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Latvia led by Karlis Ulmanis is a custom civilization by TopHatPaladin. It replaces the city-state of Riga with Odessa.

This mod requires Brave New World.



(Excerpted from the full Latvia civilopedia)

Latvia is a country in northern Europe, along the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. Along with Estonia and Lithuania, it is known as one of the "Baltic states." There first came to be a country called Latvia in 1918, when it broke away from the Russian Empire; this was a short-lived independence, with the Soviet Union recapturing Latvia in 1940. However, Latvia has been independent again since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Throughout its long periods of foreign rule, Latvians maintained a distinct identity through their language and other cultural traditions such as music.

Latvian nationalism gradually grew during the nineteenth century, and the first explosion of tension came in 1905. Urban Latvians went on strike, while rural Latvians seized villages and established revolutionary councils; these fighters were resisting both Russian hegemony and the German local nobility. This movement was largely put down within a year, but World War I gave Latvian nationalists another opportunity to seize sovereignty.

In October 1917, centrist Latvian politicians met in St. Petersburg and agreed to create a United Council, in which different factions would collectively fight for Latvian independence. Subsequently, Latvia declared separation from Russia; Germany was granted the Latgale region in the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, but soon renounced its claim as well. By November 1918, Latvia declared its complete independence and formed a provisional government; however, Soviet forces invaded Latvia just a month later. The Soviets were successful early on, even capturing Riga in January, but Latvia was ultimately able to repulse them; in August 1920, a peace treaty was signed in which the USSR acknowledged Latvian independence.

Karlis Ulmanis[]

Karlis Ulmanis was a four-time Prime Minister of Latvia during the interwar period, as well as its President from 1936 to 1940. He was born to a successful farming family, which would influence him throughout his life; Ulmanis studied agriculture at university, and would found the Latvian Farmers' Union party.

In March 1934, Ulmanis was appointed Prime Minister for the fourth time; but this time, two months into his tenure, Ulmanis executed a bloodless self-coup to centralize power under himself. Working in conjunction with Janis Balodis, the Minister of War, Ulmanis declared a state of war; political parties were dissolved, the parliament suspended, and politicians and military officers were detained if they resisted the coup. After the coup, Ulmanis ruled Latvia as an authoritarian, corporatist state that answered to him personally rather than to a ruling party. Ulmanis controlled the economy tightly, uniting small corporations into larger state-ruled organizations; this allowed for economic growth and a high standard of living, even amid the Great Depression, although it came at the cost of many civil rights. Ulmanis was also a nationalist who sought to assimilate minorities into Latvian culture, or else to exclude them from economic life.

Dawn of Man[]

LS PNG Ulmanis

Art by TopHatPaladin

"Hail, Karlis Ulmanis, Prime Minister and President of Latvia! Both before and during Latvian independence, you dedicated your life to your country; you were among the founders of the People's Council that declared Latvian independence, and then became its first Prime Minister. After several more terms, you would stage a coup that placed you in total control of the country, allowing you to pursue your vision of Latvia unilaterally. Your tight control over the economy allowed Latvia to flourish even despite the Great Depression, and your advocacy of education helped bring people of all sorts into the Latvian fold. Even after being deposed by the Soviet Union, you have remained an important figure in Latvia's imagination.

Prime Minister, the Latvian people seek to live under your firm but steady hand once more. Can you recapture the heights of prosperity that you were able to harness during your lifetime? Can you outmaneuver those who would seek to extinguish Latvia's sun? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Welcome! I am Karlis Ulmanis, the leader of Latvia and of the Latvian people. If there's anything you need, let me know, and I will make it happen."

Defeat: "How dare you? Latvia is mine! You may wrest the country away from me, but you will never win the hearts of its people."

Unique Attributes[]

Latvia (Karlis Ulmanis)
IconPNG Ulmanis

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Song of Rebirth

Cities passively generate Goldenage Golden Age Points when all their Citizen Specialist slots are filled. When built, Great Person Tile Improvements trigger We Love The King Day in the nearest city.

IconPNG Aizsargi

Art by TopHatPaladin

Aizsargi (Great War Infantry)
  • May be expended to "Root Out Opposition", destroying a Great Person Tile Improvement and spawning a copy of the appropriate Great Person
IconPNG Chamber

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Chamber of Professions (Police Station)
  • +1 Happy Happiness for every Citizen Specialist in its city
  • +20% Greatperson Great Person generation during We Love The King Day
City List
  1. Riga
  2. Liepaja
  3. Daugavpils
  4. Jelgava
  5. Rezekne
  6. Valmiera
  7. Jurmala
  8. Jekabpils
  9. Ventspils
  10. Tukums
  11. Krustpils
  12. Ogre
  13. Kuldiga
  14. Cesis
  15. Talsi
  16. Bauska
  17. Saldus
  18. Dobele
  19. Kraslava
  20. Sigulda
  21. Aluksne
  22. Ludza
  23. Limbazi
  24. Valka
  25. Smiltene
  26. Gulbene
  27. Madona
  28. Preili
  29. Lielvarde
  30. Kandava
  31. Balvi
  32. Aizpute
  33. Ilskile
  34. Berze
Spy List
  • Janis
  • Zigfrids
  • Alberts
  • Konstantins
  • Peteris
  • Guntis
  • Luize
  • Anna
  • Ruta
  • Laimdota
IconPNG Latvia


Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
Kalnu Dziesma by Jēkabs Zariņš Daļa - Grave Molto by Imants Kalniņš

Mod Support[]

Additional Achievements[]

Latvia's Sun Shines Over Everyone

  • Win the game on any difficulty setting as Latvia.

We Love The Corporations Day

  • As Latvia, use Great Person Tile Improvements to trigger We Love The King Day in two separate cities on the same turn.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

“Our people are now eating your cottage cheese and attending your folk music festivals. I worry that the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture.”

Full Credits List[]

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Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 10 May 2020


  • TopHatPaladin: Design, Code, Art, Text
  • bernie14: Unit Model
  • JFD: Utilities
  • Jēkabs Zariņš: Peace Theme
  • Imants Kalniņš: War Theme
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