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Duchy rankLübeck
Primary culture
Westphalian (Germanic)

Capital province
Lübeck (45)

PlutocracyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Hanseatic ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+15% Trade range
+10% Trade steering

Trade power.png The End of Victual Brothers

+10% Global trade power

Merchants.png Strong League Obligations

+1 Merchant

National sailors modifier.png Improved Shipbuilding

+15% National sailors modifier
−20% Light ship cost

Stability cost modifier.png Reformed Hanstag

−10% Stability cost modifier
−10% Cost to justify trade conflict

Manpower recovery speed.png Hanseatic Levy System

+15% Manpower recovery speed

Provincial trade power modifier.png Regularized Contributions

+20% Provincial trade power modifier

Interest per annum.png The Hansa Bank

−0.5 Interest per annum

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+10% Trade efficiency

Lübeck is a trading nation located in northern Germany, bordering both the North Sea and the Baltic.


Main article: Lübeckian missions

Lübeck has a single unique mission – End The Sound Toll.


These events can be found in flavorHSA.txt.


Msg event.pngGeorg Giese

The merchant Georg Giese, who formerly worked in London as a member of the Hanseatic League, has returned to Danzig. He is to marry Christine Krüger, daughter of a prestigious Danzig citizen, and is currently looking for a new opportunity.

Trigger conditions

The country:

  • is Flag of Lübeck Lübeck.
  • owns Danzig (43).

The year is at least 1520 and before 1562.

Mean time to happen

200 months

Event button 547.png
Hire him

Flag of Lübeck Lübeck:

  • gains Administrative power.png10 administrative power.
  • gains Prestige.png10 prestige.
  • gets access to a discounted Prussian Advisor Trader.png trader (level 3) named ‘Georg Giese’.

Msg event.pngHeinrich Sudermann

An official of the Hanseatic League from Cologne, Heinrich Sudermann, was elected to the post of Syndic in 1556. He became a permanent official with legal training who worked to protect and extend the diplomatic agreements of the Hansa member towns.

Trigger conditions

The country:

  • is Flag of Lübeck Lübeck.

The year is at least 1556 and before 1591.

Mean time to happen

200 months


Lübeck owns Köln (85): ×0.8

Event button 547.png
He could do much good in $COUNTRY$

Flag of Lübeck Lübeck:

  • gains Diplomatic power.png100 diplomatic power.
  • gets access to a discounted Rhenish Advisor Trader.png trader (level 3) named ‘Heinrich Sudermann’.

Msg event.pngShipbuilding technology

We, the Hansa, sell ships everywhere in Europe, including Italy and control most of the shipbuilding market, mainly in Lübeck and in Danzig. Holland wants to favor Bruges as a huge staple market at the end of a trade route and is starting to become a competitor of us in shipbuilding. Should we stop the flow of shipbuilding technology from Hansa towns to Holland?

Trigger conditions

The country:

  • is Flag of Lübeck Lübeck.
  • owns Danzig (43) and Lübeck (45).
  • does not have the modifier “Stop spreading the shipbuilding technology”.
  • does not have the modifier “Spread the shipbuilding technology”.

The Netherlands:

The year is before 1500.

Mean time to happen

2000 months

Event button 547.png
Stop the flow of shipbuilding technology!

Flag of Lübeck Lübeck gets the modifier “Stop spreading the shipbuilding technology” until the ruler changes which grants:

  • Diplomatic relations.png-1 diplomatic relations,
  • Diplomatic technology cost-10% diplomatic technology cost.
Event button 547.png
Spread the shipbuilding technology

Flag of Lübeck Lübeck gets the modifier “Spread the shipbuilding technology” until the ruler changes which grants:

  • Diplomatic relations.png+1 diplomatic relations.

Msg event.pngTagfahrt

As a new ruler, it is customary to hold a Hansetag where the league's members are invited to participate in the central meeting. The member communities have chosen Ratssendeboten or envoys to represent their local consensus on the issue at the Hansetag. This Hansetag brought up some issues with the trade, the economy and the military. As the envoys haven't managed to reach a conclusion as to which of these matters we should address, and although the consensus-building at the Hansetag is supposed to follow the Low Saxon tradition of Einung, it is our duty to decide which matter to address.

Trigger conditions

The country:

  • is Flag of Lübeck Lübeck.
  • has a republican tradition of at least 90.
  • uses the “Merchant Republic” mechanic.
  • does not have the modifiers “Hanseatic Trade Reform”, “Hanseatic Economic Reform” or “Hanseatic Military Reform”.
Is triggered only by

a new ruler.

Event button 547.png
Reform the trade

Flag of Lübeck Lübeck gets the modifier “Hanseatic Trade Reform” until the ruler changes which grants:

  • Trade power.png+10% global trade power,
  • Trade efficiency.png+20% trade efficiency.
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Reform the economy

Flag of Lübeck Lübeck gets the modifier “Hanseatic Economic Reform” until the ruler changes which grants:

  • Construction cost.png-10% build cost,
  • Ship costs.png-10% ship cost,
  • Advisor cost.png-10% advisor cost.
Event button 547.png
Reform the military

Flag of Lübeck Lübeck gets the modifier “Hanseatic Military Reform” until the ruler changes which grants:

  • Army tradition.png+0.1 yearly army tradition,
  • Navy tradition.png+0.1 yearly navy tradition,
  • Regiment cost.png-10% regiment cost.


