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Republic of Yucatán
Map by Gatoutak
Map by Gatoutak
Santiago Mendez
Start Bias
req. mod

Traits req. mod
Philosophical, Protective

Yucatán led by Santiago Mendez is a custom civilization by Uighur_Caesar, adapted from RawSasquatch and also featuring contributions by Scapegrace, Gatoutak, Neirai, and SuperWaffle.

This mod requires Brave New World.


Republic of Yucatán[]

(Excerpted from full Civilopedia)

The Republic of Yucatan was a short-lived independent republic located on the peninsula of the same name. Originally an independent entity that joined the nascent nation of Mexico in 1823, Yucatan declared independence in 1841 until it was reincorporated into Mexico in 1848.

The Yucatan was not a battleground during the War of Independence. But the conflict did extend its influence to Yucatan. Yucatecan intellectuals used the Church of San Juan in Merida, Yucatan's capital, as a meeting spot to discuss the ongoing of the war and the aftermath. These Sanjuanistas grew in prominence, especially after the signature of the 1812 Constitution of Cadiz. The Constitution was abolished by the Spanish King Ferdinand VII in 1814. Many of the Sanjuanistas were persecuted.

Lorenzo de Zavala, a former Sanjuanista, formed the Patriotic Confederation in 1820. The group quickly divided. One faction supported Spain, and Zavala's supported a complete break from Spanish power. Zavala was unsuccessful. The governor, Mariano Carrillo Albornoz, appointed him and his collaborators to the Cortes, the legislature of Spain, relocating him to Madrid. The other liberals were imprisoned. This first glimpse of an independent identity for the Yucatan shaped the way in which it joined the new Federation of Mexico.

Juan Maria de Echeverri, the governor after Albornoz, declared the independence of Yucatan in 1821, and immediately sent representatives to Mexico to negotiation terms of incorporation into Mexico. This independence was quite short-lived, lasting only a few months. It successfully joined the Mexican Empire in November of that year.

This arrangement was not long-lived. At the end in 1822, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who would come to play a huge role in Mexican politics, and Guadalupe Victoria collaborated to abolish the monarchy and embrace republicanism. Their successful efforts under the Plan of Casta led to Victoria becoming the first President of Mexico, and Santa Anna the first governor of Yucatan. Santa Anna declared its independence as the Federated Republic of Yucatan in December 1823, and it quickly founded the United States of Mexico with Victoria.

The new republic was far from stable. The partisans were divided into two factions, one led by Miguel Barbachano, and others led by Santiago Mendez. This division led to disorganized, conflicted, and ineffective governance.

Thrown into the mix was the exploited indigenous Maya population, who provided manual labor but yet paid higher taxes. In addition, Yucatan suffered under a blockade from America a result of the Mexician-American conflict of the time. Despite Yucatan's pleas and its neutrality, the blockade remained in place.

Santiago Mendez[]

Santiago Mendez Ibarra was a key player in the story of the independence of Yucatán. He was the governor of Yucatán thrice: during the early 1840s, the late 1840s, and the mid 1850s. Mendez led one of the factions of the successful Yucatán independence movement, trading power (and blows) with his rival Miguel Barabachano. Unlike his rival, he was not expressly against union with Mexico, but he did preside over multiple declarations of Yucatecan independence.

In 1848, brought to desperation by the havoc wreaked during the Caste War, Mendez pleaded to many other nations for military or financial assistance. First Cuba, then Jamaica and the United Kingdom declined his requests. He also sent a delegation to Washington to negotiate the lifting of the US-Mexico blockade. The Americans did consider the annexation of Yucatán, but no plan was ever implemented. Eventually, Mendez returned power to Barbachano, who immediately made moves to reintegrate into the Federation of Mexico.

Mendez spent plenty of time in political power, but he remained modest. His policies were characterized by strict fiscal conservatism. He never attained great wealth from his power, and died decades after he left office, in 1872.

Dawn of Man[]

LS SantiagoMendez

Art by RawSasquatch

"Glory and long life to you, Santiago Mendez Ibarra, first President of the Second Republic of Yucatan, protector of your people from the machinations of Santa Ana! Though you were originally installed as the governor of that province by him, his dictatorial excesses led you to revolt against him and commit yourself to the independence of the Yucatecan people. You were much renowned for your honesty, for the skill with which you constructed the advanced Constitution of 1841, for the re-establishment of judicial rights Santa Ana took away, and for your humility - you gained no personal fortune over the course of your many Presidencies.

