Independent people
  • Neolithic Era
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  • Akkadians
  • Elamites
  • Hurrians
  • Hyksos
  • Kassites
  • Lulubi
  • Medes
  • Minoans
  • Mitannians
  • Nok
  • Norte Chico
  • Classical Era
  • Arverni
  • Burgundians
  • Cantabri
  • Cherusci
  • Dacians
  • Etruscans
  • Garamantes
  • Mochicas
  • Molossians
  • Nazca
  • Numidians
  • Parthians
  • Picts
  • Sabines
  • Scythians
  • Vandals
  • Zapotecs
  • Medieval Era
  • Armenians
  • Avars
  • Berbers
  • Bretons
  • Icelanders
  • Khazars
  • Magyars
  • Malinke
  • Normans
  • Ostrogoths
  • Scots
  • Somalis
  • Thai
  • Toltecs
  • Visigoths
  • Early Modern Era
  • Inca
  • Kongo
  • Malays
  • Mississippians
  • Tamils
  • Tarascans
  • Tlaxcaltecs
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INDEPENDENT PEOPLE

In Others' Lands

Independent Peoples may not grow to the same extent as the fully-fledged Empires of the world, but that doesn't mean they aren't important actors in their own right. Able to develop into single city-state nations, Independent Peoples can play a critical role in your own Empire's successes. Choose your battles carefully--they could be the world's kingmakers.

