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Kingdom rankDelhi
Primary culture
Hindavi (Hindustani)

Capital province
Delhi (522)

Indian Sultanate Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
IndianIndian technology group
Delhian ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+15% Cavalry combat ability
+1 Diplomatic reputation

Yearly army tradition.png Afghan Nobility

+0.5 Yearly army tradition

National unrest.png Suppress Rebellion

−1 National unrest

Core-creation cost.png Restore the Delhi Empire

−10% Core-creation cost

Production efficiency.png Promote Innovation in Textile Production

+10% Production efficiency

Governing capacity modifier.png Re-integrate Former Provinces

+10% Governing capacity modifier

Trade power.png Protect the Grand Trunk Road

+10% Domestic trade power

Yearly legitimacy.png The Throne of India

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+1 Max promoted culture
Shield Delhi.png
Founded by the Turkic Mamluk dynasty in 1206, the Delhi Sultanate began as a regional power in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Under the Tughlaq dynasty it grew into the largest Indian empire the world had seen since the Guptas. The empire spanned from Sindh to Bengal, from Kashmir to the Coromandel Coast.

The Tughlaq empire collapsed as quickly as it rose to power. Though it is a Muslim state ruling over many millions of Hindus, its downfall was orchestrated by ambitious Muslim generals rather than popular Hindu resistance. In 1347 the entirety of southern India was lost in the revolt of general Ala-ud-Din Hasan Bahman Shah, who declared himself ruler of the new Sultanate of Flag of Bahmanis Bahmanis.

More recently, the Sultanate suffered a catastrophic blow when the Sharqi governors of Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur broke away in 1394, taking with them a vast stretch of the Indo-Gangetic Plain and reducing the Sultanate's influence to an area barely beyond the city walls. Mahmud Shah, Sultan of Jaunpur, eyes his neighbors hungrily; he has designs not only on the throne of Delhi, but also on the nearby Flag of Bengal Bengal Sultanate and the Gajapati Kingdom of Flag of Orissa Orissa. The Sultan's ambitions threaten to engulf all of northern India.

The final nail in the Tughlaq's coffin came with the brutal Flag of Timurids Timurid invasion in 1398. The fearsome warlord had no intention of beginning a conquest of India, instead setting his armies to loot and burn and massacre all that they laid eyes upon. In the midst of the chaos, the Tughlaq dynasty was finally overthrown by the Sayyid governors of Delhi. The upstart Sayyids have thus far entirely failed to put an end to the catastrophe facing the Sultanate. Only the Rajputs of Flag of Jangladesh Jangladesh remain truly loyal to the Sultan in this period of ruin.

Just as the Sayyids rose from governors to Sultans, another powerful governor has risen in Flag of Sirhind Sirhind. Bahlul Lodi, an Afghan noble, is an extremely adept governor and military leader. His control of the Punjab gives him a dangerous degree of power, which he is likely to leverage in a bid to seize control of Delhi itself. The Sayyid Sultan hides in his palace as Lodi gathers his strength in preparation for a rebellion. The Delhi Sultanate is in the midst of collapse. Many covet the throne, but will a new conqueror rise to restore the Sultanate, or shall it be consigned to history as a symbol of doomed ambition?

Delhi is a country in India. It starts with both Flag of Jangladesh Jangladesh and Flag of Sirhind Sirhind as vassals. Delhi has cores on its vassal Sirhind, and neighboring Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur, Flag of Kalpi Kalpi, Flag of Multan Multan, and Flag of Kashmir Kashmir.


Main article: Delhian missions

Delhi's missions are focused around reclaiming the sultanate's historical territory under the Tughlaqs.


Main article: Delhian events

Delhi's events generally pertain to interactions with the Lodi dynasty.


If Delhi have ceased to exist, then it can be formed by any Muslim monarchy pertaining to Hindustani, Western or Eastern Aryan culture group that owns Delhi (522).


Execute decision.pngSultan of Delhi

Delhi was once the capital of the entire Indian subcontinent and our own state is in many ways a continuation of their traditions.
Let us reclaim the heritage of the sultans of Delhi, and rule the subcontinent from their ancient capital in the Doab.

Potential requirements

The country:


Flag of Delhi Delhi does not exist.
The country:


If Delhi (522) is part of the HRE, but its owner is not a member then:

  • the province is removed from the HRE.
  • the Holy Roman Emperor:
    • gets the opinion modifier “Removed provinces from the Empire” towards the owner, worth Opinion.png−50 opinion with a yearly decay of 1.
    • loses Imperial authority.png1 imperial authority.

Delhi (522):

  • becomes the new capital of the owner country.

The country:

If Delhi:

Provinces in orange must be owned and cored to form Delhi. One red province and one green province must be owned and cored. Shaded provinces are permanently claimed after formation.


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

Sayyid delhi

If you start as Sayyid Delhi, you will be attacked by Sirhind per event. Because it is a defensive war your allies will join. Because Sirhind will get some troops and an excellent general, you will need as many allies as possible to outnumber Sirhind and counter their general (usually you will get four minor states as allies). When you have defeated Sirhind, you can annex them almost completely (you have cores on them), however they are too big for a one-war annexation.

Another option is to avoid this event chain completely, by enforcing your dynasty of Sirhind on the first day of the game through subject interactions. This will replace their ruler and prevent them from declaring war immediately.

Then your major task will be to defeat Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur. Try to ally their rivals, especially Flag of Bengal Bengal (however, sometimes Bengal will be beaten by Orissa, that makes it much harder). To beat Jaunpur and take back all your cores, you will probably need several wars.

After you're done with Jaunpur, you are in a comfortable situation to annex some minor Indian nations. Later on, you will probably fight Flag of Bahmanis Bahmanis and Flag of Vijayanagar Vijayanagar. Once you have united the Indian subcontinent, you can form Flag of Hindustan Hindustan and get the achievement "Emperor of Hindustan".


As Flag of Sirhind Sirhind you will attack Delhi by event. However, you will be the attacker and have to deal with Dehli's allies (needs some restarts if Delhi allies too many nations). After your annexation of Delhi, you can instantly reform them and get their cores on Jaunpur's land. Follow then the Delhi strategy above, however you are not eligible for the "Emperor of Hindustan" achievement.

As Flag of Jaunpur Jaunpur you are in a strong starting position to attack Delhi and reform them. It is easier, if they win their war against Sirhind, otherwise Sirhind will reform Delhi instantly. If you annex the not-Sirhind Delhi, you can reform Delhi yourself and get the Delhian cores on Sirhind.


Emperor of Hindustan icon
Starting as Delhi, Restore their Empire's borders.
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