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Tétouan led by Sayyida al-Hurra is a custom civilization mod by JakeWalrusWhale, with contributions from Captain Lime, achilleszero, and Typhlomence.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The history of Tétouan (or Tetouan) stretches over 2000 years to its origins as a Mauretanian Berber settlement named Tamuda, located at near present-day Tetouan by the south bank of the Martil Valley. The site later became a Phoenician trading post. During the time of Emperor Augustus, Tamuda became part of Roman province Mauritania Tingitana. In 1286, the Marinids built a casbah and mosque there. The first large scale building project took place in 1305 when the settlement was expanded by the Marinid king Abu Thabit Amir. He fortified the place and had it serve as a base for attacks on Ceuta, which had recently come under the rule of a rebellious member of the Marinid dynasty.

Sayyida al-Hurra[]

Sayyida al-Hurra (real name Lalla Aicha bint Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami, Hakimat Titwan) was born around 1485 (Hijri around 890) to a prominent Muslim family of Andalusian nobles who fled to Morocco after the fall of Granada in 1492. She fled with her family to Morocco when Ferdinand and Isabella conquered the Muslim kingdom of Granada in 1492, at the end of the Reconquista and settled in Chefchaouen. During her childhood, she was given a first-class education. She was fluent in several languages which included Castilian Spanish and Portuguese. The famous Moroccan scholar Abdallah al-Ghazwani was one of her many teachers. She was married at age 16 to a man 30 years her senior, a friend of her father and refounder and governor of the city of Tétouan, himself an Andalusian Moorish refugee, Ali al-Mandri, to whom she was promised when she was still a child. Some sources state she was married to al-Mandri's son, al-Mandri II. An intelligent woman, she learned much assisting her husband in his business affairs. She was a de facto vice-governor, with her husband entrusting the reins of power to her each time he made a trip outside the city. In 1515, she became the last person in Islamic history to legitimately hold the title of al Hurra (Queen) following the death of her husband, who ruled Tétouan. After her husband died, the population, who had become accustomed to seeing her exercise power, accepted her as a governor of Tétouan, giving her the title of al-Hurra.

Dawn of Man[]

Sayyida al-Hurra, the noble lady who is free and independent; the woman sovereign who bows to no superior authority. A pirate queen, Queen of Tétouan, and controller of the Western Mediterranean Sea. After becoming a refugee at the hands of the Spanish during the Reconquista, you remained strong, receiving the highest of educations. You were one of the few women accepted as a leader in the Muslim community, taking up the honarary title of al-Hurra when you became the Queen of Tétouan. You sought revenge, turning to piracy to avenge your home that was taken away. You allied with the greatest Turkish corsair of all time, with whom you controlled the entire Mediterranean. You were an anomaly and an inspiration for taking up the roles that no other woman in history has taken before.


Art by Captain Lime

Glorious Corsair, your brethern wish for your command once again. They wish for you to enact the wrath of the muslims taken from the Reconquista. Can you take up your sword and lead your fellow pirates to victory? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "I am Sayyida al-Hurra, corsair and Queen of Tétouan. You shouldn't venture too far from your side of the sea, sometimes these waters can be... treacherous."

Defeat: "My corsair days are numbered. I never accomplished my goal, but perhaps it is time to settle down in some quiet place."

Unique Attributes[]

Tétouan (Sayyida al-Hurra)

Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Pirate Queen of the Western Seas

Naval Units acquire captives upon capturing cities, defeating other Naval Units, or plundering Trade Routes. Returning captives to an unoccupied city yields a burst of Production Production. All naval units start with the Coastal Raider I promotion.


Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Qursan (Privateer)
  • Heals in enemy territory if moves are left at the end of the turn.
  • Nearby enemy units become weaker, and give you small amounts of Gold gold per turn.

Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Mazmorra (Mint)
  • Does not require GoldRes Icon Gold or Silver Icon Silver nearby.
  • Generates Gold Gold equal to Production Production provided by captives brought to this City.
  • Naval Units in this city cost 15% less.
City List
  1. Tétouan
  2. Fez
  3. Marrakech
  4. Salé
  5. Meknès
  6. Rabat
  7. Chefchaouen
  8. Larache
  9. Taza
  10. Agadir
  11. Safi
  12. Tefza
  13. Guércif
  14. Gibraltar
  15. Algiers
  16. Debdou
  17. Nador
  18. Tripoli
  19. Tunis
  20. Oran
  21. Tangier
  22. Oujda
  23. Kenitra
  24. Málaga
  25. Lipari
  26. Gozo
  27. Ischia
  28. Tlemcen
Spy List
  • Oruç
  • Hayreddin
  • Reis
  • Jack
  • Kemal
  • Uluç
  • Salih
  • Sinan
  • Piri
  • Turgut
Tetouan (Sayyida al-Hurra)



Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

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

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now becoming corsairs and raiding as they please. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 13 August 2021


  • JakeWalrusWhale: Art (UU Icon; UB Icon; Leader Icon; Civ Icon; Promotion Icon), Text, Code, Design, Research
  • Captain Lime: Art (Leaderscene; Map)
  • RawSasquatch: Art (Leaderscene; Leader Icon)
  • Typhlomence & achilleszero: Art (Unit Model)

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