- "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
- –Emma Lazarus
The special wonder of the Freedom Ideology, the Statue of Liberty fits very nicely into small, non-expansionist empires with lots of Population. Assign as many Specialists as you can after you build this wonder, and watch your overall effectiveness soar!
The Statue of Liberty is one of the largest statues in the world. Measuring over 90 meters (300 feet) tall from the base of its pedestal, the statue is constructed of copper plating over an iron framework and weighs over 250 metric tons. Designed by French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, the statue, with upraised torch and the broken chains of tyranny at her feet, was presented to the United States by the French government in 1886 to commemorate 100 years of American independence. The statue itself, Liberty Island, and nearby Ellis Island became a national monument in 1924. During WWI the statue was damaged when German spies blew up a nearby ammo dump. The torch has been closed for visiting by the public since.
For more than a century, the Statue of Liberty has stood at the mouth of the New York harbor. Often the first sight seen by immigrants arriving in America, Lady Liberty symbolizes the ideals of freedom upon which the United States was founded.