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Tradition is a social policy tree in Civilization V. It is always available at the start of the Ancient Era, and aims to provide growth and Capital5 Capital-centric bonuses, especially for tall strategies and cities with an individually high population-count.

Game InfoEdit

Tradition is best for small empires.

Adopting Tradition greatly increases the rate of border expansion (25%) in cities (by diminishing the accumulated 20xCulture5 Culture needed for successive new tiles) and also grants +3 20xCulture5 Culture in the Capital5 Capital. Unlocks building the Hanging Gardens wonder.

Adopting all Policies in the Tradition tree will grant +15% 20xFood5 Growth in all cities and a free Aqueduct in your first four cities. It also allows the purchase of Great Engineers with 20xfaith5 Faith starting in Industrial Era.

Policy Effect Requirement
Aristocracy (Civ5) Aristocracy +15% 20xProduction5 Production when building Wonders (any Era) and +1 20xHappiness5 Happiness for every 10 20xPopulation5 Citizens in a City. Adopting Tradition
Oligarchy (Civ5) Oligarchy Garrisoned units cost no maintenance and cities with a garrison gain +50% Ranged Combat Strength. Adopting Tradition
Legalism (Civ5) Legalism Provides a free culture building in your first 4 cities. Oligarchy
Monarchy (Civ5) Monarchy +1 20xGold5 Gold and -1 Unhappiness (Civ5) Unhappiness for every 2 20xPopulation5 Citizens in the Capital5 Capital. Legalism
Landed elite (Civ5) Landed Elite +10% 20xFood5 Growth and +2 20xFood5 Food in the Capital5 Capital only. Legalism


Main article: Social strategy (Civ5)#Tradition

If the Capital5 Capital is in a good spot and expansion is not necessary, this tree will likely be a good one to pick. A number of these policies benefit that city, excepting Oligarchy and Legalism (and depending on where you decide to build your Wonders). This tree favours scientific civs as its bonuses are food and population oriented, and Oligarchy only affects garrisoned (and so defensively positioned) units.

Civilopedia entryEdit

Tradition is the policy of honoring the decisions made by one's ancestors and all earlier rulers of the state. New policies are viewed with deep suspicion and distrust. Even in allegedly forward-thinking countries like the United States, tradition can be quite powerful indeed, as may be seen in the tension between those who favor strict adherence to the original literal meaning of the US Constitution, and those who believe that the Constitution must be more broadly interpreted in light of the changing nature of the United States and the world. The former group would be considered to be more traditionalist than the latter.

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