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Kingdom rankBenin
Primary culture
Yorumba (West African)

Capital province
Benin (1147)

Tribal DespotismGovernment tribal.png

State religion

Technology group
West AfricanWest African technology group
Beninese ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Morale of armies
+10% National manpower modifier

Legitimacy.png Curb the Uzama

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Siege ability.png Isiatua

+10% Siege ability

National tax modifier.png Appointment of the Onotueyevbo

+10% National tax modifier

Fort defense.png The Walls of Benin

+10% Fort Defense

Goods produced modifier.png Benin Guilds

+10% Goods produced modifier

Max promoted cultures.png Adoption of Benin Customs

+1 Max promoted culture

Trade efficiency.png Regulation of Trade

+10% Trade efficiency

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+10% Land fire damage
For the area, see Benin (area).

Benin is a tribal kingdom located on the coast of Guinea. It borders Flag of Dahomey Dahomey to the northwest, Flag of Oyo Oyo to the north and Flag of Nupe Nupe to the southeast. Benin is one of only three countries in West Africa with sea access, the others being Flag of Jolof Jolof and Flag of Mali Mali. It was established at the end of XII century (see Benin Empire for historical info), and is a playable nation in all historical start dates.


With the Niger estuary in its capital province, Benin starts well-positioned to dominate the Ivory Coast trade node, which provides many options for a variety of expansion paths. Benin's Traditions give it a leg up in warfare with its West African neighbors from the outset of the game. Exploration makes for an excellent first idea in order to secure as many provinces in the Ivory Coast node as possible and fill in the gap between the player and Flag of Kongo Kongo. This also opens further expansion opportunities within Africa to the North, East and South. A Muslim ally such as Flag of Mali Mali or Flag of Songhai Songhai should be sought to secure the player's position while they expand northward.

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