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Ayutthaya led by Narai is a custom civilization by TopHatPaladin, with contributions from Darth_Kyofu, Sukritact, JFD, and Poom.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Ayutthaya Kingdom, based in modern-day Thailand, was a state that at its height would be one of the most successful states in Southeast Asia. Its origin is traditionally held in 1350, when the king Uthong founded the city of Ayutthaya in the lower Chao Phraya valley. In its early years, Ayutthaya expanded to project power over a web of tributary city-states; however, it truly rose to prominence after conquering northern kingdoms such as Sukhothai and Phitsanulok in the fifteenth century. Rivals of Ayutthaya during this period included Malacca and Angkor.

In the sixteenth century, the Taungoo dynasty ascended to power in Burma; the Taungoo would first invade Ayutthaya in 1547, and while they were unsuccessful, this would be the start of a long-running rivalry. Ayutthaya was briefly forced to become a vassal state of Burma, but in 1584, the king Naresuan reasserted Ayutthayan independence, setting off a war which culminated in Naresuan killing a Burmese prince in a duel. With this war concluded, Ayutthaya was able to reach a period of relative stability throughout much of the seventeenth century. Under the rule of King Narai, Ayutthaya reached the height of its prosperity, and conducted much successful commerce and diplomacy with nations as far away as Europe.

After Narai's death, Ayutthaya went through a period of dynastic struggle and renewed warfare with Burma, before reaching another brief time of stability in the mid-eighteenth century. However, this would not last; fights for succession would continue flaring up, and they caused many purges of court officials. The Burmese capitalized on this loss of leadership and invaded Ayutthaya in 1765, and the Ayutthayan Kingdom came to a close when Burmese forces razed the city of Ayutthaya in early 1767.


Narai, known as Narai the Great (r. 1656 - 1688), was the twenty-seventh king of Ayutthaya, and presided over Ayutthaya during one of its most prosperous periods. He was the second son of King Prasat Thong; although Prasat Thong would go on to be succeeded by Narai's elder brother Chai, Narai collaborated in Chai's overthrow, and took the throne himself just a few months after Prasat Thong's death.

Narai's reign was characterized with heavy interaction with foreign powers, both Chinese and European. He maintained a particularly close relationship with France; after missionaries from France and the Papal States visited Ayutthaya in an effort to convert Narai to Catholicism, Narai returned the favor by sending a mission to France, and the two states would exchange several diplomatic missions throughout the 1680s. Though Narai never converted, he allowed French troops to be stationed in Ayutthaya's ports, and built European-influenced forts at several points in the kingdom. However, Narai's fascination with Europe alienated many in his court, especially after the Greek adventurer Constantine Phaulkon became one of his most trusted confidants.

In 1688, Narai fell seriously ill; having no sons, he called together several of his councillors in an effort to have them recognize his daughter as his successor. These councillors included Phaulkon and Phra Phetracha. However, Narai's failing health was seen as an opportunity by anti-European factions in his court, of whom Phetracha was one of the most prominent. Phetracha thus seized the opportunity to execute Phaulkon, and many other European sympathizers, and declared himself king upon Narai's death in July.

Despite the controversy triggered by Narai's closeness to the Europeans, his rule was otherwise quite stable, which allowed for a resurgence of Siamese literature during his reign. His intense contact with other empires also meant that much information about Narai's reign was able to survive after the city of Ayutthaya was destroyed.

Dawn of Man[]

"Salutations, Somdet Phra Narai Maharat, king of Ayutthaya! Your reign was a time of domestic prosperity and vibrant diplomacy. During your rule, you exchanged many embassies with the French, promoting a rich cultural exchange; you built a European-inspired palace in Lopburi, as well as several European-inspired forts, and you had the armies at Bangkok trained in Western ways of fighting. You also presided over great internal stability, which allowed writers to flourish in your kingdom; your only significant military endeavor was an offensive one which you waged against Burma. Ultimately, however, your diplomatic prowess would be undermined by your opponents - distrustful of the Europeans, they overthrew your desired successor and removed the French from your kingdom.

LS PNG Narai

Art by Sukritact

O Narai, despite the schemes of your rivals, your people have nevertheless honored you as "the Great." Can you retake the throne and demonstrate how you earned your title? Can you build diplomatic ties that stretch all across the globe? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Welcome to the illustrious court of Ayutthaya! Come sit - I'd love to learn who you are and where it is that you're from."

Defeat: "Were my efforts so misguided? I just hope that I did not make my people suffer."

Unique Attributes[]

Ayutthaya (Narai)
IconPNG Narai

Art by Sukritact

Embassy of Kosa Pan

When trading with other Major Civilizations, your home cities gain any Unique Buildings present in the destination. Citizen Specialists yield CultureIcon Culture in the home cities of your Trade Routes.

IconPNG Rattathut

Art by Darth_Kyofu

Rattathut (Great Merchant)
  • Generates bonus Influence from Trade Missions, scaling based on distance from the Capital Capital
  • May be expended in the territory of another Major Civilization to conduct a Diplomatic Mission, providing a burst of Influence with every City-State allied to that civ.
IconPNG FloatingMarket

Art by Sukritact

Floating Market (Garden)
  • Costs no maintenance
  • Contains a Merchant specialist slot
  • Whenever a Greatperson Great Person is born in a city with a Floating Market, gain 5 Influence with all met City-States
City List
  1. Ayutthaya
  2. Lopburi
  3. Phitsanulok
  4. Sukhothai
  5. Suphanburi
  6. Pha Bang
  7. Marit
  8. Kanchanaburi
  9. Nakhon Ratchasima
  10. Sawankhalok
  11. Cha Kangrao
  12. Phetchabun
  13. Thawai
  14. Nakhon Sri Thammarat
  15. Si Satchanalai
  16. Nonthaburi
  17. Phetchaburi
  18. Sing Buri
  19. Chanthaburi
  20. Surat Thani
  21. Nakhon Chaisri
  22. Buriram
  23. Udon Thani
  24. Chumporn
  25. Songkhla
  26. Khon Kaen
  27. Nakhon Phantom
  28. Chaiyapoom
Spy List
  • Constantine Phaulkon
  • Prasat Thong
  • Phetracha
  • Chai
  • Kosa Lek
  • Sirithida
  • Kusavadi
  • Sisuphan
  • Suriyong
  • Sudawadi
IconPNG Ayutthaya


Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
Giawkhao by the Thailand Fine Arts Department Ayutthaya by Neal Acree, Cris Velasco, and Sam Cardon

Mod Support[]

Additional Achievements[]

Miracle of the Four-Armed King

  • Win the game on any difficulty setting as Ayutthaya.


  • Using a Rattathut's Diplomatic Mission, become the ally of at least three different City-States at once.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

“Our people are now reading your nirat poems and watching your lakhon dances. I worry that the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture.”

Full Credits List[]

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Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 13 May 2020


  • TopHatPaladin: Design, Code, Text, Unit Flag
  • Sukritact: Leaderscreen, Map, Icons (Leader & UB)
  • Darth_Kyofu: Icons (Civ & UU)
  • JFD: Utilities, Design
  • Poom: City List, Research
  • EmeraldRange: Research
  • Thailand Fine Arts Department: Peace Theme
  • Neal Acree, Cris Velasco, Sam Cardon: War Theme
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