Sid Meier's Civilization V is a turn-based strategy game encompassing all of human history. Players attempt to take a fledgling civilization from 4000BC to modern times and lead their civilization to victory through domination, science, culture or diplomacy.

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What happens if I found a city next to a previously razed city

So I was playing a game last night where I was going for a Space Victory, toward the end of the game I went to war with Germany. After dropping the A-bomb on Hamburg and razing it to the ground I ...
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Can one remove a courthouse without suffering unhappiness?

In Civ 5 the courthouse is needed to quell unhappiness once a city has been captured. Can one ever remove the courthouse, and thus it's maintenance, without returning to a state of unrest? Is there ...
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Can I restore my wiped out religion in Civ 5 Gods and Kings?

I eliminated a computer player that had a strong religion (Buddhism). My religion was weak, whereas this other one was taking over the continent quickly. Now that I have him overrun, I want, well ...
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Nuke Tactics Civ 5

How should you use Nukes in Civ 5? In my game, it is late game, I've just built the United Nations. It's my first game so I don't know how to use a Nuke. I've built ten of them. Should I target all ...
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What's the best way to increase my rate of research?

What's the best way to increase my rate of research in Civilization 5? Is it purely a function of population and buildings, or is there something else I can do to speed it up (especially in the early ...
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In Civilization V does a workshop help build wonders?

The workshop says that it adds +20% production when constructing buildings. Are wonders considered buildings?
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How do I stockpile policies in games with 'enable policy saving' on?

Whenever I play a game with the option 'enable policy saving' turned on, I still can't figure out how to not invest in a policy as the button for 'NEXT TURN' is replaced with 'ADOPT POLICY'.
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Civ 5 - Why are Wheat and Bananas listed on the map?

When out on the map screen if you mouse over hexes, or in the strategic view you can see icons if a hex contains a resource. Wheat and Bananas show up when you do this, yet they are not ...
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In Civ5, when you have access to iron, does it make sense to build musketmen?

Technology upgrade tree looks like this: |Steel | |Gunpowder | |- Longswordman | |- Musketman | | cost 150 | | cost 120 | | str: 18 | => | str: 16 | | mov: 2 ...
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Connection to capitol without port

I have a capitol that doesn't have an exit to the sea but it is connected to another city with a harbor. My other cities are blocked by a non-friendly city state (connected via a road that passes ...
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Am I missing something with managing happiness?

I'm playing my first BNW game on a mid-level difficulty as Morocco. It's around turn 350, and I've fully completed the Piety and Patronage policy trees. I've been having a hard time managing ...
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Does the Rocket Artillery in Civ5 have to set-up prior to firing?

The civilopedia entry states that the rocket artillery does not need to set-up prior to firing. Yet it seems in my games it needs to, just as any other artillery unit. Is the civilopedia entry wrong? ...
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In Civ5, what effects does it have if another civ is “hostile” or “fearful”?

When another civilization enters the hostile mode vs. me, does it have any measurable effects, or is it just a warning for me that war may be declared soon or is it just cosmetics? Same goes for ...
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Do technologies still get cheaper as they get older/discovered by others in Civ 5?

In Civilization 5, do technologies still get cheaper as they get older/discovered by others? Or is there no difference which order you research them in? In previous Civs, I believe they got cheaper as ...
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What does it mean when one civilization “denounces” another?

What does it mean when a civilization denounces me? What effect does it have when I denounce another civilization? What kinds of actions can you take that would cause another civilization to ...
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Does anyone play Multiplayer? How much time would I need to commit?

I've been into the "Internet Games" screen several times but rarely see any games. I've been reluctant to join one because I don't know how it works. Can anyone tell me: Is the list of "internet ...
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Is there any way to see a digest of what resources civilizations / city states own?

For example, I would like to get my hand on some pearls. A simple way to do that is to trade with other civilizations or to increase my influence with some city-state; the problem is that I can never ...
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Civilization “doesn't want anything to do with me right now”?

So in Civilization V, I'm playing as Polynesia on an archipelago map. The first Civilization I come across is Greece, on an adjacent chain of islands some 20 hexes away from mine. About 10 turns after ...
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Does a unit with the “ignores terrain cost” promotion benefit from the “woodsman” promotion?

Some units, such as scouts, minutemen, or units upgraded from them, get the "ignores terrain cost" promotion which means every terrain tile costs 1 movement point (or less if it's a road). However, ...
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Can I earn AI player's votes for a diplomatic victory in Civ 5?

In Civ 4, as I recall, you could trade for another civilization's vote in the U.N., but I can't seem to find that option in Civ 5. Are the only votes I can earn those of the city states?
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Eradicate A Religion

I'm playing a game in which there is a very annoying AI player whose religion continually spreads to my cities. It's beginning to annoy me, and I want to fix it. Is there any way for me to completely ...
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What are the chances of a spy stealing your cities' information?

I understand that in the espionage tab of the game, there are stars next to the your cities and that they refer to the potential that each city has. However, I have more cities with 5-star potential ...
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What is considered “near us” when settling cities?

Sometimes another leader comes sniveling that I am settling cities too close to them. One option is to agree to "stop settling cities so close to us" or something to that effect. How do I know ...
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Does the location of Great Works matter?

You can move your great works around in the culture overview screen, but is there any benefit? Does the number of works in a city matter? Is there some kind of exponential bonus? Does it matter if it ...
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Options to take over an AI controlled city?

