The icy plains of Eastern Europe have more under their thick crust of permafrost than meets the eye. After the dissolution of the Mongolian Golden Horde and the emerging of the Khanates, the eyes of the newly formed empires set their eyes upon the west. Thundering hooves of Kievan and Moscovite cavalry, escorted by large squadrons of men at arms terrify the established kingdoms on the horizon.

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Infantry and Siege civilization

  • Farms work +15% faster
  • Tracking free
  • Siege units 15% cheaper

Unique Units:

  • Boyar (cavalry)

Unique Technologies:

  • Orthodoxy: Monks +3/+3 armor
  • Druzhina: Infantry damage adjacent units

Team Bonus:

  • Military buildings (Barracks, Archery Range, Stable, Siege Workshop) provide +5 population


Mass fifth century migrations caused by the Hunnic invasions left Northeastern Europe an area open for settlement and, starting circa 500 AD, the Slavs became the region’s dominant civilization. Although archaeological evidence indicates that the Slavs had already settled Europe in prior centuries, possibly in the areas of present-day Ukraine and Belarus, the historical record first makes mention of them through Byzantine writings describing the large numbers of Slavs amassing in front of their borders. Upon settling down, the Slavs established several competing states throughout Eastern Europe, falling into either the Byzantine or Holy Roman spheres of influence.

The first great Slav country, the Bulgarian Empire, formed in 681 AD. This nation was founded by the Bulgars, a non-Slavic peoples who settled in the Eastern Balkans (north of the Byzantine Empire). However, the Bulgarian Empire expanded into most of the Balkans, which was by then mainly Slavic, and by the tenth century the state was effectively Slavicized. The Bulgarian Empire played an important role in the consolidation of Slavic civilization, with its language becoming a lingua franca for the spread for Christianity and literacy in Eastern Europe.

Another important medieval Slavic state, Great Moravia, formed in Central Europe after the union of the Principalities of Nitra and Moravia in 833. Although Great Moravia never achieved a dominant position, they played a crucial role in the balance of power between Franks, Bulgarians, and Byzantines. When Great Moravia’s King Ratislav asked the Byzantines for help in translating Christian texts into Slavic, the Byzantine missionaries entrusted with the task, Cyril and Methodius, successfully developed the first Slavic alphabet and wrote down the oldest text in Slavic literature (a translation of the Christian Gospel) in 863.

Perhaps the last great medieval Slavic state was formed around Kiev, in present-day Ukraine, in 882 AD. This Kievan Rus’ kingdom, although mostly populated by Slavs, was led by Norsemen (called Rus) who took power over the area by defeating the ruling Turkic Kazhars. The liberation of this and several other Slavic cities allowed them to focus more on internal development rather than on serving foreign lands. The country economically benefitted from its geography, located in the middle of the Europe-Asia trade route and close to the Byzantines and Persians. Under the reign of Yaroslav the Wise, the Kievan state not only became the largest at the time, but also achieved a high literacy rate, provided property rights to women, and punishments under law generally did not involve death sentences. However, the death of Yaroslav led to the gradual break-up of the state, which finally fell to the Mongols by 1240 AD.

During the Middle Ages Slavic governments followed a Feudal system, but in contradiction to other parts of Europe the power of the kings was constrained by that of high-ranking aristocrats, named Boyars. Boyars not only were powerful landowners with several serfs under their command, but they also were generally leaders of the military and government agencies. The alliance and competition among these aristocrats shaped the economic development of the Slavic states, helping their domains but weakening the central governments. By the late Middle Ages the rise of absolute monarchs led to the downfall of the Boyars.

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The slavic culture is very old and its roots are not yet well researched. There are indications that there has been agriculture of wheat in big amounts even before it started in Central Europe in this amount. Not inconvenient, considered the geographical position near to the trade routes and Mesopotamia.

There have also been the Scyths.

Then the “Kurgan culture” (see Wikipedia) 7000 -5000 BC


Actualy Lithuanians aren’t slavs! The polish are. Lithuania is the unique civilization (i’m saying cose i’m from lithuania). In aoe unique unit have to be like Teutonic knight+Woad rider+Bersek. In the history Lithuanians conquered Teutons and Vikings so it says about the one of the strongest civilizacion in Europe. I would say there should be a full campaign of Lithuania :).


Today’s Lithuanians aren’t slavs, but the Medieval ones were. It’s because today’s Lithuanians are usurping the name and history of a different nation just like Macedonians are doing it, by usurping a Greek name and part of the Greek history. Today the descendants of the Medieval Lithuanians are Poles and Belarusians, these nations formed the mighty Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Today’s Lithuanians are the Medieval Samogitians who decided to steal the name to justify their claim to the land that was never theirs. Brutal, but true. Still, would be awesome to see the Commowealth in AoE2 🙂 The Hussars are already in,… Read more »

Lietuvos Vyras

Oh yes usurping a name? why dont you read some History, You are most likely a Belarussian Litvinist Nationalist, All Lithuanian dukes up to Vytautas were Pagans and Had Baltic Names, What happened was that, Lithuanian Pagan Balts Invaded Slavs, who were also Not pagans, they occupied Slavic Lands after this point, ”Today’s Lithuanians are the Medieval Samogitians” However all Historians from the middle ages, Maciej Strijkowski, Peter Von Dusburg and teodor Narbut, All Wrote of Lithuanians as they were Baltic people, In 1861 50% of Vilnius region was Lithuanian speaking, This is no where near to Samogitia, And whats… Read more »


Slavs should have free champion line upgrades like the turks have the hussar . it s just a sugestion but i think this will make them in early game a real infantry civilization and playable.

What do you think?


Why can’t I play any of the new civs on standard mode in Steam? wtf. Whole reason I got the game.

Lietuvos Vyras

I only think, Its a shame more Baltic and Scandinavian Nations are not being introduced, Were i to give my opinion i would say Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain and Portugal are the only Nations left to Introduce into this game, Especially looking at how deep Lithuanian History really is, And what a powerful Kingdom they were in the past.


“Slavs” ??? This civilization shall be Russ, not “Slavs”. Plenty of things misrepresented here. To start with- Russia had been formed BEFORE Kievan Rus. And was greatly overrun by Huns. It became Kievan only after Yaroslav had defeated Huns, and had joined together several northern territories, and started bringing people together along the river, until they reached Kiev, which at that time was ruled by Hazars – Tatar descendents. What Bulgaric empire?? What Ukraine? The civilization should of rather be called Russ, not Slavic. Also about “Boyar” which is presumably cavalry.. “BOYAR” in Russian, means “nobleman” or “lord”! So… Read more »

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