Civilization V: The Swedish Saga, part 1 (4000 B.C. to 430 A.D.)

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I'm playing as Sweden, led by the epically-bearded Gustavus Adolphus. My goal is a Diplomatic Victory, earned by building the United Nations and being voted ruler of everything. I plan to accomplish this by befriending a lot of city-states (which there will be a whopping 36 of in this game) aided by the Patronage policy tree and Sweden’s ability to gain influence by gifting Great People.

My unique units are:

  • The Hakkapeliitta, elite cavalry of the late Renaissance that gain added bonuses when stacked with a Great General.
  • The Carolean, a replacement for Rifleman that heal every turn, even if they take another action.


Because of these units I’ll be doing most of my grand military maneuvers in the 17th through early 20th centuries, as opposed to my previous Celtic empire which enacted conquest almost immediately due to the early availability of Pictish Warriors.

I’ve stuck with the same basic map presets and leader pool as the Celtic Chronicle, which I’ve nicknamed Mega Europe: cold and wet with a high sea level. This time, I tweaked the World Age to 3 billion years, which will lead to more hills and mountains.