- +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
The Bourgogne branch of the Valois dynasty not only rules the duchy of Burgundy, de jure a French possession, but also a significant part of the Low Countries, Vermandois and the county of Nevers. In short time they have created a realm that straddles some of the richest parts of France and the Holy Roman Empire. Taken together the dukes of Burgundy can command an enormous wealth. These economic resources have been used by Philippe III, the Good, to expand the influence of his family even further, acquiring title after title along the Meuse and Rhine in an attempt to connect his realm.
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.
Form Dutch Nation
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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.
AI Burgundy will not take this decision.
Burgundy's strategy isn't dependent on who has rivalled you, but in order to expand into England and/or France it is wise to rival your rivals first and then decide your ally through that. 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 will always be friendly with Burgundy from the beginning and thus make a good ally, especially against France whom Austria will often rival from the beginning. Whether you want to start a war with England or France, it is advisable to do so when the surrender of Maine event has escalated. Don't 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.