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This page is about the native Tribe government type which can be found in America and Australia and about its associated mechanics. For the Tribal government type see tribal government.
For reforming the religion as Nahuatl.png Nahuatl, Mayan.png Mayan or Inti.png Inti country, see religious reform.
Native ideas

For countries with the Government tribal.png Native tribe government type whose capital is not in one of the following locations:

  • North America subcontinent
  • California region
  • Rio Grande region

Traditions.png Traditions:

+15% Manpower recovery speed
+100% Prestige from land battles

Morale of armies.png Counting Coups

+10% Morale of armies

Idea cost.png Storytelling Tradition

−10% Idea cost

Production efficiency.png Clan Mothers

+10% Production efficiency

Stability cost modifier.png Adopt Clan Totems

−10% Stability cost modifier

National unrest.png The Little War

−2 National unrest

National manpower modifier.png War and Peace Chiefs

+20% National manpower modifier

Global settler increase.png Great Winter Hunts

+25 Global settler increase

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+1 Diplomatic relation

Nations with one of the two Government tribal.png Native Council government types include most countries in the New World (North American technology group North American and South American technology group South American tech groups which have the Government tribal.png Native Council government type), a collection of minor countries in far eastern Siberia (which have the Government tribal.png Siberian Clan Council government type) and tribes in Oceania as well as nations in a Random New World. The majority of these nations control only a single province in 1444, but there are also several larger nations with 2-4 provinces as well. North and South American natives have access to a variety of native-specific mechanics added with Patch 1.4 along with the Conquest of Paradise.png Conquest of Paradise DLC, such as migration, special native ideas, and Federation.png federations. While these nations are playable without the Conquest of Paradise.png Conquest of Paradise DLC, the native-specific mechanics described below require the DLC; the Natives interface is not available without it.

General information[edit | edit source]

Since Native tribes cannot easily embrace institutions, this will slow their technological advancement and thus, they will be technologically inferior to most other non-tribal nations, most notably the European powers. This means that a native tribe's relative position to Europe can dictate how difficult a specific nation will be to play.

Tribes situated on the west coast of the Americas or those in far eastern Siberia will be ignored by European powers for longer and are thus safe from aggression, placing them in a better position initially but this does have the unfortunate drawback of having to wait longer to reform their governments (if in the Americas) or having a difficult time embracing new institutions. In addition to that, once the Europeans do reach these areas, they will be even more technologically advanced and even if the tribe can reform their government, there likely will not be much, if any, uncolonized land left to expand into, placing them in a bad situation even after reforming their government.

Conversely, tribes situated on the east coast of the Americas are in a much more dangerous position initially as they will be right on the front lines of European colonization once the European powers arrive and will thus bear the brunt of European aggression. This does mean, however, that if the aforementioned tribes are able to survive the initial contact, they will be in a much better position to reform their government, embrace institutions and begin expanding themselves, perhaps even carving out an empire of their own.

During a normal game, most (if not all) native tribes will eventually be overpowered and annexed by the stronger European nations, but if a skilled player takes control of a tribe they can make an attempt to survive the initial contact, reform the government and beat back and expel the foreign invaders from the continent altogether.

Game interface[edit | edit source]

The native interface showing a Federation led by Coweta.

The Natives interface is a small shield (with a picture of a totem-like face) on the bottom of the screen (only visible to North and South American tribes as long as they have not reformed their governments, and the Conquest of Paradise DLC is active).

Within the interface are three main sections: the left half shows the various Federation advancements available. The right-hand side shows the Federation.png federation the country is currently in, if any, on the top, with the shields of all participating countries at the bottom. The bottom-right corner shows the tribal development of the nation indicating the development that is added to the capital on top of the development of the province.

Tribal land[edit | edit source]

Natives often had traditional migratory land that they claimed but did not permanently inhabit. In-game, this is represented by tribal land. Tribal land provinces are not fully settled and do not directly provide income or manpower to their owners. On the political map, they appear uncolored (like uncolonized land) but with the name of the tribe superimposed. Colonial powers may ignore the tribal land claim and settle it directly without needing to declare war on the tribe.

Migratory tribes may add land that they currently occupy (so long as not tribal land of any other nation) as new tribal land for 100 Administrative power.png + 10 Administrative power.png for every existing tribal land province. Settled tribes may add unclaimed lands bordering existing provinces for the same cost. Tribal lands may be taken in war like any other provinces (but at a lower cost). If a non-native conquers tribal land, it automatically settles the land.

Despite not directly conferring resources like settled land, tribal land still has several benefits:

  • Tribes get a casus belli on any nation that borders or inhabits their tribal land.
  • Tribes pay increased costs for migrating to provinces not in their tribal land.
  • Settled tribes may use tribal development to permanently settle tribal land, turning it into a regular province.
  • A tribe that reforms out of primitive status will immediately settle all tribal land

If a tribe loses tribal government but remains primitive (e.g., as a result of converting to a Mesoamerican religion), all tribal land is lost.

