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The Mahdist State under Muhammad Ahmed is a custom civilization by Arilasqueto with contributions from HoopThrower, TopHatPaladin, and Zharques.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Mahdist State[]

Mahdist Sudan, also known as the Mahdist State or the Sudanese Mahdiyya, was a state based on a religious and political movement launched in 1881 by Muhammad Ahmad, gaining its independence from the Khedivate of Egypt. Sudan's economy was destroyed during the Mahdist War and famine; war and disease reduced the population by half. The British reconquered the Sudan in 1898, ruling it after that in theory as a condominium with Egypt but in practice as a colony. However, remnants of the Mahdist State held out in Darfur until 1909.

Muhammad Ahmad[]

Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah was a Sufi religious leader of the Samaniyya order in Sudan who, as a youth, studied Sunni Islam. In 1881, he claimed to be the Mahdi, leading a successful war against Ottoman-Egyptian military rule in Sudan, and the British in the Siege of Khartoum, establishing the Mahdist state, a vast Islamic state extending from the Red Sea to Central Africa. From his announcement of the Mahdiyya in June 1881 until 1898, the Mahdi's growing number of supporters, the Ansars, established many of its theological and political doctrines. After Muhammad Ahmad's unexpected death on 22 June 1885, his chief deputy, Abdallahi ibn Muhammad took over the administration of the nascent Mahdist state.

Dawn of Man[]

"Blessings be upon you, Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad, he who will battle al-Masih ad-Dajjal until the descent of the Prophet Isa. A teacher of the Quran of the lineage of Hasan, you and your believers constructed a great state in order to prepare for the Second Coming. This state, Mahdist Sudan, beat back the infidels, and with you as its teacher and leader, Mahdists Sudan built a national state for the oppressed peoples of the area. With your greatest victory, the capture of Khartoum, you had truly laid claim to the status of Mahdi. But your premature death left the state without a leader as charismatic and pious as you, oh devout Mahdi.


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Holy Muhammad Ahmad, you have been called to serve once again. In an age of sin and vice, anarchy and chaos, you have been called to restore the world and prepare to fight al-Masih ad-Dajjal in preparation for the descent of Isa from Heaven. It will be a hard task, but it is one you must bear. Can you restore faith and prepare to defeat al-Masih ad-Dajjal? Will you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Blessings. Welcome to Mahdist Sudan, where we are destroying sin."

Defeat: "It was not to be. But know this. The word of Allah still rings true."

Unique Attributes[]

Mahdist State (Muhammad Ahmedh)

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Prophetic Assembly

Receive FaithIcon Faith from conquests and enemy cities take attrition damage from your religious pressure. Upon birth of a Great Prophet, all your units heal.


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Mulazimmiya (Rifleman)
  • Generates FaithIcon Faith on kill.
  • Deals attrition damage to nearby units if a Great Person was born the same turn.

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Hadendoa Nomad (Lancer)
  • 2 Moves Movement (vs 4)
  • Does not require Horses Horses.
  • +25% Strength Combat Strength vs Gunpowder units instead of Mounted units.
  • May duplicate when earning a promotion.
City List
  1. Khartoum
  2. Omdurman
  3. Dunqulah
  4. Barbar
  5. Kassala
  6. Al-Ubayyid
  7. Jabal Qadir
  8. Atbarah
  9. Sannar
  10. El-Kana
  11. Fashoda
  12. Kurdufan
  13. Shambeh
  14. Karkoj
  15. Abu Klea
  16. Umm Diwaykarat
  17. Qallabat
  18. Sheikan
  19. Al Matammah
  20. Shakka
  21. Bara
  22. Abu Haraz
  23. Gos Rejeb
  24. Kaka
  25. Hebbeh
  26. Wad Medina
  27. Metemmeh
  28. Om Shanga
  29. Sobat
  30. Sagadi
Spy List
  • Muhammad
  • Osman
  • Abdallahi
  • Abd-ar-Rahman
  • Hasan
  • al-Amin al-Suwaylih
  • al-Dikayr
  • al-Qurashi wad al-Zayn
  • Sharif
  • Khujali




Peace Theme War Theme
Unknown. Unknown.

Mod Support[]

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

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now wearing Jibbehs and burning texts. I worry the rest of the world will succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 15 May 2022


  • Arilasqueto: Concept, Design, Art, Text
  • HoopThrower: Design, Research
  • TopHatPaladin: Code
  • Zharques: Text
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