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Duchy rankDesmond
Primary culture
Irish (Celtic)

Capital province
Cork (4118)

Feudal Nobility Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Desmondian ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+25% National manpower modifier
+25% Garrison size

Construction cost.png The Land of Castles

−10% Construction cost

Stability cost modifier.png Cadet Lines

−10% Stability cost modifier

Morale of armies.png Gaelic Bastion

+10% Morale of armies

Core-creation cost.png The Munster Ambition

−10% Core-creation cost
−10% Province warscore cost

Diplomatic relations.png Fierce Independence

+1 Diplomatic relation

War exhaustion.png Promote the Culture of Service

−0.02 Monthly war exhaustion
+25% Prestige from land battles

Administrative technology cost.png Inner Perfection

−10% Administrative technology cost

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+15% Fort defense

Desmond is an OPM located in the British Isles, Munster (Area).



Main article: Irish missions



 Form Irish Nation

For decades England has attempted to subjugate the Irish population and take control of the island. To unite the Irish lands under a sole flag may be our only chance to repel them.

Potential requirements

  Ireland does not exist.
The country:

If the country is AI-controlled,

  • it can not be a custom nation.
  • it can not be a former colonial nation.
  • it must have at least 3 cities.

The country:


The country:

  • changes to   Ireland.
  • gets   kingdom rank if the country is duchy rank.
  • gains  10 prestige.
  • gets the modifier “Increased Centralization” for 20 years with the following effects:
    •   −0.05 Monthly autonomy change
    •   +1 National unrest
  • removes all its provinces from the HRE if it is a member of the HRE but not the emperor or an elector.
  • gets the   event ‘New Traditions & Ambitions’ if it does not have custom ideas.


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

Desmond is a difficult nation to play as, because as soon as   England has recovered 60% of its manpower, it will gain claims on all of Ireland. This will usually happen after the initial Surrender of Maine and war with France and after the war of the roses.

Initially there are two different choices. Try to stay in Ireland or try to flee to the new world. If you plan on staying in Ireland, prioritize annexing as many Irish provinces as possible and choose military ideas. If you plan to flee to the new world, take colonization ideas, discover America, and colonize less than five provinces in a colonial region. This is very important, as otherwise, it will form a Colonial Nation.


Own and have cores on the British Isles as an Irish nation.
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