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Japanese Empire
Map by Janboruta
Map by Janboruta
Start Bias
State Shinto (HJR)
Government req. mod
req. mod

Traits req. mod
Imperialistic, Industrious
Map Labels Language req. mod
Magical Girl req. mod

Japan led by the Meiji Emperor is a custom civilization mod by JFD and Janboruta[1], with contributions from Regalman, Wolfdog, and Andreas Waldeloft.

This mod requires Brave New World. It does not replace Oda Nobunaga's Japan.



Japan is an island nation located in East Asia. For centuries, Japanese culture and faith has flourished with much independence from foreign influence and today it remains fiercely unique. Since the assumption of imperial power over the feudal shogunates in the late 1800s by the Emperor Meiji, Japan has rapidly become a highly modern, prosperous, and powerful country.


The Meiji Emperor was, according to the Japanese traditional order of succession, the 122nd Emperor of Japan. At the beginning of his reign, Japan remained divided between feudal shogunates and largely in defiance of the outside world. By its end, Japan had transformed into an industrial and military power which rivalled those empires in the West, and which set the stage for it to become one of the preeminent powers in Asia today.

Dawn of Man[]

Diplo Meiji

Art by Janboruta

May the sun rise with you, beloved Meiji Emperor - ruler of the Empire of Japan. When you ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the age of 15, Japan was but a nation suspended in time; divided by its medieval Shogunates and ignorant of the ever Westernising world. During your reign, Japan would undergo one of the most dramatic shifts in history. Opening her borders to trade with the West, Japan would adapt rapidly to the Industrial Revolution of the previous century, reforming her government, her economy, and her armies to meet the standards of modernity. By the time of your death in 1912, Japan had become one of the foremost powers in Asia, setting the stage for a colonial empire that would come to dominate the Pacific.

Great Emperor, Japan stands once more divided and alone. Can you unite the Japanese people as one and embrace them in a golden age to last the ages? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: "You are welcome in the lands of Japan, but you must pledge your honesty and your honour to my name before I would speak with you."

Defeat: "I set as the blood of my people spill across the oceans which once we our called my empire."

Defeat: "It is only I that does this nation great dishonour. I am a servant to my defeat, but I beg you kindness upon my oppressed people."

Unique Attributes[]

Japan (Meiji)

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Imperial Reverence

+20% CultureIcon Culture and Production Production during Goldenage Golden Ages. Military Units trained in a Goldenage Golden Age begin with 15 more XP.


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Daimyo (Great General)
  • When stationed in a city, increases the starting experience and Production Production of Melee units
  • May be expended to begin a Goldenage Golden Age

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Mikasa (Battleship)
  • Unlocked at Replaceable Parts
  • +25% Strength Combat Strength in friendly territory
  • During construction, generates Goldenage Golden Age points (equal to the city's Production Production output)
City List
  1. Tokyo
  2. Osaka
  3. Kyoto
  4. Nagoya
  5. Kanazawa
  6. Hiroshima
  7. Yokohama
  8. Wakayama
  9. Sendai
  10. Tokushima
  11. Hagi
  12. Shuri
  13. Toyama
  14. Kumamoto
  15. Fukuoka
  16. Kobe
  17. Fukui
  18. Kochi
  19. Sakai
  20. Akita
  21. Matsue
  22. Niigata
  23. Takamatsu
  24. Okayama
  25. Shizuoka
  26. Nagasaki
  27. Hakodate
  28. Kagoshima
  29. Akamazeki
  30. Amagasaki
  31. Otaru
  32. Kawasaki
  33. Yokosuka
  34. Sapporo
  35. Sasebo
  36. Kokura
  37. Miyahara
  38. Yahata
Spy List
  • Kido
  • Sakamoto
  • Saigo
  • Ogaki
  • Yodo
  • Kuroishi
  • Nobuko
  • Sachiko
  • Masako
  • Nakayama
List of Daimyo
  • Shimazu Nariakira
  • Abe Tadaaki
  • Kamei Korenori
  • Itakura Shigenori
  • Ōmura Sumitada
  • Fudai daimyo
  • Fukushima Masanori
  • Gamo Ujisato
  • Hayashi Tadataka
  • Date Tsunamura
  • Dodo Kuranosuke
  • Chosokabe Motochika
  • Bessho Nagaharu
  • Ichijo Kanesada
  • Mimura Iechika
  • Ii Naotaka
  • Maeda Nariyasu
  • Mori Takachika
  • Tokugawa Akitake
  • Tokugawa Nariaki
  • Niwa Nagashige
  • Oda Nobunaga
  • Nabeshima Naotora
  • Murakami Yoshikiyo
  • Mori Motonari
  • Kikkawa Motoharu
  • Katagiri Katsumoto
  • Makino Tadayuki
  • Wakisaka Yasuharu
  • Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu
  • Ukita Hideie
  • Toyotomi Hideyoshi
  • Uesugi Harunori
  • Ouchi Yoshitaka
  • Ooka Tadasuke
  • Rokkaku Yoshikata
  • Matsudaira Sadanobu
  • Sengoku Hidehisa
  • Todo Takatora
  • Takeda Katsuyori


