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Afghanistan led by Zahir Shah is a custom civilization by JFD, with contributions from DarthKyofu, JakeWalrusWhale, and Zharques.

This mod requires Brave New World. It is part of the Crossroads of the World event.



In 1918, Afghanistan finally declared its status as an independent nation-state, triggering the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The limited war ended with the ceasing of hostilities between Afghanistan and British India. King Amanullah Khan instituted reforms in the new nation, upsetting religious leaders and tribesmen. This forced his abdication in 1929. Rebels took Kabul, but then Amunallah’s cousin Nadir Shah defeated them. Nadir Shah’s son Mohammed Zahir Shah took power after his father’s assassination in 1933. The monarchy continued through the 1970s. Afghanistan was not ideologically involved in the World Wars, nor the Cold War, until this time.

Zahir Shah[]

Zahir Shah, also known as Mohammed Zahir Shah was the last king of Afghanistan, reigning from 8 November 1933 until he was deposed on 17 July 1973. Serving for over 39 years, Zahir was the longest serving ruler of Afghanistan since the foundation of the Durrani Empire in the 18th century. He expanded Afghanistan's diplomatic relations with many countries, including with both Cold War sides. In the 1950s, Zahir Shah began modernizing the country, culminating in the creation of a new constitution and a constitutional monarchy system. Demonstrating nonpartisanship, his long reign was marked by peace in the country that was lost afterwards. In 1973, while Zahir Shah was vacationing in Italy, his regime was overthrown in a coup d'etat by his cousin and former prime minister, Mohammed Daoud Khan, who established a single-party republic, ending more than 225 years of continuous monarchical government. He remained in exile near Rome until 2002, returning to Afghanistan after the end of the Taliban government. He was given the title Father of the Nation, which he held until his death in 2007.

Dawn of Man[]

"Welcome, Zahir Shah, king and father of the people of Afghanistan. Ascending to the throne in 1933, yours would be a reign marked by peace and diplomacy, as well as great reform. Straddling the knife of relations with both the US and the USSR, you brought about Afghanistan's modernization, bringing liberty and development and transforming yours into a constitutional monarchy. And yet, your great peace was not to last, and your regime would succumb to a coup at the hands of your cousin in 1973.

JFD AfghanistanZahirShah Diplo

Art by DarthKyofu

The threat of destruction looms long and dark over the world, great King, but the people of Afghanistan look to the father of their nation to ensure peace and progress. Can you safeguard the future in these harsh times? Can you bring prosperity and usher in a modern new world? Can you build a civilisation that stands the test of time?"

Introduction: "I am Mohammad Zahir Shah, king to my people and father to my nation. May peace and friendship bring prosperity to the both of us."

Defeat: "I fear for the future of my country and my people."

Unique Attributes[]

Afghanistan (Zahir Shah)

Art by DarthKyofu

Father of Modern Afghanistan

Generate CultureIcon Culture whilst constructing Food Food- and Production Production-Yielding Buildings. 10% of Gold Building Maintenance costs are offset by each of your Friends so long as you remain at peace (up to 50%).


Art by DarthKyofu

Hawker Hind (Great War Bomber)
  • Can only be purchased, not trained.
  • Begins with bonus XP (+1) per enemy unit in own borders, doubled per Barbarian Unit.

Art by DarthKyofu

Basinal Dam (Hydro Plant)
  • +40 Production Production cost (400 vs 360).
  • +1 Food Food in every tile next to a River when constructed in a city on Desert or Snow.
  • +1 Production Production in every tile next to a River when constructed in a city that's not on Desert or Snow.
City List
  1. Kabul
  2. Kandahar
  3. Herat
  4. Mazar-i-Sharif
  5. Kunduz
  6. Jalalabad
  7. Taloqan
  8. Puli Khumri
  9. Charikar
  10. Lashkargah
  11. Sheberghan
  12. Ghazni
  13. Khost
  14. Sar-e Pol
  15. Chaghcharan
  16. Mihtarlam
  17. Farah
  18. Puli Alam
  19. Balkh
  20. Baghlan
  21. Gardez
  22. Faizabad
  23. Bamyan
  24. Zaranj
  25. Asadabad
  26. Maidan Shahr
  27. Khanabad
  28. Qalat
Spy List
  • Mohammed
  • Bilqis
  • Ahmad
  • Maryam
  • Nadir Shah
  • Mah Parwar
  • Zuhra
  • Zamina
  • Daoud
  • Yusu


Afghanistan (Zahir Shah)


Peace Theme War Theme
"Desert Ride" from the soundtrack of Call of Duty: Black Ops II. "Hidden" from the soundtrack of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 25 July 2022


  • JFD: Author, Coding, Design, Research, Writing
  • DarthKyofu: Art (Leaderscene; Civ Icon; Unique Icons), Research (Cities)
  • JakeWalrusWhale: Art (Map)
  • Zharques: Pedias (Leader)
  • Whoward: Utilities (PlotIterators.lua)
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