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Unrest indicates a city's tendency to produce Rebels, citizens who generate no Icon Food.pngFood, Icon Production.png Production, or Icon Gold.png Taxes (like all citizens, they consume Icon Food.png1, and Rebels still generate Icon Mana.png Mana for races that do so. See Citizens for more details). Unless you maintain a tax rate of 0 and have only cities of friendly races, eventually unrest will be a problem your empire will need to deal with.

Sources of Unrest Edit

There are two types of Unrest generation: percentage-based and flat. To determine total Unrest, add up all unrest percentiles, multiply by population, drop all fractions, and then add all flat modifiers. For example, in a Halfling Town with population 9, a Tax Rate of Icon Gold.png 2, a Barbarian capital city, and Dark Rituals in effect, total unrest would be (0.45 + 0.1)*9 +1, or 5. There are three sources of Unrest: Taxes, Racial Unrest, and Spells.

Unrest from Taxes Edit

The one universal cause of Unrest is Taxes: apparently even in Arcanus, people don't like to pay taxes. Unrest from taxes is a percentile, as follows:

Unrest from Taxes
Tax Rate Icon Gold.png 0 Icon Gold.png ½ Icon Gold.png 1 Icon Gold.png  Icon Gold.png 2 Icon Gold.png  Icon Gold.png 3
Unrest 0% 10% 20% 30% 45% 60% 75%

Racial UnrestEdit

The town containing the Fortress has an important effect on all other towns in the same empire (including itself) - depending entirely on which Race populates this Fortress town and the other towns.

Relations between the various races is sometimes strained and uncomfortable. When an empire includes towns belonging to two or more races, race-relations can become an important factor in the efficiency of the entire empire. No race likes to be conquered or ordered around by another race, and especially if the dominating race is their mortal enemy.

For example, if the Fortress town belongs to the Klackon race, Unrest in each town in the same empire that is not populated by Klackons will increase by exactly 20% - i.e. turning 20% of the town's citizens into unproductive Rebels who only drain your resources. This is because every race hates the Klackons equally (relations are -20% between the Klackons and all other races), and no one seem to like being part of an empire that is controlled by these insectoids. On the other hand, while the Fortress is in a Klackon town, all Klackon towns in the empire receive an Unrest reduction of 20% - meaning they will have 20% fewer Rebels per citizen than normal (allowing for a higher Tax Rate without negative repercussions).

The Klackons are only the simplest example of this. Race relations are much more complex, with some races reacting more strongly to specific other races. For example, High Elves do not mind being part of an empire run by Halflings (i.e. they get +0% Unrest), but will vehemently oppose being part of an empire run by Dark Elves (+40% Unrest).

Note that relations are completely symmetrical. In the example above, High Elves will resent living under occupation by Dark Elves, but the same is true in reverse: a Dark Elf town in an empire run by High Elves will receive the same +40% Unrest penalty.

Unrest Table Edit

The chart below illustrates the various race relations, as of patch 1.2 to 1.31. The numbers indicate the change in a town's Unrest as a percentage of the town's total population. For example, a value of "+10%" means that 10% of a town's citizens will turn into Rebels - on top of whatever unrest is caused by the current Tax Rate.

Capital Race BA BE DE DR DW GN HF HE HM KL LZ NO OC TR
Barbarians -- +10% +10% +10% +10% +10% +10% +10% +10% +20% +10% -- -- +10%
Beastmen +10% -- +20% +20% +20% -- +10% +20% +10% +20% +10% +10% +10% +20%
Dark Elves +10% +20% -- +20% +30% +20% +20% +40% +20% +20% +20% +20% +20% +30%
Draconians +10% +20% +20% -- +20% +10% +10% +10% +10% +20% +10% +10% +10% +20%
Dwarves +10% +20% +30% +20% -- +10% -- +30% -- +20% +10% -- +30% +40%
Gnolls +10% -- +20% +10% +10% -- -- +10% +10% +20% +10% +10% -- --
Halflings +10% +10% +20% +10% -- -- -- -- -- +20% -- -- -- --
High Elves +10% +20% +40% +10% +30% +10% -- -- -- +20% +10% -- +20% +30%
High Men +10% +10% +20% +10% -- +10% -- -- -- +20% +10% -- -- +10%
Klackons +20% +20% +20% +20% +20% +20% +20% +20% +20% -20% +20% +20% +20% +20%
Lizardmen +10% +10% +20% +10% +10% +10% -- +10% +10% +20% -- +10% +10% +10%
Nomads -- +10% +20% +10% -- +10% -- -- -- +20% +10% -- -- +10%
Orcs -- +10% +20% +10% +30% -- -- +20% -- +20% +10% -- -- --
Trolls +10% +20% +30% +20% +40% -- -- +30% +10% +20% +10% +10% -- --

