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Xia Dynasty
Map by Tomatekh
Map by Tomatekh
Start Bias
Avoid Jungle & Forest
req. mod

Traits req. mod
Imperialistic, Industrious
Map Labels Language req. mod
East Asian
Magical Girl req. mod

Xia led by Yu is a custom civilization by Tomatekh, with contributions from Janboruta, JFD, Sukritact, TarcisioCM, LastSword, and Charlatan Alley.

An early build of Tomatekh's Shang mod was previously included as a bonus ability in Xia.

This mod is also collected in Tomatekh's Cradles of Civilization pack. It requires Brave New World.



The Erlitou culture of China's central plain marks the decisive shift out of East Asia's Neolithic period, ushering in the beginning of Chinese civilization. Evolving from the Longshan culture, Erlitou emerged as the first state-level society in East Asia around 1900-1600 BC. This period saw an increase in bronze metallurgy and urbanization with palatial buildings, royal tombs, paved roads, and rammed earth foundations attesting to the complexity and importance of Erlitou sites. During the Erligang period, 1600-1250 BC, Erlitou decreased in importance and was ultimately abandoned.

Because of temporal and geographic overlap, the culture is often assumed to correlate to the Xia Dynasty. However, although Xia is an important element in Chinese historiography, there is to date no archeological evidence to corroborate the dynasty. The details concerning the Xia Dynasty, first recorded more than a millennium later during the Western Zhou period, are largely understood to be mythical; serving as a counterpoint to the subsequent Shang Dynasty and ultimately to justify the Chinese dynastic cycle. Continued archeological surveys of Erlitou sites are needed in order to form a more complete picture of China's first state.


Yu the Great was a legendary Chinese ruler famed for his upright moral character, the introduction of flood control, and inaugurating dynastic rule in China. As the founder of the Xia Dynasty, Yu is understood as the first ruler of the dynastic cycle; an important political theory in Chinese history which represents China as a single continuous civilization ruled by a succession of different dynasties. Because of the mythic nature of the Xia dynasty and the lack of written records from Erlitou archaeological sites, it is impossible to judge the veracity of Yu's rule. However, the myth surrounding the figure of Yu continues to be an influential force on Chinese rulers and culture up to the modern day.

Dawn of Man[]

Divine and honourable Yu, revered founder of the Xia Dynasty, we humbly beseech your wisdom and guidance. The world's oldest continuous civilization, China has stood as a beacon of civility and progress throughout time. Yet, much of her origins lay shrouded in myth. As the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors imparted their knowledge onto man, so too did Han culture begin to coalesce along the Yellow River. The palatial estates and complex bronze work of Erlitou would set the cultural foundation for the later Shang state and usher in the beginning of Chinese civilization. At this intersection of fact and legend, the Xia Dynasty emerges as a symbol of identity and empire; the start of a dynastic chain stretching across history to forever leave its mark on Eastern Asia.


Art by Janboruta

Esteemed Ancestor, your virtue and moral conduct served to inspire the great emperors of the East throughout time. In legend, you sacrificed body and forsook the comfort of family to tame the Yellow River. Once again the peoples of the Middle Kingdom need your help. Will you heed their call to return? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: Welcome! I am Yu, leader of the Huaxia. I seek only to aid my people.

Introduction: Know that I have been tasked to this role by my lord Shun. You shall not sway me from my purpose.

Introduction (when meeting another China): It brings shame to see my descendant falsely claim the approval of Heaven. May you yet prove yourself a just and noble ruler.

Defeat: My son shall carry on my dynasty and honour his father, as I have honoured my father and his father before him.

Defeat: Even in defeat, I rest easy knowing my great work is accomplished and the land made prosperous for my people.

Defeat (by another China): To think that one as unjust and dishonorable as you would be named by Heaven!

Unique Attributes[]

Xia (Yu)

Art by Janboruta

Dynastic Cycle

Losing your Capital Capital, constructing a Courthouse in a conquered foreign Capital Capital, or completing a Social Policy tree starts a new Dynasty and provides a new cumulative bonus (requires an annexed or settled city).


Art by Tomatekh

Tuo Ma (Chariot Archer)
  • Nearby units earn Experience 25% faster
  • +33% Strength Defense (8 vs 6)
  • Does not require Horses Horses
  • -1 Moves Movement (total 3)

Art by Janboruta

Foundry (Barracks)
  • Has 1 slot for a Greatwork Great Work of Art
  • When filled, it provides +2% CultureIcon Culture for every Dynasty progressed
Dynasty Effect
Xia Dynastic Cycle

Losing your Capital Capital, constructing a Courthouse in a conquered foreign Capital Capital, or completing a Social Policy tree starts a new Dynasty.

Shang Oracle Bones

+2 Science Science on sources of Horses Horse, Sheep, and Cattle.

Zhou Hundred Schools of Thought

+1 Goldenage Golden Age points from Specialists. +10% Greatperson Great People generation.

Qin Heirloom Seal of the Realm

Annexed cities (excluding Capitals) are assimilated into your Empire once out of Resistance.

Han People of Han

Cities Settled by Xia generate +2 CultureIcon Culture for the current City owner.

Sui Three Departments and Six Ministries

Capital Dynastic Capitals reduce the total building maintenance of nearby annexed cities by 20%.

Tang Three Teachings

Cities earn +1 FaithIcon Faith for each Religion Religion present in the city.

