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The Yali led by Wimayuk Wandik is a custom civilization by TopHatPaladin, with contributions from Lasqueto and Zwei833.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Yali[]

The Yali are an indigenous people of northwestern New Guinea, just to the east of the Baliem Valley, currently located within the Indonesian state of Papua. They are closely related to the Dani people who live within the valley proper.

Wimayuk Wandik[]

Wimayuk Wandik was a leader of the Yali village of Uwambo. He became known to the West after sheltering several Americans who survived a plane crash in the Baliem Valley in 1945. Though he shared no common language with the Americans, who nicknamed him "Chief Pete", Wimayuk advocated for their protection and kept them safe until their eventual rescue.

Wimayuk was known for his adaptable disposition and interest in trade; he would often lead expeditions as far as twenty miles to trade with the neighboring Dani people. When he first met the survivors of the plane crash, Wimayuk assumed that the Yali legend of Uluayek - which held that sky spirits would one day return to herald a new era - had come true. Wimayuk judged that the new era could be a favorable one, and thus that it would be beneficial to build good relationships with the sky spirits; accordingly, he pushed for the people of Uwambo to protect the Americans, winning the debate against a rival faction that was opposed to sheltering sky spirits. Wimayuk would later also welcome a medic who paradropped into the region to assist the Americans before their eventual rescue.

Dawn of Man[]


Art by TopHatPaladin

"Hal-loak-nak, Wimayuk Wandik! A vigorous and creative leader of the Yali village of Uwambo, your flexible attitude and eye for alliance-building served your people well when a group of injured Americans unexpectedly crashed down from the sky. By convincing your people to welcome the new arrivals, who you viewed as the heralds of a potentially fortunate new era, you ensured that your brief contact with the Western world was a happy one characterized by frequent gift exchange.

O Wimayuk, while the new era you foresaw has come to pass, its realities are more complex than you likely hoped for. The publicity surrounding the American plane crash and the rescue of its survivors led missionaries to discover the Baliem Valley; today, most Yali have left behind their traditional lifestyle, and have become Christians seeking to make their way in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Can you reassert the Yali's legacy as a venerable culture, free of the Dutch and Indonesian yokes? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "It's not often we see visitors in the Baliem Valley! I am known as Wimayuk Wandik, the kain of the village you see before you."

Defeat: "Slay me if you must, but my descendants will avenge whatever misdeeds are done to me."

Unique Attributes[]

Yali (Wimayuk Wandik)
IconPNG Wandik

Art by TopHatPaladin

Seeds of Singing

Improving a Bonus Resource begins a We Love The King Day in the nearest city. We Love The King Days increase CultureIcon Culture as well as Food Food.

IconPNG Hemangi

Art by TopHatPaladin

Hemangi (Swordsman)
  • Does not require Iron
  • If promoted while on a neutral tile with a resource, claims that tile
IconPNG Leseai

Art by TopHatPaladin

Leseai (Granary)
  • Grants +10 XP to newly trained units
  • When We Love The King Day begins in a city with a Leseai, it also begins in the Capital Capital
City List
  1. Wamena
  2. Uwambo
  3. Koloima
  4. Angguruk
  5. Kosarek
  6. Holuwon
  7. Wesagalep
  8. Lokoparek
  9. Obia
  10. Soroba
  11. Wamerek
  12. Togoluk
  13. Wuserem
  14. Kurima
  15. Kurulu
  16. Pika
  17. Mundima
  18. Abumpuk
  19. Wosi
  20. Ogi Ridge
  21. Lake Habbema
  22. Ubahak
  23. Sibi
  24. Yahulie
  25. Podeng
  26. Aike
Spy List
  • Nakmatugi
  • Yaralok
  • Helenma
  • Yunggukwe
  • Pugulik
  • Maruk
  • Gilelek
  • Lisaniak
  • Keaugi
  • Weaklekek


Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
A Sacred Place by David Hirschfelder Listen! The River is Returning by David Hirschfelder

Mod Support[]

Additional Achievements[]

Baliem So Hard They Wanna Fine Me

  • Win the game on any difficulty setting as the Yali.

I'll Go Anywhere for Hornbills

  • As the Yali, use a Hemangi to claim a resource that's more than ten tiles away from any Yali city.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now raising your pigs and wearing your horim gourds. I worry that 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: 17 August 2023


  • TopHatPaladin: Design, Code, Art, Text
  • Lasqueto: Civ Icon
  • Zwei833: Unit Model
  • David Hirschfelder: Music
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