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Decentralization is an economy civic in Civilization IV.


Decentralization is the default economy civic of the game.

Civilopedia entry[]

Decentralization describes an economy in which the central government doesn't attempt to manage every aspect of a nation's production. The government doesn't set quotas, doesn't determine exactly what the nation's farms, factories, theaters and schools will output. Each farmer determines what his or her farm will produce; each factory owner decides what to build, whether to modernize or not, and so forth.

This kind of a totally freewheeling economy may seriously increase a nation's productivity. However, it may also lead to disaster - if all of the farmers decide to produce cotton then the nation's people will be very hungry - well-dressed, perhaps, but still very hungry.

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