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Rio Grande led by Bento Gonçalves is a custom civilization mod by JakeWalrusWhale, with contributions from DarthKyofu, Zharques, Pouakai, Alga, Arilasqueto, EmeraldRange, Typhlomence, and JFD.

This mod requires Brave New World.


Rio Grande[]

The Riograndense Republic, also known as the Piratini Republic, was a de facto state that seceded from the Empire of Brazil and roughly coincided with the present state of Rio Grande do Sul. It was proclaimed on 11 September 1836, by General Antônio de Sousa Neto, as a direct consequence of the victory obtained by Gaúcho oligarchic forces at the Battle of Seival. It had a constitution adopted in 1843 and was recognised only by the United Kingdom, France, and Uruguay. The Riograndense Republic had five capitals during its nearly nine years of existence. The war between the Gaúchos and the Brazilian Empire was ended by the Ponche Verde Treaty.

Bento Gonçalves[]

Bento Gonçalves was a Brazilian army officer, politician, monarchist and rebel leader of the Riograndense Republic. He was the first President of the Riograndense Republic and, by all accounts, one of the most prominent figures in the history of Rio Grande do Sul. Although a staunch monarchist, Gonçalves led the rebel forces in the Ragamuffin War.

Dawn of Man[]

"Hail, Bento Gonçalves, President of the Riograndense Republic and avowed monarchist. It was a winding and contradictory path that led to you assuming the presidency of a breakaway state of Brazil. A loyal military man of Pedro I, you were arrested in the early days of the Ragamuffin War, spending much of the early stages of the war in a cell. Despite this, you were proclaimed president while in prison. After a failed escape attempt and meeting a number of new revolutionary comrades, a successful jailbreak saw you returned to the country fighting for its sovereignty. But internal politicking saw the country collapse.


Art by DarthKyofu

Oh honourable Bento Gonçalves, you have been provided with a second opportunity. While it may go against every instinct of your being to once again rebel against your Brazil and cast aside your monarchical principles, the chance to leave a greater stamp of authority on the Riograndense Republic than the first time has been presented. You no longer need fear the cell, and to lead this new country would see many of your fellow man avoid the prospect of returning to slavery. Can you craft a new sovereign nation from nothing but the spirit of liberty and your grit and determination? Will you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Bem-vindo! I am Bento Gonçalves, commander and leader of the great, new Riograndense Republic. We pride ourselves in being truly free, and one with God."

Defeat: "The people of Rio Grande do Sul are back at the mercy of our oppressors once more. God help us."

Unique Attributes[]

Rio Grande (Bento Gonçalves)

Art by DarthKyofu

Heroic Decade

Tiles with the Cattle resource also provide Horses Horses and experience to units when trained. Friendly units that die during a Goldenage Golden Age may spawn Cattle in friendly territory.


Art by Alga

Sloop (Caravel)
  • Can be trained inland, but loses 10 Strength Combat Strength until embarked.
  • When embarking, gains additional Strength Combat Strength and Goldenage Golden Age points based on how it is from its origin city.
  • Trained with +1 Moves Movement for each Cattle resource being worked by the city (Up to +3).

Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Lanceiro Negro (Lancer)
  • Once available, declaring war may spawn friendly Lanceiros Negros.
  • Gains +1Strength Combat Strength for every Lanceiro Negro owned.
  • Dies upon making peace with your last enemy, granting +10 Goldenage Golden Age points and +10 Production Production in all cities.
City List
  1. Piratini
  2. Alegrete
  3. Caçapava do Sul
  4. Porto Alegre
  5. Pelotas
  6. Bagé
  7. Guaíba
  8. São Gabriel
  9. São Borja
  10. São José do Norte
  11. São Lourenço do Sul
  12. Laguna
  13. Rio Grande
  14. Santa Maria
  15. Cachoeira do Sul
  16. Triunfo
  17. Camaquã
  18. São José do Norte
  19. Lages
  20. Jaguarão
  21. Desterro
  22. São Pedro do Sul
  23. São Leopoldo
  24. Sant'Ana do Livramento
  25. Candiota
  26. Uruguaiana
Spy List
  • José
  • Antônio
  • Giuseppe
  • Anita
  • Cayetana
  • Maria
  • Davi
  • João
  • Inácio
  • Domingos



Peace Theme War Theme
"Sem Fronteira/Milonga Pampeana" by Valdir Verona. "Rio Grande" by Marcus Viana.

Mod Support[]

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

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now wishing to transport boats using cattle, and are fighting to be truly free. 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: 20 October 2023


  • JakeWalrusWhale - Art (UU Icons), Code, Design, Research, Text (Diplomacy Responses; Spy Names; Misc)
  • DarthKyofu - Art (Leaderscene, Leader Icon, Unit Alphas), Text (City List), TSL
  • Zharques - Text (DoM; Pedias)
  • Pouakai - Art (Map)
  • Alga - Art (Sloop Icon)
  • Arilasqueto - Art (Civ Icon)
  • EmeraldRange - Art (Lanceiro Negro Unit Model)
  • Typhlomence - Art (Ox Rider Unit Model used for Sloop)
  • JFD - Audio (Sloop Selection/Birth Sounds)
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