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Kingdom rankCologne
Primary culture
Rhenish (Germanic)

Capital province
Köln (85)

Clerical State Government theocracy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Colognian ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+1 Missionary
+15% National manpower modifier

Aggressive expansion impact.png The Pursuit of Territorial Unity

−10% Aggressive expansion impact

Prestige decay.png Archicancellarius per Italiam

−1% Prestige decay

Development cost.png Hanseatic Trade City

−10% Development cost

Devotion.png Prime Minister of Cologne

+0.5 Yearly devotion
+0.5 Yearly legitimacy
−0.03 Monthly autonomy change

Missionary strength vs heretics.png Pivotal Ecclesiastic Territory

+3% Missionary strength vs heretics

Diplomatic relations.png Shifting Alliances

+1 Diplomatic relation

Discipline.png Order of St. Michael

+5% Discipline

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−20% Unjustified demands

Cologne is a TPM in western Germany. It starts as an elector of the Holy Roman Empire. One important thing to remember is that Cologne can't form royal marriages at the beginning of the game, which affects Cologne's diplomacy. Cologne starts off in the Northwest German region. Cologne has the further disadvantage of having their provinces split and enemies surrounding them. In order to survive, Cologne must get a large ally fairly quickly and grab land under the protection of their larger ally.


Main article: Colognian missions



Msg event.pngThe Bavarian Archbishops

A member of the ruling family of Bavaria has been appointed Archbishop of Cologne. This may mean a new era of Bavarian influence here. How shall we proceed?

This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

The country:

Flag of Bavaria Bavaria:

  • is Catholicism Catholic.
  • does not consider Flag of Cologne Cologne as a rival.

It is at least 1550 but before 1650.

Is triggered only by

getting a new ruler.

Event button 547.png
Allow Bavarian influence

Flag of Cologne Cologne:

  • (hidden)
    gets a new ruler is a member of Bavaria's ruling dynasty.
  • gains Papal influence.png5 papal influence.

Flag of Bavaria Bavaria:

  • gets the opinion modifier “Bavarian Archbishop” towards Flag of Cologne Cologne, worth Opinion.png+20 opinion for 40 years with a yearly decay of 0.5.
  • (hidden)
    gets the Msg event.pngevent “The Archbishop in Cologne”.
Event button 547.png
We will go our own way

Flag of Cologne Cologne:

  • gets a new ruler.
  • loses Papal influence.png5 papal influence.

Flag of Bavaria Bavaria and Flag of The Papal State The Papal State:

  • get the opinion modifier “Bavarian Archbishop Replaced” towards Flag of Cologne Cologne, worth Opinion.png-20 opinion for 20 years with a yearly decay of 1.



Execute decision.pngForm Westphalia

As the ideas of the Enlightenment are sweeping through Europe, we may choose to embrace them ourselves in Westphalia. Our future model state will feature ideas as revolutionary as equal rights for all male population, freedom for serfs and emancipation for the Jews, as well as enabling of free enterprise through abolition of socage and the guilds.
Potential requirements

The country:


The country:


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’.


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