Organising popular consultations at village level strenghtens the class of small landholders. Within these Landsgemeinden (rural communities) the Eidgenossen are now even more motivated to fight for their independence.
This is a policy decision for Helvetia, granting their militia lancers +3 attack. It also has an effect unique of either this game or the parent game: skirmishers lose their minimum range and are able to fight at close quarters.
Available to: Helvetia
Researched at: Town Hall
The alliance of the "Eight Places" was a not a homogeneous state, but rather a conglomerate of eight independent cities and lands, held together not by one single pact but by a net of six different "eternal" pacts, none of which included all eight parties as signatories. Only the three founders, the Waldstätten Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden were part of all these treaties. All eight parties would still pursue their own particular interests, most notably in the cases of the strong cities of Zürich and Berne.