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Democracy is a social policy in Civilization V. It is part of the Freedom tree and requires Civil Society. It is removed from the game in Civilization V: Brave New World.

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In a democracy the government is controlled by the people, either directly or through elected representatives. Some city-states in ancient Greece were democracies for at least part of their existence, as Rome was before the Caesars came to power. Following the fall of the Roman Republic democracy went out of favor for several thousand years, although it did enjoy a small revival in certain Northern European states in the Middle Ages. Democracy blossomed in the eighteenth century, following the American and French Revolutions, and today it is the dominant political system in the world.

Civilization V Social Policies [edit]
Tradition AristocracyLanded EliteLegalismMonarchyOligarchy
Liberty CitizenshipCollective RuleMeritocracyRepresentationRepublic
Honor DisciplineMilitary CasteMilitary TraditionProfessional ArmyWarrior Code
Piety Free ReligionMandate of HeavenOrganized ReligionReformationReligious ToleranceTheocracy
Patronage AestheticsConsulatesCultural DiplomacyEducated EliteMerchant ConfederacyPhilanthropyScholasticism
Commerce EntrepreneurshipMercantilismMercenary ArmyMerchant NavyNaval TraditionProtectionismTrade Unions Wagon Trains
Rationalism Free ThoughtHumanismScientific RevolutionSecularismSovereignty
Aesthetics Artistic GeniusCultural CentersCultural Exchange Fine ArtsFlourishing of the Arts
Exploration Maritime InfrastructureMerchant NavyNaval TraditionNavigation SchoolTreasure Fleets
Freedom Civil SocietyConstitutionDemocracyFree SpeechUniversal Suffrage
Autocracy FascismMilitarismPolice StatePopulismTotal War
Order CommunismNationalismPlanned EconomySocialismUnited Front