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Kingdom rankHungary
Primary culture
Hungarian (Carpathian)

Capital province
Pest (153)

Feudal Nobility Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
EasternEastern technology group
Hungarian ideas
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Traditions.png Traditions:

+20% Cavalry combat ability
+5% Recover army morale speed

National unrest.png A Renaissance Prince

−1 National unrest

National manpower modifier.png Bulwark of Christianity

+20% National manpower modifier

Discipline.png Found the Black Army

+5% Discipline

National tax modifier.png Reformed Coinage

+10% National tax modifier

Production efficiency.png Curtail the Freedom of the Peasantry

+10% Production efficiency

Trade power.png Strengthen the Towns

+25% Domestic trade power

No religion penalty.png Create the Estates General

Heretic and heathen provinces do not give any penalties

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+1 Leader without upkeep
Shield Hungary.png
Until 10 November 1444, Wladislaw III Jagiellon ruled over Hungary and Flag of Poland Poland, leading their forces against the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans in the Crusade of Varna. However, with defeat at the Battle of Varna, Wladislaw lies dead, Hungary's throne is vacant and the Ottomans are ascendant. If Hungary is to oppose their impending takeover of the Balkans, its forces will have to be rallied quickly.

On the home front, commander Janos Hunyadi has gathered what is left of the armed forces and led them back into Hungary. A man of great renown and many talents, he is seen by many in Hungary as Wladislaw's natural successor. However, the Habsburgs of Flag of Austria Austria are keen to press their own claim through the infant, Ladislaus Postumus, who was the heir apparent before Wladislaw took the throne through a civil war. Should he come of age, Hungary will be hard-pressed to maintain its independence from Austria.

To the north, the defeat at Varna has left Poland in a similar state of chaos to Hungary. However, they remain a formidable force, and a Hungarian King would be well-advised to seek their friendship rather than their enmity - at least if the Polish King becomes the ruler of Flag of Lithuania Lithuania. On the other hand, Flag of Bohemia Bohemia, a hotbed of the Hussite heresy, may offer a more attractive target for expansion, especially if the Holy Roman Emperor's approval can be secured... and if the Ottomans can be kept at bay long enough.

Hungary is a large nation in Central Europe with Eastern military technology. It borders numerous nations, most importantly Flag of Austria Austria, the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans, and Flag of Poland Poland. Hungary starts with an interregnum.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Hungarian missions

Hungarian missions are about dominating the Balkans. After you either set Flag of Poland Poland as rival or have the same ruling dynasty you get missions to take out Flag of Moldavia Moldavia and Flag of Wallachia Wallachia. Later on you will have to go after Flag of Serbia Serbia and Flag of Bosnia Bosnia. If you get enough forts on the border of the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans you can unlock the mission "Anatolian threat" which will give you claims on Flag of Ottomans Ottomans territory. The main goal of this mission is to push out the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans from the Balkans.

Events[edit | edit source]

Main article: Hungarian events

Hungary's events are centered around various historical events in their history, with many of them focusing on their personal union with Austria. Additionally, Hungary gains a number of events related to one of its greatest kings, Matthias Corvinus.

Decisions[edit | edit source]


Execute decision.pngAbolish the Black Army

The Black Army is a source of constant expenses and is detested by our nobility. Loyalty bought with silver can be lost just as cheaply. Let us do away with the Black Army and instead let the reliable armies of the realm fight for us.

Potential requirements
  • Playing with normal or historical nations

The country has the modifier Black Army.


The country is not at war.


The country:

  • loses the modifier “Black Army”.
  • loses Yearly prestige.png10 prestige.

If the country has the Nobility.pngnobility estate

  • then the Nobility.pngnobility estate gains Estate influence5% influence for 10 years.

Note that the nobility estate also loses its Estate influence−10% influence modifier for having the modifier “Black Army”.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Hungary has a challenging starting position, but a few good opportunities to grow. The most obvious, guided by your missions, is to conquer the newly acquired Ottoman land in the Balkans and avenge Varna.

