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Union of Burma
Anawrahta Minsaw
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Burma led by Anawrahta Minsaw is a custom civilization by DJSHenninger[1].

This mod requires Brave New World or Gods and Kings.



Anawrahta laid the foundation of Modern Burma by uniting all of the Irrawaddy valley and its periphery for the first time in history and by founding the Pagan empire. Pagan gradually grew to absorb its surrounding states until the 1050s–1060s. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Pagan Empire and the Khmer Empire were two main powers in mainland Southeast Asia. The Burmese language and culture gradually became dominant in the upper Irrawaddy valley, eclipsing the Pyu, Mon and Pali norms by the late 12th century. Theravada Buddhism slowly began to spread to the village level although Tantric, Mahayana, Brahmanic, and animist practices remained heavily entrenched. Pagan's rulers and wealthy built over 10,000 Buddhist temples in the Pagan capital zone alone. Repeated Mongol invasions (1277–1301) toppled the four-century-old kingdom in 1287. Pagan's collapse was followed by 250 years of political fragmentation that lasted well into the 16th century. Like the Burmans four centuries earlier, Shan migrants who arrived with the Mongol invasions stayed behind. Several competing Shan states came to dominate the entire northwestern to eastern arc surrounding the Irrawaddy valley. The valley too was beset with petty states until the late 14th century when two sizable powers, Ava Kingdom and Hanthawaddy Kingdom, emerged. Like the Pagan Empire, Ava, Hanthawaddy and the Shan states were all multi-ethnic polities. Despite the wars, cultural synchronization continued. This period is considered a golden age for Burmese culture. Burmese literature "grew more confident, popular, and stylistically diverse", and the second generation of Burmese law codes as well as the earliest pan-Burma chronicles emerged. Hanthawaddy monarchs introduced religious reforms that later spread to the rest of the country. Many splendid temples of Mrauk U were built during this period. Political unification returned in the mid-16th century, due to the efforts of one tiny Toungoo (Taungoo), a former vassal state of Ava. Toungoo's young, ambitious king Tabinshwehti defeated the more powerful Hanthawaddy in 1541. His successor Bayinnaung went on to conquer a vast swath of mainland Southeast Asia including the Shan states, Lan Na, Manipur, the Chinese Shan states, Siam, Lan Xang and southern Arakan. However, the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia unravelled soon after Bayinnaung's death in 1581, completely collapsing by 1599. Siam seized Tenasserim and Lan Na, and Portuguese mercenaries established Portuguese rule at Syriam (Thanlyin). After the fall of Ava, one resistance group, Alaungpaya's Konbaung Dynasty defeated Restored Hanthawaddy, and by 1759, had reunited all of Burma (and Manipur), and driven out the French and the British who had provided arms to Hanthawaddy. The breadth of this empire was short lived, because of the arrival of the British. The country was colonized by Britain following three Anglo-Burmese Wars (1824–1885). British rule brought social, economic, cultural and administrative changes. On 4 January 1948, the nation became an independent republic, named the Union of Burma, with Sao Shwe Thaik as its first President and U Nu as its first Prime Minister.

Anawrahta Minsaw[]

