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duchy rankAthens
Primary culture
Tuscan (Latin)

Capital province
Athens (146)

Feudal Nobility Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Athenian ideas
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Traditions.png Traditions:

+4 Tolerance of heretics
+10% Fort defense

Yearly 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

Yearly 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.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Crusader missions

Decisions[edit | edit source]

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


Execute decision.pngForm 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, it:

  • is not a custom nation.
  • is not a former colonial nation.
  • owns at least 3 cities.
  • Flag of Tuscany Tuscany does not exist.

Playing with normal or historical nations.


Flag of Tuscany Tuscany does not exist.
The country:


The country:

  • AI will always take this decision
  • AI gives "high priority" (400) to this decision

Execute decision.pngForm 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

Flag of Italy Italy does not exist.
The country:

If the country is AI-controlled, it:

  • is not a custom nation.
  • is not a former colonial nation.
  • has at least 15 cities.

Playing with normal or historical nations.


The country:


The country:

  • becomes Flag of Italy Italy.
  • gains Yearly prestige.png 25 prestige.
  • gets new Mission.png missions.
  • gets the Msg event.png event ‘New Traditions & Ambitions’, unless it has custom ideas.
  • increases rank to Kingdom rank kingdom, if it is a Duchy rank duchy
  • gets a permanent claim on Italy region.
  • moves its Capital.png capital to Roma.
  • enacts "Italian Signoria" government reform if no reform has been selected

If Flag of Italy Italy is a member of the Holy Roman Empire but not the emperor or an elector, then:

  • all its provinces are removed from the Empire.
  • the Imperial authority.png emperor of the HRE:

AI will always take this decision

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Strategy The below is one of many player suggested strategies for Athens. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.

Athens starts in an extremely dangerous position. A one-province minor with the wrong culture and religion, it is also a vassal under Flag of Byzantium 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 Flag of Venice Venice or Flag of Genoa 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.

A good exodus strategy is to get administrative powers focus at the start, rush both Exploration and Expansion idea groups and, if you managed to get an alliance with The Flag of Ottomans Ottomans and some land around you (Sicily being the best choice), you can colonize the Cape Verde before the Castilian and the Portuguese, and then colonize land in The Caribbean and move your capital to the New World.

Ideas[edit | edit source]

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.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Academical icon
As Athens, own 50 universities.
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