Because the complete lack of mod that focus on the conflicts and historical events that shape what we called today "South East Asia", that time is known as "Nusantara"... In the recent discussion in our small Indonesians group; Me, Sonic, and Gaius Septimus Severus decide we should have a historical mod that covers the interesting history of the fall of Hindu-Buddhist empire, the rise of Islamic Kingdoms, and the European Invasion in this particular area and timeline...
The timeline of the mod will start at 1478 AD, at the verge of the Big War between Bhre Kertabumi (known as Brawijaya in Babad Tanah Jawi, and Bhre Kertabumi in Pararaton, the last king of Majapahit line in Java) and his muslim son, Raden Patah, the first sultan on Javanese muslim dinasty, Kasultanan Jawi. Both sides called numerous army and start amassed their powers in their border... The timeline is set at the end in 1798, in the historical event of bankruptancy of the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie), the representative of the Dutch (united province) colony in the Indonesian Archipelago.
The Mod will feature the most interesting timeline in the History of South East Asia, and Indonesian archipelago in the focus. Majapahit is a great empire, but after the passing of his greatest general and minister, Gajahmada, many kingdoms under their rule starts to break, and try to extend their power as much as possible, using the confusion sows in that time of chaos. The Muslim exist since some hundred years ago here... but now they start to carve out their kingdoms, and even some nobility choose to convert and use their new religion as a justification to rebel against their former liege. As you can see (and read in the history) the Hindu-Buddhist empire is start to fall in Indonesia, while Islam start to spread in the previous kingdoms both from within, and invade from the outside. Meanwhile, some of the nobility support the Christian Missionary activity. And for more, the Christians is start to intensify their influence, gaining some prominent nobility, and peaked with European invasion of South East Asia.
In this mod, you'll lead your kingdom through "hard to choose" choices and fates. Will you support the growing Islamic faith, and abandon your old Gods and Buddha, choose to revive the glorious days of the Magnificent Hindu-Buddha Empires, or will you accept the Christianity, and gaining an upper hand to use the full advantage of incoming European invasion?
This time, the kind of soldiers serve in the army of the South Asian Powers varied greatly. While most states still maintain the old feudal based army, armed with old, but still effective method of spears, bows, and swords, increasing numbers of elites start to armed themself with chinese muskets, train their troops according to the Turkish-Ottoman tradition, and those who comes in contact with european missionaries even start to adopt contemporary european weaponary, giving them acess to Pike and Musket typically found only in european army.
You can choose to command a traditionalist army, based on old but numerous Spearmen and Archers, supported with War Elephants to stampede the insidious muslims and greedy christians alike, choose to command a gun and cavalry based muslim army, modelled after the Middle Eastern warriors, and clean the land from the filthy pagans and the evil christians, or choose to command Europeanized troops and put an end to the silly conflicts of misplaced muslims and heathen pagans. But be wary what path you choose, as you can expect, the Military reforms are historically tied with leading religion in that area, and as such, several certain fanatic berserkers are heavily ritualized and only found in Hindu temples, the Jihad warriors are drawn from arabian descendants and muslim santris, and as history approved, the europeans and christianized nobles are very fond using local christians in the style of european troops. Yes, religious buildings based reform (some kind of siege, heavy, and missile weapons reform found in some famous TW mods) is closer to the historical evidence present here.
So Join the Nusantara TW Group if you want to take part in the making of this mod... We'l discuss much things regarding historical armies, unit making, maps and cities, etc... any help is greatly appreciated, but we aimed specifically to get anyone coming from ASEAN, because the Historical Source of this timeline are relatively abundant, but almost all are still written only in their respective native languages, this is why we aimed the recruitment ads to those who are Indonesians, Malaysians, Filipino, Thai, and another ASEAN members... (Notice that Cutewolf, Sonic, GaiusSeptimusSecerus, the original conceptors of this mod, are Indonesian and couldn't read Thai, Tagalog, or Viets, and we did capable to understand Melayu, but with several misinterpreted meanings... ).
As you can expect, the map in this campaign will be a map of ASEAN
EDIT: I know that campaign map will need about 70% of the area was land... maybe I'l try to made some Islands more "chubby" or closing the islands... well, maybe we'll start out first with making custom battle factions...
Jawi Cultures: (Descendants of Jawa-Hindu Royal Blood)
2. Kasultanan Jawi
3. Pakuan Padjajaran
Melayu Clutures: (The Malayan Influenced Sultanates)
7. Brunei Darussalam
Bugis Cultures: (The Strong Sea Trading Culture that conquer much of the central Indonesian archipelago)
11. Moloku Kie Raha Ternate
Sea Warriors: (using the romano_british faction's unique traits in BI!)
12. Bajak Laut / Sea Warriors (yes, the mallacan straits, sumatran coasts, nusa tenggara, timor, and mollucan spice islands are infested with linked and mutually supporting pirate colonies and sea peoples)
Indochina: (The Chinesse-India Influenced Kingdoms of Indochina Peninsulla)
Europeans: (Power Hungry Imperial-Colonialists that made their way to conquer the kingdoms in Southeast Asia... Emergent Factions (unplayable) in the main campaign... may have their own provincial campaign, set at a latter time...)
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Thank you Very much for reading this humble presentation!!!
Hope you can join and support us in this mod!
Just join our group if you are Interested: http://forums.totalwar.org/vb/group.php?groupid=122
Cute Wolf, Sonic, and Gaius Septimus Severus