Tribal development[edit | edit source]

Tribal development is a special form of development that native tribes possess in addition to standard province development. Tribal development is added to the existing development of the capital province, increasing the tax, goods produced, and manpower of that province just like regular development. Hovering the mouse over the development listed in a tribal province window will list the breakdown of province and tribal development contributing to the total. However, tribal development is tied to the tribe, not the province, and moves to the new capital if the native tribe migrates.

Natives with the Settled Tribe reform may settle all of their tribal development into a province (tribal land or fully owned), permanently adding it to the base development of that province. This costs 50 Administrative power.png, 50 Diplomatic power.png and 50 Military power.png, regardless of the amount of tribal development. Doing this to a tribal land province turns it into a fully owned province.

Migratory tribes gain .02 tribal development per month per category when inhabiting land with less than 100% devastation. They gain .1 tribal development per month when on another tribe's tribal land instead.

Both migratory and settled tribes gain .02 tribal development per Irrigation improvement in a province (but migratory tribes may only have one Irrigation, since they only control one province). They also gain .02 tribal development from the Joint Grain Depots Federation advancement.

Tribal development growth is divided by total existing tribal development per category, if over 2. Additionally, a tribe over its governing capacity cap will not gain any tribal development.

If a native tribe is conquered, all tribal development is lost.

Migration[edit | edit source]

The migration interface, showing Flag of Fox Fox's migration options at the 1444 start date, the selected province is part of Potawatomi's tribal land.

A single-province native nation with the Tribe government may migrate to an unoccupied non-wasteland province directly adjacent as long as it did not enact the reform Settle Down. Doing so costs 50 military power and has the following effects:

  • The nation moves to the selected province, occupying that province and leaving their previous province unoccupied.
    • The selected province will gain base tax and manpower from its native population as if it had been colonized and turned into a city.
    • The previous province retains its original native population.
  • Any buildings in the original province are moved to the new province.
  • Any of the nation's units in the old province are instantly transported to the new province.
  • If the province was not part of tribal territory it can now be added for a base cost of 100 administrative power plus 10 for each existing tribal province.
  • If the province was part of another nation's tribal land the owner of the tribal land gets the "Force Migration" casus belli against the invading tribe.

Each point of negative stability gives a −10% modifier to migration cost, up to a -30% reduction at -3 Stability.pngstability. Gaining an additional province will disable a nation's ability to migrate, but it can be regained if a country is reduced back to a single province. Migration cannot be done while at war.

Until 1.31 Siberian tribes with the Government tribal.png Siberian Clan Council also had access to the migration mechanic but it is now tied to American Native tribes.

Federation[edit | edit source]

A Federation.png Federation is a loosely defensive alliance available only to native nations with the Tribe government type (i.e., some of the North and South American natives). Federations are a useful tool for smaller tribes to combat aggressive expansionists, somewhat similarly to coalitions; should a member be attacked, all members within the federation will join on the side of the member. They do not take up a Diplomatic relations.png diplomatic relations slot. Eventually by taking Federation Advancements a federation can establish a federal constitution becoming a single nation under the control of the federal leader.

A federation can be created by using the “Invite to Federation” diplomatic option on a willing country (only countries with the Tribe government type are eligible to be invited). The country that creates a federation becomes its first leader. A federation has a Federation Cohesion score that can be between 0 and 100 and increases or decreases each month. Each federation member also has a "Strength" value that is equal to its max manpower divided by 1000. Whenever the federation cohesion reaches 0 the strongest nation in the Federation is chosen as the new leader and the Federation Cohesion is reset to 50. The federation leader also receives:[1]

Diplomatic reputation.png +1% Diplomatic reputation
Morale of armies.png +10% Morale of armies

Federation advancements[edit | edit source]

When Federation Cohesion reaches 100 the Federation leader can enact a Federation advancement, bringing the Federal Cohesion back to 20 and enabling a bonus that will be applied to all nations in the Federation until the Federation is disbanded. The possible advancements are:

Name Effect
Federal Constitution icon
Federal Constitution

Can be picked only once 7 other advancements have been enacted.

