Civil Service - 800 Beaker
Civil Service (Civ4)

A technology introduced in Vanilla
Required techs Mathematics & (Code of Laws or Feudalism)
Leads to Nationalism (with Philosophy or Divine Right)
Units enabled Maceman
Buildings enabled None
Era Medieval

"The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy."
-Oscar Wilde


Civil Service enables the Bureaucracy civic and, with Machinery, allows you to build Macemen. Furthermore, it enables your Workers to spread irrigation beyond riverside tiles.

Civilopedia EntryEdit

Civil Service is the technology of bureaucracy - organizing and running a government. A successful civil service requires standard procedures, division of responsibility, hierarchy, and advancement through merit. Clearly record-keeping is crucial to the successful management of a government, as well. While some early cultures kept records on clay or wax or stone tablets, the advent of paper was a boon to the advance of bureaucracy and a civil service.

One of the oldest known civil services is found in China, during the Tang dynasty (600-900 AD). This was created largely in response to the Confucian demands for honest government. Among other innovations, the Tang civil servants were hired based upon the results of a written examination, rather than through the more common methods of bribery and patronage, and thus had fewer ties to the wealthy and powerful nobility.

The English followed the Chinese civil service model when they created a bureaucracy to manage their growing colonies. Though successful, the practice did not spread to Europe until the mid-18th century.