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The Zaporizhzhia Host led by Ivan Sirko is a custom civilization by JFD[1], with contributions from DarthKyofu, Sas, Zharques, Typhlomence, and Whoward.

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Zaporizhzhia Host[]

Zaporizhzhia was a semi-autonomous polity and proto-state of Cossacks that existed between the 16th to 18th centuries. The Zaporozhian Cossacks were Cossacks who lived beyond the Dnieper Rapids, the land also known under the historical term Wild Fields in today's Central Ukraine and Eastern Ukraine. Today, much of the territory is flooded by the waters of the Kakhovka Reservoir. The Zaporozhian Sich grew rapidly in the 15th century from serfs fleeing the more controlled parts of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It became established as a well-respected political entity with a parliamentary system of government. During the course of the 16th, 17th and well into the 18th century, the Zaporozhian Cossacks were a strong political and military force that challenged the authority of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Tsardom of Russia, and the Crimean Khanate.

Ivan Sirko[]

The first biography of Ivan Sirko, written by Dmytro Yavornytsky in 1890, gave Sirko's place of birth as the sloboda of Merefa near the city of Kharkiv. Historian Yuriy Mytsyik states that this could not be the case. In his book Otaman Ivan Sirko (1999) he writes that Merefa was established only in 1658 (more than 40 years after the birth of the future otaman). The author also notes that Sirko later in his life did actually live in Merefa with his family on his own estate, and according to some earlier local chronicles there even existed a small settlement called Sirkivka. However, Mytsyik also points out that in 1658–1660 Sirko served as a colonel of the Kalnyk Polk (a military and administrative division of the Cossack Hetmanate) in Podilia, a position usually awarded to the representative of a local population. The author also gives a reference to the letter of Ivan Samiylovych to kniaz G. Romodanovsky (the tsar's voyevoda) in which the hetman refers to Sirko as one born in Polish lands instead of in Sloboda Ukraine (part of Moscovy). Mytsyik also recalls that another historian, Volodymyr Borysenko, allowed for the possibility that Sirko was born in Murafa near the city of Sharhorod (now in Vinnytsia Oblast). The author explains during that time when people were fleeing the war (known as the Ruin, 1659–1686) they may have established a similarly named town in Sloboda Ukraine further east.

Further, Mytsyik in his book states that Sirko probably was not of Cossack heritage, but rather of the Ukrainian (Ruthenian) Orthodox szlachta. Mytsyik points out that a local Podilian nobleman, Wojciech Sirko, married a certain Olena Kozynska sometime in 1592. Also in official letters the Polish administration referred to Sirko as urodzonim, implying a native-born Polish subject. Mytsyik states that Sirko stood about 174–176 cm tall and had a birthmark on the right side of the lower lip, a detail which Ilya Repin failed to depict in his artwork when he used General Dragomirov as a prototype of the otaman. Mytsyik also recalls the letter of the Field Hetman of the Crown John III Sobieski (later king of Poland) which referred to Sirko as "a very quiet, noble, polite [man], and has ... great trust among Cossacks".

Dawn of Man[]

Good mead and strength to you, mighty warrior Ivan Sirko. You are the leader of the Zaporizhzhia Cossacks, a hardened and democratic people from the central Ukraine. A stalwart military commander, your career would see you repulse the threats of the Cossacks' many enemies: the Poles, Tartars, and, wretched of all, Muscovy. However, it was in 1675 that you and your men would defeat your boldest foe: the Ottoman Turks, cementing your legacy as a hero of Ukraine and their spirit of independence.

JFD ZaporizhzhiasSirko Diplo

Art by Sas

Legendary commander! The Cossacks face a perilous existence, for their enemies desire nothing more than to seize their freedom. Can you defy the might of greater powers and secure your peoples' livelihoods? Can you stand up to imperialists that would be your invaders? Can you build a civilization to stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Hahahaha! So this is the 'mighty leader' that has been skulking about. Hail! I am Ivan Sirko of the Zaporizhzhian Cossacks."

Defeat: "O mighty ruler, wretched devil and damned devil's kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight are thou, that canst not slay a hedgehog with your naked arse? The devil shits, and your army eats. Thou shalt not, thou son of a whore, make subjects of Christian sons. We have no fear of your army; by land and by sea we will battle with thee. Fuck thy mother.

Thou Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, pig of Armenia, Podolian thief, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the world and underworld, an idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig's snout, mare's arse, slaughterhouse cur, unchristened brow. Screw thine own mother!

So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. You won't even be herding pigs for the Christians. Now we'll conclude, for we don't know the date and don't own a calendar; the moon's in the sky, the year with the Lord. The day's the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our arse!"

Unique Attributes[]

Zaporizhzhia (Ivan Sirko)
JFD ZaporizhzhiaSirkoLeader

Art by Sas

Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks

Enemy denunciations trigger a 'We Love the King Day' to start in your cities on the next turn. Melee, Mounted, and Gun Units trained in a city celebrating a WLTKD gain the Leadership bonus of Great Generals.

JFD ZaporizhzhiaSirkoUnit

Art by Sas

Chaika (Galleass)
  • Double Moves Movement points when beginning its turn stacked with an embarked Siege Unit.
  • Siege Units stacked with a Chaika have their Moves Movement doubled.
JFD ZaporizhzhiaSirkoBuilding

Art by Sas

Sich (Armory)
  • +15 XP for all Units.
  • Military Production Production modifiers also apply to Settlers, and half apply vice versa. During a WLTKD, these bonuses are doubled.
City List
  1. Chortomlyk
  2. Baturyn
  3. Kyiv
  4. Nizhyn
  5. Poltava
  6. Kodak
  7. Chernihiv
  8. Starodub
  9. Hadiach
  10. Lubny
  11. Pereiaslav
  12. Chyhyryn
  13. Myrhorod
  14. Mykytyn
  15. Bazavluk
  16. Hlukhiv
  17. Bila Tserkva
  18. Cherkasy
  19. Korsun
  20. Kaniv
  21. Ovruch
  22. Irkliyiv
  23. Sosnytsia
  24. Borzna
  25. Zhyvotiv
  26. Bratslav
  27. Vinnytsia
  28. Uman
  29. Pryluky
  30. Hrushivka
  31. Kremenchuk
Spy List
  • Demian
  • Yuri
  • Mykhailo
  • Petro
  • Ivan
  • Hryhory
  • Mikhail
  • Peter
  • Roman
  • Sofia


Zaporizhzhia (Ivan Sirko)


Peace Theme War Theme
"Rhine Union" from the soundtrack of Cossacks II. "Poland" from the soundtrack of Cossacks II.

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: 2 March 2022


  • JFD: Author, Coding, Design, Research, Writing
  • DarthKyofu: Art (Civ Icon)
  • Sas: Art (Leaderscene; Map; Unique Icons)
  • Zharques: Research (Cities; Civ Pedia)
  • Typhlomence: Utilities (UniqueDiplomacyUtils.lua)
  • Whoward: Utilities (PlotIterators.lua)

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