Sorted Unrest Table Edit

Next table shows racial relations for each capital race as sorted list, going from most loyal to most rebellious. Racial relation unrest is indicated by background colour. Races with equal relations are additionally sorted by pacification effect of their religious buildings (shown below each race) and then by their economical power.

Unrest produced by racial relations:
-20% 0% +10% +20% +30% +40%


Capital Race Sorted Racial Loyalty
Barbarians NO
(7)
OC
(7)
BA
(3)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
HM
(7)
DE
(6)
TR
(5)
HF
(4)
HE
(3)
DW
(2)
LZ
(2)
GN
(2)
KL
(1)
Gnolls BE
(7)
OC
(7)
TR
(5)
HF
(4)
GN
(2)
DR
(7)
NO
(7)
HM
(7)
HE
(3)
BA
(3)
DW
(2)
LZ
(2)
DE
(6)
KL
(1)
Halflings NO
(7)
HM
(7)
OC
(7)
TR
(5)
HF
(4)
HE
(3)
DW
(2)
GN
(2)
LZ
(2)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
BA
(3)
DE
(6)
KL
(1)
High Elves NO
(7)
HM
(7)
HF
(4)
HE
(3)
DR
(7)
BA
(3)
GN
(2)
LZ
(2)
BE
(7)
OC
(7)
KL
(1)
TR
(5)
DW
(2)
DE
(6)
High Men NO
(7)
HM
(7)
OC
(7)
HF
(4)
HE
(3)
DW
(2)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
TR
(5)
BA
(3)
GN
(2)
LZ
(2)
DE
(6)
KL
(1)
Klackons KL
(1)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
NO
(7)
HM
(7)
OC
(7)
DE
(6)
TR
(5)
HF
(4)
HE
(3)
BA
(3)
DW
(2)
GN
(2)
LZ
(2)
Lizardmen HF
(4)
LZ
(2)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
NO
(7)
HM
(7)
OC
(7)
TR
(5)
HE
(3)
BA
(3)
DW
(2)
GN
(2)
DE
(6)
KL
(1)
Nomads NO
(7)
HM
(7)
OC
(7)
HF
(4)
HE
(3)
BA
(3)
DW
(2)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
TR
(5)
GN
(2)
LZ
(2)
DE
(6)
KL
(1)
Orcs NO
(7)
HM
(7)
OC
(7)
TR
(5)
HF
(4)
BA
(3)
GN
(2)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
LZ
(2)
DE
(6)
HE
(3)
KL
(1)
DW
(2)
Beastmen BE
(7)
GN
(2)
NO
(7)
HM
(7)
OC
(7)
HF
(4)
BA
(3)
LZ
(2)
DR
(7)
DE
(6)
TR
(5)
HE
(3)
DW
(2)
KL
(1)
Dark Elves DE
(6)
BA
(3)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
NO
(7)
HM
(7)
OC
(7)
HF
(4)
GN
(2)
LZ
(2)
KL
(1)
TR
(5)
DW
(2)
HE
(3)
Draconians DR
(7)
NO
(7)
HM
(7)
OC
(7)
HF
(4)
HE
(3)
BA
(3)
GN
(2)
LZ
(2)
DE
(6)
BE
(7)
TR
(5)
DW
(2)
KL
(1)
Dwarves NO
(7)
HM
(7)
HF
(4)
DW
(2)
BA
(3)
GN
(2)
LZ
(2)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
KL
(1)
DE
(6)
HE
(3)
OC
(7)
TR
(5)
Trolls OC
(7)
TR
(5)
HF
(4)
GN
(2)
NO
(7)
HM
(7)
BA
(3)
LZ
(2)
DR
(7)
BE
(7)
KL
(1)
DE
(6)
HE
(3)
DW
(2)

