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Cartagena - Immersive Custom Nation & League for FM23 - UPDATED for 23.5.0

A new nation in the colonized Saharas, with hundreds of new custom teams, stadiums, cities, and players. Liga Royale joins Europe as one of the best leagues.

By Updated on Sep 19, 2023   22706 views   15 comments
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FM 2023 Fantasy Scenarios - Cartagena - Immersive Custom Nation & League for FM23 - UPDATED for 23.5.0
A little introduction

In a fantasy world, Carthage rises to conquer Gibraltar and colonize the empty Saharas. Today, its people find entertainment in football. Its rich cities have given birth to hundreds of football teams, but only 20 can play in the Liga Royale, with the others having to rise through the ranks of the 5 leagues to get a spot. The Champions League, Europa League and Conference League welcome these new challengers that will have to get out of coefficient hell.

A little project backstory

I started this project in FM13 as a very small personal job. I then moved everything over to FM16 and started adding more leagues. In FM19 and then later on FM21, I worked hard to expand this project and create unique teams, stadiums, players and staff, logos, kits, colours, cups and more tiers of the pyramid.
In FM21 this gained some traction so I spent the post-launch weeks of FM23 to perfect this project and have more people enjoy it.

The teams:

San Ramirez - The star of Cartagena. A rich, elegant and respected team, but not liked by many.
Usulutàn - A very strong rival of San Ramirez and contender for the title, with a great financial backbone.
Santa Ana Alzate - A strong title contender that respects its Cartaginian origins;
Delgado Sariñana - The smallest but the richest of the top 4. Its spending powers and big name pull is a constant threat to the top 4.
Keep an eye on Estudiantes, a team that fell into the 5th league, but is one of the fiercest in the country. They recently gained funding and they are looking to take their righteous spot in the Liga Royale.

Each team has its own manager, assistant manager, and rest of the staff, all assigned from the unemployed list. So you will see some interesting battles between familiar names like Villas-Boas, Rafa Benitez, Joachim Low, Tedesco, and so on.


Most of the teams are almost empty of players to allow a fun first time experience of building out your team.
There are about 100 custom players added, most of them regens with a story from my past saves of FM and some easter eggs here and there.

I highly recommend disabling "add players to playable teams" as it will ruin the experience.

The leagues:

Liga Royale - 20 teams
Liga Segunda - 16 teams
Liga Tercera - 16 teams
La Cuarta Division - 24 teams
La Quinta Division - 14 teams
Each team has its unique story, stadium, kit colours and even staff.
It takes a hell lot of time to create team kits/colors so the teams below these leagues won't have much variation unfortunately


Most of the teams from the 1st to the 3rd division have custom logos, so I highly recommend downloading the logos as well.

I created custom kits for every Liga Royale team, big credits to Kitbasher.
I suggest leaving "do not add key staff" unchecked as most L3 and below teams don't have any staff.

File download: Mediafire
Logos, Kits and Player Faces(new): Mediafire

To install: Go to documents -> Sports interactive - > Football Manager 2023 -> editor data and paste the file
To add logos/kits/faces: Go to documents -> Sports interactive -> Football Manager 2023 and paste the file from the ZIP.


