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Great Britain 2016-10-05

Great Britain

  1. Mozza
    Great Britain Mod v1.1

    NB. This Mod only works with Civ4:Warlords

    This mod removes the England civ from the game and replaces it with The United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland (Great Britain)

    One thing that I always wanted to do in Civilization was play as Great Britain, rather than just as England. When I set out to create this mod, I couldn't understand why the game's creators had chosen to use England, rather than Great Britain as the Civ, especially when two of the leaders (Victoria nd Churchill), and the unique unit (Redcoats) came from the period after the Act Of Union (the parlimentary act that merged the old Scottish and English paliaments into one British parliament, effectively the Birth of the United Kingdom, although England, Scotland, and Wales had political ties prior to this). As I created the mod however, I quickly became aware of the minefield of interpretations I had entered. It is now easy for me to sypathise with the desire to "keep things simple" and use England, rather than Great Britain, in the game. Noe the less, I personally still had the desire to play as Great Britain, and in case others do, I present here my mod.

    I will state here; I am English, born, raised, and still resident in Manchester, northern England. As stated previously, I had to make many descisions during the creation of this mod, that could possibly cause offence. I will go into more details on why I chose certain options later on, but as an overview, I wanted the finished Civ to emphasise the Union. Great Britain has a long and somewhat chequered history, but with the Act of Union, three races of people (Ireland was added, then partially removed afterwards) who had long been at each others' throats, chose to come together and work, unified for mutual benefit. It is this sense of unity that I felt should be central to the Great British Civ. If any of my choices offend, be you English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Manx, Channel Islander, or simply of British descent, or indeed for that matter, someone with no ties to the Isles whatsoever, I assure you it was not my intent. I have travelled extensively within Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, and have nothing but respect for those places and their people (I confess I have yet to visit The Isle of Man and a few other places, but the rest of the statement still applies).

    So, without further ado, I presnt Great Britain.

    Leaders:

    Queen Victoria - unchanged from Civ4: Warlords
    Sir Winston Churchill - unchanged from Civ4: Warlords
    Richard The Lionheart - Imperialist/Aggressive
    James I of England, VI of Scotland - Spiritual/Charismatic
    Malcolm I of Scotland - Imperialist/Financial
    David Lloyd George - Philosophical/Organised

    Regarding Elizabeth I: I comtemplated including Elizabeth, unchanged from Civ4: Warlords, but during her reign relations between England and Scotland were far from cordial, and in many ways I do not believe her inclusion would capture the spirit of unity. the final deciding factor was that, though she may well have been pressured into it, her signature os on the death warrant of Mary, Queen Of Scots, and thus I felt it would've been wrong to inlcude her in this mod.

    Two of the new leaders, Richard and Malcolm, pre-date the Act Of Union. I included each for various reasons, and both because I want to Civ to represent all of British history, not just since the Act Of Union. Richard is a fascinating historical figure, he spent very little time actually in Britain and yet nontheless seems to have massively influenced the collective psyche, of England at the very least. I included Malcolm as an example of early ties between England and Scotland, although he was King of Scotland, he was allied with his contempries in England proving as far back as the 10th Century that both peoples' could work together.

    James is of course the first post-Roman ruler of all of Britain. Although the parliaments remained distinct during his reign, his succeeding Elizabeth I to the English throne (he was already King of Scotland) was in many ways, the first step towards the Union.

    David Lloyd George is a very important figure in recent British history, possibly eclipsed only by Sir Winston Churchill in his impact of 20th Century Britain. He is, thus far, Britain's only Welsh Prime Minister, he lead Britain through World War I and first coined the phrase "a land fit for heroes".

    There's more about each leader in the Civilopedia (though granted not a lot about Richard).

