Teutonic Order

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Duchy rankTeutonic Order
Teutonic Order.png
Primary culture
Prussian (Germanic)

Capital province
Marienburg (1841)

Government
Monastic Order Government theocracy.png

State religion
CatholicCatholic.png

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Teutonic ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Cavalry combat ability
+5% Discipline

Infantry cost.png Reform the Army

−10% Infantry cost
−10% Cavalry cost

Manpower recovery speed.png Recruit Peasants

+15% Manpower recovery speed

Infantry combat ability.png Adjust our Infantry Tactics

+10% Infantry combat ability

Missionary strength.png Assume Religious Authority

+2% Missionary strength
+1 Yearly papal influence
+5% Church power

Fort defense.png Expand the Marches

+15% Fort defense

Missionaries.png Promote Prussian Bishops

+1 Missionary

Tolerance of the true faith.png One State, One Religion

+1 Tolerance of the true faith

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+10% Institution spread

The Teutonic Order is a theocracy situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Formed during the Third Crusade, the Teutonic Knights were at times based in Acre and, after the expulsion of the Crusaders from the Holy Land, in Hungarian-Transylvania, before finding renewed purpose in the Polish-backed Prussian Crusade of 1230. By 1444, with their mission of Christianizing the region complete, they are beginning to look obsolete and are drawing the attention of their neighbours, especially Flag of Poland Poland and Flag of Lithuania Lithuania.

Events[edit]

Main article: Teutonic events

Decisions[edit]

id

Execute decision.pngReform into Prussia

The age of crusading knights is fading fast. There will come a time when we no longer stand to gain by holding on to the trappings of a monastic order. Besides, the Grandmaster would much rather be a Duke... or King. By reforming into a secular state, we can revitalize our administration and gain the respect of our neighbors.
 
Potential requirements
  • Playing with normal or historical nations
  • Has never been an end-game tag
  • Has not formed Prussia before
  • Is Flag of Teutonic Order Teutonic Order
  • Does not have the Celestial Empire government reform
  • Is not a colonial nation
  • If AI-controlled:
    • Is not a custom nation
    • Flag of Prussia Prussia does not exist
    • Either the Protestantism Protestant or Reformed.png Reformed religion is enabled
    • Is not a former colonial nation
Allow
  • Flag of Prussia Prussia does not exist
  • Administrative technology.png Administrative technology is at least 10
  • Is not at war
  • Religion is Protestantism Protestant or Reformed.png Reformed
  • Owns core province Königsberg (41)

Effects

If Königsberg (41) 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 Opinion.png−50 opinion with a yearly decay of 1.
    • loses Imperial authority.png1 imperial authority.

Königsberg (41):

  • becomes the new capital of the owner country.

The country:

  • becomes Flag of Prussia Prussia
  • gets new Mission.png missions.
  • gains a permanent claim on all non-owned provinces in the West Prussia and East Prussia areas
  • gains Yearly prestige.png 25 prestige
  • gets the modifier “Increased Centralization” for 20 years with the following effects:
    • Autonomy.png−0.05 monthly autonomy change,
    • National unrest.png+1 national unrest.

If Flag of Prussia Prussia:

Every neighbouring monarchy:

  • Gain opinion modifier “Secularized Monastic Order” (+25, decaying by −2.5 for 25 years) towards this country
id

Execute decision.pngElevate Bishopric to an Archbishopric

As a Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire we have a much greater political power than the title Bishop would normally imply. Let us make use of this influence to convince the Holy See to elevate our Bishopric to an Archbishopric.
 
Potential requirements

The country:

Allow

The country:

If the country is Catholicism Catholic, then:

  • it must have a papal influence of at least 25.

Effects

The country:

  • becomes a Kingdom rank kingdom.
  • loses Papal influence.png25 papal influence.

AI will always take this decision

Strategy[edit]

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

The Flag of Teutonic Order Teutonic Order starts without any alliances, and being a Theocracy is unable to form royal marriages with it's neighbors. Aside from the Neumark territory, the Teutonic Order are not as a whole within the Holy Roman Empire, thus will stand alone from Polish or Lithuanian aggression if the player does not act immediately. Alongside the threat posed from your southern rivals, the potential aggression of an expansionist Flag of Denmark Denmark if interested will begin making claims on your Baltic territories. The below guide details the initial challenges the Teutons will face, and how to best deal with them.

The Prussian Confederation[edit]

The Prussian Confederation is an event that fires shortly after the start. The event details disloyal estates that have secured Polish support for their cause against the Teutonic Order who will revolt as Flag of Danzig Danzig and, if the player elects to go to war against them invite Poland as a supporter of their Independence who will always accept. If you have alliances at this point, you will not be able to call them to arms as you will be labelled as the attacker.

