Meeting Another Civilization

We decide to explore to the southwest with New York's new unit (not with the vulnerable Worker). Eventually, we meet our nearest neighbors, the Germans. Their capital city, Berlin, is located some distance away.As soon as we enter German territory and run into a German unit, their leader requests an audience with us.

Establishing effective communication with your neighbors is vital to success. Early in the game,you should take any reasonable actions to ensure that nearby civilizations enjoy your company. Not only does this keep your civilization reasonably safe from attack, it can also lead to profitable exchanges.You can see your opponent's attitude toward you when you make contact with one another. The attitudes of rival leaders are based on

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-T^iec-H 1 ngvv gi^çf npneiV l>P9. i, E»ai0o1rsrn i, Woncichv your past behavior when dealing with other civilizations. Since this is our first contact with any civilization, we expect the German leader to have a neutral and somewhat cautious attitude (though you never really know what attitude a newly met leader will have).

Unless we declare war ourselves, we'll come out of this encounter with an automatic peace treaty with the Germans, and possibly an exchange of knowledge (advances).We want to make friends at this stage in the game, so even though giving up technology is dangerous, it's also a sign of trust and of hope for a strong alliance.

After this encounter, we have (most likely) gained a friend (for now) and possibly profited by one or two civilization advances as a result of technology exchange with the Germans. Now that we've made contact, we can chat with them at any time by clicking the Diplomacy button on the Info Box and sending an emissary to the Germans, or by right-clicking any German unit. The Germans can also contact us at any time.

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