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South Vietnam
Map by JakeWalrusWhale
Map by JakeWalrusWhale
Ngo Dinh Diem
req. mod


South Vietnam led by Ngo Dinh Diem is a custom civilization mod by RawSasquatch, with contributions from Chrisy15, EmeraldRange, TopHatPaladin, and JakeWalrusWhale.

This mod requires Brave New World.


South Vietnam[]

South Vietnam, officially the Republic of Vietnam , was a state that existed from 1955 to 1975, the period when the southern portion of Vietnam was a member of the Western Bloc during part of the Cold War. It received international recognition in 1949 as the "State of Vietnam" (a self-governing entity in the French Empire), which was a constitutional monarchy (1949–1955). The country was renamed the "Republic of Vietnam" in 1955. Its capital was Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). South Vietnam was bordered by North Vietnam to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast. The Republic of Vietnam was proclaimed on 26 October 1955, with Ngo Dinh Diem as its first president, after having briefly served as premier under Emperor Bao Dai, who was exiled. Its sovereignty was recognized by the United States and 87 other nations. It had membership in several special committees of the United Nations, but its application for full membership was rejected in 1957 because of a Soviet veto (neither South nor North Vietnam were members of the UN during the Vietnam War, but the united Vietnam became a member state in 1977). South Vietnam's origins can be traced to the French colony of Cochinchina, which consisted of the southern third of Vietnam which was Cochinchina, a subdivision of French Indochina, and the southern half of Central Vietnam, or Annam, which was a French protectorate. After the Second World War, the anti-Japanese Viet Minh guerrilla forces, led by Ho Chi Minh, proclaimed the establishment of a Democratic Republic of Vietnam in Hanoi in September 1945, issuing a Declaration of Independence modeled on the US one from 1776. In 1949, anti-communist Vietnamese politicians formed a rival government in Saigon led by former emperor Bao Dai. Bao Dai was deposed by Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem in 1955, who proclaimed himself president after a referendum. Diem was killed in a military coup led by general Duong Van Minh in 1963, and a series of short-lived military governments followed. General Nguyen Van Thieu then led the country after a US-encouraged civilian presidential election from 1967 until 1975. The beginnings of the Vietnam War occurred in 1955 with an uprising by the newly organized National Liberation Front for South Vietnam (Viet Cong), armed and supported by the North Vietnam, with backing mainly from China and the Soviet Union. Larger escalation of the insurgency occurred in 1965 with American intervention and the introduction of regular forces of Marines, followed by Army units to supplement the cadre of military advisors guiding the Southern armed forces. A regular bombing campaign over North Vietnam was conducted by offshore US Navy airplanes, warships, and aircraft carriers joined by Air Force squadrons through 1966 and 1967. Fighting peaked up to that point during the Tet Offensive of February 1968, when there were over a million South Vietnamese soldiers and 500,000 US soldiers in South Vietnam. Later on the war the initial guerrilla war turned into a more conventional fight as the balance of power became equalized. An even larger, armored invasion from the North commenced during the Easter Offensive following US ground-forces withdrawal, and had nearly overran some major northern cities until beaten back. Despite a truce agreement under the Paris Peace Accords, concluded in January 1973, after a torturous five years of on and off negotiations, fighting continued almost immediately afterwards. The regular North Vietnamese army and Viet Cong auxiliaries launched a major second combined-arms conventional invasion in 1975. Communist forces overran Saigon on 30 April 1975, marking the end of the Republic of Vietnam. On 2 July 1976, the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam (which had taken over administration of the country) and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (then the government of North Vietnam) merged to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Ngo Dinh Diem[]

Ngo Dinh Diem (1901 - 1963) was a Vietnamese politician. He was the final prime minister of the State of Vietnam (1954–55), and then served as President of South Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam) from 1955 until he was deposed and assassinated during the 1963 military coup.

