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The Kingdom of Dali led by Duan Siping is a custom civilization mod by Grant, with contributions from TophatPaladin.

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Dali Kingdom[]

The Kingdom of Dali, which meant 'the great truth' or 'the great administration', was a buddhist kingdom that played a vital role in south-east asia for nearly three centuries, from the 10th to the 13th century. It was a kingdom of piety, of many temples and giant stone pagodas, and was composed not of a homogeneous people but of many people and many tribes, the largest of which being the Bai and Yi.

The Dali kingdom was notable for its influence in preserving and spreading Buddhism. The royal Duan clan, like that of their Nanzhao predecessors before them were devout Buddhists, and they constructed large Buddhist temples around Dali and on the Shibaoshan Mountain. These soon became centers for Buddhist teaching. Here the Kings attempted to model themselves on the models of the Buddhist- divine kings of the nearby South East Asian kingdoms.

While the rulers during the later portion of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) and the emperors of the Song Empire turned away from Buddhism and instead focused on Confucianism, in Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms Buddhist influence became the state religion and the royal house took on a direct hand in proselytizing it. In all of 316 years of Dali history there were 22 successive kings, 9 of them abdicated the throne and eventually became monks in the Chongsheng temple, although their reasons for this was more political than exclusively for piety, nonetheless this still illustrated the religion’s profound influence on the kingdom.

By the 11th century, the Duan dynasty became wary of not only outside forces, but rebellious tribes and powerful noblemen inside the royal court and out, who could at any moment overthrow a weak and pacifist royalty. This came to a head in 1080 AD, when the former prime minister of the kingdom Gao Shengtai, killed the reigning king and usurped the throne for hismelf, founding the short-lived Dazhong Kingdom. While the Duan family survived and restored the throne two years later, the restored dynasty was little more than a puppet of nobles and influential families, notably the Gaos, of whom the prime minister had belonged to. The Gaos would retain their great hereditary powers well until the Kingdom's end, ruling effectively as the real leaders of Dali. For from now on, the Dali Kings would only exist as figureheads, used until they became useless to the Gao Regents, and when that time came, they would be forced into retirement and end their life in obscurity. 9 out of 22 of Dali's kings would be used and discarded in such manner- a prisoner within their own court and kingdom. Perhaps it was with this context, we could try to understand what they did next.

The end of the Dali Kingdom came suddenly. The formidable people that would ultimately abolish Dali would eventually also conquer the Song dynasty and absorb the disparate Tibetan peoples under one Pan- Asian hegemonic banner: the Mongols. In 1253, the Mongol Empire under Möngke Khan- the 4th Great Khan of the Mongol Empire and grandson of Genghis Khan would end the Kingdom of Dali. But unlike elsewhere during the Mongol conquests- the subjugation of Dali was for the most part light and was demonstrative of what happens when a foe had surrendered rather than resisted against the Mongols. The initial Mongol thrust into the territories of Southern Song had been mixed, though the Mongols were able to make some successes in their early attempt to breach through the Yangtze and circumvent Song defenses by attempting to enter into the densely mountainous province of Sichuan- The Song had build extensive fortifications in the area and made Sichuan nearly impregnable to invasion for the next few decades. The Mongol attacks on Southern Song China intensified with the election of Möngke as Great Khan in 1251. Passing through the Chengdu Plain in Sichuan, the Mongols then saw the key passes of Dali as a vital path to circumvent Sichuan's chain of fortresses and outflank from the west until they can then jab directly from that direction into the southern Song heartlands.

The Gao family, still dominant at court, resisted and slew the Mongol envoys. In 1252 Möngke placed his brother Kublai and general Uriyangqadai- the son of Subutai in charge of invading Dali. In 1253 Kublai's led an army of a hundred thousand strong, for the invasion. The Mongols divided their forces into three. One wing rode eastward into the Sichuan basin. The second column under Uriyangqadai took a difficult way into the mountains of western Sichuan. Kublai himself headed south over the grasslands, rapidly crossed the Jinsha River on a small fleet of leather canoes into Yunnan and met up with the first column. Although the kingdom of Dali still possessed an impregnable series of defensive mountain passes, the speed of the invasion caught the defender off guard. Instead of a massive army, Kublai received the surrender of the Duan Xingzhi, the 22nd and soon to be last king of Dali. Kublai then took the capital city of Dali and spared the residents despite the slaying of his ambassadors. Duan Xingzhi then used his own troops to aid in conquering the rest of Yunnan for the Mongols and led the Mongols army to bypass many mountain passes of the kingdom. The Mongols appointed King Duan Xingzhi as a vassal then stationed a pacification commissioner there. After Kublai's departure, unrest broke out among the Black Jang (one of the main ethnic groups of the Dali kingdom). But with the help of the Duans, the Mongols were able to outflank and destroy the few remaining defenders who resisted the Mongols, by 1256 the whole of Dali kingdom was completely subdued.

