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The Dian have the power of Bronze.

Although the Dian aren't ethnic Chinese, they are amongst some of the more sophisticated native tribes of the southern lands, with Dian tribesmen counting skilled metallurgists amongst their numbers, thanks to the great riches of metallic wealth in their mountainous homeland. This same treasure, however, has spread far and wide on the lips of peoples throughout All Under Heaven, eventually reaching the ears of the princes of Chu, who subsequently sent an army to colonise the land.

Whether the Dian have Chinese kings, or still rule themselves as a great tribal confederation is still very much debatable, but the people's metalworking skills and their strong hold to their own tribal religious beliefs and culture are definitely without question. Dian metallurgists are capable of casting bronze weapons every bit as strong and effective as those made by the most skilled of Chinese weaponsmiths, while the remoteness of their homeland, as well as their strong links to it, has ensured their survival in these trouble times, and they will need all the skill and power the ways of their ancestors could afford them as rumours of armies on the march far to the north become more frequent and disturbing. Stout hearts and faith in ultimate victory, clad in gleaming bronze, could well be the way forward for the Dian to wrest survival from the jaws of extinction — and maybe yet seize control of the entire world.

Faction Type: Southern Chinese
National Bonuses:

  • Start with 1 extra citizen, rececive 3 for next city and 5 for all future cities
  • Start with Temple and research Religion Religion line of research for free
  • Repair Buildings 50% faster, and citizens can repair under fire without penalty
  • Towers 33% cheaper

Unique Units:


  • [Chinese] Renegade Warlord (Chariot), Mercenary Crossbowmen, Mercenary Spearmen
  • [Man] Man Warriors (they fight as heavy infantry); Man Rangers (they fight as archer cav); Sino-Man Crossbowman
  • [Xirong] Xirong Skirmishers; Xirong Archers; Xirong Horse Raiders


  • Centralisation


Settlements: Leaders:
  • Dian
  • Fuxian
  • Dabona
  • Anning
  • Yiliang
  • Shilin
  • Luquan 
  • Shizhihaishan
  • Panlong
  • Guandu
  • Xishan
  • Chenggong
  • Jinning
  • Dongchuan
  • Qielan
  • Anshang
  • Maotou
  • Dingzuo
  • Peishui
  • Zangke
  • Jianning
  • Panjiang
  • Zhuang Qiao
  • Aung
  • Htay
  • Htet
  • Htun
  • Htut
  • Khine
  • Kyaw
  • Kywe
  • Lwin
  • Moe
  • Myaing
  • Myat
  • Myine
  • Myint
  • Naing
  • Nanda
  • Sein
  • Shwe
  • Soe
  • Than