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Zaire led by Mobutu Sese Seko is a custom civilization by DMS, with contributions from Senshi, Darth and Lime.

This mod requires Brave New World. It is part of the 12 Days of Africa event.



Zaire, officially the Republic of Zaire (French: République du Zaïre), was the name of a sovereign state between 1971 and 1997 in Central Africa that is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country was a one-party totalitarian dictatorship, run by Mobutu Sese Seko and his ruling Popular Movement of the Revolution party. Zaire was established following Mobutu's seizure of power in a military coup in 1965, following five years of political upheaval following independence known as the Congo Crisis. Zaire had a strongly centralist constitution, and foreign assets were nationalised. The period is sometimes referred to as the Second Congolese Republic.

Mobutu Sese Seko[]

Mobutu Sese Seko was the military dictator who presided over the Democratic Republic of the Congo for over three decades after seizing power in 1965. His rule is best described as 'kleptocracy' with rampant corruption and nepotism plaguing all sectors. During his reign, Congo also suffered from widespread human rights violations. Mobutu’s military career began when his mischievous behaviour as a student landed him there as a punishment. In his spare time in the army, he started developing his writing skills, which soon paved the way for him to reach politically impactful position by climbing ranks. From a sergeant, he became Patrice Lumumba's secretary, and then the Army Chief of Staff. He executed two coups, which changed the political landscape of Congo with him becoming the head of the state. He changed Congo's name to Zaire, and started calling himself Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga. He accumulated vast personal wealth, estimated between $4 billion and $15 billion, to support his extravagant lifestyle while the country faced a severe economic crisis and extreme poverty. He had considerable support from the west and China. After his rule was uprooted, he fled to Morocco where he succumbed to prostate cancer. According to Transparency International, he is ranked as the most corrupt African leader and the third-most corrupt leader in the world since 1984.

Dawn of Man[]

"Salutations, Mobutu Sese Seko, one and only President of Zaire and Saviour of the People! Truly, it is only you who deserves the rule of this most wonderful patch of Africa. For you were the one to evict the infernal Belgians during the Congo Crisis in the height of the Cold War! Solidifying your power – for nobody else was worthy to hold it – your exceptional regime ushered in opulence, justice, and prosperity. None could deny the riches from which you ruled on as you brought death and punishment to the corrupt politicians, those traitors to your people! But even then, your mercy was legendary, for soon after you simply bought off the corrupt politicians, rather than killing them.

DMS Mobutu

Art by DMS

And now, Mobutu, power has returned to your Versailles in the Jungle. Will you take the reins of Zaire once more, and steer it neither right, left, nor even centre? Will you restore the authenticity of Zaire’s glorious past? Will you build a Civilization to stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "The chief is the chief. He is the eagle who flies high and cannot be touched by the spit of the toad. I am he, the chief, President Mobutu. Are you the toad?"

Defeat: "You may have won, but at least I am defeated knowing that my people willingly died for me and all the good I have done for them."

Unique Attributes[]

Zaire (Mobutu Sese Seko)

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Upon adopting a Social Policy, receive a free copy of the most recently discovered Strategic Resource if any. Enemy Units are damaged while in your territory for every Civilization denouncing you.


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Presidential Division (Machine Gun)
  • +25% Strength Combat Strength when stationed near the Capital, decreasing by 5% for every tile it moves away.
  • Yields CultureIcon Culture while healing damage.

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Gécamines Facility (Recycling Center)
  • +1 Gold Gold and +2 CultureIcon Culture per used Strategic Resource.
  • +1 Strength Defense per Civilization denouncing you.
City List
  1. Kinshasa
  2. Lubumbashi
  3. Mbuji-Mayi
  4. Kananga
  5. Kisangani
  6. Bukavu
  7. Kolwezi
  8. Likasi
  9. Tshikapa
  10. Kikwit
  11. Matadi
  12. Mbandaka
  13. Boma
  14. Mwene-Ditu
  15. Isiro
  16. Goma
  17. Uvira
  18. Kalemie
  19. Butembo
  20. Kindu
  21. Gandajika
  22. Bandundu
  23. Gemena
  24. Kamina
  25. Bunia
  26. Ilebo
  27. Kipushi
  28. Bumba
  29. Mbanza-Ngungu
  30. Beni
  31. Moanda
  32. Bakwa-Kalonji
  33. Lisala
  34. Inkisi
  35. Tshilenge
  36. Bukama
  37. Binga
  38. Manono
  39. Balamba
  40. Kambove
Spy List
  • Joseph Kasa-Vubu
  • Etienne Nzimbi
  • Habyarimana
  • N'Sele
  • wa Basa
  • Tshisekedi
  • Monsengwo
  • Kengo Wa Dondo
  • Bobi Ladawa Mobutu
  • Marie-Antoinette Mobutu
Icon Zaire


Zaire falls back into the line of weirdness that kind of goes somewhere with its very unique playstyle. The UA is actually quite simple; be an asshole, reap the rewards by being a tough nut to crack, and have a steady supplied of some of the most essential supplies. The Presidential Division is notable not for its defense of the capital area (that won’t come up that much) but rather for yielding culture while healing, powering the UA up. Finally, the Gecamines Facility provides Defense per denouncement, but also Gold and Culture per used strategic resources. As not-at- all obvious as it may be, this Civilization fits a niche not too dissimilar to Russia in the base game; plenty of resources mean a large military, and being an asshole means that to profit from that military, war is advised. You might want to go to war relatively early, but holding back until Frigates and Cannons is more than fine. Autocracy is also something of a (semi-natural) fit. In essence, you’re the local asshole, have fun.


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[]

Steam Workshop Downloader
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 8 September 2019


  • DMS: Design, Art, Code, Text
  • Senshi: Map
  • DarthStarkiller: Civ Icon
  • Lime: DOM Text
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