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Bavaria led by Ludwig II is a custom civilization by JFD and Janboruta[1], with contributions from Leugi and Viregel.

This mod requires Brave New World.



Located in the heart of Europe, the Kingdom of Bavaria has a history spanning just over a century, from one of the largest regions in the German Confederacy to forming an integral part of Germany’s cultural and political regions. Born out of the political turmoil that Napoleon left in central Europe, Bavaria was able to claim itself as an independent nation soon after the Napoleonic Wars. Bavaria’s first monarch was Maximilian Joseph I, who was able to steer this nation so that subsequent monarchs would be able to govern effectively over Bavaria’s expanse. For most of the 19th century, a Bavarian culture was created by the rich fairytale-like endeavours that monarchs, Ludwig II in particular, undertook in the form of castles. With a beautiful winter landscape, Bavaria was, and still is a fantastic location for any form of romanticism. After the First World War, Bavaria ceased to exist as a nation and instead as a region of Germany, but the Bavarian culture remains strong to this day.

Ludwig II[]

One of the most interesting and eccentric monarchs in history, King Ludwig II, nicknamed the “Fairytale King”, was noted for his policies of grandeur within Bavaria. Ludwig came to the throne aged only 18, but subsequently aimed to make his kingdom stand out as a true cultural powerhouse. During his reign, Bavaria fell into political turmoil; it was effectively annexed by Prussia, and later its successor, Germany. However, Ludwig was able to use this to his advantage, and pursued a cultural revival in Bavaria, as he could ignore state affairs to a large extent. With the creation of two palaces in his realm, Ludwig was noted for his intense patronage of the arts; after Richard Wagner’s performances moved him, Ludwig commissioned Neuschwanstein as homage to Wagner, and as a personal retreat. He leaves a legacy as one of Bavaria’s greatest monarchs, despite what critics would describe as a madness - he is still revered as a fantastic leader by many Bavarians today.

Dawn of Man[]

Glory and nobility to you, fabled King of Bavaria, Ludwig II. Acceding at the age of 18, you would oversee the loss of Bavarian sovereignty to the German unification, yet your reign would one of lasting significance. A King beloved by his people, and a Kingdom idealised in his dreams, your lasting legacy would be your enduring love of beauty and art. The opulent castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhoff, and your endearing patronage of the operas of Richard Wagner, still stand as testimony to an age of fantasy and fairy tales now lost, and assert the independence of the Bavarian identity of which you epitomized.

Ludwig diplo

Art by Janboruta

Great and visionary Prince, the Bavarian Kingdom stands barren of the culture and magnificence that once adorned it. Can you raise great monuments and wonders to the glory of these lands? Can you inspire works of great renown and beauty to strengthen the character of the Bavarian nation? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: Ahem. I am Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. I assure you, you sleep not. You have stumbled upon a dream, yes - no, a fantasy; a paradise unrivalled on all the earth - but it is a fantasy of mine into which you step. My dream in which I hope you'll stay a while.

Introduction: You made it. I am Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. Take in, for a moment, the fresh, alpine air, and if you will, listen to the silence around us.

Defeat: I shall now retreat to one of my great sanctums for good.

Unique Attributes[]

Bavaria (Ludwig II)

Art by Janboruta

The Swan King

CultureIcon Culture yields from Wonders are added to the city during construction. Cities with a Wonder receive a free Greatwork Great Work of Music slot.


Art by Janboruta

Hartschier (Lancer (Uhlan with EE))
  • +50% Strength Defense and +2 Gold Gold whilst stationed on a Schloss
  • Cannot upgrade, but does not obsolete
  • -11% Production Production Cost
  • -12% Strength Combat Strength (22 vs 25)

Art by Leugi

  • Unlocked at Architecture
  • Must be built on a Hill, and may not be built adjacent to another Schloss
  • Grants Greatperson Great Musician points to the Capital upon construction (equal to three times the current Culture output)
  • +1 CultureIcon Culture; +1 additional CultureIcon Culture for each adjacent Mountain tile
  • Improves mineable resources
City List
  1. Munich
  2. Regensburg
  3. Ingolstadt
  4. Nuremberg
  5. Straubing
  6. Augsburg
  7. Landshut
  8. Freising
  9. Ansbach
  10. Bayreuth
  11. Wurzburg
  12. Erlangen
  13. Bamberg
  14. Friedberg
  15. Altotting
  16. Amberg
  17. Kempten
  18. Muhldorf
  19. Erding
  20. Speyer
  21. Kaiserslautern
  22. Landau
  23. Dingolfing
  24. Frankenthal
  25. Weilheim
  26. Zweibrucken
  27. Eichstatt
  28. Pfarrkirchen
  29. Kelheim
  30. Mainburg
Spy List
  • Max Joseph
  • Jerome
  • Wassily
  • Henrik
  • Kurt
  • Florian
  • Adam the Illuminated
  • Elisabeth
  • Sophie
  • Charlotte



Bavaria gets Cultural yields from Wonders before they are even completed and cities with wonders recieve a free Great Work slot. This should tell you that you will focus on a Cultural Victory. The Hartschier gets 50% Defense on a schloss, in addition to standard anti-mounted lancer bonuses. This means a Hartschier on a schloss is very strong for defending against enemy mounted units.

