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 "The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency."
– Eugene McCarthy 

Game Info[]

Civil Service, the creation of the first true state organ (besides the army, of course), provides many benefits related with better organisation: Food Food production from Farms in tiles next to fresh water is increased, and soldiers become better organised, resulting in the creation of the Pikeman, an advanced front-line unit of the Medieval Era.

In Gods & Kings, Civil Service also allows signing of Open borders treaties.

After the Fall 2013 Patch of Brave New World, the Landsknecht is also unlocked by this tech. (Note that you also need the Mercenary Army Social Policy to get that unit).

Civilopedia entry[]

The term "civil service" is generally used to describe the parts of a government in which individuals are employed on the basis of merit rather than because of political patronage or being born into a certain class or because the person is related to the current ruler. In the United States federal government, for instance, the highest posts in the bureaucracy are appointed by the president. They are "political appointments" and will likely change with each new administration. Ranks below the highest points are filled with permanent "civil servants," who generally hold their positions from administration to administration, no matter which party wins.

One of the earliest examples of a civil service can be found in the Qin Dynasty of China (ca. 210 BC), under which employment in the bureaucracy was merit-based. Over time this system gradually was corrupted and employment in the bureaucracy once again became based upon class rather than merit. Three hundred years later the merit system was reapplied (under the Sui and Tang Dynasties), and it remained in effect for some centuries.

Historically, many civilizations have followed a similar pattern to the Chinese: over time the bureaucracy becomes increasingly corrupt and inefficient until eventually stringent reforms are enacted to improve the government's efficiency. These make things better for a while until standards begin to be relaxed in favor of family or connections, and the cycle begins all over again.