Oh President Mendez, Santa Ana may be gone, but the tribulations of the Yucatecans are not over. They need a guiding hand in these times of turmoil. Will you rise to ensure prosperity for even the lowliest of your citizens? Will you strike hard against your foes and the foes of freedom everywhere? Can you build a Civilisation that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Mucho gusto, friend. I am Santiago Mendez, honored leader of the Republic of Yucatán. How do you do?"

Introduction: "Welcome, foreign leader, to Yucatán. Have you come to trade?"

Introduction: "Is it true? A foreign power that actually recognizes our great Republic? Wonderful! I hope this is the beginning of a long and prosperous friendship."

Defeat: "Viva Yucatán! Our Republic shall never be forgotten!"

Defeat: "You monster! What did we, the noble Yucatecans, ever do wrong? Apart from the whole casté system thing, that is..."

Defeat: "Well, it was a good run. I think I've set a new record for longest Yucatecan presidency! Take THAT, Barbachano!"

Unique Attributes[]

Yucatán (Santiago Mendez)
IconPNG SantiagoMendez

Art by RawSasquatch

Iman's Promise

Cities receive +1 FaithIcon Faith from worked Plantations and +5% Production Military Unit production per Plantation within working range. If available, spawn near a unique Henequén bonus resource.

IconPNG Cruzob

Art by RawSasquatch

Cruzob (Rifleman)
  • Cheaper to purchase with FaithIcon Faith
  • Gains FaithIcon Faith from kills
  • Earns Greatperson Great General points faster than the Rifleman
IconPNG PenQuarter

Art by RawSasquatch

Peninsulares' Quarter (Constabulary)
  • Reduces the effectiveness of enemy Spies
  • Increases the Strength Strength of its city
  • Spawns a copy of the Henequén resource
City List
  1. Mérida
  2. Valladolid
  3. Cancun
  4. Campeche
  5. Tulum
  6. Izamal
  7. Bacalar
  8. Kanasín
  9. Tizimín
  10. Chetumal
  11. Progreso
  12. Tikal
  13. Umán
  14. Tekax
  15. Hunucmá
  16. Uxmal
  17. Playa del Carmen
  18. Ticul
  19. Motun
  20. Oxkutzcab
  21. Peto
  22. Cuzamá
  23. Mahahual
  24. Xpujil
  25. Cozumel
  26. Cobá
  27. Cacaxtla
  28. Celestún
  29. Villahermosa
  30. Tixkokob
  31. Isla Mujeres
  32. Kohunlich
  33. Puerto Adventuras
Spy List
  • Jesucristo
  • Anselmo
  • Vega
  • Domingo
  • Barbachano
  • Zavala
  • Sosa
  • Andrés
  • Imán
  • José


Mod Support[]

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

Events and Decisions[]

Create the Amparo Legal System
More enlightened times require a more enlightened code of laws; one that protects the rights of the common man from those who would deny their rights, and equally protects the Constitution that enshrines those rights from retrograde, reactionary elements who would seek to vandalize them. Let us reinvigorate our democracy! Let us truly give protection to our citizens!
  • Player must be Yucatán
  • Player must be in the Industrial Era
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 2000 CultureIcon Culture
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates
  • -10% CultureIcon Culture cost for Social Policies
  • +1 CultureIcon Culture per city for every Social Policy Branch opened.
Reinforce with Mayan Soldiers
Our country is under threat from those who would seek to take our liberty and incorporate them into their infernal Plans. In order to defend against them, we must make haste to recruit an army from the poor indigenous who work our fields and plantations! Let those who seek to destroy the Republic break upon our soldiery like water upon the cliff-face!
  • Player must be Yucatán
  • Player must be at war
  • Must have researched Rifling
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 2000 Gold Gold
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate
  • 4 Cruzobes appear near the Capital Capital
  • 4 Units become Gold Maintenance free
  • Buying Cruzobes with FaithIcon Faith will start a 5 turn We Love the King Day in the city


Unique Cultural Influence[]

“Our people are using your Mayan words and denying their indigenous roots. I fear the rest of the world will succumb to the influence of your culture.”

Full Credits List[]

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Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 15 December 2016


  • Original Author, Design, Art: RawSasquatch
  • Design: Scapegrace
  • Art (Map?): Gatoutak
  • Lua: Neirai
  • Civilopedia: SuperWaffle
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