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Tokugawa Ieyasu
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Tokugawa Ieyasu as he appears in Civilization Revolution.
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Civilization Japanese
Title Shogun
Date of birth 1543 AD
Date of death 1616 AD
Starts with Ceremonial Burial
Preferred victory

Tokugawa Ieyasu is the leader of the Japanese in Civilization Revolution.


Tokugawa Ieyasu gets Ceremonial Burial for free.

Civilopedia entry[]

Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543 - 1616 AD) was the daimyo ("great person") of a province of Japan. Life as a Japanese feudal lord was not easy. The lords fought each other constantly, using deception, treachery, seduction, blackmail and poison in addition to bloody war to achieve dominance. At one point Tokugawa's wife and son were implicated in a plot to overthrow him; under intense pressure from his friends and allies, Ieyasu ordered their deaths - his son by ritual suicide, and his wife by execution. Despite this mishap, by all accounts Tokugawa was a master of this most dangerous game. A great general, a master tactician and an excellent liar, he did to others what they would do to him - except that he usually did it faster and better.

As Tokugawa rose in power and prominence, he became an important personage in the court of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a powerful general who had conquered most of Japan. Eventually he was given the great responsibility of looking after the general's son. However, upon Hideyoshi's death Tokugawa assembled an "eastern army" to take on Hideyoshi's successor. The two forces met in the battle of Sekigahara (1600). Aided by treachery of one of the enemy's generals, Tokugawa was victorious.

After his victory at Sekigahara, Tokugawa had himself declared "shogun" (which translates approximately as "generalissimo"). In Japan, the Emperor is the titular head of the country but with little real power. The real power resided in the shogun.

Tokugawa's rule was a time of peace and stability for Japan. He stopped much of the interminable fighting between the various feudal lords. Contrary to popular myth (as portrayed in the novel Shogun), Tokugawa actually welcomed foreign traders - Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, English, Spanish and Siamese - in Japanese ports, and Japan's trade net expanded greatly during his rule. (The ban on foreign trade and travel was put in place by his descendants.)

Tokugawa was always preoccupied with ensuring that he would not suffer the same fate that had befallen so many of his predecessors, and he took draconian measures to protect himself. For example, he forbade all wheeled vehicles from using Japan's fine road network. This made gathering an army to rise against him more difficult, of course, but it also crippled Japan's internal commerce, as all goods had to be carried on the backs of animals or people, rather than in far more efficient carts.

In 1605 Ieyasu abdicated in favor of his son, Hidetada. His family would rule Japan until 1868.

Fun Fact[]

After establishing his domination over the other lords of Japan in 1603, Ieyasu demanded that they construct him a new palace to prove their loyalty. The resulting fortress, Edo Castle, was the largest in all of Japan.


  • Tokugawa will often threaten you with his swords if you say something he doesn't like.
  • When he is at war with you, he will take out both of his swords, point at you menacingly, put them back, and then threaten to pull out one of his swords, like he hasn't just then.
  • He is also one of the only leaders - if not the only leader - to have a neutral reaction to the highlighting of the option "Maybe some other time." In that case, a bee will start to buzz around him and he will try to swat it twice. When he realizes that he will be stung, he readies a sword and quickly slices the bee in half. A loud cry can clearly be heard coming from the bee when he slices it.


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