Song Four Great Inventions

1 free Technology.

Yuan Great Mongol State

A Khan with the Mobile Command promotion appears near your Capital Dynastic Capital.

Ming Treasure Voyages

+3 Porcelain. Cargo Ships generate Tourism Tourism when in foreign territory.

Qing Banner Armies

8 Units are maintenance free. All current units receive +10 experience.

China The People's Republic

+10% Production Production in all cities. Dynasties will no longer change.

The Xia city list changes to reflect the current dynasty of the civilization. So, for example, while the second city of the Xia dynasty is normally Chu, once you switch to the Shang dynasty the first city you settle (after the dynastic capital) will be Bo.

Xia Cities
  1. Yangcheng
  2. Chu
  3. Qiongshi
  4. Zhenxun
  5. Diqiu
  6. Jiyuan
  7. Laoqiu
  8. Xihe
  9. Zhen
  10. Anyi
  11. Song
  12. Zhenguan
  13. Pinyang
  14. Kuaiji
  15. Beifudi
  16. Chong
  17. Tu
  18. Bing
  19. Yang
  20. You
  21. Qi
  22. Beichuan
  23. Weizhou
  24. Xuan
  25. Tai
  26. Yushan
  27. Kaifeng
  28. Xichuan
Shang Cities
  1. Yin
  2. Bo
  3. Fan
  4. Xiao
  5. Dishi
  6. Bi
  7. Yanshi
  8. Xiang
  9. Shangqiu
  10. Pugu
  11. Ao
  12. Geng
  13. Beimeng
  14. Mo
  15. Chaoge
  16. Shixianggou
  17. Yan
  18. Panlongcheng
  19. Huanbei
  20. Zhengzhou
  21. Xingan
  22. Danshan
  23. Mingtiao
  24. Muye
Zhou Cities
  1. Feng
  2. Hao
  3. Chengzhou
  4. Gong
  5. Henan
  6. Muye
  7. Qin
  8. Yangzhai
  9. Daliang
  10. Handan
  11. Linzi
  12. Shouchun
  13. Ji
  14. Wu
  15. Guangfulin
  16. Qingzhou
  17. Fangmatan
  18. Jinsha
  19. Xiadu
  20. Chengziya
Qin Cities
  1. Xianyang
  2. Xiquanqiu
  3. Pingyang
  4. Yong
  5. Jinyang
  6. Yueyang
  7. Lintong
  8. Tianshui
  9. Zou
  10. Liaoxi
  11. Chen
  12. Liaodong
  13. Hengshan
  14. Shang
  15. Dang
  16. Jiaodong
  17. Minzhong
  18. Shu
  19. Nanhai
Dynastic Capitals
  1. Yangcheng
  2. Yin
  3. Feng
  4. Xianyang
  5. Luoyang
  6. Daxing
  7. Chang'an
  8. Bianjing
  9. Khanbaliq
  10. Nanjing
  11. Shengjing
  12. Beijing
Spy List
  • Xiang
  • Zhu
  • Huai
  • Mang
  • Jie
  • Nuxi
  • Xihe
  • Matsu
  • Longmu
  • Heng'e



Xia is a conquest - culture orientated civ. As completing social policy trees are few and far between it is not really recommended to try and play the civ peacefully. Instead try to conquer a foreign capital as soon as possible to help kick start the Dynastic Cycle UA. Consider going Liberty instead of Tradition. The nature of the UA will force you to go past the standard 4 city set after you reach the Qin Dynasty. However, the Qin bonus also prevents captured cities from suffering occupation, synergizing with the Meritocracy policy. You may even consider beelining to Representation which, along with the Foundry bonus, can help offset the increasing policy cost needed to support your growing empire. The Tuo Ma’s bonuses do not carry on upgrade, however, similar to a Great General, you can keep them behind enemy lines to continue receiving additional experience throughout the game. As they do not require horses, try to build as many as your economy will allow early on, and hold off on upgrading them to knights for as long as feasible.


Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Tame the Yellow River[]

The flooding of the great river is plaguing the smaller villages and destroying their crops. We should commission a series of dikes and canals to help control the waters.


  • Player must be Xia
  • Must have at least one City settled adjacent to a River
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate


  • Building an Improvement adjacent to a River will provide a Food Food boost in the nearest City (scales with game speed and era)

Cast Ceremonial Dings[]

We should cast additional vessels so that we may present proper offerings of food and drink to our ancestors.


  • Player must be Xia
  • Must have constructed 3 Foundries
  • Must have an available Great Work of Art or Artifact slot
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 100 Gold Gold
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates


  • +2 FaithIcon Faith from Foundries
  • Receive a free Greatwork Great Artifact (Nine Tripod Cauldrons)

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"The price of exotic bronze ware has skyrocketed as my people continue to demand new styles of jue and dings. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

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Steam Workshop
Latest Version: BNW v. 67
Last Updated: 6 February 2017

  • Tomatekh: Art, code
  • Janboruta: Leader scene/icon, Foundry icon
  • Sukritact: Dynasty icon render, Tuo Ma unit graphic
  • JFD: Pop-up and Dynasty interface Lua
  • 死在肉山胯下 and Tokata_RuNeLess: Chinese translation work
  • TarcisioCM & LastSword: Base for sacrifice interface Lua
  • Charlatan Alley: Dawn of Man voiceover
  • Rise of Nations soundtrack: Peace Theme
  • ??: War Theme
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