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!
- +15% Production when training Melee units.
- Free Great General appears outside the Capital.
- Great Generals are earned 50% faster.
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.
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.