v1.01 / Jan 2023
  • Added Cartagena to the EU and EEA
v1.1 / Mar 2023
  • Updated all team's managers movements
  • Updated all staff with real life movements
  • Updated some club rivalries
  • Updated all graphics to work with 23.3.0
  • Added a lot more players to first division teams
  • Added player faces for all added players
  • Added some new cities and languages for more diverse regens
  • Added back Supercup
  • Added goal line technology
  • Added missing league awards
  • Tweaked cup sub rules
  • Tweaked AI first window transfer behaviour
  • Tweaked some players leaving in the first transfer window
  • Fixed first season European spots going to random clubs in the 4th division
  • Fixed random Azeri regens showing up
  • Fixed added players showing up as just transfered in the first transfer window
v1.2 / Apr 2023
  • Updated player faces to work with 23.4 (you will need to re-download graphics)
  • Updated file to work with 23.4
  • Added more flavour to the 2nd and 3rd leagues: rivalries, stadiums
  • Added a few more players so some clubs have a better chance in the first season
  • New Added Chairmen! Added some interesting chairspeople to three clubs to see if the AI does better and more realistic actions
  • Added some captains
  • Fixed Pep Boada working as a Director instead of DoF for San Ramirez
  • Fixed lower league teams using huge stadiums
v1.3 / June 2023
  • Toned down the income for top teams. The numbers were initially balanced based on the teams having no players and this is no longer the case.
  • Fixed awards short names not showing up
  • NewDesigned new logos for Usulutan, Delgado, San Miguel and Atletico Tecla (much overdue). You will need to replace the graphics folder and reload your skin for these changes to apply.
v1.4 / September 2023
  • Updated to work with 23.5
  • Further nerfed the income of some Cartagena top teams for better long term balancing
  • Nerfed some of the top players in Cartagena following testing and feedback.
  • Added a few more players and player faces. You will need to re-download the graphics folder for the faces.

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Discussion: Cartagena - Immersive Custom Nation & League for FM23 - UPDATED for 23.5.0

15 comments have been posted so far.

  • mitza8's avatar
    @socrpio02 If you are using two mods that both add teams, some IDs could be clashing so you'll only see the correct logos from one of the mods unfortunately. I don't think there's much I can do in this case
  • scorpio02's avatar
    Hi, sorry for bothering you. I tried using your fantasy mod on crtagena, and I really like it. the only thing is that the graphics don't work, except for the photos of the players: I think it's because it has the other existing club logos and kits downloaded from df11 and fc12 for example. can it be solved? A thousand thanks. when I empty the cache and reload the skin, I still see clearly the logos and kits downloaded from third parties as mentioned before, but not those of your mod. yet they are where they should be
  • Jabbos81's avatar
    The concept, the idea is really impressive.
    In my humble opinion, I think you have made an ultra-powerful nation, its league is among the best, young players with excessive potential, subtracting from realism. And I have not looked at the youth rating of Cartagena, which will surely be at the level of Brazil, which is the most powerful nation in that sense.

    I think that if you adjust the nation to a medium-low level, but that it is a sleeping nation that I call (one that with the work of a few years that is carried out in the country you can take Cartagena and its league to a higher level). Because right now, Cartagena is a country that could well be England in terms of resources, and we are talking about the fact that it is a new country in the world of football. It would be nice if there was growth from the base, not to arrive and be the top of the top.

    But hey, that as I say ... is my humble opinion.

    Even so, I want to congratulate you for such a titanic work, idea, effort and desire that you have put into this.
  • pandaisland's avatar
    I have just completed my first season with this DB using estudiantes and lost 1 game [dam you tocoto]. scored 161 goals conceded 10. As far as star players i reccomend loren zuniga scored 50 goals.
  • KalebENRH's avatar
    ok this is awesome O:
  • Khurtny's avatar
    I've done the same, please explain how the graphics folder should look like because I have other graphics folder there, I mean example; like footbe logos
  • mitza8's avatar
    @Khurtny Try clearing your cache as well
  • Khurtny's avatar
    My kits, logos, and all are not appearing even after adding the file to my existing graphics files, and reloading the skin.
  • mitza8's avatar
    Update 1.01 / Jan 2023 - Added Cartagena to the EU and EEA
  • fermcr's avatar
    That's a lot of work you did.
  • CriGio's avatar
    Hello, great job there is the national Carthage
  • mitza8's avatar
    Thank you, I am keen to hear any feedback or suggestions!
  • billywhizz33's avatar
    What a fantastic piece of work , well done , defo gonna give this one a go.
  • NolifeAddict's avatar
    Thanks for your work my good sir !
  • BeboRage's avatar
    cool idea and concept , i love these types .. great effort man
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