I'd also recommend the following mods:
Wu Kingdaissance - Adds dozens (if not more) of historic characters to game, granting several of them unique ability trees and ancillaries. It's like Make Them Unique but with way more characters (however the portraits are of lower quality). They're not compatible, and I prefer Wu.
Better Diplomacy - Makes diplomacy feel more realistic and logical. Friendships are based on long term relationships and enemies based on local threats or disrupting said friendships. For example, base game gives you more relationship from a 1 turn-treaty than a 20-turn treaty. This reverses that.