- +10% Morale of armies
- +1 Diplomatic relation
- +1 Yearly prestige
- −15% Mercenary maintenance
- +50% Available mercenaries
- +5% Discipline
- +10% Trade efficiency
- +2 Tolerance of heretics
- +25% National manpower modifier
- +15% Goods produced modifier
While France has spent the last century being torn asunder in the on-going feud between English and French claimants to the French throne, Burgundy has grown to be the cultural and economic center of western Europe. Nowhere are the knightly ideals of the late middle ages as alive as in Burgundy, with great tournaments, grand feasts, and of course the Order of the Golden Fleece itself. A knightly order created by the Duke, aspiring to recreate the knighthood of the Arthurian legends or Greek myths. The Burgundian court also dominates fashion and art, with fortunes being spent on silk, paintings and fantastic illuminated manuscripts.The Duchy of Burgundy already rival many kingdoms in influence, income and even military might. By playing off the English and French against each other the Dukes have for a long time been practically independent. De jure however the Dukes remain both subjects to France and to the Holy Roman Empire. With the Hundred Years War nearing, what looks like, its conclusion, the future of the Duchy seems uncertain. If it continues its meteoric rise Burgundy could be the embryo of a new kingdom. A strong state in the middle of Western Europe. But the dukes have also gained many enemies in this short time. Should Philippe and his successors play their cards right there may be a crown in their future, but that requires taking risks that might well cost them everything, potentially reducing their glorious domain to a footnote in the annals of history.
- Main article: Burgundian missions
- Main article: Burgundian events
Burgundian events centre around the Low Countries and the Burgundian Succession.
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The Dutch are emerging as one of Europe's most capable naval and colonial powers. Lucrative trade opportunities, locally and overseas, have resulted in a swift evolution for the country into one of the first capitalist countries in the world.
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A Wise King Never Seek Out War But Always be Ready For It
Keep that in mind, Burgundy's strategy isn't dependent on who has rivaled you, but depends on who you target first. To expand into England, Austria and/or France, player should rival your rivals first and then decide your ally through that.
Your starting ruler is a 5 5 5 strong but old king, so make sure you ahead of your enemy's military tech and keep the king safe. Remember! A wise king could turn a bad condition into a good one. Most of the time, you would want to start a war with England or France first, it is advisable to do so when the Surrender of Maine event has escalated.
Never start a war against either country even if their allies wouldn't join as Burgundy is simply too weak in the beginning, even with the help of its subjects Brabant, Flanders, Holland and Nevers. HRE Diplomacy is important, but at the start, Burgundy is not ready for it, especially the emperor Austria always defend for it.
France and England on the other hand are fighting each other, so the chance is obvious. Crushing France basically is a must for Burgundy, while England is not much a threat due to weaker army. Castile often rivals England and France, sometimes both, so they make a great ally. They will become even more helpful in wars when the Iberian Wedding wedding has escalated and they have Aragon and Naples as junior partners. If for some reason allying Castile is not possible, Austria sometimes is friendly with Burgundy from the beginning and thus make a good ally, especially against France Aggression whom Austria will often rival from the beginning. Besides, as a Catholic nation, it is better to get pope supporting you. Savoy is a good short term ally as they usually friendly with you and may find useful to kill big nations such as Austria and France. However, Savoy might be a target for Burgundy, so don't hesitate to kill them after the shadow kingdom event, if you want to.
Mercenaries are very crucial, even in the first battle. Don't hesitate to take out loans often, because you will need them. Declare the first war on France could be tricky, as France could get strong allies such as Aragon, Castile, Venice or even Denmark. However, declare Provence could bring Savoy and Papal States to fight with you. France should be broken by that. You might want England taking some French lands, so that when you declare them. They could give a high price.
If you just want the achievement, After your invasion on French and English one by one, player could take steps in Italy and HRE to reach Austria. The Burgundian Conquest requires both France and Austria becoming vasssls. Poland, Bohemia or even Ottomans could be your future ally. However, the further expansion at this stage should be no big problem.
Burgundy's idea is more focused on economy and mercenary while having good diplomacy, so a small Burgundy could do many style as you want.
- Economic ideas is a powerful idea group allowing the player to build a strong economy just to be prosperous .
- Influence ideas allows you a vassal swarm as well as getting faster inheritance from your PU subjects.
- Diplomatic ideas helps you to control HRE electors and thus expand eastern without the need of colonization.
- Innovative ideas may be desired for a further mercenary cost reduction and cheaper technology.
- Exploration ideas is usually tough for Burgundy because of survival and mediocre location. However, after Annexing France, their economy should be great to hold colonies.
- Expansion ideas with exploration ideas, Burgundy has the best trade nodes, money from the new world should overcome the cost of colonization.
- Administrative ideas would be a very good choice for its mercenary benefits. If the player is very aggressive, the core-creation cost reduction will also be beneficial.
- Quantity ideas a small burgundy could do huge army with many forts, essential to defend big nations and expand rapidly.