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Kingdom rankAfghanistan
Primary culture
Afghan (Iranian)

Capital province
Kabul (447)

Iqta Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
MuslimMuslim technology group
Afghan ideas

Traditions.png Traditions:

+10% Domestic trade power
+0.5 Yearly army tradition

Cost of reducing war exhaustion.png Pashtunwali

−10% Cost of reducing war exhaustion

Fort defense.png Shadows of the Hindu Kush

+25% Fort defense

National manpower modifier.png Tureh

+20% National manpower modifier

Diplomatic reputation.png Afghan Diaspora

+1 Diplomatic reputation

Cavalry combat ability.png Durrani Imperialism

+15% Cavalry combat ability

Yearly legitimacy.png Institutionalized Loya Jirga

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Attrition for enemies.png Graveyard of Empires

+1 Attrition for enemies

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−33% General cost

Afghanistan is an Afghan country in Central Asia. As of update 1.23 in 1444 Afghanistan begins as a vassal of the Timurids with a high liberty desire. Prior to update 1.23 Afghanistan only appeared in later start dates though early on could be created by rebels. Starting in 1444 Afghanistan has six cores on the Afghan cultured provinces in the Flag of Timurids Timurids and a single Afghan core in Flag of Sistan Sistan. Afghanistan borders the Timurids to the north, Flag of Sistan Sistan to the west, Flag of Multan Multan, Flag of Kashmir Kashmir, and Flag of Ladakh Ladakh to the east, and Flag of Baluchistan Baluchistan to the south.

Decisions[edit | edit source]

Afghanistan can form Flag of Mughals Mughals.


Execute decision.pngForm Mughal Empire

$MONARCH$ has begun to lay the foundation of his new empire. Although inferior in numbers, his well-disciplined troops have managed to achieve several decisive victories against the Sultans of India. The battle of $CAPITAL$ became the first great victory in a series of territorial expansions and, with time, the empire of the Mughals could stretch over the larger part of the Indian plateau.

Potential requirements

The country:

If the country is AI-controlled then it:

Playing with normal or historical nations.


Flag of Mughals Mughals does not exist
The country:

Delhi (522) is part of a state.


The country:

If Delhi (522) is part of the HRE, but its owner is not a member then:

  • the province is removed from the HRE.
  • the Holy Roman Emperor:
    • gets the opinion modifier “Removed provinces from the Empire” towards the owner, worth Opinion.png−50 opinion with a yearly decay of 1.
    • loses Imperial authority.png1 imperial authority.

Delhi (522):

  • becomes the new capital of the owner country.
  • gains Base tax.png 1 base tax
  • gains Production.png 1 base production
  • gains Manpower.png 1 base tax

  • AI will always take this decision.
  • AI gives "very high priority" (600) to this decision

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Timurid missions

Afghanistan shares the same missions the Timurids. Timurid missions are mainly focused around conquering and vassalising its neighbours, Flag of Persia Persia in particular should it appear, as well as invading India and form the Flag of Mughals Mughals.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Strategy The below is one of many player suggested strategies for Afghanistan. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.

Starting situation[edit | edit source]

Afghanistan begins making negative income each month. Some players might deal with this by demolishing the fort in Kandahar unless they want to resort to raising the tax output by depleting admin points in the poor terrain provinces. The fee for being a vassal being over one ducat per month will be substantial this early until the player achieves independence. The expenses for the Afghanistan in normal will generally be around six ducats per month.

Opening moves[edit | edit source]

As a vassal the most common pursuit an Afghan player might make would be to leave its subjugation by the Timurids. The player should be able to gain alliances with the other vassals of the Timurids, though if they wish to, this should be done as soon as possible as their overlord will quickly placate and influence its vassals. The highest developed Timurid vassal with the most troops, Transoxiana, would be the most prioritized ally by most players. However, the player should take into consideration that Transoxiania will often start a war for independence before the player does.

It is recommend however for the player to try and acquire countries to support their independence. Castille and Ming will generally support the player but will have little contribution to such a far away war. Instead closer common countries to help support Afghanistan's independence are Mamluks or possibly Ajam. The player might want to improve relations with these countries if they are not ready to support them.

Some players might want to let Transoxiana start their independence war first as the nations supporting the players independence will be called into the war. Afghanistan for its participation is likely to receive some cores from the Timurids though it may be preferable to take occupy and annex land from the Timurids in a separate peace deal thus remaining a vassal. Remaining a vassal the player will likely able to gain powerful countries to support their independence and take more land in their own personal war for independence. A weaker Timurids missing land and Transoxiana will likely have more enemies wishing to support the independence of a rebellious vassal like Afghanistan.

Players trying to avoid Transoxiana starting an independence before they do might want to start their war as soon as they have acquired their preferred allies. It would be recommend to prioritize on making the Timurids cancel vassals over giving them Afghan land to make future wars with the Timurids easier.

Mid-game[edit | edit source]

Once the player has secured independence, there are several options one can pursue. For example, one can pursue conquest into India and forming the Mughals, unlocking their powerful ideas as well as their permanent claims on the entire Indian region. Alternatively, one can pursue further conquest into the Iranian region and reform either Persia or the Timurids, depending on the player's preference, although Persia would be more recommended due to their better national ideas. After forming any of these nations, Afghanistan's future is promising and leaves it poised to dominate the Central Asian region, the Indian region, or both.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

True Heir of Timur icon
Starting as a Timurid subject, form the Mughals and conquer India by 1550.

Country guides

Eastern technology group Eastern.png Jerusalem.png Jerusalem Karabakh.png Karabakh
Muslim technology group Muslim.png Afghanistan.png Afghanistan Ajam.png Ajam Arabia.png Arabia Ardabil.png Ardabil Hisn Kayfa.png Hisn Kayfa Hormuz.png Hormuz Oman.png Oman Mushasha.png Mushasha Timurids.png Timurids Qara Qoyunlu.png Qara Qoyunlu
Indian technology group Indian.png Assam.png Assam Bahmanis.png Bahmanis Bengal.png Bengal Orissa.png Orissa
Chinese technology group Chinese.png Bali.png Bali Brunei.png Brunei Dai Viet.png Dai Viet Japan.png Japan Khmer.png Khmer Korea.png Korea Majapahit.png Majapahit Malaya.png Malaya Pagarruyung.png Pagarruyung Pasai.png Pasai Sunda.png Sunda
Nomadic technology group Nomadic.png Jianzhou.png Jianzhou Uzbek.png Uzbek Mongolia.png Mongolia

Central African technology group Central African.png Kuba.png KubaMutapa.png Mutapa
East African technology group East African.png Ethiopia.png EthiopiaMogadishu.png Mogadishu
Muslim technology group Muslim.png The Mamluks.png MamluksMorocco.png MoroccoTlemcen.png TlemcenTunis.png Tunis
West African technology group West African.png Air.png AirMali.png Mali

Western technology group Western.png United States.png United States
Mesoamerican technology group Mesoamerican.png Maya.png Maya
North American technology group North American.png Caddo.png Caddo Cherokee.png Cherokee Iroquois.png Iroquois

Andean technology group Andean.png Chachapoya.png Chachapoya Cusco.png Cusco Muisca.png Muisca
South American technology group South American.png Mapuche.png Mapuche