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Warrior Code is a social policy in Civilization V. It is part of the Honor tree.

Introducing a Warrior Code in a society causes a profound change in the people's relationship with their military. They see the benefits of a well-disciplined army, complying with strict moral and military laws, and this increases the recruitment volunteering rate in most infantry units. At the same time, military leaders become very popular and tend to arise faster than normal. One of them even appears spontaneously as the people acclaim their new social order!

Game Info[]


Being a level 1 Policy, Warrior Code is one choice for a starting Policy. However, its benefits are immediate only if you are about to embark on a conquest right away, and intent to start building units immediately. In this case you will get a crucial boost to your unit production and be able to field a large army before anyone thinks it possible. The free Great General also comes handy in this case. Otherwise you may want to take your time and consider the other possible path through the Honor tree, and adopt Warrior Code later.

Civilopedia entry[]

The warrior code represents those military organizations in which the soldiers feel a stronger allegiance to the army and their fellow soldiers than to anything else. The soldier is willing - if not eager - to fight and die for the army. He'll follow orders without question, putting the good of the military ahead of his own personal welfare, or indeed the welfare of his nation as a whole. Such organizations can be very dangerous unless the nation's leaders keep an extremely tight grip on it. According to some historians, in pre-World War II Japan, the Imperial Army and Navy were almost entirely out of civilian control, and their militaristic actions dragged that country into the ultimately-disastrous confrontation with the United States.

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