When I play Civ V, it seems as though some religions are more likely to be founded by the computer.

For example, in Gods and Kings, it felt like Christianity was almost always the first religion founded. And in Brave New World it seems to be Catholicism.

Is this random? Is there a set "order" in which the computer picks them? Or is there a "favoured religion" based on the particular civilisation founding them? (and thus, since most civs favour Christianity, I see this most often?)

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Each civilization has a favored religion which it will try to found.

Because most of the civilizations favored Christanity in Gods & Kings, that religion was split into three "sub-religions" in Brave new world; Protestantism Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism.

So the chance of a religion being founded in a certain game depends on the civilizations you're facing.

In Gods and Kings these are the favored religions for each civilization:

  • America: Christianity
  • Arabia: Islam
  • Aztecs: Christianity
  • China: Taoism
  • Egypt: Islam
  • England: Christianity
  • France: Christianity
  • Germany: Christianity
  • Greece: Christianity
  • India: Hinduism
  • Iroquois: Christianity
  • Japan: Shinto
  • Ottomans: Islam
  • Persia: Zoroastrianism
  • Rome: Christianity
  • Russia: Christianity
  • Siam: Buddhism
  • Songhai: Islam
  • Austria: Christianity
  • Byzantium: Christianity
  • Carthage: Islam
  • Celts: Christianity
  • Ethiopia: Christianity
  • Huns: Tengriism
  • Maya: Christianity
  • Netherlands: Christianity
  • Sweden: Christianity
  • Spain: Christianity
  • Mongols: Tengriism
  • Inca: Christianity
  • Polynesia: Christianity
  • Denmark: Christianity
  • Korea: Confucianism
  • Babylon: Islam

Source: Civfanatics forums

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    Whats the source of that list? In-game experimentation? Or is it in the documentation somewhere? And do we know the Brave New World list? Oct 17, 2013 at 10:17
  • Added reference too source to the answer
    – Xenox
    Oct 17, 2013 at 11:00
  • Cool. So the preferred religion is in the XMLs? Hmm, I may try and find the Brave New World ones myself then... Oct 19, 2013 at 12:05
  • How about in brave new world?
    – Mark
    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:03

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