Duan Siping[]

Duan Siping was an influential commander and statesman who overthrew the ruling Chinese kingdom of Great Yining in Yunnan, and established the kingdom of Dali, restoring native rule of the region since the fall of Nanzhou. The Duan family claimed descent from a Han Chinese family originating in Gansu province, however it is widely accepted that Duan Siping was a member of the Bai ethnic group. The Chinese chroncile Dian Zaiji records that Duan's ancestor was from Wuwei and, having assisted the Meng clan in battle, was awarded with an important political rank. However, "his descendant six generations later, Siping, was born under different omens." Duan was a governor of Tonghai County. Yang Ganzhen, ruler of the Great Yining kingdom, feared him and attempted to imprison him. Duan went into hiding and gathered soldiers and horses to fight.

Allegedly, Duan was eating a wild peach, when he noticed two characters written on the fruit's skin: qing xi 青昔. Duan determined that the first character, qing, referred to the twelfth month, whilst the second, xi, indicated the twenty-first day. He understood this as an omen of when he should attack Great Yining, and did so accordingly.

Dawn of Man[]

Welcome, Duan Siping, great statesman and architect of the heavenly kingdom of Dali! In turbulent times, you restored indigenous rule of Yunnan from the spectre of Great Yining, whose rulers feared you so much that they tried to imprison you. Against the odds, Dali became a beacon of pacifism and prosperous trade throughout the Tang and Song dynasties, at times loyal ally and at times, an auspicious trading partner. While Confucianism and other such falsehoods swept the continent, you remained true to Azhali Buddhism, the native belief of your people. However, it was not to be; influential families weakened the dynasty and when the Mongol horde arrived, your kingdom was defenseless to stop it.

Dali LS

Leaderscreen by Grant

Great Duan! Auspicious symbols have been found on another wild peach. They call for you to reclaim the throne and lead the fallen and forgotten kingdom to glory once again! You must hurry, or your chance at liberating the Bai and Yi will wither away. Can you accept the task ahead? Can you restore the Duan line to greater heights? Can you build a civilization that will stand the Test of Time?

Introduction: "Welcome, traveller, to the esteemed kingdom of Dali. I am its noble king, Duan. Do you seek horses? Or have you travelled to visit our glorious pagodas?"

Defeat: "The Duan dynasty will carry on, but you reign over these lands from hereon in. I wish you good luck."

Unique Attributes[]

Dali (Duan Siping)

Art by Grant

Tea and Horse Road

Mounted Units ignore terrain penalties on FaithIcon Faith-yielding tiles. Improving Luxury Resources on Hills produces FaithIcon Faith, and allows purchasing Trade Units with FaithIcon Faith.


Art by Grant

Luojuzi (Pikeman)
  • Unlocked at Theology.
  • +4 Strength Strength, -1 Moves Movement.
  • If stationed on a Luxury Resource, friendly adjacent tiles decrease enemy Moves movement by 1 and have a small chance to convert Religious units into Luojuzi, increased per FaithIcon Faith or Belief building in the nearest City.

Art by Grant

Royal Pagoda (Temple)
  • May be built three times in the capital.
  • When constructed, clears all adjacent Marsh Tiles.
  • Religious units expended in a city with a Royal Pagoda cause Hill and River tiles under Traderoute Trade Routes within city limits to yield an additional +1 FaithIcon Faith.
City List
  1. Dali
  2. Nongdong
  3. Tuodong
  4. Huichuan
  5. Yongchang
  6. Moutong
  7. Weichu
  8. Tengchong
  9. Shanju
  10. Jinglong
  11. Xiushan
  12. Zuining
  13. Dongchuan
  14. Shicheng
  15. Shanchan
  16. Jianchang
  17. Yuepan
  18. Baiya
  19. Fengyu
  20. Lanna
  21. Shengxiang
  22. Huazhu
  23. Wenfouzou
  24. Lanxi
  25. Mouzhou
  26. Juqiao
  27. Weiyuan
  28. Malong
  29. Baozhou
  30. Qilan
  31. Luoxiong
  32. Qiongbuzhou
  33. Luotuo
  34. Menglao
  35. Yinyuan
  36. Ayue
  37. Yeqie
  38. Muze
  39. Xuhen
  40. Shama
Spy List
  • Baolong
  • Zhengchun
  • Zhixing
  • Zhengxing
  • Zhengming
  • Shouhui
  • Shengtai
  • Piluoge
  • Zhilian
  • Lianyi



Peace Theme War Theme

Naxi Music Lijiang China.


The Unknown

"Naxi Music", from Naxi musicians in Lijiang, China "The Unknown", from Total War Three Kingdoms OST

Mod Support[]

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

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