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Serfdom is an Economic Policy Card in Civilization VI.

Strategy[]

This Economic Policy replaces the earlier Ilkum, but unlike others which similarly replace earlier Policies, it doesn't simply update the benefit to the new era; it actually changes it! Instead of a Production Production boost, Serfdom provides 2 more Build actions for each Builder, for a total of 5 (without any additional bonuses). This allows a single Builder to almost do the work for two!

The way you use the Serfdom, however, doesn't change with respect to the earlier Policy - you should slot it, then hurry to build (or purchase) as many Builders as you need until the next change of your government structure. Note that since the Production Production/Gold Gold cost of the unit will keep going up, it will take more and more turns to build them, especially without the Production Production boost from the earlier Policy. This makes it more worthwhile to purchase Builders if you can afford it. Incidentally, this is not a bad idea, especially since you should have many new cities at this moment of the game, which will benefit greatly from some Builders popping up at the click of a button, without all the fuss of producing them in your older cities, and then transporting them to the new ones.

Civilopedia entry[]

Although forms of land bondage had been present in civilization before (such as the Roman colonate system), medieval serfdom really began with the collapse of the Carolingian Empire in the 10th century AD. In the period following, local lords needed a ready supply of agricultural labor for their manors, and the peasants needed protection against just about everybody … so the practice of serfdom spontaneously arose in various places across Europe. By the 12th and 13th centuries, serfdom had acquired a strict legal status, for serfs were not slaves and did have rights (however minimal). With the rise of powerful monarchs and central governments, serfdom became less useful, and by 1400 true serfdom was rare … except in Russia.

Civilization VI Policy Cards [edit]
Military Policy
Military
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Economic Policy
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Diplomatic Policy
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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
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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.
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