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Civilization VI: Rise and Fall - Chandragupta Maurya - the second alternative leader

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Chandragupta Maurya first look in Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall - Chandragupta Maurya

Chandragupta Maurya is the second alternative leader to be unveiled for Civilization VI: Rise and Fall. He will balance out Gandhi's peaceful strategies. Civilization VI: Rise and Fall releases on 08 February, 2018.

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, the first official expansion pack for the strategy game, will let you choose the leader of India. Chandragupta Maurya is the second alternative leader to join the Civ VI leader line-up.

Chandragupta will bring some more aggressive options to the table in order to balance out Gandhi's peaceful strategies. The new leader's unique ability is Arthashastra often translated as "The science of politics". 

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Arthashastra represents the Indian framework for how to conduct statecraft, as well as economic policy and military strategy. The framework is credited to Chanakya who was Chandragupta’s mentor. It serves as a template for the Mauryan dynasty.

You can take advantage of these lessons as you declare a War of Territorial Expansion. Movement and Combat Strength bonuses will be granted as you march into battle.

Chandragupta is one of the nine new leaders that will be launching with Civilization VI: Rise and Fall when the expansion releases on 08 February, 2018.

A bit of his story:

Born sometime in the 3rd Century BCE, Chandragupta’s early life remains somewhat of a mystery. Though some accounts speak of his connection to a family with a noble warrior tradition, other accounts claim he was born a commoner, orphaned at an early age. 

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Regardless, Chandragupta earned a reputation as a clever and charismatic man - so much so that the great Chanakya mentored him. Thanks to the legendary politician and philosopher, Chandragupta received a crash course in politics, the arts, and military tactics.

Chandragupta’s empire extended all the way from modern day Afghanistan to southern India. Yet conquest was not Chandragupta’s only strength. Throughout his reign, Chandragupta proved himself a canny ruler who cared for his people. He built roads, irrigation systems, and expanded trade routes to improve the lives of his people. He was also clever enough to ensure the loyalty of his soldiers by providing them finery and servants in their garrisons.

Chandragupta met the sage Bhadrabahu near the end of his life, who taught him the precepts of Jainism, a religion promoting spiritual enlightenment and nonviolence through ascetic living. Following this new code, Chandragupta abdicated his throne to his son, Bindusara.

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He sought enlightenment, going on a pilgrimage to a cave in southern India. There he meditated until his death, fulfilling his ultimate goal of spiritual purity by giving up literally everything—his throne, kingdom, riches, and even food.