The non-expansionist Knights of St. John control only Malta and the waters around the island in the Mediterranean Sea at the beginning of Empire: Total War. They are capable of resisting the Ottoman Empire in the east and the Barbary States in the south. They are deeply unfriendly with the Muslim factions in the area.
- Protectorates – None
- Allies – None
- Trade Partners – None
- Enemies – Barbary States, Pirates
- Religion – Catholic
- Government – Absolute Monarchy
- Ruler –Ramon I (Grand Master)
- Population – 64,216
- Prosperity - Destitute
- Prestige – Feeble
- Treasury – 7500
- Technology – None
- Gentlemen – None
- Missionaries – None
- Rakes – None
- Starting Buildings – Military Governor’s Encampment
- Infrastructure - Basic Roads
- Population – 64,216
- Wealth – 2625
- Religion – Catholicism 100.0%
- Starting Towns/Ports – Marsaxlokk (Shipyard)
- Later Villages/Ports – None
The Knights of St. John have the full European unit roster, but rarely has the opportunity to use most of it as its A.I nearly always restricts it to staying on its island. It usually builds one formidable fleet that patrols the Mediterranean.
During the first half of the 18th century, the Grand Masters of the Order of Saint John continually fortified their islands of Malta and Gozo with batteries, redoubts, entrenchments, and forts. Manuel Pinto da Fonseca, Grand Master from 1741 till 1773, started a dispute with the King of Sicily proclaiming the sovereignty of the Order of Malta. Pinto's lavish rule also depleted the finances of the Order and the ensuing bankruptcy marked the steady decline experienced by Malta in the last three decades of the century. Due to this, the Order also became unpopular with the Maltese. When Napoleon landed in Malta in June 1798, the knights could have withstood a long siege, but they surrendered the island without fighting. The French occupied Malta until 1800, when they were ousted by the Maltese aided by Britain. Malta became a British protectorate, then a colony and remained as such until independence in 1964.
- The flag used by the Knights of St. John is the Flag of the Order's Works of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
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