Kingdom of the Franks
Map by Janboruta
Start Bias
Imperialistic, Spiritual
Francia led by Charlemagne is a custom civilization by JFD and Janboruta[1], with contributions from Danrell.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Franks were a tenuous confederation of Germanic tribes settled in a strip of land along the right bank of the Lower Rhine, the border of Rome in Germania. In the 3rd Century AD, some Franks raided Roman territories along the river, while others migrated into the empire and settled in Gaul. This brought a split in the Franks into the Ripuarian Franks (the first group) and the Salian Franks (the second). Primarily a pastoral people, the Ripuarian Franks lived in small settlements and homesteads along the west bank of the Rhine, supporting themselves by fishing and hunting along with the occasional raid on Roman holdings. Beyond being an annoyance, the Ripuarians were among the most peaceful of Rome's neighbors. In 310 AD, the Emperor Constantine had a bridge built across the Rhine at Cologne to facilitate trade with them. The Ripuarians, given an impetus towards social unity by the Roman-administered city, were increasingly relied upon to provide protection for the empire, serving as a buffer against the more warlike tribes to the east. The last chieftain of the Ripuarian Franks, Sigobert the Lame, joined forces with Clovis I, who rallied the Franks against the Alemanni and reunited the Frankish tribes. The Salian Franks meanwhile, displaced by the onslaught of barbarians from the north, migrated into the Roman territory of Toxandria (the region of modern-day Antwerp). This "insolent" settlement of Roman lands was rejected by Emperor Julian the Apostate, who attacked. In 358 AD, the Salians surrendered to Roman forces in exchange for citizenship. Under the emperor Honorius's patronage, the Salian Franks expanded their holdings considerably under Chlodio beginning in the 420. The Salians proved loyal friends of Rome. In 451, Flavius Aetius called upon his Germanic allies to fight off the invasion by Attila's Huns. The Salians fought alongside the Romans at the Battle of Chalons, which effectively ended the Hunnic threat to Western Europe. As a reward, the Romans allowed further Salian expansion. In 486, Clovis became absolute ruler of a mixed Roman-Germanic kingdom. He unified the Franks and defeated the Visigoths and Alemanni. Clovis established his new capital at Paris, laying the foundation for the nation of France.


Charles the Great, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, fathered a kingdom that encompassed France, Germany, Italy and much of Eastern Europe. Legends of his conquests are pervasive throughout history, and he is considered one of the great figureheads of European Chivalric society. During his lifetime Charlemagne successfully campaigned in many countries. Some wars he completed personally and others were left for his sons to finish. His first campaign was against Desiderius of Lombardy who, soon after the succession of Pope Hadrian I, marched on Rome. Charlemagne pressed into Lombardy, and after a lengthy siege (772-774), he accepted Desiderius' unconditional surrender. Desiderius would live out the remainder of his life confined to a monastery. The longest lasting and most challenging conquest of Charlemagne's reign would be that of Saxonia. It would be a theater that he would continually revisit during his lifetime. After Charlemagne's initial push into Saxonia he was continuously forced to retake previously conquered land which had rebelled against his authority. Weary of war and losing more rights and freedoms with every capitulation, the Saxons eventually accepted Charlemagne's terms, including renouncement of their national religious customs and adoption of the Christian faith and its associated Frankish customs. Charles was both a highly religious man and a philanthropist. He often built friendly relationships with other countries, such as Egypt and India, so that he could later send money in an effort to assist struggling Christians in those regions. Although much more of a conqueror than an economic or social reformer, Charles often contributed money to relieve the poor and sick in his kingdom.

Dawn of Man

Charlemagne Diplo

Art by Janboruta

Blessed Charlemagne, King of the Franks, Emperor of the Romans, salutations be upon you. You are the father of Europe, to whom the French and German Kingdoms to come owe their descendance. A name beheld in legend, the Carolingians united western Europe beneath an empire unseen since the death of Rome. Its formation would bring light to Europe's darkened ages, and the stalwart devotion of your faith would see the title of Emperor of Rome bestown upon you: Charles the Great. Your love of the arts and sympathy for the hapless, and your might as a conqueror, would dawn upon Europe a new age, and your name would be forever held as one of the great Kings of our time.

Great and faithful King, noble Franks and Germans gaze upon the night sky for your fabled return. They call for the reunification of Europe beneath a pure and virtuous empire. Can bear the crown of this dominion? Can you bring glory and devotion to your Kingdom? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: Glory to you, friend! I am Charlemagne, Emperor of the Romans and stalwart defender of the Holy Kingdom of God. What light has beckoned you to me this day?

