Kislev is a minor faction in Total War: Warhammer and Total War: Warhammer II.
They are the northernmost nation of men, living between the civilized nations of men and Dwarfs of the south and the barbaric tribes of the Chaos Wastes to the north. Kislev appears in The Old World and Mortal Empires campaigns.
Though they have their own category on the Diplomacy screen, they still use the Empire unit roster.
In Warhammer Fantasy lore, Kislev is strongly based of Russia, Kislev has one single unit, the winged lancers, that are somewhat inspired by Polish Hussars. The country of Kislev is led by a Tzar or Tzarina and is a strong ally of The Empire.
Kislev is currently treated as just another faction in the Empire category, sharing the technology and graphics with it. However, it is a distinct subgroup in the game's files and has some unique commandments included, indicating its role might be expanded in the future.
The Kislev faction starts out in a strong position: controlling Northern Oblast, Eastern Oblast, Southern Oblast and Troll Country. However, their northern position puts them directly in the path of aggressive, hostile factions like Warriors of Chaos and Wintertooth (Norscan faction). They usually suffer greatly in the Chaos invasion.
Their faction capital (not racial capital) is the settlement of Kislev in Southern Oblast.
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