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duchy rankAthens
Primary culture
Tuscan (Latin)

Capital province
Athens (146)

Feudal MonarchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Athenian ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+4 Tolerance of heretics
+10% Fort defense

Legitimacy.png Dominus Athenarum

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Max promoted cultures.png Athenian Openness

+1 Max promoted culture

Diplomatic reputation.png Athenian Pragmatism

+1 Diplomatic reputation

Prestige.png Revive the Latin Greece

+1 Yearly prestige

National unrest.png Latin Contracts

−1 National unrest

Missionary strength.png Preserve Archbishop of Athens

+1% Missionary strength

Infantry combat ability.png Athenian Army Reform

+5% Infantry combat ability
+5% Artillery combat ability

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+10% Morale of armies

Athens is a small country in the Morea region. It starts the campaign as a vassal of Flag of Byzantium Byzantium and surrounded by the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans. It consists of only one province of a Culture icon.png Greek culture and Orthodoxy Orthodox religion, while Flag of Athens Athens itself is of the Tuscan culture and Catholicism Catholic religion. Unlike many of its neighbors, Athens belongs to the Western technology group Western technology group. In order to form Flag of Greece Greece you will have to have a cultural shift to change missions.



  Athens primary culture is Tuscan, which is part of the Latin culture group, therefore they may form   Tuscany and   Italy.

 Form Tuscany

Not since the days of the Margraviate of Tuscany has a single power controlled as much of the the Tuscan lands as we do. Let us adopt a new title to better reflect our new standing among the states of Italy.

Potential requirements

The country:

If the country is AI-controlled, then:

  • it can not be a custom nation.
  • it can not be a former colonial nation.
  • it must have at least 5 cities.

Tuscany does not exist.
The country


The country:

  • changes to   Tuscany.
  • gets the modifier “Increased Centralization” for 20 years with the following effects:
    •  −0.05 monthly autonomy change,
    •  +1 national unrest.
  • gets permanent claims on all provinces with Tuscan culture that it does not own.
  • gains  25 prestige.
  • (hidden)
    gets the event “The Emperor Condemns Tuscany's Elevation” within 50 days.

If   Tuscany:

 Form Italian Nation

As the heart of the Renaissance, our nation is blossoming culturally. We have just entered the beginning of what looks like a prolonged artistic rebellion, especially in the field of architecture and literature. The cultural evolution is not aiding our country in maintaining peace within our borders however. Our country is continuously stricken by foreign states seeking power and territorial gain.

Potential requirements

  Italy does not exist.
The country:

If the country is AI-controlled then it:


The country:


The country:

If the country:


Athens starts in an extremely dangerous position. A one-province minor with the wrong culture and religion, it is also a vassal under   Byzantium, who have the most powerful nation in the game ready to attack them. If you want to survive as Athens, you need to break free, and quickly.

Depending on Byzantium's rivals, you may be able to gain the assistance of   Venice or   Genoa in supporting your independence. In addition, maxing out your relations with the Ottomans, building over your force limit, and hiring a diplomatic reputation advisor should be enough to gain their support as well, which can buy you desperately needed time to consolidate your realm and expand. Byzantium themselves usually only ally Serbia, Theodoro, or Wallachia, so the war itself will likely be over quickly assuming you have the backing of another nation. At this point, it's your choice of whether or not to take Constantinople in the peace deal. Doing so will greatly increase your wealth and strength, but this will greatly anger the Ottomans, even if you managed to ally them.

From this point forward, there are several areas open for expansion. You can attempt to move north into Serbia and Bosnia, seize the Aegean from Venice, or even attempt an exodus to the New World. But one thing is clear: sooner or later, the Ottomans will come knocking, and your only hope of escaping that is either to expand enough to stand up to them, or escape beyond their reach.


Athens starts as a Catholic Italian minor in a Greek Orthodox area, so humanist or religious ideas will be of great use in converting the region depending on your playstyle. Also, quality or defensive ideas can prove beneficial with the Ottomans on your doorstep.


As Athens, own 50 universities.
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