Unrest from Spells Edit

While the majority of Unrest comes from the above factors, there are also a few spells that can increase Unrest:

Spell Casting
Cost
Upkeep
Cost
Effects
Icon Death.png Dark Rituals Icon Mana.png 30 -- +1
Icon Death.png Cursed Lands Icon Mana.png 150 Icon Mana.png 2 +1
Icon Death.png Pestilence Icon Mana.png 350 Icon Mana.png 5 +2
Icon Death.png Famine Icon Mana.png 200 Icon Mana.png 5 +25%
Icon Death.png Evil Presence Icon Mana.png 100 Icon Mana.png 4 Negates pacifying effects of the city's religious institutions (if owner of the city has no Icon Death.pngDeath spell books).
Icon Chaos.png Great Wasting Icon Mana.png 1,000 Icon Mana.png 20 +1*, and due to a bug it negates pacifying effects of all buildings in all enemy cities.
Icon Chaos.png Armageddon Icon Mana.png 1,250 Icon Mana.png 40 +2*, and due to a bug it negates pacifying effects of all buildings in all enemy cities.

* not cumulative with each other (also due to the bug).

Note. See below for buildings definition.

Suppression of UnrestEdit

Just as there are effects that increase Unrest, there are also effects that reduce it. There are three methods of reducing unrest:

Garrison Forces Edit

The simplest way of dealing with Rebels is a tried and true method, used by rulers everywhere and everywhen: oppressive police forces. For every 2 Normal Units located in a city, Unrest is reduced by 1. Sadly for the wizard who prefers to do everything with magic, most Fantastic Units are ineffective at this task, though apparently being Chaos Channeled or Undead does not interfere with police work. As you cannot put more than 9 units in a Town, the maximum bonus from a garrison is -4 Unrest.

Religion Edit

The next most common method is religion. There are six buildings that can reduce unrest: four religious institutions (as they are defined per game manual), each one reducing unrest by -1, the Animist's Guild and the Oracle in addition. Effect of institutions is increased by 50% (-1.5 unrest each) when wizard has Icon Life.pngDivine Power or Icon Death.pngInfernal Power retort. Retort bonus is rounded down, so it has impact only on every even institution. Not all races are capable of building all of these structures, and thus each race has a maximum potential from this source, as follows:

Unrest Suppression Buildings by Race
Building Cost Citizen Barbarian Rebel Citizen Gnoll Rebel Citizen Halfling Rebel Citizen HighElf Rebel Citizen HighMen Rebel Citizen Klackon Rebel Citizen Lizardmen Rebel Citizen Nomad Rebel Citizen Orc Rebel Citizen Beastmen Rebel Citizen DarkElf Rebel Citizen Draconian Rebel Citizen Dwarf Rebel Citizen Troll Rebel
TownBuilding Shrine Shrine Icon Production.png 100 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1
TownBuilding Temple * Temple * Icon Production.png 200 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1
TownBuilding Parthenon Parthenon Icon Production.png 400 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1
TownBuilding Cathedral * Cathedral * Icon Production.png 800 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1
TownBuilding AnimistsGuild Animist's Guild Icon Production.png 300 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1
TownBuilding Oracle Oracle Icon Production.png 500 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2
Total -3 -2 -4 -3 -7 -1 -2 -7 -7 -7 -6 -7 -2 -5
Icon Life.pngIcon Death.png With retorts -4 -3 -6 -4 -9 -1 -3 -9 -9 -9 -7 -9 -3 -7

* Additional -1 unrest with Icon Life.pngDivine Power or Icon Death.pngInfernal Power retort.

