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Austro-Hungarian Empire
Map by Janboruta
Map by Janboruta
Franz Joseph
req. mod

Traits req. mod
Imperialistic, Philosophical
Map Labels Language req. mod

Austria-Hungary led by Franz Joseph is a custom civilization created by TarcisioCM, with contributions from Viregel, janboruta, JFD, and COF. The original mod was created by Viregel. 

This mod requires Brave New World.



Austria-Hungary was a state in central Europe that aimed to continue the Habsburg Empire in this new form. Owing to the vast amount of cultures within it, Austria-Hungary was often unstable politically, and had ethnic infighting for much of its existence. Founded as a result of the Compromise of 1867, unity in the region was fragile. Austria and Hungary remained distinct entities within the state, each having their own passports despite being legally part of the same country. The union was far more a personal monarchical union than a full-scale political one, as most regions had a significant degree of autonomy, with centralised matters only being to do with defence and the like. Throughout the 19th century, Austria-Hungary prospered, as a cultural capital of the world. However, due to the close alliance with the upstart German Empire, Austria-Hungary found itself isolated from many other countries around it. In the south, the Serbs were desperate to regain lands incorporated into Austria-Hungary, despite them having only got independence a few years beforehand. As an ally of Russia, Serbia was able to push these claims. In 1914, Austria-Hungary sent an ultimatum to Serbia, stating that if they did not agree with all of the points, then they would be in a state of war. The points were so power-taking that the Austro-Hungarian Empire did not think they could possibly agree, thus giving them a casus belli; however, much to their surprise and disappointment, the Serbs agreed with everything aside from one clause in point six of the ultimatum. Angered, Austria-Hungary invaded anyway. However, with incredibly outdated military not ready to even fight against the upstart Serbian nation, Austria-Hungary succumed to its weakness in having too many ethnicities held in the one state against their will. Though Austria tried to incorporate itself into the remnants of the German Empire, the newfound League of Nations denied this, instead splitting Central Europe into more or less what it is today.

Franz Joseph[]

Kaiser Franz Joseph I was the sole monarch of Austria-Hungary for most of its history, from his ascension to the throne in 1848 to his death in the dire years of the First World War. Always aiming to consolidate his power, Franz Joseph soon saw that many people under the Austro-Hungarian banner were unhappy with this nationality, something he sought out to put an end to. With the vast amount of ethnic groups within Austria-Hungary, Franz Joseph aimed to unite them all and go forwards as one unified nation. Throughout the years, he saw Austria-Hungary retain its fragile position in Central Europe, though the lack of progress lead to outdated technology, leaving the military large, but almost obsolete. Towards the end of his reign, Franz Joseph entered a military alliance with Wilhelm II of Germany, the Central Powers. In 1914, a Serbian nationalist group, the Black Hand, assassinated Franz Ferdinand, Franz Joseph’s heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. Angered by this, Franz Joseph declared war on Serbia, triggering a complex system of alliances that ultimately started the First World War. With the army in shambles, Franz Joseph found himself losing time after time to the upstart Serbians, and with his death two years into this conflict, the state he had so carefully crafted was doomed for destruction.

Dawn of Man[]

"Great Franz Joseph of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, people far and wide throughout the lands cry for you to become their leader once more! Owing to your establishment of a state right in the heart of Europe, you were noted as a ruler of one of the so-called "Great Powers" of the day. Able to unite your people against foes that could crush the empire, forming a stable alliance with the new state of Germany in the process, your wisdom managed to save people that would have otherwise been subject to far harsher foreign domination. However, with the advent of war in 1914 and your death two years later, the empire that you had so carefuly crafted collapsed, but your legacy lives on today.


Leaderscene by Janboruta

Oh strong and mighty Kaiser Franz Joseph, your former realm needs you to reassume control. Can you creat a new state to empower your people's will? Can you fend off all enemies of the state to preserve the peace? Can you build a civilisation to stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Welcome to the Austro-Hungarian Crownlands, my friend. Would you care for some culture? Allow me to introduce it to you."

Introduction: "I, Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria-Hungary, bid you welcome to my lands. Care for a look around? The mountains are lovely here..."


Defeat: "Damned fool! You have wiped out countless people and put them under your ever-opressing rule. At least they're united."

Defeat: "How this day came about I do not know. Though that smirk shall no longer be on your face when the empire strikes back."


Unique Attributes[]

Austria-Hungary (Franz Joseph)

Art by Janboruta


Building a Courthouse triggers a We Love The King Day in all cities. During We Love The King Day, Greatperson Great Person generation is increased.


