Introduced in Beyond the Sword
Leaders Willem van Oranje
Unique Unit East Indiaman (replaces Galleon )
Starting techs Fishing
Unique Building Dike (replaces Levee)
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The Dutch people represent a civilization in Civilization IV.


With bonuses to Hammer Production, Culture Culture and Coin Commerce, the Dutch are the most balanced Builder civilization in the game. Willem van Oranje, a "Financial" and "Creative" leader, gives a major boost to Culture Culture and Coin Commerce in every city under his reign, while the Dike, the Dutch replacement for the Levee, provides a Hammer Production bonus from any water or river tile in a city radius. Throw in the most powerful transport ship until the discovery of the Transport - the East Indiaman - and you've got a civilization that can spread from horizon to horizon with ease.

The unique unit and building of the Dutch makes them ideal for sea-based empires, and the Financial trait of Willem van Oranje allows him to add to ocean commerce for a good rate of science. The Creative trait means that new coastal cities will expand their borders quickly, and therefore be able to hold even more sea squares.

East Indiamen are ideal for setting up sea colonies abroad due to their higher strength and cargo space - there's also little danger from Privateers as East Indiamen and Privateers have the same strength. This means Willem van Oranje can set up a large, sea-based empire ready for Dikes to come along to vastly improve production.

Civilopedia EntryEdit

Originally several separate territories under the control of the Holy Roman Empire, and then united into one state under Habsburg rule (16th century), the Netherlands did not acquire national independence until the conclusion of the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648 AD) when the Spanish formally renounced all claims to Dutch sovereignty in the Treaty of Münster.

The Eighty Years' War was sparked by Spanish religious oppression and an occupation by Spanish forces led by the Duke of Alba, during which over one thousand people were sentenced to death, including two prominent and popular Dutch nobles; these actions caused dissention among the Dutch people. In 1568 Willem, Prince of Orange, returned from a self-imposed exile (in order to avoid prosecution by the Duke of Alba) and led the uprising against the Spanish occupation.

The Dutch fight for independence can be seen as a war against religious oppression, with the Pacification of Ghent treaty being a written representation of this sentiment. Signed on November 8th, 1576 the document specified an alliance between the Dutch provinces, in which religious differences would be put aside for the purposes of expelling the Spanish and restoring local provincial control to the Netherlands.

During the seventeenth century the Dutch began using their large military and merchant navies to both create their own trading posts along the African coast and rob those of the Portuguese in an effort to reach valuable markets in India and Indonesia. The inrush of treasure, trade and knowledge from these trading and military expeditions was extremely beneficial, and during this first half of the seventeenth century the Dutch experienced a Golden Age of cultural and economic growth. This Golden Age would soon come to a crushing end.

In 1795, France, under Napoleon I, conquered the Dutch mainland. The Netherlands quickly declined in influence and power, locally and internationally, with the British taking most of their colonial possessions. After Napoleon was defeated a few colonial territories were restored to the Dutch and remained under their control until the decolonization of the twentieth century.

Many historians regard the Dutch empire as the first truly capitalist country. In addition to developing the first stock exchange, many modern services such as corporate insurance and retirement funds were attributed to Dutch inventiveness.

The Netherlands is also the birthplace of one of the world's early democratic institutions - the Dutch Water Boards. Due to the unique topography of the Netherlands - about half of the mainland is a foot or more under sea level - the country's waterways must be constantly monitored and controlled in order to prevent flooding that would result in tremendous loss of life and property. Each Water Board is in charge of one of the nation's 27 water districts and all matters pertaining to local water management. The creation of these water boards predates the Netherlands itself.

The modern Netherlands, with a diverse population and liberal laws towards drugs, prostitution, abortion, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia, has been a constant haven for refugees from other countries. Cultural minorities are encouraged to protect their own cultural identity while at the same time integrate into Dutch culture at large, further reinforcing the open-minded ideals for which Dutch ancestors fought and died.