Spells that Reduce Unrest Edit

There are exactly three spells which can reduce unrest:

Spell Casting Cost Upkeep Cost Effects
Icon Life.pngJust Cause Icon Mana.png 150 Icon Mana.png 5 -1 Unrest in every city you own.
Icon Life.pngStream of Life Icon Mana.png 300 Icon Mana.png 8 Eliminates all Unrest in target city.
Icon Nature.pngGaia's Blessing Icon Mana.png 300 Icon Mana.png 3 -2 Unrest in target city.

Effects of Unrest Edit

There is only one direct effect of Unrest: one citizen per point of Unrest will become a Rebel -- a special type of citizen who pays no Icon Gold.png Taxes and generates neither Icon Food.pngFood nor Icon Production.png Production, though it will still consume Icon Food.png1. This has two effects:

  • Rebels may not be assigned as either Farmers or Workers.
  • If it is impossible to assign sufficient Farmers to produce at least Icon Food.png1 per citizen (1,000 people) in the Town, the people will start to starve, resulting in a loss of 50 people per turn per missing unit of Icon Food.pngFood.

Full Unrest Table Edit

Table below allows to simulate any situation related to unrest in cities. For each combination of races it displays maximal possible city size with no rebelling citizens.

  • Top brown menu allows you to modify game scenario used in simulation.
  • Right red menu allows you to customize appearance of table.

Hint: If you want to simulate city size with rebels allowed, change garrison size by +/- 2 units.

City limit:

Specify maximum city size allowed
or leave it unlimited (unchecked box).

Note:
In-game limit for city size is 25.

25
Military Units:

Each 2 military units pacify 1 rebel.

Note:
City can garrison up to 9 units.

8
2

Set taxed Icon Gold.png gold per each citizen.

Note:
Klackons have +20% loyalty bonus
pacifying all rebels at low tax rates.

Icon Life.pngDivine / Icon Death.pngInfernal

Icon Life.pngDivine Power
Icon Death.pngInfernal Power
Religious buildings have

  • +50% pacifying effect
  • +50% power production

in every city owned by player.

Icon Life.pngJust Cause

Icon Life.pngJust Cause
Pacifies 1 rebel
in every city owned by player.

Icon Nature.pngGaia's Blessing

Icon Nature.pngGaia's Blessing
Pacifies 2 rebels and
increases food output by +50%
in affected city.

Note:
See spell details for other effects.

Icon Death.pngDark Rituals

Icon Death.pngDark Rituals
Doubles power from religious buildings,
but creates 1 rebel and
reduces population growth by 25%
in affected city.

Icon Death.pngCursed Lands

Icon Death.pngCursed Lands
Creates 1 rebel and
reduces production by 50%
in affected city.

Icon Death.pngPestilence

Icon Death.pngPestilence
Creates 2 rebels and
randomly kills 1 citizen each turn
in affected city.

Note:
See spell details for more information.

Icon Death.pngFamine

Icon Death.pngFamine
Increases unrest by 25%
and reduces food output by 50%
in affected city.

Icon Death.pngEvil Presence

Icon Death.pngEvil Presence
Eliminates pacifying effect
of religious buildings
if owner of affected city does not
have Icon Death.pngDeath spell books.

Icon Chaos.pngGreat Wasting

Icon Chaos.pngGreat Wasting
Creates 1 rebel
in every enemy city and
randomly corrupts map tiles.

Note:
Eliminates pacifying effect
of all enemy buildings
in non-patched version of the game.
Note:
See spell details for more information.

Icon Chaos.pngArmageddon

Icon Chaos.pngArmageddon
Creates 2 rebels
in every enemy city and
randomly raises volcanoes.

Note:
Eliminates pacifying effect
of all enemy buildings
in non-patched version of the game.
Note:
See spell details for other effects.

Choose whether spells
Icon Chaos.pngGreat Wasting
Icon Chaos.pngArmageddon
should eliminate pacifying effect
of all enemy buildings as they do
in version 1.31 and earlier.

