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In Civ 5, do special buildings (ones that can generate Great People) need citizens to produce their benefits other than Great Person Points?

For example:

The Bank building gives +25% Gold and 1 Merchant Specialist Slot. If you do not put a citizen in the Merchant Specialist Slot, do you still get the 25% Gold bonus?

Note: Running Gods & Kings Expansion.

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The building will still have its normal effect without assigning people to it. In this case, a bank with no merchant will still add +25% gold.

Specialist slots just give you the option of creating a specialist in that building. They won't directly affect how effective the building is but they do produce resources and, more importantly, great person points.

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