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The Grand Principality of Muscovy
Ivan IV
Eastern Orthodoxy
req. mod

Traits req. mod
Aggressive, Spiritual
Map Labels Language req. mod
Alt. Leader For req. mod
Alternate Leader of:


IvanIV Diplo

Leaderscene by Janboruta

Muscovy led by Ivan IV is a custom civilisation by JFD and Janboruta, with contributions from Sukritact and Wolfdog.

This mod requires Brave New World and works best with Gazebo's Community Patch.

It also adds the city-states Pskov, Rostov, Smolensk, Tmutarakan, and Vladimir.


Muscovy []

The Grand Duchy of Moscow or Grand Principality of Moscow (also known in English simply as Muscovy), was a late medieval Rus' principality centered on Moscow and the predecessor state of the early modern Tsardom of Russia.

Ivan IV[]

Ivan IV Vasilyevich, commonly known as Ivan the Terrible, (Ivan Grozny literally "Ivan the Formidable"), was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547 and Tsar of All the Russias from 1547 until his death. His long reign saw the conquest of the Khanates of Kazan, Astrakhan and Siberia, transforming Russia into a multiethnic and multiconfessional state spanning almost one billion acres, approximately 4,046,856 km2 (1,562,500 sq mi). Ivan managed countless changes in the progression from a medieval state to an empire and emerging regional power, and became the first ruler to be crowned as Tsar of All the Russians.

Historic sources present disparate accounts of Ivan's complex personality: he was described as intelligent and devout, yet given to rages and prone to episodic outbreaks of mental illness that increased with his age, affecting his reign. In one such outburst, he killed his groomed and chosen heir Ivan Ivanovich. This left the Tsardom to be passed to Ivan's younger son, the weak and intellectually disabled Feodor Ivanovich. Ivan's legacy is complex: he was an able diplomat, a patron of arts and trade, founder of Russia's first Print Yard, a leader highly popular among the common people of Russia, but he is also remembered for his paranoia and arguably harsh treatment of the nobility. The Massacre of Novgorod is regarded as one of the demonstrations of his mental instability and brutality.

Dawn of Man[]

Blessings upon you Ivan IV, Grand Prince of Muscovy. With the conquests of Kazan, Astrakhan, and Siberia, you were the founder of the Russian Tsardom. Plagued by outbursts of rage and paranoia, you would unite your divine monarchy in blood and fire. Yet in your moments of sapience, you revealed yourself as a capable and pious leader, and you would lay the foundations upon which the modern Russian state could be born.

O' terrible Ivan, formidable and indomitable, the Russian people once more lie scattered and in disharmony. Can you lead your mighty armies into battle with foresight and skill? Can you crush those that would stand in the way of a united Russia? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "So, you are the one plotting against my Kingdom? So your head shall make a fine addition to my mantle."

Introduction: "I am Ivan IV, and I am the Grand Prince of Moscow. One day, I shall be Tsar of All the Russias, and you had best not be in my way for when that time comes."

Defeat: "My cities burning... my cathedrals ruined... God has forsaken the Russian people, and I know not why..."

Defeat: "I am forsaken..."

Unique Attributes[]

Muscovy (Ivan IV)

Art by Janboruta

Tsar of All the Russias
Upon conquering a city for the first time, other enemy cities take damage and your units heal 20 damage. Earn Goldenage Golden Age Points whilst Razing cities.

Art by Sukritact

Streltsy (Musketman)
  • +20 Production Production.
  • -4 Strength Combat Strength.
  • May use enemy roads.
  • Can attack twice when beginning its turn adjacent to another Streltsy.

Art by Janboruta

Sobor (Temple/Monastery[1])
  • Eliminates extra Unhappiness Unhappiness from an Occupied City
  • Reduces cost of acquiring new tiles with Gold Gold or CultureIcon Culture based upon the city's FaithIcon Faith output (up to -30%)


Muscovy was made for a Domination Victory. Ivan's UA allows him to conquer cities easily. Caputring a city means your units heal and you can move on to their other cities, if you wish to eliminate them due to warmongering penalty and them pestering diplomacy. The Streltsy, while being weaker, is cheaper too, can use roads, and are best with other Streltsy as it can attack twice then; it makes the Reniassance Era, the best time to conquer for Muscovy. The Sobor helps you eliminate unhappiness from those conquered cities you've obtained on the way to Domination. It is also helpful as it reduces the cost of aquiring new tiles with Gold or Culture by the city's faith output, up to -30%. With this your expansive empire can thrive and you can continue conquests. The Honor Tree is highly recommended as well as The Statue of Zeus in order to boost your armies' power. Simply overwhelm your enemies in the Reniassance or, the easier and smart route, conquer a bit early, and when it comes to the Reniassance and you have your Streltsy, conquer your enemies to become the Tzar of All the Russias.

Muscovy v2


Peace Theme War Theme

Moscovy - Ivan IV Peace


Moscovy - Ivan IV War

"Main Theme" from the soundtrack of Medieval II Total War. "This Is It" from the soundtrack of Medieval II Total War.

Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Establish the Russian Tsardom
It cannot be tolerated that the ruler of the Russian people would be below that of Kings in other realms. Today, we declare ourselves Tsar - sovereign ruler of the Russian people and her empire, answerable and accountable only to almighty God.
  • Player must be Muscovy.
  • Must have conquered 3 foreign Capitals.
  • Must have a Government.[2]
  • Must have at least 50% SovereigntyIcon Sovereignty.[3]
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Medieval Era.
  • May only be enacted once per game.
  • 400 CultureIcon Culture.
  • 500 FaithIcon Faith.
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrate.
  • Civilization becomes known as Russia.
  • A Goldenage Golden Age begins.
  • Passes the Absolute (Executive) Reform without incurring Cooldown.[4]
  • St. Basil's Cathedral wonder is constructed in the Capital.
Unleash the Oprichniki
The hereditary nobility is the biggest threat to our power. We must send the Oprichniki to purge the state of those nobles whose loyalty is questionable.
  • Player must be Muscovy.
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Medieval Era.
  • May only be enacted once per era.
  • 100 Goldenage Golden Age Points per city.
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate.
  • Resistance Resistance is reset in all cities.
  • All cities' Resistance Counters are reset.[5]

The Printing Press[]

Word has reached our court of the creation of the printing press - a machine said to be capable of replicating written works many times faster than any man. Our courtiers have already begun contemplating what worth this machine might have in increasing the distribution of religious and legal texts throughout the empire. We should consider whether the printing press might have a place in our people's lives. Option 1: Turn away this devilry. It is a waste of gold.

  • Nothing

Option 2: We shall endorse this invention.

  • Lose 500 Gold Gold
  • Gain the Printing Press technology

Conspiring Nobles[]

We have learned that some of the noblemen in the city of [City] are probably conspiring against us. There is a plot to overthrow us, and there is almostnly irrefutable evidence to back this up. Option 1: Those wretches need to be taught a lesson.

  • [City] begins Razing
  • Lose Goldenage Golden Age Points

Option 2: Probably my imagination.

  • 30% chance [City] will go into 1 turn of Resistance

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now becoming weary of the nobility in our nation! I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

CivFanatics Homepage
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 24 December 2016

  • JFD: Author.
  • Janboruta: Art (Civ Icon, Unique Component Icons, Leader Icon, Leaderscene, Map), Research (City List).
  • Sukritact: Art (Unique Building Icon).
  • Wolfdog: Graphics.[6]
  • Jeff van Dyck: Music.[7][8]

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