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The Zhao have the power of Legacy.

When the Jin civil war took place, the lands of Dai fell under the sway of the Zhao clan, who have since then hastily declared their lord king of Zhao. Long sandwiched between the Qin and the Xirong to the west, and the Xianyun tribes of Sahun in the north and east, Zhao did not just inherit the largest territory in all of China, but the task of defending herself and all Zhou from the fierce Xianyun and Rong barbarians.

How Zhao can do this, especially in the wake of Qin's apparent ascendancy few can fathom, but Zhao's lands are vast and they are wide, and her Jin predecessors had begun the awesome task of fortifying the borders with the Saka, Rong and the Xianyun throughout the north. Being in the north also means that Zhao can trade with the barbarians as much as she can fight them, and so Zhao, while deficient in infantry, is very much at home in the saddle, capable of following cavalry traditions most other Chinese states have failed to pick up.

Faction Type: Northern Chinese
National Bonuses:

  • Forts 50% cheaper, built 25% faster and available from the start.
  • Fort research is free
  • Forts exert +3 bonus on national borders
  • Heavy infantry created 10% cheaper and 10% faster
  • Start with 1 level of Military Technology already researched
  • Cities gather +15 wealth
  • Receive one free heavy infantry unit whenever a Barracks is built.

Unique Units:


(Zhao can't research Iron Age Barracks units)


(Zhao obtains all Iron Age cavalry)


  • Bandits
  • [Chinese] Renegade Warlord (Chariot), Mercenary Crossbowmen, Mercenary Spearmen


  • Centralisation


Settlements: Leaders:
  • Jinyang
  • Handan
  • Changping
  • Sanmenxia
  • Ci
  • Qiu
  • Jize
  • Guangping
  • Guantao
  • Quzhou
  • Xiaodian
  • Yingze
  • Xinghualing
  • Jiancaoping
  • Wanbailin
  • Jinyuan
  • Gujiao
  • Qingxu
  • Yangqu
  • Loufan
  • Congtai
  • Hanshan
  • Fuxing
  • Feixiang
  • Yongnian
  • Wu'an
  • Linzhang
  • Cheng'an
  • Daming
  • She
  • Zhao Huan
  • Zhao Ji
  • Zhao Zhang
  • Zhao Zhong
  • Zhao Yu
  • Zhao He
  • Zhao Dan
  • Zhao Yan
  • Zhao Qian
  • Zhao Jia
  • Dong Anyu
  • Lian Po
  • Li Mu