Revolution is a feature available in the Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs expansion. It allows player' to revolt from their home country and form a new political entity with additional unit types and specific bonuses, but prevents advancement into the Imperial Age.
The feature is only available to European civilizations. Revolting is an alternative to the Imperial Age allowing a choice of one of two revolutionary leaders per civilization, each with different bonuses. Once revolution is researched, the Home City flag will change to the flag of the relevant new country and no previously available Home City shipments can be sent from the current Home City deck. However, a new deck of four separate shipments will become available and can be sent for an indefinite amount. No new Settlers can be produced and all existing Settlers turn into Colonial Militia. Thus, no Settlers are available to gather resources (with the exception of existing Fishing Boats, Banks, Factories, and Home City trickle resources. Cree Coureur des Bois can also still be trained). It is possible to build new military units with stockpiled resources.
After revolting, all other players on the map (including teammates) will not be able revolt themselves. Revolting costs 1000 Food, Wood, and Coin. It is a much cheaper option than the Imperial Age. However, if an ally or opponent revolts, any other opponent or ally can still advance to the Imperial Age.
If a player decides to revolt, they would do well to send all useful Home City shipments from his/her current deck first since all shipments still on their way when the ten second Revolution timer ends will be canceled. All buildings currently being built when the Revolution timer ends will be stopped and left uncompleted. Settlers being created will be canceled and their Food cost refunded, if a player rescues a Settler after a revolting, it will immediately become a Colonial Militia.
All units that gain hit points automatically upon Aging up (Explorer, Explorer's Dog from Home City shipment, Spahi, Spy, Petard, etc.) do not gain hit points in Revolution. They only automatically increase when aging to Imperial. Another thing to bear in mind is that Explorers can still build Trading Posts, so a Trade Route supplying at least some wood (to rebuild or repair any building that is destroyed) can keep a small economy going. Factories, Banks and Fishing ships can still produce resources and cheats can be used also.
Town Center build limit is automatically increased to 10, regardless of the nation played.
The "move all military units to one location" button on the right hand corner of the mini map is very useful at the start of a Revolution and allows players to move all of their Colonial Militia to one point on the map.
Houses are not required after revolting. The population cap will reach a maximum of 200 with or without Houses. Revolting is an incredibly powerful boost to a civilization's military, but halts its economy.
|Mexico||Miguel Hidalgo||A group of outlaws (as treasure guardian type) rally to your cause.||Spanish and Portuguese|
|Peru||Simón Bolívar||All units gain 5% more hitpoints.||Russians and Germans|
|Argentina||José de San Martín||Grants 6 Imperial Howitzers (Mortars are upgraded).||Germans|
|United States||George Washington||Gatling Guns have more hitpoints.||British and Dutch|
|Brazil||José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva||20 Fierce, Legendary Tupi warriors come to your aid. All natives are set to Legendary level.||Portuguese and Dutch|
|Colombia||Francisco de Paula Santander||Grants 3 Ironclads.||Ottomans, French, and Russians|
|Haiti||Toussaint L'Ouverture||Colonial Militia have more hitpoints.||French and British|
|Chile||Bernardo O'Higgins||Grants 10 Imperial Hussars. (Existing Hussars are upgraded)||Ottomans and Spanish|
Hints and TipsEdit
- Have factories in game before initiating a revolution (if the Home City cards are available), this will help produce resources as Villagers can no longer gather resources as they become militia men. Trading Posts, especially upgraded to Stagecoach or Iron Horse, are also very useful.
- Ensure that a few shipments are available when revolting. This will help to get a couple of Fort wagons and a few Gatling Guns just in case. Or if you feel so and are in a hurry, send important shipments from your European home city before revolting, such as Factories and unit upgrades (for example Genitours card for Portuguese).
- Ensure that a large stockpile of resources are available to build more units as skirmishers and artillery can easily kill Militia.
- Ironclads are good with their special long distance shell, but also have some support ships to protect them in close quarter fights as they can only be sent by Revolutionary Deck Cards.
- German Settler Wagons transform into only one Militia, despite costing 100 food and 100 wood and being two population.
- After revolting, search for Cherokee and Cree native settlements, which give you Sequoyah's Cherokee Syllabary technology — a shipment of 4 Villagers — and trainable Coureur des Bois, respectively. You can then have some workers even though you revolted.
- Ensure that all the important buildings (such as an Artillery Foundry, Arsenal, a Church) are constructed, since you won't be able to put them up after the revolution.