- +20% National manpower modifier
- +1 Diplomatic reputation
- +1 Diplomatic relations
- +20% Morale of armies
- +10% National tax modifier
- −50% Native uprising chance
- +50% Native assimilation
- −20% Fort maintenance
- −10% Technology cost
- +2 Tolerance of heretics
- +2 Tolerance of heathens
- +5% Discipline
"L'État c'est moi" (I am the State.) - Louis XIV "The Sun King" of France (1638–1715)
France is a kingdom located in Western Europe, in the French Region, and is one of (if not the) most interesting and entertaining nations to play as in EUIV due to its powerful military. France allows for the player to make mistakes with usually limited consequences. Due to its military and sheer size, taking down France as an outside nation can be difficult, but not impossible. In 1444, it borders Burgundy to the north and east, England to the north and west, Aragon to the south, Savoy to the east and a large number of minor nations all around.
France starts out guaranteeing independence to Scotland, no alliances and has cores on all the English land in France. Calais is not in the France region and it does not have French culture, and is therefore not a core of France.
- Main article: French missions
French missions are focused around uniting the myriad states in France itself, messing around in the Holy Roman Empire, fighting the English and kicking them out of the mainland, and colonizing North America.
- Main article: French events
Wars of Religion
The rise of Protestantism in Europe led to three decades of civil war within France known as The Wars of Religion. This event can occur between 1550 and 1570 if less than 80% of the country has the state religion (usually Catholic). Rival Catholic nations can form La Ligue Catholique, a major player in the French Wars of Religion, directed at the eradication of the Protestants in France. The League was used not only to defend the Catholic cause, but also as a political tool in an attempt to usurp the French throne.
The formation of the La Ligue Catholique will decrease relations with Catholic nations and give qualifying neighboring powers a casus belli to restore the one true faith!
Palace of Versailles
Around 1650, the player will be presented with the choice, through an event, to begin construction of the Palace of Versailles. A high initial cost to set the construction in motion, as well as a temporary but lengthy tax cut, can be a very costly procedure, where several loans might be required. However, finishing the Palace of Versailles will give France the desired model of kingly ruling, and as long as the Palace remains, France will benefit from yearly prestige and legitimacy.
The French Revolution & Napoleon
This event can occur after 1750 if the French economy is on its knees or is suffering from high War Exhaustion (especially if France has taken a lot of loans) and the probability of the event chain firing is increased if demands for economic and social reforms have been turned down. This event chain can create revolts, uprisings and even the overthrow of the monarchy! Sometime along this event chain, the player may get a general named Napoleon who has high stats.
Form French Nation
France can be formed by a French, Basque or Breton country should it cease to exist.
This year will mark the beginning of an evolutionary period for our nation. The old feudal ways will begin to make way for a more modern centralized nation. Although struggling financially due to miscalculated projects and military campaigns, we have managed to transform ourselves into one of the most dominant powers of Europe.
The land around the small village of Versailles has long been excellent hunting land, the small hunting lodge has steadily been augmented into a grand looking chateau. Is it not now fitting to make this the seat of the French government?
Granted the right to rule by the grace of God and God alone we should not allow our God given rights to limited by other, lesser, men.
The realm was so torn by innumerable factions and sects that the most legitimate of all the parties was fewest in numbers. God has given us strength to stand out against this storm, we have finally surmounted the waves and made our port of safety, -- peace for our state.
AI will only take this decision if they have Innovative idea 2 "Pragmatism" and do not have Religious idea 3 "Divine Supremacy"
We have determined that we can do nothing better than entirely revoke the said Edict of Nantes, with the special articles granted as a sequel to it, as well as all that has since been done in favor of the said religion
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