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Duchy rankGranada
Primary culture
Andalusian (Iberian)

Capital province
Granada (223)

Iqta Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
MuslimMuslim technology group
Granada ideas
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Traditions.png Traditions:

+15% National tax modifier
+25% Religious unity

Tolerance heathen.png People of the Book

+3 Tolerance of heathens

Core-creation cost.png Recover Al Andalus

−15% Core-creation cost

Institution spread.png Beacon of Learning

+10% Institution spread

Trade power.png Strait of Gibraltar

+10% Domestic trade power
+10% Trade steering

Construction cost.png Alhambra

−10% Construction cost

National manpower modifier.png Moors

+10% National manpower modifier

Yearly prestige.png Successor Caliphate of Cordoba

+1 Yearly prestige

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−10% Idea cost

Granada is a small four province Muslim nation that starts on the southern coast of the Iberian peninsula as the remnants of the Muslim nations that once ruled most of the region. It is usually quickly conquered by its powerful northern Catholic neighbours as it is required to form Flag of Spain Spain.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Granadan missions

With Golden Century.png Golden Century Granada has a unique set of missions.

Events[edit | edit source]

Main article: Granadan events

Decision[edit | edit source]


Execute decision.pngRestore Al-Andalus

Once all of Iberia was ruled by the glorious Muslim rulers of Andalusia. Let us undo the shameful Christian Reconquista and retake the lands of our ancestors.

Potential requirements

The country:

If the country is AI-controlled then it:

Playing with normal or historical nations.


Flag of Andalusia Andalusia does not exist.
The country:

  • is not a subject nation other than a tributary state.
  • is not at war.
  • is not a nomad nation.
  • has not a tribal government.
  • owns its core provinces:
    • Murcia (221)
    • Almería (222)
    • Granada (223)
    • Sevilla (224)
    • Córdoba (225)
    • Gibraltar (226)
    • Jaén (1748)
    • Cadiz (1749)
    • Albacete (4547)
    • Huelva (4548)
    • Either:
      • Beja (229) and Algarve (230)
    • Or:
      • Alicante (1750) and Xàtiva (4549)
  • Córdoba (225) is part of a state


The country:

  • becomes Flag of Andalusia Andalusia.
  • gains Yearly prestige.png 25 prestige.
  • gets new Mission.png missions.
  • gets the Msg event.png event ‘New Traditions & Ambitions’, unless it is a custom nation.
  • changes Primary culture.png primary culture to Andalusian, if not already.
  • 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 of:
  • gets “Increased Centralization” for Time Icon.png 10 years, giving:
    • Autonomy.png −0.05 monthly autonomy change,
    • National unrest.png +1 national unrest.

If Córdoba (225) 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.

Córdoba (225):

  • becomes the new capital of the owner country.

If the Golden Century.png 'Golden Century' DLC is active:

AI will always take this decision
To form Andalusia, all provinces in orange must be owned and cored, as well as either both green or both red provinces.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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

Granada is a very challenging nation, but that difficulty can be mitigated with the right allies. Tunis, Morocco, and in some cases the Ottomans can be helpful in beating back Spain or Aragon. Flag of Morocco Morocco will always start friendly towards the player, so it makes a good first ally, while Flag of Tunis Tunis might join in on the pact if Flag of Morocco Morocco and Flag of Tunis Tunis are not rivaled to each other.

North Africa is one of the only routes of expansion open for Granada, so the player should look that way as soon as possible while securing allies. Flag of Tlemcen Tlemcen makes a good first target since they always rival the player and are often aggressive towards Flag of Morocco Morocco and Flag of Tunis Tunis. It would be wise to attack Flag of Tlemcen Tlemcen early, so that the potential long-term ally Flag of Ottomans Ottomans will not ally them, cutting off that route of expansion. Rather than conquering (or force-vassalising) Flag of Tlemcen Tlemcen directly, it's worth considering releasing their land as the vassal Flag of Algiers Algiers and even granting the remaining provinces to the new vassal, who will have good relations because they were not force-vassalised.

During the conquest, the Granada disaster might fire, if the player does not have an heir or have a heir with lower 5,5,5 stats. However, this will allow Granada to get a better heir or ruler depending on player action.

