The Balkans


The latest culture to appear in Wars of Liberty consists of Balkanic and Eastern European nations. Even though they're in the same continent as the Europeans, the Balkans are vastly different. Their explorer is the Cartographer, a unit with small line-of-sight, which can plant markers on the map that reveal it over time. Their unique gatherer, the Peasant, has no special attributes.

The most noticeable difference is how Balkans age up; instead of choosing politicians in the Town Center, the Balkan nations research the age-up technology directly in one of their buildings: Casern, Stable, Hunter's Lodge, Market and Artillery Foundry. This also grants the unusual bonus of having all military buildings enabled right in Discovery Age.

Moreover they are the only culture that builds the infamous Star Fort.

The Balkans also feature a very distinct late-game food source: crops. You need to plant Wheat, Beets, Cabbages and Strawberries. Their late-game source of coin is honey from the Beehive.

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Greeks

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It took 7 years for the Ottomans to complete the conquest of mainland Greece, started by the fall of Constantinople in 1453. In 1814, a secret organization called the Filiki Eteria was founded with the aim of liberating Greece. The revolution started in 1821 with a declaration of war, spread quickly to the rest of Greece and, as a result of years of war and negotiation, the nascent Greek state was finally recognized under the London Protocol in 1830. But it was not until the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913 when the small kingdom would expand by the addition of territories like Epirus, Macedonia, and Thrace that the modern Greek state was born.

In Wars of Liberty, the Greeks are a revolutionary nation struggling against its powerful European neighbors to gain recognition. They have kept their naval superiority over the centuries and, even though they are constantly advancing, they always keep their history in their mind and heart.

Greeks

The leader of the Greeks is Theodoros Kolokotronis. Considered by many the most revered of the figureheads of the Greek War of Independence, Theodoros was, by the age of fifteen, the leader of his own guerilla band. His service in the regular Russian and British forces, before the breakout of the revolution, offered him valuable insights which came in handy during the war for independence, when he was named "archistrategos," or Commander-in-Chief. He is a rather old man, especially for such a rank, a fact which contributed to his nickname "The Elder of Morea," wherein Morea is another name describing the Peloponnese. His favourite personality traits are Traditional and Aggressive and his Home City is Athens, Greece.

Bonuses

  • Extra age up politicians in docks. The Greeks are the only Balkan civilization that can use the Dock to age up.
  • Access to "supercards." The Greeks have cards associated to politicians; you can either send these cards as regular cards or age-up with a politician and send his/her respective card afterwards, to get double the effectiveness.
  • Ancient Ruins. When Greek buildings are destroyed, ancient Greek ruins spawn in their place. These ruins will trickle experience until they are destroyed.
  • Automatic ship production. Instead of training Fishing Ships, each Dock will, slowly, spawn Fishing Ships for free. They can also build Fish Traps, so their access to sea resources is unlimited.

Weaknesses

  • Weak cavalry. Greece is a rather mountainous country, with no big fields. As a result, this civilization has no unique cavalry units, while its Stable units are also weaker compared to the other Balkan nations.
  • Slow Start. The Greek army took its time to get organized, something that gets reflected in-game. They get access to a skirmisher-like unit first, and to a musketeer-like unit later, leading to a relatively slower start and making it more difficult for them to rush.
  • Cluttered base. Due to the fact that their buildings aren't really “destroyed”, the Greek base may get really cluttered with ruins after a serious attack.

Unique units and buildings

The Greeks have no cavalry unique units, but a unique warship and two unique buildings make up for this.

  • Klepht: Greek brigand fighting for independence; comes earlier than most skirmishers and has a slightly stronger attack. Can be upgraded a lot.
  • Chorofylax: The Cretan Gendarmerie. Acts as heavy infantry, fighting with knives in hand combat; they have an area damage attack that makes them particularly good against cavalry.
  • Sailor: Available only through naval shipments, or from a Fireboat, they are good against naval structures and units.
  • Fireboat: Greek warship that replaces both the Caravel and the Galleon, can sustain lots of punishment and deal a fair amount of damage, as well as being able to train units; they do, however, have a rather short range.
  • Fish Trap: Built by Fishing Ships, works like a Hunting Lodge at sea.
  • Olive Plantation: A plantation of olive trees, which can hold up to 20 gatherers; can be upgraded with extra techs, that make it the fastest coin-producing building in the game.