List of CitiesEdit

Founding Order City Name Notes
1 Amsterdam (A'dam) Modern capital, chamber of the VOC (East India Company)
2 Utrecht One of the oldest and largest cities, religious capital
3 's-Gravenhage/Den Haag (The Hague) Political capital of Holland in the past, of Netherlands now
4 Rotterdam (R'dam) Biggest port in the world, chamber of the VOC
5 Nijmegen Oldest city in the Netherlands, one of the most important medieval cities
6 Maastricht Oldest settlement in the Netherlands, important religious site
7 Middelburg Capital of Zeeland (Zealand), chamber of the VOC, one of the oldest cities
8 Delft Residence of Willem van Oranje, chamber of the VOC
9 Leiden Important medieval and Golden Age city, seats most important university
10 Haarlem (Harlem) Important medieval and Golden Age city
11 's-Hertogenbosch/Den Bosch (Bois-le-Duc) With Utrecht and Dorestad, most important medieval city
12 Dorestad Very important medieval trade city (near modern Wijk bij Duurstede)
13 Deventer Important Hanseatic League city, first Dutch city to get city rights
14 Kampen Important Hanseatic League city, one of the oldest cities
15 Groningen Important Hanseatic League city, one of the oldest cities
16 Leeuwarden Important medieval trade city
17 Enkhuizen Important Golden Age city, chamber of the VOC
18 Hoorn Important Golden Age city, chamber of the VOC
19 Tiel One of the oldest cities, important medieval city
20 Breda Important medieval city, personal possession of Willem van Oranje
21 Eindhoven Important industrial age and modern city, HQ of Philips
22 Dordrecht (Dort) Important medieval and Golden Age city, one of the oldest cities
23 Vlissingen (Flushing) Important Golden Age city, important port city
24 Kampvere Important Golden Age city, important port city
25 Roermond Important medieval city, Hanseatic League city
26 Zutphen Hanseatic League city, one of the oldest cities, judicial centre
27 Arnhem Important medieval city, Hanseatic League city, important WW2 battle site
28 Amersfoort Important medieval city, religious and industrial centre
29 Gouda Important medieval and Golden Age market city
30 Alkmaar Important medieval city, Golden Age market city
31 Medemblik Important medieval and Golden Age port city
32 Gorkum (Gorcum/Gorinchem) Important medieval and Golden Age city
33 Tilburg Important medieval city
34 Bergen op Zoom Important pre-modern city
35 Zwolle/Swolla Important medieval city, Hanseatic League city
36 Harderwijk Important medieval city, Hanseatic League city
37 Venlo Important medieval city, Hanseatic League city
38 Franeker Important pre-industrial city
39 Harlingen Important Golden Age city, most important port of Friesland (Frisia)
40 Stavoren (Staveren) One of the oldest Dutch cities, important port, Hanseatic city
41 Assen Important industrial/modern city
42 Enschede Important industrial and modern city, major educational centre
43 Apeldoorn Important modern city, location of important royal palace
44 Lelystad Founded in the 1960s in Flevoland, a province created from land reclamation
45 Almere Founded in the 1970s in Flevoland, already one of the largest cities

Unit DialogueEdit

The Dutch units speak modern Dutch. Corresponding English dialogue appears in parentheses.

Order000: Zoals u wilt! (As you wish!)

Order001: Wegwezen! (Move out! (lit. "Be away!"))

Order002: Zeker! (Certainly!)

Order003: We zitten er bovenop! (We're on it! (lit. "We're sitting on it!"))

Order004: Geen probleem! (No problem!)

Order005: Komt voor elkaar! (Consider it done! (lit. "Comes for each other!"))

Order006: Heel goed! (Very Good!)

Order007: We gaan! (We go!)

Order008: Vooruit, op pad! (Forwards, on the way!)

Order009: U kunt op ons rekenen! (You can count on us!)

Select000: Deze militairen melden zich! (These soldiers report themselves!)

Select001: Tot uw dienst! (At your service!)

Select002: Wat moet er gebeuren? (What needs to be done?)

Select003: Ik wacht op uw orders! (I wait for your orders!)

Select004: Klaar voor actie! (Ready for action!)

Select005: Wat is het plan? (What's the plan?)

Select006: Ja? (Yes?)

Select007: Uw commando? (Your command?)

Select008: Wat heeft u nodig? (What do you need?)

Select009: Iedereen aanwezig! (Everyone present!)