Total War: Three Kingdoms – Post Emperor Play Options

The possible things you could do post game!

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After playing non-stop as soon as I got hold of the Three Kingdoms, I immediately went forth to consolidate my position (I played as Wu) and eliminate my enemies and eventually my allies unifying China under one banner. This eventuality was inevitable, but Three Kingdoms is extremely different compared to the other Total War games I’ve played over the years.

Here are the things that you could potentially role-play and do at the end of Uniting China.

  • Upgrade all cities to Imperial Cities
  • Parcel out your Empire to your children to instigate another war (this was fun because, even in easy this was hard!)
  • Create a nuclear family of divorcees!
  • Watch as your family tree of dies of from the last living heir.
  • Start the yellow turban revolution again and do another campaign (One yellow turban rebellion can easily instigate other cities to rise up)

Beyond here are some weird context on why I did all of the above. Read at your own discretion.


It is clearly obvious but it is the heroes/characters in game. They have so much to do with your growing empire, enabling you to do massive and amazing feats that your regular Total War general can never do. But once you reach the end of the game and unite China you’ll notice certain things change. You’ll eventually run out of enemies to conquer and the game will also stop giving you actual characters to recruit, this will also eventually kill your family tree. No more characters to recruit to diversify your Family Lineage, your family is kaput. One way I actually remedied this was having my emperor divorce to generate extra characters for my other family members to marry (I did not notice this after a while, but your ruler can seek a spouse when he/she is unmarried). It became a bit weird even for me when I had nephews marry their uncle’s divorced wife. Beyond the obvious immorality of this, it kinda works since it was normal anyways I figure back in the day. Anyways back to the present. Now how about when your whole family dies out. Well the game won’t leave you without anyone to rule your kingdom. An event will trigger where some good old friend (You won’t see him in the character roster) has risen up to replace you. And the cycle repeats itself.

Other things to consider is that even having the Yellow Turbans start up again and gain some foothold of your territory does not enable recruitment of generic characters. You can’t even recruit the Yellow Turban generals, which I actually wanted to in search for diversifying the family line some more beyond the court nobles you pick up from divorcing here and there. Again just to remind you, this is post united china. No more enemies to generate heroes, no more but relative stagnant peace. I was already role-playing in my mind how the Kingdom of Wu lasted only a 100 years, and how the people are now thankful for the peace. I was waiting for the Huns to arrive and Mulan to start kicking butt.


Beyond the madness of waiting for foreign invaders to arrive and plunge china into chaos again. I went ahead and role-played to get China ready for the future eventuality. I aimed to make all cities imperial cities and boost the population of Chinese Speakers in the Middle Kingdom. I switched out a lot of my cities to prioritize food production. Food is your biggest problem, because as soon as you hit the Imperial City tier, your food requirement jumps up to the roof. It was enligthening that the Yellow Turban buildings for farms actually give +1 more food than the regular Farming Estates. And had actually good progressive buildings that brought more money (One reason why I wanted to instigate another Yellow Turban Rebellion). But even the Yellow Turban farm building was not enough to supply food to transform all Cities to Imperial Cities. My reserves steadily whittled down every winter and public opinion was plummeting. One thing for sure though is that administrators and actual leaders in positions help to increase food production, along with assignments focusing on cities that produce food, against cities that consume food.

It’s easy to distinguish cities that are consumers, so those cities are low priority upgrades because of the higher food demand that it entails. This leads to higher need for public order as food distribution is more scarce and are reliant on food imports from other commanderies. One thing to note though is that ensuring public order is always high is necessary. You don’t want Yellow Turbans from rising up disrupting your food chain. Exempting cities from tax helps your public order but actually takes away the food they produce and corrects the negative offset by leeching off other cities. Having all cities as Imperial Cities require a certain combination of administrators, and council members that increase food production. They will require the skill that adds up a couple of food to the total too. Beyond that assignments that increase food production will also ensure that you have enough food to support the Imperial Cities.

End with more Romance!?

Now that your empire is prosperous and well-fed, you can now retire and watch your descendants fight it out amongst themselves and eventually force your abdication. But hey! You have a lot of money to keep a super well rounded elite retinue that can smash any of your children’s soldiers. Developing and uniting china comes with at most 50k regular income. By the time you probably finish upgrading all cities to the max. You may have 50m! That’s an m not a k. That should let you keep a couple of armies to fend of your wannabe emperors. It’s also fun plunging the empire you built up from the ground burn overnight because one of your kids stole the clay bear of their cousins. And you may never know. Those dead heroes may resurface! And maybe this time it’ll be the Romance of the Four Kingdoms.

Volodymyr Azimoff
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I love games and I live games. Video games are my passion, my hobby and my job. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices. My first official job in the game industry started back in 2005, and I'm still doing what I love to do.

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