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A continent is a geopolitical grouping of landmasses. Unlike in earlier games, continents are not strictly defined as a set of continuous land tiles. Instead, Civilization VI defines continents somewhat arbitrarily even within a large landmass (like Europe and Asia in the real world).
Continents affect certain game mechanics, and an individual tile's continent can be viewed in the associated tooltip. A Continent lens can be used to check continental boundaries. It's possible for a city radius to span across continental boundaries; in this case the City Center tile defines which continent the city belongs to. As a general rule, a civilization's home continent is defined by where its Capital is located, with other continents being foreign continents.
Note that only land tiles are assigned to a continent; sea tiles have their continent listed as "none." Note, however, that islands in large water expanses still belong to a continent, even if they're far from any major landmass. Don't just assume that just because Islands A and B are far from Continent C, they must absolutely belong to a different continent.
The following are affected by intercontinental boundaries:
- Discovering another continent will grant an inspiration boost to Foreign Trade.
- The Casa de Contratación gives your foreign cities with a Governor bonus Production, Faith and Gold yields.
- The Torre de Belém automatically builds the cheapest building possible in cities on other continents when its construction is complete.
- Being the first civilization to discover a new continent, and settling on new continents, are Historic Moments worth +4 and +3 Era Score (respectively).
- The policy cards Colonial Offices and Colonial Taxes grant bonuses to your cities on foreign continents.
- Each continent contains four unique luxury resource types.
Civilization and leader abilities
- Vanilla Teddy Roosevelt/Rough Rider Teddy's leader ability, Roosevelt Corollary, grants +5 Combat Strength to all units on America's home continent.
- Victoria's leader ability, Pax Britannica, grants a free melee unit upon founding or capturing a city on foreign continents.
- The Phoenician civilization ability, Mediterranean Colonies, allows cities founded on their (current) home continent to remain permanently at full Loyalty.
- The Spanish civilization ability, Treasure Fleet, triples their innate additional yields for Trade Routes if they travel between continents. It also grants their cities a Builder and extra Production towards Districts if they are founded on different continents.
- The Royal Navy Dockyard grants +2 Gold on foreign continents and 4 Loyalty.
- The Mission yields extra Faith if built on a foreign continent. With Rise and Fall, it grants additional Loyalty, and with Gathering Storm, it also yields Food and Production.
- The Garde Impériale gets a combat bonus on France's home continent.
- The Redcoat gets a combat bonus on foreign continents.
- Teddy's agenda, Big Stick Diplomacy, only checks whether wars are being fought on his home continent.
- Victoria's agenda, Sun Never Sets, compels her to invade foreign continents and dislike the civilizations on them.
List of continent names
Continent names are randomly selected from the following list, some of which are based on current or historical continent names on Earth, and the rest hypothetical or even mythical names:
|Africa||Current||130||Africa - the birthplace of man, one of the existing to date continents. Africa is the poorest continent and one of the most populated. its population is 1 billion people. Home for Egypt, Ethiopia, Kongo, Mali, Nubia, Phoenicia, and the Zulu. The Arabian capital is also located here.|
|Amasia||Future||50||Amasia is a proposed future supercontinent that will unite Eurasia and North America. It is predicted to form over the North Pole.|
|America||Current||3||America is part of the world that unites the two continents - North America and South. The two became connected 3 million years ago by the Panama Isthmus and was a continuous landmass until the Panama Canal was built in 1914. The population of both Americas is 953 million people. Four American countries - the US, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico - are among the 20 largest world economies. Home of America, the Aztecs, Brazil, Canada, the Cree, Gran Colombia, the Inca, the Mapuche, and the Maya.|
|Antarctica||Current||150||Antarctica is the least populous continent of the planet with no permanent human settlements. By land area, it is larger than both Europe and Australia. It is governed by the parties to the Antarctic Treaty system which prohibits military and mining activities and promotes scientific research. It is represented for the first time in Civilization VI, by the Amundsen-Scott Research Station.|
|Arctica||Former||2560||An ancient continent from the Neoarchean era. It formed at the North Pole from various cratons now located in Canada, Siberia, and Greenland. Around 1.5 billion years ago (Gya) it merged with East Antarctica and Baltica to form Nena.|
|Asia||Current||13||Asia is the largest continent in the 7 continent model, covering 30% of the Earth's surface. The formation of Asia has a long and complex history, with formation beginning as far back as 4 billion years ago (Gya) and continuing into the current day as new land is added from the accretion of islands in the south east. Asia reached its current recognizable form during the Cenozoic era when it was joined by the Indian (40 mya) and Arabic (13 mya) cratons. Asia is home to over 4 billion people making it the most populous continent; 60% reside in either China or India. Eight Asian countries - China, Japan, India, South Korea, Russia, Indonesia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia - are among the 20 largest world economies. Home for Arabia, Babylon, Byzantium, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Khmer, Korea, Mongolia, the Ottomans, Persia, Russia, Scythia, Sumeria and Vietnam.|
