MAYANS

The Mayans may seem like the weakest civilization because they lack all cavalry and gunpowder as well as weak swardsmen. They do however have cheap eagle warriors and plumed archers. The Mayans are a weenie-rusher team where they overwhelm opponents with sheer numbers. Eagle warriors and plumed archers are all fast moving units and they can dodge opponents easily. They also have strong wall defense.

The Mayans can get eliminated quickly however if they can’t produce units fast enough. Other teams will have armies that will decimate the eagle warrior and plumed archer with even numbers.

The best strategy is a guerrilla warfare. Have a small army available and pick off enemies heading your way. Then overwhelm opponents with sheer numbers. No team can stand up to 70 eagle warriors running at them.

|--------------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
| Mayans                   | o Start with +1 Villager, Eagle Warrior (not      |
|                          |   Scout Cavalry), -50 Food                        |
|                          | o Resources last 20% longer                       |
|                          | o Archery Range units cost -10% Feudal Age, -20%  |
|                          |   Castle Age, -30% Imperial Age                   |
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|                          | Team Bonus: Walls cost -50%                       |
|                          | Unique unit: Plumed Archer                        |
|                          | Unique tech: El Dorado                            |
|--------------------------|---------------------------------------------------|

Unique Unit: Plumed Archer

The plumed archer were fast foot soldiers that would use guerrilla warfare on their enemies. They usually would be fighting the Aztecs or Incas but were almost wiped out by Spanish Conquerors. The plumed archer wore a large headdress to emit fear in their enemies but it actually made them easier targets.

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The Mayans (250 to 1546)

The Mayans occupied the Yucatan peninsula, modern Honduras, and modern Guatemala. They date back perhaps to the second millennium BC, but peaked between 600 and 900 AD. Though they lived on lands of marginal agricultural value, they created monuments and ceremonial centers nearly as impressive as those in Egypt. The extent of the ceremonial building is surprising because their religion was relatively simple. Their architecture was also less developed, though undeniably impressive, compared to contemporary advances made elsewhere in the world. They invented a unique written language that is only being deciphered today. Three Mayan books survive to the present, the remnants of a much larger number destroyed by Europeans who feared they contained heresy.

The Mayans were very proficient in mathematics and astronomy. The understanding and predictability of star and planet movements was critical to the calculation of their calendar and the dating of important ceremonies. They lived in small hamlets that have not survived but congregated at their centers for important events. Noble warriors and priests controlled their society.

The Mayans went into decline in the tenth century, perhaps due to earthquake or volcanic eruption. Many of their important ceremonial sites were thereafter abandoned. Warriors from central Mexico then invaded their territory and they broke into small town groupings in the rain forest. The last Mayan center was captured by the Spanish in the 17th century, but as many as two million people of Mayan descent reside in the Yucatan today.

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