Dawn of Man[]

"Salutations, President Ngo Dinh Diem, leader of the free Vietnamese people! Under your powerful and iron-fisted rule, you attempted to forge South Vietnam into a modern powerhouse amidst its growing conflict with the communist North. Establishing closer ties with America and other Western democracies, your rule was still fraught with both communist sabotage and civil strife between Buddhists and Catholics. And as the Americans realized that you were outside of their control, you were ultimately overthrown and murdered in a coup d'etat. Even your sworn communist enemies "could scarcely believe the Americans would be so stupid", and publicly acknowledged your strength. Indeed, the coup was not the last to befall South Vietnam, and the carnage that would befall your nation had only just begun...

Sas Diem Scene2

Art by RawSasquatch.

President Diem, your people yearn for your guiding hand once more, to lead them into this brave new world. Can you establish a mighty nation capable of crushing its enemies? Will you form the diplomatic ties needed to secure your power? Can you build a civilization to stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "You are in the lands of the free Vietnamese people, and I am their ruler. Come, I'm sure there are many deals we can make to strengthen both of our nations."

Defeat: "My people will avenge me!"

Unique Attributes[]

South Vietnam (Ngo Dinh Diem)

Art by RawSasquatch.

Military Assistance Command

Trade Routes to declared Friends or allied City-States passively provide Production Production towards military units in the city of origin. Defensive Pacts with South Vietnam give both players +1 World Congress Delegate.


Art by RawSasquatch.

Striped Tiger (Paratrooper)
  • Ignores terrain Movement costs.
  • +1 Sight.
  • Can see Invisible units.

Art by RawSasquatch.

Strategic Hamlet (Arsenal)
  • Has no building prerequisite.
  • Slightly higher Production Production cost (315 vs 300).
  • Provides significantly less Strength City Strength (+2 vs +9) and City Health (+10 vs +25) by default.
  • Provides extra Strength City Strength and City Health per owned Farm within 3 tiles of the city.
  • Deals Attrition damage to enemy units which end their turn on owned Trading Posts within 3 tiles of the city.
City List
  1. Saigon
  2. Gia Dinh
  3. Hue
  4. Da Nang
  5. Can Tho
  6. Bien Hoa
  7. Nha Trang
  8. Hoi An
  9. Ban Me Thuot
  10. Ia Drang
  11. Qui Nhon
  12. Vung Tau
  13. Da Lat
  14. Khe Sanh
  15. Cam Ranh
  16. Long Xuyen
  17. Thu Dau Mot
  18. Phan Thiet
  19. Rach Gia
  20. Tam Ky
  21. My Tho
  22. Ca Mau
  23. Bac Liue
  24. Pleiku
  25. Soc Trang
  26. Tuy Hoa
  27. Tan An
  28. Vinh Long
  29. Phu Quoc
  30. Con Son
  31. Ham Tan
  32. Quang Tri
  33. Quang Ngai
  34. Kontum
  35. Hau Bon
  36. Phan Rang
  37. Phuoc Long
  38. Sa Dec
  39. Khiem Cuong
  40. Chau Doc
Spy List
  • Trien
  • Khoi
  • Ma Tuyen
  • Vy
  • Tho
  • Thuc
  • Can
  • Luyen
  • Loan
  • Madame Nhu


SouthViet PNG

Art by TopHatPaladin.


Peace Theme War Theme

Fortunate Son Vietnamese Folk Cover


Call Of Duty Black Ops - NVA Theme

"Fortunate Son Vietnamese Folk Cover", by ETS Music. "NVA Theme", from Call of Duty: Black Ops OST.

Mod Support[]

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now dousing themselves in gasoline and self-immolating. I worry the rest of the world will soon succumb to the influence of your culture... or in protest of it."

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

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop Downloader
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 25 April 2020


  • Creator, XML, Art: Sasquatch (AKA Kramer)
  • Lua: Chrisy15
  • Lua: EmeraldRange
  • Civ Icon and possibly Lua: TopHatPaladin
  • Map: JakeWalrusWhale

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