Brussels is the capital of the short lived Belgian civilization (1830-1957 or 1962 depending on map ). It's usually the only city to be built in Belgium properly on the Global or The North Atlantic map.The city has a capital, court house and a stock market (oldest stock market in the world founded in 1555). Brussels itself is a much older settlement probably being fouded in the 900s or 1000s. In the 800s AD during Charlemagne there was no city here yet and the land was claimed by the Frisians' tribe for about a thousand years since the Classical era, but eventually they were defeated by the Franks and the Vikings.
The Belgian civilization is one of the newest civilizations being founded after 1790. Belgium was not founded until the 1830. If you're playing as the Belgians on the Western front scenario in the year 1940 and you don't sign a cease fire with the nazi-Germans you will be defeated very quickly. And if you defeate nazi-Germany you won't achieve a diplomatic victory, unless you're playing as France, which can get that one for crushing Germany underfoot. Though you do get some victory points for having eliminated the German player from the game. After the 1950s there's some debate as to wether the Belgians are sovergne anymore and after the 1950s the whole of western front unites into the European Union, which was founded in Brussels. Hypothetically you could rename one of the civilizations in the Civ_str text file into the European Union and then your goal is to play as a European civilization instead.
- Renaissance era (CTP2) 1830 -1900
- Modern era (CTP2) 1900 -1957
- World War II era (CTP2) 1930 - 1957
- Genetic era (CTP2) 1957 to Present (as European union only)