Secularism (Civ5)

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Secularism is a social policy in Civilization V. It is part of the Rationalism tree.

The clear separation of religion and state is the basis of all rational thinking. After all, who can consider developing empirical evidence-based research when all his superiors continue to believe blindly in whatever the Church tells them to believe? And so, Secularism enables all specialists in your cities to aid scientific progress through developing critical thinking.

Game InfoEdit

Strategy Edit

This is one of the most powerful 20xScience5 Science boosters in the game, particularly for empires with lots of specialists. The interesting part is that the type of specialist doesn't matter; they all get a bonus +2 20xScience5 Science to their output (which comes alongside their regular output, so for example an Engineer specialist produces +2 20xProduction5 Production and +2 20xScience5 Science, while a Scientist specialist produces a combined +5 20xScience5 Science), and this bonus gets increased further through scientific buildings in cities. So, the more Specialist-oriented your empire is, the greater and more immediate is the effect of this Policy, regardless of what Specialists are you concentrating on.

After adopting Secularism, try to assign more specialists, as long as you have no other important use for 20xPopulation5 Citizens on the field. The boost in tech development will be visible.

Historical InfoEdit

Secularism is the belief that government should be separate from religion and religious faiths. Religions should not be taught in schools, nor should one's religion determine whether he or she can work in the government or serve in the military. Secularists don't necessarily disbelieve in a Supreme Being; they just think that mixing religion and government is ultimately bad for both institutions. The United States is largely a secular country, although traces of its early inhabitants' dominant religion can still be found on the country's money, its leaders' oaths of office, in its judicial system, and so forth, often to the dismay of the citizens who do not belong to that religion.