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Byzantium led by Michael VIII is a custom civilization by JFD and Janboruta, with contributions from DarthKyofu and DJSHenninger.

This mod requires Brave New World.



Existing for more than 1,000 years, the Byzantine Empire, centered in the legendary city of Constantinople, was initially formed as the eastern seat of power for the mighty Roman Empire. Located along the trade routes connecting Europe to Asia, Constantinople grew to become the primary trade hub in the region, flourishing despite the conflicts that led to the decline of Rome in the west. Inspired by a number of memorable rulers, the Byzantine Empire was also a source of great cultural growth along the eastern Mediterranean, its affluence allowing for grand displays of art, architecture, science, and music.

Michael VIII[]

Michael VIII Palaeologus was Nicaean emperor and then Byzantine emperor, who in 1261 restored the Byzantine Empire to the Greeks after 57 years of Latin occupation and who founded the Palaeologan dynasty, the last and longest-lived of the empire’s ruling houses.

Dawn of Man[]

"Hail Michael Palaeologus, Emperor of Nicea and restorator of Byzantium. Having had fallen to the Fourth Crusade in 1204 AD, the Byzantine Empire of your youth had begun to fade into history. But guided by your lofty ambitions to recover Constantinople from the Latin Empire, your reign would mark the beginning of a new Imperial Dynasty. By 1261 AD, Constantinople was yours, and you would set about to build a new foundation upon which the Byzantine empire would stand as a beacon of civilization and strength for the two centuries to come.

JFD ByzantiumMichaelVIII Diplo

Art by DarthKyofu

The noble Palaiologos dynasty is yours, O' great emperor, and with restoration comes the need to forge a new future. Can you re-build the empire through technology and diplomacy? Can you unite together faith and innovation? Can you build a civilization to stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Hail commander. I am Michael Paelaeologus, ruler of Byzantium and restorator of her empire. May new alliances and fortune come of our meeting here today."

Defeat: "My dynasty may fall, but Constantinople shall not be yours for long."

Unique Attributes[]

Byzantium (Michael VIII)

Art by DarthKyofu

Palaeologan Renaissance

Naval Combat Units receive a free Siege Promotion when upgraded. Captured cities have no Unhappiness Occupied Unhappiness whilst a Science Science or FaithIcon Faith Building is under construction.


Art by Janboruta

Lanternas (Galleass)
  • May withdraw when faced with a melee attack.
  • Heals 10 HP every turn during an active Peace Treaty.

Art by DarthKyofu

Patriarchal School (University)
  • Science Science and FaithIcon Faith from Buildings in this City contribute to Goldenage Golden Age Progress.
City List
  1. Constantinople
  2. Nicaea
  3. Thessalonica
  4. Adrianople
  5. Antioch
  6. Varna
  7. Ohrid
  8. Nicomedia
  9. Trebizond
  10. Cherson
  11. Sardica
  12. Ani
  13. Dyrrachium
  14. Edessa
  15. Chalcedon
  16. Naissus
  17. Bari
  18. Iconium
  19. Prilep
  20. Samosata
  21. Kars
  22. Nicopolis
  23. Theodosiopolis
  24. Tyana
  25. Gaza
  26. Kerkyra
  27. Phoenice
  28. Selymbria
  29. Sillyon
  30. Corcyrus
  31. Vodena
  32. Caesare Maritima
  33. Traianoupoli
  34. Constantia
  35. Tarsos
  36. Abydos
  37. Philippopolis
  38. Amorion
  39. Dorylaeum
  40. Attaleia
  41. Germanikeia
  42. Ancyra
  43. Heraclea Pontica
  44. Amastris
  45. Sinope
  46. Anchialus
  47. Aulona
  48. Kastoria
  49. Beroea
  50. Tephrike
  51. Melitene
  52. Koloneia
  53. Chrysopolis
Spy List
  • Euphrosyne
  • Theodore
  • John
  • Irene
  • Eudokia
  • Manuel
  • Theodora
  • Maria
  • Anna
  • Andronikos


Byzantium Mike JFD


Peace Theme War Theme
"Knights of Jerusalem" from the soundtrack of Crusader Kings 3. "Illness" from the soundtrack of Crusader Kings 3.

Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 8 January 2022
  • JFD: Author, Coding, Design, Research, Writing
  • DarthKyofu: Art (Civ Icon; Map; Unique Building Icon)
  • DJSHenninger: Research (Cities)
  • Janboruta: Art (Unique Unit Icon)
  • Whoward: Utilities (PlotIterators.lua)
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