Discussion in 'Civ4 - General Discussions' started by Finarfin, Mar 10, 2010.
What do these mean?
Cottage Economy and Specialist Economy. With Cottage you rely on them to provide you with income which you then use for your research etc. With Specialist you turn all the land you can into Farms and run as many Specialists as you can to take care of that for you. So you'd have a bunch of Scientists and Merchants in your cities.
So with SE would you just keep enough people working to make sure the city has enough food to continue growing?
Yeah pretty much. Sometimes people starve the city at least for a while ot make it work. For specalist economy you really need representation and caste system civics. (+3 beakers per specalist and unlimited artists, scientists and merchants).
Generally as a financial leader you would use cottages, for other leaders it depends.
I think it's a mistake to think in terms of SE/CE. I have specialist cities and cottage cities, but my economy relies on both. If you decide "I have a specialist economy, and I am not working cottages" you are missing great opportunities (aggressive cottaging can give you the equivalent of 10 or more goldmines in your cottage cities) on most maps. The same is true (great people are vital to maximizing economic productivity) if you exclude specialists to work cottages everywhere.
Yeah, CE/SE are directions to lean in -- you almost never do only one or the other. A healthy Civ economy usually has both.
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