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Qin led by Zheng is a custom civilization by JFD[1], with contributions from DarthKyofu, Regalman, Seelingcat, Alga, Sukritact and others.

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The Qin dynasty was the first dynasty of Imperial China, lasting from 221 to 206 BC. Named for its heartland in Qin state (modern Gansu and Shaanxi), the dynasty was founded by Zheng (imperial title Qin Shi Huang), the First Emperor of Qin. The strength of the Qin state was greatly increased by the Legalist reforms of Shang Yang in the fourth century BC, during the Warring States period. In the mid and late third century BC, the Qin state carried out a series of swift conquests, first ending the powerless Zhou dynasty and eventually conquering the other six of the Seven Warring States. Its 15 years was the shortest major dynasty in Chinese history, consisting of only two emperors. Despite its short reign, however, the lessons and strategies of the Qin shaped the Han dynasty and became the starting point of the Chinese imperial system that lasted from 221 BC, with interruption, development, and adaptation, until 1912 AD.


Born "Chao Cheng," Qin Shi Huang was the first to unify all of China. His father was ruler of "Qin," one of the seven dominant states in China; upon his death Cheng ascended the throne at the age of 13. However, rule was actually exercised by his prime minister until, at 22, Cheng assumed control of state affairs and stripped the minister of his powers.

Cheng quickly instituted a series of agricultural and military reforms that greatly strengthened Qin. In the next 17 years, Cheng defeated the other six great powers, uniting the divided lands for the first time. He then gave himself the title "Qin Shi Huang," which means "First Emperor."

The emperor was politically astute, using bribery, blackmail and espionage as much as force of arms to achieve his goals. He ruthlessly suppressed Confucianism, which set limits on the Emperor's power, going so far as to burn all books relating to China's past.

While emperor, Qin Shi Huang established a centralised administration and constructed a network of roads and canals. He also fought against the steppe peoples from the northern desert, and began construction of the Great Wall of China to set limits to their incursions. Though his reign lasted but ten years, it served to unite a people who would remain united for the next two millennia and beyond.

Dawn of Man[]

JFD QinZheng Diplo

Art by DarthKyofu

Power and strength to you, great King Zheng, founder of the Qin Dynasty. Ascending to rule over the Qin state in 221 BCE, you would rise to become the first emperor of a united China. With great cunning and ruthless ambition, you would set out to eliminate the Confucian ideals that had for centuries constrained the power of China's rulers. As emperor, your reforms and great building projects would come to cement a world in which you were centre, laying the groundwork for a state that persists to this day.

Qin Shi Huang, heaven has granted to you the power and duty of empire. But to forge it, you must construct a foundation upon which it can rise. Can you once again unite China beneath a powerful and central state? Can you impose your will upon the world and have it bow to your throne? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: "I am Zheng, ruler of the great state of Qin and Huangdi of China. I trust you are here to offer tribute to me."

Defeat: "I have failed the fate granted to me by heaven. Perhaps it shall be you who is fated to unite China."

Unique Attributes[]

Qin (Zheng)

Art by DarthKyofu

Hydraulic Despotism

Construct Specialist Buildings 50% faster in cities on a river. Occupied cities with at least two working Specialists have no Occupied Unhappiness Unhappiness.


Art by Alga

South-Pointing Chariot (Chariot Archer)
  • Begins with the Scouting I promotion, boosting its Visibility.
  • Can be upgraded further with the Scouting II and III promotions as it earns XP in combat, allowing it to double as a Scout.

Art by Sukritact & DarthKyofu

Fortified Levee (Castle)
  • Provides a free Aqueduct, boosting the amount of Food Food a city can store after growth. This amount is further increased by the Strength Defensive Strength provided by Buildings in this city.
  • May only be constructed in a city built adjacent to a River or Lake.
City List
  1. Xianyang
  2. Chenxian
  3. Nanyang
  4. Wuxian
  5. Puyang
  6. Huaibei
  7. Yangdi
  8. Luoyang
  9. Dang
  10. Luxian
  11. Dongyuan
  12. Didao
  13. Pei Shixian
  14. Jinyang
  15. Jinzhou
  16. Anli
  17. Jiangling
  18. Tan
  19. Shanwu
  20. Chengdu
  21. Wuzhong
  22. Yiqu
  23. Huguan
  24. Shouchun
  25. Guangxin
  26. Yunzhong
  27. Juyang
  28. Guangyang
  29. Nanzheng
  30. Yuxian
  31. Handan
  32. Jiangzhou
  33. Qianzhong
  34. Linzi
  35. Julu
  36. Lecheng
  37. Boxian
  38. Jiuyuan
  39. Jimo
  40. Gaomi
  41. Yangle
  42. Dongwu
  43. Linxiang
  44. Juxian
  45. Fanyang
  46. Zhu
  47. Panyu
  48. Guilin
  49. Qingyang
  50. Linchen
  51. Minzhong
Spy List
  • Gao
  • Fusu
  • Quliang
  • Ji
  • Lian
  • Zichu
  • Anguo
  • Hui
  • Ying
  • Zhao
  • Daye
  • Elai



Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 11 January 2022


  • JFD: Author, Coding, Design, Research, Writing
  • DarthKyofu: Art (Leaderscene; Unique Building Icon)
  • Sukritact: Art (Unique Building Icon)
  • Alga: Art (Unique Icons)
  • Regalman: Art (Map)
  • SeelingCat: Research (Cities)
  • Danrell: Graphics (Unit Model)
  • Jeff van Dyck: Music (Peace, War)

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