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Primary culture
Occitan (French)

Capital province
Provence (201)

Feudal MonarchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Provençal ideas

Traditions.png Traditions:

+10% Morale of armies
+1 Diplomatic reputation

Cost to fabricate claims.png Memory of Angevin Claims

−25% Cost to fabricate claims

Legitimacy.png Revive House of Anjou

+1 Yearly legitimacy

National unrest.png Composite Monarchy

−1 National unrest

Fort defense.png Tarascon Castle

+15% Fort defense

Diplomatic relations.png Public Weal

+2 Diplomatic relations

Naval force limit modifier.png Toulon Dockyard

+10% Naval force limit modifier
−5% Naval maintenance

Production efficiency.png Provencal Quilting

+10% Production efficiency

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+1 Yearly prestige
For the area, see Provence (area).
Shield Provence.png
In 1444, Provence is ruled by ambitious René d'Anjou, who styles himself not only as Duke of Anjou and Count of Provence, but also as the King of Flag of Aragon Aragon, Flag of Naples Naples, and Flag of Jerusalem Jerusalem.The lords of Christendom pay little heed to these claims, yet Good King René is determined to reclaim his birthright.

Provence controls a divided domain. Anjou is at the heart of the conflict between Flag of England England and Flag of France France, desired by both nations and likely to suffer from the coming wars. Provencal land in the Rhineland is split between the directly ruled Duchy of Bar and the subject Duchy of Flag of Lorraine Lorraine. Provence risks the ire of both the Holy Roman Emperor and the powerful Duchy of Flag of Burgundy Burgundy if it chooses to meddle in affairs of the Rhineland Princes. The Duchy of Provence itself lies on the north coast of the Mediterranean, nested between France, Flag of Savoy Savoy, and the Flag of Papal States Papal city of Avignon. From here the ambitious René may launch an invasion of Aragon, though Italy may be a more tempting prize as the Empire’s hold over the region wanes.

Provence maintains good relations with its largest and most powerful neighbor, France. Provence must balance its own defensive needs and plans for expansion with French expectations of support should the Hundred Years war once again break out into open war.

Provence is a nation with great ambitions, but even staving off annihilation may prove to be a challenge as surrounding nations eye its’ lands greedily.

Provence is a medium-sized Occitan country in the French region. They are the leader of a personal union with Flag of Lorraine Lorraine in 1444. Historically they are rivals with Flag of Aragon Aragon, and their country is split in three parts : at South-East of France, the provinces of Provence and Draguignan, at East of Brittany, the province of Anjou and at West from Lorraine, the province of Barrois. In 1444, Provence has the same dynasty as Flag of France France which can lead to a personal union. They have cores on one of France's provinces, one of Flag of England England's and one of the Flag of Papal States Papal States's.


Execute decision.pngReestablish The Kingdom of Jerusalem

Rejoice! Holy Jerusalem is again in Christian hands - our Christian hands. The Pope has informed us that if we were to reestablish The Kingdom of Jerusalem, our salvation would be assured.
Potential requirements

Flag of Jerusalem Jerusalem does not exist.

It is either the Age of Discovery.png ‘Age of Discovery’ or the Age of Reformation.png ‘Age of Reformation’.

The country:


The country:

  • is not at war.
  • owns its core provinces:
    • Jerusalem (379)
    • Jaffa (1854)
    • Gaza (364)
  • Jerusalem is within state.


The country gains Prestige.png25 prestige.

Every province of Palestine and Transjordan areas, as well as Tarabulus (378), Sidon (1855) and Aqabah (4268) becomes core provinces of Flag of Jerusalem Jerusalem.

If the country is not Flag of Provence Provence, Flag of Cyprus Cyprus or Flag of The Knights The Knights:

If the country is Flag of Provence Provence, Flag of Cyprus Cyprus or Flag of The Knights The Knights:


  • moves its Capital.png capital to Jerusalem (379).
  • becomes Catholicism Catholic.

If Jerusalem:

The AI will never enact this decision.


Provence faces some unique challenges geographically and diplomatically. Geographically, they are spread out in three different parts of France, none of which are connected to any of the others. Diplomatically, Provence are trapped between the larger nations of Flag of Burgundy Burgundy and Flag of France France, as well as being on the border of the Holy Roman Empire.

