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Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun presents turn-based strategists with nearly a century's worth of world history, to follow faithfully or change as they see fit. Transported to the time of Queen Victoria's reign of the English empire, players must build up their chosen nation in an effort to obtain the prestige and power necessary for survival.
The game incorporates a political system designed to simulate the change from monarchism to parliamentary democracy. Along with this is a simulation of the industrialization of the world, complete with an economic system that accounts for more than 50 different resources.
As sovereign rulers, players must also elect to take part in — or ignore completely — specific historical events, such as the American Civil War and the Crimean War. From the exploration of Africa and the Americas, to sailing and battling with the ironclads that ruled the seas, players will have control over every decision as they lead their nations into the modern era. ~ Damian Francis, All Game Guide