Merchant Republic of Novgorod
Map by Janboruta
Aleksandr Nevsky
Start Bias
Eastern Orthodoxy
Religious Intolerance
Financial, Protective
Map Labels Language
Magical Girl
Novgorod led by Aleksandr Nevsky[1] is a custom civilisation by JFD and Janboruta[2], with contributions from Danrell.

This mod requires Brave New World.



Novgorod was a medieval Russian state which existed prior to the unification of Russia under the Grand Principality of Muscovy. Novgorod was the original capital of the Rus, until it was transferred to Kiev in 882. After the Novgorodian uprising of 1136 against its prince, Vsevolod Mstislavich, a unique form of government, known as "boyar republic" or "merchant republic" was established in the city. The Novgorodian republic gradually expanded north and east, and continued to prosper as a center of trade, mainly in fur. While it was mostly spared the terror of Mongol invasion that befell the rest of Russia between 1223 and 1240, it still had to pay tribute to the Khan. The republic continued to be relatively prosperous, but its sovereignty was being gradually undermined by the more and more powerful Mucovite princes; first by the Treaty of Yazhelbitsy in 1456, then after the disastrous Battle of Shelon in 1471. Novgorod was fully annexed by Moscow in 1478, after Ivan III sent his armies against the city. Novgorod continued to be an important city within Muscovite and subsequently Russian state until the famine of 1560s and the Massacre of Novgorod in 1570, when Ivan the Terrible slaughtered thousands of inhabitants, ransacked the city, and had its elite killed or deported. From a city that once rivaled Moscow, Novgorod was reduced to a provincial town.

Aleksandr Nevsky

Aleksandr Nevsky, regarded as a Saint in the Russian Orthodox Church, was Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev, and Grand Prince of Vladimir in the mid-13th century. He is best known for his long series of military victories against Novgorod's contemporary foes: the Swedes and the Teutonic Knights. He is also well-known for his successful negotiation with the terrible and powerful Golden Horde, with whom he agreed to pay tribute in exchange for peace and independence.

Nevksy is a popular figure in Russian history, in which he is depicted as a defender of Russia and the ideal prince-soldier. In 2008, he was named the "greatest Russian" in the 'Name of Russia' television poll, before Nicholas II's Prime Minister, Pyotr Stolypin, and the Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin. Many films, and honours, have been named after this must venerated prince.

Dawn of Man

The wealth and glory of Novgorod lies before you, O' cherished and proud Aleksandr Nevsky; defender of the Rus' and repulsor of the Mongols. Ruling over the prosperous Novgorod Republic, as well as over the coveted Grand Principalities of Vladimir and Kiev, your reign would mark the zenith of the power and prestige of the medieval Russian states. Your military triumphs against the invading Swedes and the Teutonic Knights, and your negotiation of peace with the terrible Golden Horde, has imprinted upon you a legacy of a great prince-soldier which remains held in highest esteem today.

Blessed Saint, the wealth of merchants and the prestige of nobles beckons your return as the Prince of Novgorod. Can you heed their prayers and deliver the Merchant Republic to a golden age of peace and riches. Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?
Nevsky Diplo

Leaderscene by janboruta

Introduction: "Welcome, I am Aleksandr Nevsky. With the wisdom of Solomon and the blessings of God, I am Prince of Novgorod. I pray that you bring trade, and not war, to my lands."

Introduction: "I am the Prince of Novgorod, Aleksandr Nevsky. If you bring trade, then I will gladly shake your hand. If war; I will cut it off and feed it to you."

Defeat: "The great vaults and the insurmountable wealth of Novgorod are now yours. Try not to spend it all at once."

Unique Attributes

Novgorod (Aleksandr Nevsky)

Art by janboruta

Peace of Novgorod

No war with civilizations with whom you have at least three outgoing Traderoute Trade Routes. Incoming Traderoute International Trade Routes provide extra Strength Defense equal to 33% of the Strength Defense of the city with which it is trading.


Art by janboruta

Boyar (Great General)

When garrisoned, grants +15% Production Production of Buildings during Peace, and +30% Production Production of Units during War. May construct Customs Houses.


Art by janboruta

Pogost (Caravansary)

Incoming International Trade Routes will generate an extra 2 Gold Gold and 1 Production Production for the city. +50% Production Production of Caravans and Cargo Ships.

