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The Romance of the Three Kingdoms 9 Endings FAQ, ver. 1.03
by Douglas Lee (douglaswlee-at-netscape-dot-net) -- 27 May 2004

There is a total of 9 endings for RTK9, depending largely on whom you
nominate as the members of your cabinet (prime minister, war minister,
foreign minister, and heir). There are two categories of endings,
depending on your chosen policy of either military expansion or domestic
development--each ending having a "good" and a "bad" results. Most
people seem to want the requirements for the best endings, so I'll list
them here; failures to get the best endings are usually the result of
not meeting a requirement to advance to the next screen.

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Version history
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v1.03 - Spelling fix: for Failures due to Heir, I meant to say "15 or
        MORE" and "5 or MORE" (not "less").
v1.02 - For best domestic ending, I added Cheng Du as the fifth city to
        be included with Xiang Yang, Chang An, Luo Yang, and Mo Ling's
        4,000+ support.
v1.01 - Some clean-up of text organization.
v1.0  - Original draft

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Thanks to sanguogame.net for original Chinese text version.

Onward!

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There are 9 Endings:

Ending 1: Best Expansionist Ending, 300 Year Dynasty of Dominance
Ending 2: Economic Powerhouse Ending
Ending 3: Best Domestic Ending, 300 Years of a Thriving Culture
Ending 4: City-States
Ending 5: Dynasty Pushed to the South by the Xianbei
Ending 7: Normal Country, 200 Year Dynasty
Ending 8: Country Splits Up Again
Ending 9: Country Destroyed

I will refer to these ending numbers below.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CABINET:

PRIME MINISTER:
--EXPANSIONIST POLICY SPECIFICS: have all Navy tactics and trained to
  maximum experience
--DOMESTIC POLICY SPECIFICS: high Leadership, have all Protect tactics,
  compatible with the liege
--FOR EITHER POLICY: high Politics, compatible with the heir

WAR MINISTER
--EXPANSIONIST POLICY SPECIFICS: high Leadership, have all Navy tactics and
  trained to maximum experience
--DOMESTIC POLICY SPECIFICS: high Leadership, have all Protect tactics
--FOR EITHER POLICY: n/a

FOREIGN MINISTER:
--EXPANSIONIST POLICY SPECIFICS: high Leadership, high War, have all Navy
  tactics and trained to maximum experience
--DOMESTIC POLICY SPECIFICS: high Leadership, have all Protect tactics
--FOR EITHER POLICY: n/a

HEIR
--EXPANSIONIST POLICY SPECIFICS: n/a
--DOMESTIC POLICY SPECIFICS: n/a
--FOR EITHER POLICY: high Politics, highly compatible with liege (perhaps
  even a family relation)

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SCREENS FOR THE EXPANSIONIST POLICY
1. Defend against the Xianbei:
	-If successful, advance to 2 (Silk Road);
	-If fail due to heir (see Failures Due to Heir), your country may
        survive but pushed to the south (Ending 5);
		-If failing THAT, your country is destroyed (Ending 9)
2. Establish a trade route on the Silk Road:
	-If successful, advance to 3 (South China);
	-If fail due to heir (see Failures Due to Heir), your country may
	survive as a normal country (Ending 7);
		-If failing THAT, your country splits up (Ending 8).
3. Open up South China Sea:
	-If successful, advance to 4 (Roman Empire);
	-If fail due to heir (see Failures Due to Heir), your country may
	become an economic powerhouse (Ending 2);
		-If failing THAT, your country splits up (Ending 8).
4. Campaign against the Roman Empire:
	-If successful, your country flourishes for 300 years (Ending 1);
	-If fail, your country may become an economic powerhouse (Ending 2).

