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Abemama led by Tembinok' is a custom civilization mod by JakeWalrusWhale, with contributions from TPangolin and DarthKyofu.

This mod requires Brave New World.



In the mid to late 19th Century, Abemama, also known as Apemama, was ruled by a single paramount chief. This contrasts with the Northern Gilbert Islands where groups of families or kainga would have their own separate leaders, and the Southern Gilberts (from Nonouti southwards) where the old men or unimwane collectively would meet in the maneaba to govern. Some European sources describe the chiefly family of Abemama as "the Gilbert Islands ruling family" but local sources recognise that the unimwane wield much of the power even on Abemama, and governing the whole of the Gilbert Islands as a single unit is a logistical challenge even in modern times. Nonetheless the chiefly family of Abemama has a long history of providing overall leadership, and during the time of Tembinok ruled over Kuria and Aranuka also.


Tembinok', also known as Tem Binoka or Tembinoka, was the last truly independent and influential king of parts of the Gilbert islands, at a time when the Gilberts were being increasingly influenced by white settlers and traders. Tembinok' resided on Abemama, and, unlike the rulers of neighbouring islands, did not allow outsiders to establish a permanent presence there. Tembinok' controlled access to the atolls under his control and jealously guarded his revenue and his prerogatives as monarch. He briefly accepted the presence on Abemama of Tuppoti, a Christian missionary, then deported him for attempting to set up a copra trading business. He owned trade ships which would travel to Australia and New Zealand. His commercial ventures, however, ended in failure with the loss of his ship the Coronet. As a merchant king, he controlled his kingdom's commerce.

Dawn of Man[]

Ko na mauri, Tembinok', the last great chief of the Gilbert Islands! Despite the looming threat of the British and other powers who came to conquer Polynesia, you held your head high and refused to be overpowered by them. You refused access to the atolls you controlled to most foreigners, ensuring security for the atolls as long as possible. You regulated all the trade on the atolls, capitalizing on the successful Copra trade and granting wealth to Abemama. You become immortalized and praised within a book, so your name and feats could be heard in the Gilberts for many years to come!


Art by TPangolin

Great chief, your people are scared of the dangers of the world that lie outside the atolls. Can you protect them and their culture and ensure they are always safe? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Pfft, another traveler? I'm Tembinok', the Uea of this atoll, but if you got nothing to do with me, then leave! I don't need foreigners corrupting the state of my atoll."

Defeat: "Well, I suppose it way only a matter of time before Abemama too became under the control of the west... it's a shame really."

Unique Attributes[]

Abemama (Tembinok')

Art by JakeWalrusWhale

The Last Tyrant

Foreign units give Gold gold while occupying your territory, and provide CultureIcon culture when defeated. Outgoing Traderoute trade routes provide CultureIcon culture proportional to the Gold gold gained from the trade route.


Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Shark-Tooth Swordsman (Swordsman)
  • Doesn't obsolete until the Modern Era.
  • Is trained with additional Strength combat strength depending on the culture output of the city and the era.
  • Passively gains experience every turn.

Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Copra Smallholding (Garden)
  • Does not require Fresh Water.
  • Provides the unique AbemamaCopraFontIcon Copra luxury resource, which provide +2 Food Food and +1 Gold Gold each.
  • Traderoute Trade Routes originating from this city increase the number of AbemamaCopraFontIcon Copras produced.
City List
  1. Kariatebike
  2. Buariki
  3. Tabiang
  4. Kabangaki
  5. Baretoa
  6. Tabontebike
  7. Takaeang
  8. Tekatirirake
  9. Norauea
  10. Baurua
  11. Manenaua
  12. Tanimainiku
  13. Manoku
  14. Taboiaki
  15. Buariki
  16. Matang
  17. Bubutei
  18. Rotuma
  19. Oneeke
  20. Abatiku
  21. Bouatoa
  22. Kauake
  23. Bangotantekabaia
  24. Kauma
  25. Tebanga
  26. Temanoku
  27. Teuabu
  28. Raweai
  29. Tebiauea
  30. Temotu
  31. Tematantongo
  32. Tekaranga
  33. Temwangaua
  34. Toora
  35. Autukia
  36. Aobike
  37. Abamakoro
  38. Tebikerai
  39. Benuaroa
  40. Tebwangetua
  41. Teitai
  42. Biike
  43. Equator Town
Spy List
  • Robert Louis
  • Fanny Vandegrift
  • Lloyd
  • Tuppoti
  • Tem Baiteke
  • Nei Teaa
  • Tem Karotu
  • Tem Namoriki
  • Nei Beiarung
  • Tem Tetabo
Abemama icon



Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now joining your harem and are being tempted to set up a copra trading business. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 3 Sep 2020


  • JakeWalrusWhale: Research, Design, Code, Art (All except Leaderscene), Text (All Except Pedias), Mod Support
  • TPangolin: Art (Leaderscene)
  • DarthKyofu: Text (Pedias)

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