Civilization Now Features Henry Parkes, Founder Of The Australian Federation

Civilization Now Features Henry Parkes, Founder Of The Australian Federation

It’s a mod of course! But we have to be thankful for small things in this country.

This time last year, the Australian Civilization: Colonialist Legacies mod was released, which made Australia a viable choice in Civ V. That was pretty cool.

But now industrious modders have worked overtime to get Henry Parkes, the founder of the Australian Federation, into the game as a fully animated, custom 3D leader in the Civilization V. There’s even voice acting for Parkes.

Truly next level stuff.

Apparently making custom leaders in Civilization V was extremely difficult for a number of reasons. It was only in the last year that it actually became possible. The team behind Henry Parkes are hoping this will inspire more modders to follow suit and create their own leaders.

Here are the traits for Australia with Parkes as a leader:

Australia as lead by Henry Parkes Boundless Plains to Share: Settlers found Puppeted cities that generate +1 Tourism. +1 Tourism for each outgoing Naval Trade Route. Cities that generate +2 Tourism or more expand Cultural Borders twice as fast.
Prime Minister: This Australian unique Great Person replaces the Great Writer. It provides political quotes as Great Works of Writing and when it is acquired all non-puppeted coastal cities receive +1 Tourism per owned land tile outside workable limits.
Digger Infantry: The Digger is an Australian unique unit, replacing the Great War Infantry. It receives bonuses in coastal territory and foreign territory, as well as the Cover I promotion. This unit may be upgraded from Workers and upgrades to Mechanized Infantry, and does not obsolete at Plastics.

You can download the mod here on Steam.

Thanks Gizmodo!


  • I don’t know CIV 5 well enough to make a witty comment about what traits would Tony Abbot’s leadership have.

    Jet fighters are 200% more expensive? is that witty enough?

    • No Science Minister and -200% penalty on Knowledge? xD

      +100% Mining Bonus but with -200% Mining income (because of reinvestment into the industry!)
      +200% Cost on Green Energy xD
      +200% research time

      Is that enough? xD

    • From the Great Work entry for Tony Abbott:

      “You’re not saying anything, Tony-”

    • Education is +200% more expensive, all energy is greener because global warming doesn’t exist any more, +0.5% unemployment because half the public service is fired which leads to 50% reduction in efficiency even though it was done in the interest of improving “efficiency dividends”.

  • All cities generate +5 unhappiness, all buildings and units cost 2x upkeep, all cities generate -5 tourism and upon finding the world wonder “the great barrier reef” it is removed from the map.

  • I downloaded this mod about a year ago – probably prompted by a similar article.
    It’s a damn fine mod, and the Australian Civ has an interesting take on the standard gameplay.

    The people that put this together also had civs for Canada, Mexico, and a number of different civs in the works for some of the indigenous people of Australia and Canada. There seemed to be a lot of though and effort being put into each of these. Highly recommend.

  • Well, this should tide me over until someone finally makes the John Batman mod for Arkham City.

  • Special Unit: Harold Holt. No move penalty for embarkation but unit is lost if it ends two turns in a row in an ocean tile. Replaces Marine.

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