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Valletta is a militaristic city-state in Civilization VI.


Valletta is one of more game-changing city-states. It allows using Faith Faith for expansion, defense and production, if mere spreading of Religion is not the most pressing goal. Strong Faith Faith generation and Suzerain status with Valletta allows every new or undeveloped city to get up and running at ridiculous speed, fueling expansion without weak spots in defense.

The purchase rate is 2 Faith Faith to cover each Production Production. It's fairly easy to be generating more Faith Faith than Production Production, and it is in addition to Production Production rather than instead of it. Though at first you'll be delaying the generation of Missionaries and Apostles, long term the benefits of not having to spend Production Production on the Granary, Water Mill, and Monument, allowing you to build each Holy Site and religious building sooner, will cover your initial expense.

Suzerainty allows also Walls to be purchased with Faith Faith. During hostile invasion targeting your cities without defenses, it is great advantage to purchase walls instantaneously. Encampment buildings too can be bought with Faith Faith. Considering Barracks, Stable, Armory and Military Academy all provide additional Production Production and/or Housing Housing, suzerainty can be invaluable for quickly ramping up production and population limit of cities. This makes Veterancy policy card less useful as it doesn't affect the cost Encampment district buildings.

However, don't miss the chance to send Missionaries to cities that are low hanging fruit, particularly ones in close groups and/or with low population. If another religion gets them first they'll be more trouble to convert later.

Georgia has nice synergy with Valletta thanks to the Tsikhe. By the time they unlock it with Siege Tactics, they'll most likely have founded a religion and have strong Faith Faith generation. Even if they've previously neglected Walls, they can easily snap up Ancient and Medieval Walls with a Faith Faith purchase and move on to the Tsikhe to turn Georgian cities to impenetrable fortresses in a matter of time. Not only that, but the Tsikhe will essentially pay for itself if built this way thanks to its innate Faith Faith generation. And finally, it goes without saying that Tamar's ability to generate twice as many Envoy Envoys in cities following Georgia's religion will help her gain Suzerainty of Valletta with ease.

And that's not all. In Gathering Storm, Flood Barriers are also available for purchase via Valletta, allowing your empire to easily ignore the ill effects of climate change, just to install barriers before your tiles are flooded.

Civilopedia entry[]

Valletta, located in the Republic of Malta, was founded in 1566 AD by Jean Parisot de la Valette, the 49th Grandmaster of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. This after the Knights Hospitaller had withstood a siege and invasion of the island by the Ottoman Empire a year earlier. (Malta had been given in perpetuity to the order by Charles V of Spain in 1530 to serve as a bulwark against the Ottoman tide.)

To build and fortify the new city and the island, Valette requested help from the kings and princes of Christendom. And it was forthcoming … obviously their thinking was that it was better for a bunch of militant zealots to face the oncoming Muslims than their own troops and ships. Pope Pius V sent his own military architect to design the fortifications, and Philip II of Spain gave ships and weapons. Others donated large sums of money to sponsor churches and barracks and port facilities.

The town, with its fine harbor and strategic location, was to weather centuries of warfare, even unto the Second World War. The Knights assumed the duties of policing the Mediterranean shipping lanes between Christian Europe and the Levant, fighting the Barbary corsairs and other pirates. They also set about freeing Christian slaves, mostly by raiding Ottoman shipping themselves. But the rise of Genoa, Venice and Pisa, and later the Protestant Reformation, eroded much of Valletta’s financial support.

Thus, in 1798 when Napoleon captured Malta while en route to invade Egypt, only Naples and the British seemed much concerned. A couple of years later the Maltese rose in rebellion against the French garrison; the victorious rebel leaders presented the island to the British, requesting that it be made a dominion of the empire. The 1814 Treaty of Paris confirmed British control, under whose thumb it remained until independence in 1964.


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1 Requires DLC

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