These decisions can be found in TheHansa.txt.

Execute decision.pngThe Lübeck Krantor

With wealth pouring into Lübeck, the port facilities are starting to look under-dimensioned. While it would cost nearly a whole year's income, a Krantor (a massive harbor crane) could greatly improve our trading potential.

Potential requirements

The country:

  • is Flag of Lübeck Lübeck.
  • owns Lübeck (45).
    • uses the “Merchant Republic” mechanic.
  • has not enacted this decision before.

Flag of Lübeck Lübeck:


Flag of Lübeck Lübeck:

  • loses Gold Icon.png1 years worth of income.
  • loses Administrative power.png20 administrative power.

Lübeck (45):

  • gains the modifier “The Lübeck Krantor” for the rest of the campaign with the following effects:
    • Trade power.png+5% global trade power,
    • Trade efficiency.png+10% trade efficiency,
    • Diplomatic technology cost-1% diplomatic technology cost.

Execute decision.pngThe 'Adler von Lübeck'

On account of the ongoing war in the region, our shipwrights have presented plans for a new warship: The 'Adler von Lübeck'. The ship is massive, with more gunports than any other ship afloat in the Western world. Building it would be expensive, but our navy would be unrivaled in the Baltic for quite some time.

Potential requirements

The country:

  • is Flag of Lübeck Lübeck.
  • owns and controls Lübeck (45).
  • has not enacted this decision before.

Flag of Lübeck Lübeck:


Flag of Lübeck Lübeck:

  • loses Gold Icon.png0.7 years worth of income.
  • loses Administrative power.png30 administrative power.
  • gains a heavy ship in Lübeck (45).
  • gains the modifier “The 'Adler von Lübeck'” for 30 years with the following effects:
    • Heavy ship cost−2% heavy ship cost
    • Diplomatic technology cost−2% diplomatic technology cost
    • Shipbuilding time.png−10% shipbuilding time
    • Morale of navies.png+20% morale of navies.


Lübeck is an interesting OPM merchant republic to play for tall economy and trade. You start in the north of HRE, in the lucrative Lubeck Tradenode. As a merchant republic, your goal is to stay small (max 20 provinces) so the provinces you have to take have to be worth it. The best targets are Flag of Hamburg Hamburg,Flag of Bremen Bremen,Flag of Danzig Danzig,Flag of Riga Riga and Neva (Flag of Novgorod Novgorod), which are all provinces with both a Trade Center and a River estuary (for max Trade power) while also being an historical expansion for the Hanseatic Trade League. With those provinces alone, you can easily have an income dwarfing all your neighbors, even the big ones.

Expansion strategy will quite possibly involves shifting alliances and vassals. As an OPM, you first need to find the right allies: Flag of Austria Austria is always a good pick, though a tad far from your base of operation. Flag of Brandenburg Brandenburg, Flag of Bohemia Bohemia and Flag of Pomerania Pomerania would make great allies. No need to rush though, and wait for the right opportunities: Flag of Hamburg Hamburg and Flag of Bremen Bremen are both Free cities so it's difficult to declare war on them as the Emperor will come to their defense. First wars would rather be focused on taking on your neighbors, ideally for vassalizing them: Flag of Lüneburg Lüneburg, Flag of Verden Verden and Flag of Mecklenburg Mecklenburg. One of your mission involves Flag of Denmark Denmark, so once you feel strong enough (Denmark is your MAIN ennemy in the region), attacking them could also be a solution: you get a nice permanent bonus and can vassalize Flag of Holstein Holstein. Don't forget to invite other OPMs in your trade League, as those can be an insurance against other countries declaring wars against you and it also maximize your trade. Taking the 5 big trading provinces (Hamburg, Bremen, Danzig, Riga and Neva) can be done by 1520, while also grabbing some other provinces and having a few vassals.

  • Converting to Protestantism Protestant religion or Reformed.png Reformed religion is advisable as both are enhancing your trade income.
  • Best idea groups (in that order): Plutocratic idea group.png Exploration idea group.png Economic idea group.png Trade idea group.png

At that point, you might be already among the 5 first economies of the game and different options are open to you: You can colonize the New World (Canada, East America and even the Carribeans, as you can divert the trade to the Lubeck Tradenode via the North Sea) or meddle a bit more in the HRE diplomacy (by shifting alliances, making sure no one is a threat to you). While you can make Lubeck the most profitable Tradenode in the game (it's easy to get Global Trade), you can maximize your profits by grabbing provinces in the lowlands and put your Trading Port in the English Channel Tradenode.

In the end, a very interesting country, as you can easily become the richest country in the world, with just a dozen of provinces.

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