Money Economy
Etw wc money economy
Requires The Warpath DLC

Written Language

Building Needed Council of Tribes
Leads To None
Stream Economy and Culture, Native
  • +10 Coins per turn to town wealth in the region
  • +20% Coin wealth generated by all buildings
Money Economy is a Technology in Empire: Total War. It is available with The Warpath Campaign DLC.


Money in the form of coinage helps a tribal economy, and simplifies trade and taxation. Bartering has been the only form of trade in tribal society for generations, with beads and pelts acting as easily understandable currencies. The introduction of a system of money makes buying and selling goods a much less complicated affair, allowing the tribe to create wealth without just accumulating goods. It also makes collecting taxes much easier because, for any government, money is easier to use than a stack of animal pelts!

Historically, Native Americans used a currency known as wampum, which consisted of a variety of small shell beads. Once Europeans arrived in America they adopted the use of wampum, as the easiest way to trade with the natives. Just like any other form of currency, wampum could be affected by inflation. The beads had originally been hand crafted by skilled tribesmen. However, factories were developed for making wampum, making it virtually valueless.

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