Flag of Austria Austria is an obvious early ally, since it starts as a historical friend. The Ottomans are a likely rival to both Hungary and Austria. The first big decision and step in the mission tree is whether to ally or rival Poland. Rivaling might be easier (especially at higher difficulty levels), but allying it is definitely safer.

In the beginning, you can conquer four minor powers, three by force and one diplomatically. Flag of Wallachia Wallachia usually doesn't have any allies (except sometimes Flag of Serbia Serbia or Flag of Bosnia Bosnia, that you can eat up relatively easily) and makes an easy target, then so does Flag of Serbia Serbia and Flag of Bosnia Bosnia. You can get CBs through your missions on all this land. Then, you can usually acquire Flag of Moldavia Moldavia through an event chain where they will have to choose between you and Flag of Poland Poland as ruler. If you are quick enough, you could also try and go to Flag of Albania Albania, although Albania is guaranteed by Flag of Venice Venice. The only thing other than Venice stopping you will be rival Ottoman vying for the same land and trying to conquer it at the same time. Flag of Ragusa Ragusa should be invaded only if its guarantor Flag of Ottomans Ottomans will not join the war or if the player can drag in most of the allies.

The big problem with expansion into the Balkans is that it's primarily Orthodox Christian religion is very hard to convert to Catholicism. Religious unity problems could be severe early on until Religious Ideas are studied. This problem disappears in the mid 1500's when the last national idea (Create the Estates General) is unlocked. This idea is tailor made for the problem, eliminating all religious tolerance penalties. Until then, Balkan expansion may be more easily done using an Orthodox vassal or two. Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria is a particularly good one (released from bordering Ottoman land), since it lies in the middle of Balkan territory and has a core creation cost bonus. Serbia is another good choice.

So for first Ideas, Religious is best if direct Balkan conquest is the plan. Influence is best if the strategy is vassal feeding instead.

Expanding west means fighting Flag of Venice Venice. Taking it's Croatian provinces on the Adriatic Coast is a good strategy since it provides more naval capacity and trade income, and both of which are in short supply at the start. Expanding further into rich Venetian territory in Northern Italy can turn Hungary into a trade and naval powerhouse.

To the east, Christian kingdoms like Flag of Theodoro Theodoro, Flag of Trebizond Trebizond, Flag of Imereti Imereti and Flag of Circassia Circassia can make good vassals or easy target for a naval invasion (assuming your Adriatic conquests) to try and encircle the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans. They also give you a nice fortress in between the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans and their likely ally, Flag of Crimea Crimea.

By building three fortresses on the Ottoman border, you gain a CB on both Macedonian and Bulgarian areas and a reason to go to war with the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans. It is usually a good idea to wait while they are at war with either the beyliks, the Flag of Mamluks Mamluks or one of the hordes to ensure they don't focus all their energy on you and to get a few allies involved. Flag of Austria Austria and Flag of Poland Poland are good candidates, but you can try and go with a more unique set of allies by inviting kingdoms such as Flag of Georgia Georgia, Flag of Aragon Aragon or Flag of Castile Castile (which tends to rival the Ottomans if it inherits the Aragon throne). The goal is then to take land but to avoid taking their capital right away in a peace deal, which would move it to Anatolia and make future wars much harder. In the early stage of game Flag of Ottomans Ottomans have significantly superior military units, so Flag of Hungary Hungary shall bring into war an overwhelming quantity of allied troops to be able to stand against them. Blocking the Bosporus strait with navy is nearly impossible unless your alliance is navally strong (Flag of Venice Venice, Flag of Aragon Aragon, Flag of Mamluks Mamluks or Flag of Genoa Genoa are all strong in this regard.

If vassals were used for Balkan expansion, releasing Flag of Byzantium Byzantium as a vassal to expand into Greek territory is a strong option.

After pushing the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans out of Europe and completing your mission tree, you have multiple options. You can try and become the HRE emperor, try and revive a Hungarian version of the Eastern Roman Empire. Once Hungary is powerful it can turn against Austria and take its cores if the related achievement is desired. This is preferably done when Austria is no longer HRE emperor and even better if it has become a rival of the current emperor, to keep HRE malice and coalitions to a minimum.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Take that, von Habsburgs! icon
As Hungary, own all of Austria as core provinces.
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