Civilization 6

How to Stop Rebellion in Civilization 6

Owning a city in Civilization 6 is a product of effort, strategy, patience, and time. But, Civ 6 players cannot maintain control over their towns if they don’t know how to stop rebellion in Civilization 6. 

Losing control over any city in Civilization 6 is a tough pill for players as it defeats the aim of conquering a town. Suppose you no longer want to worry about rebellious subjects in already-owned cities and want to expand your civilization. In that case, we will teach you how to use your resources to conquer two essential fronts.


Why Do Captured Cities Rebel?

To subdue the rebels, you need to understand what motivates them. The primary cause of rebellion in Civ 6 cities is a drop in the loyalty score of the city. When a city’s loyalty score drops to the minimum, there will be a rebellion. Factors that contribute to your city’s loyalty scores include

  1. Pressure from your citizens and other civilizations. If your citizens’ pressure is more, the loyalty score increases by +20. If the loyalty score is less, the loyalty score decreases by -20.
  2. Effect of governors and leaders depending on their ability.
  3. The happiness of the city’s citizens. 

…you should be able to predict the chances of a city rebelling by aggregating the scores from each factor. Your city’s loyalty score must never be below 50 because they increase the chances of experiencing a revolution. A loyalty score below 75 incurs a penalty on the city’s population growth and yield. Other factors that can hasten a city’s rebellion include:

City Loyalty Score
City Loyalty Score

Wrong Settlement Location

The wrong settlement location happens when you settle in a city close to another civilization or with high loyalty pressure.  

Lack of Amenities

If a city lacks amenities and entertainment facilities, its citizens are more likely to rebel due to unhappiness.

No Direct Leadership in Place

Governors are essential to preventing city rebellion; when there is no clear leadership and representation/ policies in cities, the chances of losing the city increase.

No Military Presence

Military units‘ presence helps keep loyalty in place. If there’s an uprising of any sort, the military team can quickly tackle it.

Wrong Settlement Sequence

When you settle your civilization in surrounding cities, rebellion is bound to happen. You should begin your settlement quest in outer cities and work your way in.

Lower Age

When your age is lower than the neighboring civilization’s age, it may be difficult for you to forestall rebellion.

How to Increase Loyalty

Loyalty Lens
Loyalty Lens

Civ 6 players cannot destroy rebellion, but you can take some essential steps to keep the risk of revolution to the barest minimum. Before deciding to take any city, you should check how each factor will likely affect the city’s loyalty. Helpful tips to reduce chances of rebellion include:

  1. You must have a precise estimate of the amount of cash you have to commit to providing amenities. Doing this helps you decide the best amenities to offer with the available amount.
  2. You should understand your military strengths and use them to tackle uprising rebellion effectively.
  3. You must aim to conquer multiple cities at once to expand your civilization faster.
  4. Every new city added should have some leadership strategy in place. You can appoint governors based on their strengths and attributes while using policy cards where necessary.
  5. You should also capture cities when they are older than other close civilizations.

…these tips will only have significant positive effects on lowering the risk of rebellion; when you strike a balance between meeting the needs of your citizens in different cities and ensuring that your civilization’s needs are met. 

Cities are subsets of your culture. Still, you must also ensure that you commit only a few resources to keep a city intact to the detriment of your civilization.

How to Deal With Rebellion When it Does Occur

People and Cities Rebelling
People and Cities Rebelling

Rebellions can sometimes be inevitable if your loyalty score drops below 50. Having this in mind, you must be prepared to counter-revolutions when they do happen. Some of the ways you can deal with rebellion in any city under your civilization include:

Form Cultural Alliances

Alliances with neighboring civilizations can tackle the wave of rebellion in any city. You can focus on discussing revolution internally without fearing external influences when there are no pressures from bordering civilizations. Bordering civilizations may turn down alliances and instead focus on taking over your city.

Exchange Policy Cards 

Players of Civ 6 are encouraged to swap their policy cards for a more effective policy card. However, this can deplete your funds and affect future events. Therefore, you should only use policy cards with adequate planning.

Appoint a Governor

An effective immediate response to rebellion is to put a Governor in charge of the city. Every governor has unique attributes that make them fit different scenarios. You must select a governor that can immediately boost your loyalty levels. 

The only drawback to appointing a governor is, most times, the governor’s effect on loyalty may not be immediate, especially when the governor is yet to settle fully. While this should not be the first step towards tackling rebellion, it can boost your loyalty when it eventually sets in. 

How to Prevent Rebellion

Preventing future rebellion is an excellent strategy to help you stabilize your civilization. If you want to avoid future revolutions, you must do the following to keep your citizens in line:

  1. You must invest in amenities such as monuments, entertainment districts, etc. If your citizens are revolting against another civilization, you must ensure that the amenities lacking in the other society are made available to your citizens.
  2. You must build significant attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, the Temple of Artemis, etc. 
  3. Ensure a large army unit is on the ground to help counter rebellion before it blossoms.
  4. You can also increase your city’s population to combat negative loyalty that may arise from the low population.

What Are the Consequences of Rebellion in Civ 6?

When a city rebels in Civ 6, the city’s loyalty score begins to drop. When it drops to its minimum level, it becomes a free city that another Civilization can conquer. This leaves your civilization susceptible to immediate attacks from other societies and the Civ 6 AI. 

Tackling rebellion may cause you to lose cash and other resources, which may affect your strategy, and move to expand civilization. The long-term effects of revolution may affect your chances of winning the game. Hence, It is not advisable to lose any city.

An effective way to mitigate the adverse effects of rebellion is to allow another civilization to take over the town and amenities and increase the citizen’s loyalty. When the loyalty level looks good, players can wage war on the rebellious city and reclaim it. It is better to lose one city than to lose an entire civilization.

Samuel Agwah

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