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An era is a period of time in Civilization V and its expansions. Civilizations can progress to a new era either by researching all technologies from the current era, or by researching one technology from the next era.

In Civilization V: Brave New World, the World Congress progresses through the eras as well, advancing when at least half the civilizations in play reach a new era or one civilization reaches the era beyond it.

The eras in vanilla Civilization V are as follows:

  • The Ancient Era is the first time period of the game (roughly 4000 BCE until 500 BCE in real life).
  • The Classical Era is the second time period of the game (roughly 499 BCE until 799 AD).
  • The Medieval Era is the third time period of the game (years 800-1399).
  • The Renaissance Era is the fourth time period of the game (1400-1799).
  • The Industrial Era is the fifth time period of the game. In this era, the appearance of Workers, Caravans, Cargo Ships, and roads changes (1800-1899).
  • The Modern Era is the sixth time period of the game (1900-1949).
  • The Future Era is the seventh and final time period of the game.

In Civilization V: Gods & Kings, the Future Era is removed and replaced by two new eras:

  • The Atomic Era is the seventh time period of the game (1950-1990).
  • The Information Era is the eighth and final time period of the game (1991-present).
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