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The Yamnaya culture led by Weikpotis is a custom civilization mod by Grant, with contributions from Relic, Chrisy15, TopHatPaladin, JFD and otherso.

This mod requires Brave New World.


Yamnaya Culture[]

The Yamnaya culture, 'culture of pits', also known as the Yamnaya Horizon, Yamna culture, Pit Grave culture or Ochre Grave culture, was a late Copper Age to early Bronze Age archaeological culture of the region between the Southern Bug, Dniester, and Ural rivers, dating to 3300–2600 BCE. The people of the Yamnaya culture were likely the result of a genetic admixture between the descendants of Eastern European Hunter-Gatherers (EHG) and people related to hunter-gatherers from the Caucasus (CHG), an ancestral component which is often named "Steppe ancestry", with additional admixture of up to 18% from Early European Farmers. Their material culture was very similar to the Afanasevo culture, and the populations of both cultures are genetically indistinguishable.

Living primarily as nomads, the Yamnaya had a chiefdom system and wheeled carts and wagons that allowed them to manage large herds. They are also closely connected to Final Neolithic cultures, which later spread throughout Europe and Central Asia, especially the Corded Ware people and the Bell Beaker culture, as well as the peoples of the Sintashta, Andronovo, and Srubnaya cultures. Back migration from Corded Ware also contributed to Sintashta and Andronovo. In these groups, several aspects of the Yamnaya culture are present. Genetic studies have also indicated that these populations derived large parts of their ancestry from the steppes. The Yamnaya culture is identified with the late Proto-Indo-Europeans, and the Pontic-Caspian steppe is the strongest candidate for the Urheimat (original homeland) of the Proto-Indo-European language.


The basic political unit of the Yamnaya and other proto-Indo-European seminomadic societies was the village, which was led by the eponymous 'village-chief' reconstructed as *weik-potis. The root word for 'king', *reg, initially referred to a powerful shaman or religious official, that only later in the early Bronze Age began to refer to rulers of larger communities and tribes. Yamnaya society revolved around a patriarchal hierarchy, with the *weik-potis at the top, the *reg and religious functionaries, and a retinue of elite warriors who had been initiated as *koryos below him, then specialist craftsmen, and then the bulk of the village: farmers, herders, hunters, weavers, fishermen and other domestic roles. Based of the important role of women in Rigvedic texts, Homeric poetry and later Scythian communities, women were likely not simply sidelined as housewives and war-trophies, but their status was diminished from that they enjoyed in Cucuteni-Tripolye societies, which appear to have been egalitarian if not matriarchal.

Dawn of Man[]

The Goddess of the Dawn and the Father of the Sun smile upon you, Weik-potis, for though you are humble, your words and deeds laid the foundation for every kingdom, empire and civilization to come forth from the steppe. Your people lived a proud and nomadic lifestyle, shaped by hardship and passion, as they strove to emulate the Gods and raise their children to be warriors. They spoke a rough and ready tongue that was soon spoken from one end of the continent to the other; from the river Tagus to the Tarim Basin; from Scandinavia to the Ganges. It was a life immersed in ritual, in celebration, in hospitality with one another. Taming the plants and the animals provided by the Gods, you rode across the steppe in successive waves, marrying with the local women of more egalitarian cultures. One thousand years after your rule, great village chief, your descendants would conquer one of the last outposts of Old Europe, Ireland, and lay waste to its monumental dynasties.

Yamnaya Diplo

Leaderscreen by Grant

Great Village-Chief, your people's blood is in the blood of every man, woman and child of the continent. But the steppe no longer stretches from sea to sea, and the forests no longer reach from one side to the other. This new continent is alien, scarred by empires and states with no respect for the Gods, thinking themselves without need of them. Your language is but a distant echo, and your mythology a mockery of what it once was. Weik-potis, the steppe cries out to you; can you restore the glory of the tribe? Can you resurrect the supremacy of Dyeus the Father and Trito the Cattle-Rustler? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of Time?

Introduction: "Greetings, honorable guest! Come! You must be weary from your long journey. How about some mead? Or is goat's milk more to your liking?"

Defeat: "You have crushed me, yet you are speaking my language, stealing my horses and thanking the Sky Father for your victory. Perhaps we are not so different after all."

Unique Attributes[]

Yamnaya (Weikpotis)

Art by Grant

Kurgan Genesis

Begin with Horseback Riding unlocked. Settlers may construct Religion Holy Sites before founding a city, which convert to Ancient Ruins at the dawn of the Medieval Era.


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Koryos (Warrior)
  • -2 Strength Strength, +25% healing rate.
  • Travelling through unimproved Forest and Pillaging Pastures yields Experience, and Goldenage Golden Age Points when close to a Religion Holy Site.

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Uegontum (Chariot Archer)
  • +1 Moves Movement, -3 Hitpoints.
  • No terrain penalties on river tiles.
  • Clearing Ancient Ruins or promoting on a Religion Holy Site spawns another Uegontum.
  • Settlers stacked with an Uegontum share its Moves Movement points.
City List
  1. Samara
  2. Sredniy Stog
  3. Storozhova Mohyla
  4. Mergeleva
  5. Sintashta
  6. Lebyanzhinka
  7. Arkaim
  8. Poltavka
  9. Ustaovo
  10. Deriivka
  11. Lola-Arkhara
  12. Chogra
  13. Tenga
  14. Nalak
  15. Zhurumbai
  16. Kuisak
  17. Bersuak
  18. Kamysty
  19. Abashevo
  20. Afanasevo
  21. Khvalynsk
  22. Balanovo
  23. Fatyanovo
  24. Volosovo
  25. Mikhaylovka
  26. Kemi Oba
  27. Mamai-Hora
  28. Botai
  29. Turganikskoe
  30. Ulan Ude
Spy List
  • Pehuson
  • Ḱléwos-wésu
  • Wnáktih
  • Ghosti-potis
  • Epi
  • Haregs
  • Magos
  • Yemo
  • Trito
  • Hewsos


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Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 4
Last Updated: 22 May 2022


  • Grant : Core, Art, Design, Lua, Text, Research
  • TopHatPaladin: Lua snippets
  • JFD: Lua Snippets
  • Chrisy15: Bugtesting
  • DarthKyofu: Feedback
  • Relic: Unique Tile Improvement art
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  • Hippolad/Loxodonta: Feedback
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