  • Integrate all federation members which are played by the AI into the federation leader's nation
  • The nation changes its name into the name of the Federation or (if it has Anishinabe, Creek, Dakota, Huron, Illini, Iroquois or Shawnee as Primary culture.png primary culture) it switches tag to one of the Federation countries
  • If the country does not have custom ideas
  • If the country is a duchy
    • then it becomes a Kingdom rank kingdom.
  • Gain Yearly prestige.png 25 prestige
  • Gain country modifier “Increased Centralization” for 20 years, giving the following effects:
    • Autonomy.png −0.05 Monthly autonomy change
    • National unrest.png +1 National unrest
Unified Warband icon
Unified Warband
Enable Federation Offensive Wars (Federation members will be called in offensive wars)
Mutual Trust icon
Mutual Trust
Monthly federation favor growth.png +0.10 Monthly Federation favor growth
Joint Grain Depots icon
Joint Grain Depots
Tribal development growth.png +0.02 Tribal development growth
Pax Americana icon
Pax Americana
Goods produced modifier.png +10% Goods produced modifier
United Resistance icon
United Resistance
Attrition for enemies.png +1 Attrition for enemies
Chartered Settlements icon
Chartered Settlements
−20% Settle cost
Shared Knowledge icon
Shared Knowledge
Institution spread.png +20% Institution spread

Federation Cohesion[edit | edit source]

Members that have lower Strength than the leader contribute to the Federation Cohesion +0.1 each month if they are in the same culture group of the leader and +0.05 if they are in another culture group. Members that have more Strength than the leader subtract -0.2 each month if they are of the same culture group and -0.4 if they are not. Each member that confines a colonizer adds +0.5 monthly to the Federal Cohesion and each member that confines an integrated federation also adds +0.5 monthly to the Federal Cohesion. Each federal advancements reduces Federal Cohesion by -0.05 monthly. All Federal Cohesion changes are doubled (bonus of 100%) if at least three nations of the same group of the Federation leader are part of the Federation, this is applied to both positive and negative effects.

Joining and leaving[edit | edit source]

Countries will be more likely to join a federation based on their opinions of all federation members, how threatened they feel, the sum of the diplomatic reputation of the Federation, the primary culture group of the leader and the invited nation (-100 if it is different), the total size of the Federation army, the average distance to the Federation members, and the desire to remain in the current federation if they are already part of one. Countries who are part of a federation may leave at any time, and the leader of a federation gains a “Kick from Federation” diplomatic option to use with federation members. If the leader's opinion of a federation member drops below zero an AI federation leader will automatically kick the offending member from the federation. Likewise if an AI member's opinion of the leader drops below 0 it will immediately abandon the Federation.

Note: Federations are separate from alliances; it is possible for nations in a federation to also be allies, but is it also possible that a nation may have no allies in the federation it is in, and multiple allies outside it. Likewise, it is also possible for members of a federation to be members of different alliances. If a Federation member declares war to another member of the same Federation the other members will not be automatically dragged into the war.

Reforming the government[edit | edit source]

American, African, Asian, and Siberian tribal nations can reform their governments, which will lift them out of their primitive state, give them a normal government and provide the reformed nation with additional beneficial effects. Additionally, New World tribes will reform their government differently depending on if either of Conquest of Paradise.png Conquest of Paradise or El Dorado.png El Dorado is enabled or not.

Siberian and African tribes[edit | edit source]

All tribes can reform their governments at Tier 5: Tribal Reformation. They can choose to become a Government monarchy.png monarchy, a Government republic.png republic, a Government theocracy.png a theocracy, or become a Government tribal.png Steppe Horde (if the country is not already enacted Steppe Nomads or Great Mongol State). For additional details see Tribal government.

New World tribes[edit | edit source]

New World nations with the "Tribe" government (not to be confused with similarly named governments found in the Old World) have specific mechanics that allow them to reform their government. This happens differently and provides different effects depending on if Conquest of Paradise.png Conquest of Paradise or El Dorado.png El Dorado is enabled. The "Tribe" government gives access to several unique mechanics. However until the government is reformed developing provinces is only allowed when the tribe is not migratory (has enacted the "Settle Down" reform or owns multiple provinces) and if it has a +50% cost penalty. Reforming the government is possible through the Government Reforms menu. Reform progress is gained at a default rate of +0.5 per month due to being a Native Tribe, this can be improved by building the native buildings Longhouse and the Ceremonial Fire Pit (see native building section). Many of the reforms available are unique to this government form tied to the migration, settle territory, tribal development, federations and tribal territory mechanics. At tier 4 a government reform can be taken if the tribe confines with an eligible country to reform off to (a country which has already reformed its government). This reform when enacted turns the government form into the one of the targeted country and it automatically embraces all the institutions that the target country already has embraced at no cost. Otherwise these tribes can reform by becoming a republic, theocracy, monarchy, or horde (only if they are a migratory tribe) at tier 5. Notice that while the "Tribe" government form does not prevent from embracing institutions without first reforming the government developing provinces does not make institutions appear, so native nations have to wait for the arrival of the institutions to the New World or reform their government.