The schloss is the main focus of the civ. Settle near hills and mountains, and spam these. Here's where your ua really comes into play- whenever you build a schloss, try to be building a wonder in every city to maximize your yield of great musician points. Later, if you build a schloss, you should easily be propelled to a culture win- build hotels and airports, and every schloss will give you massive tourism. Try to save some schloss spots for a couple late game musicians, and you'll be propelled to cultural victory.


Peace Theme War Theme

Kingdom of Bavaria - Ludwig II Peace


Kingdom of Bavaria - Ludwig II War

"A Beautiful Day" by Pierre Langer and Tilman Sillescu. "Peer Gynt's Homecoming" by Edvard Grieg.

Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Found the Bavarian State Orchestra
We adore music! Sweet melodies positively set our heart at ease and our head into a dream. In such trying times, music can be good for the soul. So let us create a state orchestra by which all Bavarians can set their hearts and souls to rest!
  • Player must be Bavaria
  • Must have built the Musician's Guild
  • Must have a Greatperson Great Musician stationed in the Capital Capital
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 1 Greatperson Great Musician
  • Magistrates Magistrate
  • The Musician's Guild yields +1 CultureIcon Culture and +2 Happy Happiness
  • Rate of Greatperson Great Musician generation increased by 25%
Design Blueprints for a new Wonder
Only we, as her great visionary, can conceive of the beauty needed for Bavaria to become the cultural centre of the world. Let us call together the greatest engineers and artists in the nation, and have them guide our vision in the creation of a new architectural marvel.
  • Player must be Bavaria
  • At least one city must be constructing a Wonder
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Medieval Era
  • May only be enacted once per era
  • [current Culture output * 10] CultureIcon Culture
  • Magistrates Magistrate
  • [current Culture output * 5] Production Production toward all current Wonders in production

The Illuminati

Whispers of a secret society calling themselves The Illuminati have emerged within our court. These "enlightened" minds advocate for women's education and equality, and for the devolution of the powers of faith in public life. These absurd notions cannot be allowed to fester.
Option 1: Outlaw this blasphemous nuisance!
  • Lose 90 CultureIcon Culture
  • Gain 44 FaithIcon Faith and 120 Goldenage Golden Age points
Option 2: Bah. What harm could they do?
  • 10% chance that a catastrophic event will occur in the future (see "The New World Order" below)
Option 3: They seem fun. Let's ask to join them.
  • Lose 160 FaithIcon Faith and 60% of Goldenage Golden Age points
  • All Spies are levelled up

The New World Order

The New World Order has come.
Option 1: Darn
Option 2: As above, so below.
  • (Both options result in Barbarians taking over the capitals of some other civilizations. This event may be unstable and cause crashes.)

Pressures to Produce an Heir

The Ministers of our government have become simply ridiculous in their beratement of us for our lack of interest in seeking a women with whom to produce an heir. One of them even had the gall to accuse us of impotency! This simply cannot be tolerated and undermines the legitimacy of the Bavarian throne.
Option 1: Very well. I shall seek a bride immediately.
  • The Capital gains 10 turns of 'We Love the King Day.'
Option 2: My romantic affairs shall remain at my discretion alone.
  • Gain 67 CultureIcon Culture
Option 3: For what do I need an heir? I'm immortal!
  • Gain a 5 turn Goldenage Golden Age

New Opera

The great Richard Wagner has once again astounded the world with the creation of a magnificent new opera. Our devotion to Wagner's craft predicates that we simply cannot miss the premiere of this new masterpiece.
Option 1: I must have a private showing!
  • Lose 90 Gold Gold
  • Gain 120 CultureIcon Culture
Option 2: We shall invite all the world's leaders to the premiere.
  • Lose 300 Gold Gold
  • Other Civilizations gain 90 CultureIcon Culture
  • +10% Tourism Tourism from the Musician's Guild
  • Note: this option may only be chosen once
Option 3: Yawn...
  • Nothing

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now touring your fairytale castles and attending your fantastical operas. They may also be binging a bit much. 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 2
Last Updated: 16 February 2015

  • JFD: Author 
  • Janboruta: Artwork, Research (City-List) 
  • Leugi: Graphics (Schloss UI) 
  • Viregel: Research (Civilopedia) 
  • Pierre Langer and Tilman Sillescu: Peace Theme
  • Edvard Grieg: War Theme

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