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Kingdom rankAztec
Primary culture
Aztec (Central American)

Capital province
Mexico (852)

Despotic MonarchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
MesoamericanMesoamerican technology group
Aztec ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Infantry combat ability
−10% Idea cost

Cost of reducing war exhaustion.png Flower Wars

−10% Cost of reducing war exhaustion

Legitimacy.png Sustaining the Gods

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Manpower recovery speed.png Telpochcalli

+10% Manpower recovery speed

Morale of armies.png Eagles and Jaguars

+10% Morale of armies

National tax modifier.png Imperial Tribute

+10% National tax modifier

Production efficiency.png Floating Gardens

+10% Production efficiency

Spy network construction.png Pochtecayotl

+20% Spy network construction

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+25% National manpower modifier

The Aztec are a country located in Central Mexico. It is also the primary nation of the Aztec culture.


Main article: Aztec events

There is a group of events dealing with Altepetls revolts that fires cyclically and forces the player to deal with the danger of revolts. Other events concern some flavour aspects of Aztec nations, granting four permanent modifiers (first one is mandatory, others are optional):

  • Great Temple of Tenochtitlan:
    • +1 Prestige.png yearly prestige.
  • Sumptuary Laws:
    • +2.5% Discipline.png discipline,
    • -5% Cost of reducing war exhaustion.png cost of reducing war exhaustion .
  • Influence of Texcoco:
    • -5% Administrative technology cost administrative technology cost,
    • +0.02 Autonomy.png monthly autonomy change.
  • Laws of Nezahualcoyotl:
    • -0.03 Autonomy.png monthly autonomy change.


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To reform your religion, you have to pass the five reforms. This is done through vassalization of neighbouring countries. Focus on military point generation, and ignore all technologies except military. This will give you a significant edge in battle against the other mesoamerican countries. If possible, ally the strongest Mayan nation.

Focus on the weak Tlaxcala and Tlapanec first, then work your way up to five vassals, only taking provinces if it helps you border other countries, in order to limit doom. From there, pass the first reform, taking the discipline one, and immediately truce break with your former vassals. At this point, you should have enough divisions to carpet siege them and prevent them from forming troops. Do not care about either stability, war exhaustion, or aggressive expansion. Rinse, and repeat. The second reform should be stability cost reduction, then war exhaustion reduction.

Once all reforms are passed, conquer the rest of the mesoamerican nations while stabilizing your country. Do not waste monarch points on technology (you will get 80% techs of the Western nation you reform your religion from). You can take your time as the Western nations only arrive around 1550-1600 in Mexico, but keep almost maxed monarch points to quickly tech up once reformed. From there, build heavy ships and a big army to fend off the Western nations which will undoubtebly attack you.


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Own and have cores on Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Rome as the Aztecs.

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As Aztecs, reach 95 Doom, then go 20 years without Doom hitting 100.
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