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Kingdom rankSonghai
Primary culture
Songhai (Mande)

Capital province
Gao (1133)

Despotic Monarchy Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
Songhai ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Infantry combat ability
+0.5 Yearly army tradition

Trade power.png Gold To Salt Trade

+10% Global trade power

Fort defense.png Independence from Mali

+15% Fort defense

Morale of armies.png Jihad Against the Pagans

+10% Morale of armies

Institution spread.png Sankore Madrassah

+10% Institution spread

Prestige.png The Hajj

+1 Yearly prestige

Tolerance own.png Sharia

+2 Tolerance of the true faith

Caravan power.png Trans-Sahara Trade

+20% Caravan power

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+5% Discipline

Songhai is a Sunni monarchy of the Maliki school Maliki school located in West Africa. The region is largely isolated from European interference. Among the starting nations in the region, Flag of Mali Mali and Songhai are the strongest.


The following events are unique to Flag of Songhai Songhai.[1]


Msg event.pngThe Clergy of Timbuktu

The Ulema, the local Islamic clergy, are dismayed at the lack of faith of the new ruler of Timbuktu. Already they are spreading word that he is closer to the pagans than to a true Muslim ruler and that his lack of faith will condemn us all. The ulema are already threatening that unless $MONARCH$ adapts to the requirements of the Islamic faith, they will seek a new ruler who does.
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

The country:

Mean time to happen

12 months

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Give up my alcohol and my parties with my Animist friends? Never!

Flag of Songhai Songhai:

  • moves 50 towards Mysticism mysticism.
  • Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 2)rise up in revolt in Timbuktu (1132).
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Pray five times a day, you say? Well, I'm sure I can fit that into my schedule.

Flag of Songhai Songhai:

  • loses Prestige.png5 prestige.
  • moves 50 towards Legalism legalism.

Msg event.pngGolden Age in Timbuktu

Askia the Great opened religious schools and astronomical observatories. He encouraged trade and established an efficiency bureaucracy. He was gifted in administration and responsible for the administration of justice. He had canals built to enhance agriculture and subdued his enemies.
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

The country:

Mean time to happen

48 months

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This will last forever...

Flag of Songhai Songhai:

  • gets the modifier “Golden Age of Timbuktu” until the ruler changes with the following effects:
    • Technology cost.png -10% technology cost,
    • Idea cost.png -10% idea cost,
    • Possible advisors.png +3 possible advisors.
  • gains Innovativeness.png3 innovativeness.

Msg event.pngTarikh al-Sudan

The most important chronicle of the Songhai Empire, Tarikh al-Sudan, was written around 1655 by in Abd al-Rahman al-Sadi. It gives brief histories about the early history of Mali, Songhai and Tuareg, but the main part of the chronicle depicts the history of the 15th and 16th century Songhai. It also contains biographies of scholars and holymen of Djenne & Timbuktu.
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

The country:

It is at least 1625 but before 1660.

Mean time to happen

200 months

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Good news!

Flag of Songhai Songhai:

  • gains Prestige.png25 prestige.
  • gains Icon legitimacy monarchy.png25 legitimacy.
If Flag of Songhai Songhai has a stability of less than +3,
  • then it gains Icon stability.png1 stability,
  • else it gains Administrative power.png50 administrative power.


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  1. The script code of these events can be found in /Europa Universalis IV/events/flaworSON.txt.
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