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Republic of Florence
Map by Sukritact
Map by Sukritact
Girolamo Savonarola
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Florence led by Savonarola is a custom civilization mod by Uighur_Caesar, with contributions from Chrisy15, Sukritact, DarthKyofu, Tomatekh, TranquilSilence and JinRenegade.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Republic of Florence was a medieval and early modern state that was centered on the Italian city of Florence in Tuscany. The republic originated in 1115, when the Florentine people rebelled against the Margraviate of Tuscany upon the death of Matilda of Tuscany, who controlled vast territories that included Florence. The Florentines formed a commune in her successors' place. The republic was ruled by a council known as the Signoria of Florence. The signoria was chosen by the gonfaloniere (titular ruler of the city), who was elected every two months by Florentine guild members.

The republic had a checkered history of coups and counter-coups against various factions. The Medici faction gained governance of the city in 1434 under Cosimo de' Medici. The Medici kept control of Florence until 1494. Giovanni de' Medici (later Pope Leo X) re-conquered the republic in 1512.

Florence repudiated Medici authority for a second time in 1527, during the War of the League of Cognac. The Medici re-assumed their rule in 1531 after an 11-month siege of the city. The republican government was disestablished in 1532, when Pope Clement VII appointed Alessandro de' Medici "Duke of the Florentine Republic", making the "republic" a hereditary monarchy.


Girolamo Savonarola was an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance Florence. He was known for his prophecies of civic glory, the destruction of secular art and culture, and his calls for Christian renewal. He denounced clerical corruption, despotic rule and the exploitation of the poor. He prophesied the coming of a biblical flood and a new Cyrus from the north who would reform the Church. In September 1494, when Charles VIII of France invaded Italy, and threatened Florence, such prophecies seemed on the verge of fulfillment. While Savonarola intervened with the French king, the Florentines expelled the ruling Medici and, at the friar's urging, established a "popular" republic. Declaring that Florence would be the New Jerusalem, the world centre of Christianity and "richer, more powerful, more glorious than ever", he instituted an extreme puritanical campaign, enlisting the active help of Florentine youth.

In 1495 when Florence refused to join Pope Alexander VI's Holy League against the French, the Vatican summoned Savonarola to Rome. He disobeyed and further defied the pope by preaching under a ban, highlighting his campaign for reform with processions, bonfires of the vanities, and pious theatricals. In retaliation, the Pope excommunicated him in May 1497, and threatened to place Florence under an interdict. A trial by fire proposed by a rival Florentine preacher in April 1498 to test Savonarola's divine mandate turned into a fiasco, and popular opinion turned against him. Savonarola and two of his supporting friars were imprisoned. On 23 May 1498, Church and civil authorities condemned, hanged, and burned the three friars in the main square of Florence.

Dawn of Man[]

May the blessings of Christ be upon you great Savonarola, restorer of God's rule. After the Florentine Republic fell into hedonism and greed during the so called "Renaissance", you emerged from humble origins to return the people to proper worship and fear of the Lord. The ostentatious trends of the day were insults and open rebellion against the word of God, and thus you organized magnificent Bonfires of the Vanities to destroy the grotesque onanisms of self-aggrandized artists. Unfortunately, the heathens and hypocrites eventually emerged once more to rebel against your holy retribution and had you burned at the stake, becoming a martyr for the cause of Christ.


Leaderscreen by DarthKyofu

Righteous Savonarola, God's work is still undone in this world of impurity and sin. Can you be the hailstorm that breaks the heads of those who do not repent? Can you establish a society that is perfectly subjected and conformed to the laws of the Lord? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Take heed traveler, for you are in the presence of God's emissary. I am Girolamo Savonarola, ruler of Florence and preacher of the Lord. Follow the words of Christ, or face eternal damnation both now and in the afterlife."

Defeat: "O Lord, show mercy... Deliver me from evil's embrace... Surrounded as I am by sin, I cry out to you for salvation."

Unique Attributes[]

Florence (Savonarola)

Art by DarthKyofu

Contempt of the Worldly

Your Palace may hold any Greatwork Great Work, but destroys it the turn after for a large amount of FaithIcon Faith. Goldenage Golden Ages are begun or extended when expending Great Prophets.


Art by DarthKyofu

Piagnoni (Missionary)
  • Steals Greatperson Cultural Great People and CultureIcon Culture from enemy civilizations when starting next to their cities, but this unit takes 50 damage when doing so.

Art by JinRenegade

Bonfire (Museum)
  • Much cheaper and comes much earlier at Architecture.
  • Requires an Amphitheater instead of an Opera House.
  • Provides no Culture or Great Work slots, but instead yields +1 FaithIcon Faith for every Greatwork Great Work you have destroyed.
  • Produces Tourism Tourism equals to 25% of this city's FaithIcon Faith during Goldenage Golden Ages.
City List
  1. Florence
  2. Piza
  3. Siena
  4. Lucca
  5. Arezzo
  6. Prato
  7. Grosseto
  8. San Gimignano
  9. Fiesole
  10. Pietrasanta
  11. Pistoia
  12. Carrara
  13. Pienza
  14. Volterra
  15. Livorno
  16. Cortona
  17. Montepulciano
  18. Viareggio
  19. Pitigliano
  20. Castiglion Fiorentino
  21. Lucignano
  22. Sansepolcro
  23. Certaldo
  24. Orbetello
  25. Piombino
  26. Barga
  27. Carmignano
Spy List
  • Maria
  • Lucrezia
  • Lorenzo
  • Isabella
  • Giovanni
  • Leonardo
  • Rafael
  • Cosimo
  • Vito
  • Lucca


Icon Florence

Mod Support[]

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Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Full Credits List[]

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