Ruhunu, or Ruhuna, is a small local power in the far south of Dravida, occupying the southeast of the island of Tambapanni, or Lanka. One of the three main kingdoms of the island along with 20px Malaya and Anuradhapura, the lords of Ruhunu would alternate between periods of independence and subservience to the larger kingdom of Anuradhapura for most of its history until the fall of the kingdom and the end of classical Lanka. Ingame, Ruhunu begins the game as the smallest of the three kingdoms, one that will require care to resist the ambitions of larger powers and unite the island - and perhaps further - under its rule.
The Puranas speak of a united subcontinent, entrusted to Bharata, and known as Bharatavarsha. We must aspire to unite all of those lands so that the subcontinent may enjoy stability and peace.
Population and Culture Type
Ruhunu starts with a population of 31 across its 6 territories. The population is evenly split between pops of Lankan culture in the south and Tamil culture, in the Dravidian group, in the east. The country is also religiously divided, with about two thirds of the population Hindu and the other third Buddhist.
The population type breakdown by class is listed below:
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The strategy will be geared towards the beginning of the campaign and conquering the island Ruhunu initially starts on to open up the player to different options, such as expanding or playing tall, depending on the endgoal of the campaign.
Before un-pausing, go into the missions tab and consult the court to get free claims on all of North and South Tambapamni and Pandiya. Import some goods, wood is a good option since Ruhunu is already producing wood, a capital surplus will immediately be achieved giving a bonus of 3% more tax money. Salt will decrease army maintenance, allowing for a bigger army. However, ultimately it is the player's choice. Once the trade routes are set up, select some ideas, an omen, and embrace some inventions.
Set the army to drill and wait for the consult the court mission to finish. Recruit some cohorts to your army as the mission is finishing. Once the mission is finished, declare war on either Malaya or Anuradhapura. The drilled army of Ruhunu should easily win any battles. Once all the territory is occupied, full annex the territory. After the war is over repeat on the remaining nation whenever an opportunity presents itself. Once the island is under Ruhunu control, there are different options that the player can follow. Ruhunu can expand north, where a war with Maurya will be inevitable or the player can stay on the island of Sri Lanka, playing tall.
In general, Ruhunu is a good candidate for building war elephant armies early on due to the Indian Traditions which give options to increase elephant discipline, moral, and cost. The Indian traditions also allow for naval slave raiding, which will allow Ruhunu to easily increase it's population. This slave raiding tradition is essential if the player is considering playing tall as this nation. The Pirate Heritage also allows Ruhunu to build and maintain a strong navy with a long naval range.