Bulgarians

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After the Battle of Nicopolis in 1396 brought about the fall of the Vidin Tsardom, the Ottomans conquered all Bulgarian lands south of the Danube. Several Bulgarian revolts erupted throughout the nearly five centuries of Ottoman rule, but they were all put down by violence. The massacres prompted the Great Powers to take action. In 1877 Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire and defeated its forces with the help of Bulgarian volunteers. The Treaty of Berlin, signed in 1878, provided for a rather small Bulgarian state, leaving large populations of Bulgarians outside the new country. This played a significant role in forming Bulgaria's militaristic approach to foreign affairs during the first half of the 20th century. The Bulgarian principality won a war against Serbia and incorporated the semi-autonomous Ottoman territory of Eastern Rumelia in 1885, proclaiming itself an independent state on 5 October 1908.

In Wars of Liberty, the Bulgarians have become a country of poor peasants that's devastated from internal conflicts and defeats in the 2nd Balkan War and the 1st World War. They have no organized army and the defense of their territory relies entirely on the courage of their citizens. “Balkan Prussia” will, however, rise up again and follow its path to glory.

Bulgarians

The leader of the Bulgarians is Ferdinand I. Ferdinand was born in Vienna and was an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army, when he was elected Knyaz of autonomous Bulgaria by its Grand National Assembly in 1887. In 1908, Ferdinand proclaimed Bulgaria's de jure independence from the Ottoman Empire, even though the country had been basically independent since 1878. He also elevated Bulgaria to the status of a kingdom, and proclaimed himself tsar, or king. These facts were accepted by Turkey and the other European powers. His Home City is Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bonuses

  • Peasantry. The Bulgarians can train Peasants from most buildings, not just the Town Center.
  • Strong Peasants. The Bulgarian Peasants are fiercer than usual and attack with their pitchforks, being unusually dangerous against cavalry.
  • Free Shipments. The Bulgarians have extra shipments that don't use up your available shipment slot, being able to send many instead of a single one.
  • Mixed Unit Shipments. Their unit shipments come in mixed group, much better to counter any kind of enemy attack.
  • Strong Military. Both their infantry and cavalry are really strong and cost effective, being made even stronger by Voivods that can be trained with their units.

Weaknesses

  • Late Army. Until Industrial Age, Bulgarians won't be able to train any military unit!

Unique units and buildings

The Bulgarians have several unique units, but most are not military.

  • Strong Peasant: the Bulgarian variant of Peasant, they always attack with their pitchfork and have a bonus against cavalry. They're their only defense until Industrial Age.
  • Spasitel: A powerful, all-around ranged cavalry unit. It's their only cavalry unit.
  • Opalchenets Pobornik: A powerful, all-around heavy infantry unit. It's their only infantry unit.
  • Voivod: This unit comes in two forms: Infantry and Cavalry Voivod. It improves the respective unit type in combat.

Romanians

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During the period of the Austro-Hungarian rule in Transylvania and Ottoman suzerainty over Wallachia and Moldavia, most Romanians were considered second-class citizens or even non-citizens in a territory where they formed the majority of the population. Following the Wallachian uprising of 1821, more insurrections followed in 1848 in Wallachia as well as Moldavia. After the failed 1848 revolution, the Great Powers did not support the Romanians' expressed desire to officially unite in one single state, which forced them to proceed alone with their struggle against the Ottomans. In 1862, Romania was created as a personal union, albeit without including Transylvania, which was unified with the Kingdom of Romania after the end of the 1st World War.

In Wars of Liberty, the Romanians are a nation which favors some not-so-elegant tactics in battle; tactics that aim at destroying their enemies' morale and bringing them to their knees. A great influence from the medieval history of Romania can also be detected on the civilization.

Romanians

The leader of the Romanians is Alexander John Cuza. Formerly Prince of Moldavia and Wallachia and now Domnitor of the Romanian Principalities, Cuza has also been a prominent figure of the Revolution of 1848 in Moldavia. His series of reforms have contributed to the modernization of Romanian society and of state structures. His Home City is Bucharest, Romania.

