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Duchy rankBaden
Primary culture
Swabian (Germanic)

Capital province
Baden (74)

Feudal Nobility Government 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
For the area, see Baden (area).

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.


Main article: Swabian minors missions

Baden shares Swabian missions with other Swabian nations, focusing on dominating and eventually forming Swabia, granting an additional 8 missions.



Execute decision.pngForm Swabia

The old Duchy of Swabia ended with the execution of Conradin, the last of the Hohenstaufen Dukes, in 1268. Since then, a plethora of countries, bishoprics and free cities have emerged to fill the void left by the fall of the Hohenstaufens. However, these small states are often unable to protect their liberty - thus, the Habsburgs of Austria have built up considerable territorial holdings in Swabia, which they call "Further Austria". We must restore unity to Swabia if we are to end this pattern of outside encroachment.
Potential requirements

Flag of Swabia Swabia does not exist.

The country:

If the country is AI-controlled then

  • it cannot be a custom nation.
  • it cannot be a former colonial nation.

The country:


The country:

If Flag of Swabia Swabia:


Execute decision.pngForm German Nation

Regardless of the absence of a strong, central authority, our nation is prospering. The Hanseatic League, formed by hundreds of towns in northern Germany, has contributed to the prosperity of our nation. Intellectual growth, combined with sea and overland trading, has also helped spur the development and transform our country into a wealthy manufacturing center.
Potential requirements

Flag of Germany Germany does not exist.
The country:

If the country is AI-controlled then it:


The country:

  • has an administrative technology of at least 20.
  • is not a subject nation other than a tributary state.
  • is not a nomad nation.
  • is not at war.
  • is not the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • All of the following must be true:
    • Owns Berlin (50)
    • Owns München (65)
    • Owns Brunswick (57)
    • Owns Augsburg (1868) or Stuttgart (70)
    • Owns Nürnberg (67) or Frankfurt (1876)
    • Owns Niederhessen (1762) or Köln (85)
    • Owns Königsberg (41) or Straßburg (75)
    • Owns Hamburg (44) or Lübeck (45)
    • Owns Dresden (61) or Erfurt (63)
  • 50 owned core provinces in:
    • North Germany
    • South Germany


The country:

If the country does not have custom ideas

The emperor of the HRE:

  • gets the opinion modifier “Left the Holy Roman Empire” towards Germany worth Opinion.png−150 opinion with a yearly decay of 1.
  • gets the Msg event.png event ‘Germany breaks out of the Empire’.


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

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.


  1. There are 13 provinces with Swabian culture in the game 1444.
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