For the Empire: Total War technology, see Mass Production (Empire: Total War).

Mass Production
Mass Production NTW
Prerequisite None
Research Points Needed 240
Building Needed
Leads To
Stream Industrial
  • -1 happiness from industrialisation (lower classes)
  • -4% recruitment cost for all land units in all your regions
  • -4% recruitment cost for all naval units in all your regions
Mass Production is an industrial technology in Napoleon: Total War.


A system for making items in huge quantities, where manufacturing is no longer dependent upon the skills of individual craftsmen.

Craft-based manufacturing of any kind has a ceiling on the number of goods that it can produce. The goods themselves may be beautifully made, but the number of expert workers is the limitation; people can only make so many things if they are doing everything for themselves.

Mass production mechanises the basic and repetitive tasks of production, and divides work into simple, repetitive and repeatable tasks. No longer does a master craftsman labour to make one item from start to finish. Instead, work is broken down into simple tasks and each given to a worker with the item passing to the next person for the next task. Each job is simple, so mechanical aids and tools can be used in place of expertise.

Marc Brunel (1769-1849) was a French engineer who fetched up in England after the French Revolution. His block-making machines are a typical example of mass production in the period. They let unskilled labour make the blocks and pulleys needed in their thousands by the Royal Navy – blocks were a vital part of ship’s rigging.

General InformationEdit

Napoleon: Total War Technology
Civil Abolition of SlaveryClassical EconomicsCode NapoleonDialecticsMetric SystemNational CensusNational DebtNational PropagandaPassportsPublic SchoolingSemaphore LinesTrade Unions
Military Army Corps OrganisationCarcass ShotCarronadeConscript Infantry TacticsConscriptionDiamond FormationField AmbulancesFire and AdvanceGeneral StaffGrand BatteryImproved CopperingIron PlatingLogisticsMass MobilisationModern RiflesPercussion CapQuicklimeRifled CannonsRocketsStandardised ArtilleryTop GallantsUniform Armament
Industrial Bottling and CanningDivision of LabourInterchangeable PartsJoint Stock CompanyLand DrainageLimited Liability CompanyMass ProductionPlatewaysPoverty Control LawsScrew PropellerSteam EngineSteam LocomotiveSteam Ship Propulsion
Peninsular War Civil Abolition of the InquisitionAfrancescado PropagandaAnti-French PropagandaAnti-French SentimentBonapartist PropagandaCádiz CortesCitizen Recruitment InitiativesColonial FundingComplete AnnexationNational FervourRepressive Measures
Peninsular War Military Advanced Guerrilla TrainingBritish Training MethodsCall to ArmsCounter-guerrilla InitiativesFrench Cipher DecryptionGuerrilla Training NetworkLocal GuidesLocal Recruitment InitiativesPartisan MusketsThe Great Paris Cypher