Introduction: Salutations, leader. I am Charlemagne, holy Emperor of the Romans and King of the Franks. Are you a pious ruler, as am I? Or at least, one worthy of my audience?

Defeat: Lay me to rest and watch the skies as God mourns my demise, for he shall strike a pestilence upon your victory, and one day I shall have my vengeance.

Unique Attributes

Francia (Charlemagne)

Art by Janboruta

Carolingian Piety

Earn FaithIcon Faith from conquering cities based upon your faith per turn and the size of the city conquered. Whenever a Great Prophet is born through Faith, you may choose instead a free Social Policy. 


Art by Firaxis

Francisca (Swordsman)
  • +33% Strength Combat Strength vs Melee units
  • Does not require Iron Iron

Art by Janboruta

Paladin (Great General)
  • May build Siege Units on unimproved Forest or Jungle tiles in neutral or friendly territory after discovering Mathematics
  • +2 Moves Movement
City List
  1. Aachen
  2. Treves
  3. Soissons
  4. Strasbourg
  5. Mettis
  6. Regensburg
  7. Claudia
  8. Chalons
  9. Poitiers
  10. Hieldeberg
  11. Worms
  12. Verdun
  13. Mayence
  14. Speyer
  15. Vienne
  16. Arles
  17. Frankfort
  18. Aix
  19. Tournai
  20. Tongras
  21. Cambrai
  22. Passau
  23. Munster
  24. Basilea
  25. Colmar
  26. Vouille
  27. Therouanne
  28. Betuwe
  29. Vannes
Spy List
  • Earnest
  • Bertrand
  • Roland
  • Remigius
  • Francio
  • Marcomer
  • Antenor
  • Priam
  • Andras
  • Merovich
Paladin Names
  1. Roland
  2. Oliver
  3. Gérin
  4. Gérier
  5. Bérengier
  6. Otton
  7. Samson
  8. Engelier
  9. Ivon
  10. Ivoire
  11. Anséis
  12. Girard
  13. Tupin
  14. Ogier the Dane
  15. Huon of Bordeaux
  16. Fierabras
  17. Renaud de Montauban
  18. Ganelon




Francia - Charlemagne Peace02:07

Francia - Charlemagne Peace

Medieval Battle Music02:33

Medieval Battle Music

"?" by Andreas Waldetoft "Medieval Battle Music" by Hatty Hattington

Mod Support

Events and Decisions

Establish the Carolingian Empire

A new era dawns upon this earth; an era of great enlightenment brought forth by the conquests of the ancient and noble Carolingian dynasty. It is time that we claim this era as our own, and turn our humble Francian nation into the empire of the Carolingians.


  • Player must be the Franks
  • Must own at least one former Capital
  • Must own at least three other conquered cities
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 200 FaithIcon Faith
  • Magistrates Magistrate


  • You become Charles Augustus
  • The empire becomes known as the Carolingian Empire
  • Goldenage Golden Age begins
  • Build Courthouses 25% faster and Courthouses yield +2 Happy Happiness

Create a March

The borders of our empire lie upon the most uncivilized and barbaric of lands upon all this earth. In order to ensure their protection, they must be bolstered with the utmost of strength, for we are only as strong as our weakest point.


  • Player must be the Franks
  • Must own at least one former Capital
  • Must own at least three other conquered cities
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 1600 Gold Gold
  • Magistrates Magistrate


  • Grants a Barracks, Armory, Walls and Castle in a city of your choice

Song of Roland

A heroic poem honouring our good and noble campaigns has been delivered to our court. The author is unknown, but their intent is clear; to venerate and honour their great lord Charlemagne. This is a masterpiece that shall truly last the ages.

Option 1: This poem must be treasured.

  • The Capital Capital receives a free Great Work of Writing
  • All current Military Land Units gain 5 XP

New Siege Tactics

Our on-going war has spurred the innovations of our military genuises and they have conceived of a way to increase the efficacy of our siege weapons. With the right funding and proper implementation, no city will stand in the way of our war machines.

Option 1: This sounds too expensive...

  • Nothing.

Option 2: These new stratagems must be applied at once!

  • Lose [#  of siege units * 200] Gold Gold
  • All current Siege Units gain the Logistics promotion, allowing them to attack twice in one turn

Unique Cultural Influence

"Our people are now enjoying your tales of chivalry and aspiring to your enlightened governance. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List

Dropbox Download
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 6
Last Updated: 19 November 2014

  • JFD: Author 
  • Janboruta: Artwork 
  • Danrell: Graphics
  • Andreas Waldeloft: Peace Theme
  • Hatty Hattington: War Theme

Notes and References

  1. JFD's Civilisations
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