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Median Empire
Map by TarcisioCM
Map by TarcisioCM
Start Bias
req. mod

Traits req. mod
Industrious, Spiritual
Map Labels Language req. mod
Middle Eastern

The Medes led by Cyaxares is a custom civilization by TarcisioCM.

Requires Brave New World.


The Medes[]

The Medes were an ancient Iranian people associated with the first wave of migrating Iranic Aryan tribes into Ancient Iran from the late 2nd millennium BC through the beginning of the 1st millennium BCE. The western parts of Media fell under the domination of the vast Neo-Assyrian Empire based in northern Mesopotamia. Assyrian kings imposed Vassal Treaties upon the Median rulers, but during the reign of Sinsharishkun, the Assyrian empire, which had been in a state of constant civil war since 626 BC, began to unravel. Subject peoples, such as the Medes, quietly ceased to pay tribute. An alliance of the Medes with other rebelling peoples allowed Cyaxares to captured Nineveh, the Assyrian capital, resulting in the collapse of Assyria; the Medes were subsequently able to establish their Median kingdom (with Ecbatana as their royal centre) beyond their original homeland and had eventually a territory stretching roughly from northeastern Iran to the Halys River in Anatolia. The Median kingdom was conquered in 550 BCE by Cyrus the Great, who established the even larger Achaemenid Empire. The Medes had almost the same equipment as the Persians and indeed the dress common to both is not so much Persian as Median.


Cyaxares, the son of King Phraortes, and according to Herodotus was the third and most capable king of Media. By uniting most of the Iranian tribes of ancient Iran and conquering neighbouring territories, Cyaxares transformed the Median Empire into a regional power, by ousting the Scythians who conquered his land and defeating the Neo-Assyrian Empire with his allies. After the victory in Assyria, the Medes conquered Northern Mesopotamia, Armenia and the parts of Asia Minor east of the Halys River, which was the border established with Lydia after a decisive battle between Lydia and Media, the Battle of Halys ended with an eclipse on May 28, 585 BC.

Dawn of Man[]

Hail to thee, emperor Cyaxares, conqueror of Nineveh, Warrior-King of the Medes! After delivering your people from Assyrian vassalage and Scythian occupation, you set out to expand the Median Empire from Aria to Lydia through your military reforms and campaigns, and from within the seven walls of Ecbatana you ruled Iran and beyond.

Cyaxares Leaderscreen

Art by TarcisioCM

Oh Cyaxares, beloved king of the Medes, your fragile empire disintegrated soon after your fall, thorn apart by one of your own kin, Cyrus of Persia, and the Medes left the pages of history soon thereafter - but there are still those who claim their legacy, and who still cherish the times their empire stretched from Anatolia to Afghanistan! Can you once again deliver your people from foreign occupation and lead them to glory in battle? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: The flame brightens! Who is he who approaches my sanctum?

Defeat: The flame wanes; it's my time to pass the torch to the next man.

Unique Attributes[]

The Medes (Cyaxares)

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The Place of Gathering

Cities that share their limits with your Capital also share any buildings they construct or purchase in between them (Except for Wonders).


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Magus (Great Prophet)
  • The religion founded by a Magus begins enhanced
  • Upon being expended for any reason other than proselytizing, a Piety Policy is adopted.

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Karez (Aqueduct)
  • Whenever a new citizen is born, the Karez will add 50% of the Production output of the city as food, in addition to the usual bonus of the Aqueduct.
City List
  1. Ecbatana
  2. Karkashi
  3. Aspadana
  4. Rhaga
  5. Hyrba
  6. Nahavand
  7. Parsa
  8. Zranka
  9. Kangavar
  10. Zirta
  11. Saparda
  12. Amedi
  13. Sialk
  14. Lulubuna
  15. Matiati
  16. Marush
  17. Struchates
  18. Budii
  19. Mardin
  20. Saspeirs
  21. Parsua
  22. Sahneh
  23. Anshan
  24. Qazvin
  25. Bagastana
  26. Nineveh
  27. Bactria
  28. Haraiva
  29. Arbaira
  30. Malatya
Spy List
  1. Artembaris
  2. Datis
  3. Gobryas
  4. Mazares
  5. Gaumata
  6. Amytis
  7. Mandane
  8. Aryenis
  9. Cassandane
  10. Amitis




Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Find the Lapis Lazuli Mines
Trade contacts revealed the existance of rare Lapis Lazuli mines in distant lands; we ought to find where this stone is mined and acquire it for ourselves. These contacts agreed to tell us where the Lapis is mined, for a price... But this will surely enrich us beyond measure!
  • Player must be the Medes
  • May only be enacted once
  • (1_Gold) Gold Gold.
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrate
  • Gain a Trade Route slot and Caravan
  • Meets every City-State on the same continent as you
Gather the Medes in the Place of Gathering
Once they appointed a leader amongst themselves, the Medes gathered in Ecbatana; the Place of Gathering, to build the Royal Capital. There they erected in a hill a great city of seven walls, each differently colored, where you, their king, sits atop.
  • Player must be the Medes
  • May only be enacted once per era
  • Must have at least four cities
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate
  • (1_Production) Production in the Capital.
Note: Value increases with the number of City Connections

Unique Cultural Interface[]

Our people are now wearing your Candys and worshipping fire. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture.

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 20 May 2016

  • TarcisioCM: Author, Code, Artwork
  • Matt Uelmen: Peace Theme
  • Ryo Nagamatsu: War Theme
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