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Kingdom of Nri
NriMap512
Map by Tomatekh
Leader
Eri
Capital
Igbo-Ukwu
Start Bias
Hills
Religion
Odinani
Culture
West African
Traits
Charismatic, Spiritual
Map Labels Language
African
Nri led by Eri is a custom civilization by JFD and Janboruta, with contributions from Leugi, Tomatekh, Viregel, and Moriboe.

This mod requires Brave New World, and works best with Gazebo's Community Patch. It includes Odinani as a religion.

Overview

Nri

The Kingdom of Nri (948 - 1911) was the West African medieval state of the Nri-Igbo, a subgroup of the Igbo people, and is the oldest kingdom in Nigeria. The kingdom was a center of learning, religion, and commerce in pre-colonial West Africa. The Kingdom of Nri was unusual in the history of world government in that its leader exercised no military power over his subjects. The kingdom existed as a sphere of religious and political influence over much of Igboland, and was administered by a priest-king called the eze Nri.

The eze Nri managed trade and diplomacy on behalf of the Igbo people, and possessed divine authority in religious matters. The eze Nri had the privilege of making the Oguji, or yam medicine, which he distributed to all towns that subjected themselves to him. In exchange, people from surrounding towns would come in and pay tribute. Traveling delegations carrying a palm frond (omu) were considered protected and no one would attack or harm them.

Eri Diplo

Art by Leugi

For many centuries, the people within the Nri hegemony were committed to peace. This religious pacifism was rooted in a belief that violence was an abomination which polluted the earth. Instead, the eze Nri could declare a form of excommunication against those who violated specific taboos.

Eri

Eri is said to be the original legendary cultural head of the Nri-Igbo, a subgroup of the Igbo people. From oral and recorded accounts, he is said to come down from the sky, having been sent by God (Chukwu). Eri settled and established in the middle of Anambra river valley where he married two wives. The first wife, Nneamaku, bore him five children. The second was Nri Ifikuanim, the founder of the Kingdom of Nri (Umunri), while the other children founded settlements of their own.

Nri Ifikuanim migrated from Aguleri, the ancestral temple of the people, in search of a place of settlement. His second wife Oboli begot Onoja, the only son, who founded the Igala Kingdom in Kogi State.

Dawn of Man

Divine Eri, eze Nri; priest-king to the Igbo people, the heavens have granted us your blessing. Through the pursuit of peace and harmony, you forged without arms an allegiance of the Igbo communities - what would become the Nri Kingdom. For centuries, Nri would stand as a realm of great prosperity and, uniquely, as a place where slavery was forbidden; where all escaped slaves were welcomed as free men. Today, the religious authority which you once held remains as an integral part of traditional, Igbo society, and the devout legacy of your people lives on.

Sacred leader, the vestiges of God once more lace your voice with the words of heaven. Will you guide your people in harmony and peace? Will you don the cloak of divinity and guide the spiritual ways of the Nri Kingdom? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: "I am Eri, the sacred guide to the people of Nri. Allow me to introduce you to some of our beliefs. With them, I hope to foster an everlasting peace between our two peoples."

Introduction: "Welcome. I am Eri, the guide to the Nri. We are privileged to meet you."

Defeat: "I would rather you kill me quickly, than to subject my people and I to slavery."

Defeat: "Then go and defile my riches. But you will find yourself left wanting."

Unique Attributes

Nri (Eri)
Eri

Art by Janboruta

Harmony of Ani

Civilizations sharing your religion cannot declare war on you before the Industrial Era. During peacetime, may spend FaithIcon Faith to influence Citystate City-States which share your Religion Religion. Receive a free Mburichi after your Pantheon is founded.