    Cities:

    London
    Birmingham
    Manchester
    Edinburgh
    Nottingham
    York
    Glasgow
    Coventry
    Warwick
    Newcastle
    Cardiff
    Chester
    Oxford
    Leeds
    Liverpool
    Bradford
    Belfast
    Dover
    Brighton
    Norwich
    Reading
    Swansea
    Aberdeen
    Hastings
    Canterbury
    Salford
    Exeter
    Cambridge
    Gloucester
    Bristol
    Dundee
    Leicester
    Carlisle
    Wolverhampton
    Southampton
    Ipswich
    Portsmouth
    Middlesborough
    Berwick
    Bath
    Inverness
    Winchester
    Plymouth
    Lancaster
    Douglas
    Hull
    Durham
    Northampton
    Derby
    Hove
    Wrexham
    Blackburn
    Blackpool
    Watford

    All the cities from the English Civ are present, though with the order altered slightly to represent the impact they've had on Britain; Nottingham was a very important city in medieval England, but to include it above Birmingham or Manchester in a British Civ would not really be sensible. I have of course, also included cities from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland*, and even good old Douglas from The Isle Of Man.

    *The inclusion of Belfast is of course a contentious issue. I essentially had three options, to ignore Ireland completely, to include just Northern Ireland, or to include all of Ireland, which for a long period was considered part of the United Kingdom. In the end I settled for, what I confess amounts to a compromise. To ignore Ireland completely I felt would be disrespectful to the many Irish that have featured extensively in Britain's history (a whole third of Wellington's army that defeated Napoleon was Irish born). That said, despite the fact that many Irish figures in British history hailed from parts of Ireland that are now part of the Republic Of Ireland, I felt to inlcude cities such as Dublin and Cork would likely offend those resident in such places.

    This is quite a long list, it is unlikely that all the cities will appear in most games unless you're as fond of raizing foreign cities as Richard The Lioheart appears to be. Still at least you wont be seeing The Mumbles any time soon.

    Unique Unit:

    Redcoat - unchanged from Civ4: Warlords with the exception of the addtion of regimental names lsted bellow. I based these names of a list of the order of regimental prescedence in the 18th Century

    Regimental Names:

    The Scot's Guards
    The Coldstream Guards
    The Royal Scots
    The Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment
    The Buffs East Kent Regiment
    The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
    The Northumberland Fusiliers
    The Royal Warwickshire Regiment
    The Royal Fusiliers
    The King's Liverpool Regiment
    The Norfolk Regiment
    The Lincolnshire Regiment
    The Devonshire Regiment
    The Sufolk Regiment
    The Prince Alberts
    The Prince Of Wales' Own Regiment
    The East Yorkshire Regiment
    The Bedofrdshire Regiment
    The Leicestershire Regiment
    The Royal Irish Regiment
    The Princess Of Wales' Own Regiment
    The Lancashire Fusiliers
    The Royal Scots Fusiliers
    The Cheshire Regiment
    The Royal Welsh Fusiliers
    The South Wales Borderers
    The King's Own Borderers
    The Cameronians
    The Perthshire Volunteers
    The Royal Inniskillin Fusiliers
    The Gloucestershire Regiment
    The Worcestershire Regiment
    The East Lancashire Regiment
    The Huntingdonshire Regiment Of Foot
    The Duke Of Cornwall's Light Infantry
    The Duke Of Wellington's West Riding Regiment
    The Cumberland Regiment Of Foot
    The Westmoreland Regiment Of Foot
    The Royal Sussex Regiment
    Bengal Light Infantry
    The Hampshire Regiment
    The South Staffordshire Regiment
    The Dorsetshire Regiment
    The Prince Of Wales' Volunteers
    The Welsh Regiment Of Foot
    The Black Watch
    The Monmouthshire Light Infantry
    The Oxfordshire Light Infantry
    The Essex Regiment
    The Sherwood Foresters
    The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
    The Loyal Lincoln Volunteers
    The Northamptonshire Regiment Of Foot
    The Rutlandshire Regiment Of Foot
    Princess Charlotte Of Wales' Regiment Of Foot
    The Queen's Own West Kent Regiment
    The Earl Of Ulster's Regiment Of Foot
    The King's Own Light Infantry
    The Shropshire Regiment Of Foot
    The Duke Of Cambridge's Own Middlesex Regiment
    The King's Royal Rifle Corps
    The Duke Of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment
    The Duke Of Edinburgh's Lanarkshire Regiment
    The Manchester Regiment
    The Prince Of Wales' North Staffordshire Regiment
    The York And Lancaster Regiment
    The Durham Light Infantry
    The Highland Light Infantry
    Seaforth Highlanders
    The Ross-shire Buffs
    The Gordon Highlanders
    The Stirlingshire Regiment Of Foot
    The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
    The Royal Irish Rifles
    Princess Victoria's Royal Irish Fusiliers
    The Connaught Rangers
    Princess Louise's Argyll Highlanders
    The Sutherland Highlanders
    The Prince Of Wales' Leinster Regiment
    The Royal Munster Fusiliers
    The Royal Dublin Fusiliers
    The Prince Consort's Own Rifle Brigade
    The West India Regiment

