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Burkina Faso led by Thomas Sankara is a custom civilization by DMS, with contributions from Senshi, Darth, Urdnot and Lime.

This mod requires Brave New World. It is part of the 12 Days of Africa event.


Burkina Faso[]

Burkina Faso, landlocked country in western Africa. The country occupies an extensive plateau, and its geography is characterized by a savanna that is grassy in the north and gradually gives way to sparse forests in the south.

A former French colony, it gained independence as Upper Volta in 1960. The name Burkina Faso, which means “Land of Incorruptible People,” was adopted in 1984. The capital, Ouagadougou, is in the centre of the country and lies about 500 miles (800 km) from the Atlantic Ocean.

Thomas Sankara[]

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara was a Burkinabé revolutionary and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. A Marxist and pan-Africanist, he was viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, and is sometimes referred to as "Africa's Che Guevara". He held the position of president until 1987, when he was killed during another coup.

Dawn of Man[]

"Salutations and good fortune to you and your own, Thomas Sankara, though you are but one of the seven million Thomas Sankaras of your people. But your nation did not begin as Burkina Faso, rather French Upper Volta, it had all the makings of the greatness you would mold it into. Learning the lessons of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, and those of the American, French, and Russian Revolutions, you threw off the yoke of the French Imperialist at the time when they were weakest. And to your newborn nation you gave self-sufficiency, you gave modernity, you gave literacy, and you gave equality.  For the first time, Burkina Faso made enough food for itself and others, and no longer did the Burkinabé live in urban slums or under backwater chieftains, but in good housing and condition: educated, vaccinated, and well-fed. No longer did your government lord its position over the peasants – you traded the Mercedes for Renaults, reduced your own salary, and limited your possessions to a car, four bikes, three guitars, a refrigerator, and a broken freezer.

DMS Sankara Diplo

Art by DMS

Thomas Sankara, your people wish to stand upright and proud once more. Will you throw off the chains that would-be imperialists would lock your Fatherland in? Will you bring your people to stand tall and upright, to shine against those who would enslave you? Will you build a Civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: ""That which man can imagine, he can achieve", and I, Thomas Sankara, the upright man, president of Burkina-Faso, can imagine a world of fairness and justice for all. You there, are you going to help realise this dream or stand in its way?"

Defeat: "I am defeated, yes, but even then, I know in my heart that the Burkinabé people will rise against you and yours in retaliation for your cruelty."

Unique Attributes[]

Burkina Faso (Thomas Sankara)

Art by DMS

The Upright Man

Domestic Trade Routes boost Production Building Production, doubled for Science Buildings. Upon finishing construction of a Building, receive Food Food for every worked Forest or Jungle tile.


Art by DMS

Milice du Peuple (Marine)
  • May Plant Forests and Repair Improvements.
  • Starts with additional Experience for every tile with a Road or Rail near the City in which it is trained.

Art by DMS

Freight Station (Seaport)
  • No requirements or effects of the regular Seaport.
  • City must be connected to the Capital.
  • +2 Production Production per domestic Trade Route to or from the City.
  • +1 CultureIcon Culture on Roads and Rails.
  • Provides a Trade Route slot in the first three Cities it is built.
City List
  1. Ouagadougou
  2. Bobo Dioulasso
  3. Banfora
  4. Koudougou
  5. Ouahigouya
  6. Kaya
  7. Fada N'gourma
  8. Tenkodogo
  9. Houndé
  10. Dédougou
  11. Arbinda
  12. Bogandé
  13. Boromo
  14. Dano
  15. Diapaga
  16. Diébougou
  17. Djibo
  18. Dori
  19. Gaoua
  20. Gorom-Gorom
  21. Gourcy
  22. Kindi
  23. Kokologo
  24. Kombissiri
  25. Kongoussi
  26. Koupéla
  27. Léo
  28. Loropéni
  29. Manga
  30. Méguet
  31. Ouargaye
  32. Nouna
  33. Orodara
  34. Pouytenga
  35. Réo
  36. Zorgho
  37. Boulsa
  38. Boussé
  39. Pissila
  40. Kordié
Spy List
  • Soumane Toure
  • Compaore
  • Henri Zongo
  • Jean-Baptiste Lingani
  • Mariam Sankara
  • Valère Somé
  • Sams'K Le Jah
  • Serge Bambara
  • Yacouba Isaac Zida
  • Guy Hervé Kam


Burkina Faso has Order Science Civ written all over it, personally. Though I might need to be more obvious about it right now, it’s a bit easy to see why. The love of internal trade routes synergizes well with Iron Curtain. The UA is particularly prone to an unusual behavior of building Lumber Mills, which is something most people don’t really do as often. The high amount of food from being a Civ that primarily deals in internal trade routes means that you can work more Specialists and more Production tiles. The UB gives even more Production (and extra trade routes!), and the UU has the honestly lovely ability to reforestate. But, frankly, this is just a Civ that likes Production, Trade Routes and roads a lot (with a bit of clever behavior, this is a 11 Trade Route Civ).


Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop Downloader
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 28 August 2019


  • DMS: Design, Art, Code
  • Urdnot: Design
  • Senshi: Map, Civ Icon
  • FramedArchitect: Code
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