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Raj of Sarawak
Map by Vanadius
Map by Vanadius
Sir James Brooke
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Sarawakled by James Brooke is a custom civilization mod by Vanadius.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Raj of Sarawak, also State of Sarawak, was an independent state, and later a British protectorate, located in the northwestern part of the island of Borneo. It was established as an independent state from a series of land concessions acquired by an Englishman, James Brooke, from the Sultanate of Brunei. Sarawak received recognition as an independent state from the United States in 1850, and from the United Kingdom in 1864.

Following recognition, Brooke expanded the Raj's territory at the expense of Brunei. Several major rebellions occurred against his rule, causing him to be plagued by debt incurred in countering the rebellions, and the sluggish economic situation at the time. His nephew, Charles Brooke, succeeded James and normalised the situation by improving the economy, reducing government debts and establishing public infrastructure. In 1888, the Raj acquired protectorate status from the British Government.

To gear up economic growth, the second Rajah encouraged the migration of Chinese workers from China and Singapore to work in the agricultural fields. With proper economic planning and stability, Sarawak prospered and emerged as one of the world's major producers of black pepper, in addition to oil and the introduction of rubber plantations. He was succeeded by his son Charles Vyner Brooke but World War II and the arrival of Japanese forces ultimately brought an end to the Raj and the Protectorate administration, with the territory placed under a military administration on the Japanese capitulation in 1945, and ceded to Britain as its last acquisition as Crown Colony in 1946, against the Atlantic Charter. The area now forms the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

James Brooke[]

Sir James Brooke was a British soldier and adventurer who founded the Raj of Sarawak in Borneo. He ruled as the first White Rajah of Sarawak from 1841 until his death in 1868.

Brooke was born and raised under the Company Raj of the British East India Company in India. After a few years of education in England, he served in the Bengal Army, was wounded, and resigned his commission. He then bought a ship and sailed out to the Malay Archipelago where, by helping to crush a rebellion, he became governor of Sarawak. He then vigorously suppressed piracy in the region and, in the ensuing turmoil, restored the Sultan of Brunei to his throne, for which the Sultan made Brooke the Rajah of Sarawak. He ruled until his death.

Brooke was not without detractors and was criticised in the British Parliament and officially investigated in Singapore for his anti-piracy measures. He was, however, honoured and feted in London for his activities in Southeast Asia. The naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace was one of many visitors whose published work spoke of his hospitality and achievements..

Dawn of Man[]

Praises be upon you, beloved Sir James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak. During the Age of New Imperialism, you adventured to a new land and used your great military capabilities to suppress the internal division with the Sultanate of Brunei. As a reward the Sultan gave you dominion over the territory of Sarawak which you would turn into a state in its own right. You then turned your focus towards the widespread piracy of the East Indies and with your Royal Navy allies. Under your rule headhunting as a practice of the Dayak people was abolished and the Dayak people became your main fighting force against piracy and insurrection. Your legacy lived on through your successor who would attempt to modernise the state, creating legal bodies and encouraging immigration from other states to help develop the natural riches of Borneo.


Leaderscreen by RawSasquatch

Great Rajah, new powers and new opportunities for adventure have arisen. Can you take advantage of these changes to forge a new density? Can you serve and rule? Can you build a civilization to stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Greetings traveller, welcome to Sarawak. I wish you a pleasant stay. Perhaps we can talk terms of business..."

Defeat: "So be it..."

Unique Attributes[]

Sarawak (James Brooke)

Art by RawSasquatch

The White Rajahs

Defeating hostile units in or near Citystate City State land always grants Influence Influence and provides CultureIcon Culture towards border expansion. City State relationships increase construction speed (Max 25%).


Art by Vanadius

Company Steamer (Ironclad)
  • Along with abilities of the Ironclad, can improve resources on adjacent coastal tiles, yields Gold Gold upon doing so in your own territory and grants Influence Influence if done in city state territory.

Art by Vanadius

Dayak Ranger (Rifleman)
  • Weaker but cheaper to produce.
  • Has the Amphibious promotion.
  • +25% War Combat Bonus in Forest and Jungle, a weaker version of these bonuses is provided to neighboring friendly non-Ranger units.
City List
  1. Kuching
  2. Lundu
  3. Bauh
  4. Simanggang
  5. Limbang
  6. Lingga
  7. Rembas
  8. Semunjuan
  9. Serikei
  10. Paku
  11. Sibu
  12. Muka
  13. Igan
  14. Kanowit
  15. Bintulu
  16. Kapit
  17. Belaga
  18. Long Akar
  19. Truscan
  20. Quop
  21. Banting
  22. Saratok
  23. Betong
  24. Sadong
  25. Siniawam
  26. Kabong
  27. Rejang
  28. Talang Talang
  29. Nanga Belok
  30. Lubok Antu
  31. Song
Spy List
  • Badruddin
  • George
  • Charles
  • Jane
  • Pandelela
  • Pengiran




Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

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Last Updated: 15 May 2020


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