Governors

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Governors allow players to manage cities in their civilization in the following ways:

  • Appointing Governors with unique strengths and abilities to serve in their civilization.
  • Promoting appointed Governors to unlock new abilities and effects.
  • Assigning an appointed Governor to a specific city within their civilization.
  • Using assigned Governors special abilities to gain various unique effects in that city.
  • Using assigned Governors to increase the process of establishing a stronger Loyalty in the city.


There are 7 different Governors that may be recruited and promoted:

Appointing a Governor[edit | edit source]

Governors and their promotions are obtained by using Governor Titles. Governor Titles are unlocked throughout the game, primarily through the Civics tree, but also through building the Government Plaza district and its buildings, and building Casa de Contratación Wonder. Once a Governor is appointed, they can be assigned to a city to perform their duties. Players can only have one Governor of each type in their civilization, and only one Governor can be assigned to a city at a time.

Promoting a Governor[edit | edit source]

Players can also use Governor Titles to promote Governors that they have previously appointed. Each Governor type has a unique promotion tree. Choosing a promotion unlocks a new ability that the Governor can implement once they become established in the city they have been assigned.

Governor Effects[edit | edit source]

There are various ways Governor can affect a city in which they are assigned:

  • Gaining identity in the city toward their civilization, therby increasing the Loyalty of its Citizens.
  • Applying the Governor's special abilities in that city by becoming established there.

Becoming Established[edit | edit source]

When a Governor is first placed in a city, there is an amount of time before they come into power in that city. This time period represents the amount of time a Governor would take in order to create policies and laws, propose changes, and establish their power and influence on that city. The amount of 'transition' time is dependant upon the Governor. Once a particular Governor has established themselves in a city and then leaves, their established time there will start to decay over time. After the requisite amount of time, the Governor's special abilities come into effect. This includes their base ability, as well as any promotions they have been given. These abilities are passive, in that they are not required to be activated by the player, nor are they one-time single use effects.

Changing Governor Assignments[edit | edit source]

Sometimes during gameplay it is necessary to change the location in which your Governors are assigned. Governors can be reassigned to a different city at any time, but keep in mind that once assigned to a different city it will take time for them to become established there. If a Governor is assigned to a city that aleady contains a Governor, the existing Governor is taken out of the city and is put back into your Governor pool, ready to be assigned to a new location.

Governors can be assigned to cities within their civilization with one exception. The 'Diplomat' Governor is unique in that she can be assigned to a city-state as well as any other cities within her civilization. The 'Diplomat' cannot be assigned to a city-state the player is currently at war with.