For steppe nomads.
- −10% Aggressive expansion impact
- −5 Years of separatism
- −20% Land attrition
- +20% Cavalry combat ability
- −5% Land maintenance modifier
- +1 Land leader shock
- −25% Core-creation cost
- +20% Manpower recovery speed
- +25% National manpower modifier
- −10% Stability cost modifier
- Main article: Tatar missions
Bukhara does not exist.
If Uzbek is AI-controlled, then
If Bukhara has never been formed before, then:
Form Mughal Empire
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$MONARCH$ 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.
Mughals does not exist
In November 1444, Uzbek is the highest development and arguably most powerful of the Siberian step hordes, surrounded by Kazan and Nogai to the west, Chagatai and Oirat to the east, and Transoxiana, presently a vassal to the declining Timurid Empire to the south. A player playing Uzbek has nearly limitless options for expansion. To the West, Muscovy, if left undisturbed, will devour its neighbors one by one, reforming into the Russian Empire and starting and almost inevitable eastward expansion, particularly if Third Rome is installed giving Russia access to the powerful Siberian Frontier mode of colonization. As Muscovy/Russia is the largest threat to the player, the Uzbek player must grapple with how and when to confront them.
Regardless of the overall strategy pursued by the player, a few early moves are consistently advisable. In spite of its name, a very small percentage of the Uzbek Khanate's population are ethnically Uzbek, with the majority being Kazakh as well as a large proportion of Sibir (Tatar) and Ostyak (Urgic). The player is therefore advised to make Kazakh an accepted culture as soon as enough diplomatic points have accrued, followed by one of either Sibir or Ostyak. Similarly, a majority of Uzbek peoples in 1444 live within Transoxiana, making southern expansion comparatively easy once Transoxiana breaks free of Timurid control. The highly developed provinces of Bukhara and Samarkand lie on the Uzbek border and should be seized by the player when an opportunity presents its self. One such opportunity to pick up these valuable provinces will arise when Transoxiana attempts to break free from Timurid control. The province of Bukhara in particular gives the player the ability for reform into the Bukhara Sultanate granting 25 prestige and claims on most of the remaining Uzbek culture provinces, as well as changing the government type from Steppe Horde to Iqta. The desirability of this change largely reflects playing style, those favoring a more aggressive style, or pursing an early confrontation with Ming benefiting more from the steppe horde government type, while others preferring a more leisurely playing style benefiting more from reforming into Bukhara. The player also starts the game with a fair number of high unrest provinces, particularly in the north.
One strategy for dealing with Muscovy/Russia is to attack while the Russian empire is in its infancy. Muscovy's large number of vassal states will still make them a dangerous adversary, even in the early game, so the player must tread carefully if pursuing this option. If an early confrontation with Muscovy is desired then the player should rival and then attack Kazan shortly after the start of the game and before alliances can be formed. The larger Uzbek military will easily overwhelm Kazan, allowing the player to capture its valuable gold producing province and potentially its capital fortification. Simultaneously the player should forge alliances with any other steppe hordes which have not rivaled the player (Crimea, Nogai, and Great Horde). Muscovy (and its vassal swarm) consists of mainly woodland and forested provinces in which steppe hordes are penalized. If the player finds its self in a confrontation with Muscovy as Uzbek it is best to try to draw the Muscovite armies out into the Siberian or Tatar steppe where the are vulnerable and then attack. As usually wait for Muscovy to break its army up into small groups in order to avoid attrition, then sweep in and pick off isolated smaller armies.
If confrontation with Muscovy is desired it may be preferable to reform into Bukhara in order to eliminate the penalty for combat in woodland areas. Bukhara is also better situated to pursue wait and attack strategies as it is not penalized for extended periods of peace, while Uzbek, as a steppe horde will need to continually launch new offensives in order to preserve horde unity. Waiting for Muscovy to be dragged into a war with one of the other European powers and overrunning Muscovy from the east (with the help of whatever Tatar allies are available) while their armies are deployed in the west is advisable regardless of whether the player has reformed into Bukhara. A player actively seeking a confrontation with Muscovy should be constantly on the lookout for the possibility of an alliance with Poland, especially if Poland holds a personal union over Lithuania, as this will make crushing Muscovy in the early game far easier.
If the player does not wish to take the fight to Muscovy, then this leaves two other options, expanding South or expanding East. Muscovy will likely choose to chew through Novgorod, Great Horde, Kazan, and Nogai before confronting Uzbek, leaving the player time gain strength by expanding and to forge the needed defensive alliances. The easier path is to expand south through the collapsing Timurid empire. Uzbek has several options available for transforming its self into an empire. Expanding south gives it the option to enthrone one of Timur's heirs, eliminating the remnants of the old Timurid empire and re-forming into a new Timurid empire, in the process gaining claims to huge swaths of territory in the process. Similarly the player may expand into Afghanistan and Northern India forming the powerful Mughal Empire. If either of these options are pursued be on the lookout for the possibility of an alliance with the Ottomans, as this will effectively check Russian expansion into Uzbek territory. Reforming into Bukhara is advisable if pursuing this option, eliminating the malus for steppe hordes fighting in mountainous territory and for the large number of claims on nearby territory it grants.
Lastly the player may expand east, taking the fight to the behemoth Ming Empire and replacing them with a renewed Yuan Dynasty as emperor of China. Assuming Mandate of Heaven is installed, the key to defeating Ming is forcing the unguarded northern frontier disaster triggered by a non-tributary steppe horde amassing more than 300 development on the Ming border, The combination if the -15% army morale with the penalties to shock damage from having having low mandate will make defeating Ming's enormous armies far easier and Uzbek is already close to the needed development at game start. As such, if the player is interested in this strategy, they are advised not to reform into Bukhara, and also to attack the neighboring steppe hordes to the east early before they can be forced into tributary status by Ming. However, the player is also advised to wait to gain a direct border with Ming until after (or near when) they have at least 300 development in order to avoid Ming attacking the player to enforce tributary status before unguarded nomadic frontier may be triggered.
In order to keep pace with Muscovy/Russia pursuing military ideas is strongly advised, however these should be subordinated to keeping up with Muscovy in military technology, particularly in the early game. Defensive ideas are highly advised, the 25% reduction in attrition rate can make a huge difference in the Siberian winter, and the bonus to land-leader maneuver will also be very valuable as your armies criss-cross an enormous and sparsely populated land empire. Running out of manpower can be lethal for steppe hordes, so quantity is a strong choice if the player chooses not to reform into Bukhara, if the player favors cavalry heavy armies aristocracy can also be a strong choice for the reduction cavalry cost and increase in ability (as well as more manpower and autonomy reduction). Regardless of the strategy pursued a great deal of expansion will be required, which can make Admin a strong choice. Economic ideas are also helpful, particularly for autonomy reduction and inflation reduction from captured gold mines.