|At the start of the Grand Campaign – 14 October 1399|
|Government type||Tribal Despotism|
|Number of provinces||3|
|Center of Trade||None|
|Primary culture||Maghreb Arabic|
|Other accepted cultures||Berber|
Tunisia is one of the smaller North African states, owning a mere 3 provinces. As with its neighbours, it is a Muslim state, but governed by a tribal despotism, and one that often suffers from European invaders or Muslim imperialists. A small nation, Tunisia's only strength is in its capital province. with a population of 90000 in Tunis, it has a strong tax base to work off, but little other income. Lodged between Algiers and the Mediterranean, few routes lie open to Tunisian expansion.
Tunisia's position is precarious, with large neighbours to the West, Warmongering Europeans to the North and the potential might of the Mamluks to the East. However Tunisia does have a few advantages, the largest of which is that they are three province minor as opposed to being smaller, and in the case of a war with a larger foe it may be possible to concede only one province and avoid annexation. The second advantage is their Culture which is part of the Turko-Semitic group.
To avoid losing ground early on the best solution is to be proactive. Targets included the Turkish minors but be careful not to incur the wrath of the Ottomans. Neighbouring Tripoli is another option but they are often under the wing of the Mamluks. Castille and Portugal often attack Morocco and Algiers, which when weakened are also targets. Finally the small island nations of Cyprus and Crete can provide security against annexation.
While still small it is easier to Westernise, follow the guide How to Westernise and take advantage of the presence of the Europeans. This does mean that the player will have to wait 50 years or so to drive the Europeans from the continent.
With disconnected territories, use of armies to respond to rebels is tiresome. Connecting up the provinces in North Africa is useful, and funding rebels in lands held by Europeans can drive them from your sphere. The next steps are slightly more difficult, the aim is to form a Personal Union over the Mamluks an Ottomans, as they are part of Tunisia's culture group. After inheritance Tunisia will gain cores on all provinces held by their subject nations.