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20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages are periods of great flourishing for an empire, periods during which everything seems to be working just perfectly as if the gods have suddenly smiled upon us.

In Civilization V, 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages are periods during which your civilization receives bonus 20xProduction5 Production, 20xGold5 Gold, and 20xCulture5 Culture for a limited number of turns. In addition, there will be no periods of Anarchy if you decide to adopt a social policy which is mutually exclusive with an existing policy.

The normal process of entering a 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age consists of generating more 20xHappiness5 Happiness over a period of many turns. The excess 20xHappiness5 Happiness (i.e. every count of 1 above the 0 point) will be added directly into a Golden Age counter every turn. Note that if your empire is 20xMalcontent5 Unhappy, your Golden Age counter will diminish per turn by that amount until you increase your 20xHappiness5 Happiness.

Once the required amount of 20xHappiness5 Happiness has been accumulated, a 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age will dawn. During this time, all land which produces at least 1 20xGold5 Gold when worked will produce 1 more, and 20xProduction5 Production and 20xCulture5 Culture generation are increased by 20% in all cities. During a 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age, your excess happiness will not count toward the next 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age; the counter will begin again at zero once the 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age ends. Every subsequent 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age will require more and more happiness to be accumulated than the 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages which preceded it. Also, the number of cities in your empire increases the 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age quota number - the more you have, the more 20xHappiness5 Happiness you'll need for the next Golden Age. The increase is not significant, though.

20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages normally last for 10 turns, but there are also gameplay effects that will increase the duration of 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages. The unique ability of the Persian civilization increases the length of 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages by 50% and provides additional military bonuses for the entire duration. All of these percentage bonuses stack and are applied all at once to the base duration of 10 turns; 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages can potentially last for 20 turns or more with the appropriate bonuses.

Certain Wonders and Social Policies can also begin a 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age. During this period, extra happiness again won't contribute to your normal counter, but in this case, after the end of the 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age, the counter resumes from the point where it was interrupted, not 0. In other words, there is always one and only one Golden Age counter, which is related to the "normal" 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age, and is not affected by "bonus" 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages. Note, however, that the "bonus" Ages still increase the amount required for the next "normal" Age.

In vanilla Civilization V, most Great People could initiate a 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age for a shorter time than the normal one. The Great Person was consumed, and what's more, every time another one was used to start a 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age, its duration would diminished even more with each successive time this was done, down to a minimum of three turns. In Gods & Kings, this ability becomes the sole purview of the Great Artist. Its 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Age lasts for 8 turns and doesn't diminish in length for successive uses, no matter how many 20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages you start with Great Artists. As in the base game, the Great Artist is consumed in the process.

20xGoldenAge5 Golden Ages are an important period of boost in your empire's most important activities - use them to gather more 20xGold5 Gold in your treasury by assigning 20xPopulation5 Citizens to work all gold-producing tiles, and to complete lengthy or important projects faster.