- +10% Morale of armies
- +1 Diplomatic reputation
- −25% Cost to fabricate claims
- +1 Yearly legitimacy
- −1 National unrest
- +15% Fort defense
- +2 Diplomatic relations
- +10% Naval force limit modifier
- −5% Naval maintenance
- +10% Production efficiency
- +1 Yearly prestige
Provence controls a divided domain. Anjou is at the heart of the conflict between England and 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 Lorraine. Provence risks the ire of both the Holy Roman Emperor and the powerful Duchy of 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, Savoy, and the 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 Lorraine in 1444. Historically they are rivals with 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 France which can lead to a personal union. They have cores on one of France's provinces, one of England's and one of the Papal States's.
Reestablish The Kingdom of Jerusalem
Jerusalem does not exist.
The country gains 25 prestige.
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 Burgundy and France, as well as being on the border of the Holy Roman Empire.
The rival settings of neighbouring nations can dictate the strategy required. For example, if France either begin rivalled, or hostile, finding allies such as Austria or Castile may be necessary. Castile may also prove useful if the player chooses to rival Aragon, and Austria may prove to be a useful ally in that they are often rivalled to 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 France starts as friendly, then they can prove to be an invaluable ally, against the probable targets of Burgundy, 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
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 Papal States starts out in control of Avignon.
Joining the Holy Roman Empire
Joining the Holy Roman Empire is a possibility and would help protect from the outside threats of France, Brittany, and 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
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 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 Aragon relatively early is advisable (before Iberian Wedding fires) by means of alliances with France or 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 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
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 a significant income from the Genoa node.
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
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.