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Kingdom rankDelhi
Primary culture
Hindavi (Hindustani)

Capital province
Delhi (522)

Indian Sultanate Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
IndianIndian technology group
Delhian ideas
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Traditions.png Traditions:

+15% Cavalry combat ability
+1 Diplomatic reputation

Yearly army tradition.png Afghan Nobility

+0.5 Yearly army tradition

National unrest.png Suppress Rebellion

−1 National unrest

Core-creation cost.png Restore the Delhi Empire

−10% Core-creation cost

Production efficiency.png Promote Innovation in Textile Production

+10% Production efficiency

Governing capacity modifier.png Re-integrate Former Provinces

+10% Governing capacity modifier

Trade power.png Protect the Grand Trunk Road

+10% Domestic trade power

Yearly legitimacy.png The Throne of India

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+1 Max promoted culture
Shield Delhi.png
Founded by the Turkic Mamluk dynasty in 1206, the Delhi Sultanate began as a regional power in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Under the Tughlaq dynasty it grew into the largest Indian empire the world had seen since the Guptas. The empire spanned from Sindh to Bengal, from Kashmir to the Coromandel Coast.

The Tughlaq empire collapsed as quickly as it rose to power. Though it is a Muslim state ruling over many millions of Hindus, its downfall was orchestrated by ambitious Muslim generals rather than popular Hindu resistance. In 1347 the entirety of southern India was lost in the revolt of general Ala-ud-Din Hasan Bahman Shah, who declared himself ruler of the new Sultanate of Flag of Bahmanis Bahmanis.

More recently, the Sultanate suffered a catastrophic blow when the Sharqi governors of Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur broke away in 1394, taking with them a vast stretch of the Indo-Gangetic Plain and reducing the Sultanate's influence to an area barely beyond the city walls. Mahmud Shah, Sultan of Jaunpur, eyes his neighbors hungrily; he has designs not only on the throne of Delhi, but also on the nearby Flag of Bengal Bengal Sultanate and the Gajapati Kingdom of Flag of Orissa Orissa. The Sultan's ambitions threaten to engulf all of northern India.

The final nail in the Tughlaq's coffin came with the brutal Flag of Timurids Timurid invasion in 1398. The fearsome warlord had no intention of beginning a conquest of India, instead setting his armies to loot and burn and massacre all that they laid eyes upon. In the midst of the chaos, the Tughlaq dynasty was finally overthrown by the Sayyid governors of Delhi. The upstart Sayyids have thus far entirely failed to put an end to the catastrophe facing the Sultanate. Only the Rajputs of Flag of Jangladesh Jangladesh remain truly loyal to the Sultan in this period of ruin.

Just as the Sayyids rose from governors to Sultans, another powerful governor has risen in Flag of Sirhind Sirhind. Bahlul Lodi, an Afghan noble, is an extremely adept governor and military leader. His control of the Punjab gives him a dangerous degree of power, which he is likely to leverage in a bid to seize control of Delhi itself. The Sayyid Sultan hides in his palace as Lodi gathers his strength in preparation for a rebellion. The Delhi Sultanate is in the midst of collapse. Many covet the throne, but will a new conqueror rise to restore the Sultanate, or shall it be consigned to history as a symbol of doomed ambition?

Delhi is a country in India. It starts with both Flag of Jangladesh Jangladesh and Flag of Sirhind Sirhind as vassals. Delhi has cores on all provinces owned by its vassal Sirhind (making it free to integrate them), and neighboring Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur, Flag of Kalpi Kalpi, Flag of Multan Multan, and Flag of Kashmir Kashmir.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Delhian missions

Delhi's missions are focused around reclaiming the sultanate's historical territory under the Tughlaqs.

Events[edit | edit source]

Main article: Delhian events

Delhi's events generally pertain to interactions with the Lodi dynasty.

Formation[edit | edit source]

If Delhi have ceased to exist, then it can be formed by any Muslim monarchy pertaining to Hindustani, Western or Eastern Aryan culture group that owns Delhi (522).


Execute decision.pngSultan of Delhi

Delhi was once the capital of the entire Indian subcontinent and our own state is in many ways a continuation of their traditions.
Let us reclaim the heritage of the sultans of Delhi, and rule the subcontinent from their ancient capital in the Doab.

Potential requirements

The country:

Playing with normal or historical nations.


Flag of Delhi Delhi does not exist.
The country:

Delhi (522) is part of a state


The country:

If Delhi (522) is part of the HRE, but its owner is not a member then:

  • the province is removed from the HRE.
  • the Holy Roman Emperor:
    • gets the opinion modifier “Removed provinces from the Empire” towards the owner, worth Opinion.png−50 opinion with a yearly decay of 1.
    • loses Imperial authority.png1 imperial authority.