|Asiamerica||Former||80||Asiamerica is a supercontinent connecting modern China, Canada and the United States. It existed in the late Cretaceous and early Paleogene periods.|
|Atlantica||Former||~2110||Atlantica was one of the first supercontinents. It formed 2 billion years ago and was located where the Southern Atlantic Ocean is today. It was composed of what is now West Africa, Congo, and Brazil.|
|Atlantis||Mythical||590 BC (earliest records)||A mythological island home to the Atlantean civilization. In Plato's original story, Athens repelled a siege from the Atlanteans who at that point had conquered the rest of the known world. Atlantis then lost favor with the gods, who destroyed the island in a flood causing their empire to collapse.|
|Australia||Current||80||Australia is the smallest continent on the planet, consisting primarily of the Australian mainland, Tasmania, and the island of New Guinea. It is sometimes known as Sahul, the name given to its continental shelf. It has a population of 38 million people. Its territory belongs to the fewest states of any continent, being home to Australia (country), Papua New Guinea, and 2 Indonesian provinces; Antarctica has territorial claims from 7 countries. Australia (country) is the 13th largest economy in the world and Indonesia is the 16th. Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse and most rural nations in the world and is home to 851 known languages. "Known" is key, as this figure does not account for languages spoken by the many of the uncontacted peoples of New Guinea. Home to Australia. Core provinces of Indonesia are located on New Guinea.|
|Avalonia||Former||730||Avalonia is a small continent that existed in the Paleozoic.|
|Azania||Obsolete||1st century AD||Azania was a name used by Greco-Roman sources such as Pliny the Elder to refer to an indefinite area in southeastern Africa, sometimes as far north as Eritrea. Today, the term is used by some Pan-African nationalists in South Africa as an alternative to the current name imposed by colonizers.|
|Baltica||Former||2500||Baltica is a small continent in today's Russian (East European) plain.|
|Cimmeria||Former||200||Cimmeria was a long Paleozoic microcontinent whose remnants now form the "Alpide belt", a massive group of mountain ranges that stretch from the Pyrenees and Atlas ranges near the Mediterranean, all the way to the Arakan and the seismically active Barisan of Southeast Asia. Named for the region of Crimea (known in ancient times as Cimmeria), which was the first place hard evidence of this continent's existence was discovered.|
|Columbia||Former||1800||Columbia is a supercontinent that existed even in Proterozoic. Interestingly, all modern continents were "mixed" in it: India was next to the state of New York, and Australia was near Vancouver.|
|Congo Craton||Region||While never an independent continent, the Congo Craton has been a stable tectonic subdivision of Africa and previous continents for billions of years.|
|Euramerica||Former||350||Euramerica - a small continent, which united Canada, Scandinavia, Europe and part of Russia.|
|Eurasia||Current||170||Eurasia is the largest continent on the planet, the most inhabited continent on the planet (5/7 of the world population) and the birthplace of the first civilizations. See Europe. See Asia|
|Europe||Current||160||Europe is part of the world, making 1/4 of the Asian continent. Only 700 million people live in Europe. Nevertheless, many major economies and world powers are located in Europe: Russia, Germany, France, the UK, etc. Home for England, France, Gaul, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Macedon, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rome, Russia, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden.|
|Gondwana||Former||550||Gondwana was a supercontinent consisting of modern Australia, Antarctica, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, South America, and the Indian subcontinent. It began to break into its modern components over 155 million years ago in the Jurassic.|
|Laurasia||Former||Laurasia was a supercontinent consisting of modern North America, Europe, and Asia (without the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent). It began to break into its modern components over 55 million years ago.|
|Laurentia||Region||A large continental craton that forms the core of modern North America east of the Rocky Mountains.|
|Nuna||Former||A synonym for the supercontinent of Columbia.|
|Pangea||Former||Pangea was a supercontinent that was existed during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras. It began to break apart 200 million years ago to form Gondwanaland and Laurasia.|
|Terra Australis||Mythical||A large landmass thought by ancient scholars to exist in the far south of the planet to "balance" the world, finally disproven during Captain James Cook's second voyage. It is commonly seen in pre-19th century maps.|
|Ur||Former||3100||A hypothetical "supercontinent" (smaller than any current continent) that, if proven to exist, would have been the first continent in Earth's history.|
|Zealandia||Current||85-60||A section of continental crust located at modern day New Zealand which became mostly submerged after it broke away from the Australian continent. While it is more than half the size of Australia, 93% of its land mass remains underwater. Home for the Māori.|
* in millions of years ago unless otherwise specified
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