Holy Roman Empire (Civ4)

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Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
Introduced in Beyond the Sword
Leaders Charlemagne
Unique Unit Landsknecht (replaces Pikeman )
Starting techs Hunting
Unique Building Rathaus (replaces Courthouse)
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The people of the Holy Roman Empire represent a civilization in Civilization IV.


The Holy Roman Empire is a nightmare in the Medieval Era. That is, for anyone playing against them. Say goodbye to city maintenance thanks to the Rathaus building, the Holy Roman replacement for the Courthouse, which cuts city upkeep by seventy-five percent. The Landsknecht, the Holy Roman Pikeman replacement, is possibly the best melee unit of the Medieval Era, with a 100 percent bonus against other melee units as well as an equivalent bonus against mounted units. Under the rule of Charlemagne, a "Protective" and "Imperialistic" leader excellent at setting up and holding far-reaching empires, the Holy Roman Empire is one of the most formidable foes in Civ.

Civilopedia EntryEdit

The Holy Roman Empire was created in 800 AD by Charlemagne. Covering much of central Europe from the Netherlands to Hungary, the Empire was both a political powerhouse and a hotbed of political intrigue and military conflict. In some ways "Emperors" in name only, the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire were rarely able to exert real control over any territory that was beyond the reach of their personal armies.

Although the Holy Roman Empire was not referred to as such until late in the reign of Otto I (962-973), it came into being as a political entity in 800 AD when Pope Leo III, in an effort to break ties with the weakening Byzantine Empire, crowned Charlemagne the "Emperor of the Romans." A keen military strategist and devout Catholic, Charlemagne managed to keep the empire united until his death in 814, upon which the empire steadily dissolved into separate warring states until reunited under the rule of Otto I. While Otto I managed to reunite the empire, his downfall, and that of many successor emperors, was his fixation on Italy. Although Italy was not formally part of the empire, Otto I repeatedly invaded that country in order to secure holdings for the Germanic empire. However, the majority of his military ventures into Italy were unsuccessful, and Otto I only succeeded in eroding his power base in Germany.

Throughout its history, the Holy Roman Empire was the stage for conflicts between its Emperors and the Church. Initially it was only the Pope who could designate the Roman Emperor, however over time - especially during the reign of Otto I - it became instead the Emperor who named the next Pope, providing the throne with enormous religious power. During the reign of the Salian Emperors (1024-1125) this practice again changed. A council of churchmen, known as Cardinals, was formed and given the power to nominate and elect popes. This practice has continued with only minor changes to the present day.

Charles IV ruled with perhaps the most pragmatic view of his empire. Voted by the Cardinal Council as Holy Roman Emperor in 1355, Charles immediately gave up all imperial ambitions in Italy and instead focused on consolidating power in the Germanic lands and the eastern half of his empire. Accepting that the German cities and territories were the political and military domains of their local rulers, Charles worked with these local leaders to establish a combined dominance instead of attempting to wrest away their power. Unfortunately, upon Charles' death his son Sigismund fell back into the historical fallacy of attempting to control Italy, and the Empire once again continued its decline into irrelevancy.

Despite the internal power struggles wracking the Holy Roman Empire, local rulers banded together in order to face the Napoleonic threat from France. From 1792 to 1802, Austria, Prussia and the other German states combined forces with the hope of defeating the invading French, but to no avail. With little territory left under his control, Emperor Francis II resigned the title of Holy Roman Emperor. The Empire was formally dissolved on the sixth of August, 1806.

Over its history, the Holy Roman Empire existed more as an idea than an actual administrative organization. The empire's leaders rarely had actual control over their lands, and constant squabbling between fiefdom holders, as well as the church and state, kept the empire from solidifying any real control over its domain. Its recreation has, however, served as a goal which many would-be conquerors in history have strived to achieve, including Otto von Bismark, King William I, and Adolf Hitler.