Anawrahta Minsaw was the founder of the Pagan Empire. Considered the father of the Burmese nation, Anawrahta turned a small principality in the dry zone of Upper Burma into the first Burmese Empire that formed the basis of modern-day Burma (Myanmar). Historically verifiable Burmese history begins with his accession to the Pagan throne in 1044. Anawrahta unified the entire Irrawaddy valley for the first time in history, and placed peripheral regions such as Shan States and Arakan (Northern Rakhine) under Pagan's suzerainty. He successfully stopped the advance of Khmer Empire into Tenasserim coastline and into Upper Menam valley, making Pagan one of two main kingdoms in mainland Southeast Asia. A strict disciplinarian, Anawrahta implemented a series of key social, religious and economic reforms that would have a lasting impact in Burmese history. His social and religious reforms later developed into the modern-day Burmese culture. By building a series of weirs, he turned parched, arid regions around Pagan into the main rice granaries of Upper Burma, giving Upper Burma an enduring economic base from which to dominate the Irrawaddy valley and its periphery in the following centuries. He bequeathed a strong administrative system that all later Pagan kings followed until the dynasty's fall in 1287. The success and longevity of Pagan's dominance over the Irrawaddy valley laid the foundation for the ascent of Burmese language and culture, the spread of Burman ethnicity in Upper Burma. Anawrahta's legacy went far beyond the borders of modern Burma. His embrace of Theravada Buddhism and his success in stopping the advance of Khmer Empire, a Hindu state, provided the Buddhist school, which had been in retreat elsewhere in South and Southeast Asia, a much needed reprieve and a safe shelter. He helped restart Theravada Buddhism in Ceylon, the Buddhist school's original home. The success of Pagan dynasty made Theravada Buddhism's later growth in Lan Na (northern Thailand), Siam (central Thailand), Lan Xang (Laos), and Khmer Empire (Cambodia) in the 13th and 14th centuries possible. Anawrahta is one of the most famous kings in Burmese history. His life stories (legends) are a staple of Burmese folklore and retold in popular literature and theater. Anawrahta was one of the three great kings in Burmese history, the others being Bayinnaung and Alaungpaya.

Dawn of Man[]

"You are King Anawrahta, founder of the Pagan Empire! You are magnificent, majestic and inspiring. Your country knew prosperous times under your rule. Today, your country is known as Burma and was once one of the most prosperous counties in South-East Asia. You embraced Buddhism, stopped the advance of the mighty Khmer empire and organized the state. You made great efforts to turn the lands of central Burma into rice granaries, which formed the enduring economic base for centuries. You unified Burma for the first time in history and your social and religious reforms later developed into the modern-day Burmese culture.

Legendary Father of the Burmese Nation, your people call for your help once more! Not every Burmese leader was as great as you and that's why it is time for you to step up. Your people rely on you! Can you turn Burma into a glorious nation? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Burma diplo

Leaderscene by DJSHenninger

Introduction: "Welcome to Burma. What can I do for you, honored leader?"

Introduction: "Magnificent tales about you even reached my empire! I think we should talk."

Defeat: "My empire is scattered. My people are terrified and exhausted. Do what you want with these lands, but leave my people alone."

Defeat: "Don't think it's over. Your empire will not last long."



Unique Attributes[]

Burma (Anawrahta Minsaw)

Art by DJSHenninger

Valley of Rubies

First 2 cities start with a Gems resource. +1 CultureIcon Culture and +1 FaithIcon Faith from Gems. +1 Gold Gold from Engineer Specialists.


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Manipuri Cassay Horseman (Lancer)
  • +50% Flanking Bonus
  • Starts with Woodsman Promotion
  • -33% Strength Defence penalty

Art by DJSHenninger

Lacquerware Workshop (Workshop)
  • +1 additional Engineer Specialist slot
  • +10% CultureIcon Culture
  • No Maintenance Cost
  • No +2 Production Production

Mod Support[]

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

List of Cities[]

City List
  1. Yangon
  2. Mandalay
  3. Naypyidaw
  4. Bagan
  5. Mawlamyaing
  6. Bago
  7. Pathein
  8. Monywa
  9. Meiktila
  10. Sittwe
  11. Mergui
  12. Taunggyi
  13. Magway
  14. Henzada
  15. Lashio
  16. Myingyan
  17. Prome
  18. Pakokku
  19. Dawei
  20. Toungoo
  21. Yenangyaung
  22. Thaton
  23. Maymyo
  24. Shwebo
  25. Myitkyinā
  26. Kale
  27. Kēng Tung
  28. Chauk
  29. Bogale

Full Credits List[]

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Last Updated: 23 May 2014

  • DJSHenninger: Author.

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