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Makuria led by Merkurios is a custom civilization by More Civilizations, with contributions from JFD, Janboruta, Tomatekh, Proffy, COF, JTitan, and Andrew Holt.

This mod requires Brave New World. 



The Kingdom of Makuria was a medieval Christian state founded by the Nubian people in the upper Nile Valley. The strongest among its two rivals Nobatia and Alodia. It managed to survive centuries fighting the Arab invaders before it eventually collapsed in the 14th century.


Born in the earlier part of the 7th century A.D., Merkurios, or as John the Deacon of Egypt was known to later call him, the New Constantine, was a ruler of Nubia from 697 to 722. While preserved, written historical records of his life are scare, what we do know about Merkurios comes from inscriptions made at various monuments to his achievements found throughout lands he ruled. The earliest known monument of this nature is found on a foundation stone at Faras, a Nubian city located on the western side of the Nile. It marks the year 707 as the elevnth year of his rule, providing us with the year upon which he came to power. It is believed that during his reign, one of his notable achievements was the conquest and assimilation of the Nobotian lands and people into the Nubian kingdom. Evidence also points that his lands were the home of Coptic Christian refugees, fleeing from Egypt at a time of heavy Islamification of the area. It is commonly believed by many historians and archeaologists now that, based on this influx of Coptic refugees finding sanctuary in Nubian lands, and his comparison to the Byzantine emperor Constantine, that he was more than a little involved in the affairs of the Nubian church.

Dawn of Man[]

Noble and pious Merkurios, King of Makuria and Nobatia, may your kingdom forever prepare the way of the Lord and make His path straight. You rule the indomitable Makurian civilization, a people born from the rich history of the upper Nile. Traders and craftsmen, they found their place amongst the heathens of late antiquity by adopting the Christian faith; a faith they stalwartly defended at the Battle of Dongola. From this conflict, Makuria would help forge one of history's longest lasting treaties and enter a golden age of trade and prosperity. Yet, the unsteady truce between the Islamic world and Christianity would not prove easy. As Islam continued to rise in the north and raids by desert nomads grew more frequent in the south, Makuria found itself weakened and divided as Muslim kings marched on Nubia.

MC Makuria Leaderhead

Art by Janbourta

Constantine of the Nubian Church! For seven hundred years your kingdom stood as a bastion of Christendom. Yet, the old treaty has been broken and foreign creeds have laid claim to your throne. Will you return to defend your people and champion their faith? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: Ah, a new visitor to the land of God. Welcome, come. Tell me of your journey.

Introduction: Another weary traveller? I pray you have not come to scout our lands for invasion, for your sake.


Defeat: The last bastion of Christendom has fallen to the heathens. I pray for humanity.

Defeat: I am prepared for the afterlife, are you?


Unique Attributes[]

Makuria (Merkurios)

Art by Janboruta

The Baqt

Units gain combat boosts for each active Traderoute Trade Route, and 10% Strength Combat Strength when defending. +1 FaithIcon Faith from all luxury resources.

Nobatian Swordsman

Art by Sukritact

Nobatian Swordsman (Swordsman)
  • +20% Strength Combat Strength in friendly territory
  • When garrisoned, causes Traderoute Trade Routes with the city to produce +2 Gold Gold

Art by Sukritact

Cenobium (Caravansary)
  • +5 Strength City Defense
  • +25 City Health
  • Trade routes provide +1 Gold Gold for each nearby luxury resource type
  • +1 FaithIcon Faith
  • Costs 2 maintenance


Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Renegotiate the Baqt[]

The Baqt has long been a source of both peace and tension between us and our northern neighbours. We should attempt negotations in search of a better deal.


  • Player must be Makuria
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 200 FaithIcon Faith
  • Magistrates Magistrates


  • +1 Traderoute Trade Route

Restore Nubian Bowmanship[]

The ancients called our land the 'Land of the Bow' - let us restore this tradition and ensure our archers are the envy of the world!


  • Player must be Makuria
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates


  • Ranged Units gain +15% Strength Combat Strength

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now buying your ivory and chanting your Coptic prayers! I am worried the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

List of Cities[]

City List
  1. Dongola
  2. Faras
  3. Qasr Ibrim
  4. Nuri
  5. Soleb
  6. Kerma
  7. Adindan
  8. Napata
  9. Dorginarti
  10. Semna
  11. Gebel Barkel
  12. Qustul
  13. Buhen
  14. Aswan
  15. Ballana
  16. Serra
  17. Dakka
  18. Kalabsha
  19. Dabod
  20. Beit al Wali
  21. Kawa
  22. Premnis
  23. Qubban
  24. Halfa
  25. Salimah
  26. Elefantina
  27. Naka
  28. Jartum
  29. Soba

Full Credits List[]

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Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 21 September 2015

  • Sukritact: Art, Code, Unit Reskin
  • Janboruta: Art
  • Pouakai: Code
  • JFD: Code
  • Tomatekh: Code, Mod Support, Text
  • Proffy: Text
  • COF: Text
  • JTitan: Model
  • Andrew Holt: DOM Voiceover
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