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Trebizond led by Alexios II is a custom civilization mod by More Civilizations, with contributions from TopHatPaladin, DarthKyofu, JakeWalrusWhale, GPuzzle, RawSasquatch, Grant, Janboruta, Zharques, and Viregel.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Empire of Trebizond or Trapezuntine Empire was a monarchy and one of three successor rump states of the Byzantine Empire that flourished during the 13th through 15th centuries, consisting of the far northeastern corner of Anatolia (the Pontus) and the southern Crimea. The empire was formed in 1204 with the help of the Georgian queen Tamar after the Georgian expedition in Chaldia and Paphlagonia, commanded by Alexios Komnenos a few weeks before the sack of Constantinople. Alexios later declared himself Emperor and established himself in Trebizond (modern day Trabzon, Turkey). Alexios and David Komnenos, grandsons and last male descendants of deposed Emperor Andronikos I Komnenos, pressed their claims as "Roman Emperors" against Byzantine Emperor Alexios V Doukas. The later Byzantine emperors, as well as Byzantine authors, such as George Pachymeres, Nicephorus Gregoras and to some extent Trapezuntines such as John Lazaropoulos and Basilios Bessarion, regarded the emperors of Trebizond as the "princes of the Lazes", while the possession of these "princes" was also called Lazica, in other words, their state was known as the Principality of the Lazes.[page needed] Thus from the point of view of the Byzantine writers connected with the Laskaris and later with the Palaiologos dynasties, the rulers of Trebizond were not emperors.

Alexios II[]

Alexios II Megas Komnenos or Alexius II, was Emperor of Trebizond from 1297 to 1330. He was the elder son of John II and Eudokia Palaiologina. Alexios proved to be a skillful and energetic ruler, under whose rule the Empire of Trebizond reached the climax of its prosperity. He rebuffed the inroads of the marauding Turks, and adequately handled the encroachment of Genoa and Venice. He also cultivated the arts and sciences at his court serving as a patron to the Byzantine astronomer Gregory Choniades and the scholar Constantine Loukites. A competent and courageous Emperor, Alexios II’s reign in Trebizond saw the splinter state of the Byzantine Empire transformed into a feisty, strategically important bastion of continued Christian rule in the easternmost reaches of Anatolia. Alexios’ reforms to the coinage and defeat of the Turks ensured the survival of the unlikeliest of Empires.

Dawn of Man[]

Glory of the true Eastern Roman Empire be upon you, Alexios II Megas Komnenos, skilful and energetic leader of Trebizond. Ascending the throne at just age 14, it was you that would deliver the Empire of Trebizond the peak of its fortunes. Repelling the constant invasions and encroachments of foreign invaders, you cultivated the arts and sciences at court, serving as patrons to those seeking knowledge. Your wise ruling led to the long survival of Trebizond, with peace deals being made with your enemies, and a police force to protect your cities from marauders and raiders.


Art by DarthKyofu and GPuzzle

Oh Alexios, your people call for your wise leadership now more then ever. They plead for security and prosperity. Can you be the one to provide your people with sanctuary, and recapture the glory of all those might empires you walk in the legacy of? Can you build a civilization that will stand on its own in the great mists of time?

Introduction: "Must every trader from a new land seek audience with me? Go on, make it quick."

Introduction: "I see you have managed to not get lost - that is something, I suppose. What has brought you to our Empire, and where has it brought you from?"

Defeat: "You are of far too weak a character for the wealth this land will bestow upon you. It will corrupt your soul without a second thought."

Defeat: "My kingdom in ruins, at the hands of heathens? Inconceivable."

Unique Attributes[]

Trebizond (Alexios II)

Art by DarthKyofu

Port of the Silk Road

Traderoute Trade Routes provide double their usual Tourism Tourism boost. Receive +1 additional Traderoute Trade Route capacity for every 3 Greatwork Great Works (or part thereof) you own.


Art by Janboruta

Laz Corsair (Galleass)
  • +25% Strength Combat Strength within three tiles of a city with a Greatwork Great Work.

Art by RawSasquatch

Leonkastron (Castle)
  • Contains 1 slot for a Great Work of Art.
  • Cheaper for every civilization connected by a Traderoute Trade Route to the city.
  • When built in a coastal city, Traderoute Trade Routes boost the city's CultureIcon Culture output by +5% each (to a maximum of 30%)
City List
  1. Trebizond
  2. Cerasus
  3. Kotoyra
  4. Tripolis
  5. Sourmana
  6. Doros
  7. Sinope
  8. Amisos
  9. Cherson
  10. Platanos
  11. Dikaisimon
  12. Kalamita
  13. Polemonion
  14. Kadahor
  15. Bosporos
  16. Paipert
  17. Evdokia
  18. Oinoe
  19. Rizunda
  20. Dipotamos
  21. Arghyropolis
  22. Sumela
  23. Kenchrina
  24. Theodosia
  25. Satala
Spy List
  • Basil
  • Nikophoros
  • Demetrios
  • Philippos
  • Simonis
  • Zoe
  • Ioanno
  • Xene
  • Euphrosyne



Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now spinning golden fleeces and decorating their shrines with idols! I worry 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: 24 Sep 2020


  • Pouakai: Code, Design, Text
  • TopHatPaladin: Code (Lua)
  • Darth: Art (Civ Icon, Leaderscene, Leader Icon)
  • JakeWalrusWhale: Art (Map)
  • GPuzzle: Art (Leaderscene)
  • RawSasquatch: Art (UB Icon)
  • Grant: Art (Unit Alpha)
  • Janboruta: Art (UU Icon)
  • Zharques: Text (DoM)
  • Viregel: Text (City List)
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Day 2
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Day 3
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Day 4
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