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Kingdom rankCusco
Primary culture
Quechua (Andean)

Capital province
Cuzco (808)

Despotic Monarchy

State religion

Technology group
AndeanAndean technology group
Incan ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+20% Land force limit modifier
−10% Idea cost

Prestige.png Machu Picchu

+1 Yearly prestige

Development cost.png Mitma Policy

−10% Development cost

National tax modifier.png Quipu

+10% National tax modifier

National manpower modifier.png Drafted Hatun Runas

+10% National manpower modifier
+2.5% Discipline

Construction cost.png Mit'a System

−10% Construction cost

Production efficiency.png Llama michis

+10% Production efficiency

Land attrition.png Tambo Waystations

−10% Land attrition

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+1 Leader without upkeep

Cusco is a landlocked country in the Andes region of western South America. They border Flag of Wanka Wanka to the north, and Flag of Colla Colla to the south. Cusco is the strongest of the Andean countries and is therefore suitable for forming Flag of Inca Inca and completing the Sun God achievement.


Cusco has several country-specific historical events.[1]


Msg event.pngFall of the Chanka & the Rise of Cusco

After years of struggles and having been dangerously close to total defeat by the Chankas in 1438 the kingdom of Cusco has now risen to a greater position than it has ever had previously. Having saved the kingdom, the young king Pachacuti went on to conquer the Chanka kingdom itself shortly afterwards, a state that for long times has exacted tribute not only from Cusco but from many of the states in the Andean world since the fall of the old Wari Empire.\nApart from marking Pachacuti as the greatest leader of the Cusco kingdom to date, the fall of the Chankas have given us access to their great treasury, a huge collection of gifts from neighbors and tributaries. This is exactly the kind of capital needed to buy the services necessary to reform and expand our kingdom. At this point nobody knows Pachacuti's plans but what is certain is that he has the means to steer Cusco in whichever direction he could wish.

Trigger conditions

This event fires only once.
The country:

  • is Flag of Cusco Cusco.
  • has a ruler named ‘Pachacuti’.

It is before 1450.

Mean time to happen

1 month

Event button 547.png
Long live Pachacuti, he who makes the Earth Shake!


  • gains Administrative power.png75 administrative power.
  • gains Diplomatic power.png75 diplomatic power.
  • gains Military power.png75 military power.
  • gains Income.png0.25 years of income.
  • (hidden)
    gets the Msg event.pngevent ‘Cusco - Navel of the World’ after 185 days.

Msg event.pngCusco - Navel of the World

One of the first things on Pachacuti's agenda is the reshaping of Cusco. While our capital has served its purpose over the years it is in many ways no more than a rural village, often flooded by nearby rivers. Such a city is no longer fitting for a kingdom with ambitions such as ours. By creating a small model version of the city $MONARCH$ has drawn up plans for an entire redesign of the city, necessitating the complete evacuation of the city for the duration of the project.
While the manpower and material needed for this project are readily available inside our new borders mobilizing the various chiefs under our control entails a generous use of gifts and feasts. That is however a price we will have to pay for our new capital.

Trigger conditions

This event fires only once.
Flag of Cusco Cusco owns Cusco (808).

Is triggered only by

the event ‘Fall of the Chanka & the Rise of Cusco’.

Event button 547.png
Let us create a worthy capital!


  • gains Prestige.png10 prestige.
  • loses Administrative power.png25 administrative power.
  • loses Diplomatic power.png25 diplomatic power.

Cusco (808) gets the modifier “Restructuring of Cusco” for 20 years, giving the following effects:

  • Prestige.png0.5 yearly prestige,
  • Local manpower modifier.png−15% local manpower modifier.
Event button 547.png
Our resources are better used for other things.
If Cusco has a stability of less than +3,
  • then it gains Icon stability.png1 stability,
  • else it gains Administrative power.png50 administrative power.

