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Fiji led by Cakobau is a custom civilization by JFD, with contributions from Alga, Arilasqueto, DarthKyofu, Poom, Senshi, and TopHatPaladin.

This mod requires Brave New World.



When Fiji’s first settlers arrived from the islands of Melanesia at least 3,500 years ago, they carried with them a wide range of food plants, the pig, and a style of pottery known as Lapita ware. That pottery is generally associated with peoples who had well-developed skills in navigation and canoe building and were horticulturists. From Fiji the Lapita culture was carried to Tonga and Samoa, where the first distinctively Polynesian cultures evolved. Archaeological evidence suggests that two other pottery styles were subsequently introduced into Fiji, though it is not clear whether they represent major migrations or simply cultural innovations brought by small groups of migrants. In most areas of Fiji, the settlers lived in small communities near ridge forts and practiced a slash-and-burn type of agriculture. In the fertile delta regions of southeast Viti Levu, however, there were large concentrations of population. Those settlements, which were based on intensive taro cultivation using complex irrigation systems, were protected by massive ring-ditch fortifications.


Ratu Seru Epenisa Cakobau was born to Ratu Tanoa Visawaqa on Nairai Island, Lomaiviti, and one of his nine wives, Adi Savusavu. The Vunivalu and the Roko Tui Bau (sacred chieftain) had had many power struggles during the course of nearly a century. These struggles led to the death of Seru's paternal uncle, the Vunivalu of Bau, Naulivou Ramatenikutu and the installation of Tanoa as Vunivalu. However, after he killed the Roko Tui Bau, Ratu Raiwalui, near Vanua Balavu, amongst other murders and reprisals, Tanoa was exiled in 1832. He married two sisters, Litia (Lydia) Samanunu and Salote (Charlotte) Qalirea Kaunilotuna (daughters of the Roko Tui Bau). Mary Wallis provided a description of him after meeting with him on 7 December 1844: "He is tall, rather good looking, appears fully aware of his consequence, and is not destitute of dignity. He wore an enormous quantity of hair on his head and several yards of native cloth around his body..." Seru was given the name Cikinovu ("Centipede"), "because he moved silently and struck painfully". Later, he was called Cakobau ("destroyer of Bau"), because he had destroyed what was Bau; but Seru also built a new Bau, under the supremacy of the Vunivalu. After he converted to Christianity, he took additional name of Epenisa (Ebenezer).

Dawn of Man[]

"We are honoured by your chiefly presence, O' great warrior and first King Cakobau. Fiji has long been held in thrall by the violent struggles over power of competing chieftains. For eighteen years, you waged a steady war as the greatest among them; the chief of Bau, until finally in 1865 and with the aid of the Kingdom of Tonga, yours would finally be the chieftainship to witness Fiji tamed and united. Confirmed by Britain and the United States, you would thus put to an end the violent anarchy that had beset Fiji's history; uniting her as a single nation once and for all.

JFD FijiCakobau Diplo

Art by Arilasqueto

The great chiefly line of Bau is once again called to bring order and rest to Fiji's troubled islands. Can you quell your honour- and power-hungry rivals? Can you bring culture and unity to a divided people? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Ni sa bula. I am Cakobau, great warrior and lord of Fiji. Will you sit and dine with me and my warriors?"

Defeat: "May you choke on my remains."

Unique Attributes[]

Fiji (Cakobau)

Art by Arilasqueto

Destroyer of Bau

Clearing Barbarian Encampments yields Food Food and Influence Influence. Allied Militaristic City-States provide of a copy of any Melee Units they train whilst non-Militaristic City-States provide a copy of any Worker Units.


Art by Alga

Bati (Longswordsman)
  • -24% Strength Combat Strength (16 vs 21).
  • Does not require Iron Iron.
  • Unlocks at Chivalry.
  • Bati purchased with Gold may enter Rival Territory without an Open Borders agreement.
  • Bati trained in a City with a House of Chiefs receive +20% Combat Strength in friendly territory.
  • Bati trained in a City without a House of Chiefs receive +20% Combat Strength outside friendly territory.

Art by DarthKyofu

House of Chiefs (Garden)
  • Unlocked at Civil Service.
  • Requires a Barracks instead of Fresh Water.
  • Yields a burst of CultureIcon Culture whenever a new Citizen is born.
  • If in a City with a City Connection, provides the Capital with progress towards claiming tiles whenever a new Citizen is born.
City List
  1. Levuka
  2. Suva
  3. Bau
  4. Nausori
  5. Viseisei
  6. Lasakau
  7. Soso
  8. Naitasiri
  9. Tailevu
  10. Ra
  11. Savusavu
  12. Tubou
  13. Nasaqalau
  14. Seseleka
  15. Wainikelei
  16. Nasau
  17. Manukui
  18. Macuata
  19. Cakaudrove
  20. Rewa
  21. Tovu
  22. Koro
  23. Vatoa
  24. Yaroi
  25. Namosi
  26. Solo Reef
Spy List
  • Salote
  • Litia
  • Lusiana
  • Arieta
  • Viliame
  • Josefa
  • Sukuna
  • Timoi
  • Tanoa
  • Epeli


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: 19 November 2021


  • JFD: Author, Coding, Design, Research, Writing
  • Alga: Art (Unique Icons)
  • Arliasqueto: Art (Leaderscene; Leader Icon)
  • DarthKyofu: Art (Unique Icons)
  • Poom: Art (Map)
  • Senshi: Art (Civ Icon)
  • TopHatPaladin: Research (Cities)
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