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French Trading District (FOTS)

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French Trading District (FOTS)
File:French Trading District FOTS.png
Chain Port Type
Requires Buildings:
  • Trading Port
  • Arts:
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Enables Units:
  • Gun Boat - Chiyodagata-Class
  • Torpedo Boat - Chiyodagata-Class
  • Wooden Corvette - Kanko Maru-Class
  • Wooden Corvette - Kanrin Maru-Class
  • Wooden Corvette - Kaiten-Class
  • Wooden Corvette - Kasuga-Class
  • Wooden Frigate - Kaiyo Maru-Class
  • Ironclad - L'Ocean-Class
  • Infanterie de Marine
  • Spawned Defence Forces -
    Basic Building Statistics
  • Cost: 10500
  • Improves export capacity (increases trade values) by +250
  • +1500 to wealth from ports in this province
  • +10 per turn to town growth from trade within this province
  • +3 to possible trade routes (sea)
  • Recruitment capacity (ship under construction): +2
  • Coastal defences will be disabled once the port's health falls to 50%
  • Coastal defence range: 10
  • Coastal defence level: 2
  • -2 to happiness from modernisation
  • Enables recruitment of Rank 1 Foreign Veteran
  • Limit: 1 Trading District per Clan
  • Clan Effects
  • +4 to modernisation
  • Establishes trade routes with the western powers
  • +1 to the number of Foreign Veterans that may be fielded (Maximum: 5)
  • See main article; FotS Buildings


    French engineering and style, all in one place.

    A French trading district improves the port defences in several ways, and improves the value of exports to the outside world.

    The Second Opium War (1856-60) gave the Japanese a concrete example of what could happen if European powers, in this case Britain and France, decided to use force. China was forced to make extensive trade concessions by the war, including legalising the opium trade, granting "favoured nation" trading status to her attackers and opening up ports to effective European control. Quite sensibly, the Japanese wanted nothing like it to happen to them. During the years of the Opium War, the Japanese agreed to a series of treaties that, while unfair, were distinctly better than handing over complete control to foreigners.

    Other Information

    Although the cost of constructing a French Trading District is very expensive, the investment can be considered worthwhile as it will enable recruitment of one of the best Rifle Units in the Entire Game: The Infanterie de Marine. However, very careful consideration should be taken on the placement of this building as a clan can only have one Trading District.

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