Starting out[edit]

The rival settings of neighbouring nations can dictate the strategy required. For example, if France either begin rivalled, or hostile, finding allies such as Flag of Austria Austria or Flag of Castile Castile may be necessary. Castile may also prove useful if the player chooses to rival Flag of Aragon Aragon, and Austria may prove to be a useful ally in that they are often rivalled to Flag of Burgundy Burgundy, very often are hostile, owing to wanting to take Barrois, in order to connect their capital lands to those of their many personal unions. Where as if Flag of France France starts as friendly, then they can prove to be an invaluable ally, against the probable targets of Burgundy, Flag of Brittany Brittany and Aragon. Attacking into the HRE is not advised, as Austria will be called in against the threat from outside the HRE and be able to call in all their allies also.

Taking back Avignon[edit]

Avignon is a grasslands center of trade province producing cloth, and a fort which the player should delete as their nearby province of Provence already has a fort in hills terrain. Thankfully losing the core is not a problem, as Provence is the primary nation of Occitan culture. The Flag of Papal States Papal States starts out in control of Avignon.

Joining the Holy Roman Empire[edit]

Joining the Holy Roman Empire is a possibility and would help protect from the outside threats of Flag of France France, Flag of Brittany Brittany, and Flag of Burgundy Burgundy. In order to do this, high relations are required with the Emperor of the HRE. This usually means improving relations with them, getting an alliance and royal marriage. Then adding the Provencal provinces to the HRE from the province interface.

Provence as a leading maritime nation[edit]

If the player decides to go for trade, Provence are in perhaps the best position in the game to do so. The player should start out with the most trade power in the Genoa trade node, having annexed, or vassalised Flag of Brittany Brittany also helps maintain the most trade power in Bordeaux when Provence annexes them. Game as a trade nation involves trying to monopolise trade in the Genoa trade node. This means trying to take as many centres of trade and estuaries in the Genoa trade node. Taking those of Flag of Aragon Aragon relatively early is advisable (before Iberian Wedding fires) by means of alliances with Flag of France France or Flag of Castile Castile, as they will be more difficult to take once under a personal union with Castile. Other than Aragonese trade provinces in Valencia and Tarragona, those of Firenze and Genoa would also prove helpful for monopolising trade in the Genoa node. In addition to developing trade power in the Genoa node, doing the same in the upstream nodes of Alexandria, Tunis, Ragusa, Sevilla and Champagne will help to draw even further trade value into the Genoa node.

First idea[edit]

First idea could be diplomatic ideas. In order to survive, Provence needs many relations and good reputation, and diplomatic ideas does just that. As a member of the HRE, the player can stack reputation quite easily and also play the emperor game, if they so wish to.

Another contender is influence as it helps with early game expansion and gives a lot of diplomatic bonuses aswell.

Second idea and beyond[edit]

Provence can play both as a land or naval power, depending on what the player chooses. It is worth considering the following:

  • Maritime - the player has great potential as a maritime nation, this will help stacking galleys.
  • Influence - If Provence wants to stack even more reputation, relations and AE reduction.
  • Offensive/Quantity - Offensive if the player wants to have better land troops and Quantity if the player wants more manpower and soldiers but this is more expensive.
  • Trade - Provence can earn a large and significant income from the Genoa node.

Later expansion[edit]

If the Hundred Years War has not started by the time the player has joined the HRE, then the player can declare a reconquest war on England, taking northern France, and giving the southern provinces to France; however, because they are French cores, France may turn hostile, necessitating another strong alliance, such as Castille. Since the player will probably be allied to Austria as well, they can probably take on France, unless France gets stronger allies. Other avenues of expansion are Burgundy, Brittany, and Savoy (to connect the 3 parts of the Provencal realm).

Good King Rene[edit]

For this achievement Provence will have to conquer Jerusalem, and the 2 coastal provinces left to it. Using a no CB war on Tunis will help getting a foothold on north africa after that eating islands or taking direct land will secure the Kingdom of Jerusalem in a whim.


Good King René icon
Start as Provence, form the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
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