- +1 Production
- +1 Housing
- +1 Citizen slot
- +1 Great General point per turn
- +25% combat experience for all melee, ranged, anti-cavalry land units and Hetairoi trained in this city
- Gain Science equal to 25% of the unit's cost when a non-civilian unit is created in this city.
- Strategic Resource Stockpiles increased by +10.
- Cannot be built if Stable has already been built in this district.
The Basilikoi Paides provides all the same benefits as a Barracks, but it also affects Hetairoi and yields Science when military units are produced. With a strong economy and a Basilikoi Paides in each of their major cities, the Macedonians can continually grow their army and discover new technologies without needing to build or develop Campuses (aside from those in the cities they capture, of course).
The basilikoi paides (roughly “royal page school”) was a long-held tradition in Macedon, but Philip II transformed it into a powerful tool to advance the needs of both king and state. Macedon’s noble sons, as well as those the king deemed worthy, were admitted to the basilikoi paides—a prestigious manner of dealing with royal hostages. Philip spared no expense in hiring the finest tutors, including renowned philosopher Aristotle, who likened the basilikoi paides to a “school for generals.”
Indeed, beyond the arts of war and administration, the young pages were taught to honor and obey the king, to protect him with their lives, and to serve Macedon’s interests above all others. This helped forge national bonds that superseded familial ties, in turn reducing chances of rebellion among the nobility. Graduates were afforded a position of prominence within the hetairoi (Companion cavalry). Alexander continued the tradition after his father’s death.