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Russia led by Alexander I is a custom civilization by JFD and Janboruta[1], with contributions from bernie14[2] and Wolfdog[3].

This mod requires Brave New World.



As Winston Churchill once said, Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. It is a part of Europe and a part of Asia, yet separate from both. It is rich with natural resources, yet its people have historically been grindingly poor. It has been invaded and overrun by Goths, Huns, Mongols, French and Germans, yet remained uniquely Russian. It has been a superpower and a nearly failed state, a monarchy, communist dictatorship and democracy - all within a span of 100 years. Indeed, Russia is one of the most fascinating civilizations in all of human history.

Alexander I[]

Alexander I reigned as Emperor of Russia during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, and as the first Russian King of Poland and the first Russian Grand Duke of Finland. He was born in Saint Petersburg to Grand Duke Paul Petrovich, later Emperor Paul I, and succeeded to the throne after his father was murdered.

As prince and emperor, Alexander often used liberal rhetoric, but continued Russia's absolutist policies in practice. In the first years of his reign, he initiated some minor social reforms and, in 1803-04, major, liberal educational reforms. He promised constitutional reforms and a desperately needed reform of serfdom in Russia but made no concrete proposals and nothing happened. In the second half of his reign he was increasingly arbitrary, reactionary and fearful of plots against him; he ended many earlier reforms. He purged schools of foreign teachers, as education became more religiously oriented as well as politically conservative.

In foreign policy, he switched Russia back and forth four times in 1804-1812 from neutral peacemaker to anti-Napoleon to an ally of Napoleon, winding up in 1812 as Napoleon’s enemy. In 1805, he joined Britain in the War of the Third Coalition against Napoleon, but after the massive defeat at the Battle of Austerlitz he switched and formed an alliance with Napoleon by the Treaty of Tilsit (1807) and joined Napoleon's Continental System. He fought a small-scale naval war against Britain, 1807-12. He and Napoleon could never agree, especially about Poland, and the alliance collapsed by 1810. The tsar's greatest triumph came in 1812 as Napoleon's invasion of Russia proved a total disaster for the French. As part of the winning coalition against Napoleon he gained some spoils in Finland and Poland. He formed the Holy Alliance to suppress revolutionary movements in Europe that he saw as immoral threats to legitimate Christian monarchs. He helped Austria's Klemens von Metternich in suppressing all national and liberal movements.

His reign also saw the conquering and forced cession of what is now Georgia, Dagestan, and much of Azerbaijan from Persia into the Russian Empire, following the Russo-Persian War (1804-1813) and the outcoming Treaty of Gulistan

Alexander died without issue and after great confusion that included the failed Decembrist revolt of liberal army officers, he was succeeded by his younger brother, Nicholas I.

Dawn of Man[]

AlexanderI Scene

Leaderscene by Janboruta

"Alexander I, Emperor of All the Russias and King of Poland, may good health and pious heart keep you. As founder to the Holy Alliance between Russia, Prussia, and Austria, you sought to challenge the otherwise homogenous revolution that was sweeping through Europe. Although a heartful reformer, you stood firm in the face of wreckless change, and defended with your allies the sacred rights of Europe against the belligerence of Napoleon of France and the republican menace.

O' blessed Emperor, the fires of the French Revolution yet poison the hearts of common men. Can you bear the duties of sovereign and defend the ancient spirit of your motherland? Can you face your foes in battle and halt the advances of their heresy? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Hail, leader. I am Alexander I of Russia, and I am to God and my people the scales of liberty and sanctity."

Introduction: "Dark days loom upon the horizon, my new friend. But fear not, for I, Alexander I of Russia, pledge to you my faith and my sword."

Defeat: "What a dark day this is. Not only for Russia, but also for the people and their now broken spirit."

Defeat: "Who would now defend the earth from its brash and haste liberty?"

Unique Attributes[]

Russia (Alexander I)

Art by Janboruta

Holy Alliance

When declaring friendship, Russia and their friend lose Resistance Resistance faster and have increased religious pressure. Units fighting in land belonging to a friend earn +30% more Experience from combat and heal +10 damage per turn.


