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Kingdom rankTernate
Primary culture
Moluccan (Malay)

Capital province
Ternate (649)

Eastern Plutocracy Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
ChineseChinese technology group
Moluccan ideas
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For countries with Primary culture.png Moluccan primary culture.

Traditions.png Traditions:

+10% Production efficiency
+10% Goods produced modifier

Trade efficiency.png The Spice Islands

+10% Trade efficiency

Legitimacy.png Shared Cultural Heritage

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Merchants.png Agents of Trade

+1 Merchant

National unrest.png Four Kingdoms

−2 National unrest

Global settler increase.png Dominance over the Outer Islands

+20 Global settler increase

Light ship combat ability.png Alliance with the Papuans

+15% Light ship combat ability

Diplomat.png Pragmatic Diplomacy

+1 Diplomat

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−10% Sailor maintenance

Ternate is a one province island nation in Indonesia, the capital is the province of Ternate. It has no direct neighbours, but shares a sea zone with Flag of Tidore Tidore.

Events[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ternatan events

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Spice Island missions

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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

The small island nation of Ternate seems to start in a terrible position, but it doesn't. The starting province happens to be one of the best provinces in the game. Of particular note is that Ternate is hidden in unexplored territory from most of the world, only being visible to seven nations, which means coalitions are particularly unlikely to form, since they require the nation to not have the "unknown" attitude towards Ternate.

Expansion[edit | edit source]

The first step that Ternate can make is rivalling and fabricating claims on Flag of Tidore Tidore, to the south. They are just as wealthy as Ternate – both provinces have 5 Base tax.png tax, 5 Production.png production and 3 Local manpower modifier.png manpower. Moreover, both islands have the "Spice Islands" modifier (+3.0) on the production of trade goods, which amounts to a considerable income in early game. The player should attack Tidore as soon as possible and shall not restrain from the use of mercenaries. Instead of fighting with separatist the player may increase autonomy in Tidore. Next recommended target is Flag of Makassar Makassar. The player is not able to fabricate claims on them, instead they may try sending light ships on protect trade mission (therefore it is not worth to dispose of ships) to increase trade share to 10%, and then justify trade conflict using diplomacy. While Makassar lies too far from Ternate's lands to be cored, it can be vassalized instead. [Trade Conflict does not allow subjugation.] It is very likely that new subject already have some claims on one of its Sulawesi neighbours – they can be attacked using vassal casus belli, but annexed in the peace deal by the player instead and cored, since they lie in a colonial range. From there next targets can be claimed on in a regular way.

Religion[edit | edit source]

Ternate starts out a Animism Animist, changing to Sunni Islam Sunni or Hinduism Hindu is recommended. Sunnis can be found in the western part of Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula, while Hindus can be found in the eastern part of Borneo, Java and Bali. All pagan countries can convert to a non-pagan faith instantly via decision if they own a province of that faith, making converting religions as Ternate very straightforward. Once a colonist is obtained, sending it to one of the uncolonised Sunni or Hindu provinces in Borneo or Sumatra is enough to unlock this decision. The player does not have to wait until the colony is complete, and it can be abandoned as soon as the decision is taken. Converting to a Buddhist faith is similarly straightforward, as it simply requires conquering one of the many Buddhist provinces in south-east Asia.

Alternatively, in order to convert to the chosen religion, the player can conquer enough provinces following it to make over half of the national development. Then sending a missionary at zero maintenance can provoke the rebels to activate, and accepting their demands will change the state religion. Staying Animist until the Europeans arrive is a possibility as well, bordering them will fire an event converting Ternate to the religion of their European neighbour.

Idea groups[edit | edit source]

Exploration is perfect as first idea group, allowing you to create colonies and spread throughout the spice islands. Colonize close to the next target and use the colony to fabricate claims or use the Religious CB and go to war.

Administrative Ideas for the mercenary bonuses and reduced coring or Religious Ideas for the CB make a good second group, and Quantity as third should give you the manpower and force limit for further conquest. Later, consider Trade to build a powerful trade empire for boatloads of ducats, and Expansion for the additional colonist and settler increase, plus a merchant and some trade bonuses.

Achievement runs[edit | edit source]

It is very easy to get the Turn the Table achievement as Ternate. Colonise Australia until a colonial nation is formed, play as the colonial nation (requires Conquest of Paradise DLC) and vassalise Ternate.

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