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The Southern Zhou led by Wu Zetian is a revision of the vanilla Chinese civilization by DuskJockey, with contributions from Antagonise, Regalman, and DarthKyofu.

This mod requires the Mongolia DLC and Brave New World.


Southern Zhou[]

Summarizing the rich history of China in several paragraphs is a daunting task indeed. China is a civilization spanning some six thousand years and comprising a large fraction of humanity. There is evidence of man's prehistoric ancestors living in China some two million years ago, and modern man has lived in the area for at least 18,000 years, possibly much longer.

Wu Zetian[]

Like most civilizations, China has been male-dominated throughout much of its history. Until very recently, women were afforded few rights, and direct power was all but totally denied to them. For a woman to attain the rank of Emperor, to become the most powerful person in China, was almost unheard of. Only one person in the entirety of Chinese history was able to do so. That person was Wu Zetian, one of the most remarkable rulers - female or male - the world has ever seen.

Dawn of Man[]

The Blessings of Heaven be upon you. Empress Wu Zetian, most beautiful and haughty ruler of China! Oh great Empress, whose shadow causes the flowers to blossom and the rivers to flow! You are the leader of the Chinese, the oldest and the greatest civilization that humanity has ever produced. China's history stretches back into the mists of time, its people achieving many great things long before the other upstart civilizations were even conceived. China's contributions to the arts and sciences are too many and too wondrous to do justice to - the printing press, gunpowder, the works of Confucius - these are but a few of the gifts China has given to an undeserving world!

You, great Queen, who, with cunning and beauty, rose from the position of lowly concubine to that of Divine Empress - your people call out to you to lead them! Great China is once again beset on all sides by barbarians. Can you defeat all your many foes and return your country to greatness? Can you build a civilization to stand the test of time?

Introduction: Greetings, I am Empress Wu Zetian. China desires peace and development. You leave us alone, we'll leave you alone. (你好,我是女皇帝武則天。中國追求和平以謀求自身發展。人不犯我,我不犯人。)

Defeat: You have proven to be a cunning and competent adversary. I congratulate you on your victory. (你已經證明了你是一個狡猾稱職的對手。我為你的勝利祝賀。)

Unique Attributes[]

Southern Zhou (Wu Zetian)
Great Cloud Sutra
  • Earn Goldenage Golden Age points from completing Wonders and spending FaithIcon Faith on Units in owned cities occupied by a Spy.
  • Receive a Spy upon adopting a Religion in the Capital Capital.
Dragon Martial (Crossbowman)
  • Has lower base Combat Strength, but +1 Movement.
  • Gains +25% Combat Strength when within 2 tiles of a friendly Spy.
  • Earns Goldenage Golden Age points from kills.
Shiku (Garden)
  • Requires a nearby Mountain instead of fresh water.
  • Provides the Belief Building of its city's main religion (or a Monastery) for free.
  • During Golden Ages, yields +1 Food Food, Science Science per FaithIcon Faith-yielding Building present in the city.
City List
  1. Luoyang
  2. Chang'an
  3. Yangzhou
  4. Taiyuan
  5. Chengdu
  6. Zhengzhou
  7. Baoji
  8. Kaifeng
  9. Guangzhou
  10. Jicheng
  11. Dunhuang
  12. Hangzhou
  13. Tongchuan
  14. Mayi
  15. Fuzhou
  16. Caozhou
  17. Songzhou
  18. Huaiyuan
  19. Huanggang
  20. Guizhou
  21. Jinling
  22. Shangluo
  23. Xingzhou
  24. Suzhou
  25. Shiyan
  26. Handan
  27. Qixian
  28. Jingzhou
  29. Yanzhou
  30. Weihui
  31. Gannan
  32. Suiyang
  33. Qingzhou
  34. Xiangyang
  35. Weizhou
  36. Changsha
Spy List
  • Li
  • Chen
  • Zhang
  • Liu
  • Yang
  • Huang
  • Zhao
  • Wu
  • Zhou
  • Sun


Wu Zhou

Focuses: Religion, Science, Espionage
Victories: Scientific, Cultural


Peace Theme War Theme

Civilization 5 OST - Wu Zetian Peace - China - Gao Shan Liu Shui


Civilization 5 OST - Wu Zetian War - China - Gao Shan Liu Shui

Gao Shan Liu Shui by Michael Curran and Geoff Knorr Gao Shan Liu Shui by Michael Curran and Geoff Knorr

Mod Support[]

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

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now buying your porcelain and watching your wuxia movies. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Steam Workshop Downloader
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 18 February 2021

  • DuskJockey: Design, code, art, text
  • Antagonise: Art, text
  • Regalman, DarthKyofu: Art
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