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State of Manchukuo
Manchukuo map
Map by Homusubi
Nobusuke Kishi
State Shinto (HJR)



Manchukuo led by Nobusuke Kishi is a custom civilisation by Homusubi.

This mod requires Brave New World.



Manchukuo, also known as Manshukoku and Manzhouguo, was a puppet state created in 1932 by Japan out of the three historic provinces of Manchuria (northeastern China). After the Russo-Japanese War (1904–05), Japan gained control of the Russian-built South Manchurian Railway, and its army established a presence in the region; expansion there was seen as necessary for Japan’s status as an emerging world power. In 1931 the Japanese army created an excuse to attack Chinese troops there, and in 1932 Manchukuo was proclaimed an “independent” state. The last Qing emperor was brought out of retirement and made Manchukuo’s ruler, but the state was actually rigidly controlled by the Japanese, who used it as their base for expansion into Asia. An underground guerrilla movement composed of Manchurian soldiers, armed civilians, and Chinese communists opposed the occupying Japanese, many of whom had come over to settle in the new colony. After Japan’s defeat in 1945 the settlers were repatriated.

Nobusuke Kishi []

Born Sato Nobusuke, an older brother of future prime minister Sato Eisaku, Kishi Nobusuke was adopted by a paternal uncle bearing the Kishi name. He graduated from the Tokyo Imperial law department (1920) and began a successful civil service career. In 1936 he became a vice minister of industry in Manchukuo, Japan's puppet state in Manchuria.

For a few years in the late 1930s, indeed, he was perhaps the most influential of the various figures that shaped the path taken by the fledgling Manchukuo state. Before Kishi arrived, Manchukuo was a surprisingly hostile place for zaibatsu (Japan's huge corporate conglomerates of the time) and other private companies, as it had become something of a haven for left-wingers forced out of mainland Japan by the increasingly extreme right tendencies of the military government. That changed under Kishi, who allowed the zaibatsu to invest in Manchukuo through the jointly-owned Man-Gyo company, while at the same time ensuring that the zaibatsu invested along lines set by the state. On the ground, however, things were rather less theoretical; Kishi was infamous for his complete indifference to the welfare and even the lives of Chinese workers in the zaibatsu factories (his system has been described as "necro-political"), earning him the nickname Showa no Yokai - the Monster of Showa. Likewise, it was under his rule that the Manchukuo version of the Kempeitai, the Japanese secret police, was developed, and used to 'purge' the various administrative organs of leftist elements, causing untold misery in the process.

On his return to Japan (1940) he contributed to wartime economic organization as vice minister of commerce and industry. He resigned when frustrated in his attempts to impose government control of the zaibatsu but returned to government in 1941 as commerce and industry minister in the Cabinet of Tojo Hideki. In April 1942 he won a seat in the House of Representatives. Subsequently he served as Tojo’s vice minister of munitions but increasingly opposed Tojo’s policy of continuing the war at all costs; Kishi’s opposition contributed to the fall of the Tojo Cabinet in 1944. Although imprisoned in 1945 by the Allied Occupation authorities as a war criminal, Kishi was released (1948) without trial, as one of many far-right figures who were seen by the Red Scare-period American occupation forces as preferable to socialist politicians.

After reestablishing himself as a businessman, Kishi resumed his political activities. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1953 and then helped to organize the Japan Democratic Party, which he was instrumental in merging with other conservative factions to form the Liberal Democratic Party in 1955. The following year he became foreign minister in the Cabinet of Ishibashi Tanzan. When Ishibashi fell ill, Kishi succeeded him as prime minister in February 1957.

As prime minister Kishi emphasized Japan’s special relationship with the United States and sought to ease tensions with the nations of Southeast and South Asia, visiting them in 1957 to promote reparations agreements and economic cooperation. In 1959 he traveled to western Europe and Latin America. Kishi had visited Washington, D.C., in 1957, and he returned in January 1960 to sign a revised U.S.–Japan security treaty intended to put the relationship between the two nations on an equal basis and to restore independent diplomacy for Japan. To implement this policy he initiated an official study of the controversial postwar constitution, which outlawed war, and he encouraged Japanese self-reliance in national defense.