  • If Conquest of Paradise.png Conquest of Paradise or El Dorado.png El Dorado is not enabled:
  • Reforming the government is a decision that requires 1 Stability.png stability and having a core province adjacent to a core province of a nation that has embraced Feudalism.png feudalism.
  • Removes primitive status, which allows embracing institutions.
  • If Conquest of Paradise.png Conquest of Paradise or El Dorado.png El Dorado is enabled:
  • Reforming the government requires taking all the native ideas and having a core province adjacent to a core province of a nation that has embraced Feudalism.png feudalism. This can include other reformed tribes.
  • Removes primitive status, which allows embracing institutions.
  • Institutions.png Embraced institutions in the feudal neighbor are automatically embraced by the reformed natives.
  • Technology.png Technology in each category is advanced to be 80% of the level of the feudal neighbor.
  • Tab domestic government.png Government changes to match the government form of the nation that the natives are modernizing from, i.e., if a Government tribal.png native tribe modernizes from a Government monarchy.png kingdom then it will reform into a kingdom, same for Government republic.png republics and Government theocracy.png theocracies. If the nation being modernized from has the Government tribal.png Siberian Clan Council government type, the tribe reforms into a kingdom.
  • All native ideas and their effects are removed.
  • All native buildings (including any already built) and the ability to build them are removed, and the standard building interface will replace the native building interface.

Note: Income will likely drop upon reforming the government if many of the income-increasing native building were constructed.

Native buildings[edit | edit source]

Native nations with the Tribe government form have access to a unique set of buildings to represent the advancement of a tribe as it grows bigger over time. Native buildings behave like normal buildings, being built in a building slot in a province and will bestow their effects upon that province. Two types of native buildings exist: Normal and Unique. Normal native buildings can be built as many times as building slots allow and will apply their effects to the province they are located in. Unique native buildings can only be built once per nation but will apply their effects to the entire nation.

All native buildings will be removed if the province they are in is acquired by a non-tribal nation, whether through enemy conquest or through the owner reforming their government. Migrating to a new province however will not remove all existing native buildings it will instead bring the buildings in the new province. Settled tribes (or native tribal nations with several territories) can sometimes become again migratory with the owned provinces becoming tribal territory. If that happens the buildings in the new capital will be maintained, the others will be lost. Reforming the government will remove all native buildings as well as the ability to build them. In exchange for that, however, the nation will gain the ability to construct and use normal Buildings.

All native buildings have a base construction time of Time Icon.png 12 months. All native buildings are lost after reforming the government.

Normal native buildings[edit | edit source]

All normal native buildings cost 100 Gold Icon.png ducats, except for Irrigation and Palisades, which cost 200 Gold Icon.png.

Building Effect
Native earthwork.png Earthwork Local defensiveness.png +25% Local defensiveness
Native great trail.png Great Trail Local manpower modifier.png +50% Local manpower modifier
Native irrigation.png Irrigation +0.02 Tribal development growth
Native palisade.png Palisades
  • Fort level.png +1 Fort level
  • Fort maintenance.png −0.5Gold Icon.png Monthly fort maintenance
Native storehouse.png Storehouse Local production efficiency.png +50% Local production efficiency
Native three sisters field.png Three-Sisters Field Local goods produced modifier +50% Local goods produced
Native longhouse.png Longhouse Reform progress growth.png +0.1 Monthly reform progress

Unique native buildings[edit | edit source]

All unique native buildings cost 200 Gold Icon.png ducats. It is only possible to build one of each unique building per nation.

Building Effect
Native ceremonial fire pit.png Ceremonial Fire Pit Advisor cost.png −50% Advisor cost
Reform progress growth.png +0.2 Monthly reform progress
Native fortified house.png Fortified House Land forcelimit.png +10 Land force limit
Native sweat lodge.png Sweat Lodge Diplomatic reputation.png +1 Diplomatic reputation

Casus belli[edit | edit source]

Native nations with the Tribe government form are not allowed to fabricate claims, but can gain claims through events or missions. (They can also declare war without a casus belli and conquer provinces that way—often a reasonable strategy given their reduced Stability cost modifier.png stability cost).

Humiliate[edit | edit source]

A native nation with only a single province gains a special casus belli called “Humiliate” against any adjacent single-province native nation (this is distinct from the “Humiliate Rival” casus belli, and can be used against any nation, not just rivals). The “Humiliate” casus belli enables a special peace deal named “Show strength” at 100% war score which causes the target to lose 20Yearly prestige.pngprestige and the victor to gain 100 monarch power in each category. This casus belli cannot be used to annex the target nation, but vassalization is still possible.

Reform tiers[edit | edit source]

Government tribal.png Native government reforms
Tier 1: Tribe Organization
Tier 2: Story Tradition
Tier 3: Agricultural Revolution
Tier 4: Legal Basis
Tier 5: National Identity


Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. See in /Europa Universalis IV/common/static_modifiers/00_static_modifiers.txt (Static modifiers#Federation leader).

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