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Maravi led by Kalonga Mazula is a custom civilization mod by JakeWalrusWhale, with contributions from RawSasquatch, Zharques, and DarthKyofu.

This mod requires Brave New World.



Maravi was a kingdom which straddled the current borders of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, in the 16th century. The present-day name "Maláŵi" is said to derive from the Chewa word "malaŵí", which means "flames".

At its greatest extent, the state included territory from the Tonga and Tumbuka people's areas in the north to the Lower Shire in the south, and as far west as the Luangwa and Zambezi river valleys. Maravi's rulers belonged to the Mwale matriclan and held the title Kalonga. They ruled from Manthimba, the secular/administrative capital, and were the driving force behind the state's establishment. Meanwhile, the patrilineal Banda clan, which traditionally provided healers, sages and metallurgists, took care of religious affairs from their capital Mankhamba near Nthakataka.

After contact with the Portuguese, trade intensified. It included such items as beads of the Khami type and Chinese porcelain imported via Portuguese intermediaries. In the 19th century, the state declined and the Maravi were frequently raided by their neighbours the Yao and captured for sale as slaves. David Livingstone visited Lake Nyasa in 1859, and other Protestant missionaries soon followed.

Kalonga Mazula[]

Kalonga Mazula was the Mazula, "king", of the Maravi Confederacy at its height. Mazula was also spelled Mazula, Muzura, and Mazura, and he reigned somewhere between 1600 and 1650 AD. Mazula may have also been the same King as Kalonga Mchepera. Between 1600 and 1650 Maravi developed into a major military power. Via military conquest, by 1635 Kalonga had extended the territory from the Zambezi to the west to Mozambique Island in the east. Kalonga tried invading the southern Mutapa Kingdom in 1623, but was thwarted. At this time it controlled southern Malawi, northeast Zambia and northern Mozambique. It’s wealth came from the ivory trade. Mazula was also known to work with the Portuguese, giving them warriors to help defeat rebellions. Other than keeping the Portguese in check and expanding Maravi to its furthest extent, not much else is known about Mazula. Maravi disintegrated into competing chiefdoms after Mazula’s death.

Dawn of Man[]

Hail, Kalonga Mazula, ruler of the Maravi. Your people are a proud one, being at the peak of the Maravi Confederacy, a strong, economically active confederation, sweeping an area of the coast of Mozambique from the Zambezi River to the bay of Quelimane. The large size of your empire was in no small part thanks to you. As a dynamic leader, you expanded the borders of the Maravi Confederacy to beyond its traditional boundaries. But you also intrigued to keep the Portuguese in check, doing so successfully, playing them off others and supporting them when they did so, to shrewdly consolidate your empire’s position.


Art by RawSasquatch

It is time for the Maravi to ascend once more. The fire rises. Your people once again demand a return to greatness. Will you deliver the Maravi to more stunning victories, carving out a name for yourself and the empire you leader? Or will your confederacy languish under the yoke of obscurity? Can you build a civilization to stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Hello, and welcome to my domain. My name is Kalonga Mazula. Fear me, and be spared."

Defeat: "I see that the savages got the best of the savages."

Unique Attributes[]

Maravi (Kalonga Mazula)

Art by RawSasquatch

Prophecy of Chauta

For each unique luxury resource you own, units are trained with additional experience. Razing Cities grant FaithIcon Faith, and grant healing to all the units in the territory.


Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Zimba Marauder (Pikeman)
  • Defeating units will heal the Zimba and provide Food food to a random city.
  • Pillaging in enemy territory permanently increases Strength combat strength.
  • Cannot pillage roads.

Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Nyau Cultist (Missionary)
  • Invisible when on roads, improvements, or the same tile as another unit.
  • Can perform a "Gule Wamkulu" on city ruins, which expend the unit to build a city.
City List
  1. Manthimba
  2. Mankhamba
  3. Mbewe
  4. Maano
  5. Tete
  6. Sena
  7. Makawana
  8. Quelimane
  9. Mozambique
  10. Angoche
  11. Msinja
  12. Chinguni
  13. Malango
  14. Mwanza
  15. Zomba
  16. Moma
  17. Sofala
  18. Mulanje
  19. Cholo
  20. Chiromo
  21. Kaphirintiwa
  22. Nthakataka
  23. Tengani
  24. Mankhokwe
  25. Dobvu
  26. Ngabu
  27. Kamanga
  28. Chibisa
  29. Kabvina
  30. Ngonde
  31. Lambya
  32. Choma
Spy List
  • Chinkhole
  • Chidzonzi
  • Chinsangu
  • Mphunga
  • Mkung'untha
  • Mchepera
  • Kamtukule
  • Mkhwima
  • Khute
  • Mziitsa



Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now drinking blood out of human skulls and joining some secret society. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

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

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 22 December 2020


  • JakeWalrusWhale: Code, Research, Text (City List, Civ and Leader Pedias, Diplomacy Responses), Art (Map, UU and Civ Icons, Misc), Design
  • RawSasquatch: Art (Leaderscene, Leader Icon, DoM Image)
  • Zharques: Text (UU Pedias, DoM Text)
  • DarthKyofu: TSL, Nyau Icon Touchups
  • TopHatPaladin: Pillage Trigger
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