North African traditions

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See also: Military 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.

Availability[edit]

Punic traditions.
Numidian traditions.

The North African military tradition groups, Punic and Numidian, are available for countries with the following culture groups:

  • Numidian
  • Punic

This tradition group can also be unlocked by embracing the military tradition:

Focus[edit]

The traditions focus on strengthening the following unit types, and possibly unlock some new abilities:

  • Cost −15% Ship building cost
  • Unit focus:
    • Strong Unit trireme.png Trireme
    • Good Unit light cavalry.png Light cavalry
    • Good Unit war elephants.png War elephants
  • Possible ability unlocks:
    • Cavalry skirmish Cavalry Skirmish

Punic traditions[edit]

Punic traditions.

Tradition On activation effect Effect Requirements
North african army path end bonus.png A Hard Bargain N/A Maintenance.png −10% Mercenary army maintenance cost N/A
North african army path 1.png Skilled Recruiters
  • A new character is generated with:
    • Military power.png 8 Martial
    • Victorious Victorious trait
  • Maintenance.png −5% Mercenary army maintenance cost
  • Cost −25% Recruit mercenary cost
A Hard Bargain
North african army path 7.png Devastating Charge N/A Offense +10% War elephant offense Skilled Recruiters
North african army path 5.png The African Elephant N/A Maintenance.png −15% War elephant maintenance cost Devastating Charge
North african army path 3.png The Sacred Band
  • A new character is generated with:
    • Military power.png 8 Martial
    • Steadfast Steadfast trait
Offense +10% Heavy infantry offense Skilled Recruiters
North african naval path 2.png Iberian Draft
  • Freemen Gain 2 Freemen in 3 cities if:
    • Policy cultural assimilation.png their dominant culture is Iberian
    • Yes they have the highest room to grow (population captotal population)
Defense +10% Heavy infantry defense Skilled Recruiters
North african tribal path 6.png Call to Arms
  • Freemen Gain 2 Freemen in 4 cities if:
    • Policy cultural assimilation.png their dominant culture is Iberian
    • Yes they have the highest room to grow (population captotal population)
  • Manpower.png +10% National manpower
  • Levy.png +2.5% Levy size multiplier
  • Iberian Draft
  • The Sacred Band
North african naval path 1.png Phoenician Heritage
  • Port icon.png Gain a port in a coastal city with no existing port (with available building slots)
    • Yes Else gain a port in a coastal city with an existing port
Cost −15% Ship building cost N/A
Levantine philosophy start bonus.png Embrace Afro-Punic Influence
  • Yes Unlock Levantine tradition groups if any of the below Policy cultural assimilation.png culture groups has either 500 pops or is equal to 25% of the country's primary culture pops:
    • Aksumite
    • Arabian
    • Egyptian
    • Levantine (excluding Punic)
    • Nubian
Combat bonus +5% Combat bonus in open sea Phoenician Heritage
North african army path 2.png Professional Marines N/A
  • Combat bonus +10% Combat bonus in coastal sea
  • Naval damage done.png +10% Ship damage done
Phoenician Heritage
North african naval path 7.png Putting our People to Work
  • Port icon.png If country has no ports then gain a port in a random coastal city (with available building slots)
  • Unit trireme.png Gain a navy with 8 Trireme units in a random owned port city
Maintenance.png −10% Navy maintenance cost Professional Marines
North african naval path end bonus.png Maneuverability Above All N/A
  • Offense +15% Liburnian offense
  • Offense +15% Trireme offense
  • Army movement speed.png +10% Liburnian movement speed
  • Army movement speed.png +10% Trireme movement speed
Putting our People to Work
North african naval path 4.png A Life at Sea N/A Ship repair at sea.png +0.05 Monthly ship repair at sea Maneuverability Above All

Tradition Description
North african army path end bonus.png A Hard Bargain Many nations were considered protectorates by Carthage, often providing troops in return for nominal protection. Whilst they were paid, this expectation of service drives down the costs compared with regular mercenary contracts.
North african army path 1.png Skilled Recruiters Unable to supply enough fit soldiers for the needs of the state, Carthage resorted to employing all manner of foreign mercenaries in their army. Relying on the skill of their negotiators, Carthage became the first port of call for soldiers seeking paid employment.
North african army path 7.png Devastating Charge The psychological effect of elephants on the battlefield was huge. Battle lines would break, men were trampled, and entire armies would surrender at the dust clouds created by an approaching army with an elephant contingent.
North african army path 5.png The African Elephant Immense beasts with thick skin and a variable temperament, elephants were utilized as shock cavalry in the Carthaginian army. As proven by Hannibal's crossing of the alps, they made excellent pack animals when not engaged in combat.
North african army path 3.png The Sacred Band Unlike the rest of the predominantly mercenary forces, the Sacred Band were a group of Carthaginian citizens, possibly of noble birth, armed and equipped with heavy armor and spears. This elite group operated in a similar style to the Greek phalanxes, but due to their small number, were destroyed and reformed on several occasions throughout Carthaginian history.
North african naval path 2.png Iberian Draft Carthage, in an attempt to counter the lack of available troops associated with their sprawling, decentralized empire, employed vast quantities of foreign soldiers. The fierce Iberians made a valuable addition to their ranks.
North african tribal path 6.png Call to Arms The fortunes of our people are called into question every time we are threatened - all must rise in defense of our culture. We live, or die, as one.
North african naval path 1.png Phoenician Heritage The ancient traders of Tyre settled tracts of land across the Mediterranean. Their legendary seafaring skills live on in the memory of our people.
Levantine philosophy start bonus.png Embrace Afro-Punic Influence N/A
North african army path 2.png Professional Marines Ships in the Carthaginian navy were outfitted not only with a crew of sailors, but a crew of battle-hardened marines. Boarding action was common in antiquity, and the presence of a cadre of armed men must surely have put the minds of sailors and oarsmen at rest.
North african naval path 7.png Putting our People to Work The reliance of the Carthaginian army on foreign soldiers, was not mirrored in the navy. The poor or disillusioned could always find cheap labor at sea, manning one of the many military vessels of the Carthaginian state.
North african naval path end bonus.png Maneuverability Above All The Greek penchant for huge ships was not shared by the Carthaginians. Experts in naval warfare, they favored smaller craft with enhanced adaptability, leading to numerous victories over their enemies. The Battle of Catana in 397 BC resulted in a crushing defeat for the Syracusan forces, who were outnumbered and outperformed by the Carthaginian armada.
North african naval path 4.png A Life at Sea While some nations build bespoke fleets for tackling particular enemies, our navy is in constant use. As such, our ships always carry supplies to perform maintenance in-situ, making it much easier to recover from combat or general attrition.

