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Kingdom rankFrance
Primary culture
Francien (French)

Capital province
Paris (183)

Feudal MonarchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
French ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+20% National manpower modifier
+1 Diplomatic reputation

Diplomatic relations.png French Language in All courts

+1 Diplomatic relations

Morale of armies.png Elan!

+20% Morale of armies

National tax modifier.png Estates General

+10% National tax modifier

Native uprising chance.png Native Trading Principles

−50% Native uprising chance
+50% Native assimilation

Fort maintenance.png Vauban Fortifications

−20% Fort maintenance

Technology cost.png The Philosophes

−10% Technology cost

Tolerance heretic.png Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

+2 Tolerance of heretics
+2 Tolerance of heathens

Idea bonus.png Ambitions:

+5% Discipline
For the region, see France (region).

"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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

France can be formed by a French, Basque or Breton country should it cease to exist.

Execute decision.pngForm French Nation

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.

Potential Requirements
  • Playing with normal or historical nations
  • If AI-controlled:
    • Is not playing a custom nation
    • Is not a former colonial nation
    • France France does not exist
  • Is not the Holy Roman Empire Holy Roman Empire, France France, The Papal State The Papal State or Spain Spain
  • Primary culture is either Basque or in the French cultures group
  • Is not a colonial nation
  • Is not at war
  • Is not a subject nation
  • Is not a steppe horde
  • France France does not exist
  • Owns core provinces Maine, Berry, Vermandois, Paris, Orleanais, Nemours and Champagne

  • Country becomes France France
  • If a non-Elector member of the Holy Roman Empire, all provinces leave the Holy Roman Empire
  • Set government rank to Kingdom rank Kingdom if currently Duchy rank Duchy
  • France France gains a permanent claim on all non-owned provinces in the France region
  • Gain country modifier "Increased Centralization" for 7300 days:
    • Autonomy.png -0.05 Monthly autonomy change
    • National unrest.png +1 National unrest
  • Gain Prestige.png 25 prestige
  • France France changes capital to Paris


Execute decision.pngMove Court to Versailles

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?

Potential Requirements
  • Is France France
  • Playing with normal or historical nations
  • If AI-controlled, is not playing a custom nation
  • Has not enacted this decision before
  • Capital is Paris
  • Government is monarchy
  • Has completed Economic idea group.png Economic Ideas
  • Administrative tech.png Administrative technology is at least 16

  • Gain Prestige.png 33 prestige
  • Paris gains Tax Base Icon.png 2 base tax

Execute decision.png'L'État c'est moi'

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.

Potential Requirements
  • Is France France
  • Playing with normal or historical nations
  • If AI-controlled, is not playing a custom nation
  • Has not enacted this decision before
  • Government is monarchy
  • Administrative tech.png Administrative technology is at least 13
  • Ruler's Administrative power.png administrative skill is at least 5
  • Gold Icon.png Monthly income is at least 100 ducats

  • Gain country modifier "L'État c'est moi" for the rest of the campaign:
    • Prestige.png +0.5 Yearly prestige
  • Change government to Government monarchy.png Absolute Monarchy
  • Gain country modifier "Increased Centralization" for 7300 days (20 years):
    • Autonomy.png -0.05 Monthly autonomy change
    • National unrest.png +1 National unrest

Execute decision.pngEnact Edict de Nantes

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.

Potential Requirements
  • Is France France
  • Playing with normal or historical nations
  • If AI-controlled, is not playing a custom nation
  • Has not enacted this decision before
  • The Protestantism Protestant or Reformed.png Reformed religion is enabled
  • Religion is Catholicism Catholic
  • The country's dominant religion is Catholicism Catholic
  • Does not have country modifier "Counter-Reformation"
  • One or both of the following:
    • Has at least 3 provinces of Protestantism Protestant religion
    • Has at least 3 provinces of Reformed.png Reformed religion

  • Gain country modifier "Edict de Nantes" for the rest of the campaign:
    • Tolerance heretic.png +2 Tolerance of heretics
    • Tolerance own.png -1 Tolerance of the true faith
    • Religious unity.png +25% Religious unity

AI will only take this decision if they have Innovative idea 2 "Pragmatism" and do not have Religious idea 3 "Divine Supremacy"

Execute decision.pngRevoke Edict de Nantes

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

Potential Requirements
  • Has country modifier "Edict de Nantes"
  • Playing with normal or historical nations
  • If AI-controlled, is not playing a custom nation
  • At least one of:
    • Religion is not Catholicism Catholic
    • Has no provinces of Protestantism Protestant or Reformed.png Reformed religion
    • Paris is controlled by Rebels Rebels

  • Remove country modifier "Edict de Nantes
  • Gain Prestige.png 10 prestige


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Azur semé de lis or
Get all the French Cores as France.

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Better than Napoleon
As France, own Vienna, Berlin and Moscow as core provinces.

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Big Blue Blob
As France, hold 100 European core provinces before 1500.
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