Sub-Saharan Africa

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Sub-Saharan Africa is in 1444 mostly uncolonized, but it also contains several tribal states. Few of these states have unique national ideas, instead sharing the generic national ideas. All of the nations in the western half of Sub-Saharan Africa use the Sub-Saharan technology group, one of the worst in the game. But the nations on the eastern side use either the Indian or Muslim technology group which are somewhat better.

Notable countries[edit]

Notable countries have unique national ideas and/or missions, decisions and events that differentiate them from other more generic countries:

Sub-Saharan.pngWest Africa[edit]

Ideas and traditions

Notes: For all Sub Saharan technology countries except Loango and Ndongo


Traditions.png Traditions:

+15% National manpower modifier
+1 Diplomatic relations

Advisor pool.png Griot Tradition

+1 Possible advisors

Goods produced nationally.png Salt Caravans

+10% Goods produced nationally

Trade power.png Kola Nuts

+10% Global trade power

Religious unity.png Ancestors and Crescent

+20% Religious unity

Cavalry cost.png Royal Stables

-10% Cavalry cost

Trade efficiency.png The Great River

+5% Trade efficiency
-25% Envoy travel time

Accepted culture threshold.png Maintain Minor Kings

-10% Accepted culture threshold

Idea bonus.png Ambitions:

+1 Diplomat
State Government Religion Culture Capital Notes
Benin.png

Benin[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Animism Animist Yorumba Benin
Bonoman.png

Bonoman[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Animism Animist Aka Bonoman
Dagbon.png

Dagbon[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Animism Animist Dagomba Dagbon
Fulo.png

Fulo[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Animism Animist Fulani Tekrur Available from around 1550 onwards
Hausa.png

Hausa[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Mali Bonny
Jolof.png

Jolof[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Senegambian Wolof
Jenné.png

Jenné[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Sunni IslamSunni Bozo Jenne
Kaabu.png

Kaabu[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Sunni IslamSunni Senegambian Kaabu
Kano.png

Kano[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Sunni IslamSunni Hausa Kano
Kong.png

Kong[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Sunni IslamSunni Dyola Kong
Loango.png

Loango[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Shamanism Shamanist Kongolese Loango
Macina.png

Macina[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Soninke Wagadu
Ndongo.png

Ndongo[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Shamanism Shamanist Kongolese Ndongo
Nupe.png

Nupe[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Nupe Nupe
Oyo.png

Oyo[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Animism Animist Yorumba Ife
Segu.png

Segu[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Animism Animist Mali Massina Only exists in 1620 and later
Timbuktu.png

Timbuktu[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Federation Sunni Islam Sunni Tuareg Timbuktu
For the region, see Timbuktu (region).
Yao.png

Yao[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Bilala Yao
Zazzau.png

Zazzau[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Animism Animist Hausa Zazzau

Muslim.pngNortheast Africa[edit]

Northeast Africa is in the Muslim technology group.

Ideas and traditions

Notes: Generic Ideas for all countries that don't have one of the other groups.


Traditions.png Traditions:

-10% Stability cost modifier
-10% Advisor costs

Discipline.png Preserve our troops

+2.5% Discipline

National tax modifier.png Tax Reform

+5% National tax modifier

Mercenary cost.png Regulated Contracts

-10% Mercenary cost

Trade power.png Contract Law

+5% Global trade power

National manpower modifier.png Peasant levy

+5% National manpower modifier

Trade steering.png Mercantile Status

+5% Trade steering

Production efficiency.png Strengthening Land Tenure

+5% Production efficiency

Idea bonus.png Ambitions:

+10% National tax modifier
State Government Religion Culture Capital Notes
Adal.png

Adal[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali Harer
Aussa.png

Aussa[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali Ausa
Alodia.png

Alodia[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism CopticCoptic Nubian Soba
Darfur.png

Darfur[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Nubian Darfur Available from around 1550 onwards
Funj.png

Funj[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism CopticCoptic Nubian Gezira Appears shortly after 1500 by event, unless the region has already been colonized. Gets an event to convert to Sunni Islam Sunni Islam about 20 years after spawning.
Geledi.png

Geledi[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali Afgooye Does not exist in 1444
Harar.png

Harar[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali Harar Does not exist in 1444
Hobyo.png

Hobyo[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali Hobyo Does not exist in 1444
Kaffa.png

Kaffa[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy CopticCoptic Sidamo Kaffa
Majeerteen.png

Majeerteen[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali Galkayo Does not exist in 1444
Makuria.png

Makuria[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Nubian Dongola
Marehan.png

Marehan[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali Galkayo
Medri Bahri.png

Medri Bahri[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy CopticCoptic Tigray Mendefera
Warsangali.png

Warsangali[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni Islam Sunni Somali Las Khorey

Indian.pngSoutheast Africa[edit]

Southeast Africa is in the Indian technology group.

Ideas and traditions

Notes: For countries that have Swahili as the primary culture.


Traditions.png Traditions:

+25% Trade range
-20% Light ship cost

National trade income modifier.png Indian Ocean Trade

+10% National trade income modifier

Naval leader maneuver.png Monsoon Season

+1 Naval leader menuver

Tolerance own.png Great Mosque of Kilwa

+1 Tolerance of true faith

Idea cost.png Indian Ocean Melting Pot

-5% Idea costs

Mercenary cost.png Recruit the Unbelievers

-20% Mercenary cost

Production efficiency.png Ivory Trade

+10% Production efficiency

Diplomatic reputation.png Familiar Presence Abroad

+1 Diplomatic reputation
+1 Diplomatic relations

Idea bonus.png Ambitions:

+10% Trade efficiency
State Government Religion Culture Capital Notes
Kilwa.png

Kilwa[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Swahili Kilwa Can do the Queen of Mercury achievement.
Malindi.png

Malindi[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Swahili Malindi
Mombasa.png

Mombasa[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Swahili Mombasa
Mutapa.png

Mutapa[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Animism Animist Shona Zimbabwe
Pate.png

Pate[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Swahili Pate
Sofala.png

Sofala[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Swahili Sofala Is a vassal of Kilwa in 1444