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Bureaucracy is a legal civic in Civilization IV.


Bureaucracy is a legal civic that gives +50% Hammer (Civ4).png and +50% Coin (Civ4).png in a civilization's capital city.

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Bureaucracy is a form of government in which a professional class manages the day-to-day operations of the government. They collect the taxes. They build the roads. They turn the ruler's wishes into actuality. The Chinese mandarins are an early example of a bureaucracy. The motor vehicle agency of your local government is a later example.

Bureaucracies provide a certain amount of stability and competence to a government, ensuring that the government will continue to operate efficiently even if the old ruler is thrown out and a new and totally inexperienced ruler takes his or her place. Over time, though, a bureaucracy may become "entrenched" - growing in size and inefficiency to the point where it is extremely difficult for a leader to accomplish anything - good or ill.

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