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The Chinese are one of the 18 nations in the original Rise of Nations. They have the Power of Culture, which refers to the fact that China was one of the earliest ancient civilizations with a diverse and influential culture that has existed for thousands of years.

Power of Culture Edit

Unique units Edit

The Fire Lances are Gunpowder Infantry but available during the Medieval Age Medieval Age, replacing the Light Infantry Elite Javelineers. This means that during the Medieval Age Medieval Age, the Chinese has a unit not only with Gunpowder Infantry properties (such as having a 33% damage bonus against all units and 80% damage bonus against Heavy Infantry, cumulative multiplicatively) but also with the cheap cost and build time of Light Infantry, compared with the more expensive Gunpowder Infantry. This makes them one of the strongest unique units. Fire Lances have +1 attack strength, +4 attack range, and +3 line of sight, but their attack rate is somewhat slower (37 frames instead of 33) compared to the Elite Javelineers that they replace.

Heavy Fire Lances have a faster attack rate than the Arquebusiers they replace (37 frames instead of 44), which is effectively an overall 19% damage bonus. They also have +2 attack range and +2 line of sight compared to Arquebusiers.

The Chinese unique Manchu line of infantry cost 10 less Timber Timber and are built 22% more quickly (138 frames instead of 169) compared to the standard infantry they replace. They also have increased attack range and line of sight. However, most Light, Gunpowder, and Modern Infantry, including Manchu Infantry, have a 5% damage penalty versus Light Cavalry and Heavy Cavalry, but the standard Modern Age Modern Age Infantry do not receive this penalty. Thus, Manchu Infantry do slightly less damage versus those units than the unit they replace.

Unit Description
Fire Lances
Fire Lances
Chinese Unique Gunpowder Infantry, Medieval Age Medieval Age - earliest gunpowder unit; effective against Heavy Infantry.
Heavy Fire Lances
Heavy Fire Lances
Chinese Unique Gunpowder Infantry, Gunpowder Age Gunpowder Age - early gunpowder weapons with significant range; better range than ordinary Gunpowder Infantry.
Manchu Musketeers
Manchu Musketeers
Chinese Unique Gunpowder Infantry, Enlightenment Age Enlightenment Age - powerful in quantity but somewhat slow-firing; cheap and quick to create.
Manchu Riflemen
Manchu Riflemen
Chinese Unique Modern Infantry, Industrial Age Industrial Age - powerful and accurate foot troops; cheap and quick to create.
Manchu Infantry
Manchu Infantry
Chinese Unique Modern Infantry, Modern Age Modern Age - rapid fire, small arms with excellent firepower; cheap and quick to create.

Leaders Edit

Cities Edit

  • Hong Kong
  • Chongqing
  • Shenyang
  • Wu-su
  • Lu-ta
  • Chi-hsi
  • Nanchang
  • Changsha
  • Hefei
  • Guiyang
  • Qinyang
  • Qingdao
  • Hengyang