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Banking is a technology in Age of Empires II available at the Market upon reaching the Imperial Age and requires Coinage to be researched. Once researched, it removes the tribute fee of 20%, allowing players to send resources freely without having to pay a fee. Considering it pays off very quickly, researching Banking is highly recommended when giving other players resources.

Civilization bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

  • Banking costs 200F/100G.
  • Banking takes 50 seconds to research.
  • Banking becomes available in the Castle Age.

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Banking costs 300F/200G.
  • Banking takes 70 seconds to research.

Rise of the Rajas Edit

  • With patch 5.8, Banking becomes available in the Imperial Age.

History Edit

The loaning of money for interest, or usury, was long prohibited by the church in the West and this proved a handicap for economic growth. The religious laws were avoided by a number of ploys, and non-Christians were often allowed into a community to provide this service. Preaching a pogrom against money-lending Jews or other non-Christians was a convenient way for more than one king to clear off a large debt. The religious and political climate changed gradually, especially in the great trading cities of Italy where the first of many great merchant banking firms came into existence.
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