- Westerners: control 50% of the map, be the first to earn 1,000 tribute.
- Asians: Assume control of 2 region, have a total territorial strength level higher than any Asian nation.
- Colonial, Mercantile, Imperial
- Note: Westerners' pop caps are limited per era - 33% for the Colonial Era, 66% for the Mercantile Era and 100% full pop cap by the Imperial Era.
- Start era: c 1590
Different factions obtain tribute in different ways.
- For Western nations,, tribute comes from the control of rare resources.
- For the Asian factions, tribute comes in the number of territories you control, with a certain multiplier:
- Malaya, Myanmar, Korea, Vietnam: 2
- Japan, Siam, Iran: 3
- Manchu, Mughal: 5
- Ottoman Turks: 10
- Example: For instance, playing as Siam, controlling 7 territories, the amount of tribute you obtain per turn is 21 as long as you control 7 territories.
- Yellow Sea Coast
- Tuen Mun
- Central China
- Jordan Basin
- Empty Quarter
- Shatt el Arab
- Persian Gulf
- Van Basin
- Marmara Coast
Africa (parts only)Edit
- Lan Xang
- Pondicherry & Karaikal
Pacific (parts only)Edit
- East Irian
- West Irian
- New Hebrides
Auxiliaries are normally available to all factions, except the French, English and Dutch. For these, they must do several sub-quests in order to obtain them:
- Foot mercenaries may be obtained only with the capture of temples; for this reason temples are not accessible by these factions at the start.
- Once you have established an effective foothold (by say, driving out another European power) you are then asked if you would like to start a missionary protocol to convert the locals. This has three choices, spend no tribute, spend 50 tribute to sponsor missionaries (unlocks temples), or spend 100 tribute for 3 mercenary cards. The 50 tribute option allows access to temples, but damages relations between you and other factions not allied with you - they may refuse to ally with you, and will not trade territory away except for a high price, and will also cause them to fight you if you have low territorial strength and high amounts of tribute.
- Ottomans: Marmara Coast
- Arabs: Muscat
- Koreans: Kwanso
- China: Peking
- Japan: Edo
- Malays: Sumatra and Kedah
- Bamar, Siamese, Vietnamese (as usual)
- Dutch: Jawa and Johor (Johor sultan is considered friendly to Dutch)
- British: Main base is at Bengal
- Spain: Based in Luzon
- Portugal: Mozambique and Goa and Timor (Goa is the capital)
- French: (not present but frequently appearing in India)
- Indians: They have a capital in Delhi but switch over to the Marathi after a while.