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Moshoeshoe I
Thaba Bosiu

Lesotho led by Moshoeshoe I is a mod by Curlysnail, with contributions from Jarcast.

This mod requires Brave New World.



Lesotho is an enclaved country within the border of South Africa. Along with the Vatican City and San Marino, it is one of only three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country, and the only one outside of the Italian peninsula. Lesotho is just over 30,000 km2 in size and has a population of around 2 million. Its capital and largest city is Maseru.

Lesotho was previously the British Crown Colony of Basutoland, but it declared independence from the United Kingdom on 4 October 1966. It is now a fully sovereign state that is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The name Lesotho roughly translates to "the land of the people who speak Sesotho".

Modern Lesotho, then called Basutoland, emerged as a single polity under King Moshoeshoe I in 1822. Moshoeshoe, a son of Mokhachane, a minor chief of the Bakoteli lineage, formed his own clan and became a chief around 1804. Between 1821 and 1823, he and his followers settled at the Butha-Buthe Mountain, joining with former adversaries in resistance against the Lifaqane associated with the reign of Shaka Zulu from 1818 to 1828.

Moshoeshoe I[]

Moshoeshoe was born at Menkhoaneng in the northern part of present-day Lesotho. He was the first son of Mokhachane, a minor chief of the Bamokoteli lineage- a branch of the Koena clan. In his early childhood, he helped his father gain power over some other smaller clans. At the age of 34 Moshoeshoe formed his own clan and became a chief. He and his followers settled at the Butha-Buthe Mountain.

During his youth just after initiation, he was very brave and once organised a cattle raid against Ramonaheng and captured several herds. As was the tradition, he composed a poem praising himself where, amongst the words he used to refer to himself, said he was "like a razor which has shaved all Ramonaheng's beards", referring to his successful raid. In Sesotho language, a razor is said to make a "shoe...shoe..." sound, and after that he was affectionately called Moshoeshoe: "the shaver". He also referred himself as the person of Kali, thus showed that he was a descendant of the Great Kali or Monaheng who is said to be the ancestor of most Bakoena people in Lesotho with the exception of the senior Bamolibeli.

In 1858 Moshoeshoe defeated the Boers in the Free State–Basotho War and in 1865 Moshoeshoe lost a great portion of the western lowlands. The last war in 1867 ended only when the British and Moshoeshoe appealed to Queen Victoria, who agreed to make Basutoland a British protectorate in 1868. The British were eager to check Boer advances, and Moshoeshoe, with advice from Eugene Casalis, realised that continued pressure from the Boers would lead to the destruction of his kingdom.

Although he had ceded much territory, Moshoeshoe never suffered a major military defeat and retained most of his kingdom and all of his culture. His death in 1870 marked the end of the traditional era and the beginning of the modern colonial period. Moshoeshoe Day is a national holiday in Lesotho celebrated every year on 11 March to commemorate the day of Moshoeshoe's death.

Dawn of Man[]

"We are honored to be in your presence, great King Moshoeshoe I of the lands of Lesotho. Though your fledgling nation was threatened by the terrible rein of Shaka Zulu and the Mfecane, your skill in diplomacy allowed protection for the refugees and the victims of such hardships through their integration and stregnthening of your state. Later, following the encroachment on your lands by the Dutch Cape Colony, your appeal to Queen Victoria herself brought your nation under the protection of the British Empire. Moshoeshoe, your nation remains in the modern world, though it is both physically and economically eclipsed by its neighbour. Your people call upon you to provide them and Lesotho protection once again! Will you build a civilization that stands the test of time?"


Art by Curlysnail

Introduction: "Rest now friend, for you are protected from troubles here in Lesotho. I am Moshoeshoe, and who are you?"

Defeat: "It seems the Mfecane has befallen us once again."

Unique Attributes[]

Lesotho (Moshoeshoe I)

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Khotso, Pula, Nal

Cities that are founded on hills start with extra Defense, and yield +2

Un-moddified Happiness. Signing a Defensive Pact grants an aditional delegate to the World Congress for Lesotho and their defensive partner.


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Bulls Blood Warrior (Musketman)

A Musketman replacement that gains a unique 'War Charm' promotion after entering combat for the first time. A 1 in 4 chance of either- A combat bonus adjacent to friendly units, a combat bonus fighting in hills, both of these bonuses, or nothing!


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Likampo (Constabulary)

Replacing the Constabulary, the Likampo reduces enemy spy stealing rate by a significant amount more (33% Vs. 25%). The Likampo also provides the city with +2 Culture, and increases Great People generation by 20%.

City List
  1. Thaba Bosiu
  2. Maseru
  3. Butha-Buthe
  4. Teyateyaneng
  5. Mafeteng
  6. Hlotse
  7. Mohale's Hoek
  8. Maputsoe
  9. Qacha's Nek
  10. Quthing
  11. Mokhotlong
  12. Thaba Tseka
  13. Thabana Ntlenyana
  14. None
  15. Bera
  16. Leribe
  17. Katse Dam
  18. Malealea
  19. Moyeni
  20. Marakabei
  21. Sehlabathebe


Mod Support[]

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 11 January 2020


  • Curlysnail: Author, Art, Coding, Design, Research, Writing
  • Jarcast: Trait Lua
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