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Duchy rankTortuga
Primary culture
English (British)

Capital province
Tortuga (489)

Pirate RepublicGovernment republic.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Piratical ideas

For pirate republics.

Traditions.png Traditions:

+1 Yearly navy tradition
+1 Leader without upkeep

No religion penalty.png Religious Apathy

Negative religious tolerance no longer gives any penalties. Heretic and heathen provinces do not give us any penalty to religious unity.

Looting speed.png Plunder

+25% Looting speed

Infantry cost.png Buccaneers

−10% Infantry cost

Global naval engagement.png Sail in Consort

+20% Global naval engagement

National unrest.png Elected Quartermasters

−2 National unrest
+10% Morale of navies

Naval combat bonus off owned coast.png Pirate Bays

+1 Naval combat bonus off owned coast

Rebel support efficiency.png Life of Liberty

+25% Rebel support efficiency
+10% Sailor recovery speed

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−25% Unjustified demands

Tortuga is a pirate republic in the Carribean. It does not exist in historical starts. Tortuga appears only after an event.


All countries that colonize Tortuga (489) can get the event to play as or release Tortuga as an independent nation.[1]


Msg event.pngThe Brethren of the Coast

On the island of Tortuga, off the coast of Haiti, a clandestine gathering of pirates and privateers convenes for what will be the first of many such meetings. The assembled captains enter a makeshift cabin begin to draft an agreement.

Some hours later, the captains emerge from their conference and present to their crews the Pirate Code of the Brethren. With these Articles the Brethren of the Coast is founded and united by a code of conduct to be shared, with some modifications, among all crews.

The Brethren have made Tortuga their base of operations. From here they will set out under black sails to terrorize the Caribbean.

Trigger conditions

Flag of Tortuga Tortuga does not exist.
Either the country:

or one of its subjects:

  • has at least 2 cities,
  • owns its core province Tortuga (489).

Tortuga (489):

  • is ProtestantismProtestant, Anglican.pngAnglican or Reformed.pngReformed.

One of the following must be true:

  • Treasure fleet recently passed through the trade node of Tortuga (489).
  • Privateers have at least 1% trade power in the trade node of Tortuga (489).
  • A country with its capital in Caribbeans has at least 5 war exhaustion.

The Msg event.pngevent ‘The Golden Age of Piracy’ has happend.

Mean time to happen

12 months

Immediate effects

Tortuga (489):

Event trigger.pngEnabled if: the country is controlled by a human player.

Event button 547.png
A pirate's life for me!

The owner of Tortuga (489):

  • releases Flag of Tortuga Tortuga as an independent state.

Flag of Tortuga Tortuga:

The human player plays as Flag of Tortuga Tortuga.

Event trigger.pngAlways enabled:

Event button 547.png
We will eradicate these criminals.

The owner of Tortuga (489):

  • releases Flag of Tortuga Tortuga as an independent state.

Flag of Tortuga Tortuga:


Main article: Pirate missions


  1. The event can be found in /Europa Universalis IV/events/FlavorPirates.txt.
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