I had an open borders agreement with an AI controlled player, and the little weasel took advantage of it to plop down a settler right smack in-between two of my cities. Excluding a military ...
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Do workers only put in a percentage of work at the end of a turn if they used a movement point before starting?

I have found that when a worker moves into a hex and starts work having used a part of their movement points, they will start work on the end of that turn, not the next turn. This is similar to when ...
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How can I interrupt auto-end-turn?

When I turn on "Single Player Auto End Turn" in the game options I don't have to hit enter to move to the next turn. Trouble is the game can run on auto for quite a lot of turns (esp. on "marathon"). ...
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Civ V: How efficient is allocating workers on auto mode?

I would like to manage workers on my own, but as the city becomes larger, I found it really hard to manage them by myself. If I put workers on auto-mode, how efficient would they be? are there any ...
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Effect of Shortage of Resources on Buildings and Cities

I know that having a shortage of resources (such as Iron or Uranium) has an effect on units that require that resource. For example, if you have a Nuclear Submarine and -1 Uranium, that Submarine will ...
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What do city-state personalities mean?

There are 4 different personalities that I've seen for city-states: friendly, neutral, hostile, and irrational. I have never seen any use for them, though, except that influence over hostile ...
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How to create a religion in Civilization V?

Just got the Gods and Kings expansion and was playing 3 player game with friends. They both made a religion and I was over 1000 in faith and still could not work out how to create a religion or get a ...
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Is there an optimal city size to start building settlers?

When i need to build a settlers? There is a choice between stopping city growth and early expansion. My suggestion is if time to build is less than time to grow. But it's just a kind of random guess. ...
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In Civilization V, how can I find out what map type I am playing on?

When I play Civ V, I always start a game via the Mods menu. The Setup screen under mods lists a many more map types, and I set to random. However, I am not sure how random it is. Is it selecting at ...
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Do the Colosseum and Theatre need separate population for their benefits?

It is stated for both the Colosseum and the Theatre that they can only provide as much happiness as there is population. I believe they both provide +5 Happiness for a population of 5. Do they stack ...
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Can AI win in any way other than dominance?

After seeing a very disappointing lack of followthrough from the AI in my latest deity game, I'm wondering if anyone has proof that the AI is capable of any of the following Achieving a diplomatic ...
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Changing a Hotseat Human Player to AI

If I'm playing a hotseat multiplayer game with a bunch of friends, and one has to leave, is there a way to make AI take over that friend's play, in the middle of the game?
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Replaying enemy movement after ending turn

Is there a way to replay enemy movement for last turn? It often happens that enemy moves all over map and when I end my turn I just can't see where all the enemy units went - it is pretty annoying.
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Why would spending money on a tile lower my score?

I was playing Civilization 5 as the Arabian empire, and one of my warriors found some Ruins and earned me about 70 coins. My score was 14 at the time, and didn't go up due to the increased amount of ...
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Why does the military adviser stop giving me advice midway through a game?

Anytime I get about midway through a game of Civilization V, the military advisor stops giving me information about how strong most of my opponents are. That is, at the start of the game he will say ...
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How to stop the deity AI from expanding towards you in Civ5?

Anybody who has tried defeating the deity AI in a domination game is aware of the challenge they are undertaking. Personally, I have found it to be extremely frustrating, and there are times when I ...
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What is “stacked unit needs an order” referring to?

I know that in Civilization 5 there is no stacking of units. However, sometimes when a unit needs an order, the blue button in the bottom right of the screen will say "stacked unit needs order" ...
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Can I download an upcoming game and then activate it on the release date?

I want to be able to play Civilization 5 on the release date, but I know that it will be at least a 4-5 GB download, so I worry that if I buy a digital copy, the high number of users hitting the ...
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Why do my units created pre-optics not get embarkment?

I've noticed a recurring problem whenever I play Civ V. I usually send out one or two Scouts to explore and upon researching Optics, I find that these Scouts don't receive the Embarkment promotion so ...
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What is the best way to detect covered/hidden units in an enemy city?

The problem is that my invading naval force tries to defend my attacking "marines", however, sometimes an enemy destroyer pops out from no where and kills the unit. This had perplexed me on occasion ...
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Are knights vulnerable to spearman?

The description of a knight from the civilopedia: As a mounted unit it is vulnerable to Pikemen, but it can crush other opponents with ease. Is that to say that they are not vulnerable to ...
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How do I build a courthouse in a captured city?

I captured an enemy city, and my advisors informed me that the city will produce a lot of unhappiness until I build a courthouse there. However, the production in the city is 0, so no actual progress ...
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How can I activate a game bought from the Mac App Store on Steam?

If Civilization 5 was bought from the Mac App Store, would I be able to activate it on Steam, and how could I do so? It says here that CD keys for Civ 5 are accepted on Steam. Would this still work ...
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What is the maximum amount of experience a unit can receive in each age?

To put it another way, how far through the experience tree can a unit progress in each age?
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Is there a way to figure out what cities have wonders?

I'm a bit of a wonder perfectionist in Civilization, and I like to have a monopoly on them. However, sometimes another civilization sneaks one by me; in those situations, I like to conquer the city ...
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Why is my city not generating more happiness after purchasing happiness structures?

This question is not about game mechanics or tips, but rather a weird problem I am facing. Imagine I am in the game, many rounds in with happiness about +30. In one of my cities I decide to buy a ...