Msg event.pngReconstruction of Cusco Complete

After almost 20 years the great project of restructuring Cusco is complete. The land has been leveled to create huge plazas and beautiful buildings erected, the nearby rivers have been led into canals.
The city is built to be the capital of an Empire rather than a small kingdom and is organized into four regions matching the way which we divide our realm in the Andes. The royal centre is located at the junction of the regions of Antisuyu, Qullasuyu, Kuntisuyu and Chinchaysuyu and these regions divide the Cusco valley as well as our empire.

Trigger conditions

This event fires only once.
The country:

  • is Flag of Cusco Cusco.
  • owns Cusco (808).
  • had chosen the option ‘Let us create a worthy capital!’ of the event ‘Cusco - Navel of the World’ at least 20 years ago.
Mean time to happen

1 month

Event button 547.png

Cusco (808) gets the modifier “Cusco” for the rest of the campaign, giving the following effects:

  • Prestige.png0.5 yearly prestige,
  • Legitimacy.png0.5 yearly legitimacy.

Msg event.pngMachu Picchu

Just as the city of Cusco was in need of being reshaped in order to fit the wider ambition of the Cusco kingdom $MONARCH$ is now in need of a stately Estate to match the importance of his person and his lineage. On a mountain completely surrounded by the Urubamba river $MONARCH$ has planned the city of Machu Picchu, a royal retreat for his court and his Panaca and a beautiful place for a ruler of his magnitude to reside in.

Trigger conditions
  • This event fires only once.
  • This country is Flag of Cusco Cusco or Flag of Inca Inca.
  • Cusco (808) has either the modifier “Restructuring of Cusco” nor the modifier “Cusco”.
  • The year is at least 1450.
  • The year is before 1475.
Mean time to happen

75 months

Event button 547.png
Let us build a great city!

This country:

  • loses Administrative power.png50 administrative power.
  • loses Income.png0.1 years of income.

Cusco (808) gets the province modifier “Machu Picchu” for the rest of the campaign, giving the following effects:

  • Legitimacy.png0.5 Yearly legitimacy
Event button 547.png
Let's not get carried away.
If this country has a stability of less than +3,
  • then it gains Icon stability.png1 stability,
  • else it gains Administrative power.png50 administrative power.


Main article: Cuscoan missions

Cusco has a unique (if small) mission tree focused on conquering a neighbor and potential rival, Flag of Wanka Wanka.


Execute decision.pngTawantinsuyu, the Empire of the Incas

Once one of many small regional kingdoms our state now holds land in all the four regions of the Andes. Our kingdom has transformed into something greater, a mighty empire of many peoples united under a strong class of rulers. To our subjects we are simply their overlords, the Incas.

Potential requirements

The game:

The country:

If the country is AI-controlled then it:


Flag of Inca Inca does not exist.
The country:


The country:

that it does not own.
  • gains Prestige.png25 prestige.

If Flag of Inca Inca:


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Country guides

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

Central African technology group Central African.png Mutapa.png Mutapa
East African technology group East African.png Kilwa.png Kilwa
Muslim technology group Muslim.png The Mamluks.png MamluksTunis.png Tunis
West African technology group West African.png Mali.png Mali Mossi.png Mossi

Eastern technology group Eastern.png Jerusalem.png Jerusalem
Muslim technology group Muslim.png Arabia.png Arabia Hejaz.png Hejaz Hisn Kayfa.png Hisn KayfaKhiva.png Khiva Mughals.png Mughals Oman.png Oman Persia.png Persia Shammar.png Shammar
Indian technology group Indian.png Assam.png Assam Bahmanis.png Bahmanis Bengal.png Bengal Kandy.png Ceylon Gujarat.png Gujarat Jaunpur.png Jaunpur Orissa.png Orissa Vijayanagar.png Vijayanagar
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 Lan Xang.png Lan Xang Majapahit.png Majapahit Malaya.png Malaya Pagarruyung.png Pagarruyung Pasai.png Pasai Qing.png Qing Sulu.png Sulu Sunda.png Sunda
Nomadic technology group Nomadic.png Jianzhou.png Jianzhou Manchu.png Manchu Qara Qoyunlu.png Qara Qoyunlu Timurids.png Timurids Uzbek.png Uzbek

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

  1. Cuscoan events are located in /Europa Universalis IV/events/flavorINC.txt.