It is therefore, not wise or suggested to allow the situation to spiral down to this. The only other way to resolve this is by being at peace, having at least Stability.png +1 Stability, no spawned Particularist rebels.png Particularist Rebel armies who must not occupy any of your territories, as well as having Crownland.png 40% Crownland, to complete the decision Decision.png Curtail the Prussian Confederation.

To do this, the player will need to Seize and Develop more than Crownland.png 40% Crownland. In the Estates screen, the player can seize 5% Crownland every 5 years though this will result in rebel armies being spawned as well as lowered loyalty among the estates. Though it is suggested to Seize Land, the player will only be able to do this 3 times before 1460, as this is the average time when the revolt fires, and Danzig will be given 1/2/3/4/5 territory equal to 40/50/60/70/80 influence should the player fail to satisfy the conditions above.

As the event will also deduct 10% Crownland initially, the player will only be able to attain 34% Crownland with this method - the rest will need to be made up through Development.png Development if of course the player does not receive any events in the meantime that improves Crownland possession.

Alliances & the Holy Roman Empire[edit]

Whilst improving your Crownland, look to your neighbors in the Holy Roman Empire (HRE) for suitable allies. Your leader Konrad von Erlichshausen is beneficial here with his Improve relations.png Silver Tongue trait, which provides +20% Improved Relations. Flag of Brandenburg Brandenburg and Flag of Bohemia Bohemia often start on neutral relations, but if you're really lucky will begin with a friendly attitude and ask for an alliance within the first few months. The Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Order almost always starts as a Historical Friend and will offer an alliance immediately, however it is recommended you do not ally with them as their lands are always the target of Denmark's initial conquests. Avoid getting involved in any wars with your allies, as you will not be able to Crownland.png Seize Land or Decision.png Curtail the Prussian Confederation in the meantime, which can prove to be a fatal setback. It is therefore ultimately recommended to hold off on accepting or beginning any alliances until you are within the HRE.

The Fate of Neumark event should also fire early on, and you should always sell the province back to Brandenburg for the +100 ducats and +50 relations bonus. It is wise to improve your relations with Flag of Austria Austria from the start. Whilst improving your relations won't ever guarantee an alliance with Austria, it will give you +100 towards joining the HRE. With the +100 ducats from selling Neumark to Brandenburg, and money raised through your income in the meantime, aim to send Gold Icon.png 200 ducats toward Austria which should secure +150 Relations with Austria to join.

If rivaling you, Flag of Denmark Denmark will pose your only real threat aside from The Prussian Confederation, as Flag of Poland Poland and Flag of Lithuania Lithuania will start with a truce that doesn't expire until 1449. With a Navy stronger than yours, and both Flag of Sweden Sweden and Flag of Norway Norway under their Personal Union plus any alliances they may have secured will easily overrun your borders. It is therefore absolutely vital that you join the HRE as soon as possible; a large factor of joining relies on The Fate of Neumark firing, if this does not happen at least before 1450, consider selling either Estate territory Kulm to Poland or Estate territory Memel to Lithuania, as both territories do not have Culture icon.png Prussian Culture. Bare in mind though selling these territories will result in a loss of Yearly prestige.png -10 Prestige.

If you are unable to sell any of the aforementioned provinces, and if Flag of Brandenburg Brandenburg or Flag of Bohemia Bohemia have you set as a rival then you should consider restarting.

Joining the HRE and forming into Prussia[edit]

By 1450 the Neumark event should have fired and you should have more than enough Gold Icon.png ducats to secure HRE membership. Congratulations, you have now warded off the threat of Flag of Poland Poland! Now, you will face your next greatest challenge; getting to Admin level 10 and forming Flag of Prussia Prussia before Flag of Brandenburg Brandenburg conquers Pomerania - Flag of Wolgast Wolgast and Flag of Stettin Stettin.

By 1450, Flag of Denmark Denmark would have conquered or will be in the process of conquering Livonian Order's northern territories, and the Polish and Lithuanian's will have united under the Jagiellon dynasty, thereby securing the future formation of the Flag of Commonwealth Commonwealth. If you must expand, Flag of Poland Poland will be your best bet but make sure you have strong allies, like Flag of Muscovy Muscovy before going to war. Expansion into the HRE through Flag of Wolgast Wolgast is always an option, however the risk of Unlawful Territory from Austria often makes the investment to forge a claim and then going to war redundant.

Whatever you do, bare in mind that once Flag of Brandenburg Brandenburg conquer Flag of Wolgast Wolgast and Flag of Stettin Stettin, they will then gain claims on your territories and subsequently break their alliance with and rival you.

Achievements[edit]

Baltic Crusader icon
As Teutonic Order or Livonian Order, own all of Russia as core provinces and convert it to Catholic.
A Fine Goosestep icon
Form Prussia and have at least 125% Discipline.

References[edit]


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