Oh great, I was expecting this kind of topic.
Yes indeed, in Aoe4 there are many civs that are opting for the Christian and Islamic medieval world. If we opt for type of religion:
- Catholic: 1.English, 2. French, 3.German… I mean, HRE
- Orthodox: 1.Rus
- Islamic: 1.Abbasid caliphate, 2.Delhi Sultanate, 3.Mali, 4.Ottoman empire
- Mahayana Buddhism: 1.China
- Tibetan Buddhism (IV age): 1.Mongols
- Animism (I-III age): 1.Mongols
New Civs to consider:
- Catholic: Spain, Portugal, Rep. of Venice, Rep. of Genoa, Papal States, Italian City States, Hungary, Lithuanian-Polish Confederation, Kingdom of Norway-Denmark/Kalmor Union, Sweden, etc.
- Orthodox: Eastern Roman Empire, Kingdom of Ethiopia, Georgia
- Islamic: Kingdom of Morocco, Al-andalus, Timurid Empire
- Hinduism: Vijayanagara empire, Mahapajit (Indonesia)
- Mahayana Buddhism: Japan, Kingdom of Singapore, Korea (Goryeo+Joseon dynasties), Dai Viet (Vietnam)
- Shintoism: Japan
- Theravada Buddhism: Sri Lanka, Burmese kingdom (Ayutthaya, Ava and Tongou), Cambodia(Khmer), Mahapajit (In syncretism with Hinduism) ________________________________________________________________________________
Honestly, I would like you to complete many civs from the original Age2 first, and to complete the Asian pack, and be able to do campaigns in Korea, Japan and China, that include Japan or Korea.
ABOUT RELIGION IN JAPAN FOR AOE IV:
That is up for debate. In the Middle Ages to the end of the Renaissance (800-1600), the game era, Japan went through several stages. The original main religion, was… "their beliefs", they didn’t have a special name for it, because it was the only one and it was assumed that everyone believed it. This religion became latter known as Shintoism, which means “path of the gods” to differentiate itself from the introduced Majayana Buddhism, which for the #### was something like “atheistic path”.
Shintoism was closely connected to monarchical power, since it was believed that the emperor was a descendant of the goddess Amaterasu (sun goddess), similar to the Incas and Egyptians. However, something curious happened in Japan. In the Kamakura shogunate, a coup caused the emperor to act as the Japanese Pope of Shintoism, while the military king was renamed Shogun. As in Europe, the emperor/Pope was in charge of crowning the shogun/King; in practice the king was the one who dominated the country.
This system in the Middle Ages had 2 dynasties, the Kamakura (1192-1333) and the Ashikaga (1336-1467/1573). However, this system would have a pause when Oda ######## would dethrone the last Ashikaga shogun, which would enter a period of anarchy and civil war, called the Sengoku Wars. Some authors say that the Ashikaga government was so unstable that the sengoku wars started earlier (more or less when the Turks bombed Constantinople) but hey, the point is that Japan entered a civil war, and nobody paid attention to the emperor, who some considered mere decorative figure.
For the supposed 4th age, which I suppose represented the Sengoju wars (1467-1600), Spanish missionaries came to evangelize, and they had great success in many feudal lords and their servants. Although the majority religion continued to be Shintoism, followed by Buddhism.
ABOUT RELIGION IN JAPAN IN AOE III:
But, by the AoE3 game period (1600-1850), Ieyasu made Buddhism the official religion of Japan, declared himself a bodhisata, and ordered the persecution and tortute of Christians followers. Shintoism was allowed to continue being practiced, mainly because the shogun wanted to sell the image of a "nationalist" government (that does everything for the country and against the country’s enemies), and Shintoism, being so old, could not eliminate it, a matter of marketing.
ABOUT RELIGION IN JAPAN IN AOE V?:
The end of his dynasty, at the end of the Aoe3, the United States invaded Japan, which triggered a civil war between pro-royalists and pro-republicans, with the victory of the latter. In the Meiji era, the new government, with Shinto practitioners who had had their beliefs suppressed, began a vengeful persecution of Buddhism, and Shinto became the majority religion in Japan, with hidden Christianity re-emerging in colonies such as Nagasaki and Iroshima.
Why aren’t there so many Christians in Japan? Well, tell me what happened to Nagasaki and Iroshima, the nuclei of the largest number of believers at that time… exactly. On the other hand, having been defeated by “Christians” (USA) in World War 2, many Japanese did not like to consider converting to the enemy religion.
BACK TO THE TOPIC - RELIGIOUS UNIT FOR JAPAN IN AOE4:
Well, the detail is that at least for Aoe4, in the age that you want to portray 800-1650, it would be good to put Shinto monks for the monk’s design. If somebody want to introduce some Japanese Buddhist concept, such as the belief in reincarnation (they introduced the concept to them), let it be in unique technologies.
Kamushi an miko, possible dessign for japanese religious units.