- +1 Yearly legitimacy
- +50% Chance of new heir
- +1 Yearly prestige
- +20% Fort defense
- −10% Idea cost
- +1 Diplomat
- +1 Diplomatic reputation
- +10% Morale of armies
- +20% Domestic trade power
- +20% Spy network construction
- +10% Goods produced modifier
Trebizond is a one province minor in the Anatolian region, and the primary nation of Pontic culture. It starts in 1444 surrounded by the Ottomans to the west, Aq Qoyunlu to the south and Georgia to the east.
Historically, Trebizond was a Greek kingdom carved out of the Byzantine Empire after it was shattered by the Fourth Crusade in 1204. Despite the rival Empire of Nicaea reforming Byzantium in 1261, Trebizond remained an independent kingdom and continued to press its own claim to the Imperial throne. Through clever diplomacy and royal marriages with its famously beautiful women, Trebizond managed to outlive the Empire. In 1461, however, Trebizond too fell to the advancing Ottomans.
Whether the player chooses to fullfil Trebizond's historical ambitions of a Komnenoi restoration in Byzantium, or pursue a different path, they will face a very difficult road ahead. Tiny, weak, and surrounded by powerful enemies, Trebizond is a supreme challenge for the player. If they are able to survive, however, Trebizond's unique defensive and diplomatic strengths make for an interesting and rewarding campaign.
As a country with Pontic primary culture, Trebizond is able to restore Byzantium if the latter is destroyed.
Restore the Byzantine Empire
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The glorious Byzantine Empire is gone, but as long as there are Greeks in Constantinople, there is hope of resurrection. We can take its place in spirit, but we cannot take its name unless we prove worthy...
Byzantium does not exist.
The Pontic Steppe
The ever immenent threat of the Ottomans as well as other potential regional powers like Qara Qoyunlu and the Timurids makes Trebizond a very dangerous place to be. One solution to this is to move onto the aptly named Pontic Steppe and build up from there. Begin by fabricating claims on Circassia and improving relations with potential allies (Muscovy is a good choice as it is Orthodox). Build up your fleet and army and once a claim has been fabricated, declare war on Circassia and fully annex it. Raise autonomy as Trebizond's army will not be powerful enough to suppress any rebellion. From here, begin eating the rest of the Caucasian states and improve relations with the Ottomans, hoping they will spare you (if not, give them Trabzon and hopefully they will leave you alone). From here, simply build up your powerbase on the steppe/caucasia/persia until you reach 1000 development.