- −10% Development cost
- −10% Advisor cost
- +1 Diplomat
- +10% Goods produced modifier
- +1 Diplomatic reputation
- +3 Tolerance of heretics
- +1 Diplomatic relation
- +10% Church power
- +10% National tax modifier
- +5% Discipline
- +1 Yearly prestige
Threats to Saxony's newfound ascendancy abound elsewhere too. To the south lie the Kingdom of Bohemia, a powerful nation prone to heresy. In case of war with Bohemia, Saxony will struggle to stand alone against their might. Even worse, the Habsburgs of Austria have designs on the Bohemian throne - should they inherit it, this will have far-reaching consequences for the balance of power in the Empire...
On the other hand, to the north lie the Hohenzollerns of Brandenburg. An ambitious medium-sized power, they would prove valuable allies or worthy rivals in equal measure. Saxony could make common cause with them against Bohemia, but this path may risk aggravating the mighty Poland. Perhaps it would be safer to simply conquer Brandenburg and join their power to Saxony in that manner.If all these threats can be neutralized through diplomacy or military strength, considerable possibilities open up for Saxony. To the west and south-west lie the diverse rincipalities, bishoprics and free cities of the Lower Saxons, Westphalians and Franconians - petty states with little military capability of their own. They would fall easily to a united Saxony that is able to dedicate its full attention to their conquest...
- For the area, see Saxony (area).
Saxony is a four province country in the north-central area of Germany, beginning the campaign as a senior partner in a personal union over Thuringia. It borders Brandenburg, Anhalt, Magdeburg, Bohemia, Thuringia, and Goslar. Saxony starts out as one of the electors of the Holy Roman Empire.
- Main article: Saxon missions
- Main article: Saxon events
If the country is AI controlled,
Saxony does not exist.
Reform into Prussia
One random owned province with Saxon or Pomeranian culture that is not the capital:
Change the capital's culture to Prussian
Form German Nation
Germany does not exist.
If the country is AI-controlled then it:
If the country does not have custom ideas
The emperor of the HRE:
Since it finds itself in a central location in the HRE, Saxony can expand easily by picking off smaller nations. To do that, however, it is important that the player ally with Austria at the very start of the game. Having the Emperor as an ally will ensure that the Emperor doesn't demand provinces that you conquer inside the HRE. After that, the player can use diplomats to constantly build spy network and then fabricate claims on and then invade Anhalt, Wurzburg, Brunswick, Magdeburg, Hesse, and even Bohemia and Brandenburg if possible.
Another way for Saxony to greatly increase in size is by marrying into Burgundy and hoping for the Burgundian Inheritance to hit. The provinces of the Low Countries are rich and provide lots of tax income. By placing a merchant in the English channel trade node, Saxony can generate larger monthly incomes, allowing the player to hire better advisors and therefore accumulate more monarch points. The boost to manpower from these provinces also enable the player to build larger armies to take down larger alliances. The downsides to this strategy is that it creates a direct border with France. And if France decides to rival Saxony, then those lands would become plum targets right for the picking. A good way to prevent this is by rivaling England immediately after the Burgundian Inheritance and marrying into France. With some luck, the player will have an alliance comprising of Austria and France, giving the player the option to attack larger countries like Poland without fear.
Such a strategy works especially well if the player aims to become the Emperor. To do that, it is essential to ally with three other electors in order to therefore guarantee four votes out of seven (since Saxony starts as an elector itself). The best candidates for such an alliance would be Cologne, Mainz, and Trier, though Brandenburg can be a good ally too. As soon as the Austrian Emperor dies, Saxony will become the new Emperor. This will give greater freedom for the player to conquer provinces within the HRE. The danger, however, of this route is navigating through the Reformation. If the player can manage to win the League Wars as the Emperor, Saxony's dominance can be consolidated, and it can expand south into Italy and east into Poland.
If the player wants to form Prussia and/or Germany, the best option is to expand towards Brandenburg and then the Teutonic Order (or what remains of it). Since the latter is outside the Empire, grabbing the Prussian provinces provides a good boost of power. However, there are both pros and cons to reforming into Prussia. Saxony has excellent ideas and traditions focused heavily on diplomacy while Prussia's traditions are purely military. The formation of Prussia requires the player to be either Protestant or Reformed. Switching religions requires some planning beforehand, otherwise the process could take nearly 50 years to complete.
In order to aid the quick spread of institutions, the player must invest surplus monarch points into developing the Saxon capital to 20 development, and other provinces to a minimum of 10 development. If the player wishes to build Saxony into a land power, there is no rush to invest in diplomatic technology, since it mainly improves ships and trade. Instead, the diplomatic points can be used to grab Diplomatic and Influence ideas. These two idea groups provide a lot of bonuses that will allow for more nimble diplomatic gameplay. The increase in diplomatic reputation is highly useful, especially if Saxony is the Emperor. Increase in diplomatic relations allows the player to have more vassals at the same time. Military ideas are also a decent since the player usually will have leftover military power. If the player is considering switching religions, taking the Religious national idea second can quickly convert Saxon lands. If religious ideas are chosen, only go four ideas deep since the rest of the religious tree is not worth it. However you can achieve +3 tolerance of heretics therefore 100% religious unity with Saxon ideas, full Legitimacy and Declaration of Indulgence.