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The military traditions screen allows picking a tradition tree and view the individual traditions in it.

Military tradition.png Military traditions represent the accumulated practices and expertise of a country's military and reward nations that keep a particularly Experience experienced or Drill army well-trained army. They typically give various military-related bonuses and modifiers as well as unlock new unit abilities, unique combat tactics, and special unit types, often promoting the use of different unit compositions and strategies, though some traditions can also have various economic effects such as creating pops, constructing buildings, giving economic modifiers, or granting Invention.png innovations and Province investment province investments.

Each tradition group is associated with to one or more culture groups and consists of two separate tradition trees, each based on a different group of realms or cultures within the group and typically with a different focus. begins with a starting bonus that branches into three separate paths, each linear and typically based on the traditions of a particular culture or nation that uses the tree. Each military tradition costs Military experience.png 80 military experience and requires that the nation has adopted all previous traditions and meets any prerequisites; however, it is otherwise possible to freely choose between any available tradition at no extra cost.

Military tradition types[edit | edit source]

There are seven different military traditions groups in the world, each tied to one or more Policy cultural assimilation.png culture groups with two trees inside each group. Each country starts with access to at least one military tradition group based on its Policy cultural assimilation.png primary culture, with a few countries also starting with access to one or more tradition trees outside of their groups. Every tradition tree except for Indian Kingdom unlocks one other military tradition group; adopting these traditions always requires that the country has an Integrated.png integrated culture in one of the relevant culture groups which has at least either 1/4 of the pops of the primary culture or 500 pops (once the primary culture is larger than 2000 pops).

By working its way through these traditions to embrace foreign influence, it is possible for every country to eventually get access to every tradition group (and adopt every tradition) with sufficient Military experience.png military experience and pops of the required culture groups.

Barbarian[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Barbarian traditions

The Barbarian traditions encompass the fighting styles of the peoples of Hispania, Gaul, Britannia, and Germania, among others. They mostly relied on large formations of lightly armored infantry equipped with spears or swords, supported by nimble chariot formations or light cavalry, and made extensive use of ambush tactics, especially in forests.

Greek[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Greek traditions

The Greek traditions cover the tactics of the peoples of the Hellenistic empires and the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Indian[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Indian traditions

The Indian traditions highlight the strengths of the Mauryan kingdom and its neighbors, using large formations of Indian war elephants to smash through the enemy, supported by fast moving archers and chariots who can maneuver around the dispersed troops. They also used complex formations such as the legendary Blooming Lotus, or Padma Vyuha.

Italic[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Italic traditions

The Italic traditions represent the focus on heavily armored and disciplined infantry found in the Etruscan, Roman and other Latin states. They came to favor the sword over the spear, and relied on quickly closing ground with and dispersing less well equipped infantry using strict formations, such as the Triplex Acies, with supporting light cavalry and skirmishers.

Levantine[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Levantine traditions

The Levantine traditions concentrate on the strong naval presence of the Phoenician cities and the use of phalanx tactics, light infantry, and camelry in the arid deserts of the Levant, Egypt, and Arabia. The Phoenicians were the most prominent traders of the Mediterranean, giving them unmatched experience with seafaring and ship building.

North African[edit | edit source]

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Main article: North African traditions

The North African traditions concentrate on the strengths of the Phoenician merchant state of Flag of Carthage Carthage and the surrounding nations. The Carthaginians had a strong naval tradition built on centuries of Mediterranean trade, and made use of heavy infantry and African war elephants supported by light infantry and cavalry to smash through enemy formations.

Persian[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Persian traditions

The Persian traditions cover the tactics of the peoples of the Scythian steppe and satellites of the former Achaemenid empire. Life on and around the steppe has forged these peoples into exquisite horsemen who, armed with a bow, can harry and surround their opponents from beyond their reach, while their infantry concentrates on whittling down the worn out formation.

Military tradition unlocks[edit | edit source]

Group Military tradition tree Unlocks Levy Size Found City Cost Innovation Starting EXP Combat Tactics Ships Abilities
Barbarian Celtic Italic Hit-and-Run
Barbarian Britannic North African Yes Yes
Greek Greek Poleis Levantine Phalanx,

Cavalry Skirmish

Slave raid
Greek Greek Kingdom Persian Yes Yes Octere,


Military Colonies
Italic Roman Greek Yes Yes(two +3) Triplex Acies Build Military Road
Italic Italic Tribe Barbarian Construct Border Fort
Levantine Levantine Kingdom North African Yes Yes(+4) Military Colonies
Levantine Levantine Maritime Greek Phalanx Octere,


Indian Indian Kingdom Yes Yes(+4) Padma Vyuha
Indian Indian Tribe Persian Octere Slave raid
North African Punic Levantine Yes
North African Numidan Italic Cavalry Skirmish
Persian Persian Indian Yes Octere Military Colonies
Persian Persian Rural Levantine Yes Yes(+4) Cavalry Skirmish

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Main article: Military experience

Disbanding a levy that has been raised for at least 8 months will grant grant Military experience.png 0.015 military experience for each point of Experience cohort experience.

By stacking Starting experience Starting Experience modifier from Military Traditions, Deities, and Inventions, Levy.pnglevy size modifiers from Laws and Military Traditions, and Starting experience Experience Decay modifier from National Idea, Capital bonus, and Inventions, one can eventually unlock multiple military traditions every year.

References[edit | edit source]