Vijayanagar

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Kingdom rankVijayanagar
Vijayanagar.png
Primary culture
Kannada (Dravidian)

Capital province
Vijayanagar (541)

Government
Nayankara System Government monarchy.png

State religion
HinduHinduism.png

Technology group
IndianIndian technology group
Vijayanagar ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Infantry combat ability
+1 Possible advisor

Trade power.png Promotion of Trade

+10% Global trade power

Cavalry combat ability.png Arab Horses

+10% Cavalry combat ability

Stability cost modifier.png Harsh Penal Code

−10% Stability cost modifier

Tolerance heretic.png Tolerance

+1 Tolerance of heretics
+1 Tolerance of heathens

Prestige.png Carnatic Music

+1 Yearly prestige

Diplomat.png Adroit Diplomacy

+1 Diplomat

Discipline.png An Army for the City of Victory

+5% Discipline

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+50% Mercenary manpower
Shield Vijayanagar.png
Vijayanagar, the City of Victory, is an apt name for India's most triumphant Hindu nation.

Vijayanagara emerged from the crumbling Hoysala empire as its efforts to resist repeated invasions from the Muslim Flag of Delhi Delhi Sultanate began to fail. Determined to drive back the invaders, the rising Sangama dynasty rallied an army and united much of southern India against their common enemy.

Though the Delhi Sultanate was ousted from the south a century ago, Vijayanagar has not seen the end of its struggle against Islamic conquerors. In 1347 the Flag of Bahmanis Bahmanis Sultanate won its independence from Delhi and has since become a power in its own right. The rivalry and warfare between Bahmanis and Vijayanagar has thus far been inconclusive; territory has changed hands, tribute has been demanded and refused, yet each kingdom remains steadfast in their determination to thwart the other.

Besides its northern rival, Vijayanagar finds itself surrounded by far weaker nations. The Sangamas have allied with the Reddy Kingdom of Flag of Andhra Andhra, agreeing to protect them from incursions from Bahmanis and Flag of Orissa Orissa. Though nominally Vijayanagari subjects, the small Malabari kingdoms as well as the Raja of Flag of Mysore Mysore are largely left to their own devices. The time may come when the Raja requires more of them. The empire's recent conquest of the Tamil kingdoms has not gone entirely smoothly; relations with the influential Tamil trade guilds are poor and must be repaired before the empire undertakes further conquests in the area. More direct vassalage is asserted over Flag of Jaffna Jaffna in northern Lanka, where the small Tamil nation enjoys Vijayanagari protection from the Buddhists of the Flag of Kotte Kotte and Flag of Kandy Kandy Kingdoms.

The Vijayanagari empire distributes land to its most loyal and prominent generals in a system known as Nayankara. The Nayaks, provincial governors, administer the lands granted to them and carry the responsibility of raising armies for the Maharaja. Though the Nayaks have thus far been effective, the Raja must be wary of overly ambitious generals who may covet the throne for themselves.

In 1444, Vijayanagar is a Hindu monarchy in Southern India. It's in prime position to eventually unite the Indian subcontinent under its flag and declare the empire of Bharat.

Missions

Main article: Vijayanagari missions

Vijayanagar's missions focus on consolidating control over South India, defeating their northern rival Flag of Bahmanis Bahmanis, and dominating the Indian Ocean trade, such as appeasing the Tamils and capturing the Arabian port of Aden.

Events

Main article: Vijayangari events

Vijayanagar's events are focused on its temples, poets and various interactions with its Tamil populace, including multiple uprisings.

Decisions

Vijayanagar can form Flag of Bharat Bharat as a Dravidian nation.


Strategy

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Vijayanagar begins the game as the largest most powerful nation in India.

Trade

Vijayanagar's home port and most of its starting territory belongs to the Coromandel node, one of the richest in the world. The exception is the west coast north of Goa which belongs to the Gujarat node, which unfortunately cannot be steered home. It is probably best to use the starting merchants to steer trade home from Deccan & Bengal, and prioritize expansion in those directions over the northwest.

Tropical Warfare

Much of southern India has tropical climate and/or seasonal monsoons. This can drastically increase attrition and cause problems from war exhaustion and manpower loss.

Playing as Hindu

Dealing with the Tamil events

Within the first few years, there will be negative events dealing with friction between government and their Tamil subjects in the east. It is almost impossible to make it through the event chain without taking at least one stability hit and revolt.

Achievements

A tale of two Families icon
Starting as Vijayanagar or Bahmanis conquer the other’s capital and have them not exist.


The Sun Never Sets on the Indian Empire icon
Form Hindustan or Bharat and own or have a subject own Cape, London, Hong Kong (Canton) and Ottawa (Kichesipi).
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