful, but their advanced technology helped improving them.
  • Siege: Very powerful Siege. Romans were ready to attack every kind of fortress.
  • Economy: Many techs.
    • Farming: Good.
    • Mining: Developed. Better than average.
    • Lumbering: Average.
    • Hunting: Below average.
    • Land Trade: Not as developed as Naval trade.
    • Naval Trade: Highly Developed.
  • Architecture: Advanced.
  • Defenses: Mediocre.

SPECIAL TECHNOLOGIES

  • ST1
    • Name: Latifundia
    • History: .
    • Effect: .
  • ST2
    • Generic Name:
    • Specific Name:
    • History: .
    • Effect: .

FOOTNOTES

Paul's guide to Roman equipment article is a useful reference for the arms and armour mentioned in this Profile.

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