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Sultanate of Bengal
বাংলার সুলতানি (Bengali)
Timeline: Principia Moderni IV (Map Game)
OTL equivalent: Sultanate of Bengal
Bengal Sultanate Flag 1342-
Bengal Sultanate Flag.gif
East India 1490 (PMIV).png
The Sultanate of Bengal in 1490. It is represented in dark green, and its vassals, the Ahom Kingdom and Ava are in a lighter green.
(and largest city)
Other cities Pandua, Sonargon, Chatagon, Saptagram
Official languages Bengali, Persian, Arabic
Religion Shia Islam (Zaidism), Sunni Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism
Demonym Bengali
Government Absolute Monarchy
 -  Sultan Rukunuddin Barbak Shah
 -  Independence from Delhi 1342 
 -   estimate 25,000,000 
Currency taka

The Sultanate of Bengal is an Indian state on the coast of the Bay of Bengal.



The Sultanate of Bengal was established in 1342 when Shamsudin Ilyas Shah declared independence from the Sultanate of Delhi.


Reign of Nasiruddin Mahmud Shah (-1459)

Nasiruddin Mahmud Shah asked the Ahom Kingdom to be Bengal's vassal in return for Chutiya. He put the Sultanate into a matrimonial alliance with the Bahmanid Sultanate.

Rukunuddin Barbak Shah (1460-1473)

Title at Death: Sultan Rukunuddin Barbak Shah, the Amir of the Bengalis, Atabeg of Arkan and Ava, the Sultan of Bengal, and the Overlord of the Ahoms Rukunuddin Barbak Shah made the Ahom Kingdom a Bengali vassal and made significant developments to the Bengali Navy in the wake possible hostilities with Majapahit. He led Bengal through the Great Eastern War and Indian victory over Majapahit.

Reign of Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah (1474-)

Title at Death: Sultan Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah, the Amir of the Bengalis, Atabeg of Arkan, the Sultan of Bengal, and the Overlord of the Ahoms and Ava Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah assumed the Bengal throne in 1474. The next years were taken by the debacle of the Irrawaddy War. His reign saw the introduction of Ava as a new vassal.


The Sultanate of Bengal is ruled by a sultan, as the name implies. The customs of the court were modeled on Sasanian tradition. The

Foreign relations

Official Allies

  • Bahmanid Sultanate: Bengal is currently in a matrimonial alliance with the Bahmanid Sultanate.
  • Delhi Sultanate: Although Delhi was a historic enemy with Bengal, relations have been significantly improved. Both Bengal and Delhi share the same hatred of Gunturism and the same official religion, and Bengali Gunturist missionaries have been detained in Delhi.

Good Relations

  • Swahili Sultanate: Bengal has warm relations with the Swahili Sultanate, as they are an ally of the Bahmanids and a trade deal has been signed between the two nations.
  • Most Muslim states

Neutral Relations

  • Khmer: The Bengalis have a trade agreement with the Khmers.
  • Most other states

Tense Relations

  • Tibet: Tibet's recent threatening of Muslims within Nepal and its boorishness towards Delhi has made the Bengali court wary of a possible Tibetan incursion into the Ahom Kingdom, now that Tibetan incursion into Nepal has been halted.

Hostile Relations

  • N/A

Official Enemies

  • Majapahit Empire: Majapahit is widely perceived as a great threat to the security of Bengal, and its recent war against the Bahmanids and Bengal has done nothing to improve its image in Bengal. Many see Gunturism as a dangerous threat to Bengal. After the Great Eastern War, many in Bengal have renewed their hatred of Majapahit.



  • N/A


The Bengali Army

The Bengali army numbers 250,000 men during times of war. It is split into 5 sēnādalēra, or armies of 50,000 men each. Each sēnā is subdivided into 10 bibhājana, or divisions of 5,000 men each. Each sēnā has 5 infantry bibhājana, 2 cavalry bibhājana, and 3 archer bibhājana.

The Bengali Navy

The Bengali Navy numbers 760 vessels.
Bengal Naval Jack (PMIV)

The Flag of the Bengali Navy

The flagship and most advanced ship in the Bengali Navy is known as the Dominant. The main port of the Bengali Navy is Chatagon, but the Navy also uses the port of Saptagram. Both ports are fortified and defended by trebuchets, with Chatagon receiving the most advanced defensive weaponry. 


The Sultanate of Bengal's currency is the taka, which means silver.

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