After the conquest of Algeria, it's important to consolidate and strengthen Granada's position as Flag of Castile Castile will look to invade before 1450. Territories from Algeria alone, however, will probably not be enough to fight off the Spaniards. It may be useful to force vassalage on some of the smaller Maghrebi states such as Flag of Fezzan Fezzan, Flag of Touggourt Touggourt, Flag of Djerid Djerid or Flag of Mzab Mzab, as doing so will make it easier to rival Flag of Castile Castile and Flag of Portugal Portugal. Fezzan in particular is close to the Ottomans and, once annexed, will significantly reduce the "distance from borders" malus against forming an alliance.

The Morocco-Independence Turnabout[edit | edit source]

One eventuality that the Granada might encounter after allying with Flag of Morocco Morocco is that their vassal Flag of Sus Sus frequently turns rebellious, gets their independence supported by Flag of Castile Castile, and declares war. In most cases this pits the alliance of Flag of Morocco Morocco (plus Flag of Marrakesh Marrakesh and Flag of Tafilalt Tafilalt) and Flag of Granada Granada against the weak and isolated Flag of Sus Sus and Flag of Castile Castile in the north. On paper this looks frightening, but isn't necessarily cause for despair.

If Granada retained the fort in Malaqah, this war could potentially go well for the Granadan-Moroccan alliance. Flag of Morocco Morocco and her vassals can easily and quickly dominate Flag of Sus Sus while the Castilian troops are unable to reach Jabal Tariq and cross the Straits of Gibraltar. If Flag of Sus Sus's capital falls before Malaqah then the combined forces of Flag of Morocco Morocco, Flag of Marrakesh Marrakesh, Flag of Tafilalt Tafilalt and Flag of Granada Granada can march back across the strait, attack the besieging armies in Malaqah and/or Granada (with the benefit of mountainous terrain on their side), and go toe-to-toe with the Castilians.

In this case the Granada player should be careful to ensure they begin (and so control) sieges on the coast of Andalusia, or Flag of Morocco Morocco will claim the provinces themselves, and also be ready to peace out early. Remember that Morocco's goal in the war is only to continue the vassalage or to fully annex Flag of Sus Sus, so they are not aiming for 100% warscore. Granada could claim a couple of provinces or consider annulling treaties between Flag of Castile Castile and Flag of Portugal Portugal, leaving the Portuguese relatively exposed and vulnerable.

Iberian wars[edit | edit source]

Also, keep in mind that the Castilian Civil War will happen, so that is potentially a good time to snatch a province or two, or if they are ever being warred by Aragon. Breaking Alliance between Flag of Portugal Portugal, Flag of England England and Flag of Castile Castile could be useful, so that a player with strong Muslim allies could retake the lands more easily.

It's important to be tactical about the provinces you seize in your early wars. Centres of trade, provinces producing gold and colonial-range-extending bases are all strategically valuable targets.

As Granada expands into Flag of Castile Castile, Flag of Aragon Aragon and Flag of Portugal Portugal the player should be conscious that the weakened Iberian countries look like increasingly easy pickings for Flag of France France, Flag of Provence Provence, Flag of Savoy Savoy and even powers further afield such as Flag of Naples Naples. It may be worth taking control of provinces along the Pyrenees border, for example Navarra and Rousillon, to make Iberia's weakened kingdoms less appealing to scavengers from the north.

Expansion overseas[edit | edit source]

Beyond expansion into Algeria and the Maghreb, another source of wealth and power with which to resist the Reconquista can come from colonisation overseas. Provinces such as Gran Canaria, Madeira and Azores can be claimed from Flag of Castile Castile and Flag of Portugal Portugal at very low warscore cost, giving Granada much greater colonial range and slowing down the Iberians in their expansion into the New World.

Idea groups[edit | edit source]

Administrative ideas provides Granada with extensive coring cost reductions to help with integrating the reconquered provinces of Iberia. Religious ideas provides a reliable casus belli against the Christian states that will be a primary target for much of the game. Exploration ideas will be vital if the player wants to set Granada's sights on lands across the ocean. Influence and diplomacy ideas are both useful for maintaining vassals (a helpful way to incorporate new territory without burning through thousands of administrative power points) and winning new allies. All of the military idea groups are useful depending on the player's strategy, but it's worth noting that quantity ideas provide a clear diplomatic benefit by increasing the size of Granada's army, improving the "army strength" modifier when making alliances.

Disaster[edit | edit source]

At the default start date 1444 Granada starts with this disaster looming over the country.

Granadan War of Succession icon
A once-loyal relative, Yusuf V, is reportedly raising an army, intent on installing himself as Emir.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

The Re-Reconquista icon
As Granada, form Andalusia and reconquer all of Iberia.
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