|This article is about an older version of DF.|
Ethics tags are used in the entity raw files to determine how different civilizations feel about various issues. Relationships between civilizations are based on their ethic responses in relation to each other; similar ethics result in friendship, while conflicting ethics result in animosity. Strongly conflicting ethics often trigger wars during worldgen.
In practice, this generally causes Elves to declare war on everybody else over killing plants and making trophies, and everybody else to declare war on the Elves over the devouring of sapient beings.
 Ethics types
|ASSAULT||The result of a tantruming citizen attacking another in fortress mode. Other effects unknown.|
|EAT_SAPIENT_KILL||This determines if the race will sometimes devour dead enemy combatants.|
|EAT_SAPIENT_OTHER||This also determines whatever or not a race is willing to butcher other sapients.|
|KILL_ANIMAL||A response between MISGUIDED and UNTHINKABLE (see below) causes the entity to refuse animal products in trade - namely, materials with [IMPLIES_ANIMAL_KILL].|
|KILL_PLANT||This determines a race's position towards wood as well - a response between MISGUIDED and UNTHINKABLE (see below) causes the entity to refuse wooden objects in trade, and it also prohibits them from bringing caravan wagons.|
|OATH_BREAKING||The result of a citizen violating noble mandates in fortress mode. Other effects unknown.|
|THEFT||This determines whether the race will try to steal goods.|
|VANDALISM||The result of a tantruming citizen breaking furniture in fortress mode. Other effects unknown.|
 Ethics values
As used internally (see below), roughly in order of acceptability:
 Ethics value numbers in relation to each other
The following table describes how entities respond to other cultures, with the observer on the vertical axis and their target on the horizontal axis. If an entity's accumulated animosity towards another passes a certain threshold (determined by ruler's personality) then it will run a risk-assessment check. If passed, this will lead to a declaration of war.
In general, entities react much more strongly to actions that violate their taboos than to the outlawing of their customs in other civilisations.
For example, Civ A finds slavery Acceptable, but Civ B considers it a Capital Offence.
> Civ A will consider Civ B most unreasonable (-5) for executing people over such a non-issue.
> Civ B will be shocked and disgusted (-15) that Civ A engages in such a debased activity.
> The end result is mutual negativity. However, Civ B is 3x more offended, and much more likely to go to war over the issue - assuming, of course, they think they have a chance of winning.
All above info was collected and interpreted from the data given by Toady himself at .