|This is the article on the first Zhongdu. If you are looking for the article on the last campaign mission of the same name, see Zhongdu.|
Very Easy: 37500 Strings of Cash
Easy: 25000 Strings of Cash
Normal: 25000 Strings of Cash
Hard: 25000 Strings of Cash
Very Hard: 20000 Strings of Cash
Zhongdu is a mission found in Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom.
For a hundred years after Kaifeng was recaptured from the Khitan, it grew and flourished. Scholars and artists made our great city the cultural center of the world. But our leaders took one step too many. Emperor Huizong, his mind on excelling at the three perfections, calligraphy, poetry, and painting, did not pay attention to his empire. His devotion to a pleasure park of man-made mountains and exotic beasts distracted him from leading our people.
And so, disaster has struck. At first, combining our forces with the Jurchens -- the new threat from Manchuria -- to defeat the hated Khitans, seemed like such a good idea. But our military has grown soft. The Khitans repulsed our attack and the Jurchens had to conquer the Liao Empire on their own. And then the Jurchens turned against us.
All of Northern China has been overrun. The Imperial family has been taken prisoner and marched north into the Jurchen lands. China has new, tougher leaders now. The Jin Dynasty has been born!
The Jurchen need a capital to rule over their new domains. They have picked a spot in the north, just west of the Bo Hai Sea, along the Yongding River. We will call it Zhongdu. Our geomancers are confident that this capital can be the imperial seat of China for at least the next thousand years. Just make sure Zhongdu is a strong fortress, for even the wisest sage could not say what invaders we might have to fight off in the future.
- Large Palace must be built
- Population of 3000
- 4 Trading Partners
- 50 people in Impressive Compound or better
In this mission, you are required to build a new capital city for the "Jurchen" Jin Dynasty, who have conquered Northern China, due to a failed attempt to conquer the Khitan.
This mission will take some time, but there are no invasions and almost no requests. You have plenty of space to create a large city here without running out of space. Although there are no threats to your city, the Xia-Xia Empire may invade if you don't build any military and there is also a scripted invasion from them 20 years after starting the mission.
Your only exports are Silk and Carved Jade. You'll have to rely on taxation to produce additional funding, as well as opening all trade routes. Exporting Weapons and Lacquerware is possible, but should be avoided, as they require the importation of raw materials that are very limiting in this mission. To export the maximum amount of Carved Jade possible will require trading with the Xia-Xia Empire, as Chengdu only sells 12 Jade, but Xia-Xia sells 24 Jade and buys 36 Silk bolts, which is far more profitable than the Chengdu trade route, which is only needed to produce Lacquerware.
There are a few requests to Pingyao and one to Guangzhou, but you should have no difficulty meeting them.
This mission will probably be quite boring and you'll likely spend more time just making money than anything else. However, the limited requests and lack of invasions should be taken for granted: the briefing implies you should build this city to be a strong fortress. You should take this advice on board and build this city to be much larger than is needed, so that you can deal with some very large invasions when you return here in the final mission, as well as meet some of the final mission's goals early.
Don't forget the monument! It requires Wood, Clay and Stone, the latter needing to be imported from a single trade partner. Before the mission completes, you should strive to have 12 forts placed in your city and have all of them fully supported with troops. You'll need them for when you come back here...