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SCREENS FOR THE DOMESTIC POLICY
1. Harmonious mosaic of various cultures:
	-If successful, advance to 2 (Legal Institutions);
	-If fail due to heir (see Failures Due to Heir), your country may
	survive as a normal country (Ending ) (Ending 7);
		-If failing THAT, your country is destroyed (Ending 9).
2. Establish legal institutions:
	-If successful, advance to 3 (Xianbei Invasion)
	-If fail due to heir (see Failures Due to Heir), your country may
	survive as a normal country (Ending 7);
		-If failing THAT, your country splits up (Ending 8).
3. Defend against Xianbei Invasion:
	-If successful, advance to 4 (Thriving Culture)
	-If fail due to heir (see Failures Due to Heir), your country may
	survive but pushed to the south (Ending 5);
		-If failing THAT, your country is destroyed (Ending 9).
4. Support a thriving culture:
	-If successful, your country becomes a model of culture (Ending 3);
	-If fail, your country becomes a collection of city-states (Ending 4).

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REQUIREMENTS FOR BEST EXPANSIONIST POLICY ENDING:
1. Succesful defence against the Xianbei invasion (require all below):
	A. Five or more subordinate officers
	B. Total standing soldiers + wounded soldiers = 300,000+
	C. War Minister and Foreign Minister total Leadership stats = 150+
2. Establish a trade route on the Silk Road (require all below):
	A. The total popular support in An Ding, Tian Shui, Wu Wei, and Xi Ping
	   = 2,000+
	B. Your Foreign Minister's War stat = 90+
3. Open up South China Sea (require A + B, or A + C)
	A. The farm development total of Wu, Hui Ji, Jiao Zhi, Yun Nan, and
	   Mo Ling's = 2,500+
	B. Prime Minister, War Minister, and Foreign Minister's Navy
	   experience total = 1,200+
	C. You have destroyed the Shanyue and Nanman tribes
4. Campaign against the Da Qin a.k.a. Roman Empire (require ALL below; if
   both req's NOT met, you get the economic powerhouse ending instead)
	A. You have destroyed all the tribes.
	B. Prime Minister, War Minister, and Foreign Minister have at least
	   60 tactics among themselves (uncertain: zymbolic from GameFAQs.com
           suggests that his 3 ministers have ~17 tactics each (3x17=51). I
	   would further suggest that at least ONE of your ministers has the
           Elephants tactic.

Failing to meet the requirements for a step stops you from progressing to the
next screen of the expansionist policy ending.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR BEST DOMESTIC POLICY ENDING:
1. Successful assimilation of various cultures (require all below):
	A. Five or more subordinate officers
	B. The walls of Bei Ping, Xiang Ping, Tian Shui, Hui Ji, and Yun Nan
	   = 1,500+
	C. Prime Minister, War Minister, and Foreign Minister's Protect
	   experience total = 600+
2. Install a legal system (require all below):
	A. Faction repute = 950+
	B. The difference in compatibility between the Liege and Prime Minister
	   is 15 or less
3. Defend against Xianbei invasion (require A + B + C, or A + B + D):
	A. Total gold of your country = 300,000+
	B. Total food of your country = 750,000+
	C. Prime Minister, War Minister, and Foreign Minister's Leadership total
         = 240+
	D. You have destroyed both the Wuwan and the Qiang tribes
4. Thriving culture (require all below; if both req's not met, then you get the
   city-states ending instead):
	A. The total popular support in Luo Yang, Xiang Yang, Chang An, Cheng Du
           and Mo Ling = 4,000+
	B. You have at least 15 items in your possession.


Failing to meet the requirements for a step stops you from progressing to the
next screen of the domestic policy ending.

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FAILURES DUE TO THE HEIR (require A + B, or A + C)
	A. Your Prime Minister's Politics = 80+
	B. Your Heir's Politics = 71+; the difference in compatibility between
	   the Prime Minister and the Heir is 15 or more.
	C. Your Heir is a family relative of your Liege and the difference in
	   compatibility between the Prime Minister and the Heir is 5 or more.

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Douglas Lee
27 May 2004