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Pegu led by Shin Sawbu is a custom civilisation mod by EmeraldRange, with contributions from DMS, Arilasqueto and Dho Ong Jhaan.

This mod requires Brave New World.


Mon Kingdoms[]

The Mon people spell the word Mon in three different ways in the Mon language, all pronounced the same (usually). Part of this is due to the the prehistoric migrations into Southeast Asia, long before any of the other great civilisations of Southeast Asia came. There were three peoples who called themselves Mon, coming from the Ganges, the Godaveri and Telingana, all of whom found themselves on Bilugyun near modern day Mat Maluim (Mawlamyine/Moulmein). The earliest recorded history of the Mon are around the fifth and sixth century through inscriptions in Thailand and Burma, although they had lived in these lands for centuries before. The people here had domesticated rice, taro and pigs nearly 10000 years before, with the earliest solid traces left behind from 7000 BC. By 1000 BC, protostates were forming along the area, although we have little to go by for this period as it is still over one millenium before most Southeast Asian history starts.

The Kingdom of Sudhammavati stemed from a city-state like every civilisation to follow after the Mon. Although many associate it with the modern city of Sadhuim/Thaton, it's possible that the location of Sahduim, the capital of Sudhammavati, was more northerly than Thaton is today. Sadhuim was the host for the fleeing Mon after the conquests of Srivijaya and the collapse of Dvaravati and their northern Thai counterpart, Haripunchal. The city of Hongsawatoi was founded in the 9th century through the fleeing Mon from Thailand to be welcomed in Pegu.

Sadhuim formed the bridge between the old Mon civilisation and the burgeoning Pyu and Burmese civilisations to the North, a vector of Indianisation. As we move from the murky pasts of the Southeast Asian jungle, we arrive at the story of a Mon monk preaching Buddhism to the Burmese king of Bagan, Anawrahta. Having been converted and wanting the Tripitaka, or so the story goes, Anawrahta conquered Thaton through trickery and brought the Mon court brahmans and monks back to begin the glorious Burmese Buddhist civilisation. While Buddhism was on the retreat in the eleventh century, this part of the world would strengthen in its Buddhism from the civilising force of the Mon people.


By the thirteenth century, we start getting record histriographies of the Mon. The glorious renaissance of the Mon and a breakaway from the Bagan Dynasty started with Razadarit/Rajadhiraj who, through the help of the Kingdom of Sukhothai and the last remanants of Haripunchal, took over Muttama (Martaban). The Three Kingdoms were Pegu, Muttama and Kusima or Myaungmya. In 1287, a sudden shift in the region's geopolitics as Mongol invaders ransacked the North and cause the collapse of Pagan. The conquest of Haripunchal also created a new Thai Thailand with Lanna. The power vaccuum allowed Razadarit to take control through vassalage of the other three kingdoms. Struggles for power after the end of Razadarit's rule, which involves assassination in dramatized hisstories.

This early period of renewed Mon rule saw some other famous figures like Banya U, or Shinphyuhsin to the Burmese, who fended off Lanna invasions after the Lanna tried to cursh any attempt for Mon resurgence in their lands. This period also saw the renewed interest in Thereavadan Buddhism, religous reforms, and building up the great Kyaik Lagun Pagoda, now know as Shwedagon. After the Burmese had recovered and stabilised from the hectic conquests of the early 14th century and established a new capital in Ava, Banya U decided to transfer the seat of power for the Mon Kingdom from Muttama to Hongsawatoi, forming the Kingdom of Pegu.

After the reign of Banya U, which was full of domestic troubles, the new Kingdom of Pegu entered a peaceful period where it flourished on trade. Several descendants of Razadarit, sons, brothers, grandsons and nephews took the throne for short periods with little quibble on succession as the country grew into a commercial and religious hub. Thirty years after the death of the founder of this new Kingdom, Razadarit, the male line had been exhausted completely that his old daughter, now sixty years old. She had been married off to keep Ava at bay from conquering the kingdom in its infancy, but now she was one of the only no-strings-attached female leaders in ancient Southeast Asian history. During her reign she consolidated the Western provinces of Bassein and Myaungmya as the city of Dagon (spelt Lagun then), west of Pegu, was the traditional home of the queen of Pegu. Her influence grew the city of Dagon, setting it up to become the predominant city of Myanmar today. The succession of the monarchy was given to a monk through an elaborate procedure calling upon the ideal of a Buddhist monarch. Shin Sawbu resigned early for the monk Dhammazedi to take over the Kingdom, ruling with significant influence while focusing her attention on religious matters around the 2000th anniversary of nirvana.