Mburichi

Art by Janboruta

Mburichi (Great Merchant)
  • May spread Religion Religion up to 3 times.
  • Converts Barbarian units to FaithIcon Faith when moving into an adjacent tile, damaging the Mburichi.
Bronzecaster

Art by Janboruta

Bronze Caster (Forge)
  • No terrain requirement.
  • When constructed, coverts all unimproved Iron Iron sources within three tiles to Copper.
  • Has a Merchant specialist slot.
  • Does not increase land unit production.
  • +1 FaithIcon Faith from Copper and Iron (instead of +1 Production).

Strategy

Nri256

Music

Peace Theme War Theme
Eri - Nri Peace02:35

Eri - Nri Peace

Eri - Nri War02:28

Eri - Nri War

"Gobi" from the soundtrack of Rise of Nations. "Tribes" from the soundtrack of Rise of Nations.

Mod Support

Mod Support
Yes
Community Balance Patch
No
Yes
Ethnic Units
Yes
Yes
Yes
Map Labels
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unique Cultural Influence
No
Wish for the World
No
YnAEMP
Yes

Events and Decisions

Journey to the Anambra River
The role of the eze Nri is not complete until the journey to the sacred Anambra River has taken place. There, the eze Nri must demonstrate their blessing by collecting stones from beneath the water, before being buried, exhumed, and anointed in white clay. Only following this can the eze Nri have his people's trust and approval.
Requirements/Restrictions:
  • Player must be Nri.
  • Must have at least one city on a river.
  • Must have founded a Religion.
  • May only be enacted once per game.
Costs:
  • 500 FaithIcon Faith.
Rewards:
  • Gain 2 Magistrates Magistrate.
  • A Goldenage Golden Age begins/Passes the Divine Right (Legitimacy) Reform without incurring Cooldown[1].
Sanctify the Ìkénga
The Ìkénga - priets and noblemen - are our eyes and ears. But they have become too disconnected from the sacred. We must bridge this gap, and give the Ìkénga once again a heavenly purpose.
Requirements/Restrictions:
  • Player must be Nri.
  • Must have founded a Religion.
  • May only be enacted once per game.
Costs:
  • 200 FaithIcon Faith.
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrate.
Rewards:
  • Markets and Temples yield +2 FaithIcon Faith.

Igu Aro

It is once again time for the Year Counting Ceremony: Igu Aro; whence all our loyal subjects pay tribute to our great spiritual guide and are unified in our benevolance. Let us rejoice and pass the yams!

Option 1: He who offers the greatest tribute shall have my blessing and some yams.

  • The city other than the capital with the highest FaithIcon Faith output begins celebrating 'We Love the King Day' for 25 turns

Runaway Slaves

Our reputation as an empire of unyielding peace and freedom has attracted a number of slaves from the City-State of [City-State] to come to our court seeking refuge. They ask that we free them of their servile bonds, and that we may let them live amongst our people.

Option 1: No thanks. Our relationship with [City-State] is too important.

  • Gain 20 Influence Influence with [City-State]

Option 2: Their bonds are broken. Let no man own these people so long as they are of Nri.

  • Lose 40 Influence Influence with [City-State]
  • Gain +1 Population in the Capital

Option 3: Very well. But put them to work!

  • Lose 50 Influence Influence with [City-State]
  • Gain a free Worker Unit

Unique Cultural Influence

"Our people are now eating your yams and praying for fortune to their ancestors! We're worried the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List

CivFanatics Homepage
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 15 December 2016


  • JFD: Author, Art (Civ Icon).
  • Leugi: Art (Leaderscene).
  • Janboruta: Art (Leader Icon, Unique Component Icons).
  • Tomatekh: Art (Map).
  • Moriboe: Original Author, Research (City/Spy Lists).
  • Viregel: Research (Pedia).
  • Duane Decker: Music.[2][3]
  • Whoward: Utilities.[4]

Notes and References

  1. Rise to Power: Sovereignty
  2. Rise of Nations soundtrack - Gobi
  3. Rise of Nations soundtrack - Tribes
  4. Border and Area plot iterators
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