Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt and his Rough Riders are coming to Civilization VI this fall. Revealed today via 2k/Civilization’s official blog, the 26th president of the United States will be making his debut appearance as a Civ leader. Past leaders have included other highly regarded American presidents such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. However, they are few presidents that have the level of swag and personality that Teddy had.
For example, TR was once shot in the chest in an assassination attempt during a speech, and instead of being rushed to the hospital, he continued to finish his speech saying: “It takes more than that to kill a bull moose,” What saved him from being killed? He had his lengthy prepared speech rolled up in his coat pocket which slowed down the bullet just enough to prevent any critical damage.
The fine folks at 2K prepared a short bio that you can read below, but let’s get into the nitty gritty. That is, what is TR going to bring to the table in Civilization VI? As if there was any doubt, of course Teddy will be rolling into Civ VI with his Rough Riders:
Unique unit: Rough Rider
The 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, better known by its colloquial moniker the “Rough Riders,” was a regiment recruited and raised by Theodore Roosevelt in 1898 AD to fight in the Spanish-American War. This volunteer regiment included 1,060 ranchers, cowboys, college athletes, miners and other rugged outdoorsmen hailing from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona.
Also, the TR led Americans will include another unique unit, the P-51 Mustang aircraft, and the unique building, Film Studio. Surprisingly though, no mention of TR’s Great White Fleet. Perhaps it will be added later on or included in a future DLC.
Great White Fleet or not, follow through here to view the full details on Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt on the official Civilization VI blog. If you want a history lesson first, you can read the bio they provided for him below:
“Roosevelt took office following the assassination of President McKinley in 1901 and, at the age of 42, became the youngest United States President in history – a record he still holds today. Roosevelt championed his “Square Deal” domestic policy, comprised of three basic ideals: the conservation of natural resources, greater control over corporate plutocracy, and consumer protection.
His efforts to regulate corporate “trust” monopolies earned him the nickname “trust buster.” He established the United States Forestry Service in 1905 and fought for the conservation of millions of acres of federal land, which are still protected to this day. Roosevelt also coined the iconic phrase “speak softly, and carry a big stick,” describing his form of foreign policy of negotiating peacefully while simultaneously threatening with the “big stick.” Roosevelt described this policy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.”