So I am a China main, actually went to school for Chinese history, speak Mandarin, yadda yadda, thus, I play China a lot. I recognize that they’re mid-tier at best and have some super weaknesses. In my opinion, the largest problem they face is the lack of anything close to an arsenal. Some of the Native American civs get arsenals, the Japanese get one, why do the Chinese and Indians not have one? Especially when the Chinese constructed massive, western-style arsenals during the Self-Strengthening Movement. Here are my suggestions, let me know what you guys think. I don’t want to create an overpowered scenario, just one more historically accurate and one that is more playable.
1, China cannot have ALL the same tech as the Advanced Arsenal. This is because Counter Infantry Rifling and Repelling Volley would give the Chinese skirmisher a x4 multiplier against infantry. That would be too much.
2, the Chinese need Military Drummers and Trunion. Their artillery, their native artillery like the Flying Crow, are too slow and too frail to be used with versatility. If they were only a little faster, 10, 15% faster, they’d be more viable. Their slow speed makes their TEAM Engineering School almost pointless for them. I find myself sending 20 Steppe Riders in to destroy buildings and using Flying Crows only for defense, like protecting my fort.
3, the Chinese arsenal could either be a new building, named after the historic Fuzhou Arsenal, or it could be available at the Confucian Academy wonder, which is a university, where tech research could take place.
Oh and the Chinese should be able to train Manchus natively, even if it requires a card. The flag the Chinese use is the Qing dynasty flag, the Qing was founded by Manchus. Their exclusion as a default unit is historically inaccurate. If the Swedes can get Jaegers and Black Riders with an age-up, and the Dutch get the godlike Fusilier and Elmeti, the English get Jaegers and Harquebusiers, why can’t the Chinese get Manchus and Iron Troops? The Japanese get their shinobi, ronin, yojimbo, etc, etc, and they barely need to spend resources.
Oh and, obligatory remark about the Iron Flail, I hate that unit lol. Cuirassier + Lancer + low stats = Iron Flail. I find they’re only good against some Native American civs, like the Inca especially.