The computer game Civilization 5 can be made accurate to the real history of France if you make the right decisions and set the right settings. An example of this, and the best way we found to be accurate, would be to select the "liberty" social policy. Another social policy that would be accurate is "monarchy" which is in the tradition tree. The reason for this is before the French Revolution, France was run by an absolute monarchy, whereas post-revolution it was transformed into a semi-presidential constitutional republic.
France vs. Civilization
In our research we found that most of content in Civilization 5 is fairly accurate when using the liberty social policy. In Civilization 5 you get +1 happiness in a city that is closest to the capital, but for each city that is not closely connected to the other cities you get -5 happiness. Its just like in the real world if you have a lot of people near each other they are happy, unlike people in cities that are far away from each other and have to travel a ways away to be connected in any way. Also if you have liberty in your civilization the people who live near the capital will work 50% harder then they would without liberty. If you use you will also draw the attention of settlers to your capital so you will get more settlers in your city. It is just like real life France because people after the Revolution were happier when they were more connected to one another and they will work harder because they are happy. An example of this is the Revolution itself; the French people would not have succeeded at the Revolution had they not joined together. Also people want to live somewhere where they will be happy. In the real world this would be a benefit because it would increase the population of the cities.
Liberty also gives the player faster settlement rates, a faster worker rate, a faster production rate, a greater chance of a cultural victory, and an abundance of Happiness from the citizens. This all makes sense because the liberty that came to the French people after the French Revolution gave the country a whole different work ethic. They no longer worked because of oppression but for themselves and their families. The new laws created by the constitution made most work get equal pay, which was to make right the French citizen’s economic situation. The new revolution also increased the culture of France through the many artists that portrayed the horrific battles and the new outlook on religion as something to be kept out of state affairs. Also the happiness of the people of France increased, for their quality of living rose substantially with the newly acquired liberty.
Here's the link to the civ5 policy charts - http://civilization.wikia.com/wiki/Social_policies_(Civ5)
Benefits of Liberty
The Liberty social policy is available right from the start of the game and grants each city +1 culture. Also, if all of the policies in the liberty tree are adopted, you are granted one free great person of your choice near the capital. The free great person you would receive would be Napoleon Bonaparte.
Collective Rule - Speeds the training of the settlers by 50% in the capital and a free settler appears near the capital. Requires - nothing
Citizenship - Tile improvement construction rate increased by 25% and a free worker appears near the capital. Requires - nothing
Republic-+1 production in every city and +5% in cities when constructing buildingsRequires - Collective Rule
Representation- Each city you found will increase the culture cost of policies by 33% Requires - Citizenship
Meritocracy - +1 happiness for each city you own connected to the capital and -5% unhappiness from citizens in non-occupied cities. Requires - Citizenship
Liberty and France
Liberty is a major part of the country of France. The symbol of Liberty is a symbol for women, or the goddesses. The liberty in France is closely connected to the female gender. Some people think the symbol of Liberty came from the French and others think they stole it from the Americans but the French have said that they gave it to the Americans as a gift for the friendship the two states shared. A lot of things in France focus on liberty, because they are a dependent country. They are proud of their country especially because of the liberty they obtained. There are many “Statue’s of Liberty” around the world but all of them stand for the same thing and that is the powerful symbol of liberty. During the French Revolution liberty was used often as a motto symbolizing their strength and when the people where in battle it gavethem courage. The Motto of the French Republic is "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité."
The Accuracy of France in Civilization V, PLUS the ghost of France's past! - This iMovie is our comedic interpretation of the accuracies in Civilization V compared to actual France