Stockholm is a phenomenal city-state, considered by the community at large to be the strongest one in the entire game. To truly see how helpful its ability is, consider the Oracle, which is one of the best generalist wonders overall. That wonder provides +2 Great People points of each district's respective type in its home city. This bonus provides that bonus, halved, in every city in your empire, and it's not a risky opportunity that opens up in the Ancient Era, but a city-state bonus that a determined player can access at any time! Its bonus isn't even conditional to any specific victory path: the only victory that doesn't especially require Great People is Religious Victory (after they recruit a Great Prophet, of course), but Stockholm's bonus is so good for getting the best overall Great People that seekers of that victory might as well aim for it anyway, unless there is an especially strong religious city-state like Yerevan they need more.
The earliest written documentation of Stockholm dates back to 1252 AD and describes the city as an iron trading town, but in some Norse sagas it is claimed to be the lost city of Agnafit (where legendary King Ange was hanged by his captive bride Skjalf). Another tale states that the city was founded by the Swedesman Birger Jarl to protect the fledgling country from invading navies. Regardless of whichever (if either) is correct, the city quickly grew into a center for commerce, mining, and fishing … eventually joining the Hanseatic League.
In the 15th Century, a national independence movement began to form in Stockholm as the people of Sweden yearned to overthrow their Danish rulers. The Revolution did not go well, unfortunately, and in 1520 the Danish King Christian II entered the city and incited the Stockholm Bloodbath, a massacre of most of the Swedish opposition forces. Further uprisings across the country in the coming years were more successful and broke up the Kalmar Union (the pleasant name for Danish control of Scandinavia), and Sweden finally gained its independence. The first king of Sweden, Gustav Vasa, was crowned in 1523, and the population of Stockholm began to boom. Within a hundred years, the citizenry increased six-fold.
During the latter half of the 20th century Stockholm became one of the great seats of learning in Europe. The Military Academy Karlberg, one of the world’s oldest, was founded in 1792; the Karolinska Institutet, one of Europe’s most prestigious medical schools, in 1811; the Royal Institute of Technology in 1827. But oldest of all is the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, home of the Nobel Prizes, which was founded by famed naturalist Carl Linnaeus in 1739. The city has continued to move away from its roots of fishing, mining, and shipping and move towards high-tech research, modern manufacturing, and giving away millions to otherwise obscure scientists.
- Stockholm's city-state symbol is based on the Three Crowns, a national emblem of Sweden.
|Civilization VI City-states |
|1 Requires DLC|