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Dravidian Empire (English)

دراوڈی سلطنت (Deccani)

ద్రావిడ సామ్రాజ్యము (Telegu)
Timeline: Principia Moderni IV (Map Game)
Flag of the Bahmani Sultanate (PMIV) 1747 – Present
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Coat of arms
"Growing Strong" (English)

مضبوط بڑھتے رہے (Deccani)

పెరుగుతున్న బలమైన (Telegu)
The Dravidian Empire circa 1800, at the onset of the 19th Century
Other cities Aurangabad, Coimbatore, Goa, Gulburga, Jagdalpur, Kalipur, Kollam, Madurai, Mangalore, Masulipatnam, Mysore, Nagpur, Pune, Tanjore, Visakhapatnam
Official languages Deccani, Telegu
Regional Languages Balochi, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Tamil
Ethnic groups  Baloch, Deccani, Kannadi, Malayali, Maratha, Pashtun, Tamil, Telegu
Religion Islam
Demonym Dravidian
Government Constitutional Monarchy
 -  Emperor Dhuran Shah Agran
 -  Grand Vizier Robert Clive
Legislature Grand Assembly
 -  Upper house Assembly of Notables
 -  Lower house Chamber of Deputies
 -  Revolution by Haider Shah Agran 1784 A.D. 
 -  War of the Five Kings 1796 A.D. 
 -  1800 estimate 62,000,000 
Currency Rupee

The Dravidian Empire, sometimes referred to as the Empire of Dravidia or Dravida, is a state that borders the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and controls the majority of Central & Southern India. The Empire is generally regarded as a successor state to the Bahmani Sultanate, having been established by a person from a family that once served hereditarily as castellans to the Bahmani Sultans.

Following decades of political, economic and cultural failure, the revolt by the military in 1784 shook the foundations of the Maharajya, pushing it into a state of civil war. The Deccan Maharaja, Sambhaji Rao's son and designated heir, Ganpati Rao would fight his own brother, Shivaji Rao for control of the Empire, both proclaming themselves the Kings whilst Gulburga's stewards, the Agran's would support the Rais in his struggle for the throne. 

The war would end soon afterwards however, as Shivaji Rao would find himself poisoned by his brother Ganpati, who in turn would disappear into obscurity, seemingly murdered according to some while the Battle of the Deccan in 1784 would lead to the capture of Tirupati, the capital city of the Mahrajya. The Rais of the Deccan, Haider Shah Agran would then proceed to sack the city and massacre all members of the royal household, personally executing the Maharaja Sambhaji himself. Thus, with a single stroke of a sword, the Deccan Maharajya would be vanquished into the books of history whilst the Empire of Dravidia would be brought to light, a new Empire to signify the start of a nationalist, united and progressive era. 


For more information in regards to earlier history, see the article: The Bahmani Sultanate


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The Empire is a hereditary monarchy, and the legislature upon which the Sultanate is based was written by the Emperor Haider Shah Agran, having based it upon the constitutions of the Gurkani Sultanate and the Bahmani Sultanate. 

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The Dravidian Military is the descendant of the legions and navy of the Bahmani Sultanate. The military has historically been famous for its strength and power, and it still maintains that prowess. 


The Dravidian Army is based on the organizational unit called the Kateebat, and each regimental commander is known as a Quaid. The overall commander of the armed forces, aside from the Emperor, is known as the Rais. The size of the standing army is roughly around 200,000 soldiers with hundreds of thousands maintained in reserve. Aside from the standard military, an elite infantry corps exists known as the Razakars led by their own Agha. The corps is primarily responsible for protecting government officials, senior most clerics and to conduct reconnaissance and sabotage operations against hostile targets. Aside from these two, Imperial Guard units such as the Hyderabad Guard exist who's essential purpose is the protection of the Emperor.

Since the military reforms of Ziyad Shah, a battalion has been changed from a formation of 300-500 soldiers to one of 1000 soldiers. In addition, the technology possessed by the Imperial Guard units has been substantially improved. The military was reformed once again following the ascension of Robert Clive to the position of Grand Vizier. The basic unit of the new Army was renamed Faleeq, although the size of the regiment remained unchanged. The Dravidian Gendarmerie were also now instructed to guard members of the Assembly of Notables and Chamber of Deputies while they were in Hyderabad. 

During the Dravidian Interrugnum, the Dravidian Army was left vastly underfunded and manned, resulting in large-scale instability and revolts. At that time the most common equipment of the Army were swords, spears, and crossbows along with flintlock rifles and chain mail. As the Empire recovered and could afford more training and advanced weapons for its troops.

Later however, during the reign of Dhuran Shah, the Dravidian Army was one of the strongest in Asia, capable of fielding over 600,000 on the field and perhaps more depending on the severity of the situation. It was also one of the most technologically advanced in the region, with sophisticated line tactics, siege artillery, rockets and the finest firearms available.

Prominent Dravidian generals of the modern era include ???, who famously won at the ??? and Behram Kaliya, responsible for securing victories in the Battles of Srirangapatna, ???, ??? and ???.


The Dravidian Navy was developed during the reign of Haider Shah, who inherited it from the Deccan Maharajya. Later, during the reign of Dhuran Shah, ships were imported from Britain with British, Iberian and Arabian men employed to construct the Dravidian fleet. Later, Belkan and French men would also participate in the building of the Dravidian fleet. The Empire has major shipyards at Kollam, Mangalore, Vizhingam, Visakhapatnam and Kalipur to monitor piracy and secure the protection of merchant ships.

The total size of the navy stands at around 900 warships. 


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