Map Zimbabwe
Nyatsimba Mutota
Great Zimbabwe
Start Bias

Amatongo (HR)

Religious Intolerance
Protective, Industrious
Map Labels Language

Zimbabwe led by Nyatsimba Mutota [1] is a More Civilizations custom civilization by Sukritact [2], with contributions from Reedstilt and Pouakai.

This mod requires Brave New World.



Zimbabwe is a landlocked sovereign state located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. Since the 11th century, present-day Zimbabwe has been the site of several organised states and kingdoms as well as a major route for migration and trade. Zimbabwe achieved majority rule and internationally recognized independence in April 1980 following a long period of colonial rule and a 15-year period of white-dominated minority rule, instituted after the minority regime’s so-called Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965.

Nyatsimba Mutota

The only information we have about Nyatsimba Mutota comes from oral tradition. It is recorded that the warrior prince named Nyatsimba Mutota from the Kingdom of Zimbabwe was sent to find new sources of salt in the north. Prince Mutota found his salt among the Tavara, a Shona subdivision, who were prominent elephant hunters. They were conquered and a capital was established 350 km north of Great Zimbabwe at Zvongombe by the Zambezi. With Mutota as ruler, the Kingdom outgrew its parent state and became the dominant force in the region, mainting nominal independence from the powerful Portugese colonialist in Mozambique. Mutota''s empire remained until, in the 17th century, rivalry between the Portugese and the Rozwi Empire (heralding from the Zimbabwe Plateau where Mutota was born) ripped it apart.

Dawn of Man

Diplo Nyatsimba Mutota

Art by Sukritact

Greetings, mighty Nyatsimba Mutota - proud and noble leader of Zimbabwe! Your people bow before your presence! Your people have ruled over the African interior since time immemorial, when your kingdom was naught but a legend to the outside world. Zimbabwe grew rich off trading the bountiful resources of her lands with myriad foreign kingdoms, with which it became the sole power of the region. You built great cities which would astonish the world for centuries to come, and stood proudly to defend your lands from those who would attempt to take them until your last breath.

O' great king! Your kingdom has fallen, your lands plundered and divided by foreign powers. Yet your people retain hope, and call for a great leader to restore Zimbabwe to greatness. Can you don the mantle, and lead Zimbabwe once more? Can you make your kingdom the envy of the world? Can you build a civilisation that will stand the test of time?

Unique Attributes

Zimbabwe (Nyatsimba Mutota)

Art by Sukritact

Totemic Lineage
Production Production spent on Buildings and Wonders contribute towards the establishment of a new Clan Lineage when the Building is completed. Each Clan Lineage provides a Trade Slot and a cumulative bonus.

Art by Sukritact

Gano Axeman (Longswordsman)
Elite Longswordsman replacement. Only Zimbabwe may build it. The Gano Axeman is more expensive and gains experience whenever a City grows or claims a new Tile.

Art by Sukritact

Dzimbabwe (Castle)
  • Unique Zimbabwean Castle replacement. +1 Strength Defense Strength for every International Trade Route from the City. Provides CultureIcon Culture and Production Production for every 5 Strength Defense Strength of the City.
Totem Effect



Double movement rate through Plains. Maintenance paid on Roads and Railroads reduced by 50%.


+10% Production Production when constucting Buildings and Wonders.


+2 Food Food per city.


+3 Gold Gold from all your land trade routes. A Caravan appears near the Capital Capital.


+3 Gold Gold from all your sea trade routes.


+1 CultureIcon Culture, +1 Production Production, +1 Gold Gold, +1 FaithIcon Faith per Wonder.


+10 Hit Points when healing in Enemy Territory. +20% Combat Bonus in Enemy Territory


+10 Hit Points when healing in Friendly Territory. +20% Combat Bonus in Friendly Territory


4 units are maintenance-free. Receive 4 Gano Axeman units immediately.

Requires the "Rise of the Rozwi" Event.

City List
  1. Great Zimbabwe
  2. Zvongombe
  3. Khami
  4. Danamombe
  5. Mapungubwe
  6. Harare
  7. Bulawayo
  8. Chitungwiza
  9. Mutare
  10. Epworth
  11. Gweru
  12. Kwekwe
  13. Kadoma
  14. Masvingo
  15. Chinhoyi
  16. Norton
  17. Marondera
  18. Ruwa
  19. Chegutu
  20. Zvishavane
  21. Bindura
  22. Beitbridge
  23. Redcliff
  24. Victoria Falls
  25. Rusape
  26. Chiredzi
  27. Kariba
  28. Karoi
  29. Chipinge
  30. Gokwe
  31. Shurugwi
Spy List
  • Banga
  • Chamakomo
  • Duniisai
  • Farai
  • Gamba
  • Daya
  • Gamuchirai
  • Chipo
  • Vimbainashe
  • Chemwapuwa


MC Zimbabwe


Peace Theme War Theme
Zimbabwe - Nyatsimba Mutota Peace04:21

Zimbabwe - Nyatsimba Mutota Peace

Zimbabwe - Nyatsimba Mutota War08:06

Zimbabwe - Nyatsimba Mutota War

Zimbabwe Peace Theme Zimbabwe War Theme

Mod Support

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

Events and Decisions

Finance an expedition for [Luxury]
There are rumors of a source of [Luxury] in nearby lands. We must seize this great opportunity and send for an expedition to settle there and gain us access to these valuable riches! It shall be the dawn of a new era for Zimbabwe!
  • Player must be Zimbabwe
  • May not be enacted after the end of the Medieval Era
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates
  • 500 Gold Gold
  • Receive a free Settler
  • The empire becomes known as the Kingdom of Mutapa upon settling your next City
  • Receive sources of [Luxury] near the next City you settle
Embrace Mapungubwe Masonry
We owe much to the Kingdom of Mapungubwe. It is from them that we have inherited the style and technique we use to construct our stone houses and our fortified cities which has allowed us to control and expand our Kingdom so effectively. We should have our architects study, embrace and refine Mapungubwe masonry that our empire may continue to awe and impress.
  • Player must be Zimbabwe
  • Must have researched Masonry
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 250 CultureIcon
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrates
  • Receive 20% more Production Production towards founding a Clan Lineage when a Building or Wonder is completed.
  • Build Walls and Dzimbabwes in half the usual time

Rise of the Rozwi

A powerful faction has begun to grow in our lands. Strong loyalty to their leader and dissatisfaction with their lot in life in the Zimbabwe plateau. The Rozwi, or 'destroyers', are disciplined fighters ready to unify the Shona peoples and create a new type of state. If we do not embrace them we may well find ourselves overrun against our will.
Option 1: Interesting...
  • The Moyo Totem is now unlocked

Foreigners Reject the Curva

Foreign merchants in our lands have always sought our approval and paid us the Curva tax in order to be granted free access to our nation's goods. Yet a number of upstart foreign traders are refusing to pay us their dues.
Option 1: Confiscate their goods! Zimbabwe will have what is owed to her!
  • Gain Gold Gold
Option 2: Perhaps abolishing this tax will encourage more trade...
  • Trade Routes to you generate +1 Gold Gold for you and +1 Gold Gold for the trade route owner.

Unique Cultural Influence

"Our people are now building gigantic stone houses without using mortar. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List

Direct Download
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 26 January 2016

  • Reedstilt: Research
  • Pouakai: DoM text
  • Sukritact: All else

Notes and References

  1. Sukritact's Zimbabwe
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