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Empire: Total War – All factions unlocked!

March 12, 2009


*WARNING* This mod is now months old and may not work with a current version of E:TW. I suggest visiting the linked sites and having a poke around for more recent mods before you install this one, just in case! And always back up, you can back up *WARNING*

It’s a mere few days since Empire: Total War was released and already the moders over on twcenter.net have worked out how to unlock all of the minor powers! Want to play Savoy? The Barbary states? American Indian nations? Now you can! It’s early days for the mod so there are some issues, but when I tried it there were no major problems. In particular, the Italian states seem quite full-featured in terms of intro text and goals, almost as if they were cut at the last minute.

Sadly, the pirates, while playable, and fairly unplayable, due to everyone being permanently at war with them and a stacking limit of six for units and ships. Hopefully they will iron that one out in due course as who doesn’t want to play a pirate nation!? I’m tempted to do a very piratey AAR for the Barbary coast state as I think it could be quite amusing.

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  1. March 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Do it! Sounds like a ton of fun.

    One day, when school stops destroying my free time, I’ll actually post that Shogun AAR. One day.

  2. Warren
    March 12, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Yeah! I’d definitely read a piratey ETW AAR !

    One day, when Creative Assembly stops destroying my hopes, I’ll actually get ETW to load. One day.

    (No mockery intended DGS! 🙂 )

    • March 13, 2009 at 9:41 am

      Barbary States – Coming rigghttt up!

  3. Its a good idea
    April 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    You guys are so god damn retarded. If you want to unlock every faction in the empire total war campaign map just do what you did in the other total war games, edit the files. Just go to the directory and change every locked faction to playable, simple as.

    • April 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    • Nex
      May 14, 2009 at 4:47 am

      You can’t. The empire totalwar Files are all in Hex and what not code. You actually need to have someone mod it for you if you dont know how to change it your self, unlike the old setup

      Blah B
      Blah A
      Blah C
      Blah D

  4. jeez
    June 15, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    “You guys are so god damn retarded. If you want to unlock every faction in the empire total war campaign map just do what you did in the other total war games, edit the files.”


    • June 16, 2009 at 2:35 am

      You’re an idiot, see the comment just above you. Oh, and have a nice day!

  5. xristos
    July 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    what the fuck filefront is unvailable and i cant downloas startpos!!!!!
    fuck anyone knows any other way?

  6. Zelezo
    December 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    well it thouroughly fucked my game up , any ideas on how i can fix it?

    • December 14, 2009 at 7:00 am

      There’s a warning on the mod saying it may cause issues. Sounds like it has caused issues. Don’t know how you can fix them except maybe uninstalling and reinstalling the game. You could try asking the makers of the mod.

  7. av43p8vhj
    December 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    is this available for patch 1,5?

    • blah blah
      June 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm

      This isn’t really a stable version, it just enables all the factions with a FoW issue.

      EDIT: I removed the file and uploaded it to FileFront. It was using a ton of bandwidth because it had so many hits. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.




      OK, after reading alot of posts of people being a bit silly I’m just going to write a post answering most of it in a hopefully idiot proof way.


      1. Download this program http://downloads.sourceforge.net/sevenzip/7z465.exe <<<<<This is if you have a 32-bit version of XP/Vista, http://downloads.sourceforge.net/sevenzip/7z465-x64.msi <<<<<This is if you have a 64-bit version of XP/Vista. If you don't know which you have your best to go with the 32-bit version, but if that doesn't work then you simply need the 64-bit version.
      2. Install the "7z" program you just downloaded
      3. Download the file from the first post of this thread; http://files.filefront.com/startpos7z/;13433850;/fileinfo.html <<<<< THIS
      NOTE: For ease of making sure you don't overwrite anything or just do something silly save this file to the desktop.
      4. This file you have downloaded should be called "startpos" or "startpos.7z" (depending on how things are set up on your computer)
      5. Right click on the "startpos" file you just downloaded and click the "7-zip" option, then click the "extract files" option.
      6. A window should open, simply click "OK". It will then do its stuff.
      7. You should now have a folder on your desktop called "startpos" and inside there should be a file called "startpos.esf" or possibly "startpos" depending on your computer.
      8. Go to this location "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\empire total war\data\campaigns" OR "C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\empire total war\data\campaigns". If you can't find these then you will simply have to rout around your C: drive and find the empire total war folder which should then have all the rest of the stuff in it.
      9. Right click on the "main" (not "main_2") folder and click "copy".
      10. Go to your desktop and right click on an empty space and click "paste".
      11. In the folder "startpos" on your DESKTOP get the file called "startpos.esf" and right click it and press "copy".
      12. Go to the same location as step 8. but this time go INTO the "main" folder (here there should be two files, one called "startpos.esf" and another called "scripting.lua"). Right click on an empty space in this folder and press "paste". It will then prompt you if you wish to overwrite the file, just say yes or the equivalent answer.
      13. You're done!

      FOW issue

      When in game simply press "L" on your keyboard. Click on your "Armies" tab, click an army and tell them to move somewhere. Now you should be able to see and click on stuff.

      Emergent Factions

      Simply put, DON'T BOTHER!!!!! At the moment you can't play them due to them having no lands to control. Until someone mods this YOU CAN'T!!!!!

      A bit lame that this had to be my first post but hello everybody!!!!

  8. Leonidas
    October 17, 2010 at 9:59 am


    When I click on the above link it only shows that an error has occured.. Can we get it anywhere else?? I tried googling it but all different websites are with the same link.. Please help

    • October 17, 2010 at 10:28 am

      Must be dead by now – all I can suggest is googling up the Total War forums and having a look for some mods or links there.

  9. Tris
    April 19, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I have the all factions un-locked mod and playing as pirates with the damn unit cap is driving me insane! Is there a patch or mod to eliminate this? if so, please send me the link or if not can some skilled moders create me one! lol :-p

    • April 19, 2011 at 12:19 am

      Not sure. ETW forums might be able to help.

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