Estates are factions within the nation that influence domestic politics. Estates apply modifiers at the national level and may grant one-time bonuses or bonuses to specific provinces. They have two basic attributes: influence and loyalty; which depend on the amount of land they hold, event choices and several other factors.
The influence and loyalty levels of an estate determine their power within the country and how they "react" to the player's actions with them. These can be seen in the: nationwide bonuses or penalties provided by the estate, outcome effects of certain interactions provided through the estates, as well as their rebellion strength if worse comes to worst. Estates which grow too powerful can bring a disaster upon the nation. This may come into effect by the estate seizing control of the country or breaking it apart.
Estates can be granted privileges, which grant additional bonuses, but come with a price. Privileges can shape your nation in the early stages, but will likely become a burden while your country centralizes its power and grows its administration. You can influence your estates by granting and revoking privileges, and by ceding them lands or confiscating them.
The lands that are not owned by any of your estates is your crownland. Having more crownland means having a more direct control on your lands, but reducing the power of estates. Having less crownland means your estates will like you more and will be more impactful, but you will have a lesser control on your lands and your subjects.
There are a total of 11 estates, though most nations have access to 3 estates. The exact number may change during the campaign and depends on location, government and religion. Conquered provinces will change the distribution of lands in your realms. It is possible to add more estates to the game and change conquest behavior via modding.
Each state begin with its own distribution of lands, and for some its own already active privileges, which can be changed during the game.
Access to estates
Not all nations have access to all available estates. The reasons can vary from not being in the right geographical area, not being of a certain religion and so on -- further details on this are available under each estate's section.
Additionally, some government types do not have access to the estates mechanics altogether (they have other mechanics instead):
Note: Most of the values mentioned here are fully moddable.
- Loyalty is a measure of how willing the estate is to aid in the nation's government. It is a modifier that decays slowly towards a base value, the loyality equilibrium, which depends of the share of lands it controls and the privileges he has been granted. The speed of decay depends on how further from 50 it is (further = faster) and on any other loyalty decay speed modifiers present at the time. Loyalty scales from 0 to 100, and is separated into three tiers: disloyal (0-29), neutral (30−59), and loyal (60−100). Loyalty determines what effects the estate confers, both on the provincial and national level. When disloyal, an estate confers only penalties; when neutral, it confers a single bonus; and when loyal it confers an additional bonus. The strength of the effects is determined by the estate's influence. Loyalty is affected by various national factors, events, decisions and territorial grants and revocations.
- (Estate) influence is a measure of how much power the estate has over the nation's government and scales from 0 to 100. Influence determines the strength of the national effects conferred by the estate's loyalty through four levels: 0−19 / 20−39 / 40−59 / 60−100. These levels modify the effects by a factor of 0.25 / 0.50 / 0.75 / 1. The provincial effects are not affected by influence. Moreover, if an estate's influence is 100, regardless of the estate's loyalty, the nation is at risk of the estate seizing power in a coup, in the form of a disaster. Influence affects also the strength as well as the possibility of some estate interactions. Each estate has a base level of influence, and is affected by estate interactions, various national factors, events, decisions, and territorial grants and revocations. Influence does not increase or decrease over time. Revoking privileges and seizing lands is the only player-controlled way to decrease influence. If an estate's influence drops to 0, it will grant no nationwide effects but will still appear in the Estates interface.
- Territory . Even though your estates have a certain share of the realm land, no province is explicitly owned by an estate. An estate territory is thus represented only by the share of the realm land it holds. Land can be granted to an estate to increase its loyalty and influence. Land can be granted by two means : by selling titles every 5 years, which reduce your crownland share by 10% and distribute this amount to all the estates according to their previous share of lands (so that the ratio of lands between estates doesn't change), or by granting some privileges which reduce your crownland share but give the share to a specific estate. If you want to increase your crownland share, you can also seize land every 5 years, which grant 5% of the realm to the crownland, at the expense of the other estates, whose share of land is reduced according to their previous share (so that the ratio of lands between estates doesn't change), and whose loyalty is decreased by 20. If one seize land and one of the estate's loyalty fall under 30, rebels of the corresponding estate will spawn, and some provinces will gain +10 unrest.
