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Duchy rankBaden
Primary culture
Swabian (Germanic)

Capital province
Baden (74)

Feudal NobilityGovernment monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Baden ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
−10% Fort maintenance
+20% Caravan power

Prestige.png Hot Springs

+1 Yearly prestige

Legitimacy.png Legacy of the House of Zähringen

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Diplomat.png Active Diplomacy

+1 Diplomat

Tolerance heretic.png Cuius Regio, Eius Religio

+2 Tolerance of heretics

Stability cost modifier.png Reuinification of Baden

−10% Stability cost modifier

Aggressive expansion impact.png Diplomatic Expansion

−15% Aggressive expansion impact

Prestige decay.png Grand Duchy of Baden

−1% Prestige decay

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−10% Infantry cost

Baden is a two province nation in the South of the Holy Roman Empire. It shares borders with Switzerland to the South, Austria and Alsace to the West, The Palatinate to the North and Wurttemberg and Ravensburg to the East.


Early Game[edit]

Alsace, Wurttemberg and Switzerland are interesting early targets and can be set as rivals. Potential allies are Austria, to prevent unlawfull territory and Milan, since it has an interest in Swiss land and no heir. The first war against Alsace should be fought as soon as possible to prevent the Palatinate from conquering it. While fighting against Alsace, there is a good chance the Palatinate declares war on them, which allows to fight a defensive war after vassalising Alsace. Taking one province from and vassalising the Palatinate strengthens the players position. The one province taken from the Palatinate allows further conquest north. Conquering Wurttemberg and then Ansbach allows to circumvent the southern city states and expand east. Wars against Switzerland will be supported by Milan, in exchange for land. Taking provinces in the French culture group will move the player into Frances focus. A buffer in form of a vassal allows to maintain good relations with France.


Becoming emperor as Baden is a realistic goal. It can be done either by allying or vassalising three of the neighbouring electors.

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