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The Anangu led by Tjilpi is a custom civilization by TopHatPaladin, with contributions from Senshi, DarthKyofu, TPangolin, Urdnot_Scott, and JTitan.

This mod requires Brave New World.



"Anangu" is an umbrella term that describes several Australian Aboriginal groups who speak Western Desert languages; the term is most prominently used by the Pitjantjatjara and the Yankunytjatjara. The Western Desert languages have been described as covering more of Australia's area than any other indigenous language.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta are sacred sites in the Anangu belief system, with eleven songlines passing through or near them. In 1979, the indigenous Central Land Council began a legal battle to lay claim to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park; in 1985, the resulting settlement plan was implemented, which granted the Anangu a majority of the park's Board of Management but still allowed tourists to visit the park.


Although the names of historical Anangu leaders have been lost to time, it is plausible that many of them would be known as 'tjilpi.' A term meaning "old man" or "uncle," tjilpi is an honorific title that is used to this day.

Some recent examples of people given the title 'tjilpi' include Bob Randall (1934 - 2015), a musician and community leader who founded several organizations in Darwin, and Kunmanara Kankapankatja (1930 - 2012), an artist who fought to conserve sacred sites and natural resources in Anangu land.

Dawn of Man[]

LS Tjilpi

Art by TopHatPaladin and DarthKyofu

"Greetings, Tjilpi, great elder of the Anangu people! The Anangu - an umbrella group that includes the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara - have lived in the Western Desert of Australia for thousands of years. Your people were the first to venerate Uluru and the Kata Tjuta mountains, and the first to recognize the songlines that connect those sites to the rest of the continent around them. When the British arrived on Australia, your populace's way of life was significantly disrupted, as settlers and ranchers intruded upon much of your land. However, your people have begun to bounce back in recent decades, as the aboriginal Land Councils have granted your people legal rights of their ancestral lands.

Great Tjilpi, your people may be on the upswing, but they long for the great days of old. Can you restore the glory of the Anangu, and lead your people to spread all across - or even beyond - the deserts of Australia? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "I don't believe I've seen you here before. Today, your travels have brought you to the land of the Anangu."

Defeat: "You have defiled the sacred paths we all must walk... I can at least take comfort in the knowledge that I will not witness the gods' revenge."

Unique Attributes[]

Anangu (Tjilpi)
Icon Tjilpi

Art by DarthKyofu


Upon adopting a Pantheon, Desert tiles provide Goldenage Golden Age points when worked. Upon the dawn of a Goldenage Golden Age, select a cumulative Dreaming Bonus.[1]

Icon Warmala

Art by Urdnot_Scott

Warmala (Scout)
  • Ranged unit with 4 Ranged Combat Strength
  • Spawns a Settler when discovering an unclaimed Natural Wonder
  • Double movement on Desert
Icon Nyintiringkupai

Art by TPangolin

Nyintiringkupai (Shrine)
  • +1 FaithIcon Faith and CultureIcon Culture for every two Natural Wonders owned, empire-wide
  • Newly trained units in its city begin with Survivalism I
  • (With JFDLC) Newly trained units in its city are immune to Desert Attrition
City List
  1. Mutitjulu
  2. Pukatja
  3. Warakurna
  4. Amata
  5. Milyirrtjarra
  6. Walungurru
  7. Kaltukatjara
  8. Indulkana
  9. Papunya
  10. Kaltjiti
  11. Mimili
  12. Aputula
  13. Utju
  14. Kiwirrkurra
  15. Titjikala
  16. Wingellina
  17. Papulankutja
  18. Pipalyatjara
  19. Kalka
  20. Yalata
  21. Yilka
  22. Maralinga
  23. Karilywara
  24. Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya
Spy List
  • Wikilyiri
  • Kunmanara
  • Nyiru
  • Ilyatjari
  • Ngupulya
  • Tjungkara
  • Tjalara
  • Anmanari
  • Tjunmutja
  • Nganyinytja
IconPNG Anangu


Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
Pitjantjatjara by Frank Yamma Moondah (Beyond) by Ayers Rock

Mod Support[]

Additional Achievements[]

Dreamtimes Come True

  • Win the game on any difficulty setting as the Anangu.

Where We're Going, We Don't Need Water

  • As the Anangu, build Petra in a city that owns a Natural Wonder.

Events and Decisions[]

Forbid Climbing Sacred Mountains
Our mountains have long been sacred ground, where the Anangu are forbidden to tread; but foreigners have begun to visit our land, and they do not share these taboos. We must be proactive about protecting such important sites!
  • Player must be the Anangu.
  • Must have built at least one Hotel.
  • May only be enacted once per game.
  • 250 Gold Gold.
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates.
  • Mountains yield +1 FaithIcon Faith and +1 CultureIcon Culture.
Develop Syncretic Musical Styles
We have long used song as a navigation tool, as we walk the songlines throughout our domain - but neighboring civilizations have introduced new purposes for music, as a bold and bombastic thing used for entertainment. By combining these two uses of music, we can bring the songlines to a new generation.
  • Player must be the Anangu.
  • Must have an Opera House in all cities.
  • May only be enacted once per game.
  • 400 CultureIcon Culture.
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate.
  • Receive a free Great Musician in the Capital Capital.
  • When adopting a new Social Policy, receive a free Great Musician if you have an open Great Work of Music slot.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

“Our people are now painting their bodies and venerating the mountains. I worry that the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture.”

Full Credits List[]

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Steam Workshop

Latest Version: v 3
Last Updated: 26 September 2019


  • TopHatPaladin: Code, Art, Text
  • Senshi: Design, City List, Map
  • TPangolin: Design, Building Icon
  • Reedstilt: Design (Dreaming Bonuses)
  • DarthKyofu: Leader Icon, Leaderscreen Revision
  • Urdnot_Scott: Unit Icon
  • JTitan: Unit Model
  • Frank Yamma: Peace Theme
  • Ayers Rock: War Theme

Notes and References[]

  1. Dreaming Bonuses:
    • Iwala: No Road maintenance on Desert. City Connections yield +3 FaithIcon Faith.
    • Kalaya: Natural Wonders yield +2 Science Science, increasing to +3 with Astronomy.
    • Miilmiilpa: Natural Wonders yield +2 FaithIcon Faith and +2 Happy Happiness.
    • Miru: Archery Units provide +1 Production Production while on Desert tiles.
    • Ngangkari: Shrines and Temples yield +1 Food Food.
    • Ngintaka: Natural Wonders provide +1 Food Food to all adjacent tiles.
    • Tjala: Cities founded on Desert provide +1 Food Food to all adjacent tiles.
    • Tjukuritja: Natural Wonders and Landmarks yield +2 FaithIcon Faith and +2 CultureIcon Culture.
    • Wanampi: Oasis tiles yield +1 FaithIcon Faith, +1 Food Food, and +1 CultureIcon Culture.
    • Watiku: Land Units start with XP equal to half the FaithIcon Faith produced by their city.
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