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Spanish Empire
Spainmap
Leader
Isabella I
Capital
Madrid
Start Bias
Coast
Religion
Catholicism
Culture
Western
Traits
Expansive, Spiritual
Spain led by Isabella is a civilization available in vanilla Civilization 5. It requires the Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca.

Overview

Spain

Spain's location on the Iberian Peninsula between North Africa and Europe has made it an important territory from prehistoric times to the present. At one time the first world Imperial power, Spain later had to survive devastating wars and centuries of political unrest. From its discovery and colonization of the New World to its involvement in countless wars of independence, Spain is one of the few countries which can claim such a lasting and encompassing global influence.

At its height, the Spanish Empire counted holdings across the entirety of the world-from large chunks of North and South America and small pieces of Europe, to various cities in North Africa and the Entirety of the East Indies. The Spanish led the world in this age of discovery, accumulating vast amounts of wealth and trade from their numerous colonies and principalities. It was said, and rightfully so, that the sun always shone somewhere in the Spanish Empire.

Isabella

Isabella I was Queen of Castile and León for 30 years, and with her husband Ferdinand, laid the groundwork for the consolidation of Spain. For her role in the Spanish unification, patronage of Columbus' voyage to America, and ending of the Reconquista (recapturing) of the Iberian Peninsula, Isabella is regarded as one of the most beloved and important monarchs in the Spanish crown.

Under Isabella, Spain was united, the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula concluded, and the power of the region centralized. She also laid the groundwork for the most dominant military machine in the next century (The Armada), reformed the Spanish church, and led the Spanish expansions into the new American colonies. Although many criticize her role in the Inquisition and in the persecution of Jews and Muslims, others are currently campaigning to have the late Queen canonized as a Saint in the Catholic Church. Regardless of her questionable acts persecuting others' religious beliefs, Isabella remains one of the most influential and significant monarchs of Spain.

Dawn of Man

Blessed Isabella, servant of God, holy queen of Castile and León! Your people greet and welcome you. You are the ruler of Spain, a beautiful and ancient country at the crossroads of the world between Europe and Africa, one shore on the Mediterranean and the other on the mighty Atlantic ocean. The Spanish are a multicultural people with roots in the Muslim and Christian worlds. A seafaring race, Spanish explorers found and conquered much of the New World, and, for many centuries, its gold and silver brought Spain unrivalled wealth and power, making the Spanish court the envy of the world.

O fair and virtuous Isabella! Will you rebuild the Spanish empire and show the world again the greatness of your people? Will you take up the mantle of the holy monarchy, and vanquish your foes under heaven’s watchful eyes? Your adoring subjects await your command! Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: God blesses those who deserve it. I am Isabel of Spain. (Dios bendiga a aquellos que lo merezcan. Soy Isabel de España.)

Defeat: Very well. This is undoubtedly the will of God. And I must accept it. (Muy bien. Esta es sin duda la voluntad de Dios. Y debo aceptarla.)

Unique Attributes

Spain (Isabella)
Isabella

Art by Firaxis

Seven Cities of Gold

+100% CultureIcon Culture, Happy Happiness, and tile yields from Natural Wonders. Receive a Gold Gold bonus upon discovering a Natural Wonder. This bonus is increased if you are the first to find it.

Conquistador

Art by Firaxis

Conquistador (Knight)
  • No penalty vs Cities
  • +1 Sight
  • Can embark with defense
  • May found cities on other landmasses
Tercio

Art by Firaxis

Tercio (Musketman)
  • +8% Strength Combat Strength (26 vs 24)
  • +50% Strength Combat Strength vs Mounted units

Spain (Isabella)
Isabella

Art by Firaxis

Seven Cities of Gold

+100% CultureIcon Culture, Happy Happiness, and tile yields from Natural Wonders. Receive a Gold Gold bonus upon discovering a Natural Wonder. This bonus is increased if you are the first to find it.

Conquistador

Art by Firaxis

Conquistador (Explorer)
  • Unlocked at Chivalry
  • Starts with all Great Explorer bonuses
  • Immune to all Attrition
Tercio

Art by Firaxis

Tercio (Musketman)
  • +8% Strength Combat Strength (26 vs 24)
  • +50% Strength Combat Strength vs Mounted units

City List
  1. Madrid
  2. Barcelona
  3. Seville
  4. Cordoba
  5. Toledo
  6. Santiago
  7. Salamanca
  8. Murcia
  9. Valencia
  10. Zaragoza
  11. Pamplona
  12. Vitoria
  13. Santander
  14. Oviedo
  15. Jaen
  16. Logroño
  17. Guadarajara
  18. Valladolid
  19. Teruel
  20. Almeria
  21. Leon
  22. Zamora
  23. Mida
  24. Lugo
  25. Alicante
  26. Cádiz
  27. Elche
  28. Alcorcon
  29. Burgos
  30. Vigo
  31. Badajoz
  32. La Coruña
  33. Guadalquivir
  34. Bilbao
  35. San Sebastian
  36. Granada
  37. Mérida
  38. Huelva
  39. Palma de Mallorca
  40. Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  41. Asturias
Spy List
  • Rodrigo
  • Esmeralda
  • Leon
  • Mathilda
  • Ramona
  • Señor X
  • Topolino
  • Serpiente
  • Garcia
  • El Lobo

Strategy

Spain-0

Music

Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support

Events and Decisions

Fund Columbus' Voyage

Explorer Christopher Columbus made two attempts in 1485 and 1488 to convince the King of Portugal, John III, to finance an expedition to try and find a western route to the Orient. After being rejected the second time, Columbus turned his efforts towards the Spanish Crown. Backed up by Italian investors, Columbus finally managed to convince King Ferdinand to agree to the expedition. In August 1492, after having been made 'Admiral of the Seas' and promised a share of the profits, Columbus finally set sail.

Requirements/Restrictions:

  • Player must be Spain
  • Must have researched Astronomy
  • May only be enacted once per game

Costs:

  • 500 Gold Gold

Rewards:

  • 2 Caravels appear near the Capital
  • A Great Admiral appears near the Capital

Note: Your Capital must be within working range of an Ocean

Establish the Spanish Inquisition

In the early years of the 16th century, to combat the rising tide of religious unorthodoxy, the Pope gave Cardinal Ximénes of Spain leave to move without let or hindrance throughout the land, in a reign of violence, terror and torture that makes a smashing film. This was the Spanish Inquisition...

Requirements/Restrictions:

  • Player must be Spain
  • Player must have a majority religion
  • May only be enacted once per game

Costs:

  • [total Population * 5] Gold Gold
  • Magistrates Magistrate

Rewards:

  • [total Population * 10] FaithIcon Faith
  • All non-majority religions are removed from your empire

Cities in Development

Colony List
  1. Santo Domingo
  2. Havana
  3. Nombre de Dios
  4. Panama
  5. Veracruz
  6. Apapulco
  7. Cartagena
  8. Bueno Aires
  9. Callao
  10. Asuncion
  11. Valparaiso
  12. Antigua
  13. Cebu
  14. Lloilo
  15. Villa Cisneros
  16. La Mamora
  17. Quito
  18. Mexico City
  19. Villa Bens
  20. Ambon
  21. Jauja
  22. Lima
  23. Monterrey
  24. Río de Oro

Unique Cultural Influence

"Our people are now dancing the flamenco and watching your bull fights. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

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