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Guge led by Yeshe-Ö is a custom civilization by TopHatPaladin, with contributions from ExplosiveWatermelon and Coiot.

This mod requires Brave New World.



Guge was a major kingdom from Tibet's "Era of Fragmentation". It controlled much of the western Tibetan Plateau for over 700 years, and was sometimes known as the Guge-Purang Kingdom because it was based in the Purang region. Today, Guge is best known for overseeing the revival of Buddhism in Tibet.


Yeshe-Ö was one of the first kings of Guge. He played a pivotal role in reestablishing the monastic traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, and sent many translators to India to create Tibetan-language versions of classic Buddhist texts.

Yeshe-Ö was born around 947, during the reign of his father Trashigon. He ascended to the throne of Guge in 967, and immediately began a program of religious reform, issuing "great dictums" to ensure the growth of Buddhism in the kingdom. He sent twenty-one handpicked monks to India to translate Buddhist literature, founded temples, and funded their maintenance by taxing farmers and monks. Yeshe-Ö held traditionalist views of religion, and opposed the growth of tantric and esoteric beliefs in Tibet.

Yeshe-Ö's formal reign was short, as he abdicated around 975 to become a lama; he was succeeded as king by his brother, Khor-Re. However, Yeshe-Ö continued to wield significant influence even after ceding his title. He commissioned many monasteries in his later life, most famously the Tholing Monastery in 997. Eventually, Yeshe-Ö was allegedly captured in a battle against the Turkic Karluks; the Karluks offered to release him if he renounced Buddhism, but Yeshe-Ö refused the offer and eventually died in prison.

Dawn of Man[]


Art by TopHatPaladin

"Your people look to you for guidance, Lhachen Yeshe-Ö. As lama-king of Guge, you played an instrumental role in restoring Buddhism's prominence on the Tibetan Plateau. Through your great dictums, you facilitated the construction of new monasteries and ensured their funding through taxation. You also sent forth translators to India, to ensure your kingdom's access to the Buddhist literary tradition. Even after abdicating the throne to devote yourself wholly to monastic duties, you remained a significant figure in Guge; you commissioned some of your kingdom's greatest monasteries after stepping down. For this reason, you have come to be known as one of the most significant figures in Tibetan Buddhism.

Yeshe-Ö, your people have been lost without you, and need your enlightened leadership. Can you restore your dictums and create an empire devoted to faith and wisdom? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "I am Lhachen Yeshe-Ö, the king of Guge. However, I am not just a king but a monk, as the pursuit of faith and service is the most righteous path there is."

Defeat: "And so ends this life. I look forward to seeing what rewards await me in the next."

Unique Attributes[]

Guge (Yeshe-Ö)
IconPNG YesheO

Art by TopHatPaladin

Great Dictums of the Lama-King

International Traderoute Trade Routes provide FaithIcon Faith to their home city, increasing based on the number of Citizen Specialists in the destination. Cities' FaithIcon Faith output contributes to their Production production of buildings.

IconPNG Lotsawa

Art by ExplosiveWatermelon

Lotsawa (Missionary)
  • May be trained with Production Production
  • If expended in foreign territory, provides Greatperson Great Writer points for each Traderoute Trade Route you own
IconPNG Gyatsa

Art by ExplosiveWatermelon

Gyatsa (Temple)
  • Provides Production Production for each Traderoute Trade Route with a city that shares its city's religion
  • The amount of Production Production given scales for every Faith purchase made in its city
City List
  1. Tholing
  2. Tsaparang
  3. Dungkar
  4. Kardung
  5. Khorchak
  6. Khyunglung
  7. Tabo
  8. Tashigang
  9. Lhundrub
  10. Semja
  11. Chekar
  12. Dawa
  13. Zholing
  14. Tradun
  15. Shey
  16. Shang
  17. Phuri
  18. Jumla
  19. Nyiwang
  20. Alchi
  21. Lalung
  22. Lotsang
  23. Nako
  24. Johling
  25. Ripa
  26. Gumrang
  27. Tsherlung
  28. Padung
  29. Nyarma
  30. Mangyu
  31. Sumda Chang
  32. Triloknath
  33. Yangton
  34. Tiyak
  35. Phuktal
  36. Dullu
  37. Charang
  38. Kedarnath
  39. Badrinath
  40. Baryang
Spy List
  • Rinchen
  • Legpai
  • Trashigon
  • Nyimagon
  • Nagaraja
  • Byangchub
  • Lha Ide
  • Kyithangpa
  • Marpa
  • Khor Re
IconPNG Guge


Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
Unfamiliar Paths by Cliff Martinez The Whisper of My Blade by Cliff Martinez

Mod Support[]

Additional Achievements[]

Yes He Öwns

  • Win the game on any difficulty setting as Guge.

I Am Become SIL

  • As Guge, convert an opposing Holy City to your Religion.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now studying your murals and buying your translations of Buddhist texts. I worry that the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 16 January 2022


  • TopHatPaladin: Design, Code, Art, Text
  • ExplosiveWatermelon: UU & UB Icons
  • Coiot: Research, City List
  • Cliff Martinez: Music
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