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The Yellowknives led by Akaitcho is a custom civilization by TopHatPaladin, with contributions from Arilasqueto, Urdnot, Zharques, Civitar, and Patum333.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Yellowknives[]

The Yellowknives, or T'atsaot'ine, are a Dene subgroup, native to the Canadian Shield in the modern-day Northwest Territories. Their traditional lands are north of the Great Slave Lake and along the Coppermine River. The "Yellowknife" name derives from the yellowish copper that the Yellowknives used for most of their tools; this copper is also the source of the Coppermine River's name.


Akaitcho was the chief of the Yellowknives, one of the five First Nations groups of the Dene, who lived north and northeast of the Great Slave Lake. His territory included the region from the eastern portion of the Great Slave Lake, in the Northwest Territories, Canada, to the Coppermine River, in Nunavut. He was recruited to act as interpreter, guide, and hunter for John Franklin's first of three Arctic expeditions, the Coppermine Expedition of 1819–1822.

Dawn of Man[]

LS PNG Akaitcho

Art by TopHatPaladin

"The time to protect your tribe is now, oh indomitable Akaitcho, chief of the Yellowknives. A shrewd leader, you traded supplies with the North West Company's Fort Providence, helping to keep your small band together and provisioned. In 1820, when your tribe numbered about 190, you were recruited by John Franklin and the Royal Navy for the Coppermine Expedition to find the Northwest Passage, in return for debt cancellation, cloth, ammunition, tobacco, and iron products. The journey was harsh, with the trek from Fort Providence to Fort Enterprise sapping morale and left supplies running short. The group reached the Arctic Ocean, and Akaitcho and the Yellowknives left with instructions to leave caches on the way back. But many of your hunters died, you did not receive ammunition from Fort Providence to kill game, and believed most of Franklin's expedition were doomed, and so did not restock the Fort Enterprise. But Franklin refused to blame Akaitcho, as he had not been paid and consistently treated his party with kindness. Throughout the subsequent years, the Yellowknives fortunes reversed, with Fort Providence and trade shutting.

Oh resolute Akaitcho, conditions are still harsh. Cities may now stand in the ruins of the trading posts, but heavy snow and fog still blanket the traditional lands of your people. Will you protect your people and guide them to safety and prosperity? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "There aren't many who have it in them to survive out here! You must be a brave one. The name's Akaitcho, pleased to meet you."

Defeat: "Impossible! We were unbeatable! How could this have happened?"

Unique Attributes[]

The Yellowknives (Akaitcho)
IconPNG Akaitcho

Art by TopHatPaladin

Long Distances Over Snow

Strategic Resources, as well as Copper Icon Copper, provide Food Food to the city working them. Units receive +1 Sight when beginning their turn in Tundra or Snow.

IconPNG CopperAxeman

Art by TopHatPaladin

Copper Axeman (Scout)
  • +20% Strength Combat Strength (6 vs. 5)
  • Reveals a Strategic Resource near the tile of any Ancient Ruin it clears
IconPNG KwikiiDoo

Art by TopHatPaladin

Kwik'ìì Doò (Musketman)
  • +1 Moves Movement
  • Gains 5 HP when beginning its turn on a tile with a resource
City List
  1. Dettah
  2. Ndilo
  3. Ti Cho
  4. Tsi-Wah Cho
  5. Kwe Ka Tszoa
  6. Weledeh-Cheh
  7. Necha Go Do
  8. Ek'ati Ndi
  9. Ta-Cheh
  10. Enodah
  11. Tadeh Cho
  12. Itawo Ti
  13. Teghi Ti Deh
  14. Tehti
  15. Burwash Point
  16. Jolliffe Island
  17. Weleh-Cheh
  18. Liwe-Cheh
  19. Mackay Lake
  20. Weleh Ti
  21. Drybones Bay
  22. Moose Bay
  23. Wool Bay
  24. Gordon Lake
  25. Beniah Lake
  26. Whitebeach Point
  27. Ptarmigan Point
  28. Latham Island
  29. Bloody Falls
Spy List
  • Long Legs
  • Kah-Teh-Whee
  • Sah-Tli
  • Itawo
  • Yamozha
  • Willie Crapeau
  • Joseph "Susie" Drygeese
  • Potfighter
  • White Capot
  • Keskarrah
IconPNG Yellowknives


Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
Walking in Hell by Claude Fradette and Guy Bélanger La Bataille by Claude Fradette and Guy Bélanger

Mod Support[]

Additional Achievements[]

Yellow Excalibur

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

This Is Not a Place of Honor

  • As the Yellowknives, use a Copper Axeman to discover Uranium near an Ancient Ruin.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now buying your copper tools and eating your caribou. 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: 23 October 2023


  • TopHatPaladin: Design, Code, Art, Text
  • Arilasqueto: Civ Icon
  • Urdnot: Map
  • Civitar: Copper Axeman Model
  • Patum333: Kwik'ìì Doò Model
  • Claude Fradette and Guy Bélanger: Music
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