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Dutch Kingdom
William I
Start Bias
req. mod

Traits req. mod
Inventive, Mercantile
Map Labels Language req. mod
Magical Girl req. mod
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

The Netherlands led by William is a civilization available in vanilla Civilization 5. It requires the Gods and Kings expansion pack.


The Netherlands[]

The Kingdom of the Netherlands, often referred to simply as "Holland," has, under the influence of many ambitious empires, grown from a minor province of northern Europe into one of the world's premier trade centers. Beginning with the conquests of the Romans, the later rise of the Franks, and eventually the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands became a frequent target of expanding European kingdoms. However, none would leave a greater mark than the Spanish Habsburgs, whose persecution of Dutch Protestants under King Philip contributed directly to the outbreak of the Eighty Years' War. Pitting the Dutch citizenry against their Spanish masters in a near-century long conflict for independence, once free of Spanish rule, the people of the Netherlands worked tirelessly to establish their own national identity. As the new republic grew to become a leading economic power, many great cultural and scientific figures rose from the newly formed nation.


Widely considered both founder and liberator of the Netherlands, William, Prince of Orange, also known as "William the Silent," led a successful rebellion in the mid-16th century against the Spanish Habsburg Dynasty who held dominion over the Dutch Low Countries. Once the loyal servant of King Philip II of Spain, William eventually became the most prominent leader of the rebellion, as his growing distaste for the continued Spanish persecution of Dutch Protestants came to a head. Rallying his fellow noblemen to the cause, William became an outlaw in the eyes of the Spanish monarch and led the Dutch forces in a number of successful battles against the king before falling to an assassin's bullet in 1584.

Dawn of Man[]

Hail stalwart Prince William of Orange, liberator of the Netherlands and hero to the Dutch people. It was your courageous effort in the 1568 rebellion against Spanish dominion that led the Dutch to freedom, and ultimately resulted in the Eighty Years' War. Your undertaking allowed for the creation of one of Europe's first modern republics, the Seven United Provinces. You gave your life to the rebellion, falling at the hands of an assassin in 1584, but your death would only serve to embolden the people's charge, and your legacy as "Father of the Fatherland" will stand as a symbol of Dutch independence for all time.

Brave prince, the people again yearn for the wise stewardship your wisdom afforded them. Can you once again secure the sovereignty of your kingdom and lead your people to greatness? Can you build a civilization that stands the test of time?

Introduction: I am William of Orange, stadtholder of The Netherlands. Did you need anything? I still have a lot to do. ("Ik ben Willem van Oranje, Stadhouder over de Nederlanden. Behoeft gij iets? Mij staat nog veel te doen.")

Defeat: My God, be merciful to my soul. My God, feel pity for this... my poor people! ("Mijn god, wees mijn ziel genadig! Mijn god heb mededogen met dit... Mijn arme volk!")

Unique Attributes[]

The Netherlands (William)

Art by Firaxis

Dutch East India Company

Retains 50% of the Happy Happiness benefits from a Luxury resource if your last copy is traded away.


Art by Firaxis

Sea Beggar (Privateer)
  • May heal outside friendly territory
  • Starts with the Coastal Raider I and II promotions
  • May capture defeated ships

Art by Firaxis

  • Unlocked at Guilds
  • Must be built on marsh or flood plains
  • +3 Food Food
  • +1 Production Production and +2 Gold Gold after Economics
City List
  1. Amsterdam
  2. Rotterdam
  3. Utrecht
  4. Groningen
  5. Breda
  6. Nijmegen
  7. Den Haag
  8. Haarlem
  9. Arnhem
  10. Zutphen
  11. Maastricht
  12. Tilburg
  13. Eindhoven
  14. Dordrecht
  15. Leiden
  16. 's-Hertogenbosch
  17. Almere
  18. Alkmaar
  19. Brielle
  20. Vlissingen
  21. Apeldoorn
  22. Enschede
  23. Amersfoort
  24. Zwolle
  25. Venlo
  26. Uden
  27. Grave
  28. Delft
  29. Gouda
  30. Nieuwstadt
  31. Weesp
  32. Coevorden
  33. Kerkrade
Spy List
  • Joost
  • Hendrika
  • Marten
  • Anke
  • Guus
  • Mr. X
  • Dr Grijs
  • Willem
  • Thijs
  • Neef




Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Events and Decisions[]

Found the Amsterdamsche Wisselbank[]

The problem with metal coinage was that it was virtually impossible to make coins of equal weight at all mints. This makes moving wealth around, the life blood of trade, difficult. The Wisselbank traded metal money for Amsterdam paper money that had to be used in the city for bills over 600 guilders. This created a medium of exchange that everyone could be confident in the value of, facilitating exchange.


  • Player must be the Netherlands
  • May only be enacted in Renaissance or Industrial Era
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 200 CultureIcon Culture
  • 300 Gold Gold
  • Magistrates Magistrate


  • Receive a free Bank in the Capital
  • +5 Gold Gold in the Capital

Modernize the Merchant Navy[]

The newly invented Fluyt is a specialised cargo vessel capable of carrying a large load with a very small crew and are designed to be built cheaply and in large numbers. We should make this ship the standard for our merchants.


  • Player must be the Netherlands
  • May only be enacted in Renaissance or Industrial Era
  • There must be a Great Merchant or a Great Admiral in the Capital
  • May only be enacted once per game



  • Allows the establishing 2 additional Traderoute Trade Routes
  • 2 Cargo Ships appear in the Capital

Claims, Colonies, and Crimes[]

Colony List
  1. Beverwijck
  2. Pavonia
  3. Curacao
  4. Bonaire
  5. Aruba
  6. Sint Eusatius
  7. Geode Hoop
  8. Sint Maarten
  9. Saba
  10. Wiltwijck
  11. Paramaribo
  12. Kyk over Al

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now buying your tulips and your clogs. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

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