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The Gokturks led by Bumin Qaghan is a custom civilization mod by Grant, with contributions from Regalman.

This mod requires Brave New World.


Göktürk Khaganate[]

The First Turkic Khaganate (also referred to as Göktürk Khaganate) was a khaganate established by the Ashina clan of the Göktürks in medieval Inner Asia under the leadership of Bumin Qaghan (d. 552) and his brother Istämi. The First Turkic Khaganate succeeded the Rouran Khaganate as the hegemonic power of the Mongolian Plateau and rapidly expanded their territories in Central Asia, and became the first Central Asian transcontinental empire from Manchuria to the Black Sea.

Initially the Khaganate used Sogdian in official and numismatic functions. Although the Göktürks spoke Old Turkic, the Khaganate's early official texts and coins were written in Sogdian. It was the first Turkic state to use the name Türk politically. Old Turkic script was invented at the first half of the 6th century.

It collapsed in 603, after a series of conflicts and civil wars which separated the polity into the Eastern Turkic Khaganate and Western Turkic Khaganate. The Tang Empire conquered the Eastern Turkic Khaganate in 630 and the Western Turkic Khaganate in 657 in a series of military campaigns. The Second Turkic Khaganate emerged in 682 and lasted until 744 when it was overthrown by the Uyghur Khaganate.

Bumin Qaghan[]

According to History of Northern Dynasties and Zizhi Tongjian, in 545 Tumen's tribe started to rise and frequently invaded the western frontier of Wei. The chancellor of Western Wei, Yuwen Tai, sent An Nuopanto (a Sogdian from Bukhara) as an emissary to the Göktürk chieftain Tumen, in an attempt to establish a commercial relationship. In 546, Tumen paid tribute to the Western Wei state. In that same year, Tumen put down a revolt of the Tiele tribes against the Rouran Khaganate, their overlords. Following this, Tumen felt entitled to request of the Rouran a princess as his wife. The Rouran khagan, Anagui, sent a message refusing this request and adding: "You are my blacksmith slave. How dare you utter these words?" Bumin got angry, killed Anagui's emissary, and severed relations with the Rouran Khaganate. Anagui's "blacksmith" insult was recorded in Chinese chronicles. Some sources state that members of the Tujue did serve blacksmiths for the Rouran elite, and that "blacksmith slavery" may refer to a kind of vassalage that prevailed in Rouran society. Nevertheless, after this incident Bumin emerged as the leader of the revolt against Rouran.

In 551, Bumin requested a Western Wei princess in marriage. Yuwen Tai permitted it and sent Princess Changle of Western Wei to Bumin. In the same year when Emperor Wen of Western Wei died, Bumin sent mission and gave two hundred horses.

The beginning of formal diplomatic relations with China propped up Bumin's authority among the Turks. He eventually united the local Turkic tribes and threw off the yoke of the Rouran domination. In 552 Bumin's army defeated Anagui's forces at the north of Huaihuang and then Anagui committed suicide. With their defeat Bumin proclaimed himself "Illig Qaghan" and made his wife qaghatun. "Illig" means Ilkhan (i.e. ruler of people) in Old Turkic. According to the Bilge Qaghan's memorial complex and the Kul Tigin's memorial complex, Bumin and Istemi ruled people by Turkic laws and they developed them.

Dawn of Man[]

Once a slave, now the lord of the steppe. The world pays tribute to you, Bumin Qaghan, for your celestial majesty outshines them all. You are part of the proud Ashina clan, an intrepid allaince of families who saw the Rouran for what they were: cowards and fools. For over two centuries, your descendants ruled a Qaghanate from the Volga to the Yellow Sea, returning with strength every time civil war and revolt threatened to cast them out. Your name reveres across every mountains, every canyon and every great plain, for you conquered them all.

Gokturk Diplo

Leaderscreen by Grant

Mighty Qaghan, the Turks are once again split and divided between petty princes and rulers, each claiming to be the true descendent of your family. In their ignorance lies your strength. You are the only Qaghan who unified the Turks! Can you reclaim the steppe's glory once again? Can you administer an empire from sea to sea? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of Time?

Introduction: "A messenger, then! This isn't the best time to be passing each other letters, I'm afraid. My enemies won't slaughter themselves."

Defeat: "The Turks fade back into submission. Though we may be now just another tribe subject to your authority, we have a knack for keeping empires dependent on us. So watch your step."

Unique Attributes[]

The Gokturks (Bumin Qaghan)

Art by Grant

Divine Mists of Orkhon

Mounted Units may claim mountains and hills adjacent to them if stacked with a unit bought with FaithIcon Faith, and gain experience based on distance from the Capital Capital. Iron Resources yield FaithIcon Faith per military building in the nearest city.


Art by Grant

Toygunlar (Knight)
  • Requires Iron Iron instead of Horses Horses.
  • While stationed in a city, courthouses may be built regardless of occupied status. These courthouses yield FaithIcon Faith and Production Production towards Civilian Units per nearby Greatperson Great Person.

Art by Grant

Vassal Forge (Forge)
  • Units trained in a city with a Vassal Forge increase the quantity of the nearest metal Resource from claiming tiles.
  • Influence Influence with nearby Citystate City-States is increased from improved sources of Iron Iron.
City List
  1. Ötüken
  2. Suyab
  3. Karabalghasun
  4. Nevkat
  5. Romitan
  6. Almalik
  7. Taraz
  8. Kengü Tarman
  9. Kashgar
  10. Gaochang
  11. Bolchu
  12. Ergenekon
  13. Gol-Zarriun
  14. Ongi
  15. Koshoy Korgon
  16. Tashkurgan
  17. Kucha
  18. Elegest
  19. Isfijab
  20. Ikhe-Khushotu
  21. Sute
  22. Karashahr
  23. Yueban
  24. Jolene
  25. Yarkhoto
  26. Hüyten
  27. Möngün Tayga
  28. Ala-at
  29. Jetisu
  30. Tolis
Spy List
  • Keluo
  • Chuluohou
  • Daluobian
  • Tolis
  • Ilteber
  • Nishoufu
  • Nizük
  • Tapir
  • Yandou
  • Mòchuò


Gokturk Icon

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: 22 December 2021


  • Grant: Code, Research, Art, Text, Design, Mod Support
  • Regalman: Art (Map)
  • mustafa öner (Artstation): Leaderscene parts
  • DarthKyofu: General feedback
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