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The Alaouites led by Ismail ibn Sharif is a custom civilization mod by Uighur_Caesar, with contributions from Arilasqueto, DarthKyofu, Alga, TopHatPaladin, Urdnot and Zharques.

This mod requires Brave New World. This mod includes a rework of vanilla Morocco, renamed to The Saadis.


The Alaouites[]

The 'Alawi dynasty – also rendered in English as Alaouite, 'Alawid, or Alawite – is the current Moroccan royal family and reigning dynasty. They are an Arab sharifian dynasty and claim descent from the prophet Muhammad through one of his relatives.

The dynasty rose to power in the 17th century, beginning with Moulay al-Sharif who was declared sultan of the Tafilalt region in 1631. His son Al-Rashid, ruling from 1664 to 1672, was able to unite and pacify the country after a long period of regional divisions caused by the weakening of the Saadi Dynasty. His brother Isma'il presided over a period of strong central rule between 1672 and 1727, one of the longest reigns of any Moroccan sultan. After Isma'il's death the country was plunged into disarray as his sons fought over his succession, but order was re-established under the long reign of Muhammad ibn Abdallah in the second half of the 18th century. The 19th century was marked by the growing influence of European powers.

The 'Alawis ruled as sovereign sultans up until 1912, when the French Protectorate and Spanish Protectorate were imposed on Morocco. They were retained as symbolic sultans under colonial rule. When the country regained its independence in 1956, Mohammed V, who had supported the nationalist cause, resumed the 'Alawi role as independent head of state. Shortly afterwards he adopted the title of "King" instead of "Sultan". His successors, Hassan II and Mohammed VI, have continued the dynasty's rule under the same title.

Ismail ibn Sharif[]

Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif was a Sultan of Morocco from 1672 to 1727, and the second ruler of the Alaouite dynasty. Born around 1645 in Sijilmassa and dying on 22 March 1727 at Meknes, he was the seventh son of Moulay Sharif and was governor of the Kingdom of Fez and the north of Morocco from 1667 until the death of his half-brother. Ismail's 55-year reign is the longest of any sultan of Morocco. The reign of Moulay Ismail marked a high watermark for Moroccan power.

His military successes are explained by the creation of a strong army, originally relying on the 'Guichs' (especially the Udaya) and on the Black Guard (or Abid al-Bukhari), black slaves who were totally devoted to him. As a result, the central power could be less reliant on tribes that often rebelled.

He also made Meknes his capital and undertook the construction of an enormous citadel and palace complex next to its old city which included several grand residences, gardens, monumental gates, mosques and more than forty kilometers of walls. He died following a sickness. After his death, his supporters became so powerful that they controlled the country, enthroning and dethroning the sultans at will.

Dawn of Man[]

Hail, Ismail Ibn Sharif, Sultan of Morocco, and ruler of the Alaouite dynasty. Born a seventh son, your military and political prowess saw you slyly exploit the death of your brother to seize power. Your reign was defined by rebellion and expansion, fighting both unruly tribes which would not bow to your power and insubordinate nephews. To do this, you reformed the military so they were ultimately beholden to you, initiating the fiercely loyal Black Guard and expanding the army so that rebellions became less frequent and less of an issue. Once pacified, you built kasbah and other military infrastructure as a way of keeping your subjects under your rule. Ultimately, your 55-year reign was the longest of any sultan of Morocco, and the number of children you left behind at your death was the most in human history.


Leaderscreen by Arilasqueto

Warrior King Ismail, solidify your legacy. After your death, your kingdom fell into chaos. Your people fought amongst one another, and the rebellions, which you had been successful in putting down, triumphed. You can rectify this and leave behind a strong society for one of your many children to inherit. Will you carve out your place in history once more? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Ah, welcome traveller. You stand before the progeny of Genghis, Timur and Babur - God grants me the strength to overcome my enemies, and I pray he grants you the wisdom not to become one. Now sit, sit, let us discuss philosophy."

Defeat: "You can strip castles from the land, banners from their posts, and crowns from of their righteous owners, but one can never scourge true faith from the hearts of believers. They will remember me, unbeliever. Who exactly are you?"

Unique Attributes (The Alaouites)[]

The Alaouites (Ismail ibn Shrif)

Art by Arilasqueto

Ruby of the Farthest West

Defensive buildings increase Production Production towards Wonders while at peace and towards units during war. +2 Food Food in the Capital Capital for each imported Luxury resource.


Art by Sukritact & Alga

Black Guard (Musketman)
  • Rushes Production Production in the Capital Capital upon killing an enemy.
  • +25% Strength Strength inside friendly territory.

Art by Firaxis

  • Unlocked at Chivalry
  • Must be built on Desert tiles
  • +1 Food Food, +1 Production Production, +1 Gold Gold
  • +50% Strength Defense for units stationed on a Kasbah

Unique Attributes (The Saadis)[]

The Saadis (Ahmad al-Mansur)

Art by Firaxis

Gateway to Africa

Receives +3 Gold Gold and +1 CultureIcon Culture from external Traderoute Trade Routes. Trade Routes sent to Morocco grant their owner +2 Gold Gold.


Art by Firaxis

Berber Cavalry (Cavalry)
  • Combat bonus in Desert and in Moroccan territory
  • Immune to Desert Attrition (ExCE)

Art by Sukritact

  • +1 CultureIcon Culture.
  • May be purchased with Gold Gold in cities without fresh water.
  • Provides a free Hotel after the discovery of Refrigeration.
City List (The Alaouites)
  1. Meknes
  2. Marrakech
  3. Fes
  4. Rabat
  5. Salé
  6. Tangier
  7. Agadir
  8. Tetouan
  9. Taroudant
  10. Mogador
  11. Tuat
  12. Sijilmassa
  13. Oujda
  14. Timbuktu
  15. Gao
  16. Djenne
  17. Kenitra
  18. Tafilalt
  19. Ouarzazate
  20. Essaouira
  21. Taza
  22. Elksar Elkebir
  23. Azamor
  24. Safi
  25. Tagmadart
  26. Debdou
  27. Iligh
  28. Dila
  29. Khemisset
City List (The Saadis)
  1. Marrakech
  2. Fes
  3. Rabat
  4. Salé
  5. Tangier
  6. Agadir
  7. Meknes
  8. Tetouan
  9. Ceuta
  10. Taroudant
  11. Mogador
  12. Tuat
  13. Melilla
  14. Sijilmassa
  15. Oujda
  16. Timbuktu
  17. Gao
  18. Djenne
  19. Kenitra
  20. Tafilalt
  21. Ouarzazate
  22. Essaouira
  23. Taza
  24. Elksar Elkebir
  25. Azamor
  26. Safi
  27. Tagmadart
  28. Debdou
  29. Iligh
  30. Dila
  31. Khemisset
Spy List
  • Rachid
  • Murad
  • Abdelkader
  • Ahmed
  • Abdalmalik
  • Esquega
  • Zaydana
  • Khatana
  • Khalid



Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 28 September 2021


  • Uighur_Caesar: Lua, Design, Database
  • Arilsqueto: Art
  • Sukritact: Art
  • Alga: Art
  • Urdnot: Art
  • DarthKyofu: Art
  • TopHatPaladin: Lua
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