City List
  1. Novgorod
  2. Russa
  3. Velikiye Luki
  4. Kholm
  5. Vologda
  6. Tver
  7. Torzhok
  8. Pskov
  9. Izborsk
  10. Oreshek
  11. Olonets
  12. Kholmogory
  13. Kargopol
  14. Vel'sk
  15. Toropets
  16. Koporye
  17. Korela
  18. Orlets
  19. Solovetskiy Monastyr
  20. Vyshgorod
  21. Voronich
  22. Vyshny Volochyok
  23. Opoki
  24. Gdov
  25. Kamno
  26. Rugodiv
  27. Korostyn
  28. Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Monastyr
  29. Spasskiy Sobor
  30. Kondopoga
  31. Demyansk
  32. Porkhov
  33. Gorodets
  34. Soltsy
  35. Borovsk
  36. Vereya
Spy List
  1. Svyatoslav
  2. Vsevolod
  3. Dovmont
  4. Vladimir
  5. Avraam
  6. Afanasiy
  7. Rurik
  8. Anastasia
  9. Alexandra
  10. Helena



A defensive-trading Civ which can easily push back offenses. Send at least three Trade Routes to a nearby warmonger(s) to prevent them from declaring War - you can accomplish this relatively early on too, with Animal Husbandry, Sailing and Engineering. The Pogost is certainly worth building in your main Production and/or Trade Cities. The Boyar has nice effects, but can be hard to come by for a Civ which seems oriented to being peaceful. However, there's little to stop you playing a largely warmongering game, accumulating plenty of Boyars for Customs Houses/Production boosts and shutting down potential retaliation by sending a few Trade Routes. Honour's Warrior Code is a must for such an approach.


Peace Theme War Theme
Novgorod - Alexsandr Nevsky Peace05:03

Novgorod - Alexsandr Nevsky Peace

Novgorod - Alexsandr Nevsky War02:39

Novgorod - Alexsandr Nevsky War

"Land of the Rus" by Andreas Waldetoft for the soundtrack of Crusader Kings II. "Aleksandr Nevsky Rides To Battle" by Andreas Waldetoft for the soundtrack of Crusader Kings II.

Mod Support

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

Events and Decisions

Strike Peace with the Ushkuiniks

The Ushkuinik are pirates and barbarians that plague our lands like... well, a plague. But they, too, are men, and all men have their weakness in gold. A generous donation to their cause should convince them to leave our empire free from the path of their pillaging for the time being.


  • Player must be Novgorod
  • May only be enacted once per era


  • 250 Gold Gold
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate/1 Dignitary Dignitary


  • Peace with Barbarians for this era

Patronise Ivan's Hundred

Ivan's Hundred is an association of merchants who trade in wax wholesale. Their leaders are members of our ruling government and their trade brings Novgorod great prosperity. Patronising them would likely bolster our wealth considerably further.


  • Player must be Novgorod
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Medieval era
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 630 Gold Gold
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate/1 Dignitary Dignitary


  • Receive a free Greatperson Great Merchant
  • +30% Greatperson Great Merchant Generation

New Posadnik Elected

The Veche has once again assembled and declared a new Posadnik to administer our great capital. Let us pray that Posadnik x shall continue Novgorod's legacy as a great and prospering city.

Option 1: We wish him the best of luck.

  • Gain either 40 Gold Gold, 60 Goldenage Golden Age points, 40 FaithIcon Faith or 20 CultureIcon Culture.

Note: This events cannot fire before the Medieval Era. The rewards scale by era.

Treachery in our Court

Our plans to construct a new fortress at Koporye, over which we would be sole ruler, have not been met with welcome by the people of x. Treacherously, a member of our court has sought to make use of this unrest and has summoned a horde of Barbarians with which he hopes to challenge our leadership. The horde, which clamours at the gates of the city of x, must be displaced.

Option 1: We shall put our great wealth to pacify this terrible horde.

  • Lose 400 Gold Gold
  • X goes into 2 turns of Resistance
  • The Barbarian Horde is displaced

Option 2: We must face this horde on the battlefield.

  • X goes into 2 turns of Resistance
  • A Barbarian Horde (strongest Mounted Unit available) surrounds X

Note: this event can only fire between the Medieval and Industrial Eras.


Chief Posadniks
  1. Dobrynya
  2. Malusha
  3. Joachim the Korsunian
  4. Gostomysl
  5. Sviatoslav I
  6. Rogneda of Polotsk
  7. Konstantin Dobrynich
  8. Marfa Boretskaya
  9. Ontsifor Lukinich
  10. Basil Kalika
  11. Uleb Ragnvaldsson
  12. Ragnvald Ulfsson
  13. Tverdislav
  14. Mstislav the Old
  15. Vsevolod the Red
  16. Stepan Tverdislavich
  17. Putyata
  18. Dmitry Donskoy
  19. Sadko
  20. Vyshata
  21. Vsevolod of Pskov
  22. Vadim the Bold
  23. Theophanes the Greek
  24. Ostromir
  25. Yan Vyshatich
  1. Tysyatsky (Chief/Dictator)
  2. Grand Prince (Consul/President)

Unique Cultural Influence

"Our people are now trading for your wax seals and wearing your fur cloaks. 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 2
Last Updated: 28 October 2015

  • JFD: Author.
  • Janboruta: Artwork, Research.
  • Sukritact: Utilities[3]
  • Danrell: Graphics[4].
  • Andreas Waldeloft: Music[5][6].

Notes and References

  1. Merchant Republic of Novgorod
  2. JFD's Civilisations
  3. Sukritact's Modular City Info Stack
  4. Civ5 Ancient Unit Pack 13 : Russia
  5. Alexander Nevsky Rides To Battle
  6. Land of the Rus
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