N.B. I used the email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org email addresses I found on their websites. If anybody has a better way of contacting them, please share.
I suggested Sokoto, Ethiopia and the Zulus for their geographical and cultural diversity, their power and size relative to other African nations, and because they were active in the 19th century. While the Mali and Songhai Empires are arguably better known than the Sokoto Caliphate, they did not last long enough to embrace gunpowder, and I think it’s odd to see nations which never used gunpower fight in a 19th century setting.
Subject Line: African Empires DLC Suggestion for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
Dear Forgotten Empires and Tantalus Media,
Thank you for your work on the Age of Empires Definitive Edition games. It is great to see these tremendous titles get the care and attention they deserve. Your passion for the series is obvious.
I appreciate how Age of Empires II contains civilizations from Africa. While playing as the Malians, I began to think how exciting it would be if Age of Empires III also contained African factions.
I and many others would be thrilled if you released DLC with playable African nations in Age of Empires III. It would bring attention to an all too often ignored part of the world, and to the long history of statecraft and warfare on the African continent.
Africa had a number of military-focused, expansionist states in the 18th and 19th centuries. The three most powerful were the Sokoto Caliphate in West Africa, the Ethiopian Empire in the Horn of Africa, and the Zulu Kingdom in Southern Africa. There were many others, but Sokoto, Ethiopia and the Zulu Kingdom were the largest, and historians have produced more scholarship on these than other African states.
If you are curious about sources for historical research, I’ve provided some suggestions below [I can provide these in the comments if anyone is interested]. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at this email address. Thank you.