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Canaan led by Adonizedek is a custom civilization mod by Lime, with contributions from DarthKyofu and relic.

This mod requires Brave New World.



Canaan is an ancient Levantine region, filled with a collection of independently ruled and trade-oriented city-states. Named after Canaan, the biblical son of Ham, the near-eastern domain was legendarily filled with its namesake’s descendants (until, that is, the Israelites conquered, enslaved, and eventually killed the Canaanites. Turns out Canaan did not want to go to the Nile and decided to keep squatting on the Levantine Shore. Knowing what happened to the Israelites in Egypt, the Israelites may have just been mad that Canaan was right). These descendants – the Sidonians, Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites (which are possibly just the Hittites again), Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Semarites, and Hamathites – are told in the biblical narrative to have settled the land that would eventually become Canaan, Phoenicia, Jordan, and Lebanon. Much of Canaanite history is clouded by scripture. The term “Canaanite” is an ethnic catch-all to refer to the people of this region.

Around 1650 B.C., Semitic peoples settled Egypt (so much for Canaan not wanting to go there) in the form of the Hyksos. The narratives of ignoble invasion have largely been disproved – the establishment of the Hyksos in Egypt was largely peaceful and gradual. Avaris was established as the capital of Hyksos Egypt, and later the Fifteenth Egyptian Dynasty. After several wars and axe wounds to many heads, the Hyksos were conquered and their leadership expelled from Egypt or executed. With the Egyptian empire resurgent and the Hittite empire becoming more powerful, the Canaanite cities were divvied between the two, and the two powers began their ancient Great Game. It is known that the most famous Canaanite city, Jerusalem (then known as Zedek), reported to the Egyptian Pharaoh and was reliant on Egypt to maintain his rule.

From the mid 1500s B.C. onwards, many of the Canaanite cities became vassals of the Assyrian Empire, which began muscling out the Egyptians and the Hittites so the Assyrian Kings could extract tribute from the rich Canaanite coast. This rulership lasted until the Bronze Age collapse, the Levantine cities suffering the worst of the collapse. The former powerful cities fell, and after the battle of Kadesh, Rameses II was forced to campaign in Moab and Ammon in an effort to maintain control. The Amarna Letters were written during this time, which details the various negotiations between the two powers and the local mayors, petty kings, and merchant princes of the land of Canaan, as well as the crumbling of Egyptian control over the region during the Bronze Age Collapse. The city-state system largely broke down away from the coast, and what cities that were not destroyed were abandoned. In fact, the first reference to the name Israel comes from the Merneptah Stele during the collapse: “Israel is laid to waste. His seed is no more.”


Adonizedek was the King of Jerusalem (then known as Zedek, meaning the City of Righteousness) at the time of the Israelite invasion into Canaan, in the year 1000 B.C. Little is known about this figure, except that he formed a coalition made up of himself and four nearby kings to resist the Israelite forces. These kings were Hoham, king of Hebron, Piram, king of Jarmuth, Japhia, king of Lachish, and Debir, king of Eglon.

Dawn of Man[]

Hail, Adonizedek, king of Zedek, lord of righteousness, leader of the Canaanites. You ruled the city and associated lands of what would become known as Jerusalem. Hearing of the conquering of the city of Ai by Joshua and the Israelites, you formed a coalition of five kings of the Amorites; yourself, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon. Gathered together, you made war against the city of Gibeon, which had allied with the Israelites. This war, however, was unsuccessful, and you and your fellow kings retreated to a cave in Makkedah, where you were trapped by Joshua, and it came to pass that you were hanged.


Leaderscreen by Lime

King Adonizedek, you have been given the chance to begin anew. No longer will your people have to be subjugated, and you can start in a new land. But be cautious; this new land has new enemies, new entrapments, but also new opportunities; a new land of milk and honey. It is your path to walk. Will you tread in the path of righteousness? Can you build a civilization to stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Welcome! I am the magnanimous Lord of Righteousness and Master of Jerusalem!"

Defeat: "This is a disgrace! May you and your brethren be cursed with damnation, disease, and foul wine! May your paltry god shatter your limbs like a fallen clay goblet!"

Unique Attributes[]

Canaan (Adonizedek)

Art by Lime

Land of Milk and Honey

Greatperson Great Prophets place a random Bonus Resource beneath Holy Sites they build, permanently adding +3 FaithIcon Faith to the tile underneath.


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Habiru (Chariot Archer)
  • Gains FaithIcon Faith from kills.
  • If purchased with gold, gains Strength Combat Strength if it starts its turn adjacent or on a Bonus Resource.

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Bayith (Mint)
  • Does not require GoldRes Icon Gold or Silver Icon Silver.
  • Each Bonus Resource yields +1 FaithIcon Faith and +1 Gold Gold.
  • City Religion Religious Pressure increases Traderoute Trade Route range.
City List
  1. Zedek
  2. Jericho
  3. Hazor
  4. Megiddo
  5. Sidon
  6. Beth-Shan
  7. Kadesh
  8. Hebron
  9. Jarmuth
  10. Lachish
  11. Illiq
  12. Toqmaq
  13. Eglon
  14. Jaffa
  15. Gaza
  16. Avaris
  17. Ramoth-Gilead
  18. Gibeon
  19. Yamkhad
  20. Qatna
  21. Beth-Horon
  22. Gezer
  23. Sechem
  24. Tel-Kabri
  25. Arad
  26. Ugarit
Spy List
  • Zidon
  • Heth
  • Jebus
  • Amor
  • Girgash
  • Ark
  • Sin
  • Arvad
  • Zemar
  • Hamati



Mod Support[]

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 6 January 2021


  • Lime: Code, Research, Art, Text, Design, Mod Support
  • DarthKyofu: Art
  • Relic: Lua