Art by Janboruta

Grenzer (Great War Infantry)
  • Unlocked at Steam Power
  • -22% Production Production Cost (250 vs 320)
  • -6% Strength Combat Strength (47 vs 50)
  • +1 Strength Combat Strength per Promotion
Concert Hall

Art by Janboruta

Concert Hall (Opera House)
  • +2 Happy Happiness
  • When its Greatwork Great Work slot is filled, gain +2 Goldenage Golden Age points
City List
  1. Vienna
  2. Budapest
  3. Prague
  4. Lemberg
  5. Pressburg
  6. Graz
  7. Krakow
  8. Triest
  9. Szeged
  10. Salzburg
  11. Brunn
  12. Linz
  13. Agram
  14. Innsbruck
  15. Kolozsvar
  16. Olmutz
  17. Tarnopol
  18. Laibach
  19. Veszprem
  20. Debrecen
  21. Klagenfurt
  22. Budweis
  23. Miskolc
  24. Pecs
  25. Drohobycz
  26. Pilsen
  27. Temesvar
  28. Tschernowitz
  29. Split
  30. Csongrad
  31. Rijeka
  32. Teschen
  33. Zara
  34. Tarnow
  35. Sopron
  36. Reichenberg
  37. Komarom
  38. Sarajevo
Spy List
  1. Felix
  2. Bence
  3. Jakub
  4. Sivejik
  5. Jan
  6. Anna
  7. Sophia
  8. Adele
  9. Kristina
  10. Julia

Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Ratify the Austro-Hungarian Compromise
The age of revolutions has come, and with it a rising tide of nationalisms throughout the world. It is urgent that we address the demands of our many peoples for greater autonomy and honour their rightful place in our Empire, under the Imperial Crown.
  • Player must be Austria-Hungary (Franz Joseph)
  • Player must have at least two cities
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Industrial Era
  • May only be enacted once
  • Magistrates Magistrates
  • [300 + culture output of all cities * 6] CultureIcon Culture
  • Cities in the empire are equally divided to receive either the "Cisleithania" or "Transleithania" National Wonder, that boost Great People generation and increase Happiness respectively
Establish the Grenz Infantry
The borders of our empire are vulnerable, and so we need a mobile force that can effectively guard it and react to any threat. We should draft the men from local populations, to ensure their will to fight for their homeland.
  • Player must be Austria-Hungary (Franz Joseph)
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Industrial Era
  • May only be enacted once
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate
  • 1 Citizen from each city
  • A land military unit will be generated in each city

An Imperial Marriage

We are in the prime of our life, and in need of a suitable consort. Our Mother arranged a meeting with the daughters of our royal cousin from the neighbouring realm. The two of them have arrived in our empire, accompanied by their travelling court and officials. To whom shall we propose?
Option 1: The older Nene, this should please our Mother.
  • 1 turn's worth of CultureIcon Culture
Option 2: The younger Sissi, she cannot be resisted.
  • Every city enters a We Love the King Day.

A Brilliant Inventor

A subject of ours from the border province of Galicia, has been obtaining an unusual number of patents on his inventions. He seems to be coming up with new ideas and machines at a steady pace, almost effortlessly. We should reward one of our most creative men and promote one of his technologies - this will elevate the standing and prestige of our Empire. Which one should we choose?
Option 1: Colour photography
  • 1 turns sum of Gold Gold.
  • Costs 2 turns worth of CultureIcon Culture.
Option 2: Ballistics Vest
  • All gun units receive +15 Experience.
  • Costs 1 turn's worth of Gold Gold
Option 3: Sound recording device
  • Receive a free Broadcast Tower in the Capital
  • Costs 1 turn's worth of Gold Gold
Option 4: I heard he made a new weaving machine, can I take a look?
  • Receive a free Greatwork Great Work of Art
  • Costs 1 turn's worth of Gold Gold
Option 5: I have no time for such nonsense
  • Nothing

Assassination Attempt

A Hungarian craftsman, disconcerted about the policies of our Empire, made a bold move and, in broad daylight, assaulted us with a knife. He was unsuccessful, but managed to wound us in the neck. He has been arrested and is awaiting trial. What shall we do?
Option 1: Execute him
  • Nothing
Option 2: Pardon him
  • +3 Happy Happiness
  • Costs 1 turn's worth of CultureIcon Culture
Option 3: Thank Providence for saving us!
  • Free Cathedral in the Capital.
  • Costs 1 turn's worth of Gold Gold

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now buying your Wiener schnitzels and studying your Psychoanalysis. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Dropbox Download
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 28 September 2015


  • Viregel: Design, text, original XML
  • JanBoruta: Art, design
  • JFD: Lua
  • TarcisioCM: Lua, original art
  • Andreas Waldeloft: Music
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