- Power (calculation) is based on how much an estate controls the development in the country. Influence of an estate increases by 0.5 for every 1% of land it controls, up to a maximum of 40. The dhimmi and tribes estates have modifiers that lower this factor (0.25 for each 1% for the dhimmi, and 0.2 for each 1% for the tribes).
- Happiness equilibrium (calculation) is based on territorial grant/revocation. Loyalty equilibrium of an estate increases by 0.2 for every 1% of land it controls.
- Privileges are a set of actions that can be taken towards estates, typically either giving something to the estate or requesting something from it. Interactions affect the estates' loyalty and influence in various ways.
- (Estate) Disasters occur after an estate gains high influence levels (100). The estate disaster will begin ticking and - unless lowered - will eventually trigger its associated disaster. During an active estate disaster all other estates will lose influence and loyalty as well as rendering most of their estate interactions inactive.
The land of a realm which has access to estates is divided among all the estates, and the crownland, which represents the land you "directly control". These lands are not represented by specific provinces in game (and neither are the lands of the other estates), but the share of crownland in the realm is linked a series of bonuses which provide better benefits the higher this share is (as your realm becomes more centralized).
If your government has estates, you can grant privileges to them. Privileges are bonuses/penalty confered by estates in exchange for favors, represented by a modification of their influence, loyalty equilibrium, and/or share of lands, among others stats. Most of these bonuses/penalty are modifiers which last until the privilege is revoked, while others, are one-time effects which are applied each time such a privilege is granted.
Note that most privileges also reduce your max absolutism. Despite absolutism only playing a role mid/late game (allowing you to ignore this penalty in the early stages), for the absolutism era onward the impact on max absolutism is not to be neglected (as you can easily get a penalty of ~−50 , crippling your administrative efficiency).
You can have up to 4 privileges active at the same time for each of your estates. Removing a privilege reduce the loyalty of the corresponding estate by 20, and if the loyalty of the estate drop below 30 by this action, rebel will spawn according to which estate is disloyal. Some of the privileges have a duration and trigger an event at the end of it asking you to renew (giving you again the corresponding one-time bonuses and the other bonuses/penalties) or abolish the privilege (with the usual penalties).
Once every 5 years, you can Summon the Diet, which increases the loyalty and the influence of all estates by 5. This influence modifier lasts 20 years (and stack for every Diet held in the mean time, for an effective maximum bonus of +20 influence). When you do so, an event happen, where each estate propose an Agenda, a kind of mission you must fulfill before a deadline, and the Diet asks you to choose one among them. Resolving an agenda grants 10 loyalty from the corresponding estates, among other bonuses. Failing an agenda (i.e. not resolving it in time) will decrease the loyalty of the corresponding estate by 10, among other penalties. These agenda are akin to the old mission system, where many missions turned around solving current issues (like recovering manpower, gaining prestige, improving relation with a neighbor, etc...).
- Generally it is advisable to stay above 30% crown land at all times as tax income is usually pretty important in an early game economy.
- Seize Land should be used when possible (and when you are able to fight off the potential revolt should an estate be under 50% loyalty when you use it) as it allows you to assign more privileges without suffering from low crown land, also using privileges instead of land to boost their influence will generally make them happier.
- Avoid assigning privileges that make you lose crown land unless you are sure to keep them for a long time.
- You should strive to have all 3 'Primacy of ...' privileges asap. because monarch points are very important.
- It is almost always worth it to go for agendas as they can provide substantial benefits and guide you to the right direction.
- Granting 'Monopoly on ...' can be a nice alternative to loans depending on your Interest Per Annum (you get about 80% of the good production income you would have made over the next 10 years).
- It is quite difficult to start an estate disaster, but if an estate disaster does begin countdown, there are multiple ways to prevent it from firing.
- If the Nobility estate becomes too influential or otherwise difficult to control, and you are at the appropriate reform tier, consider introducing the Parliament government reform, which will get rid of the estate in one stroke.
- As you reach the age of absolutism start cutting back privileges, when you are about to hit your maximum absolutism cap. Having a lot of crown land allows you to keep more privileges until the end.
- All individual estate files can be found in the folder.
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