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The Portuguese unique improvement.
- Constructed on:
- 1 copy of any luxury resource(s) the City-State has, regardless of relations. This resource cannot be traded.
- +50% Defensive bonus for any unit on that tile
- Pillaging this improvement constitutes an act of war against Portugal
The Feitoria allows the Portuguese to use luxury resources of city-states without even having them as allies, which provides a great advantage. Research Navigation, then send out Workers to all city-states whose resources interest you!
The Feitoria is most useful when you're not an ally of a city-state - if you are an ally, you'll get double the copy of the luxury anyway, and you can't trade it away in either case. Once you construct the Feitoria, you will have access to that resource as long as the city-state exists. The Feitoria will also help you defend that city-state in case someone attempts to annex it; moreover, you may not have a chance to stay away from such conflict, given the fact that pillaging the Feitoria means that the attacker also declares war on you!
The Feitoria - Portuguese for "factory" - were trading posts established in foreign territories during the Middle Ages. A feitoria served simultaneously as marketplace, warehouse, settlement, and staging point for exploration. Often established with a grant from the Portuguese crown, these private enterprises repaid their debt through the buying and selling of goods on behalf of the crown and through collecting taxes on trade that passed through their gates. During the 15th and 16th centuries, a chain of over 50 feitoria were built along the coasts of west and east Africa, India, Malaya, China and Japan. The feitoria allowed Portugal to dominate the Atlantic and Indian Ocean trade routes for three centuries.