I was extremely puzzled by the fact that Indians were called Delhi Sultanate, and I’m having trouble guessing at what the reason for this is. It’s not suitable for the following reasons:
- It does not follow precedent, in all other AoE titles that have had an Indian civilization, they were called Indians
- It is inconsistent with the names of other civilizations (English/Britons, Saxons, Franks, Chinese, Turks, Byzantines, Mongols, Persians etc.) which all use demonyms in AoE IV or older titles.
- Delhi Sultanate was one particular empire during the period of the game, and spanned multiple dynasties. They were Turkic peoples from the Afghanistan area that conquered and integrated with existing Indian kingdoms.
- India/Hindustan/South Asia has never been a monolith in terms of culture/rulers/empires/kingdoms. The large northern empires (like the Mauryans, Sultanate or Mughals) that did exist had multiple kingdoms within them. Using them individually like some sort of nation state is really strange.
- War Elephants were used in Hindustani and Dravidian empires and not by the Turkic nomads of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan… because there are no elephants there.
- Call them Indians. This is consistent with the other civs and previous AoE titles.
- If the issue is that modern south asia is split into different countries, well first of all that’s not much different to most of the other civilizations in the game. If it still bothers you, call the civilization “Hindustani” instead, since that was the historical name for most of the region.
- Optionally split the civ into North Indians and South Indians. That said i think you’re going to end up with only minor differences between the units, but at least the buildings can have separate visual style (Indo-Islamic and Dravidian architectural styles).
It’s hard to provide better suggestions without a knowing why Delhi Sultanate was chosen as a name to represent South Asia as a whole in the first place. Yes, the Sultanate was expansive during that time, but it was hardly a monolith and borders shifted a lot. There was only an extremely brief period when it covered most of the subcontinent (during the Tughlaq dynasty, for 30-40 years or so). Consider that modern day India has been around for longer than that.