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Meiji's UA is the Imperial Reverence. Culture and Production bonuses from Golden Ages are doubled, and Military Units trained in a Golden Age begin with 15 more XP. The Diamyo, when stationed in a city, increases the starting experience and production of Melee units. It may also be expended for a Golden Age. The Mikasa is unlocked at Replaceable Parts, has 25% Combat Strength in friendly territory, and during construction generates Golden Age points equal to the city's Production output. Meiji's Japan means you'll go for a Domination Victory and make Golden Ages while you're at it. Chichen Itza is essential for you as it extends Golden Ages. Any Great Artist should be used on GA and you should prioritize Happiness as well as building up your armies. Diamyo are best for cities during peace, and if you have enough and your Golden Age ends, simply expend it for another Golden Age as the Production boost will help build those armies. Alternatively, the Culture boost during Golden Ages could get you a Cultural Victory. Work hard to bring back the Meiji Restoration.


Peace Theme War Theme

Empire of Japan - Meiji Peace


Empire of Japan - Meiji War

'Ebb and Flow' by Jeff van Dyck 'Attack of the West' by Jeff van Dyck

Mod Support[]

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

Events & Decisions[]

Patronise the Zaibatsu Conglomerates
One day, wars shall be fought in the open market, and for this day we must prepare. Let us patronise those industrial businesses that would no doubt propel Japan into well economic prosperity and modernity.
  • Player must be Japan (Meiji)
  • Must have researched Industrialization
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 800 Gold Gold
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate
  • Factories yield +1 and +15% Gold Gold
Abolish the Han System
The system by which the Daimyo of this nation hold onto authority is an affront to our imperial grace. Their powers must be devolved and restored to the imperial throne for the good of Japan.
  • Player must be Japan (Meiji)
  • Must have at least 500 Prestige Prestige (with Piety & Prestige)
  • Must have at least 3 Daimyo
  • Must have researched Industrialization
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 350 Gold Gold
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates
  • All current Daimyo are expended for a Goldenage Golden Age. Daimyo expended at this time claim nearby tiles and grant CultureIcon Culture for each tile already claimed.

The Black Ships

Commodore Matthew C. Perry of the [Civilization] Navy has demanded an audience to speak with us, on behalf of [Leader] of [Civilization]. He commands a fleet of powerful ships that outclass our own and has threatened open assault should we not open our dignitaries to him.
Option 1: We must have his audience. He may teach us the modern ways of his navy.
  • Lose 600 Gold Gold
  • Lose 200 CultureIcon Culture
  • Gain the Steam Power Technology
  • Note: This option is not available if you have already researched the Steam Power technology.
Option 2: Turn the barbarian away!
  • 30% chance that [Civilization] will declare war against you
  • All cities begin celebrating 'We Love the King Day' for 5 turns
Note: This event cannot fire before the Industrial Era.

Satsuma Rebellion

Recent military reforms have left the once noble Samurai of Japan unemployed and without purpose. Now they raise their banners and their swords in defiance against us.
Option 1: We must crush this rebellion!
  • 5 enemy Samurai appear near the Capital Capital
  • Gain 2 free Gun Units
  • All existing Gun Units earn Goldenage Golden Age Points from kills
  • Note: This event cannot fire before the Industrial Era.


Cities in Development[]

Colony List
  1. New Kyoto
  2. Shuri
  3. Keijo
  4. Pyonyan
  5. Shinkyo
  6. Rinko
  7. Taikyu
  8. Chichiharu
  9. Eiko
  10. Pusan
  11. Koshu
  12. Ando
  13. Chonju
  14. Mukuden
  15. Dairen
  16. Kaijo
  17. Kitsurin
  18. Harubin


Prime Minister
  1. Ito Hirobumi
  2. Kiyotaka Kuroda
  3. Sanetomi Sanjo
  4. Aritomo Yamagata
  5. Masayoshi Matsukata
  6. Shigenobu Ōkuma
  7. Taro Katsura
  8. Kinmochi Saionji
  9. Katsura Taro
  10. Yamamoto Gonnohyoe
  11. Okuma Shigenobu
  12. Terauchi Masatake
  13. Hara Takashi
  14. Takahashi Korekiyo
  15. Kato Tomosaburo
  16. Kiyoura Keigo
  17. Kato Takaaki
  18. Wakatsuki Reijiro
  19. Tanaka Giichi
  20. Osachi Hamaguchi
  21. Wakatsuki Reijiro
  22. Inukai Tsuyoshi
  23. Saito Makoto
  24. Keisuke Okada
  25. Koki Hirota

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now digging for Helix Fossils and reading your Yaoi comics. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Dropbox Download
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 21 April 2015

  • JFD: Code, Design, Writing
  • Janboruta: Art (Leaderscene, Icons, Map)
  • Regalman: Research (City/Spy Lists)
  • Wolfdog: Graphics (Mikasa)
  • Danrell: Graphics (Daimyo)[2]
  • Jeff van Dyck: Music[3][4]

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