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Autocracy is a form of Tier 1 government in Civilization VI. It is unlocked by the Political Philosophy civic.

In Rise and Fall, this government's legacy bonus is conferred by Autocratic Legacy, a Wildcard policy unlocked by changing governments after adopting Autocracy and constructing a Tier 1 government building (Ancestral Hall, Audience Chamber, or Warlord's Throne).


Autocracy offers the most balanced selection of cards of the Tier 1 governments, making it a good generalist choice for any nation that does not have any particular strategy. Its real selling point is the boost to wonder Production Production, which immensely helps any Culture Culture-focused civilization.

When playing as Qin Shi Huang, you have no excuse not to pick this government. Combined with his leader ability, the Monument to the Gods pantheon, and the Corvée policy card, one Builder charge contributes 21% of a wonder's Production Production cost.

Civilopedia entry[]

The Greek historian Herodotus describes a debate between three would-be Persian rulers. One advocates for democracy, another for an oligarchy, but Darius counters each. In a democracy, ill-informed masses may fall under the sway of a charismatic, short-sighted leader (as they continue to do to this day), and in an oligarchy, one oligarch inevitably triumphs over the others. Rule by one person, Darius argues, is ideal, so long as that one person is the best person. "Seeing that using the best judgement he would be the guardian of the multitude without reproach," Darius argues. Further, Darius proposes - perhaps unsurprisingly - that he should be the person for the job: "whence arose the liberty which we possess, and who gave it to us? ... Having been set free by one man, [we] should preserve that form of rule." Convenient for Darius (to be fair, Herodotus is producing a piece of Greek anti-Persian propaganda here, so his account must be taken with a grain of salt).

Rule by the judgement of one means that the palace is able to muster resources – serfs or soldiers – for whatever seems important at the time to the autocrat. Some of the great wonders of civilization – the Sphinx, Great Wall, Taj Mahal, Hermitage, etc – have been the fancy of autocrats. Some of the best armies of civilization have been those of autocrats (useful for keeping an eye on their people as well as invading neighbors).


Civilization VI Governments [edit]
AutocracyCatholic Monarchy1ChiefdomClassical RepublicColonial Government1CommunismCorporate Libertarianism GS-Only.pngDemocracyDigital Democracy GS-Only.pngFascismKandake1Merchant RepublicMonarchyOligarchyPenal Settlement1Pharaoh1State Government1Synthetic Technocracy GS-Only.pngThalassocracy1Theocracy
1 Specific scenarios only

GS-Only.png Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.