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The Court of Justice is a building type in Napoleon: Total War.


A court of justice is the government's power, set out in stone and marble, for the people to respect and fear.

As such, the building adds significantly to the repression of the people in the region where it stands. Further, because of the forces of law and order are in intimate partnership with the government's tax gatherers, a law court gives their demands for money even more force. The tax gathered in a region also increases thanks to the court. Finally, the judges here have the power to use civil law to help the military's authority and this means that they can aid military recruitment, if only by the simple expedient of sentencing wrongdoers to the ranks!

Social order is often more important than any amount of so-called liberty to the smooth running of a nation. To modern eyes, a court of justice was surprisingly parsimonious with the justice it dispensed: its purpose was to enforce laws that protected the status quo, which did not have to be the same thing as "justice". Receiving justice depended more upon the social class of the defendant or plaintiff, and less upon clever legal argument or the law itself. Even in countries that prided themselves on "liberty", such as Britain, the law courts were more interested in protecting the rights of property rather than the rights of common and poor men.

General InformationEdit

Court of Justice NTW

Building Courts of Justice requires pre-existing Magistrates, and cost 3,000 gold and 7 turns. Public Schooling must also be researched before Courts of Justice become available. Alternatively, it is possible to convert third-tier military, ordnance, or cultural buildings to Courts of Justice for the same cost, though doing so is less cost-efficient. 

Like all other administrative buildings, the Court of Justice's increase to tax income does not have a negative impact on public order, but it does increase the penalty on town wealth growth. Unless it is exempted from tax entirely, a region with a Court of Justice has a slower wealth growth than a region without one. A region without an administrative building, on the other hand, can't exploit its taxable income as fully. In some cases, it may be worth delaying building an administrative building in a region until its wealth has built up somewhat, to increase income in the long run.

Courts of Justice may be upgraded to Courts of Appeals, which provide a higher tax rate bonus, furthers the civil branch of the technology tree, and provides higher repression to its region.

The Peninsular CampaignEdit

In The Peninsular Campaign, Courts of Justice require 1,500 gold and 6 turns to build. Unlike Napoleon: Total War, no technologies are required to build this building.

Napoleon: Total War Buildings
Region Capital Buildings Administrative buildings: Tax OfficeMagistrateCourt of JusticeCourt of AppealsSupreme Court Cultural buildings: TheatreOpera HouseGrand Opera HouseGreat Museum Military buildings: CantonmentBarracksDrill SchoolMilitary AcademyStaff College Ordnance buildings: Cannon FoundryOrdnance FactoryGreat ArsenalOrdnance BoardEngineer School • Roads: Basic RoadsCobbled RoadsMetalled Roads Fortifications: Small Star FortLarge Star Fort
Town Buildings Commercial buildings: MarketMerchant HouseBanking House Gunsmiths: GunsmithMusket ManufactorySmall Arms Factory Supply buildings: Supply PostSupply WarehouseSupply Depot Factories: ManufactoryFactorySteam-Powered Factory Entertainment buildings: Member's ClubSecret SocietyMasonic LodgeFactory • Universities: CollegeClassical UniversityModern University
Resource Buildings Farms: FarmsClearancesGreat Estates Stables: StablesStud FarmEquestrian Estate • Logging Camps: Logging CampLumber MillSteam-Powered Sawmill Mines: Gold MineSteam-Pumped Gold MineIndustrial Gold MineIron MineSteam-Pumped Iron MineIndustrial Iron Mining Complex Vineyards: VineyardsWineriesWine Estates
Ports Trading ports: Trading PortCommercial PortTrading Company Military ports: DockyardDrydockSteam Drydock Supply ports: Supply PortMilitary Supply PortMilitary Port Complex
Unique Buildings Arc de TriompheHeldenplatzHumboldt UniversitätKremlin ArmoryMinin MonumentMusée NapoléonNelson's ColumnSiegessäuleWiener Theater

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