The golden age continued after her reign as European contact grew in the region and diplomatic ties and trade alliances were established with Portugal in the 15th century. Several kings succeeded Dhammazedi and the Mon people floursihed in new innovations in civics, culture, religion and science, bringing civilisation back during the Renaissance. However, by the 16th century, the weak Burmese state was weakened thouroughly by the Shan and a new Burmese power was growing in Taungoo.

Dawn of Man[]

Hail to the Old Queen, Banyar Htaw, Mi Caobu. The Daughter of Rajadhiraj, who outshone her predecessors and brought true peace and prosperity to the Mon people. You took the reins of power from your squabbling brothers and cousins who murdered each other over the lust for the throne. Your dedication to the Sangha not only brought you back from the court of Ava, but also stabilised the dynasty through your successor, Dhammazedi. Glorious and Rightful queen, you brought the holy Kyaik Dagon Pagoda to new heights and glory at the 2000th anniversary of the Parinirvana. From the days of Sadhuim, Ramannyadesa finally shone forth with the prosperity of the Mon people.


Leaderscreen by DMS

O Noble Queen, your people have long remained suppressed under Burmese rule and seek your help in these times of hardship. Your ability to stabilise the succession and usher a golden age remains inspirational. Pegu is once again in troubling times. Will you step in to restore stability to Hongsawatoi? Can the Dhamma shine forth once more? Can you build a civilisation that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Mangerat Ao. This is Rammanyadesa, the land of the Mon people. We come in peace, to learn, to trade and preach."

Defeat: "Unfotunate that our time as been cut short, squabbling politics have finally caught up to me."

Unique Attributes[]

Pegu (Shin Sawbu)

Art by EmeraldRange

Vector of Civilization

Receive +5% Science Science and +5% FaithIcon Faith in your empire per foreign civilisation trading with you. Traderoute Trade Routes with City States following the same Religion produce +3 Influence Influence per turn.


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Ceti (Temple)
  • +15% Gold Gold per sea trade route per land trade route from this city going to a city with the same Religion Religion.
  • +5% Gold Gold per sea trade route per land trade route from this city going to a city with the same Religion Religion.
  • No maintenance fee.

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Glung Kbbang[1][2] (Caravel)
  • Unlocked at Compass
  • +25% Defence against ranged attacks.
  • +50% Combat Strength when defending from melee attacks, will not retreat if attacked.
  • -2 Sight (compared to Caravel)
  • Replaces Carrack instead with Enlightenment Era (can move on ocean, unlock at compass, same sight as carrack)
City List
  1. Hongsawatoi
  2. Dagon
  3. Muttama
  4. Sadhuim
  5. Rew
  6. Mat Maluim
  7. Bassein
  8. Laganpahun
  9. Tanangsi
  10. Vaan
  11. Bik
  12. Kyaik Hto
  13. Waw
  14. Dala
  15. Ibuip
  16. Tamoa
  17. Tuik Gala
  18. Muhsama
  19. Gu Htut
  20. Yan Tamim
  21. Kyaik Paro
  22. Jra
  23. Htawaai
  24. Lamain
  25. Paung
  26. Brawati
  27. Duwop
  28. Seang
  29. Bikaleang
  30. Mudeung
  31. Danok
  32. Kyaik Kami
  33. Hariphunjaya
  34. Kyaik Katha
  35. Lawapura
  36. Henzada
  37. Kisseraing
  38. Suphaburi
  39. U Thong
Spy List
  1. Mi Nadi
  2. Mi Jompa
  3. Mi Khonlawa
  4. Mi Htaw Chan
  5. Mi Kun Chan
  6. Nai Chan Mon
  7. Nai Seik Chan
  8. Nai Ma Ngay
  9. Nai Chan Lon
  10. Nai Htaw Paing



Peace Theme War Theme


Album piece
"Doin Cauhbba Rehsoi [ဒိင် စှ်ၜါရာသဳ]", Nai Than Shein[နာဲသာန်ယှိင်]; "Piphat Mon", from La musique des Môns
Pegu Civ Icon2

Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

Direct Download
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 5
Last Updated: 30 May 2020


  • EmeraldRange: Code, UB Icon, Map, Leader Icon, UU Icon
  • DMS: Leaderscene
  • Arilasqueto: Civ Icon
  • Dho Onh Jhaan: Cultural consultant


  1. Halliday, Mon-English dictionary
  2. Guillon, The Mons
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