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Empire of Bulgaria
Simeon I
Start Bias
Avoid Jungle
Eastern Orthodoxy
req. mod

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

Bulgaria led by Simeon I is a custom civilization by DJSHenninger[1].

This mod requires Brave New World or Gods and Kings. It removes the City-State of Sofia.



The First Bulgarian Empire was a medieval Bulgarian state founded in the north-eastern Balkans in c. 680 by the Bulgars, which subdued or drove out the Byzantines and made the South Slavic settlers their allies. At the height of its power it spread between Budapest and the Black Sea and from the Dnieper River in modern Ukraine to the Adriatic Sea. As the state solidified its position in the Balkans, it entered on a centuries-long interaction, sometimes friendly and sometimes hostile, with the Byzantine Empire. Bulgaria emerged as Byzantium's chief antagonist in the Balkans, resulting in several wars. The two powers however also enjoyed periods of peace and alliance, most notably during the Second Arab siege of Constantinople, where the Bulgarian army played a crucial role in breaking the siege. Byzantium had a strong cultural influence on Bulgaria, which also led to the eventual adoption of Christianity by Bulgaria in 864. After the disintegration of the Avar Khaganate, the Bulgarians expanded their territory up to the Pannonian Plain (in present-day Hungary). Later the Bulgarians confronted the advance of the Pechenegs and Cumans, and achieved a decisive victory over the Magyars, forcing them to establish themselves permanently in Pannonia.

During the late 9th and early 10th centuries, Tsar Simeon I achieved a string of victories over the Byzantines, and expanded the Bulgarian Empire to its apogee. After the annihilation of the Byzantine army in the battle of Anchialus in 917, the Bulgarians laid siege to Constantinople in 923 and 924. The Byzantines eventually recovered, and in 1014 under Basil II, inflicted a crushing defeat on the Bulgarians at the Battle of Kleidion. By 1018, the last Bulgarian strongholds had surrendered to the Byzantine Empire, and the First Bulgarian Empire had ceased to exist. It was succeeded by the Second Bulgarian Empire in 1185.

Simeon I[]

Simeon I the Great ruled over Bulgaria from 893 to 927, during the First Bulgarian Empire. Simeon's successful campaigns against the Byzantines, Magyars and Serbs led Bulgaria to its greatest territorial expansion ever, making it the most powerful state in contemporary Eastern Europe. His reign was also a period of unmatched cultural prosperity and enlightenment later deemed the Golden Age of Bulgarian culture.

During Simeon's rule, Bulgaria spread over a territory between the Aegean, the Adriatic and the Black Sea, and the new Bulgarian capital Preslav was said to rival Constantinople. The newly independent Bulgarian Orthodox Church became the first new patriarchate besides the Pentarchy, and Bulgarian Glagolitic translations of Christian texts spread all over the Slavic world of the time. Halfway through his reign, Simeon assumed the title of Emperor (Tsar), having prior to that been styled Prince (Knyaz).

Dawn of Man[]

Behold, Tsar Simeon I the Great! Your vast empire was grand and glorious! You led the Bulgarian Empire to its greatest territorial expansion ever! You turned Preslav into a thriving cultural and religious centre that rivaled Constantinople! The Bulgarian Empire knew many great leaders, but you presided over its first golden age. You are never to be forgotten, Great Tsar.

Your people need you to make the Bulgarian Empire great and prosperous once more! Lead Bulgaria's mighty armies to victory and let your enemies know their place in this world! Can you expand Bulgaria's territory to an unprecedented size? Will you turn Preslav into a major cultural centre again? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

BulgariaSimeon diplo

Leaderscene by DJSHenninger

Introduction: "Greetings, you are speaking with Simeon I, Tsar of the Bulgarian Empire. I'm quite busy, so make haste."

Introduction: "Who approaches the Emperor of the Bulgarian Empire?"

Defeat: "I assure you, this is not over."

Defeat: "No! How could this be happening?!"



Unique Attributes[]

Bulgaria (Simeon I)

Art by DJSHenninger

Iron Discipline

+25% Strength Defense against ranged attacks for trained melee, archer, siege and mounted units in Cities with a Forge. All land units may move after attacking. Free Greatperson Great Writer when Drama and Poetry is researched.


Art by DJSHenninger

Shtitonostzi (Spearman)
  • +1 Moves Movement
  • +25% Strength Combat Strength vs. Infantry

Art by DJSHenninger

Literary School (Amphitheater)
  • +1 additional Greatwork Writing slot
  • -15% CultureIcon Culture cost of new tiles
  • +1 CultureIcon Culture after researching Architecture


Peace Theme War Theme

Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra - Nerazdelni (Неразделни)


Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra - Sine moy (Сине мой)

"Nerazdelni (Неразделни)" composed by Nayden Andreev. "Sine moy (Сине мой)" composed by Metodi Matakiev.

Mod Support[]

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

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now wearing your martenitsas in March and drinking your rakia. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

List of Cities[]

City List
  1. Preslav
  2. Pliska
  3. Tarnovo
  4. Sofia
  5. Plovdiv
  6. Varna
  7. Nesebar
  8. Anhialo
  9. Vidin
  10. Ohrid
  11. Skopje
  12. Cherven
  13. Markeli
  14. Beroe
  15. Debelt
  16. Obzor
  17. Silistra
  18. Mezek
  19. Melnik
  20. Merres
  21. Sirmium
  22. Preslavec
  23. Thtiman
  24. Nis
  25. Boyana

Full Credits List[]

Mediafire Download
Steam Workshop
Steam Workshop (G&K)
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 28 January 2015

  • Danrell: UU Model.
  • SILVA_E: Original Leader Image
  • DJSHenninger: Author.

Notes and References[]

DJSHenninger's Civilizations [edit]
AlbaniaArmenia • AzerbaijanBohemia • Bosnia • Bulgaria (Krum)Bulgaria (Samuel)Bulgaria (Simeon I)Córdoba • CroatiaGeorgiaHungaryMoldaviaMontenegroNorthumbriaRomaniaSerbia (Dusan) • Serbia (Peter I)Wallachia (Mircea)Wallachia (Vlad III)Yugoslavia (Peter I)Yugoslavia (Tito)
Byzantium Pack
Basil IIJohn IIJustinian IMichael VIII • Theodora (revision)
AfsharidsBurmaKazakhsKhmersNepal • Pakistan • Sassanids • SeljuqsSikh EmpireTaiwanUmayyadsVietnam
ArgentinaCanadaMexico • Venezuela