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Tokugawa Shogunate
Yoshimune map
Map by Homusubi
Tokugawa Yoshimune
Tendai (HJR)
Oriental (Japanese)



Japan led by Tokugawa Yoshimune is a custom civilisation by Homusubi, with contributions from Putmalk.

This mod requires Brave New World.


Tokugawa Yoshimune[]

Tokugawa Yoshimune was the eighth of the Tokugawa dynasty of shogun, ruling from 1716 to 1745.

Yoshimune was originally the head of Kii, one of the three hereditary Japanese feudal fiefs ruled by descendants of the original Tokugawa ruler not in the main line of succession to the shogunate. A lack of sons in the main branch of the family, however, resulted in Yoshimune’s succession to the position of shogun in 1716. Upon assuming his new office, he tried to institute the program he had used successfully in Kii to alleviate that fief’s monetary problems. He began by reducing the number of hereditary governmental retainers, who were paid fixed governmental stipends. To slow the increase in their numbers, he refused to allow most inheritances past the first generation. He also attempted to set a good example by eliminating court luxuries and returning to the simple and austere life of the Tokugawa founder. At the same time, he tried to improve the quality of the administration and to raise national morale by instituting a vigorous program of education for all his subordinates, designed to improve their literary skill and to imbue them with the old warrior values of discipline and leadership. Finally, he adopted methods designed to combat corruption.

Since the chief source of revenue was the tax on agricultural produce, Yoshimune attempted to increase crop yields by developing new land and popularizing new crops, such as sweet potatoes and sugarcane, that could be grown in soil not used for rice cultivation. In an effort to find other sources of income, he licensed commercial monopolies and attempted to regulate rice prices.

There can be no doubt, however, that Yoshimune’s inquiring spirit led to the growth of interest in Western science; he himself had a large globe made, and he also imported a telescope from the Netherlands. He helped develop the first law code of the Tokugawa era (1603–1867). The resulting Kansei Code, not completed until after Yoshimune’s death, laid the basis for a more humane law than had previously been in existence. He retired in 1745 in favour of his son, although he acted as a guardian of shogunal power until his death.

Dawn of Man[]

Yoshimune scene2

Art by Homusubi

"Greetings, Your Excellence, Tokugawa Yoshimune, Shogun of Japan, protector of the Chrysanthemum. You inherited power in these islands at a time of crisis, when the silver was vanishing and the rice was in danger of doing the same. The collapse of your domain, won by your ancestors with forged iron and spilled blood, seemed imminent, even though the last hundred years had led to a time of unparalleled cultural prosperity and social advancement. Taking on the challenge from a lowly cadet branch, you nonetheless steadied the ship of the Rising Sun, reconciling the ways of rice and gold and paving the way for a new wave of great scientists and inventors, drawn by the mysteries of the far west.

The ship of state once again rocks violently, and its deckhands long for stability once more. Will you return to your land, great protector? Will you once again plot a course through the whirlpool-studded straits of governance? Can you right your civilisation once more, so it stands the test of time?"

Introduction 1: "I see, another outsider come to these islands. Welcome, we are curious to hear of the wisdom of your people."

Introduction 2: "In the name of the emperor of all under heaven, I, Shogun of this realm, greet you, foreign king. I trust my retainers have already taught you how to bow correctly."

Defeat: "Perhaps we opened our borders just a little too much, after all. Please, bring me my shortsword."

Unique Attributes[]

Japan (Tokugawa Yoshimune)
Yoshimune leader
Kyoho Autarky

Your Traderoute Trade Routes to cities which have a Luxury Resource not present near your empire have a small chance each turn of spawning a copy of that resource in the origin city.

Yoshimune uu
Rangakusha (Great Scientist)

When activated in a city with a Traderoute Trade Route to a technologically advanced civ, automatically discover one of its techs that you do not already have.

Yoshimune ub

Icon by Putmalk

Komekaisho (Bank)

Does not provide any base Gold Gold yields or modifiers. When built in a city other than the Capital Capital, provides Gold Gold equal to 2 raised to the power of the number of domestic Traderoute Trade Routes going into the city, and Science Science equal to a quarter of that amount.

A Note on the Unique Ability Mechanics[]

There are plenty of 'edge cases' where it is at first glance unclear as to whether a particular arrangement of cities, resources, and trade routes will trigger the Kyoho Autarky ability, so clarification may be required. If a resource is within three tiles of one of your cities, on a tile either owned by you or unclaimed, your empire is deemed to have access to that resource and so extra copies cannot be obtained from trade routes. Likewise, the ability only checks foreign cities for resources within their territory. This includes unimproved resources, but excludes resources that the foreign city is built on top of. If there is nowhere within three tiles of your own city where the resource could naturally spawn (for example, for Spices, this would mean a Jungle or Forest tile with no existing resource), the resource cannot spawn and you will need to send out a trade route from a different city.

City List
  1. Edo
  2. Kyoto
  3. Osaka
  4. Nagasaki
  5. Kagoshima
  6. Wakayama
  7. Kanazawa
  8. Nagoya
  9. Mito
  10. Sendai
  11. Fuchu
  12. Kumamoto
  13. Matsumae
  14. Fukuoka
  15. Hiroshima
  16. Hagi
  17. Saga
  18. Tottori
  19. Tsu
  20. Fukui
  21. Okayama
  22. Hikone
  23. Aizu-Wakamatsu
  24. Tokushima
  25. Kochi
  26. Kurume
  27. Akita
  28. Morioka
  29. Matsue
  30. Koriyama
  31. Himeji
  32. Yonezawa
  33. Takamatsu
  34. Tsuyama
Spy List
  • Tojuro
  • Monzaemon
  • Matabei
  • Masanosuke
  • Kisuke
  • Asukai
  • Koman
  • Ohatsu
  • Shirome
  • Momohime
Rangakusha List
  • Hiraga Gennai
  • Sugita Genpaku
  • Maeno Ryotaku
  • Hoshu Katsuragawa
  • Junan Nakagawa
  • Gentaku Otsuki
  • Takahashi Yoshitoki
  • Shizuki Tadao
  • Ogata Koan
  • Sakuma Zozan
  • Takeda Ayasaburo
  • Yoshio Kosaku
  • Ono Ranzan
  • Asada Goryu
  • Shiba Kokan
  • Shizuki Tadao
  • Hanaoka Seishu
  • Udagawa Yoan
  • Ito Keisuke
  • Takano Choei
  • Kawamoto Komin
Yoshimune civ


Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
Losing Consciousness A by Mitsuhiro Kaneda (from the soundtrack of Muramasa: The Demon Blade) Losing Consciousness B by Mitsuhiro Kaneda (from the soundtrack of Muramasa: The Demon Blade)

Mod Support[]

Unique Cultural Influence[]

(To Yoshimune) “Our people are wearing your kimono and buying your fish. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture.”

(From Yoshimune) "I see your people are enjoying poetry contests in the manner of those in our cities. The amazing works of our civilisation are truly inspiring!"

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 7 April 2020


  • Homusubi: original author, XML, Lua, most art, most text
  • Putmalk: Komekaisho icon
  • Sukritact: Modular City Info Stack
  • Chrisy15 & TopHatPaladin: helping me in the painful process of getting used to MCIS
  • Online Encyclopaedia Britannica: some of civilopedia
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