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The Sarmatians led by Amage is a custom civilization mod by DMS, with contributions from DarkKyofu, Neirai, Zharques and Grant.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Sarmatians[]

The Sarmatians were a large Iranian confederation that existed in classical antiquity, flourishing from about the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD. Originating in the central parts of the Eurasian Steppe, the Sarmatians were part of the wider Scythian cultures. The first Sarmatians are mostly identified with the Prokhorovka culture, which moved from the southern Urals to the Lower Volga and then northern Pontic steppe, in the 4th–3rd centuries BC. During the migration, the Sarmatians seem to have grown and divided themselves into several groups, such as the Alans, Aorsi, Roxolani, and Iazyges. By 200 BC, the Sarmatians replaced the Scythians as the dominant people of the steppes. The Sarmatians differed from the Scythians in their veneration of the god of fire rather than god of nature, and women's prominent role in warfare, which possibly served as the inspiration for the Amazons. Strabo mentions the Sarmatians in a number of places but does not analyse them in-depth. He uses both the terms of Sarmatai and Sauromatai, but never together, and never suggesting that they are different peoples. He often pairs Sarmatians and Scythians in reference to a series of ethnic names, never stating which is which, as though Sarmatian or Scythian could apply equally to them all.

At their greatest reported extent, around 1st century AD, these tribes ranged from the Vistula River to the mouth of the Danube and eastward to the Volga, bordering the shores of the Black and Caspian seas as well as the Caucasus to the south. Their territory, which was known as Sarmatia to Greco-Roman ethnographers, corresponded to the western part of greater Scythia (it included today's Central Ukraine, South-Eastern Ukraine, Southern Russia, Russian Volga and South-Ural regions, also to a smaller extent north-eastern Balkans and around Moldova).


According to the Greek author Polyaenus, a woman named Amage was the Queen of the Sarmatians who lived toward the end of the 2nd Century B.C.E. From the coast of the Euxine Sea, she was the wife and co-ruler of the Sarmatian king Medosacus. Deeming her husband to be an unworthy ruler who abused his power for personal luxury, she took control of the Sarmatian government and military.In taking over the government, she acted as a judge of causes, stationing defensive garrisons, defending her land by repulsing enemy invasions, and was such a successful leader that she became famous through all Scythia. As a result of this fame, the people of the Tauric Chersonesus, having been harassed by a neighboring Scythian king, requested a treaty with her. As a result of the formation of this treaty, she wrote to the Scythian prince, requesting that he cease harassing the people. When the king refused, she gathered a force of 120 seasoned warriors, equipping them with three horses each so they could cover ground quicky. Marching toward the Scythian palace they covered a distance of more than a 100 stades (180 kilometres) in a single night and a day. The swiftness of the attack caught the Scythian forces off guard and they were easily defeated. Personally leading the assault on the palace, Amage broke into the Scythian king's quarters and killed him along with his entire family save for one of his sons. She installed the boy as the new Scythian ruler, on the condition that Chersonesus would remain free and that the Scythians would never again attack their neighbours. Thus she enabled the people of Chersonesus to regain free possession of their land.

Very little else is known of Amage, the Sarmatian warrior queen, beyond the belief that the exploits of Amage and similar Sarmatian women possibly served as the inspiration for the Greek myth of the Amazons. This is as Sarmatian women became known for having a prominent role in war and are recorded by Herodotus as fighting in the same clothing as men.

Dawn of Man[]

Blessings be upon you, Amage, Queen of the Sarmatians. As wife and co-ruler with your husband, King Medosacus, you observed the increased interest of your husband in frivolities and with him totally given up to luxury, instead of despairing, you led. Taking over the operation of government into your own hands, you became the arbiter of justice, the head of security. You repulsed invasions of outsiders. You became so successful that you became famous throughout all Scythia. When the Scythian prince replied to a treaty request with contempt, you bravely and proudly rode against him, 120 strong and with 3 horses each, covering much distance. So quick were you that you took the prince of guard, as few expected you to travel so quickly. You valiantly charged led the charge and slayed him, his guards and his family, installing his only surviving son upon the throne with the demand he obey the treaty.


Leaderscreen by Grant

Queen Amage, your people call once again for the strong matriarch they once knew. Once again, they have grown concerned their leaders have fallen for hedonism and become drunkards, and plead for a leader of your strength, courage and unwavering resolve. Will you once again stand to represent the conviction of your people? Can you use this resolve to build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Greeting in the name of my husband, King Medosacus, who is sadly inattentive and neglected to be here. I am Queen Amage, and I am more than leader in the eyes of my people. Let us discuss our futures."

Defeat: "Curse you, Medosacus! If you had taken leadership... as your duty..."

Unique Attributes[]

The Sarmatians (Amage)

Art by DMS

Matriarchal Confederation

Receive CultureIcon Culture for every Moves Movement spent by your Combat Units in enemy territory. Accumulated CultureIcon Culture may be used to purchase Shrines, Temples and Draconarius Units.


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Draconarius (Great General)
  • Possesses a weak ranged attack, increasing in strength over time.
  • For every enemy Unit killed by or near a Draconarius, all adjacent friendly Units receive +1 Moves Move.

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Kontos Cavalry (Knight)
  • Grants all adjacent Ranged Units an additional attack at the start of the turn.
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  2. Bormanum
  3. Abinta
  4. Trissum
  5. Parca
  6. Candanum
  7. Pessium
  8. Partiscum
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  10. Aorsoi
  11. Ardhan
  12. Kartli
  13. Cimmeria
  14. Siracena
  15. Tanais
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  20. Chsan
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  22. Ossetians
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  24. Siraces
  25. Spali
  26. Jazszag
  27. Mozdok
  28. Elkhotovo
  29. Chikola
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  31. Beslen
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  33. Vladikavkaz
  34. Kvaisa
  35. Dzau
  36. Tskhinval
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  38. Leningor
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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: 28 December 2020


  • DMS: Code, Art, Design, Mod Support
  • DarthKyofu: Civ Icon
  • Neirai: Diplomacy Text
  • Zharques: Civilopedia Entries and DoM Text
  • Grant: Design
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