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Total War is a Military Policy Card in Civilization VI. In the February 2019 Update, it was updated to provide bonus yields from coastal raids and plundering Trade Route Trade Routes.

Strategy[]

Total War is a helpful policy to adopt when playing as a domination-focused leader. Being at war with opponents prevents you from sending Trade Route Trade Routes to their cities and gives them the opportunity to plunder any Trade Route Trade Routes that pass by their units, but increased rewards for pillaging District Districts and tile improvements and plundering your opponents' Trade Route Trade Routes (which you'll have lots of opportunities to do as you send your military into foreign lands) will help keep your economy in order even when you're fighting wars on multiple fronts.

Note that since the April 2019 Update went live, you'll only receive additional Gold Gold or Faith Faith from pillaging and plundering unless you're playing as Harald Hardrada, whose leader ability allows him to gain Science Science and Culture Culture in addition to the standard rewards for pillaging and coastal raids.

Civilopedia entry[]

Ancient warfare was generally “total war,” until morality set in and rules evolved. Total war is defined as the mobilization of an entire civilization’s might and the application of that might against an entire enemy civilization – targeting not just its military, but the civilian populace and infrastructure, industrial and agricultural resources, and its will to carry on the fight. For centuries, professional armies and navies conducted “limited” warfare in colorful conflicts (and that’s not just those pretty uniforms), and chivalry and honor marked (supposedly) the battlefield. But with industrialization, the American Civil War and the even more entertaining First World War, utilizing every means to destroy one’s enemy became the preferred strategy. The Second World War was the quintessential total war (thus far).

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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