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Oligarchy is a social policy in Civilization V. It is part of the Tradition tree.

The formation of an Oligarchy is the beginning of feudalism, when a particular group of people native to this part of the country take the power and hold it by any means necessary. This benefits greatly local defense, since this group undertakes the obligation to pay any units from the central army stationed there, and is interested in helping it out by any means necessary. After all, they defend their interests!

Game Info[]

  • Garrisoned units cost no maintenance.
  • Cities with a garrison gain +100% (+50% in GodsKings5 clear.png and BNW-only.png) Ranged strength Ranged Combat Strength.

Strategy[]

Adopting Oligarchy is necessary to progress further down the tree, so it is generally a no-brainer. To make best use of it, keep a unit stationed in each city - this will offset its maintenance cost, freeing up Gold Gold for other, more important purposes. And, of course, it greatly increases the defensive power of a city, which is extremely useful for defense-oriented empires in all stages of the game.

Civilopedia entry[]

Oligarchy is a form of government in which a small segment of society has all of the power. Power might be held by a specific family or tribe, or people of a certain religion or from a special caste. Some city-states in ancient Greece were oligarchies, where all power was in the hands of a few elite families. Apartheid South Africa would be a modern oligarchy, the white minority holding all of the power. Pre-9-11 Iraq too was an oligarchy, with power concentrated in the hands of members of Saddam Hussein's family and tribe.

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

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