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Duchy rankUlm
Primary culture
Swabian (Germanic)

Capital province
Ulm (1872)

Free City Government republic.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Ulmer ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+5% Trade efficiency
+1 Land leader maneuver

Burghers loyalty equilibrium.png Großer Schwörbrief

+5% Burghers loyalty equilibrium

Diplomatic relations.png Schwäbischer Bund

+1 Diplomatic relation

Yearly prestige.png Birthplace of German Realism

+1 Yearly prestige

Fort defense.png Dürer's Fortifications

+25% Fort defense

Production efficiency.png Ulmer Textile Trade

+10% Production efficiency

Mercenary discipline.png Enlist the Swiss Mercenaries

+5% Mercenary discipline

Tolerance of the true faith.png Finish the Ulm Minster

+2 Tolerance of the true faith

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+0.5 Yearly army tradition

Ulm is a free city of the Holy Roman Empire located in South Germany. Its neighbors are Flag of Wurttemberg Wurttemberg, Flag of Ingolstadt Ingolstadt, Flag of Augsburg Augsburg and Flag of Memmingen Memmingen.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Swabian minors missions

Ulm shares Swabian minor missions with other Swabian nations, focusing on dominating and eventually forming Flag of Swabia Swabia, granting an additional 8 missions.

Decisions[edit | edit source]


Execute decision.pngForm Swabia

The old Duchy of Swabia ended with the execution of Conradin, the last of the Hohenstaufen Dukes, in 1268. Since then, a plethora of countries, bishoprics and free cities have emerged to fill the void left by the fall of the Hohenstaufens. However, these small states are often unable to protect their liberty - thus, the Habsburgs of Austria have built up considerable territorial holdings in Swabia, which they call "Further Austria". We must restore unity to Swabia if we are to end this pattern of outside encroachment.

Potential requirements Allow


Execute decision.pngForm German Nation

Regardless of the absence of a strong, central authority, our nation is prospering. The Hanseatic League, formed by hundreds of towns in northern Germany, has contributed to the prosperity of our nation. Intellectual growth, combined with sea and overland trading, has also helped spur the development and transform our country into a wealthy manufacturing center.

Potential requirements Allow

  • The country:
    • becomes Flag of Germany Germany.
    • leaves the Holy Roman Empire.
    • increases rank to Empire rank empire.
    • gets new Mission.png missions.
    • gets permanent claims on all unowned provinces in the North Germany and South Germany regions.
    • gains Yearly prestige.png25 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
    • gets the Msg event.png event ‘New Traditions & Ambitions’, unless it is a custom nation.
  • The emperor of the HRE:
    • gets the opinion modifier “Left the Holy Roman Empire” towards Germany worth Opinion.png−150 opinion with a yearly decay of 1.
    • gets the Msg event.png event ‘Germany breaks out of the Empire’.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The player should quickly seek to ally regional powers, and especially ally your rivals' rivals. The player should also improve relations with Austria, to try and get an alliance with them. Whilst you can take your time as you are a free city, you should try and expand as fast as possible to ensure not falling behind. Build up favours and go to war, taking as many provinces as possible whilst being careful of AE. The player should focus on getting the required provinces to form Swabia, which will gain you prestige, claims and better ideas. From here the player may want to ally electors and try to become the Emperor, or simply continue expanding in Germany.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. There are 13 provinces with Swabian culture in the game in 1444.
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