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Kingdom rankKutai
Primary culture
Bornean (Malay)

Capital province
Kutai (638)

Despotic Monarchy Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
ChineseChinese technology group
Bornean ideas

For countries with Primary culture.png Bornean primary culture.

Traditions.png Traditions:

+10% Provincial trade power modifier
+20% Trade steering

Trade efficiency.png Earliest Indic State

+10% Trade efficiency

Tolerance heathen.png Muslim Trading Communities

+2 Tolerance of heathens

Goods produced modifier.png Riches of Borneo

+10% Goods produced modifier

Fort defense.png Anti-Piracy Measures

+10% Fort defense

National manpower modifier.png Encourage Immigration

+15% National manpower modifier

National tax modifier.png Consolidation of Borneo

+10% National tax modifier

National unrest.png Subdue the Inlands

−1 National unrest

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+20% Domestic trade power
For the area, see Kutai.

The Kingdom of Kutai was a minor power in Indonesia, and was founded by Aji Batara Agung Dewa Sakti in the 13th century.



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:


The country:

  • is not a subject nation other than a tributary state.
  • is not at war.
  • is not a nomad nation.
  • If religion group is Muslim, then owns provinces
    • Kutaraja (627), Melaka (596), Brunei (636), Makassar (641) Demak (629).
  • If religion group is NOT Muslim, then owns provinces
    • Palembang (622), Pakuan (2687), Surabaya (628), Kutai (638) and Chaiya (2390).
  • owns 40 total provinces in the following regions:


The country:

  • changes to Flag of Malaya Malaya.
  • gains Yearly prestige.png25 prestige.
  • gets a permanent claim on the regions:
  • gets the modifier “Increased Centralization” for 10 years with the following effects:
    • Autonomy.png −0.05 Monthly autonomy change,
    • National unrest.png +1 National unrest.
  • The Msg event.png event A Maritime State happens.

If Flag of Malaya Malaya:

  • is a member of the Holy Roman Empire but not an elector or the emperor
    • then all its provinces are removed from the HRE.
  • is a duchy
    • then it becomes a Kingdom rank kingdom.
  • does not have custom ideas


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

Kutai starts out in a vulnerable position, since it's primary rival Brunei possesses a centre of trade, and can field both a larger army and navy. The first thing to do is change your focus to military points, build your army to the forcelimit, and improve relations with Sunda (Majapahit will likely rival you). They have no heir and an old ruler, so chances are you'll get the same dynasty. Ally them, and fabricate a claim on Luwu. Luwu is not a priority, especially if it gets allies, but if Brunei attacks them, try to get it before Brunei does. Once you are at military tech 4, immediately declare war on Brunei. Use a few mercs and don't hesitate to take loans. Move your army into Jesselton right away, which will cause Brunei to send its troops through the uncolonized provinces, where you can let the natives deal with them. If they have allied either Pasai or Malacca, prevent their armies from joining up at all costs. Higher military tech and the nerf for landing troops means you can wipe out most of Brunei's allies. Carpet siege their provinces and then use 3-4 regiments to siege Brunei, while using the rest to protect them and your land. Once you've won, get any reparations you can, and take Jesselton, Lehad Datu, Brunei. Make sure to humiliate them, which will gain you splendor. Use your splendor to gain the ability of developing your colonies. Your first policies must be Exploration and Expansion, and focus on the high development colonies till you have the above ability. Once you've dealt with any revolts, converted your provinces and paid off your loans, attack Makassar (if they ally Majapahit, don't) and Buton. They usually have loads of cash. Colonize Halmahera for a few days to fabricate claims on Ternate and Tidore. These guys have deep pockets too, and their provinces will generally get you the spice trading bonus. Use the cash to build up your navy and any buildings you may need. Make sure to have a larger navy than both Pasai and Malacca. One of them will usually end up conquering both Sumatra and the Malay peninsula. Declare war on them once you are ready. Doesn't matter if they declare first, all you have to do is not lose. Try to get both Pasai and Malacca, they are important centres of trade. Keep in mind to become a tributary of Ming once you can. They can make expansion into the mainland very painful.


The Spice Must Flow icon
The Spice Must Flow
Form the nation of Malaya.
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