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Barbarism is a legal civic in Civilization IV.


Barbarism is the default legal civic of the game.

Civilopedia entry[]

Barbarism is the most primitive legal system. Under barbarism, the strong take what they want from the weak: their money, possessions, even spouses and children. Disputes are settled by combat; might is right.

There is little positive to say about barbarism, except perhaps that it cuts way back on red tape. It does not support a legal class that can complicate and obfuscate the law to ensure job security.

Civilization IV Civics [edit]
Government Despotism Hereditary Rule Police State Representation Universal Suffrage
Legal Barbarism Bureaucracy Free Speech Nationhood Vassalage
Labor Caste System Emancipation Serfdom Slavery Tribalism
Economy Decentralization Environmentalism Free Market Mercantilism State Property
Religion Free Religion Organized Religion Pacifism Paganism Theocracy