List of CitiesEdit

Founding Order City Name Notes
1 Aachen* Coronation site of Holy Roman Emperors for 600 years, key city, home of Charlemagne
2 Prague (Praha; Prag) Capital of Bohemia, one of the 7 Electors, co-capital of HRE
3 Vienna (Wien) Key trade city, co-capital in 14th through 17th centuries
4 Nuremberg* (Nürnberg) Key trade city, unofficial capital of the HRE
5 Augsburg* Key trade city, cultural and scientific centre, site of many Reichstage
6 Mainz* Religious capital of northern Europe, one of the 7 Electors of the emperor
7 Ulm* One of the largest and most powerful trade and cultural centres
8 Florence (Firenze; Florenz) Trading city, one of the "Glories of the Empire"
9 Pisa Key Mediterranean port, one of the "Glories of the Empire"
10 Luxemburg (Lëtzebuerg) Important fiefdom of the HRE, "Gibraltar of the North"
11 Strassburg* (Strasbourg; Straßburg) Important trade, cultural and science city in France
12 Lubeck* (Lübeck) Important Baltic Sea port, one of the "Glories of the Empire"
13 Brandenburg Capital of the Brandenburg, one of the 7 Electors of the emperor
14 Heidelberg* Capital of the Palantinate, one of the 7 Electors, educational centre
15 Trier* Important religious cultural and political centre, one of the 7 Electors
16 Regensburg* Key trade city, permanent seat of the Reichstag from the 17th c. onwards
17 Magdeburg* One of the most important cities in the empire, home of Otto I
18 Worms Major city of the HRE, site of about 100 Reichstage
19 Constance (Konstanz) Important religious, trade city near present-day German-Swiss border
20 Basle (Basel) Important commercial and religious city in present-day Switzerland
21 Zurich (Zürich) Important commercial city in present-day Switzerland
22 Salzburg Important HRE city in present-day Austria, leading religious centre
23 Innsbruck Important trans-alpine trade city and later imperial seat in Austria
24 Trent (Trento; Trient) Important industrial, religious, political centre in Italy
25 Genoa (Genova; Genua) Important Mediterranean port city in present-day Italy
26 Lucca Important trade city in present-day Italy
27 Sienna (Siena) Important trade city in present-day Italy
28 Arles Coronation site of some Holy Roman Emperors, capital of a kingdom of the same name
29 Besançon* (Besançon; Bisanz) Important HRE religious and political centre in France
30 Metz Important religious site and major commercial city in present-day France
31 Wirten (Verdun) Important political and religious site in present-day France
32 Brussels (Brussel/Bruxelles; Brüssel) Political centre of the HRE in present-day Belgium
33 Antwerp (Antwerpen) Important trade city on the western border of the HRE, Belgium
34 Luttich (Liège/Luik; Lüttich) Important trade and industrial city in present-day Belgium
35 Stettin (Szczecin) Capital of Pomerania, important Baltic Sea trade port in Poland
36 Kolberg (Kolobrzeg) Important Baltic Sea trade port in Poland
37 Breslau (Wroclaw) Important political, religious and trade city in present-day Poland
38 Olmutz (Olomouc; Olmütz) Capital and leading city of Moravia in day Czech Rep
39 Pilsen (Plzen) One of the largest and most important Bohemian cities, in Czech Rep
40 Bamberg Important political and religious site
41 Mannheim* Late capital of the Palantinate, cultural centre of the Renaissance
42 Goslar Rich and important silver mine and industrial city, residence of emperors
43 Spires (Speyer) Important trade and cultural city on the Rhine
44 Paderborn Birthplace of the HRE, important religious site, site of many Reichstage
45 Passau Important religious and political centre
46 Hagenau (Haguenau) Capital of Alsace, location of palace which held the Crown Jewels

Unit DialogueEdit

The Holy Roman Imperial units speak Low Saxon or Plattdeutsch. Corresponding English dialogue appears in parentheses.

EmpireSelect-000: Ik ben in deinst! ("I'm in service!")

EmpireSelect-001: Ik ben sowiet! (lit. "I am that far!"; i.e. "I'm ready!")

EmpireSelect-002: Wat kan ik voor die doan? ("What can I do for you?")

EmpireSelect-003: Ik teuf op dien bevelen! ("I wait for your command!")

EmpireSelect-004: Loat ons losgoan! ("Let us go ahead!")

EmpireSelect-005: Wat is dien plan? ("What's your plan?")

EmpireSelect-006: Jo? ("Yes?", or indeed more accurately, "Yo?", as in "Hey man, what's up?")

EmpireSelect-007: Dien bevelen? ("Your orders?")

EmpireSelect-008: Wat broekst doe? ("What do you need?")

EmpireSelect-009: Al te hoop on afstelt! ("Rallied and in position!", or more literally, "All together and set up!")

EmpireOrder-000: Als doe dat wilst? ("If you want that?" This one is kind of impolite; it suggests mild dissent with the order (like asking, "Are you sure?").)

EmpireOrder-001: Al te hoop hoed! ("Al tohoop" = "All together"; "hoed" = ?)

EmpireOrder-002: Seker! ("Sure!")

EmpireOrder-003: Wie sund dabie! ("We're with/on it!")

EmpireOrder-004: Keen probleem! ("No problem!")

EmpireOrder-005: Dat is meer als afsloten! ("That's more than finished!")

EmpireOrder-006: Allerbest! ("(The) Very best!", or "Very good!")

EmpireOrder-007: Ik ben gloaks doa! ("I'm there in a second/short moment!")

EmpireOrder-008: Dat gait loas! (lit. "That goes loose!"; i.e. "That begins!")

EmpireOrder-009: Doe kunst mit ons reken! ("You can count on us!")

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