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Song Dynasty of China
Map by Regalman
Map by Regalman
Zhao Kuangyin
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Expansive, Inventive

Song led by Zhao Kuangyin is a custom civilization by TarcisioCM, with contributions from GeneralMatt, Wolfdog, Bernie14, and Regalman.

This mod requires Brave New World. It does not replace Wu Zetian's China.



The Song dynasty of China began in 960 and continued until 1279. This dynasty restored unity and made Song China the richest, most skilled, and most populous country on earth. The population of China doubled in size during the 10th and 11th centuries. It was the first government in world history to nationally issue banknotes or true paper money, and the first Chinese government to establish a permanent standing navy. This dynasty also saw the first known use of gunpowder, as well as the first discernment of true north using a compass. To repel the Jin, and later the Mongols, the Song developed revolutionary new military technology augmented by the use of gunpowder.

Zhao Kuangyin[]

Zhao Kuangyin, also known by his temple name Taizu, was the founding emperor of imperial China's Song Dynasty, reigning from 960 until his death. A distinguished military general under the Later Zhou, he came to power by staging a coup d'état and forcing the young Emperor Gong of Later Zhou to abdicate power. During his reign, he conquered the states of Southern Tang, Later Shu, Southern Han and Jingnan, thus reunifying most of China proper and effectively ending the tumultuous Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. To strengthen his control, he lessened the power of military generals and relied on civilian officials in administration.

Dawn of Man[]

Greetings, Emperor Taizu of the Song Dynasty. By uniting China and demilitarizing its society, you brought a time of prosperity and stability to your country that hadn't been seen in ages, and even despite many setbacks and calamities due to foreign invasions, both your Dynasty and China prospered. Developing on ancient technologies, it was during the time of the Song Dynasty that China gifted to this world the Compass, Gunpowder and many other technological achievements, and grew to be the most populous country on earth.

Oh great emperor and unitor, the heavens have bestowed upon you their mandate to rule over China again! Will you ascend to the title of Emperor, and safeguard China against all of her enemies? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?


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Introduction: Welcome, my most esteemed guest, to China. My name is Zhao Kuangyin, founder of the Song Dynasty and emperor of China. May our relations be ever cordial, and never descend to war and bloodshed.

Defeat: And so ends my Dynasty. China welcomes you as Emperor; may your mandate of heaven be prosperous.



The Song are a very versatile civilization based around Specialists and Great People to achieve victory. Your specialists will yield food whenever you place them in a slot, avoiding starvation in your city and allows your city to grow. With the immense control that you have over which specialist to train for the free specialist slot in Turn 1, you can either go for a Great Scientist for additional boosts in science to get a Great Scientist quickly for Academies, a Great Engineer for Wonders, a Great Merchant for Gold/Influence, or a Great Artist/Writer/Musician for Tourism and Culture. Focus on building wonders that reward Great Person points or Social Policies that accelerate the generation of your Great People to take full advantage of your UA. Adopt Freedom to get Avant Garde, Civil Society, and Universal Suffrage which all buff specialists and GP production.

The Fire Lancer is a defensive unit that can be made faster if enemies are coming to attack your city, acting as a defensive wall. They can also act as a one-tile ranged unit if they are garrisoned, with the addition of decreasing the combat strength of nearby enemy units, keeping your cities safe. The Junk Ship is a powerful ranged unit that can help buff your land forces that are taking a city. They also can survive relatively well thanks to their extra movement and defensive strength, making retreats easy if your offensives don't go as planned. Lastly, the Junk Ship is extremely useful in boosting your gold whenever it passes through your trade routes (All of which can be carried when upgraded).

Unique Attributes[]

Song (Zhao Kuangyin)

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Imperial Examination -

Cities have a free specialist slot of your choice, and specialists generate +1 Food Food. May rechoose the free specialist slot when a Greatperson Great Person is produced. 


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Fire Lancer (Musketman)
  • Built faster if there are enemies within city limits
  • While garrisoned on a city, becomes a one tile ranged unit, costs no maintenance and decreases the Strength Combat Strength of nearby enemy units by 15%

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Junk Ship (Galleass)
  • Starts with the Great Generals I promotion
  • Gains +100% Strength Defensive Strength and +1 Moves Movement when below 50% health
  • Generates Gold Gold when passing through a cargo ship (Gold increases with the number of specialists on the empire)


Mod Support[]

Events and Decisions[]

Introduce Banknotes[]

The antiquated gold and silver coins have no place in our realm. We should introduce paper-made banknotes into the chinese economy, and... Maybe keep that gold and silver to ourselves...


  • Player must be the Song
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Medieval Era
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • Must have finished a Social Policy tree


  • [75% of the next Social Policy's cost] CultureIcon Culture
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate


  • Gain a free Social Policy
  • Markets, Banks and Workshops yield +2 Gold Gold
  • Gain [50 * number of specialists in the empire] Gold Gold 

Establish a Standing Navy[]

To ensure the survival of our Dynasty we must protect China from all threats, from wherever they come. By establishing the first Standing Navy of China we will be able to defend both sea and rivers from foreign incursions.


  • Player must be the Song
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 500 Gold Gold
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate


  • Cities with a Harbor instantly gain a boost in Production Production and receive +2 Production Production.
  • Naval units begin with +15 Experience and are built 10% faster.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now investing in your Junk Ships and abiding to your official imperial dress code. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

List of Cities[]

City List
  1. Bianjing
  2. Lin'an
  3. Yangzhou
  4. Guangzhou
  5. Xijing
  6. Fuzhou
  7. Chengdu
  8. Changsha
  9. Chongqing
  10. Quanzhou
  11. Xiangtan
  12. Jinling
  13. Ganzhou
  14. Yan'an
  15. Hongzhou
  16. Qingzhou
  17. Chang'an
  18. Guiyang
  19. Guilin
  20. Baoji
  21. Wuchang
  22. Zunyi
  23. Mianyang
  24. Tanzhou
  25. Xiangzhou
  26. Zhangzhou
  27. Jiangling
  28. Hejian
  29. Taiyuan
  30. Yingzhou

Full Credits List[]

Dropbox Download
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 3
Last Updated: 29 September 2015

  • TarcisioCM: Author
  • GeneralMatt: Unit models
  • WolfDog: Unit models
  • Bernie14: Unit models
  • Regalman: Map
  • "Zoey": Peace Theme
  • Jeff van Dyck: War Theme
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