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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
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Traditions.png Traditions:

−10% Fort maintenance
+20% Caravan power

Yearly prestige.png Hot Springs

+1 Yearly prestige

Yearly 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.

Missions[edit | edit source]

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.

Events[edit | edit source]


Msg event.pngThe Founding of Karlsruhe

The city of Durlach has grown into a prosperous town. However, visitors are often underwhelmed by its ill looks and general lack of splendor, compared to our neigbors' main cities. [Root.Monarch.GetTitle] [Root.Monarch.GetName] shares this opinion. In a dream, [Root.Monarch.GetSheHe] recently saw a vision of a grand palace at the heart of a beautiful, well-ordered city - [Root.Monarch.GetHerHis] city.

Durlach's municipal authorities are reluctant to allow a major redevelopment of the city and its palaces, so another site a short distance from the town has been suggested. The proposed site, which proponents of the plan are calling "Karlsruhe", shows considerable promise; however, Durlach's inhabitants may resent their town being supplanted. Should we build the new city?

This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

The country:

  • Owns Durlach (4714):
    • Has at least Development.png 20 development
  • Primary culture is Swabian
  • Government is Government monarchy.png Monarchy
  • Is not in a regency
Mean time to happen

60 years

  • Is or was Flag of Baden Baden: ×0.5
  • Durlach (4714) is our capital: ×0.5

Event button 547.png
Let us found Karlsruhe.

The country:

  • Lose Gold Icon.png ducats equal to 1 years of income
  • Gain Yearly prestige.png 15 prestige
  • Durlach (4714):
    • Becomes our Capital.png capital
    • Is renamed "Karlsruhe"
    • Gain Base tax.png 3 Base tax
    • Gain Years of separatism.png 15 Years of separatism
Event button 547.png
We see no need for a new city.

The country:

  • Lose Yearly prestige.png 15 prestige

Decisions[edit | edit source]


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, it:

Playing with normal or historical nations.


The country:


The country:

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

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:

Playing with normal or historical nations.


The country:


The country:

The Imperial authority.png emperor of the HRE:

AI will always take this decision unless it is Flag of Austria Austria

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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.

Emperor[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

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