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Great Ming led by Yongle is a custom civilization by JFD and Janboruta[1], with contributions from Antagonise and Regalman.

This mod requires Brave New World and works best with Gazebo's Community Patch.


Great Ming[]

The Ming dynasty was the ruling dynasty of China – then known as the Empire of the Great Ming – for 276 years (1368–1644) following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty. The Ming, described by Edwin O. Reischauer, John K. Fairbank and Albert M. Craig as "one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history", was the last imperial dynasty in China ruled by ethnic Han Chinese. Although the primary capital of Beijing fell in 1644 to a rebellion led by Li Zicheng (who established the Shun dynasty, soon replaced by the Manchu-led Qing dynasty), regimes loyal to the Ming throne – collectively called the Southern Ming – survived until 1683. 


The Yongle Emperor established Yan as a secondary capital and renamed it Beijing, constructed the Forbidden City, and restored the Grand Canal and the primacy of the imperial examinations in official appointments. He rewarded his eunuch supporters and employed them as a counterweight against the Confucian scholar-bureaucrats. One, Zheng He, led seven enormous voyages of exploration into the Indian Ocean as far as Arabia and the eastern coasts of Africa.

Dawn of Man[]

JFD Yongle Diplo

Art by Antagonise

"Eternal happiness to you, Yongle, great Emperor of the Ming. Overcoming the treachery of your nephew, the Jianwen Emperor, you launched a campaign to seize China and restore it to greatness. Guided by your loyal and ever-watchful Scholar-Eunuchs, your imperial rule oversaw immeasurable splendour: the construction of great wonders, the advancement of deep knowledge, and the projection of China's power through the legendary Seven Voyages of Zhu Di. At no other time before would China be so prosperous. Heavenly emperor, the legends of China's great accomplishments threaten to fade into memory. Can you be a patron to scholars and explorers alike? Can you show the world that China is both powerful and wise? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Greetings, foreign leader. I am Yongle, ruler of the Great Ming. Have you come to witness the might and wealth of China for yourself?"

Defeat: "I have lost the mandate to rule. It passes to you."

Unique Attributes[]

Great Ming (Yongle)
JFD Ming Yongle

Art By Janboruta

Imperial Eunuchs

Specialists generate +2 Greatperson Great People Points in cities with a Spy. Receive an extra Spy when you meet 50% and then 100% of all City-States.

JFD Ming Shenji

Art By Janboruta

Shenji Musketeer  (Musketman)
  • Unlocked earlier at Physics.
  • Gains a unique promotion depending upon where it is trained.
JFD Ming TreasureFleet

Art By Janboruta

Treasure Fleet  (Great Admiral)
  • +1 Sight.
  • Can purchase City-States outright, bringing them under Ming control.
  • Each Greatperson Great Person expended generates a lump sum of points toward the creation of a Treasure Fleet
Shenji Musketeer Promotions
Divine Engine Division (Capital): +30% Strength Combat Strength while fighting near the Capital Capital; bonus falls off as the unit gets further away.
Three Thousand Division (Colonies): +1 Sight and +1 Moves Movement.[2]
Five Barracks Division (Captured Cities): +20% Strength Combat Strength when Flanking.
Firearms Division (Other Cities): +15% Strength Combat Strength vs. Gun Units.
City List
  1. Nanjing
  2. Shuntian
  3. Fuzhou
  4. Guangzhou
  5. Guilin
  6. Guiyang
  7. Kaifeng
  8. Wuchang
  9. Nanchang
  10. Xi'an
  11. Jinan
  12. Taiyuan
  13. Chengdu
  14. Yunnan
  15. Hangzhou
  16. Fengyang
  17. Baoding
  18. Yanzhou
  19. Pingyang
  20. Luoyang
  21. Fengxiang
  22. Baoning
  23. Ruizhou
  24. Hanyang
  25. Jiande
  26. Xinghua
  27. Zhaoqing
  28. Pingle
  29. Nanning
  30. Anshun
Spy List
  • Wang
  • Zhou
  • Tian
  • Wu
  • Nguyen
  • Gang
  • Feng
  • Wei
  • Liu
  • Wanli
Treasure Fleet List
  • Zheng He
  • Ma Huan
  • Gong Zhen
  • Fei Xin
  • Wang Jinghong
  • Chen Lin
  • Deng Zilong
  • Shi Lang
  • Yishiha
  • Yu Zigao
  • Zhou Man
  • Fu Youde
  • Hu Zongxian
  • Hong Chengchou


JFD Ming Icon

Focus: Diplomacy, Exploration, Great People

Recommended Victories: Domination, Diplomacy


Peace Theme War Theme
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Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Perfect Porcelain Vases
The craftsmanship of our porcelain vases is unmatched, but it can be further refined. We must achieve perfection if our wares are to be fit as gifts to other leaders.
  • Player must be Great Ming
  • Must have at least two Workshops.
  • May only be enacted once per game.
  • Total Number of Workshops * 50 Gold Gold.
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrate.
  • Receive 2 Porcelain. Workshops yield +1 Gold.
Commission the Yongle Daidan
All the great works of China, from those that speak of the sciences to those of the arts, is a testimony to our civilization's greatness. A great encyclopedia to document all of these monumental works would ensure that they are forever preserved.
  • Player must be Great Ming.
  • Must have at least 4 Specialists worked in the Capital.
  • May only be enacted once per game.
  • 2000 Gold Gold, decreasing with the number of specialists in the Capital.
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates.
  • Specialists Yield +1 CultureIcon Culture.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now buying your porcelain vases and reciting tales of your great treasure ships! We're worried the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: 1
Last Updated: 12 June 2016


  • JFD: Author.
  • Janboruta: Artwork.
  • Antagonise: Artwork.
  • Regalman: Artwork.
  • ???: Music.


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  2. With the Community Patch.
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