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Afsharid Empire
MapAfsharid512
Map by Regalman
Leader Nader Shah
Capital Mashhad
Religion Sunni Islam
Culture Mesopotamic
Government Monarchy
Start Bias Desert
Traits Aggressive, Charismatic

The Afsharids led by Nader Shah[1] is a custom civilization by DJSHenninger, with contributions from regalmanemperor, Civitar and JFD.

Overview:

The Afsharids

The Afsharids were a Persian dynasty, established by Nader Shah. A great military mind, sometimes called "The Second Alexander" and "Napoleon of Persia", Nader Shah would bring Persia to its greatest extent since the Sassanid Dynasty more than a millenium ago.

Nader Shah

Nader Shah became the foremost military commander during the last days of the Safavid Dynasty. Nader Shah grew up during the disintegration of this empire. After initially serving as the commander of the Safavid armies, Nader Shah deposed the last Shah after the latter grew jealous of his general's military successes. Nader Shah has only ever lost one major battle and would even bring the once-mighty Mughal Empire to its knees. Although a great military commander, he grew increasingly paranoid during his later years and became cruel. He was assassinated by his own men in 1747.

In this mod, Nader Shah leads a militaristic Afsharid Empire. He is eager to wage war and is highly expansive.

Nadershah diplo

Leaderscene by DJSHenninger

Dawn of Man

Great Shahanshah of Iran, your might overcomes all! Being one of the greatest military minds, you were practically invincible! You only ever lost one battle, but took revenge soon after! Your supremacy was evident when you brought the mighty Mughal Empire to its knees, plundering the emperor of his riches. Under your rule, Iran reached its greatest extent since the Sassanid Empire, and would not ever be matched again.

Napoleon of Persia, your military exploits turned you into one of the most feared and powerful rulers of West Asia! Show your enemies no mercy once again! Can you build a massive empire by conquest once again? Will you bring your subjects infinite riches? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Who is that? Another petty ruler? I am willing to incorporate your lands into my might empire, but you must be willing to fight for me."

Defeat: "I sought to revitalize the might of Iran, but you wrecked it anyhow. Not ending my life would be a mistake, as I will seek revenge."

Strategy:

Afsharid colours icon

The Afsharids led by Nader Shah is primarily militaristic oriented, with two unique units. The trait does not directly aid The Afsharids in combat, but instead provides valuable bonuses when killing units and capturing cities. The chance to get a new luxury allows The Afsharids to keep happiness high enough to keep on conquering cities. The Production bonus is useful when you are producing more units in the empire. The Jazayerchi is primarily useful against other units, but should be combined with other Jazayerchis and mounted units, as the extra movement and flanking bonus allows them to flank with extra effectiveness. The Toopchi is good against both units and cities.

Unique Attributes:

The Afsharids (Nader Shah)
Nader Shah icon
Sack of Delhi

Gain a Production Production Boost in all Cities from killing land units. 33% chance that a random precious luxury, including the unique Saffron luxury, will be gained when capturing a City.

Jazayerchi icon
Jazayerchi (Rifleman)

The Jazayerchi is the unique Rifleman replacement for Nader Shah's The Afsharids. Unlike the Rifleman, it has 3 Moves Movement and it possesses a +50% Flanking Attack bonus. It also grants this bonus to mounted units within two tiles of the Jazayerchi.

Toopchi icon
Toopchi (Cannon)

The Toopchi is the unique Cannon replacement for Nader Shah's The Afsharids. Unlike the Cannon, it does not need to set up to attack. It also starts with Bombardment I, granting a bonus versus land units. This allows access to promotions normally not available to siege units (and sooner as well). However, the downside of this unit is that it has a severe Defensive penalty.

Mod Support:

Mod Support
Civ IV Traits Yes
Community Balance Patch No
Cultural Diversity Yes
Ethnic Units Yes
Events & Decisions Yes
Exploration Continued Expanded Yes
Map Labels Yes
Piety & Prestige Yes
Unique Cultural Influence Yes
Wish for the World No
YnAEMP Yes
Civilization Appropriate Great General and Admiral Names Yes

Events & Decisions

Introduce the Naderi Coinage System

Our economy is suffering from the extensive military campaigns we conduct, despite the riches we find during our conquests. A new coin should be introduced: the Naderi! It would surely boost the economy greatly.

Requirements/Restrictions:

  • Player must be The Afsharids (Nader Shah)
  • Must have at least 1000 Gold in your treasury
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Renaissance Era
  • May only be enacted once per game

Costs:

  • 150 CultureIcon Culture
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates

Rewards:

  • +2 Gold in all Cities
  • Purchasing units with Gold reduced by 20%

Reform the Afsharid Military

A serious reform of the military is necessary. More power should be in control of the Shahanshah and less in the hands of the local tribes. We should put the majority of the army under your direct command.

Requirements/Restrictions:

  • Player must be The Afsharids (Nader Shah)
  • May only be enacted from the beginning of the Renaissance Era
  • May only be enacted once per game

Costs:

  • 500 Gold Gold
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates

Rewards:

  • -20% Gold Maintenance Cost for units
  • Units gain experience 50% faster

The Shahsevan's Support

The Shahsevan tribe acknowledges your authority and to show you their support, they will send two units of their most esteemed cavalry to fight in our army!

Option 1: Excellent, let them function as our elite shock troops!

  • Two free Shahsevan lancers appear near your Capital Capital

Expressions of the chief Mullah

The foremost Mullah of our empire has expressed his support for The Safavids! This man is well respected and can influence the minds of many. We cannot allow this to happen. To deal with this relic of the past, we need to get rid of him.. but with discretion.

Option 1: Bribe or blackmail him and let him express support for us instead.

  • Lose 50 Gold Gold
  • Gain Production Production equal to 15 x number of Cities in the Capital Capital

Option 2: Assassinate him immediately!

  • Lose FaithIcon 30 Faith
  • Gain Production Production equal to 15 x number of Cities in the Capital Capital

Exploration Continued Expanded

Colonies
Kabul
Delhi
Bagdad
Baku
Muscat
Manama
Kandahar
Herat
Ganja
Yerevan
Tbilisi
Samarra
Kirkuk
Baghavard
Ghazni
Peshawar
Sindh
Lahore
Karnal
Khiva
Bukhara
Najaf

Unique Cultural Influence

"Our people are now wearing your four-peaked hats and adopting Ja'farism. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Civilization Appropriate General and Admiral Names

Great General Names Great Admiral Names
Nadir Shah Mohammad Taqi Khan
Tahmasp Khan Jalayer
Mirza Qoli
Morteza Qoli
Nasrollah Mirza
Mullah Adineh Mostafi
Ibrahim Khan
Haji Beg Khan
Lutf Ali Khan

Full Credits List

  • regalman(emperor): map image
  • Civitar: Toopchi graphics
  • Bayar Kord Jalal: Peace theme
  • Empire Total War - The Battle of Panipat: War theme
  • Prince of Persia: Leaderscene background
  • Wolfdog: Jazayerchi graphics; Toopchi graphics
  • JFD: Made lua compatible with ExCE; JFD's Iceland lua used for this mod

Notes and References 

  1. DJSHenninger's The Afsharids (Nader Shah)

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