Imperium du Dahomey
Form of Government: Empire
Leader: Ahosu Dakodonou II
The Imperium du Dahomey is an African Empire founded by Ahosu Houegbadja for the Fon people of West Africa. One of the traditional powers of West Africa, Dahomey has its capital in Abomey in modern day Benin and previously existed as the Kingdom of Dahomey.
Dahomey was Gallicized during the Napoleonic era, with Ahosu Adandozan being a staunch ally of Napoleon and assisting him in his wars in Europe. This allowed the Fon people to gain European military tactics and begin expansion of the Kingdom of Dahomey into the Imperium du Dahomey. After the conquests of Adandozan, their borders now stretch from the Volta River in the west, all the way to the Lagos Lagoon in the east, tracing up the Omo forest. Dahomey controls the lucrative West African coast line. Their northern border is constantly in dispute with different tribes, but the prospect of Gold and Diamonds in the Birimian area make it a tempting prospect to go further in land.
Dahomey is a true Empire, led by an Ahosu who passes on his title down via Primogeniture. Fon is the language of the people, though many speak French as they are well connected due to a mutual history, and France is the preferred trading partner of Dahomey. Technologically, they have been brought up quickly due to their interactions with France, but still struggle in manufacturing fine goods. They do however have a wealth of resources, and are trying to leverage that to speed up their industrialization process.
Dahomey has a strong standing army. Conscription starting at the age of 18 is mandatory for all men, and many women sign up as well as traditionally the Fon women also fought. Their naval forces are slowly improving, but still struggling to catch up with other powers in experience and tactics.
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