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Kingdom of Portugal
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Map by TarcisioCM
João II
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Portugal led by João II is a custom civilization by TarcisioCM, with contributions from Janboruta.

This mod requires Brave New World. This mod includes a rework of vanilla Portugal, renamed to Portugal-Brazil.



Inhabited since prehistoric times, Portugal was reached by Phoenician and later Carthaginian traders in the first millennium BC, there meeting Celtic tribes that had pushed into Iberia across the Pyrenees. Over the following centuries, the Romans, Suebi and Visigoths ruled the peninsula; but the history of Portugal might be said to begin with the Muslim invasion in 711 AD. During the Reconquista, Portugal was born as an independent Christian kingdom in 1143. Spearheading the "Age of Discovery," in the 15th and 16th centuries Portugal would establish the first global empire, stretching from South America to Africa to the Far East. The 1800s saw the dismantling of that empire, Brazilian independence in 1822 being the most serious blow to the power and prestige of Portugal.

After the 1910 revolution which ended the monarchy, Portugal suffered through a succession of juntas and dictatorships until democratic elections were finally held in 1975. A new constitution in 1976 and membership in the EEC in 1986 insured that it would remain a progressive democracy. The erroneous view that Portugal has been no more than an outpost on the fringe of Europe was summarized by American journalist Richard H. Davis, who wrote, "Portugal is a high hill with a white watch tower on it flying signal flags. It is apparently inhabited by one man who lives in a long row of yellow houses with red roofs, and populated by sheep who do grand acts of balancing on the side of the hill." But, with its rich history and culture, and now one of the world's most globalized nations, Portugal is much, much more.

João II[]

João II was the king of Portugal in 1477 and then again from 1481 to 1495. He is known for re-establishing the power of the Portuguese throne, reinvigorating its economy, and renewing its exploration of Africa and the Orient. Even at a young age, João was not popular among the peers of the kingdom since he was immune to external influence and appeared to despise intrigue; the nobles were afraid of his future policies as king. After his official accession to the throne in 1481, João II took a series of measures to curtail the overgrown power of his aristocracy and to concentrate power in himself, depriving them of their right to administer justice on their estates. Immediately, the nobles started to conspire, but many were executed, murdered, or exiled to Castile including the bishop of Évora who was poisoned in prison. Following the crackdown, no one in the country dared to defy the king and João saw no further conspiracies during his reign. A great confiscation of estates followed and enriched the Crown, which now became the one power of the realm. João II died at Alvor aged 40 and without legitimate children, and was succeeded by his first cousin Manuel I. The nickname the Perfect Prince is a late description and refers to Niccolò Machiavelli's work The Prince: João II is considered to have lived his life exactly according to the writer's idea of a perfect prince, and he was admired as one of the greatest European monarchs of his time; Isabella I of Castile usually referred to him as El Hombre (The Man).

Dawn of Man[]

"May the grace of God be upon you, O perfect prince John II, king of Portugal! Freshly liberated from the Moors, the Portuguese people would spearhead and epitomize the Age of Discovery; their sailors first to reach far shores of Earth none had ever dreamed of, it would be under your careful guidance that the Portuguese would come to build an empire out of the oceans they travelled by, and the immense wealth and opulence brought back would rival the greatest courts of Europe and beyond.


Art by TarcisioCM

Cunning prince, your nation requires once again a man of such astute leadership to lead it, to establish an ultramarine Empire in the shores of faraway countries! Can you restore the prominence of Portugal throughout all the seven seas? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "I invite you to bask in the fruits God decided to reward us for our hard work. I am João of Portugal."

Defeat: "So this is the legacy we leave behind? Everything is gone with your wave of evil; God have mercy on us all."

Unique Attributes (Portugal)[]

Portugal (João II)
TCM PortugalJoaoIIAtlas 256

Art by Janboruta

The Lusiads

Gain Gold Gold when Naval units gain Experience. Naval Units gain Experience from Moves exploration and whenever a Naval Technology is researched. Gold Purchasing Buildings generates CultureIcon Culture.


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Nau (Caravel)
  • Moves Faster than the regular Caravel.
  • Shares its Moves Movement with stacked units.
  • May heal in Citystate City-state territory.
  • Can perform a one-time ability next to foreign territory to gain Gold Gold and XP.

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  • Can only be built on resourceless Citystate City-State coastal tiles.
  • Gives Portugal an untradeable copy of Luxuries produced by its local Citystate City-State.
  • Units fortified on a Feitoria do not disturb City-States, yield Gold Gold, and grant new Portuguese navel units +1 XP.

Unique Attributes (Portugal-Brazil)[]

Portugal-Brazil (Maria I)

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Metropolitan Reversal

May relocate your Capital to a different continent, which grows 20% faster until acquiring its previous size. Gain Happy Happiness per city on the same continent as your Capital.