Note:
Rebels created by these spells
are not cumulative.

true Buildings nullified
capital Citizen Race
BA GN HF HE HM KL LZ NO OC BE DE DR DW TR
Barbarians
Gnolls
Halflings
High Elves
High Men
Klackons
Lizardmen
Nomads
Orcs
Beastmen
Dark Elves
Draconians
Dwarves
Trolls
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true Size
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Fields are aligned according to their
ruler-citizen racial relations,
showing one relation in left row header
and the other in top column header.

Related races can be highlighted
by mouse pointing specific field.

You can customize which values
should be displayed inside fields
independently from sort view.

Sort
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true Size
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Fields in row are sorted by their city size,
starting with best city size on the left
and ending with worst city size on the right.
Chosen (ruler or citizen) race relation
is displayed in left header of the sorted row
and the other race relation is displayed
inside of fields together with city size.

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the other race and city size
of the field pointed to by mouse.

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should be displayed inside fields
independently from grid view.


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in column headers and inside fields.

  • Initials - text abbreviation of race
  • Folks - worker or rebel image of race
  • Units - image of unit belonging to race
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Table highlights fields where
citizen race equals to ruler race.
Highlight options are customizable.

This is more useful in sort view.


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Click on square to change colour for:
(from the left)

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StrategyEdit

The cheapest way to suppress unrest is to install two Spearmen in a city. Unfortunately, they consume Icon Food.png2, and so the net effect is to replace one Rebel with a Farmer, for a net gain of Icon Production.png ½ and Icon Gold.png equal to your tax rate. If your city is already producing its maximum Icon Food.pngFood, you will need 2 Farmers. By comparison, any of the buildings will allow replacing one Rebel with a Worker, for a net gain of Icon Production.png 2 and Icon Gold.png equal to your tax rate, plus any other costs and benefits from the building itself.

It is almost always worth installing a garrison of 2, as you need a garrison of 1 to even try to defend a city, and spearmen are cheap. Beyond that point, it may be better to use other options, though remember that you can always dismiss them later. If you are playing Icon Death.pngDeath, note that Undead Normal Units have no upkeep cost, making them perfect for this purpose; this is an excellent reason to use Ghouls for capturing neutral cities.

Other than this, consider exactly what tax rate you want to have: yes, a higher tax rate earns you more money, but you pay for it by being required to construct more troops and/or buildings, and remember, Rebels don't pay Taxes. If you don't build any Unrest suppressing buildings, just either nothing or a garrison, and only produce required Icon Food.pngFood, the net benefit per citizen in a city varies with tax rate, as follows (all values are base values, excluding bonuses to production and gold). Note that tax rates of Icon Gold.png  or Icon Gold.png 3 are actually impossible, as you cannot maintain sufficient Farmers. If you build garrison forces, you are in effect trading Icon Production.png Production for Icon Gold.png Gold.

Nominal Tax Rate Icon Gold.png 0 Icon Gold.png ½ Icon Gold.png 1 Icon Gold.png  Icon Gold.png 2
Bonus per Citizen

No Garrison

Icon Production.png 1.25Icon Gold.png 0 Icon Production.png 1.05Icon Gold.png 0.45 Icon Production.png 0.85Icon Gold.png 0.80 Icon Production.png 0.65Icon Gold.png 1.05 Icon Production.png 0.35Icon Gold.png 1.10
Bonus per Citizen

Max Garrison

Icon Production.png 1.25Icon Gold.png 0 Icon Production.png 1.10Icon Gold.png 0.5 Icon Production.png 0.95Icon Gold.png 1.0 Icon Production.png 0.80Icon Gold.png 1.5 Icon Production.png 0.525Icon Gold.png 2.0
Production per Gold n/a -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.55

At the start of the game, pay attention to rounding -- if you keep your two starting units at home you can manage a tax rate of Icon Gold.png 2 since that only creates 1.8 Unrest, drop fractions, reduce for garrison, 0. Once your starting city reaches population 5,000, you will probably want to either reduces taxes or arrange for unrest suppression. Later in the game, you probably want a constant Tax Rate for your empire. In general, Icon Gold.png  is somewhat less hassle to deal with, but Icon Gold.png 2 has marginally superior performance.

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