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Oxus led by Frâda is a custom civilization by Zharques, with contributions from TopHatPaladin, JakeWalrusWhale, DarthKyofu, Arilasqueto, and Grant.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Oxus Civilization, known also as the Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex more formally, is a Bronze Age civilization of Central Asia dated to c. 2250–1700 BC. Most of the Oxus urban sites are located in Margiana in modern Turkmenistan, on the Murghab river delta, and in the Kopet Dagh mountain range. Oxus sites were discovered and named by the Soviet archaeologist Viktor Sarianidi during the period 1969–1979, when he was excavating in northern Afghanistan.


In March 522 BCE, a Magian named Gaumâta seized power in the Achaemenid Empire, claiming to be the brother of the legitimate king Cambyses. Immediately, Cambyses advanced to the usurper, but he died before he reached Persia; the false Smerdis was able to rule for several months. However, Cambyses' relative Darius, together with six Persian noblemen, killed the usurper. Darius became king and faced a serious crisis: nearly all provinces of the Achaemenid empire revolted. The most important rebellion was that of the Medes, whose leader was king Phraortes. His rebellion spread to the north to Armenia and to the east to Parthia. Even further to the east, Margiana revolted, an oasis in the Karakum desert.

The leader of the Margian insurrection was one Frâda. Because Margiana was not a very important part of the Achaemenid empire, no action was undertaken. At the end of the spring of 521, however, the Medes had been defeated and in July the Parthian rebellion had been suppressed; only some mopping up operations were needed to restore order in the Achaemenid empire. The satrap of Bactria, Dâdarši, advanced against the rebels, which he defeated on December 28, 521 after a march of three hundred kilometers through the Karakum desert. In the Behistun inscription, which was made immediately after the above mentioned events, Dâdarši's victory is presented as if it was just as important as the victories over the rebels in Babylonia or Media.

Dawn of Man[]

"The land is young again, Frâda, King of Marguš, representative of the ancient civilization of Oxus. Long has the world forgotten much of your culture, with only the archaeological remains standing as testament that the once proud civilization once occupied the Earth. With bronze tools, wheat, barley, you stood at the Crossroads of the World as an early testament to the ingenuity and genius that humanity is capable of. Acting as a major early trading area and cultural hub, many practices of your people such as the drinking of Soma went on to influence the future of culture in the area, even if the exact practices are long forgotten.


Art by Arilasqueto and DarthKyofu

Oh, independent Frâda, it is now your chance to make another impact upon the world. The trees are unspoilt, there are new rivers to be explored, new lands to be settled. Marvel as the civilization you build lasts thousands of years and pay homage to the original inhabitants of the Oxus civilization. Will you lead the Oxus to a new age of relevance and glory? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Greetings, and welcome to the cities of the Oxus."

Defeat: "Ah, it is the destiny of all great civilizations to turn to dust."

Unique Attributes[]

Oxus (Frâda)

Art by DarthKyofu

Bridge Between the Ancients

FaithIcon Faith buildings between the origin and destination city of a Traderoute Trade Route are shared. Luxuries improved for the first time enhance the yields of improvements around them, and provide FaithIcon Faith based on the city's CultureIcon Culture output.


Art by DarthKyofu

Lapis Camel-Cart (Caravan)
  • Crafts Lapis Lazuli, which can be transported for a sum of CultureIcon Culture and Gold Gold in another Civilization's territory.
  • Cities containing Lapis Lazuli celebrate longer WLTKDs and have increased (+30%) Traderoute Trade Route length.

Art by Grant

Soma Boiler (Stone Works)
  • +2 Science Science, +2 FaithIcon Faith and +3 Local Happy Happiness from Incense.
  • Missionaries and Prophets acquired in cities with Soma Boilers have +1 Moves Movement, +1 Religious Spread.
  • When built on a city on a river, provides the unique Soma luxury resource.
City List
  1. Gonur
  2. Altyn-Depe
  3. Namazga
  4. Djeitun
  5. Ulug
  6. Monjukli
  7. Togolok
  8. Sarazm
  9. Dashli
  10. Bustan
  11. Sappali
  12. Gissar
  13. Pessedzhik
  14. Chopan
  15. Yaz
  16. Takhirbaj
  17. Taip
  18. Garaoj
  19. Teguzak
  20. Elken
  21. Anau
  22. Kangurt-Tut
  23. Bandykhan
  24. Djarkuta
  25. Tazabagyab
  26. Kelleli
  27. Fullol
  28. Ilgynly
  29. Ayaz-Kala
Spy List
  • Kay Kavad
  • Arnavāz
  • Farangis
  • Rudābeh
  • Kiomars
  • Afrīdūn
  • Taxma Urupi
  • Paraδāta
  • Manōčihr
  • Kai-Kaus



Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now drinking Soma and carving Bactrian princesses. I worry the rest of the world will succumb to the influence of your culture."

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence

Full Credits List[]

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Latest Version: v 1
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  • Zharques: Design, XML, Sql, Text
  • TopHatPaladin: Lua, XML, Sql, Text
  • Arilasqueto: Art (Leaderscreen, Civ Icon)
  • JakeWalrusWhale: Art (Map)
  • DarthKyofu: Art (Leaderscreen, UU Icon, Soma Icon)
  • Barrowulf: Design, Art (Lapis Lazuli Icon)
  • Grant: Design, Art (UB Icon)

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