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, which has small line-of-sight, can plant markers that reveal provide LOS over time, and gathers treasures faster than a regular Explorer. 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.
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.
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.
The Greeks have no cavalry unique units, but a unique warship and two unique buildings make up for this.
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.
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.
The Bulgarians have several unique units, but most are not military.
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.
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.
The Romanians have a couple of unusual units.
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.
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.
The Serbians are the Balkan nation with the fewest unique units.
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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.