|Introduced in||The Age of Kings|
|Research Time||70 seconds|
|Stats||Tributes are free|
Banking is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Market once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it removes the tribute fee, allowing players to send resources freely without having to pay a fee. Researching Banking is highly recommended when giving other players resources.
- Chinese: Banking is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
The African Kingdoms ChangesEdit
- Research time increased from 50 to 70 seconds.
- Cost increased from 200f/100g to 300f/200g.
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.
|Economic Technologies (Age of Empires II)|
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