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The Modern Era in Civilization V appears to be based on the early 20th century, particularly the period between the 1910s and the 1940s. It is the sixth era of the game.


"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic."
– Joseph Stalin

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
– Ronald Reagan

Game Info[]

With the discovery of Flight and the introduction of air combat, warfare fundamentally changes in the Modern Era. Thanks to it, and new developments in transportation technology, war tactics and even strategy are forced to adapt to much more mobile forces on the battlefield. Actually, the whole world now becomes a battlefield, instead of just some regions of it.

Further technical development modernizes sea vessels to their most modern versions, conferring them more speed, range, and firepower, and even introducing another game-changer: the Submarine. Sea battles now turn much more tactical than simple exchange of volleys.

Finally, Tourism Tourism gains momentum with the invention of the first building that boosts this stat: the Hotel. A cultural offense now becomes possible, and combines with newly minted Public Opinion to create a host of problems for some nations. How you deal with them will be interesting.



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Other Properties[]

When starting a game in the Modern Era, you receive three Settlers, two Workers, five Infantry, 500 Culture Culture, and 200 Gold Gold. Venice gets two Merchants of Venice instead of the two extra Settlers. When a city is founded it begins with 3 20xPopulation5.png Population and contains a Granary, Monument, Market, Workshop, Amphitheater, Barracks, Colosseum, Library, and (if on the coast) Lighthouse.

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