Sub-Saharan Africa

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This article is considered accurate for the current version of the game.

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 technology groupWest Africa[edit]

West Africa is in the Sub-Saharan technology group.

West African national ideas

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


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 (West African) Benin (1147) Has own idea
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Bonoman[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Animism Animist Aka (West African) Bonoman (2254)
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Dagbon[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Animism Animist Dagomba (West African) Dagbon (2256)
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Fulo[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Animism Animist Fulani (Sahelian) Tekrur (2237) Available from around 1550 onwards
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Hausa[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Mali (Mande) Bonny (1151)
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Jolof[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Senegambian (Sahelian) Wolof (1116)
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Jenné[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Sunni IslamSunni Bozo (Mande) Jenne (1134)
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Kaabu[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Sunni IslamSunni Senegambian (Sahelian) Kaabu
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Kano[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Sunni IslamSunni Hausa (Sahelian) Kano (1155)
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Kong[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Sunni IslamSunni Dyola (Mande) Kong (1125)
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Loango[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Shamanism Shamanist Kongolese (African) Loango (1166) Has same idea as Kongo
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Macina[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Soninke (Mande) Wagadu (2245)
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Ndongo[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Shamanism Shamanist Kongolese (African) Ndongo (1171) Has same idea as Kongo
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Nupe[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Nupe (West African) Nupe (1145)
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Oyo[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Animism Animist Yorumba (West African) Ife (1146)
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Segu[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Animism Animist Mali (Mande) Massina (1131) Only exists in 1620 and later
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Timbuktu[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Federation Sunni Islam Sunni Tuareg (Sahelian) Timbuktu (1132)
For the region, see Timbuktu (region).
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Yao[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Bilala (Sahelian) Yao (2288)
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Zazzau[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Kingdom Animism Animist Hausa (Sahelian) Zazzau (1154)

Muslim technology groupNortheast Africa[edit]

Northeast Africa is in the Muslim technology group.

Generic national ideas

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 (Cushitic) Harer (1211)
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Alodia[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Coptic.pngCoptic Nubian (Sudanese) Soba (2798)
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Aussa[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali (Cushitic) Ausa (2764)
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Darfur[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Nubian (Sudanese) Darfur (1219) Available from around 1550 onwards
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Funj[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Coptic.pngCoptic Nubian (Sudanese) Gezira (1222) 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.
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Geledi[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali (Cushitic) Afgooye (2776) Does not exist in 1444
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Harar[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali (Cushitic) Harer (1211) Does not exist in 1444
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Hobyo[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali (Cushitic) Hobyo (2783) Does not exist in 1444
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Kaffa[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Coptic.pngCoptic Sidamo (Cushitic) Kaffa (2757)
For the region, see Kaffa (region).
Not to be confused with Kaffa & Azow (region).
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Majeerteen[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali (Cushitic) Galkayo (2784) Does not exist in 1444
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Makuria[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni IslamSunni Nubian (Sudanese) Dongola (1228)
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Marehan[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni IslamSunni Somali (Cushitic) Galkayo (2784)
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Medri Bahri[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Coptic.pngCoptic Tigray (Cushitic) Mendefera (2766)
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Semien[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Jewish.pngJewish Amhara (Cushitic) Semien (2771) Only Jewish country in the game. Does not exist in 1444
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Warsangali[edit]

Government monarchy.pngDespotic Monarchy Sunni Islam Sunni Somali (Cushitic) Las Khorey (2789)

Indian technology groupSoutheast Africa[edit]

Southeast Africa is in the Indian technology group.

Swahili national ideas

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 maneuver

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
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Malindi[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Swahili (African) Malindi (1203)
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Mombasa[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Swahili (African) Mombasa (1202)
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Mutapa[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Animism Animist Shona (African) Zimbabwe (1184)
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Pate[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Ibadi Islam Ibadi Swahili (African) Pate (2796) Starts as Sunni in some starting dates.
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Sofala[edit]

Government tribal.pngTribal Despotism Sunni Islam Sunni Swahili (African) Sofala (1186) Is a vassal of Kilwa in 1444