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The Rathaus is the unique building of the Holy Roman civilization in Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword.


Compared to the Courthouse it replaces, the Rathaus reduces the maintenance costs of the city it is built in by an additional 25 percent.

Rathauses make empire maintenance cheaper, allowing for a faster expansion rate. Building Courthouses in every city cuts city maintenance in half - Rathauses cut that number in half again. That's great for securing more resources, especially with Charlemagne's cheap Settlers, or going to battle with his war-focused traits.

One issue, however, is unlike the other Courthouse replacements, Rathauses are still as expensive as normal Courthouses. And since Charlemagne isn't an Organized leader, the cost is quite immense in low-production areas. As such, Rathauses do best in the later game, where plenty of production bonuses help build them up at a reasonable rate.

Of course, the building really shines on Modern or Future starts where it's free - Charlemagne's cheap Settlers can spam cities everywhere with them.

Civilopedia entry[]

In German towns and cities the Rathaus was a central location used primarily for town council meetings and other official business. It was also used as a large meeting space for interest groups as well as for other activities, depending on the town's policies.

Germany has several famous rathauses, including the Rathaus Schöneberg. The Rathaus Schöneberg was built in the Berlin borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg between 1911 and 1914 before Schöneberg was absorbed by Berlin. After World War II, the Rathaus Schöneberg served as the temporary seat of government for West Berlin. Upon the destruction of the Berlin wall in 1989 the Rathaus reverted once again to its original function as City Hall of Schöneberg.

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Civilization IV Buildings [edit]
Academy Airport Aqueduct (BarayB HammamW) Bank (Stock ExchangeW) Barracks (IkhandaW) Bomb Shelter Broadcast Tower Bunker Castle (CitadelW) Cathedral (Buddhist Stupa Christian Cathedral Confucian Academy Hindu Mandir Islamic Mosque Jewish Synagogue Taoist Pagoda) Coal Plant (Shale PlantW) Colosseum (Ball CourtB GardenB OdeonW) Courthouse (RathausB Sacrificial AltarW ZigguratB) Customs HouseB (FeitoriaB) Drydock Factory (Assembly PlantW) Forge (MintW) Granary (TerraceW) Grocer (ApothecaryW) Harbor (CothonW) Hospital Hydro Plant Industrial ParkB Intelligence AgencyB Jail (MausoleumW) Laboratory (Research InstituteW') LeveeB (DikeB) Library (MadrassaW) Lighthouse (Trading PostW') Market (ForumW) Military Academy Monastery Monument (ObeliskW SteleB Totem PoleB) Nuclear Plant Observatory (SalonW) Public TransportationB Recycling Center Scotland Yard Security BureauB Stable (GerW) Supermarket (MallW) Temple Theatre (HippodromeB PavilionW) University (SeowonW) Walls (DunW)
W Added in WarlordsB Added in Beyond the Sword