"A man ain't nothin' but a man, / And before I'll let your steam drill beat me down, / I'll die with the hammer in my hand." - The Ballad of John Henry, the Steel-Drivin' Man
The Industrial Age is the sixth age a player can reach in Rise of Nations, and the fifth age available to research.
After advancing to the Industrial Age, players are given a new palette of buildings to build, technologies to research, and units to create. As semi-automatic and automatic weapons come into play, troop tactics begin to change. Early tanks and armored vehicles and primitive airplanes can now be built, as a new basic resource, Oil, is introduced. Also, the rare resources Aluminum, Coal, Rubber, Titanium and Uranium are revealed. New buildings in this age include the Airbase, the Oil Platform, the Oil Well and the Refinery as well as the Statue of Liberty and Taj Mahal wonders. The last government choices in the game are also unlocked in the Industrial Age, Capitalism and Socialism.