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Secularism (Civ5)

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Secularism is a social policy in Civilization V. It is part of the Rationalism tree.

Game Info[]


This is one of the most powerful Science Science boosters in the game, particularly for empires with lots of specialists. The interesting part is that the type of specialist doesn't matter; they all get a bonus +2 Science Science to their output (which comes alongside their regular output, so for example an Engineer specialist produces +2 Production Production and +2 Science Science, while a Scientist specialist produces a combined +5 Science Science), and this bonus gets increased further through scientific buildings in cities. So, the more Specialist-oriented your empire is, the greater and more immediate is the effect of this Policy, regardless of what Specialists are you concentrating on.

After adopting Secularism, try to assign more specialists, as long as you have no other important use for 20xPopulation5 Citizens on the field. The boost in tech development will be visible.

Civilopedia entry[]

Secularism is the belief that government should be separate from religion and religious faiths. Religions should not be taught in schools, nor should one's religion determine whether he or she can work in the government or serve in the military. Secularists don't necessarily disbelieve in a Supreme Being; they just think that mixing religion and government is ultimately bad for both institutions. The United States is largely a secular country, although traces of its early inhabitants' dominant religion can still be found on the country's money, its leaders' oaths of office, in its judicial system, and so forth, often to the dismay of the citizens who do not belong to that religion.

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