Art by Janboruta

Licorne (Cannon (Field Gun with EE))
  • 50% chance to withdraw from Melee attacks
  • +33% Strength Combat Strength vs. Gun Units
  • +150% Strength Combat Strength vs. Cities (from 200%)

Art by Janboruta

Leib-Gvardia (Rifleman (Line Infantry with EE))
  • -31% Production Production cost (175 vs 225)
  • +1 Moves Movement if beginning Fortified; increases to +2 Moves Movement if beginning next to another Leib-Gvardia
City List
  1. St. Petersburg
  2. Moscow
  3. Kiev
  4. Novgorod
  5. Kharkov
  6. Kazan
  7. Simferopol
  8. Smolensk
  9. Kaluga
  10. Minsk
  11. Vitebsk
  12. Borodino
  13. Maloyaroslavets
  14. Borisov
  15. Fili
  16. Vilno
  17. Riga
  18. Revel
  19. Helsingfors
  20. Belostok
  21. Warsaw
  22. Yekaterinoslav
  23. Tula
  24. Nizhniy Novgorod
  25. Rostov-on-Don
  26. Stavropol
  27. Tsaritsyn
  28. Yekaterinburg
  29. Akhtiar
  30. Yekaterinodar
  31. Tobolsk
  32. Omsk
  33. Tomsk
  34. Krasnoyarsk
  35. Irkutsk
  36. Yakutsk
  37. Yakutsk
  38. Petropavlovsk
Spy List
  • Alexei
  • Lena
  • Dmitry
  • Anastasia
  • Tatiana
  • Boris
  • Doktor Seriy
  • Mikhail
  • Natacha
  • Zmeya


JFD RussiaAlexanderIAtlas 256


Peace Theme War Theme

Napoleon- Total War OST Track 01- Napoleon Bonaparte (Menu Theme)


Napoleon- Total War OST Track 33- The Fields of War

"Main Theme" from the soundtrack of Napoleon: Total War. "Fields of War" from the soundtrack of Napoleon: Total War.

Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Expel Foreign Scholars
Foreign intellectuals have wrought their liberal ideals upon the people of Russia for too long. Although we are no enemy to progress, we are first the guardian to the traditions of our people.
  • Player must be Russia (Alexander I)
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Renaissance/Enlightenment Era
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • -10% Science Science from Universities
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrate
  • +20% CultureIcon Culture/FaithIcon Faith* from Universities
*Faith is activated if the Community Patch is enabled.
Form the League of Armed Neutrality
It is the right of every merchant to go about their business unspoilt by the territories of our foes. So let us, between friends, band together in protection of the neutrality of our entreprise.
  • Player must be Russia (Alexander I)
  • Must have at least 2 Declarations of Friendship
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Renaissance/Enlightenment Era
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrate/Dignitary Dignitaries
  • -10% Unit Maintenance
  • +15% Military Unit Production Production
Note: The effects of this Decision are also awarded to your Friends at the time of enacting.


The great statesmen, Klemens von Metternich, has elected our help to suppress the revolutionary liberals, who in the world are not only scoundrals but also murderers of spirit and culture.
Option 1: We must invite him to our court at once!
  • Gain a free Greatperson Great Merchant/Great Dignitary
Option 2: We have nothing to say to this man.
  • Gain 1 free CultureIcon Social Policy


One crucial issue has long gone unspoken in the halls of our government: the Serfs. Serfdom is an archaic mode of economic organization, and it no longer serves benefit to this country. However, to reform the system risks displacing not only millions of Serfs, but displeasing the hundreds of powerful nobles whom monopolize upon this system. One thing is for certain, however, reform is desperately needed.
Option 1: Tell the Serfs to work harder and to forget about their rights!
  • All cities other than the Capital Capital have a 35% chance to go into 1 turn of Resistance.
  • Gain a permanent 25% bonus to Worker Improvement Speed.
Option 2: Conscript the Serfs. They will make adequate soldiers.
  • Lose 300 Gold Gold per Worker
  • The Capital Capital has a 10% chance to go into 2 turns of Resistance
Option 3: Give the Serfs a modest sum and the right to land ownership.
  • Lose 200 Gold Gold per Worker
  • The Capital Capital has a 25% chance to go into 2 turns of Resistance
  • All current Workers are converted into Settlers

Cities in Development[]

Colony List
  1. Sagallo
  2. Ross
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Three Saints Bay
  5. St. Paul
  6. Kodiak
  7. Old Sitka
  8. Sitka
  9. Nulato
  10. Stikine

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now idealizing their faith and learning the irreplicable virtue of monarchy! We're quite content if the rest of the world were to also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

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Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 5 December 2015

  • JFD: Author.
  • Janboruta: Artwork.
  • TheLohoped: Research (City-List).
  • Wolfdog: Graphics[3].
  • bernie14: Graphics[2].
  • Richard Beddow: Music[4][5].


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