Bonuses

  • Romani Wagons. Instead of training their Peasants from Town Centers like normal, their Roma Slaves come from wagons, giving them the option to create their Slaves directly where needed.
  • Dancing bears. Their unique building, the Circus, can train Pet Bears that can dance to produce even more of them.
  • Bird's-eye view. They start with two Crows that automatically explore the map.
  • Forest of the dead. Their explorer can create a forest of impaled corpses around the Town Center, causing great fear on enemies.

Weaknesses

  • Master of none. They might have an easier time harassing, scouting the map and fighting in general, but they don't excel at anything. Therefore, if your opponent gets you to play his game, you are doomed.

    Unique units and buildings

    The Romanians have a couple of unusual units.

    • Vanator: A skirmisher with a lot of hitpoints.
    • Dorobant: Heavy infantry init with a lot of attack, but low in hitpoints.
    • Domnitor: Replaces the Cartographer; instead of leaving markers on the map, he has the Heart Stab ability to defeat enemies, and eventually gets access to the "Forest of the Dead," an ability which causes fear and revulsion in his enemies.
    • Corpse Catapult: It shoots limbs that scare the enemy units and spread plague.
    • Calarashi: A cheap light cavalry unit, good against cavalry.
    • Roma Slave: Their gatherer, trained from the Vardo.
    • Vardo: A mobile building that trains Roma Slaves.
    • Crow: A pet that automatically explores the map.
    • Circus: A building where you can put your Pet Bears to dance. Works like a Firepit.

Serbians

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As the Great Serb Migrations depopulated most of southern Serbia, the Serbs sought refuge across the Danube River in Vojvodina to the north and the Military Frontier in the west, where they were granted rights by the Austrian crown. The Serbian Revolution for independence from the Ottoman Empire lasted eleven years, from 1804 until 1815. The revolution comprised two separate uprisings. During the First Serbian Uprising, Serbia was independent for almost a decade before the Ottoman army was able to reoccupy the country. Shortly after this, the Second Serbian Uprising began; it ended in 1815 with a compromise between Serbian revolutionaries and Ottoman authorities. In 1876, Serbia again declared war on the Ottoman Empire, proclaiming its unification with Bosnia. The formal independence of the country was internationally recognized at the Congress of Berlin in 1878.

In Wars of Liberty, the Serbians are a small nation, a victim of the ambitions of its great European neighbors. Their unity and strength comes from their courage and resilience. Their army is mostly based on experienced cavalrymen. War doesn't end for the Serbians until their enemies are completely destroyed; and they do whatever possible to achieve this.

Serbians

The leader of the Serbians is Peter I. The last King of Serbia, from 1903 to 1918, and subsequently the first ruler of the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, Peter Karadjordjevic is a grandson of Karageorge, the founder of modern Serbia and a leader of the First Serbian Insurrection. As the leader of the victorious Serbian Army in the Balkan Wars and World War I, he received the title of "Peter, the Liberator." He is famous for his modesty, moderation, ardent patriotism, and attachment to Serbian democracy. His Home City is Belgrade, Serbia.

Bonuses

  • Keep Fighting. The Serbians are a civilization willing to fight to the last man; this means that whenever one of their comrades is killed, it only entices the rest, moving them to fight even harder.
  • Lit Up: If things go bad, Serbians can burn their own buildings, hopefully damaging the enemy with the flames, as well as denying them any bounty they may have gotten from them.

Weaknesses

  • Weak economy. Serbians, while being able to keep their units fighting on the battlefield for longer than usual, have a subpar economy, relying only on their ability to fight.

Unique units and buildings

The Serbians are the Balkan nation with the fewest unique units.

  • Konjanik: A fragile cavalry unit with a devastating attack.
  • Chetnik: A weak skirmisher with a powerful attack.

More to come...

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We're planning one more civilization for this culture. We will, however, keep it secret for now. Make sure you follow our news at the Forum.


Curiosities

The Balkans were part of a mod called The Fight of Nations that was abandoned; their content and team members were then integrated into Wars of Liberty, the civilizations got a more solid design, building set, units and are now one of the fans' favorite cultures.

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