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- +1 Possible advisors
- +20% Religious unity
- +10% Global trade power
- +10% Cavalry combat ability
- -10% Stability cost modifier
- +1 Tolerance of heretics
- +1 Tolerance of heathens
- +1 Yearly prestige
- +1 Diplomats
- +5% Discipline
- +100% Available mercenaries
Reconquest of Pulicat
Base weight: 3000
Vijayanagar owns the target province.
Any of the following is true:
Vijayanagar gets the modifier “Military Victory” for 10 years, giving:
Vijayanagar can form Bharat as a Dravidian nation.
- Main article: Vijayangari events
Vijayanagar's events are focused on its temples, poets and various interactions with its Tamil populace, including multiple uprisings.
This section may contain outdated information that is inaccurate for the current version of the game. The last version it was verified as up to date for was 1.11.
Vijayanagar is in an enviable position: water on two sides, 3 OPMs on the west with the only real threats being from the North. In addition, their capital city is in one of the richest trade nodes on the planet (Ceylon) with the Bengal node just upstream- it is easily possible to dominate world trade.
The first order of business is to take care of the player's northern rival - Bahmanis. Build the army up to the forcelimit (14), then attack them and get as much land as possible, this means conquer provinces, then release vassal from them to feed with cores from Muslim enemies. If the player waits, Bahmanis will ally with Gujarat and build a bigger army, slowing down expansion. In the meanwhile, vassalize one of the three OPMs to the west, conquer the other two and sell provinces an appropriate vassal.
Celyon rarely builds an army bigger than 5k and almost never has allies, so can be conquered later. Orissa often ends at war against Bengal and its Muslim allies, so if the player times their war against Orissa wisely it will be easy to get Vijayanagari cores.
Now, after having integrated the players western vassal, the player has water on three sides with Orissa and Gujarat to the North. The players NIs and starting position mean that he is destined to be a trade leader with tons of gold and large mercenary armies, at least initially. It is advisable to hire mercenaries if the player keeps attacking those two, since frequent wars will be a major drain on manpower.
It's advisable to return cores to vassals or other countries rather than directly conquer provinces. This allows the player to save up Admin points, and not fall behind as well as reducing overextension and Aggressive Expansion, avoiding coalitions against the player.
By now, the player should be leading the world in Trade and probably be in the top bracket income wise. Continually build trade ships and move power down from Bengal while keeping enough ships to keep 80-90% power in Ceylon. The remaining nations of India will most probably hate Vijayanagar, but the player should be able to fight them off without much difficulty. Making use of the navy to speed up sieges in coastal provinces is advisable. Rival and slowly destroy big blobs forming on the subcontinent. It might be good idea to rival and embargo Oman if they are taking a lot of trade action in Ceylon.
Generally, the player is never far behind in technology, as Vijayanagar has a high income and can afford level 3 advisers. But if, for whatever reason, the player wants to westernize, just place a colony in Africa next to Spain or Portugal once they get there. This means the player must take the Exploration idea group- also allowing the player to get a foothold in Indonesia and Philippines.
Forming Bharat as Vijayanagar
This strategy focuses specifically on how to form Bharat, and the needed steps to do so. As Vijayanagar, the player is in a prime position to form Bharat. They begin as one of the largest Indian states, closest to the richer trade nodes in the game, and have good enough ideas. Their rivals can all be taken out with ease, and there is plenty of room for easy expansion.
To begin, the player should look to completely lock down the West side of their tip of India, mainly to secure the ports there (and thus the Ceylon node), and to get the provinces needed to form Bharat. This means either vassalizing or outright annexing the many small states there. Hopefully these provinces will give the player a larger edge over its rivals of Gujarat, Bahmanis and Orissa. If the player is worried about being attacked while at war, wait until the threat is at war before declaring.
Hopefully the player now has most of the western states annexed/vassalized. Building army and navy up to forcelimits is needed early on. The next step would be to focus on Orissa, and reclaiming the player's cores. As one of them is an important trading centre, taking these provinces is paramount. Orissa should be no match for Vijayanagar's army, even if they have some allies. If the player's aggressive expansion isn't too high, taking some other provinces (the important centre of trade ones, specifically) is a good idea.
Ceylon is now the prime target for annexation. They hold an important centre of trade, are isolated with few allies, and Buddhist. Nobody will care if they are annexed outright, and they have a very small army. Vijayanagar needs their capital to form Bharat anyway.
The player should now hold most of the provinces needed to form Bharat. The rest of them only require pushing into Bahmanis and Orissa territory, two states that Vijay's army should be able to beat quite easily. The only thing to look out for is coalitions forming. Releasing vassals and diplo-vassalizing them could be a good idea, if the player has too much aggressive expansion.
As the player can see, forming Bharat as Vijayanagar is only a matter of patience and not being sloppy with wars. Be cautious of Vijayanagar's events, though- some of them are quite nasty, such as increasing unrest in large parts of their territory and such. After forming Bharat, the player now has claims on all of India. Take advantage of this and push in every available direction- cut down blobs by releasing countries wherever possible, and gobble up all OPMs available. Focusing on Shia/Sunni countries could be a good idea, to cut down on any conversion the player might need to do.
If the player has reached this far, and conquered all of India, they are most definitely a world power. India has high base tax provinces and is in an excellent position to expand - the usually collapsing Timurids, the weak states to the East, or the out of date Hordes to the North.