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Duchy rankAlbania
Primary culture
Albanian (South Slavic)

Capital province
Lezhë (4175)

Despotic Monarchy Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
EasternEastern technology group
Albanian ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Manpower recovery speed
+20% Fort defense

Land force limit modifier.png All Lands Under Skanderbeg

+20% Land force limit modifier

Land leader maneuver.png Land of Ambushers

+1 Land leader maneuver

Prestige.png Kingdom of Albania

+1 Yearly prestige

Cavalry flanking ability.png Hit and Run

+50% Cavalry flanking ability

Stability cost modifier.png Land of the Eagles

−10% Stability cost modifier

Tolerance heretic.png Albanian Tolerance

+1 Tolerance of heretics
+1 Tolerance of heathens

National manpower modifier.png Break The Power Of Princes

+15% National manpower modifier

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−1% Yearly army tradition decay

Albania is a two province minor in Eastern Europe. It starts out surrounded by Flag of Serbia Serbia, Flag of Venice Venice and Flag of Ottomans Ottomans. The latter two countries each own one of its core provinces.

Although Albania is Catholic, its capital province is Orthodox. It does start out with a very good leader, a 6/5/6 who is also a 5/5/5 general.



Main article: Albanian missions


Those are events added by the free Women in History DLC and concern   Albania specifically: [1]


 Nora of Kelmendi

Abandoned at an orphanage, adopted by her aunt and raised as a boy, Nora's life did not exactly begin happily. Her father was a noble warrior who fought against the Ottoman Empire and desired a son to help him fight against the oppressors and was disappointed when Nora was born. His sister secretly adopted Nora and when her brother desired to train the young 'boy' as a fighter, she gave her approval. Nora was trained by her father and turned out to be the most beautiful girl in the country. Her beauty has been compared to that of a mountain fairy, a Zana. Her father regretted abandoning her at the orphanage and they reconciled. When Nora was visiting a city where a pasha resided, the pasha saw her and fell madly in love. He sent a trusted man to Nora's house and asked for her hand, by the laws of the Albanian Kanun, but Nora's family refused, stating that the Albanian Kanun did not allow for marriages with non-Albanians. The pasha did not take this well, unaccustomed with such refusal and raged, 'Either Nora will become my wife or I will burn all of Malsia to ashes.'. In order to break the siege the pasha had led to her town, Nora devised a plan to kill the pasha. She went to the pasha pretending to want to marry him. After the pasha, joyous with her presence, had sent his troops away she stabbed him with a dagger, kicked him and chocked him so that he could not scream. The pasha did not die, for he fell on the ground and as it is dishonorable for an Albanian to strike a man that is not standing or not fighting back, Nora fled before she could kill him. The Albanian army attacked, and Nora returned with an army of 300 women, killing the pasha in a duel.
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

The year is between 1630 and 1700.

Mean time to happen

200 months

As a reward for her bravery, make her an advisor.
She has already proven herself as a leader, now make her a general.

Gain a new female   general named Nora of Kelmendi with:

  • 2   fire,
  • 3   shock,
  • 4   maneuver,
  • 5   siege.


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

Albanian starting position is known for its encirclement by   Ottomans and   Venice, but godlike ruler and general Skanderbeg.

Cores of   Ottomans and   Venice make   Albania desirable to conquer. You must secure alliances with   Hungary and   Aragon to make   Byzantium more desirable. After this you can change your religion to Orthodox if you want. You will benefit from it internally but diplomacy will suffer.

In scenario where   Ottomans attack   Byzantium who is allied to   Serbia , your first move is conquering Zeta. This should provoke   Venice to attack   Serbia. It is easy to white peace Serbian ally   Bosnia. When you occupy Smederevo, take Zeta, Kosovo and Raska and vassalize   Serbia to get into defensive war against   Venice. After you and your allies occupy as many provinces as you can or you see ottoman forces near your borders, sue for peace with Istria as must have.

If they don't attack, great. But if they do, you must rapidly make spy network, take icon of St. Michael and Military commander advisor. You must fight many battles on defensive terrain, occupy Selanik and hold your capital. Sue for peace if you see that your your allies can not endure more warfare or if Skanderbeg dies.

After this war, you shall seek alliance with   Austria,   Muscovy or some of western great powers, but main exit to safety is joining into HRE. Consider moving capital to Istria.

Expansion should lead you to Gulf of Venice,   Bosnia or you could stack galley to obtain naval dominance and defeat   Ottomans by good old blockade of sea of Marmara.

After you take out the Ottomans, you should be concerned of Muslim Nations that would create collinations against you and you should rapidly expand into the caucuses before Russia does or else it would be difficult to obtain the Albania or Iberia achievement and need help at least 3 nations


As Albania, own or have a subject own Iberia and the Caucasus.
Country guides

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East African technology group     Ethiopia  Mogadishu
Muslim technology group     Mamluks  Morocco  Tlemcen  Tunis
West African technology group     Air  Mali

Eastern technology group     Jerusalem
Muslim technology group     Arabia   Ardabil   Hisn Kayfa   Oman
Indian technology group     Assam   Bahmanis   Bengal   Orissa
Chinese technology group     Bali   Brunei   Dai Viet   Japan   Khmer   Korea   Majapahit   Malaya   Pagarruyung   Pasai   Sunda
Nomadic technology group     Jianzhou   Timurids   Uzbek

Western technology group     United States
Mesoamerican technology group     Maya
North American technology group     Caddo   Cherokee   Iroquois

Andean technology group     Chachapoya   Cusco   Muisca
South American technology group     Mapuche

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