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Yemen led by Arwa al-Sulayhi is a custom civilization mod by Urdnot, with contributions from Relic, DarthKyofu, Zharques and TarcisioCM.

This mod requires Brave New World.



In ancient times, Yemen was the home of the Sabaeans, a trading state that included parts of modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea. Later in 275 CE, the Himyarite Kingdom was influenced by Judaism. Christianity arrived in the fourth century. Islam spread quickly in the seventh century and Yemenite troops were crucial in the early Islamic conquests. Several dynasties emerged in the 9th to 16th centuries, such as the Rasulid dynasty. The country was divided between the Ottoman and British empires in the 1800s. The Zaydi Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen was established after World War I before the creation of the Yemen Arab Republic in 1962. South Yemen remained a British protectorate as the Aden Protectorate until 1967 when it became an independent state and later, a Marxist-Leninist state. The two Yemeni states united to form the modern Republic of Yemen in 1990. President Ali Abdullah Saleh was the first president of the new republic until his resignation in 2012 in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Since 2011, Yemen has been in a state of political crisis starting with street protests against poverty, unemployment, corruption, and president Saleh's plan to amend Yemen's constitution and eliminate the presidential term limit. President Saleh stepped down and the powers of the presidency were transferred to Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Since then, the country has been in a civil war (alongside the Saudi Arabian-led military intervention aimed at restoring Hadi's government) with several proto-state entities claiming to govern Yemen: the Cabinet of Yemen/Presidential Leadership Council, Supreme Political Council, and the Southern Transitional Council.

The Sulayhid Dynasty[]

The Sulayhid dynasty was founded in the northern highlands of Yemen around 1040 CE. At the time, Yemen was ruled by different local dynasties. In 1060, Ali ibn Mohammed Al-Sulayhi conquered Zabid and killed its ruler Al-Najah, founder of the Najahid dynasty, whose sons were forced to flee to Dahlak. By 1063, Ali had subjugated Greater Yemen. He then marched toward Hejaz and occupied Makkah. His son and successor Ahmad al-Mukarram, who had been afflicted with facial paralysis resulting from war injuries, retired in 1087 and handed over power to his wife Arwa al-Sulayhi, who he had been co-ruler with. Queen Arwa moved the seat of the Sulayhid dynasty from Sana'a to Jibla, a small town in central Yemen. Jibla was strategically near the Sulayhid dynasty source of wealth, the agricultural central highlands. Queen Arwa continued to rule securely until her death in 1138. Shortly after queen Arwa's death, the country was split between five competing petty dynasties along religious lines. The Ayyubid dynasty overthrew the Fatimid caliphate in Egypt. A few years after their rise to power, Saladin dispatched his brother Turan Shah to conquer Yemen in 1174 CE.

Arwa al-Sulayhi[]

Arwa al-Sulayhi, was a long-reigning ruler of Yemen, firstly as the co-ruler of her first two husbands and then as sole ruler, from 1067 until her death in 1138. She was the last of the rulers of the Sulayhid Dynasty and was also the first woman to be accorded the prestigious title of Hujjah in the Isma'ili branch of Shia Islam, signifying her as the closest living image of God's will in her lifetime, in the Ismaili doctrine.

Dawn of Man[]

May the Imam bless your reign, oh mighty Queen Arwa al Sulayhi. Your position is one all too unique across Arabia, that of a woman able to ascend the rungs of power and become revered across the muslim world for your intelligent, capable rule, your military might and your world famous piety. The only woman ever to have her name read atop the Friday prayers in Mecca, during your reign Yemen expanded to its greatest extent, seizing the all-important Hijazi cities of Mecca and Asir, sending Za'idi missionaries as far afield as India and constructing some of the greatest mosques in Yemen. For these achievements, you were granted the prestigious title of Hujjah - the closest human to God of that age. The first woman ever to receive that title, your exploits would grant you a unique and incredible place in history as one of the most remarkable rulers, man or woman, of your deeply patriarchal time.


Leaderscreen by Urdnot & DarthKyofu

Oh great Queen Arwa, the lands of Yemen lie divided and dry, bereft of the mighty hand of both God and Humanity. Can you dispense pious justice across these lands? Can you rise to the top in a world dominated by men, subduing all who dare question your god-given right to rule? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Welcome to Yemen traveller, Arabia Felix. Here you will want for nothing so long as you treat my land, its people and above all, its ruler, with respect. "

Defeat: "Already now I hear the thundering cries of mountain warriors preparing in their steadfasts. The drum of feet and spears on the hard rock of this land. You are not the first to make the mistake of thinking you can tame Yemen."

Unique Attributes[]

Yemen (Arwa al-Sulayhi)

Art by Urdnot

Compete - Never Envy

Acquiring a new Luxury provides a free trade unit and a burst of Food Food in all cities adjacent to mountains. Traderoute Trade routes grant additional Food Food to their origin city when passing over desert tiles.


Art by Urdnot

Bakil Highlander (Swordsman)
  • May claim adjacent desert or mountain tiles while fortified; tiles acquired this way yield +1 Food Food.
  • Hills do not slow the Bakil Highlander's movement.

Art by Urdnot (icon shows all 5 floors built)

Mud-Brick Skyscraper (Granary)
  • Cheaper than the granary, and costs no maintenance.
  • Provides +5% Food Food, but may construct additional floors to increase this bonus.
  • Provides a source of Fresh Water and +2 Happy Local Happiness when 5 floors are built.
City List
  1. Sana'a
  2. Aden
  3. Taizz
  4. Asir
  5. Hudaydah
  6. Ibb
  7. Jibla
  8. Najran
  9. Mecca
  10. Zanzibar
  11. Mocha
  12. Mukalla
  13. Shibam Hadramawt
  14. Sayyan
  15. Ash Shihir
  16. Hajjah
  17. Socotra
  18. Al Bayda
  19. Lahij
  20. Say'un
  21. Habarut
  22. Sayhut
  23. Al Ghaydah
  24. Nishtun
Spy List
  • Ali
  • Asma bint Shihab
  • Ahmad al-Mukarram
  • Saba ibn Ahmad
  • Umm Hamdan
  • Zoeb Musa
  • At-Tayyib
  • Abu'l Maymun
  • al-Amir
  • al-Zahir
  • al-Hakim



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 1
Last Updated: 6 January 2021


  • Urdnot: Creator, Art, Design, Database
  • DarthKyofu: General help
  • Zharques: Text
  • Relic: Lua
  • TarcisioCM: Art (LS)

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