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Duchy rankCebu
Primary culture
Filipino (Malay)

Capital province
Cebu (4352)

Eastern Plutocracy Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
ChineseChinese technology group
Cebu ideas
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Traditions.png Traditions:

+20% Galley combat ability
+10% Goods produced modifier

Morale of armies.png Lumaya’s Ambition

+10% Morale of armies

Yearly legitimacy.png Chola Legacy

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Yearly navy tradition.png Protect against the Magalos

+1 Yearly navy tradition

Autonomy.png Pacify the Islands

−0.05 Monthly autonomy change

Embargo efficiency.png 'The Place for Trading'

+10% Embargo efficiency
+25% Privateer efficiency

Institution spread.png Befriend the Europeans

+10% Institution spread

Development cost.png Expand the Capital

−10% Development cost

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+10% Global trade power

Cebu is an OPM in the Moluccas. They start with the other small Filipino nations of Flag of Madyas Madyas to the west, Flag of Butuan Butuan and Flag of Maguindanao Maguindanao to the south, and Flag of Maynila Maynila, Flag of Tondo Tondo and Flag of Pangasinan Pangasinan to the north (the latter two are Ming tributaries). As Cebu is an island in the Philippines, all other nations can only be reached across straits or with the help of transport ships.

Historically, the rulers of Cebu claimed descent from the Chola dynasty of India. The player can aim to reestablish the Chola Empire and obtain an achievement for it.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Filipino missions

Decision[edit | edit source]


Execute decision.pngForm Malaya

Unify all Malayan provinces in the region under one strong ruler.

Potential requirements

Flag of Malaya Malaya does not exist.
The country:

If the country is AI-controlled then it:

Playing with normal or historical nations


The country:

  • is not a subject nation other than a tributary state.
  • is not at war.
  • is not a nomad nation.
  • if is Muslim, then owns provinces:
    • Kutaraja (627)
    • Melaka (596)
    • Brunei (636)
    • Makassar (641)
    • Demak (629).
  • else, owns provinces:
    • Palembang (622)
    • Pakuan (2687)
    • Surabaya (628)
    • Kutai (638)
    • Chaiya (2390).
  • owns at least 40 provinces in:


The country:

  • becomes Flag of Malaya Malaya.
  • gains Yearly prestige.png 25 prestige.
  • gets the Msg event.png event ‘New Traditions & Ambitions’, unless it is a custom nation.
  • gets the Msg event.png event 'A Maritime State'
  • increases rank to Kingdom rank kingdom, if it is a Duchy rank duchy
  • removes all provinces from the Holy Roman Empire, if it is a member and not an elector or the emperor.
  • gets a permanent claim on all unowned provinces in:
  • gets “Increased Centralization” for Time Icon.png 10 years, giving:
    • Autonomy.png −0.05 monthly autonomy change,
    • National unrest.png +1 national unrest.

The AI will always take this decision.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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

The first steps could be to ally Flag of Tondo Tondo in the north of the Philippines and Flag of Berau Berau at Borneo. In my run they were instantly likely to do a royal marriage with me. Flag of Tondo Tondo is stronger than you and should not have rivaled you. Your first expansion target should be Flag of Madyas Madyas, Flag of Butuan Butuan or Flag of Maguindanao Maguindanao. I chose Flag of Madyas Madyas because my ally Flag of Tondo Tondo was always competing with them. It can happen that Flag of Tondo Tondo is also allied with Flag of Madyas Madyas, then you have to attack another nation or ask Flag of Tondo Tondo to break the alliance with them. I was able to attack Flag of Madyas Madyas around 1449 along with Flag of Tondo Tondo for 10 favors. The war was easy. If you hire the free company you will have 8k troops and you can delete Flag of Madyas Madyas' 5k immediately as they shouldn't be at their force limit. Flag of Madyas Madyas was only allied with Flag of Butuan Butuan, they had 4k troops. It is very important that you do not go to war alone. You also need your ally's ships. Without ship superiority you are not able to move between the Philippine islands. Before your first war you should build 3-4 galleys just to be safe.

After this war you are stronger. Take care of the rebels and take easy war objectives. Be careful Flag of Maynila Maynila, Flag of Tondo Tondo and Flag of Pangasinan Pangasinan are tributaries of Flag of Ming Ming and should not be targeted directly. All Filipino nations got a very good mission tree in the Leviathan update. Hence, you don't need to colonize the non-colonized provinces in the Philippines. You will receive cores for all non-colonized provinces through the mission tree when you have conquered all other nations in the Philippines and kill the natives in those provinces. The provinces in the Philippines aren’t necessary for the Philippine Tiger Achievement. But you need these provinces for your powerbase to take over Borneo and Malacca.

For the renaissance I waited for the rainy season event, which luckily took place in my capital region and I was able to develop the renaissance in my capital Cebu. After that, I again waited until I had a higher military technology than Flag of Brunei Brunei and attacked her and her ally Flag of Sulu Sulu. Be careful Flag of Brunei Brunei has heavy ships at the start of the game. And from now you can conquer the necessary provinces from Borneo via Malacca, Ayutthaya, Bengal to the Coromandel region. For the achievement 5 non-colonized provinces (1 on Borneo and 4 on Sumatra) are required, so you should take expansion ideas for two colonists with you.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Philippine Tiger icon
As Cebu, recreate the Chola Empire.
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