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A building is, by definition, a man-made structure used to support and shelter any kind of activity. There is, consequently, a wide variety of building types, each focused on performing a specific function.
These are the buildings that the player will construct the most. They not only improve a province in six different sections but they can be built everywhere. Said sections are: government, army, navy, production, trade and fort.
These sections can be further divided into four basic buildings and two special buildings each. While the first kind can be built in conjunction with another section (e.g. province can have both temple and constable) the latter can only be built if there aren't any other kind of special building in said province (e.g. province can have College and Cathedral but not College and Mint). A line on the menu in game denotes the separation between the special, later buildings and the earlier ones.
Manufactories are proto-industrial buildings in that their unique function is the production of a specific good. One example is the farm estate, only constructable on grain-producing provinces. Note that once it is built, it cannot be dismantled.
These are unique because any given nation can only have one of them. Similarly to Basic buildings, they can be constructed in the same province. Therefore, if all prerequisites are met and if the player is so inclined, then all unique buildings can be built in one place.
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All buildings cost 10 Monarch Power, some time and some amount of money, ducats, to build. This is unless modifiers, ideas or otherwise change it. The ideas that reduce the cost of the building do not affect the build time or the Monarch Power cost, however.
- -25.0%: Portuguese Ideas 5: Royal Absolutism
- -20.0%: Economic Ideas 2: Organized Construction, Korean Traditions, Pueblo Ideas 2: Adobe Architecture
- -15.0%: Cherokee Ideas 1: Moundbuilders Legacy, Chickasaw Ideas 1: Moundbuilders Legacy, Creek Ideas 1: Moundbuilders Legacy
- -10.0%: Anatolian Beyliks Ideas 6: Anatolian Architecture, Granada Ideas 5: Alhambra
Idea groups and Policies that reduce building costs:
- Economic Ideas 2: -20% Build cost
- Quantity Ideas 6: -20% Monarch point cost for buildings
- Expansion/Aristocratic Policy: -15% Build cost
- Expansion/Economic Policy: -15% Build cost
Normal and Special
Note: The icons show the buildings in the western style.
Considering that buildings come with administrative, diplomatic or military power and monetary cost, they should be carefully considered in terms of return of the investment. Thus said, the first step is to make sure when not to invest in a building type:
- Diplomatic buildings when state has the most trading power in a certain node
- Administrative buildings if the country has reached economic stability in its monthly income
- Military buildings and fortifications while a large manpower pool is maintained and no rival countries are of similar power
- Given that most of the effects are cumulative and depend on base tax, one should consider prioritizing the most valuable provinces in terms of buildings construction.
- Trade-based provinces follow a rule similar to the previous one, where construction of diplomatic buildings comes with a great profit the earlier started.
- Fortification of all the provinces might not be the best choice. One should always assess pros and cons before making any decisions.
- The time needed to generate a profit should be a consideration; some may be too poor to ever generate a profit, depending on where you are in the game.
- As of 1.7 it is now possible for Portugal to get a combined -75% reduction to Build cost and -20% to Monarch point cost for buildings through Portugal's national idea (-25%), an economic idea (-20%), along with both expansion build cost policies (both -15%) and, a Quantity idea for Monarch point cost (-20%). This allows for some insanely cheap buildings.