New futuristic Government for Civ Rev - Technocracy, discovered when you research...
I've always wanted a whole new futuristic type of government in a game like Civilization, over the traditional Republic, Democracy etc. And being able to establish a Technocratic society for the civilization at later stages of development would be awesome and very useful if you're trying for either an economic or a technologic victory.
What is a Technocracy?
Technocracy is a governmental or organizational system where decision makers are selected based upon how highly skilled and qualified they are, rather than how much political capital they hold. A form of government in which scientists and technical experts are in control; "technocracy is described as that society in which those who govern justify themselves by appeal to technical experts who justify themselves by appeal to scientific forms of knowledge"
The kinds of policies that a Technocracy adopts are those that are based on sound scientific or sociologic evidence rather than those based on political ideology. Think of it as evidence based politics. Where no such evidence exists, technocracies will try that policy in much smaller scales until they can determine if it would work well on a larger scale.
Essentially, they use the scientific method of only accepting what can be supported with evidence and experiementation, and apply that method to public policy.
Such a form of society puts science above religion. Religion does not meet the requirements imposed by the Scientific Method as god can't be proven scientifically. Many scientists are agnostics (god can not be proven or disproven) so it's conceivable that a society run by and largely composed of scientists would be agnositc as whole.
How this would work in Civ Rev?
The whole point of the Technocracy is that it is some advanced futuristic form of government that we haven't even discovered yet. So to be able to research Technocracy in civ, you will need to first research... The Scientific Method, Social Sciences, and some thing else futurisitc.
Advantages for adopting a technocracy?
Being such a futuristic form of government, technocracy should give some pretty signficiant boosts to a person who adopts it. And they can then balance this by giving some pretty significant disadvanatages as well, here is some examples...
Increased Science & Production in all cities - This is a society run by and largely made up of scientifsts after all. It should ramp up the tech tree and go for a technologic victory quickly
Increased defense in all combat units - scientists are far more likely to be pacifists than other segments of the population
Cities dont' turn over because of cultural influence - Scientists are pretty set in their belief in the scientific method. Once educated in science, they are not likely to abandon it and adopt a culture not based around science.
Decreased production of arts & culture.
Either an inability to declare war, or a decreased attack for all combat units or perhaps both - bc as I said, men of science are far more likely to be pacifists. You could have even the miliatry advisor dressed in a lab coat in a technocracy.
Possibly other things like Temples do nothing to help a city grow, but each city automatically gets a library. That would make sense.
If Civ Rev 2 for example includes some alien race or something that we only encounter or run into at a certain year. That alien race could be governed by a Technocratic government.
Some interesting links...
Technocrats, see societies as inefficient and wasteful, and argue that the unemployment rate is not an accurate measure of the total number of people working and the amount of work being performed. In the United States, of those of working age, only 65% participate in the economy, while European countries have an even smaller proportion. Moreover, a significant number of employees work in industries such as finance, advertising, and retail. Many of these jobs would disappear after the transition from a monetary economy to a technocracy, meaning that the "adjusted" unemployment rate (a measure excluding such pecuniary jobs) is much higher than indicated.
Urbanates: A technocratic replacement for cities
Once a technate has been established Technocracy Incorporated advocates an entirely new form of living environment called Urbanates. An Urbanate is essentially an assembly of buildings where people live and work. These places would have all the facilities needed for a community, including schools, hospitals, shopping malls, waste management and recycling facilities, sports centres, and public areas.
Technocrats plan for Urbanates to be something akin to resorts, designed to give each citizen the highest standard of living possible. Getting around in an Urbanate would be inherently easy and efficient. Every kind of major facility would be placed within walking distance of a housing complex, eliminating the need for cars. It would also greatly enhance social interaction and communal bonding.
Urbanates would be connected via a continent-wide transportation network envisioned by Technocracy, which would involve a High-speed rail network linking every Urbanate, the Continental Hydrology (a massive Canal network), and air transport. These systems would also be connected to the Technate's industrial sites for easy transport of goods to consumers, and to all recreational and vacation areas of the continent.
The reason given by Technate advocates for all this ambitious restructuring of urban life is that modern cities are often extremely poorly planned and built in a haphazard way leading to major inefficiencies, waste, and large numbers of social and environmental problems. Technocrats believe that rather than trying to solve all these problems within the framework of existing cities, it is best to start with a clean slate and construct Urbanates when needed.
Last edited by wikoogle; 06-11-2008 at 03:05 PM.