Independent people
Era
Name
Type
Description
Wildlife
Other
Wildlife
I
Akkadians
Peaceful
Legend says that Akkad was founded by Sargon. Under their leader's rule the people have flourished, building roads, irrigation systems, and trade routes.
I
Elamites
Peaceful
The Elamites keep an eagle eye on friend and foe. Masters of timing and diplomacy, they are known to wait, and then strike at the right moment.
I
Hurrians
Violent
Acclaimed for their finely-crafted ceramics and metallurgy, Hurrian goods fetch commanding prices in markets across the known world.
I
Hyksos
Violent
Rumored to have slowly taken a peaceful stranglehold over the commercial city of Avaris, the Hyksos forge both war and peace with surrounding lands.
I
Kassites
Violent
Worshippers of the horse, the Kassites have helped spread the animals' popularity as both servants of agriculture and war.
I
Lulubi
Violent
The rock relief above Luluban depicting King Anubanini trampling his foes pays testament to the fear that the Lulubi engender in their enemies.
I
Medes
Violent
The chroniclers of the time contend that the Medes formed from several nomadic tribes of the desert, including a hereditary group of priests, the Magi.
I
Minoans
Violent
Towering palaces, sophisticated drainage systems, and stunning frescoes, Minoan culture is affluent and status-driven.
I
Mitannians
Violent
Believed to have formed from roaming war-parties who exploited the power vacuum in the region, the Mitannians are a hard, militarist culture.
I
Nok
Peaceful
With hardy pearl millet providing a dependable food source, even in drought conditions, the Nok concentrate on their artistic endeavors, notably their terracotta sculptures.
I
Norte Chico
Peaceful
Channeling the mighty snowmelt from nearby mountains, the Norte Chico are masters at irrigation, and used this mastery to build the impressive city of Huaricanga.
II
Arverni
Violent
Characterized by recalcitrance and a refusal to surrender, the Arverni are also known for their excellent weapons and mastery of metallurgy.
II
Burgundians
Violent
An offshoot and ally of other Germanic tribes, the Burgundi split off and eventually founded their own homeland.
II
Cantabri
Violent
The Cantabrians are a people both fierce and independent; they are known for their rebellious spirit and vigor in defending their lands.
II
Cherusci
Violent
A warmongering tribe, there are whispers the leadership is split between policies of allegiance and rebellion with the region's major empires.
II
Dacians
Violent
Known for their fortifications and masonry, the Dacians skills in everyday crafts are less well known than their ability to defend their territory.
II
Etruscans
Peaceful
A great, if lesser known civilization, Etruscan society is known for its architecture, religious practices, and pioneering administration.
II
Garamantes
Peaceful
With a number of large settlements and a willingness to trade, this people are known for cultivating arid lands and thriving in difficult circumstances.
II
Mochicas
Peaceful
A group of autonomous settlements that share language and culture, the Mochicas are renowned for their vibrant and high quality copper work, ceramics, and crafts.
II
Molossians
Violent
An ancient Greek people mentioned in many epic poems, the Molossians are revered for their skills in battle and their ability to hold a grudge.
II
Nazca
Peaceful
Farmers and artisans, the Nazca are known for their crafts and technologies such as polychromatic ceramics, intricate textiles, and their famous giant geoglyphs.
II
Numidians
Violent
Hailing from arid and inhospitable lands, the Numidians are a hardy people whose cavalry is widely respected -- or feared.
II
Parthians
Peaceful
Seeking absolute loyalty from their dignitaries and people, the Parthian rulers lead pragmatically, even ready to install outsiders in positions of power.
II
Picts
Violent
This Celtic people is known for their fierce desire for independence, waging battles against unfriendly empires for as long they are present in their lands.
II
Sabines
Violent
An ancient tribe with descendants mingling in other major empires, the Sabines are part of many cultures via assimilation or conquest.
II
Scythians
Peaceful
A nomadic people originating from central Asia, the Scythians spread their cultural influences across the pontic steppes -- primarily from horseback.
II
Vandals
Violent
This Germanic tribe is fearsome enough to suggest it will cause difficulties for the major players in its vicinity.
II
Zapotecs
Peaceful
Sturdy buildings, ball courts, and stunning jade jewelry can be found in Zapotec lands. Traders and farmers, they have created a thriving civilization.
III
Armenians
Peaceful
Cursed or blessed with a location of geopolitical importance, the tenacious and independent Armenian culture has a long history of trade, diplomacy, and war.
III
Avars
Violent
An amalgam of horse-mounted nomadic tribes from the Steppes, the Avars use the stirrup to improve their maneuverability and increase the impact of their charges.
III
Berbers
Violent
Hailing from a sparsely inhabited wilderness, the Berber traders and warriors have triumphed in both peace and war with much larger powers.
III
Bretons
Violent
The traditional motto of this native Celtic people is "Kentoc'h mervel eget bezañ saotreti" -- death before dishonor.
III
Icelanders
Peaceful
Used to rigor and hardship, in times of war the Icelanders show their Norse roots as they fight with similar weapons and can travel easily on the sea.
III
Khazars
Peaceful
This semi-nomadic Turkic tribe rules a great trading empire; its commercial and military power means that it still receives tribute from many other peoples.
III
Magyars
Violent
The Magyars sow terror during their fast and devastating raids; it was once believed that "ogre" was derived from another of their names: "Ungri".
III
Malinke
Peaceful
Immortalizing their traditions and hereditary nobility, Malinke storytellers known as "griots" pass their history and mythology verbally from one generation to the next.
III
Normans
Violent
With a reputation for bravery bordering on foolhardiness, the Normans are known for their martial skills as well as their culture.
III
Ostrogoths
Violent
Renowned for their military prowess, this Goth tribe has a terrifying reputation and has sacked cities belonging to much bigger empires.
III
Scots
Violent
Gaelic-speaking and Christian, the early Scots are a collection of fiercely independent clans that maintain their independence from neighboring powers.
III
Somalis
Violent
Well-organized and powerful, the Somalis use the wealth of their trading empire to maintain their independence and extend their commercial reach.
III
Thai
Violent
Born of indigenous revolts against powerful rivals, the irregular Thai soldiers are renowned for fighting in the extreme environments of their native lands.
III
Toltecs
Peaceful
An urban center of craftsmanship and architecture, the capital city of Tollan relies on the military orders of Eagle, Coyote, and Jaguar to control its lands.
III
Visigoths
Violent
The Visigoth's warlike heritage is shown notably in their list of military feats. They are less known for their code of laws, which elevates the rights of women.
IV
Inca
Peaceful
Descendants of ancient Andean agricultural civilizations, the Inca have built a vast network of cities linked by well-crafted roads.
IV
Kongo
Violent
Proud and wilfull, the Kongo inhabit a densely settled land whose easily available manpower and resources are controlled by their king.
IV
Malays
Peaceful
The sultanate blends established cultural practices with newer Islamic traditions, making thriving, cosmopolitan Malacca an important waypoint on global trade routes.
IV
Mississippians
Violent
The temples, domestic buildings, and copper workshops of Cahokia stand on enormous terraced, earthen mounds, giving vantage over the surrounding fields of maize.
IV
Tamils
Peaceful
A culture with a rich literary tradition, the Tamils achievements are many and varied, and not limited only to the page.
IV
Tarascans
Peaceful
In the capital, the fabled city of the hummingbirds, it is reputed that the ceramic marvels are only matched by the iridescence of the hummingbird's wing.
IV
Tlaxcaltecs
Violent
Threats from powerful neighbors gave birth to the Tlaxcaltecs famous military might and organization, but if subdued they could become strong allies.

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