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Retainers is a Military Policy Card in Civilization VI.

Strategy[]

Retainers is a good Military Policy to have if you are an expansionist bully who has serious problems with the other leaders and can't trade for additional luxury resources. Chances are you will then have enough units to station in your cities, at least when not at war. The catch is that you will need it most when at war, due to war weariness pulling down your general Amenities Amenities count, so you should separate some units to remain as garrisons and make use of Retainers while your main army is out conquering.

If you're not a militaristic civilization, you may not need this Policy at all. And chances are also that you won't go with Monarchy, which is the Tier 2 government with the most Military Policy Military slots, but with another government type - this means that there are other Policies which may be more useful than Retainers. (Conscription remains always useful, and a possible second slot may be used on a rotational basis for a building-oriented Policy.) Still, if your strategy doesn't call for anything else, and you have spare slots, you may use Retainers to boost your cities' general performance. Remember to keep units in each one, though!

Civilopedia entry[]

In the counterfeit feudalism that prevailed in the late Middle Ages, a society organized along lines of personal service being a “retainer” was the best method to obtain favor in the form of offices, land grants, gifts, and honors from those higher up the nobility chain. In return, the gentry helped fight their lord’s wars or put down rebellions. Not only did the gentry have to fight for the king themselves, but they were required to supply an agreed upon number of lesser nobles and knights as well. These personal retainers were known collectively as the “affinity” of the lord, akin to the celebrity “posses” of today … but more reliable.

Civilization VI Policy Cards [edit]
Military Policy
Military
After Action Reports R&F-Only.pngAgogeBastionsChivalryConscriptionCraftsmenDefense of the MotherlandDisciplineDrill Manuals GS-Only.pngEquestrian Orders GS-Only.pngFeudal ContractForce Modernization GS-Only.pngGrande ArméeIntegrated Space CellInternational WatersLevée en MasseLightning WarfareLimesLimitanei R&F-Only.pngLogisticsManeuverMaritime IndustriesMartial LawMilitary FirstMilitary ResearchNational IdentityNative ConquestPatriotic WarPress GangsProfessional ArmyPropagandaRaidResource Management GS-Only.pngRetainersRetinues GS-Only.pngSackSecond Strike Capability R&F-Only.pngStrategic Air ForceSurveyTheir Finest HourThird Alternative GS-Only.pngTotal WarVeterancyWars of Religion
Economic Policy
Economic
AestheticsCaravansariesCivil Prestige R&F-Only.pngCollectivizationColonizationCorvéeEcommerceEconomic UnionExpropriationFive-Year PlanFree MarketGod KingGothic ArchitectureGrand OperaHeritage TourismIlkumInsulaeLand SurveyorsLiberalismMarket EconomyMedina QuarterMeritocracyNatural PhilosophyNaval InfrastructureNew DealOnline CommunitiesPublic TransportPublic WorksRationalismReligious OrdersResource ManagementSatellite BroadcastsScriptureSerfdomSimultaneumSkyscrapersSports MediaThird AlternativeTown ChartersTrade ConfederationTriangular TradeUrban Planning
Diplomatic Policy
Diplomatic
Arsenal of DemocracyCharismatic LeaderCollective ActivismColonial OfficesColonial TaxesCommunications OfficeContainmentCryptographyDiplomatic LeagueGunboat DiplomacyInternational Space AgencyMachiavellianismMerchant ConfederationMusic Censorship GS-Only.pngNuclear EspionagePolice StatePraetorium R&F-Only.pngRajWisselbanken R&F-Only.png
Wildcard Policy
Wildcard
Aerospace Contractors GS-Only.pngAutocratic Legacy R&F-Only.pngCommunist Legacy R&F-Only.pngDefense of the Motherland GS-Only.pngDemocratic Legacy R&F-Only.pngDiplomatic Capital GS-Only.pngFascist Legacy R&F-Only.pngFrescoesGlobal Coalition GS-Only.pngHallyu GS-Only.pngInspirationIntegrated Attack Logistics GS-Only.pngInventionLaissez-FaireLiterary TraditionMartial Law GS-Only.pngMercantile Legacy R&F-Only.pngMilitary OrganizationMonarchic Legacy R&F-Only.pngNavigationNobel PrizeNon-State Actors GS-Only.pngOligarchic Legacy R&F-Only.pngRabblerousing GS-Only.pngRepublican Legacy R&F-Only.pngRevelationScience Foundations GS-Only.pngSpace Tourism GS-Only.pngStrategosSymphoniesTheir Finest Hour GS-Only.pngTheocratic Legacy R&F-Only.pngTraveling Merchants
Dark Age Policy
Dark R&F-Only.png
Automated Workforce GS-Only.pngCollectivism R&F-Only.pngCyber Warfare GS-Only.pngDecentralization1Despotic Paternalism1Disinformation Campaign GS-Only.pngElite Forces R&F-Only.pngFlower Power GS-Only.pngInquisition R&F-Only.pngIsolationism R&F-Only.pngLetters of Marque R&F-Only.pngMonasticism R&F-Only.pngRobber Barons R&F-Only.pngRogue State R&F-Only.pngSamoderzhaviye1Soft Targets1Twilight Valor R&F-Only.png
Golden Age Policy
Golden1
Culture Industry1Exodus of the Evangelists1Free Inquiry1Heartbeat of Steam1Mandala State1Military-Industrial Complex1Monumentality1Popular Front1Praetorian Guard1Reform the Coinage1Sakdina1Sky and Stars1Solidarity1To Arms!1Wish You Were Here1
1 Dramatic Ages mode only

R&F-Only.png Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only.png Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.

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