Numidian traditions[edit]

Numidian traditions.

Tradition On activation effect Effect Requirements
North african tribal path end bonus.png To Each, Their Own Province investment Gain 4 Province investments
  • Population output +6% National tribesman output
  • Pop happy.png +8% National tribesman happiness
N/A
Latin tribal path end bonus.png Embrace Punic-Italic Influence
  • Yes Unlock Italic tradition groups if any of the below Policy cultural assimilation.png culture groups has either 500 pops or is equal to 25% of the country's primary culture pops:
    • Italic
N/A To Each, Their Own
North african tribal path 5.png Local Knowledge N/A
  • Attrition.png −15% Army attrition
  • Combat bonus +5% Combat bonus in desert
N/A
North african army path 4.png Uneasy Relations
  • Every subject nation gains opinion modifier towards Our Nation:
    • Opinion improvement active.png Appreciates Protection (+50 opinion)
  • Subject loyalty.png +10 Loyalty of subject states
  • Tribute income.png +10% Tribute income
  • Embrace Punic-Italic Influence
  • Local Knowledge
North african naval path 5.png Noble Warlords
  • A new character is generated with:
    • Military power.png 8 Martial
    • Victorious Victorious trait
  • Loyalty.png +5 Loyalty of admirals
  • Loyalty.png +5 Loyalty of generals
Uneasy Relations
North african tribal path 2.png Man and Horse N/A Combat bonus +15% Combat bonus in plains N/A
North african army path 6.png Numidian Cavalry N/A Offense +15% Light cavalry offense Man and Horse
North african naval path 6.png Imposing Edifices N/A
  • Fortification.png +15% Fort defense
  • Fortification.png +1 National fort infrastructure capacity
Numidian Cavalry
North african tribal path 7.png Ululating Cry N/A Discipline.png +10% Light cavalry discipline Man and Horse
North african tribal path 3.png Sure-footed, as Wild Horses N/A
  • Cost −15% Light cavalry cost
  • Defense +10% Light cavalry defense
Ululating Cry
North african tribal path 1.png Born in the Saddle N/A Morale.png +10% Light cavalry morale Sure-footed, as Wild Horses
North african tribal path 4.png Wild Charge N/A
  • Cavalry skirmish Enables the "Cavalry Skirmish" tactic
  • Discipline.png +5% Light cavalry discipline
Sure-footed, as Wild Horses

Tradition Description
North african tribal path end bonus.png To Each, Their Own We impose no strictures on our tribal people. They come and go as they please, often bringing their spoils with them.
Latin tribal path end bonus.png Embrace Punic-Italic Influence N/A
North african tribal path 5.png Local Knowledge None know better than our people, the ways of the desert. Where others see a desolate plain, we see potential.
North african army path 4.png Uneasy Relations The supply of troops to our armies by countries willing to pay, can have implications. Our nation could even be held to ransom by those unwilling to provide the necessary forces - this must not be permitted.
North african naval path 5.png Noble Warlords The noble heritage of our people lives on in our practice of appointing the elite to lead our men. Those with so much invested into our nation are hard to sway with offers of gold or land.
North african tribal path 2.png Man and Horse Generations of interdependency between horse, camel, and man, allow us to get the most out of our mounted warriors, without ever pushing them too far.
North african army path 6.png Numidian Cavalry The interior of Africa provides skilled riders, the likes of which our foes cannot match. Combined with our superior equipment, we can transform these nomadic warriors into fearsome heavy cavalry.
North african naval path 6.png Imposing Edifices The lighthouses, civic structures, and fortifications of our people are recognizable to all who enter our lands. The imposing walls of our cities, however, give pause for thought to those who enter with a mind for conquest.
North african tribal path 7.png Ululating Cry A single war cry on the lips of every one of our soldiers. This is the way of our people, and the way in which we will show our foes that we stand united, and ready to kill.
North african tribal path 3.png Sure-footed, as Wild Horses We have no need for theft or ownership, but live in harmony with the land around us. Where the oases and watering holes are, there will we find the wild beasts which will bear our armies.
North african tribal path 1.png Born in the Saddle The Berber people to the west, and the Numidians, learn their horsemanship at a young age. For a people always on the move, this skill is invaluable.
North african tribal path 4.png Wild Charge To some, it may seem like a disordered, chaotic melee, yet our warriors revel in this battle dance, knowing the movements of friend and foe, and acting as one with the rhythm of war.

References[edit]

  1. To update page content see reference files in folder /ImperatorRome/game/:
    1. For military tradition see reference file common/military_traditions/00_north_african.txt.
    2. For military tradition see reference file common/military_traditions/00_north_african_2.txt.
    3. For localization text see reference file localization/english/military_traditions_l_english.yml.