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Each Civilization game features playable historic nations known as civilizations (or "civs" for short). The number of playable civs differs with each game.

List of civilizations by gameEdit

Civilizations by game appearanceEdit

Civilizations that appear in all Civilization games:

Civilizations that appear in at least 4 of the official Civilization games:

  • Carthaginian (Did not appear in Civ1)
  • Celtic (Did not appear in Civ1)
  • Japanese (Did not appear in Civ 1)
  • Persian (Did not appear in Civ1)
  • Spanish (Did not appear in Civ1)
  • Viking (Did not appear in Civ1; Known as Scandinavian in Civ3: Play the World; Known as Danish in Civ5)

Civilizations that appear in at least 3 of the official Civilization games:

  • Arabian (Appeared in Civ3, Civ4, Civ5)
  • Byzantine (Appeared in Civ3, Civ4, Civ5)
  • Dutch (Appeared in Civ3, Civ4, Civ5)
  • Incan (Appeared in Civ3, Civ4, Civ5)
  • Korean (Appeared in Civ3, Civ4, Civ5)
  • Mayan (Appeared in Civ3, Civ4, Civ5)
  • Ottoman (Appeared in Civ3, Civ4, Civ5)
  • Portuguese (Appeared in Civ3, Civ4, Civ5)

Civilizations that appear in at least 2 of the Civilization games:

Civilizations that appear once in the Civilization games:

Games not in the official seriesEdit


Standard list of 15:

  • American
  • Babylonian
  • British
  • Chinese
  • Egyptian
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Japanese
  • Mongol
  • Persian
  • Phoenician
  • Roman
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Viking


Colonization (1994)Edit

  • British
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Spanish


Early versions have just the same as Col1, but recent versions have an option of adding:

  • Danish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swedish

(Contributors may find that an easy introduction, ensuring nothing is missed, is to make a list for civs 2, 3, and 4 modeled on how List of civilizations in Civ1 is intended to be (or more complex - or purely alphabetic), with the same "civilizations" and "lists" categories and the appropriate civ category. For names, see Forum:Nations - articles‎.)

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