Kishi used his conservative parliamentary majority to ratify the revised treaty while the opposition parties were boycotting the Diet session. This was viewed as high-handed and undemocratic and provoked large-scale public demonstrations against Kishi; the protests led to the cancellation of a scheduled visit to Japan by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In the aftermath, Kishi resigned, to be succeeded by Ikeda Hayato. Although the section of the constitution outlawing the “potential to make war” was not altered, Kishi initiated a policy of interpreting this clause liberally, allowing the Self-Defense forces more armaments. He remained an active member of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Dawn of Man[]

Manchukuo scene

Scene by Homusubi

"Come greet the rising sun, Nobusuke Kishi, administrator of the most vital frontier of our harmonious empire. Manchuria was a lawless expanse, the people living in terror of the warlords and their petty feuds, until your predecessors came and established the glorious and orderly state of Manchukuo. From the ashes, overseen by the most able minds our Empire has to offer, industry and prosperity were brought to the lands of Emperor Puyi. But Manchukuo is not simply an example to the world in terms of coal and steel; it offers a new path amidst nationalistic bickering, a new flag which all five races of these lands can salute and be equally proud of what Manchukuo has become.

Mr Kishi, Manchukuo's enemies are numerous, and it is time for the second stage. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of steel are not enough; we call on you, your novel management techniques, and your friends in the mighty zaibatsu to bring this land to further glory. Will you rise to the challenge? Will your factories and railways be the envy of all Asia? Can you ensure this experiment stands the test of time?"

Introduction: "Welcome. You stand in the lands of Emperor Puyi and the Five-Coloured Banner... but more importantly, the lands of a wonderful investment opportunity. I am Nobusuke Kishi. Let us take tea."

Defeat: "Manchukuo may have fallen, but mark my words, I have not. Wait until another enemy knocks at your door, and I assure you, you will be reaching to unlock my cell once more."

Unique Attributes[]

Manchukuo (Nobusuke Kishi)
Manchukuo leader

During a Goldenage Golden Age, buildings (other than Wonders) are constructed 50% faster than usual.

Incoming International Traderoute Trade Routes produce Goldenage Golden Age points for both civilisations.

Manchukuo uu
Kantogun (Great War Infantry)
  • For the first three turns after declaring an offensive war on another major civ, all Kantogun units can use enemy routes and ignore Zone of Control.
  • Earns Science Science from kills, with kills earned further away from the nearest Manchukuo city yielding more Science Science.
Manchukuo ub
Seitetsusho (Factory)
  • Workers can be expended in cities with a Seitetsusho to hurry Production Production. The amount of Production Production the city receives when expending a Worker is linked to the number of turns it would take to train a new one in the Capital Capital.
City List
  1. Shinkyo
  2. Hoten
  3. Harubin
  4. Tanto
  5. Kitsurin
  6. Anzan
  7. Botanko
  8. Chichiharu
  9. Jamusu
  10. Tsuka
  11. Shihei
  12. Shotoku
  13. Jaranton
  14. Suika
  15. Tsuryo
  16. Bujun
  17. Eiko
  18. Fushin
  19. Hongeiko
  20. Fukin
  21. Sojo
  22. Tonka
  23. Tetsurei
  24. Tonan
  25. Fuyo
  26. Kairin
  27. Seian
  28. Botsuri
  29. Hairaru
  30. Kokuga
  31. Hokuan
  32. Kanto
Spy List
  • Zheng
  • Zhang
  • Kosuke
  • Ryoko
  • Chuluunbold
  • Altantsetseg
  • Dorgon
  • Basinu
  • Kim
  • Park
Manchukuo civ


Peace Theme War Theme

Road to Tibet


Hearts of Iron 4 Waking the Tiger OST Empire of the Sun

Road to Tibet by Edward Karl Hanson (via Kaiser Cat Cinema) Empire of the Sun by Andreas Waldetoft and @MetalKing, from the soundtrack of Hearts of Iron 4

Mod Support[]

Unique Cultural Influence[]

(To Kishi) “Our people are sending employees to their deaths in an attempt to compete with your factories. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture.”

(From Kishi) "I see your people are setting up their own secret police while waiting for you to follow suit. The amazing works of our civilisation are truly inspiring!"

Full Credits List[]

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


  • Homusubi: original author, XML, art, most Lua, text. Civilopedia (UU, UB, some of leader)
  • TopHatPaladin, Shintate, and the Civ Battle Royale Discord: help assembling the leaderhead
  • Online Encyclopaedia Britannica: Civilopedia (civ, most of leader)
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