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In Despotism, you rule with absolute power over your subjects, usually enforced by the military. This system has a tendency to minimize individual freedom and reduce the efficiency of production efforts.

Detailed effects[]

  • Despotism has the 'Despotism Penalty' which reduces all commerce, production and food output done by citizen laborers by -1 when they produce more than 2.
  • Corruption under Despotism is very high, increasing the effective "distance corruption" of your cities by 50%

Civilopedia entry[]

Despotism is, without a doubt, the simplest form of government. It is based on a simple concept: might makes right. In a despotism, the power is held unquestionably by those who hold power over the military and who therefore can enforce their decrees. Because of the oppression experienced in this type of regime, despots often find that their ability to control the population is proportional to their use of armed troops in towns and cities in which the people live. Furthermore, because it is such a centralized form of government despotism makes it difficult to effectively put down rebellions and prevent the misappropriation of funds if their empire grows too large. Despots pay a terrible price in waste and corruption in their society and with the development of more sophisticated forms of government despots often find that staging a coup is necessary for further growth.


Titles: Sir/Madame, Supreme Lord/Supreme Lady, Master, Great One

Government Propaganda Modifier Resistance Modifier
Anarchy +15% -5
Monarchy -10% +5
Communism -15% +5
Republic -20% +5
Democracy -30% +5
Civilization III Governments