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The Métis
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Louis Riel
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The Métis led by Louis Riel is a custom civilization by ExplosiveWatermelon.


The Métis[]

The Métis are a recognized indigenous group of Canada with descent from various different tribes, in combination with European fur traders or similar. While the Métis have largely developed a unified status, the culture is anything but- Métis largely inherit different aspects of their different ancestries. There are aspects of Métis culture that have since developed, however, as being a unique combination of traditional indigenous and European culture. Politically, there isn't a definition of Métis except in the province of Alberta- however, over 390,000 people self-identify as Métis.

Louis Riel[]

Louis Riel, born in 1844 of Franco-Chipewyan descent, was an ill-tempered youth. He began schooling at age 7, and was initially intending to become a priest- however, upon his father's death, he left his studies. Riel had numerous issues with his mental health- however, he had also proven to be an exceptional orator and proven leader. During the Red River resistance, he noticed the rising racial and religious tensions of the Métis. He became secretary of a group known as the National Committee of the Métis. During this time, he led a group of Métis to seize Fort Garry, a Hudson's Bay Company trading post. Riel quickly garnered more and more power afterwards. The following political victory of the rebellion led to the creation of the province of Manitoba and greater rights for the Métis. However, Louis Riel was exiled from Canada after he learned that the Canadian colonial militia intended to lynch him.

After a period of exile in Montana, in the western United States, Louis Riel returned following a message from a delegation. The head of the delegation, Gabriel Dumont, had known Riel during their time in Manitoba. He was initially well-received for his moderation, although Plains Cree leaders Big Bear and Poundmaker found fault with the Métis settlers. Riel began to show signs of a return to his mental instability, and began fervent prayer- which, ironically, led to a deterioration with the Catholic clergy. The Métis petitioned the Canadian government for direct negotiations, but the Canadian response was seen as a deflection. Riel began to foster the Métis people to arms, believing that he was a messianic figure and declaring that "Rome has fallen." Riel formed the provisonal government of Saskatchewan, with himself as political and religious leader, and Gabriel Dumont as military leader. There was some initial success under Dumont's military leadership, however, Riel centered his forces around Batoche- which led to a decisive Métis defeat at the Battle of Batoche. Louis Riel was then trialed in what was largely considered and unjust case, and then executed via hanging.

Dawn of Man[]

May your worship be true, Louis Riel! You led the Métis during the Northwest rebellion. Your efforts to create a state for your varied peoples bore fruit, in the creation of the province of Manitoba- however, your legacy is still divided amongst the Canadian people. Some view you as a heretic, but your followers still believe in your just cause.

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Oh, great Riel! Your people are one without borders, but not without heart. Can you lead your flock to greater pastures? Can you find the finest game the plains of this world have to offer? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: Greetings. My name is Louis Riel, and I speak for the peoples of these lands. Come, join me in prayer.

Introduction: Hello there! My name is Louis Riel. I've come to represent the Métis, both politically and spiritually.

Defeat: I am left with nothing but my heart, and I have given it long ago to my country.

Unique Attributes[]

The Métis (Louis Riel)
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Chosen from the Flock
Great Prophets act as a Great General when starting their turn in Friendly Territory. Mounted Units receive an extra +20% Strength Combat Strength Bonus when fighting near a Great General.
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Buffalo Runner (Cavalry)
  • Can Attack Twice, receiving +20% Strength Combat Strength on the second attack.
  • Receives the Heavy Charge promotion when starting its turn on Hills or in Friendly territory.
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Hivernant (Circus)
  • No Resource Requirements.
  • +2 FaithIcon Faith.
  • +1 FaithIcon Faith from Camps.
  • Defeating enemy Units nearby may reveal a source of Bison. If Bison is revealed, claims adjacent tiles.
City List
  1. Batoche
  2. Winnipeg
  3. Pembina
  4. Duck Lake
  5. St. Laurent
  6. St. Norbert
  7. Fish Creek
  8. Frog Lake
  9. Nipawin
  10. La Ronge
  11. Regina
  12. Saskatoon
  13. St. Louis
  14. Battleford
  15. Cold Lake
  16. Swift Current
  17. Green Lake
  18. Buffalo Lake
  19. Ile-a-la-crosse
  20. Kikinoo
  21. Moose Jaw
  22. Fishing Lake
  23. The Pas
  24. Mattawa
  25. Georgian Bay
  26. Killarney
  27. Peavine
  28. Paddle Prairie
  29. Yorkton
  30. Estevan
  31. Meadow Lake
  32. Pelican Narrows
  33. Stony Rapids
  34. Wollaston Lake
Spy List
  • Gabriel
  • Louis
  • Isidore
  • André
  • Pierre
  • Marie-Angélique
  • Sara
  • Yolande
  • Marie-Anne
  • Jean-Baptiste


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Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 11 August 2023

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