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The Ottomans led by Selim I are a custom civilization by JFD, with contributions from Alga, DarthKyofu, Leugi, and JakeWalrusWhale.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Ottomans[]

The Ottoman Empire was born in Anatolia, or Asia-Minor (in modern Turkey) at the start of the 13th century upon the settlement of the Turkish tribes known in English as the Ottomans. It expanded into three continents and thrived for some six centuries. The empire eventually conquered lands from modern-day Azerbaijan to Algeria and The Horn of Africa to the walls of Vienna. The Ottoman Empire was vast, powerful, and an extremely interesting case of east meets west.

Selim I[]

The son of Bayezid II, Selim gained administrative experience as governor of Trebizond and Semendra. In contention for the succession with his older brothers, Selim won with the support of the Janissaries, who forced Bayezid to abdicate on April 25, 1512. For a year the new sultan was preoccupied with eliminating his brothers and nephews. Then he turned to consolidating Ottoman power in Anatolia, which was threatened by religious attractions from Persia. In the fall of 1513 lists were prepared of Shiite heretics. Some 40,000 died, and others were imprisoned or deported in the persecution that followed.

Selim's declaration of war on Iran the following spring initiated a famous correspondence between himself and Shah Ismael. The Sultan, later remembered as a poet, wrote in an elegant style—the message, however, proving provocative and insulting. On Aug. 23, 1514, Turkish artillery routed the Persians at Chaldiran. To quiet Janissary opposition to the war, Selim executed several leaders, a procedure for which his reign is noted. He later appointed men from his own household as generals in order to increase control over the Janissary group. Selim is called "Yavuz" ("the Grim"), connoting both respect and fear. Essentially a stern ruler, he nevertheless survives in Ottoman history as a hero.

Selim campaigned in eastern Anatolia again in 1515 and resumed the attack on Persia the following year. In August, however, the Turks encountered the Mamluk ruler of Egypt, a supporter of Ismael, and defeated him in a brief battle north of Aleppo. Egyptian forces were unpaid, undisciplined, and dissentious, the state weakened by the recent loss of Eastern trade to the Portuguese. The Levantine cities surrendered peacefully, and Ottoman administrators took over but with remarkably few changes. When the new Egyptian sultan executed Selim's ambassadors, who were bearing offers of peace in exchange for acceptance of Turkish sovereignty, the Ottomans moved on Cairo, which fell in January 1517. En route to Egypt, Selim made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

During his months in Cairo, Selim accepted the voluntary submission of the sharif of Mecca, thus bringing the holy places under Ottoman control. Tradition has it that one consequence of this campaign was the official surrendering to the Ottomans of the paraphernalia of the Caliph (the Prophet's standard, mantle, and sword) by the last "Abbasid" caliph, al-Mutawwakil, captured from the Egyptians at Aleppo. This alleged transference of authority was the later legal justification for Osmanli use of the title, although Selim had earlier referred to himself as caliph. Selim returned to Istanbul in July 1518. As skilled at administration as in military affairs, he subsequently devoted himself to government. On Sept. 20, 1520, he suddenly died, apparently of cancer.

Dawn of Man[]

"We tremble in awe and fear at your majesty, great and powerful Selim I. Aided by your allies among the Janissaries, you seized the Ottoman throne from your brothers in 1512 AD. From there, you quickly set about to eliminate your rivals and consolidate your rule. In 1515, you began what would be a decisive campaign of conquest through Persia and Egypt. By the end of your albeit short reign in 1520, you had secured an empire the envy and centre of the Muslim world for the centuries to come.

JFD OttomansSelimI Diplo

Art by JFD and Leugi

O' terrible Sultan, servant of the two Holy Mosques and Caliph, ready your armies and call to command your faithful. Can you secure your destiny as holy custodian? Can you forge an empire to bring peace in fear across the world of the faithful? Can you build a civilization to stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "I am Selim I, Sultan and Caliph. Tremble in awe and fear, if you know what's good for you."

Defeat: "Make it quick then."

Unique Attributes[]

The Ottomans (Selim I)

Art by JFD & Leugi

Servant of The Two Holy Cities

Conquering a Holy City captures and ends the Resistance Resistance of all cities following its Religion and originally belonging to the Holy City's founder. +33% Religious Pressure in all cities per Holy City controlled.


Art by Alga

Topcu Ocagi (Cannon)
  • Begins with one free Promotion for every two different Religions present in the city in which it is trained.

Art by Alga

Kulliye (Caravansary)
  • While being constructed in occupied cities, Production Production is added toward the construction of a Courthouse.
  • In unoccupied cities, Production Production is added to the construction of a Library, Garden, and Shrine instead.
City List
  1. Kostantiniyye
  2. Bursa
  3. Cairo
  4. Aleppo
  5. Edirne
  6. Mecca
  7. Kudüs
  8. Medina
  9. Salonica
  10. Trabzon
  11. Kayseri
  12. Erzurum
  13. Amasya
  14. Karaman
  15. Iznik
  16. Rosetta
  17. Alexandria
  18. Damascus
  19. Athens
  20. Belgrade
  21. Izmit
  22. Tripoli
  23. Algiers
  24. Sofia
  25. Gallipoli
  26. Ankara
  27. Varna
  28. Sarajevo
  29. Jaffa
  30. Nis
  31. Pristine
  32. Ioannina
  33. Sinop
  34. Lezhë
  35. Podgoric
Spy List
  • Uveys
  • Hatice
  • Beyhan
  • Sah
  • Piri
  • Suleiman
  • Hersekzade
  • Dukakinzade
  • Hadim
  • Yunus


The Ottomans (Selim I)


Peace Theme War Theme
"Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours" from the soundtrack of Anno 1800. "Snake Pit" from the soundtrack of Anno 1800.

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: 30 Dec 2021


  • JFD: Art (Leaderscene), Author, Coding, Design, Research, Writing
  • Alga: Art (Unique Unit Icon)
  • DarthKyofu: Art (Civ Icon), Research (Cities)
  • Leugi: Art (Leaderscene)
  • JakeWalrusWhale: Art (Map)
  • Whoward: Utilities (PlotIterators.lua)
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