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Duchy rankShimazu
Primary culture
Kyushuan (Japanese)

Capital province
Satsuma (1012)

DaimyoGovernment monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
ChineseChinese technology group
Shimazu ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Infantry combat ability
−1% Yearly army tradition decay

Morale of armies.png Satsuma Hayato

+10% Morale of armies

Manpower recovery speed.png Satsunan School

+15% Manpower recovery speed

Production efficiency.png Reunion of Three Provinces

+10% Production efficiency

Discipline.png Tsurinobuse

+5% Discipline

Land fire damage.png Tanegashima

+10% Land fire damage

Trade steering.png Okinawa Trade

+20% Trade steering

Technology cost.png Early 'Westernization'

−5% Technology cost

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+10% National tax modifier

Shimazu is a one-province minor daimyo in Southern Kyushu (Western Japan) and the closest daimyo to Flag of Ryukyu Ryukyu. Their ideas are mainly focused on the military, which grants them the nickname 'the Prussia of Japan'.


Early game[edit]

In 1444 Shimazu starts as a weak isolated Daimyo, however its two neighbors are even weaker and Shimazu also has a reconquest cb on one.

The player should try and declare preferably on its reconquest target on 11 december 1444. After building up to 3 soldiers, the war should be a whim.

After the initial wars the player should seek to keep 2 troops above his forcelimit to overwhelm and stackwipe neighbors.

Building galleys is vital in conquering the larger nations on the other island. When reaching too much AE the Shogun might declare on you, however after you have conquered a large part of japan, the player will have a considerable amount of army tradition, and prestige. Your quality of troops should be more than enough to win against the Shogun by selectivly fighting small daimyo armies and destroying them. After this war Japan is your play ground. You could decide to become Shogun, or continue you conquer spree.


The Chrysanthemum Throne icon
Unite Japan as a Daimyo.
Kirishitan Japan icon
Start as a Japanese Daimyo, convert yourself and all of Japan to Christianity.
Made in Japan icon
Embrace "manufacturies" institution as Japan by 1655.
Sakoku Law icon
Go full isolationist in 6 Incidents.
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