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Game InfoEdit

Requires Patronage. (BNW-only)

  • Grants 2 additional delegates in the World Congress.
  • -10% Unhappiness (Civ5) Unhappiness from 20xPopulation5 Citizens in non-occupied cities.


The Forbidden Palace Wonder is practically required for all players pursuing a diplomatic victory, giving them a priceless 2 additional delegates and practically ensuring dominance over the early stages of the World Congress. Its successful completion can be difficult to achieve, as one must both unlock the Patronage policy tree and research the Banking technology before beginning construction.

Also, the decrease in Unhappiness (Civ5) Unhappiness allows a nice boost for the size or stability of your empire. It's common to see around 50 20xPopulation5 Citizens in your empire by this point, so this wonder may give you 5 less Unhappiness (Civ5) Unhappiness, which is very significant.

Civilopedia entryEdit

A collection of imperial structures in Beijing, the Forbidden Palace stands as a testament to the Chinese architectural ingenuity and aesthetic. Ornamental gardens, terraces and fountains surround the magnificent structure, which became the capital of China in 1421. It was the residence of 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties until the last emperor abdicated in 1911.

Although the correct title for the building is the "Imperial Palace," it is more widely known as the "Forbidden" Palace because ordinary people were barred from entering its grounds. With a 50 m (160-foot) moat and walls 9 m (30 feet) tall, there was little chance that they would get inside unwanted. The Forbidden Palace is enormous, occupying 720,000 square meters (170 acres) and containing 8,706 rooms. An estimated eight to ten thousand people lived inside the palace to serve the needs of the emperor. Today, the Forbidden Palace is a major tourist attraction, and it is still used as a symbol of Chinese sovereignty.


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