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Congo led by Patrice Lumumba is a custom civilization by DMS, with contributions from Senshi, RawSasquatch, Darth and Lime.

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



The history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 18th largest country in the world, is fraught with violence, conflict and exploitation. From the personal colony of King Leopold II of Belgium, to the dictator Joseph Mobutu's personal piggy bank, to a country divided by a twenty-year civil war, the DRC has a history of division and conflict.

In the 19th Century, as colonial fervor reached its peak, King Leopold II of Belgium gained personal control of what is now the country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It was given to him as part of the Berlin Conference of 1885, which divided up and formalized much of the colonial expansion that had occurred—paving the way for the tail-end of the so-called scramble for Africa. In one of history’s great ironies, an express humanitarian justification was given for the appropriation: the ending of slavery by Arab traders. Far from ending slavery, Leopold’s brutal reign institutionalized it. Rubber was the most profitable crop, and unmet quotas were penalized severely: a limb was amputated. Belgium took over the colony in the early 1900s in response to international pressure.

After World War II, however, colonialism was no longer in vogue. European countries were either providing independence, or fighting it—attempting to postpone the inevitable. It was during this time that Joseph Mobutu rose to power. Through a series of shifts in power, Mobutu was able to maneuver his way solidly into the presidency. He quickly turned the country into a one-party state, and ruled for over thirty years. He enjoyed significant support from the United States, France, and Belgium, as a reward for his anti-communist stance. However, he was a brutal ruler, and embezzled billions of dollars’ worth of aid. He was deposed in 1997, the result of his failing health, and weakened grasp on the country.

His overthrow, during the First Congo War, did little to improve the situation of the DRC. Armed Hutu groups that had participated in the Rwandan Genocide, just next door to the DRC, began attacking ethnic Tutsis and surrounding tribal groups. The Rwandan Armed Forces, and guerrilla groups it had helped to create, began to fight the Hutu groups, and to push for the overthrow of Mobutu. Ugandan soldiers also invaded, fighting alongside the Rwandan troops. The Second Congo War was almost identical, and began the following year. Both Rwanda and Uganda continued funding various rebel groups against the new self-appointed ruler of the DRC. Various ethnic groups and militias throughout the country fought against each other. The Second Congo War officially ended in 2003, but the war and its aftermath caused over five million deaths by 2008. The DRC became a battleground where various African nations, from North to South, either directly or indirectly fought over resources and power.

The end of the Second Congo War only slightly alleviated the conflicts. Over 2.5 Million people remain internally displaced due to ethnic conflicts. The Kivu conflict followed, as did the Ituri conflict. Closely related to the hostilities in the First and Second wars, both conflicts involved ethnic militias that were armed and supported by other African nations. The Lord’s Resistance Army, which has not been as active in Uganda since the peace talks of 2008, still operates a low-level conflict in the DRC. Four men have been put on trial at the ICC from the DRC for acts which they committed during the Second Congo War. Importantly, in 2012 Thomas Lubanga Dyilo was convicted of war crimes including the forced conscription of children

Patrice Lumumba[]

If the United States has the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X to remember as heroes of the battles in the civil rights movement and “symbols of liberation for people of African descent around the world,” wrote Alan Riding in the New York Times, Congo (for many years known as Zaire) and Africa itself have Patrice Lumumba. Lumumba, a passionate nationalist, became Congo’s first elected prime minister after leading the movement to wrestle control of the country’s independence from Belgium in June of 1960. Two months later, vilified as a Communist by the West in the throes of the Cold War, Lumumba was overthrown and only months after that was murdered with the suspected collusion of the United States and Belgium. Though the United States was cleared of any involvement in Lumumba’s death at the time, suspicions remained and independent investigations continued forty years later. According to sociologist Ludo de Witte in his book The Assassination of Lumumba, Belgian operatives directed and carried out the murder, and even helped dispose of the body. Lumumba’s demise, wrote Bill Berkeley in the New York Times, was a “turning point in history that helps explain how that African nation wound up on the road to its present ruin.”

Dawn of Man[]

"Few can claim to have loved Congo like you did, Patrice Lumumba, and fewer still can say to have served it like you. Having helped orchestrate her independence, you went from informer to Prime Minister, and you attempted to steer the nation through the troubling Congo Crisis, asking for international support and africanising the Force Publique. You were unfortunately then betrayed, undercut and eventually executed. But even in death, your nation rallied behind your cause – and you remained as a symbol of both Congolese passion for freedom and Belgian misery for decades to come. And it was only through your efforts that no Congolese worthy of the name will ever be able to forget that it was by fighting that liberty had been won.

DMS Lumumba

Art by DMS

And now those who would enslave Congo conspire again. Will you preserve your people’s freedom from those who would shackle them? Will you make a Congo – eternal and strong – one that will never crumble? Will you build a Civilization that can stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Greetings, I am Patrice Lumumba. I liberated my homeland from Imperialists, if you are one, turn back. If you are a friend, we welcome you into our lands."

Defeat: "You bring only suffering to these lands. I hope the Congolese people will continue to seek the path I have laid out for them."

Unique Attributes[]

Congo (Patrice Lumumba)

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Greatness of Spirit

Influence Influence with Citystate City-States increase the CultureIcon Cultural output of the Capital Capital. Upon adopting a Social Policy, receive a permanent +1 Happy Happiness.


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Simba Rebel (Infantry)
  • -17% Strength Combat Strength (58 vs 70)
  • -9% Production Production Cost (340 vs 375)
  • +15% Strength Combat Strength and heals adjacent friendly Units when having taken any amount of damage.
  • +2 CultureIcon Culture when beginning a turn on a Jungle.

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Palais de la Nation (Stadium)
  • Only +1 Happy Happiness (vs 2)
  • +2 CultureIcon Culture per Allied or Befriended Citystate City-State during a We Love the King Day
City List
  1. Léopoldville
  2. Élisabethville
  3. Bakwanga
  4. Aketi Port-Chaltin
  5. Stanleyville
  6. Flandria
  7. Costermansville
  8. Jadotville
  9. Charlesville
  10. Poto-Poto
  11. Kalina
  12. Coquilhatville
  13. Luluabourg
  14. Dendale
  15. Paulis
  16. Moerbeke
  17. Saint-Jean
  18. Albertville
  19. Sentery
  20. Kindu Port-Émpain
  21. Cattier
  22. Banningville
  23. Wolter
  24. Elisabetha
  25. Leverville
  26. Port-Francqui
  27. Nouvelle-Anvers
  28. Stanley
  29. Thysville
  30. Brabanta
  31. Renkin
  32. Baudoinville
  33. Banzyville
  34. Vista
  35. Mérode
  36. Ponthierville
Spy List
  • Antoine Gizenga
  • Justin Bomboko
  • Marcel Bisukiro
  • Thomas Kanza
  • Aloïs Kabangi
  • Alphonse Ilunga
  • Anicet Kashamura
  • Pierre Mulele
  • Charles Kisolokele
  • Paul Bolya
Icon DRC



Peace Theme War Theme
"Indépendance Cha Cha" performed by Joseph Kabasele. "La Répression" from the soundtrack of Lumumba.

Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

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Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 8 September 2019


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