Denmark

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Kingdom rankDenmark
Denmark.png
Primary culture
Danish (Scandinavian)

Capital province
Sjælland (12)

Government
Feudal MonarchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion
CatholicCatholic.png

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Danish ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+1 Yearly legitimacy
+5% Ship durability

Manpower recovery speed.png Vornedskab

+10% Manpower recovery speed

Navy tradition.png Old Naval Traditions

+1 Yearly navy tradition

National tax modifier.png Found the Rentekammer

+10% National tax modifier

Naval maintenance modifier.png Reorganize the Klaedekammer

−10% Naval maintenance modifier
−10% Sailor maintenance

Naval force limit modifier.png Found the Copenhagen Dockyard

+50% Naval force limit modifier

National unrest.png Den Danske Lov

−1 National unrest

Tolerance own.png Religious Freedom is Atheism

+2 Tolerance of the true faith
+10% Church power

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+15% Light ship combat ability
For the area, see Denmark (area).
Shield Denmark.png
As of the treaty of Kalmar in 1397 the Nordic Crowns of Flag of Norway Norway, Flag of Sweden Sweden and Denmark are intended to be borne by one monarch. Since its inception this Kalmar Union has been lead by the Danes, the strongest and richest of the Nordic powers, close to the continent with an ambition to control and dominate the Baltic Sea area.

The Danish monarchy has many enemies however, in particular among the cities of the Hanseatic League, an alliance of free cities in control of the Baltic trade that Denmark now threatens. This recently culminated in a series of wars ending in the loss of Slesvig followed by the deposition of the Danish king Erik, now a mere pirate chief on the island of Flag of Gotland Gotland.

Denmark has just elected a new king from the Flag of Bavaria Bavarian Wittelsbach family. Cristopher has no ties to the Danish or Swedish nobility but it seems he has grand plans for the three Nordic kingdoms, styling himself the first Arch-King of the North.

Time will tell what Christopher's legacy will be. The Danish crown has pawned away many of its assets to its leading families while neither the Swedish or Norwegian nobles seem to care much for their new German king. The Norwegians still favor the deposed Erik, while the Swedish nobility was recently united under their regent, Karl Knutsson.

In 1444 Denmark starts as the leader of the Kalmar Union, the senior member of two personal unions; Flag of Sweden Sweden and Flag of Norway Norway. Flag of Holstein Holstein is Denmark's vassal; these circumstances give the player the chance to expand rapidly and peacefully early on. It is a good idea to annex Holstein first, as Denmark will need 15 provinces to integrate Flag of Norway Norway and at the start it only has 10, so the 2 additional provinces will be very welcome. Further on Denmark's goals are mainly keeping the two unions stable and eventually integrate their lands. Afterwards the possibilities for Denmark are plenty, including colonization, fighting Flag of Muscovy Muscovy/Flag of Russia Russia or dominating the North in general.

Missions[edit]

Main article: Danish missions

Denmark's missions are focused on controlling the Baltic and Scandinavia.

Events[edit]

Main article: Danish events

Denmark's historical events revolve around the regencies during Christian VII's reign, various reforms, and a few other flavor events.

Decisions[edit]

Execute decision.pngForm Scandinavian Nation


For untold centuries the Kingdoms of the North have been divided and locked in internecine power struggles. Previous attempts at Union have ultimately failed, to the delight of their European neighbors. Even so, the vision of a lasting union remains a tantalizing possibility...


 
Potential requirements

Flag of Scandinavia Scandinavia does not exist.

This country:

If AI-controlled further:

  • has at least 10 cities.
  • is not a former colonial nation
Allow

This country:


Effects

This country:

  • changes to Flag of Scandinavia Scandinavia.
  • gains Prestige.png10 prestige.
  • gets the modifier “Increased Centralization” for 20 years with the following effects:
    • Autonomy.png−0.05 Monthly autonomy change
    • National unrest.png+1 National unrest
  • gets permanent claims on all provinces of the Scandinavia (region) that are not owned by Scandinavia.

If Flag of Scandinavia Scandinavia:

  • is a member of the Holy Roman Empire and not an elector or the emperor
    • then all its provinces are removed from the HRE.
  • is a duchy
    • then it becomes a Kingdom rank kingdom.

It is not that hard to form Flag of Scandinavia Scandinavia as Denmark, since Denmark indirectly controls all needed provinces starting in 1444. To get the Swedish and Norwegian ones, Denmark only needs to integrate the two lesser partners in the Kalmar Union, Flag of Sweden Sweden and Flag of Norway Norway.

Strategy[edit]

Opening moves[edit]

In order to annex the personal unions of Flag of Norway Norway and Flag of Sweden Sweden, Denmark must have at least as much provinces as the country you want to integrate as well as +190 relations with said country. Norway is relatively easy to integrate, however Sweden is not, having significantly more provinces than Denmark and tending to have a larger land force limit and more advanced administrative, diplomatic and military technologies than Denmark, thus usually wanting to declare an independence war against Denmark. Denmark will face events that will either increase or decrease relations with each personal union, completely up to the player to choose which one to take. If the player wants to keep both personal unions and integrate them later on, it is highly recommended to choose the option increasing relations with the countries.

Denmark will have the option to set Flag of Novgorod Novgorod as rival, and a good strategy to make sure you have more land and naval units than stronger Flag of Sweden Sweden is to set Flag of Novgorod Novgorod as your rival and declare a war to them, however not sending your troops to fight and occupy land. The armies of Flag of Norway Norway and Flag of Sweden Sweden will often be larger than the armies of Flag of Novgorod Novgorod and its possible allies, thus making a win inevitable. You can win the war without fighting a single battle yourself. Flag of Norway Norway and Flag of Sweden Sweden will both lose some manpower in the war, which makes them want independence a lot less. Not only will you win a war with a rival with 100% warscore, you will also make sure Flag of Sweden Sweden will not have as much manpower as you do, thus making the country less likely to declare an independence war.

You should also consider annexing Flag of Holstein Holstein as soon as possible as it will give you two more provinces and give up space for more diplomatic relations.

It is highly recommended to start conquering the Baltic area: Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Order and Flag of Riga Riga. This is something Denmark did historically as well. You can fabricate claim on the province of Ösel, for example, and thus declare war on the Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Order or whichever country owns the province at the moment. Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Order is usually allied with Flag of Riga Riga, so prepare to fight both countries. With Flag of Norway Norway and Flag of Sweden Sweden fighting on your side, this should be relatively easy. You can also declare war on just Flag of Riga Riga in which case often the Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Order as well as Flag of Lübeck Lübeck will join the war as allies. This war should also be relatively easy to win and it is highly recommended to make Flag of Lübeck Lübeck a vassal or annexing them, although annexing will often cause significant aggressive expansion and make several countries possibly join a coalition against you. That is why it is recommended to vassalise Flag of Lübeck Lübeck first and diplomatically annex them later on as your relations have improved.

Denmark collects from the Lübeck trade node and transferring as much trade power from the Baltic Sea trade node as possible to Lübeck is important as it will increase your income significantly. That is why conquering land from the Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Order and possibly also Flag of Riga Riga is important. It will not only increase your income significantly, but it will also increase the amount of your provinces and thus making the integration of Flag of Norway Norway and Flag of Sweden Sweden possible.

Achievements[edit]

The Iron Price icon
Restore the Danelaw region to Danish rule, and make it Danish culture.
Østindisk Kompagni Te icon
As Denmark establish Trade company and have at least 10% Tea market share.
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