    There are of course, a few regiments here that do not hail form Geat Britain itself (India and Ireland being the the origin, regiments founded when each respective place was part of The British Empire), but I felt to not include them would have been disrespectful to the brave soldiers of said regiments that fought, and in many cases died, in Britain's name. And besides, how could I not include such great regimants as The Bengal Light Infantry or The Connaught Rangers?

    There are a few other small tweaks, but nothing that affects gameplay, simply asthetic changes such as the inclusion of the Union Flag, and a few great peoples' names.

    So, I hope people enjoy my first mod as much as I enjoyed creating it.

    Thanks to (in no particular order):

    Charcoal for a cracking "Create a Civ" tutorial - I'd have been lost without it
    Bad Ronald for The Union Flag file
    Henning Ludwigsen for the artwork used for Richard The Lionheart - check this guy out, his artwork's awsome
    Wikipedia for many of the Civilopedia entries
    Everyone at www.civfanatics.com forums for hints and tips that have helped massively
    The people of Great Britain for creating such a wonderfully varied nation.

    Please enjoy.

    Feedback is welcome in the Comments Thread

Recent Reviews

  1. Bryce3
    Bryce3
    4/5,
    Version: 2016-10-05
    What about instead of replacing england you could split it into Britain with Victoria and Churchill and england with elizabeth and some other english, pre-union, leaders?
  2. Jampop888
    Jampop888
    4/5,
    Version: 2016-10-05
    PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

    I have no idea how to install this! I am dying to play as the the UK of GB and NI rather than England!

    Do I have to replace certain files? Or is there an installer? Or What!!!???

    And could you plz plz plz make this compatible with BtS aswell?

    Thanks
  3. RyanN122
    RyanN122
    4/5,
    Version: 2016-10-05
    did you add the gurkhas. and the queens lancashire regiment. or did you just put in the old regiments
  4. Mozza
    Mozza
    4/5,
    Version: 2016-10-05
    A Britsih Empire mod would be do-able, I'd resist doing a Commonwealth one as there are Commonwealth members that were never part of the Empire.

    An Industrious Leader would be a great idea, especially as Britain was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, not sure who though, as the people pushing the Revolution forward were generally business people rather than National Leaders.

    Well, I've done nowt with this for months (pretty much since Football Manager 2007 came out...:mischief: ) so I'll look at updating in the near future.
  5. pontypool
    pontypool
    4/5,
    Version: 2016-10-05
    i want your babies
  6. lumpthing
    lumpthing
    4/5,
    Version: 2016-10-05
    Well done! It's nice that you have been so concerned about not offending people - I'm sure very few people would get offended by a civ mod.

    I'd like to see Elizabeth back in simply because it seems a waste of a great animated leaderhead not to have her.
  7. Rule Brittania
    Rule Brittania
    4/5,
    Version: 2016-10-05
    yayayayaya Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves
  8. Macmatt
    Macmatt
    4/5,
    Version: 2016-10-05
    Rule Britannia!:goodjob: