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Tuva led by Donduk Kuular is a custom civilization by Senshi and TopHatPaladin, with contributions from DJSHenninger, danrell, and DarthKyofu.

This mod requires Brave New World. It replaces the City-State of Kyzyl with Ürümqi.



The Tuvans or Tuvinians are a Turkic ethnic group native to Tuva. They speak Tuvan, a Siberian Turkic language. They are also regarded in Mongolia as one of the Uriankhai peoples. Tuvans have historically been cattle-herding nomads, tending to herds of goats, sheep, camels, reindeer, cattle and yaks for the past thousands of years. They have traditionally lived in yurts covered by felt or chums covered with birch bark or hide that they relocate seasonally as they move to newer pastures. Traditionally, the Tuvans were divided into nine regions called khoshuun, namely the Tozhu, Salchak, Oyunnar, Khemchik, Khaasuut, Shalyk, Nibazy, Daavan and Choodu, and Beezi. The first four were ruled by Uriankhai Mongol princes, while the rest were administered by Borjigin Mongol princes.

Donduk Kuular[]

Born in Tannu Uriankhai, a Qing Dynasty vassal state, that become nominally independent at the fall of Qing dynasty due to 1911 revolution in China, Donduk was originally a Lamaist monk. As leader of a group of Russian-supported Bolsheviks, he proclaimed the independence of the People's Republic of Tannu Tuva from Russian Empire in 1921. He subsequently switched his affiliation to the Tuvan People's Revolutionary Party.

Aware of his young nation's vulnerability, Donduk sought to establish ties with the Mongolian People's Republic. His monastic background and theocratic inclinations gave him a close relationship with the country's lamas, whose interests he sought to advance in spite of Joseph Stalin's growing irritation. In 1926 he established Buddhism as the state religion of Tannu Tuva, which in November was renamed the Tuvan People's Republic.

Stalin found Donduk's separatist and theocratic tendencies obnoxious, and counter to communist principles of atheism and internationalism. In 1929 he was removed from power and arrested. Meanwhile, five Tuvan graduates of the Communist University of the Toilers of the East were appointed commissars extraordinary to Tuva. Their loyalty to Stalin ensured that they would pursue policies, such as collectivization, that Donduk had ignored. A coup was launched in 1929. One of these commissars, Salchak Toka, replaced Donduk as General Secretary of the Tuvan People’s Revolutionary Party. In the same year, Donduk was executed.

Dawn of Man[]

LS PNG Kuular

Art by TopHatPaladin

"Salutations, Donduk Kuular, defender of the revolution and the Tuvan people! Although the region of Tuva had a troubled history, with the Chinese and Russians both seeking to subsume you into their empires, you knew you would have to fight to defend the ancient and robust Tuvan culture. Originally a monk, you seized the opportunity in 1921 to declare a People's Republic of Tannu Tuva, independent from all of its rivals; however, your monastic background led you to maintain a long-running closeness with the lamas. These convictions would ultimately be your undoing. Angered by your defiance of his party line, Stalin arranged for a coup against Tannu Tuva, which saw you ousted from power and ultimately executed; however, you persist as a symbol of Tuvan autonomy.

O Chairman, the time has come for the Tuvans to seize their freedoms once again. Can you lead your people in a triumphant song, one that will resonate throughout all of Asia? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Unique Attributes[]

Tuva (Donduk Kuular)
IconPNG Kuular

Art by TopHatPaladin

Peaks of Uriankhai

Greatwork Great Works exert Religious Pressure when stored in cities following your Religion Religion. Mountains provide slots for a Greatwork Great Work of Music to cities within two tiles.

IconPNG ThroatSinger

Art by TopHatPaladin

Throat Singer (Great Musician)
  • +1 Sight and Moves Movement
  • May freely enter the territory of rival civilizations which share your Religion Religion
  • Removes Heresy when expended in a friendly city

Art by DJSHenninger

Ger Kharuul (Unique Improvement)
  • Unlocked at Trapping
  • +1 Production Production
  • +1 FaithIcon Faith and +25% Strength Defense, doubled after adopting a Religion Religion
  • Provides a burst of Greatperson Great Musician points when a nearby city is converted
City List
  1. Kyzyl
  2. Ak-Dovurak
  3. Shagonar
  4. Chadan
  5. Turan
  6. Kaa-Khem
  7. Kyzyl-Mazhalyk
  8. Bay-Khaak
  9. Saryg-Sep
  10. Teeli
  11. Sug-Aksy
  12. Samagaltay
  13. Erzin
  14. Khovu-Aksy
  15. Khandagayty
  16. Chaa-Khol
  17. Toora-Khem
  18. Mugur-Aksy
  19. Kungurtug
  20. Ölgii
  21. Mörön
  22. Ulaankhus
  23. Tsengel
  24. Delüün
  25. Nogoonnur
  26. Tarialan
  27. Bulgan
  28. Tsagaan-Uul
  29. Jargalant
  30. Galt
  31. Sagsai
  32. Bayannuur
Spy List
  • Khertek
  • Salchak
  • Sherig-ool
  • Kaadyr-ool
  • Saryg-Donggak
  • Irgit
  • Mongush
  • Shagdyr
  • Kongar-ol
  • Chechenol



Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Full Credits List[]

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Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 31 December 2019/1 January 2020


  • Senshi: Design, Code, Text, Map
  • TopHatPaladin: Art, Lua, Text
  • DarthKyofu: Text (Civilopedias)
  • DJSHenninger: Art (Ger Kharuul graphics)
  • danrell: Art (Unit Model)
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