Art by Janboruta

Caçador (Gatling Gun) (replaces the Nau)
  • Greater range.
  • No terrain Moves Movement penalties.
  • Gains double the amount of XP when near an allied Greatperson Great General.

Art by Janboruta

Winery (Zoo) (replaces the Feitoria)
  • Provides a source of the Wine luxury resource near the city of origin, and a second if a Strength Defensive Pact is active.
City List
  1. Lisbon
  2. Porto
  3. Braga
  4. Coimbra
  5. Leiria
  6. Gaia
  7. Aveiro
  8. Evora
  9. Faro
  10. Castelo Branco
  11. Guarda
  12. Viseu
  13. Braganza
  14. Beja
  15. Tomar
  16. Tavira
  17. Figueira de Foz
  18. Viana do Castelo
  19. Silves
  20. Sintra
  21. Lamego
  22. Guimarães
  23. Santarém
  24. Amora
  25. Barreiro
  26. Maia
  27. Villa Real
  28. Batalha
  29. Alvor
  30. Alcochete
Spy List
  • Alfonso
  • Manuel
  • Joao
  • Pedro
  • Gabriel
  • Isabela
  • Maria
  • Catarina
  • Ana
  • Renata
Portugal (João II)



Peace Theme War Theme

Kingdom of Portugal - Joao II Peace


Kingdom of Portugal - Joao II War

Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Institute the Casa da Índia
Trade is at the centre of our empire's prosperity; it is the lifeblood of our kingdom. But our prosperity is wounded by ill management, and trade opportunities have slipped beyond our reach. Let us consolidate all trade beneath the authority of one economic institution; the Casa da Índia, to ensure that all trade flows through Portugal.
  • Player must be Portugal (João II)
  • Player must have all Trade Routes full
  • May not be enacted before the Medieval era
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 300 Gold Gold
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate
  • Receive 2 additional Traderoute Trade Routes
Collect Trade Taxes
With each feitoria established, the Crown has bestowed a grant to ensure its prosperity. In return, the feitoria manages all taxation on trade that passes through it, which belongs to the Crown. It is time for that grant to pay off, and to collect those taxes that rightfully belong to Portugal.
  • Player must be Portugal (João II)
  • Player must own at least 8 Naval Units
  • Must have researched Navigation
  • May only be enacted once per era
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates
  • [# of naval units * 200] Gold Gold

Abraham Zacuto

Fleeing prosecution in neighboring lands due to the religion he practices, the renowed scholar Abraham Zacuto has arrived at our capital seeking asylum in Portugal. Shall we shelter him here, despite his foreign faith?
Option 1: Yes, I'll go personally invite him to join my court as my Royal Astronomer!
  • Receives {1_Science} Science Science
  • Receives {2_GP} Greatperson Great Scientist points in your Capital Capital
Option 2: He and his kin are not welcome here, turn him away!
  • Receives {1_Faith} FaithIcon Faith

Luís de Camões

A one-eyed man from the lower nobility, who despite his turbulent past, serves Portugal with unwavering loyalty has joined your court after many years of adventure in the Orient. He recites to you his latest work and magnum opus; the Lusiads, an Epic of the Portuguese people.
Option 1: Publish it and give him a pension of Réis as a reward for his services.
  • Loses {1_Gold} Gold Gold
  • Receives a free Greatwork Great Work of Writing
  • Gains {2_Culture} CultureIcon Culture
Option 2: Not bad, but it didn't really impress me. Go back to adventuring, Camões.
  • Receives an experienced and depressed Scout

Vasco da Gama

After many attempted travels and expeditions to reach the far east had failed, a fleet led by Vasco da Gama has finally arrived at their destination, the lands of {1_CityState}. The prospects of rich trade with them are finally a reality; a new era might just have begun for Portugal.
Option 1: Apoint him governor of our Colonial Possessions and send him back to {1_CityState}.
  • Meets {1_CityState}
  • Receives a free Cargo Ship
  • Receives {2_Gold} Gold Gold
Option 2: Send him into new, larger expeditions. His talent lies at the sea!
  • Meets {1_CityState}
  • Receives a free Great Admiral
  • Receives {2_Gold} Gold Gold

Claims, Colonies, and Crimes[]

Colony List
  1. Funchal
  2. Angra
  3. Porto-Seguro
  4. Loanda
  5. Lourenço Marques
  6. São Tomé
  7. Goa
  8. Salvador
  9. São Sebastião
  10. Dili

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now eating your Bacalhau and listening to your Fado. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 19 May 2016


  • Tar: Creator, SQL, Lua, Design, Text
  • Janboruta: Art
  • Andreas Waldetoft: Music
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