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Provence

Provence
Provence.png
Primary culture
Occitan (French)

Capital province
Provence (201)

Government
Feudal Nobility Government monarchy.png

State religion
CatholicCatholic.png

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 France (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.

Contents

MissionsEdit

Main article: Provencal missions

DecisionsEdit

id

 Form French Nation


This year will mark the beginning of an evolutionary period for our nation. The old feudal ways will begin to make way for a more modern centralized nation. Although struggling financially due to miscalculated projects and military campaigns, we have managed to transform ourselves into one of the most dominant powers of Europe.


 
Potential requirements

The country:

If the country is AI-controlled then it:

Allow

  France does not exist.
The country:


Effects

If Paris (183) is part of the HRE, but its owner is not a member then:

  • the province is removed from the HRE.
  • the Holy Roman Emperor:
    • gets the opinion modifier “Removed provinces from the Empire” towards the owner, worth  −50 opinion with a yearly decay of 1.
    • loses  1 imperial authority.

Paris (183):

  • becomes the new capital of the owner country.

The country:

  • becomes   France.
  • gets new  missions.
  • gets a permanent claim on every non-owned province in the region of France.
  • gets the modifier “Increased Centralization” for 20 years with the following effects:
    •  −0.05 monthly autonomy change,
    •  +1 national unrest.
  • gains  25 prestige.

If   France:

  • is a member of the Holy Roman Empire but not the emperor or an elector
    • then all its provinces are removed from the HRE.
  • is a   duchy
    • then it becomes a   kingdom.
  • does not have custom ideas
id

 Reestablish 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

  Jerusalem does not exist.

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

The country:

Allow

The country:

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

Effects

The country gains  25 prestige.

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

If the country is not   Provence,   Cyprus,   The Knights, has it's capital in Arabia or Egypt or, when   Emperor is enabled, is one of the other former crusader states (  Athens,   Naxos and   Epirus):

If the country is   Provence,   Cyprus,   The Knights, has it's capital in Arabia or Egypt or, when   Emperor is enabled, is one of the other former crusader states (  Athens,   Naxos and   Epirus):

Jerusalem:

  • moves its   capital to Jerusalem (379).
  • becomes   Catholic.
  • get's new   Missions.

If Jerusalem:

  • is not a theocracy
    • then it changes its government to monarchy and enacts the Government Reform Crusader State.
  • is a theocracy
  • is a duchy
    • then it becomes a   kingdom.

The AI will never enact this decision.

StrategyEdit

  The below is one of many player suggested strategies for Provence. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.

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.

Starting outEdit

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 AvignonEdit

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 EmpireEdit

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 nationEdit

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 ideaEdit

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 as well.

Second idea and beyondEdit

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

  • 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 expansionEdit

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 ReneEdit

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.

AchievementsEdit

 
Start as Provence, form the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
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