Civilization VI: Peter the Great leads Russia

Known for his vast reforms and modernizations, Peter the Great has a resume few can match.

Peter modernized Russia at a widespread level – primarily expanding his nation’s naval abilities for both trade and warfare, and gaining access to the Black Sea by capturing Azov from the Crimean Tatar vassals of Turkey. In 1697 he discretely went to Western Europe in the Grand Embassy to examine international affairs.

Peter led a coalition against the Swedish Empire in the 21-year Great Northern War. A historic victory was won in the Battle of Poltava in 1709, but it wasn’t until 1721 that the Baltic belonged to Russia.

As “Emperor of All Russia”, Peter the Great advanced youth and secular education, reformed the nation’s calendar system to fit European standards, prioritized investment in industrial manufacturing, and improved trade relations dramatically. Through intelligence and a strong will, Peter left an indelible mark on Russia. 

 

Unique District: Lavra

The Lavra is a Russian monastery in the Russian Orthodox Church, the most famous of which is the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius: the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church. The distinction of Lavra was saved only for the highest level monasteries, signifying their importance in Russian Orthodox Church and state affairs.  

Unique Unit: Cossack

Cossack infantry were multi-talented units that served as guards, guides, soldiers, and explorers when needed. Russian Cossacks were integral during Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia, garnering high praise from the adversarial Napoleon himself. These light infantry were mounted and armed with sabers and long spears, and would often utilize an early form of guerilla warfare to disrupt supply chains and communications.

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