It is my first game of Civilization 5, but I have played Civilization 3 and 4 many times. Twice I have seen my capital having a stagnation for no apparent reason. From what I read food is the only reason a city would stagnate. I have even seen a city with more feed than required being in stagnation.

At this moment I have a source of 15 food and 12 are consumed by civilians, so this makes 3 extra food. As I understand it, there is no reason there should be a stagnation, but there is. I guess there is also a happiness factor, but my happiness is well above unhappiness.

What could cause that? Could it be a bug?

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Whenever you build a Settler, all your extra food goes towards increasing the production of that unit. Due to this your city will always be stagnant when you're building a settler, and I'm willing to bet this is what is happening to you.

  • That must be it. Is it new to civ 5? I don't recall that issue in civ 4. And it would explain why a worker takes so long to build, even longer than a library which I recall was the opposite in civ4. Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 18:48
  • I can not recall whether it was in Civ 4 or not
    – Wipqozn
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 18:48
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    @Wipq In Civ 5 this only applies to Settlers. In Civ 4 it applied to both Settlers and Workers.
    – bwarner
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 18:56
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    Note that the city AI takes no notice of the fact that you are building a settler, and carries on trying to churn out food. So it's usually worthwhile to change the city focus to Prodution while the settler is being built - it may speed up the settler, and will make no difference to city growth.
    – Flyto
    Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 13:12

There is an "Avoid growth" option, which prevents city from jumping to the next growth level. Maybe you selected it without knowing

The option is on your right panel, right at bottom of Citizen Management options.

See "**Avoid growth**"

See full detail here: https://i.sstatic.net/pQ85c.jpg

Even though the city has enough food to grow it won't grow.

  • It actually does prevent growth Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 8:33
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    I am testing this after work. Since I remember it working the other way.
    – Arperum
    Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 8:59
  • When I posted this, it worked this way, my city wasn't growing and it drove me nuts until I found that check. Could be it changed since then... Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 9:41
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    I just tested it during my break, and you are right.
    – Arperum
    Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 12:10

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