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Duchy rankAlbania
Primary culture
Albanian (South Slavic)

Capital province
Lezhë (4175)

Despotic MonarchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
EasternEastern technology group
Albanian ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Manpower recovery speed
+20% Fort defense

Land force limit modifier.png All Lands Under Skanderbeg

+20% Land force limit modifier

Land leader maneuver.png Land of Ambushers

+1 Land leader maneuver

Prestige.png Kingdom of Albania

+1 Yearly prestige

Cavalry flanking ability.png Hit and Run

+50% Cavalry flanking ability

Stability cost modifier.png Land of the Eagles

−10% Stability cost modifier

Tolerance heretic.png Albanian Tolerance

+1 Tolerance of heretics
+1 Tolerance of heathens

National manpower modifier.png Break The Power Of Princes

+15% National manpower modifier

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−1% Yearly army tradition decay

Albania is a one province minor in Eastern Europe. It starts out surrounded by Flag of Serbia Serbia, Flag of Venice Venice and Flag of Ottomans Ottomans. The latter two countries each own one of its core provinces.

Although Albania is Catholic, its capital province is Orthodox. It does start out with a very good leader, a 6/5/6 who is also a 5/5/5 general.


Lucky bastard

Albanian starting position is known for its encirclement by Flag of Ottomans Ottomans and Flag of Venice Venice, but godlike ruler and general Skanderbeg.

Cores of Flag of Ottomans Ottomans and Flag of Venice Venice make Flag of Albania Albania desirable to conquer. You must secure alliances with Flag of Hungary Hungary and Flag of Aragon Aragon to make Flag of Byzantium Byzantium more desirable. After this you can change your religion to Orthodox if you want. You will benefit from it internally but diplomacy will suffer.

In scenario where Flag of Ottomans Ottomans attack Flag of Byzantium Byzantium who is allied to Flag of Serbia Serbia , your first move is conquering Zeta. This should provoke Flag of Venice Venice to attack Flag of Serbia Serbia. It is easy to white peace Serbian ally Flag of Bosnia Bosnia. When you occupy Smederevo, take Zeta, Kosovo and Raska and vassalize Flag of Serbia Serbia to get into defensive war against Flag of Venice Venice. After you and your allies occupy as many provinces as you can or you see ottoman forces near your borders, sue for peace with Istria as must have.

If they don't attack, great. But if they do, you must rapidly make spy network, take icon of St. Michael and Military commander advisor. You must fight many battles on defensive terrain, occupy Selanik and hold your capital. Sue for peace if you see that your your allies can not endure more warfare or if Skanderbeg dies.

After this war, you shall seek alliance with Flag of Austria Austria, Flag of Muscovy Muscovy or some of western great powers, but main exit to safety is joining into HRE. Consider moving capital to Istria.

Expansion should lead you to Gulf of Venice, Flag of Bosnia Bosnia or you could stack galley to obtain naval dominance and defeat Flag of Ottomans Ottomans by good old blockade of sea of Marmara.

After you take out the Ottomans, you should be concerned of Muslim Nations that would create collinations against you and you should rapidly expand into the caucuses before Russia does or else it would be difficult to obtain the Albania or Iberia achievement and need help at least 3 nations

So far you are already a great power and try not to screw up

Good luck!


Albania or Iberia icon
As Albania, own or have a subject own Iberia and the Caucasus.
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