Every new nation needs a birthplace.
Independence Hall in Philadelphia was actually built by the Pennsylvania colonial legislature as their State House, and so for the first two decades after its completion, it was home to part of the British administration in America. It is a practical, red brick building in a grand colonial style and has an architectural honesty and pleasing, human proportion to it that is sometimes lacking in grander Neo-Classical structures.
From 1775, the building was the home to the Second Continental Congress, the representatives of the Thirteen Colonies who approved the Declaration of Independence. The romantic view is that the "Liberty Bell" was wrung to bring citizens to hear the reading of the Declaration in July 1776. Unfortunately, for romantics, historians now believe that the steeple of Independence Hall was in too bad a state to allow the ringing of bells from the Hall. That hasn't stopped the romantics from believing the story for a minute! Independence Hall was abandoned by Congress when the British occupied Philadelphia from 1777-78. The government eventually moved to a specially created federal district (later to become Washington DC) when a mutiny by the Continental Army drove them out of Philadelphia in 1783. But for the actions of the mutineers, Philadelphia would probably still be the capital of the United States.
- Level 6
- 8 Turns to Build
- 10000 Coins
- +1 Happiness (lower classes)
- +1 Happiness (middle classes)
- +5 repression in the region
- +15% tax bonus to region tax income
- Recruitment capacity (units in training):3
- Enhances National Prestige
- Recruits basic infantry and cavalry
- Requires Presidential Palace
- Built by the Americans as their highest-level administration building in their capital region.