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City-States are small independent political entities introduced in Civilization V, which could be likened in the real world to the small nations of little significance that don't have any ambitions for world domination. In essence, they are single-city civilizations that do not compete against you or for the victory. Although they have the same capacity for producing units and buildings as normal civilizations, as well as technological and even cultural progress, they cannot build Settler units and thus are (almost) never interested in expansion. They do start with a Settler, who founds the city state on the same tile it spawned at the beginning of the game. Unlike the major civilizations, City-States don't have a military unit right at the beginning of the game.

City-States start neutrally-disposed towards everyone, and how you deal with them is your choice - you can coddle them to improve relations, and eventually make them your friends or even allies; or you can capture them (which the Mongolian civilization is especially good at); or you can just choose to ignore them. However, be mindful that they can be of immense help to you in the game, and also you will need them to achieve a Diplomatic Victory.

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    ZeroOne

    Exciting news! Firaxis has just announced a new Civ game: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth! The game is a spiritual successor to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and will be published in autumn 2014. It takes place in an alien planet when the mankind starts settling the space. PC Gamer has an in-depth interview with the designer duo David McDonough and Will Miller. The game has several new concepts, such as a technology web instead of a technology tree, and factions and affinities instead of civilizations in the traditional sense.

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    TheBlueRogue

    Calling out to all Wikians, Wikia has secured an exciting opportunity to participate in an interview with the one and only, Sid Meier. Meier is a programmer, designer and producer of several popular strategy video games and simulation video games.

    Meier is also the Director of Creative Development of Firaxis Games. He has helped develop a variety of successful titles, including Ace Patrol, Pirates!, and Alpha Centauri.

    UPDATE: Sid Meier has answered your questions! Read his responses in the Answers Blog Post!

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    ZeroOne

    A few days ago a new hotfix for Civilization V went live. For example, several achievements were fixed, including the problem that you couldn't get any victory related achievements in Vanilla or Gods & Kings.

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