Classical Republic 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 Republican Legacy, a Wildcard policy unlocked by changing governments after adopting Classical Republic and constructing a Tier 1 government building (Ancestral Hall, Audience Chamber, or Warlord's Throne).


Classical Republic primarily focuses on the generation of GreatPerson6 Great People. As such, it is useful for civilizations with bonuses toward Great Person points, such as Brazil and Scotland.

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Cleisthenes’ Athens, Rome, Poland-Lithuania, various times in France, the United States, Texas (when it had pretentions to being a nation), Ireland and Vietnam; history is full of republics: democratic, federated, confederated, socialist, unitary, “people’s” and other sorts. In a republic, power rests with selected individuals who represent the citizenry and rule in accordance with the law as embodied in a constitution. Although one of the earlier forms of government, in the 1800s quite a few nations became republics as absolute monarchy waned (or more often was overthrown with extreme prejudice). In 2015, some 147 of the world’s 206 nations were “republics.”

Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, two of those uppity British colonists, argued that a republic with a strong constitution was the “best” form of government because it has several advantages: it best represented the “will” of the people and thus had their support and service; the freedoms enjoyed under it guaranteed that citizens could reach their “full” potential; stability in its affairs insured domestic and foreign relations were beneficial and fair; that same stability and freedom allowed for steady economic growth and the highest common welfare. Of course, most of these benefits depend to a great deal on how the representatives are “selected” and the bureaucracy that grows to support them. Thus the differences between 5th Century BC Athens and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.


  • The artwork of Classical Republic depicts the modern statues of Socrates and Plato in front of the National Academy of Athens.
Civilization VI Governments

AutocracyChiefdomClassical RepublicCommunismCorporate LibertarianismGS-OnlyDemocracyDigital DemocracyGS-OnlyFascismMerchant RepublicMonarchyOligarchySynthetic TechnocracyGS-OnlyTheocracy

GS-Only Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.

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