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Duchy rankBologna
Primary culture
Romagnol (Latin)

Capital province
Bologna (4730)

Italian Signoria Government republic.png

State religion

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

−10% Construction cost
+20% Fort defense

Morale of armies.png Etruscan Origins

+10% Morale of armies

Yearly legitimacy.png Bentivoglio Family

+1 Yearly legitimacy
−20% Reelection cost

Tolerance of the true faith.png Rebellion Against the Papacy

+1 Tolerance of the true faith
+0.25 Monthly fervor
+10% Church power

Goods produced modifier.png La Grassa

+10% Goods produced modifier

Yearly prestige.png La Rossa

+1 Yearly prestige

Fort maintenance.png La Turrita

−15% Fort maintenance

Technology cost.png La Dotta

−5% Technology cost

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−10% Development cost

Bologna is a Catholicism Catholic republic located in northeastern Italy, bordering Flag of Ferrara Ferrara, Flag of Urbino Urbino, and Flag of Florence Florence. In 1444, the country starts as a one province minor, and is not a part of the HRE.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Italian minor missions

Decisions[edit | edit source]


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 Bologna. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.

As an Italian minor, Flag of Bologna Bologna at least initially depends on solid alliances. As attacking your neighbours even as small as Flag of Ferrara Ferrara is heavily unfavoured due to your nation's laughably minuscule force limit, one might definitely consider finding strong and bloodthirsty or even threatened yet formidable nations to befriend. In the earliest starting date, Flag of Milan Milan is likely the first choice regardless of a potential conflict of interest in form of having provinces required to form Flag of Italy Italy, followed by Flag of Hungary Hungary and their often much familiar perilous position sandwiched between strong nations.

Through a combination of diplomatic prowess and a pinch of luck, your newly-found allies might call you into preferably their winnable wars, ultimately giving you favors that you desperately need to expand territorially. Especially when going for Spaghetti Western achievement, one might eye the provinces of Flag of Lucca Lucca and especially Ferrara's fort, as obtaining coastal provinces early might enable you to create an expeditionary fleet to help escape into a New World colony with an appropriate idea group, even though you would still most likely require an additional province in Northern Africa or even Iberia. Especially then, one might resort to opportunistically attacking a heavily weakened nation, possibly even without a casus belli, as losing stability can be prepared for as a republic, ultimately making a sound investment for as few as one single province that your colonial range permits. If successful, one might outpace early colonizers and effectively hop over to Western Africa for then to naturally get to the Mexican Colonial Territory via South America. Alternatively, it is possible to accumulate money to ask for a trade company province from a nation of choice, or simpler yet, wait for the diplomatic technology to get good enough for a belated arrival into the New World.

It must be noted that the process of land expansion becomes tremendously easier once Italy exits the HRE via the Shadow Kingdom incident, yet having decent relation with Flag of Austria Austria is still very sought-after, as having their military aid will simplify your overall strategy and make defeating the Venetian Trade League one's favorite pastime. A good opportunity to vanquish Flag of Venice Venice, your natural Rival and the de-facto ruler of your home trade node would be when they are already occupied by war, like the one that is practically destined to happen against the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans, leaving the strait leading into Venetian capital free to cross. Obtaining Venezia will grant exceptional wealth, significantly boosting your economy and solving one of the small nation's many woes.

Your conquest of Italy is prone to setbacks if victims of your fabricated claims are defended by a large power, often pacifying you into a waiting game. Once lady fortune smiles in your favor, however, it is even decent to vassalize your foes — practically doing anything in one's ability to increase in army size and significance. The only few things to be wary of is to leave Rome to the Pope and not to subjugate the Flag of the Papal State the Papal State as it significantly worsens your relation with the Catholics and gives a nasty diplomatic reputation hit. Furthermore, occupying Rome gives you -10 Yearly papal influence.

In the Leagues War, you will face a divisive choice to either stay Catholic, especially preserving your Cardinals that might conveniently fall into your hands combined with good relations with Austria, or to make use your national idea 'Rebellion Against Papacy' and go for the lucrative alternative of Protestant or Reformed variety. One must weight the pros and cons and consider whether one wants to do with Rome and the Flag of the Papal State the Papal State, and if turning down Catholicism is actually beneficial in the long run. Of course, Flag of Aragon Aragon and Flag of Naples Naples are also going to be your thorn in the back, but thankfully, acquiring their provinces angers the Holy Roman Empire not by a lot. Given a succulent combination of combat-focused ideas, resourceful acquisitions, province development, and military assistance, capturing the south of Italian Peninsula will be an interesting challenge which can be postponed till the later stages of the game or even be avoided, especially if one chooses to go colonial and play as a released independent colonial nation, such as Flag of Texas Texas or Flag of Mexico Mexico.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Spaghetti Western icon
Starting as Bologna, become Mexico or Texas.
Italian Ambition icon
Form Italy.
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