Delhi (522):

  • becomes the new capital of the owner country.

AI will always take this decision.
Provinces in orange must be owned and cored to form Delhi. One red province and one green province must be owned and cored. Shaded provinces are permanently claimed after formation.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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

Sayyid delhi[edit | edit source]

If you start as Sayyid Delhi, you will be attacked by Sirhind per event. Because it is a defensive war your allies will join. Because Sirhind will get some troops and an excellent general, you will need as many allies as possible to outnumber Sirhind and counter their general (usually you will get four minor states as allies). When you have defeated Sirhind, you can annex them almost completely (you have cores on them), however they are too big for a one-war annexation.

Another option is to avoid this event chain completely, by enforcing your dynasty of Sirhind on the first day of the game through subject interactions. This will replace their ruler and prevent them from declaring war immediately.

Then your major task will be to defeat Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur. Try to ally their rivals, especially Flag of Bengal Bengal (however, sometimes Bengal will be beaten by Orissa, that makes it much harder). To beat Jaunpur and take back all your cores, you will probably need several wars.

After you're done with Jaunpur, you are in a comfortable situation to annex some minor Indian nations. Later on, you will probably fight Flag of Bahmanis Bahmanis and Flag of Vijayanagar Vijayanagar. Once you have united the Indian subcontinent, you can form Flag of Hindustan Hindustan and get the achievement "Emperor of Hindustan".

Continuation of Sirhind Reformation[edit | edit source]

You have just formed Flag of Delhi Delhi as Flag of Sirhind Sirhind, as per this wiki's Sirhind guide. After formation, you should have a sizable treasury from the war, and have minimal AE. From here, I would recommend declaring on Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur for Reconquest, calling in your allies. In this war, usually Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur will ally Flag of Multan Multan and/or Flag of Gujarat Gujarat. Against Flag of Gujarat Gujarat, what I would do is just take their cash, you don't need anything from them, don't bother taking anything. However against Flag of Multan Multan, I would take the city of Multan, as it is your core, and a center of trade in Lahore, and depending of whether they have attacked Flag of Kashmir Kashmir the other core you have on them. From Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur themselves, you can retake all of your cores if you used the Reconquest Casus Belli, without a coalition coming very close to forming. Outside of that, you can take either one of your claims, or more cash depending on what you need. But wait, you still have one (or maybe two) more cores! Now, if Flag of Multan Multan doesn't attack Flag of Kashmir Kashmir in the very beginning of the game, your next war should be immediately after , and just full annex them, and retake your core. Pretty straight forward. From here on out, I would set my eyes on the city of Kalpi, your last remaining core. Break your alliance with Flag of Malwa Malwa, and try allying one of their rivals instead, most likely Flag of Gujarat Gujarat, or Flag of Bahmanis Bahmanis, or maybe Flag of Mewar Mewar. While waiting for your truces to expire, now is the perfect time to set your eyes on the OPM's right above you. What I would do is militarily vassilize either Flag of Kangra Kangra, or another one of those nations, get the Strong Duchies privilege for the Nobility for the extra Diplomatic relations.png+2. Now, while waiting on truces, just feed them the OPM's in the mountains so you don't have to spend your own admin on coring it. Once your truce with Flag of Malwa Malwa is up, prepare a quick war for Kalpi. You should actually attack the nation of Flag of Kalpi Kalpi, if Flag of Malwa Malwa hasn't annexed them yet so you get the reconquest CB. Don't wait if your allies are close to joining because once you declare the war they will get a +30 reasons to join after you enter a war against their rivals. It might also be nice to rival Flag of Malwa Malwa before this war for the Power Projection. From this war, just take Kalpi, cash, and maybe a humiliate depending on how fast you crush them. You still want to be ready for when your truce with Flag of Multan Multan runs out, and be in good shape in terms of money and manpower.

Following wars: Quickly after the war with Flag of Malwa Malwa, you have the opportunity to attack Flag of Multan Multan, and take your claims from them. After this war, you should have your AE concentrated with a specific group of Indian nations in which you have truces with. From here on out, just conquer down your mission tree, make sure you have truces with the nations getting AE from your conquest, and essentially truce chain your way to conquering India, and after that the world is your oyster. Make sure to manage truces, don't be afraid to break alliances, and be opportunistic with conquest outside of India too, especially towards the Flag of Timurids Timurids, Flag of Ming Ming, and the SEA nations.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Emperor of Hindustan icon
Starting as Delhi, Restore their Empire's borders.
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