Provence

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Provence
Provence.png
Primary culture
Occitain (French)

Capital province
Provence (201)

Government
Feudal Monarchy Government monarchy.png

State religion
CatholicCatholic.png

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Provençal ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% Morale of armies
+1 Diplomatic reputation

Cost to fabricate claims.png Memory of Angevin Claims

−25% Cost to fabricate claims

Legitimacy.png Revive House of Anjou

+1 Yearly legitimacy

National unrest.png Composite Monarchy

−1 National unrest

Fort defense.png Tarascon Castle

+15% Fort defense

Diplomatic relations.png Public Weal

+2 Diplomatic relations

Naval force limit modifier.png Toulon Dockyard

+10% Naval force limit modifier
−5% Naval maintenance

Production efficiency.png Provencal Quilting

+10% Production efficiency

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+1 Yearly prestige
For the area, see Provence (area).

Provence is a medium-sized Occitain country in the French region. They are the leader of a personal union with Lorraine in 1444. Historically they are rivals with Aragon, and their country is split in three parts. In 1444 Provence has the same dynasty as France which can lead to a personal union. They have cores on several of France's provinces as well as one of the Papal State's.

Strategy

Provence faces some unique challenges geographically and diplomatically. Geographically, they are spread out in three different parts of France, none of which are connected to any of the others. Diplomatically, Provence are trapped between the larger nations of Burgundy and France, as well as being on the border of the Holy Roman Empire.

Starting out

The rival settings of neighbouring nations can dictate the strategy required. For example, if France either begin rivalled, or hostile, finding allies such as Austria or Castile may be necessary. Castile may also prove useful if the player chooses to rival Aragon, and Austria may prove to be a useful ally in that they are often rivalled to Burgundy, very often are hostile, owing to wanting to take Barrois, in order to connect their capital lands to those of their many personal unions. Where as if France starts as friendly, then they can prove to be an invaluable ally, against the probable targets of Burgundy, Brittany and Aragon. Attacking into the HRE is not advised, as Austria will be called in against the threat from outside the HRE and be able to call in all their allies also.

Taking back Avignon

Avignon is not the best province in the game, but the player does start with a core on it and may well wish to take it back. Thankfully losing the core is not a problem, as Provence is the primary nation of Occitain culture. The Papal State starts out in control of Avignon.

Joining the Holy Roman Empire

Joining the Holy Roman empire is a possibility and would help protect from the outside threats of France, Brittany, and Burgundy. In order to do this, high relations are required with the Emperor of the HRE. This usually means improving relations with them, getting an alliance and royal marriage. Then adding the Provencal provinces to the HRE from the province interface.

Provence as a leading Maritime nation

If the player decides to go for trade, Provence are in perhaps the best position in the game to do so. The player should start out with the most trade power in the Genoa trade node, having annexed, or vassalised Brittany also helps maintain the most trade power in Bordeaux when Provence annexes them. Game as a trade nation involves trying to monopolise trade in the Genoa trade node. This means trying to take as many centres of trade and estuaries in the Genoa trade node. Taking those of Aragon relatively early is advisable (before Iberian Wedding fires) by means of alliances with France or Castile, as they will be more difficult to take once under a personal union with Castile. Other than Aragonese trade provinces in Valencia and Tarragona, those of Firenze and Genoa would also prove worthwhile helpful for monopolising trade in the Genoa node. In addition to developing trade power in the Genoa node, doing the same in the upstream nodes of Alexandria, Tunis, Ragusa, Sevilla and Champagne will help to draw even further trade value into the Genoa node.

First Idea

First idea should be diplomatic ideas. In order to survive, Provence needs many relations and good reputation, and diplomatic ideas does just that. As a member of the HRE, the player can stack reputation quite easily and also play the emperor game, if they so wish to.

Second Idea and Beyond

Provence can play both as a land or naval power, depending on what the player chooses. It is worth considering the following:

  • Maritime - the player has great potential as a maritime nation.
  • Influence - If Provence wants to stack even more reputation and relations.
  • Offensive/Quantity - Offensive if the player wants to have better land troops and Quantity if the player wants more land troops as well as a nice bonus to naval forcelimits.
  • Trade - Provence can earn a large a significant income from the Genoa node.

Later Expansion

If the Hundred Years War has not started by the time the player has joined the HRE, then the player can declare a reconquest war on England, taking northern France, and giving the southern provinces to France; however, because they are French cores, France may turn hostile, necessitating another strong alliance, such as Castille. Since the player will probably be allied to Austria as well, they can probably take on France, unless France gets stronger allies. Other avenues of expansion are Burgundy, Brittany, and Savoy (to connect the 3 parts of the Provencal realm).

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Achievements

Good King René icon
Good King René
Start as Provence, form the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
King of Jerusalem icon
King of Jerusalem
Form the Kingdom of Jerusalem as Cyprus or The Knights.