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City specialisation and surrounding terrain | The economy Civilization IV Guide

Every specialized city requires a specific topography. Now I would like to give you some suggestions about what kinds of terrain are ideal for specific city types. As usual - a perfect terrain is a rather uncommon thing to find - so in most situations you will just have to use whatever you can find and make best use of it.

 

Plains, hills, forest. Ideal placement for future industrial centre - City specialisation and surrounding terrain - The economy - Sid Meiers Civilization IV - Game Guide and Walkthrough
Plains, hills, forest. Ideal placement for future industrial centre

The Production City - a lot of hills, preferably forest hills and some grassland tiles, flood plains or (luckily enough) some Food resources. Strategic resources which are giving us Production bonuses - like iron, copper, stone or coal are extremely useful.

This landscape is more diverse. You have Gold, flood plains, but also forest (useful in limiting of negative influence of flood plains on health of our citizens) and two resources in reach. - City specialisation and surrounding terrain - The economy - Sid Meiers Civilization IV - Game Guide and Walkthrough
This landscape is more diverse. You have Gold, flood plains, but also forest (useful in limiting of negative influence of flood plains on health of our citizens) and two resources in reach.

The Commercial City - a lot of grassland (possibly with forest) and flood plains. Some hills would be helpful, too. Luxurious resources are a nice addition, especially Gold, silver, gems or wine.

If your Leader has the Financial trait, the coastal city also can work as commercial city - with use of some nice commercial gains from sea tiles and really profitable sea trading. However, land city plays the role much better, even if it needs more time to develop.

Despite the type of city, you need to avoid situations when your commercial centre doesn't control any Production generating tiles. Even huge amounts of cash won't help if simple buildings are created in dozens of turns.

Here you have an example of perfect game starting position. Flood plains, a lot of trees and health resources. This city can definitely harvest huge amounts of Food - and that means it will be able to support a lot of specialists. This landscape can also work well in case of commercial city - but this time it will be The Great People Factory. - City specialisation and surrounding terrain - The economy - Sid Meiers Civilization IV - Game Guide and Walkthrough
Here you have an example of perfect game starting position. Flood plains, a lot of trees and health resources. This city can definitely harvest huge amounts of Food - and that means it will be able to support a lot of specialists. This landscape can also work well in case of commercial city - but this time it will be The Great People Factory.

The Great People Factory - a lot of grassland near river or lake, one or two Food resources, flood plains. The key is to be able to support maximum number of citizens. With terrain improvements you try to maximize Food output.

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