Prestige

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Prestige represents the glory, honor and status of a nation. Countries gain bonuses with positive prestige, and penalties with negative prestige.

Effects of prestige[edit]

With maximum prestige of 100, a country gets the following modifiers:[1]

Trade power.png +15% Global trade power
Morale of armies.png +10% Morale of armies
Morale of navies.png +10% Morale of navies
Foreign spy detection.png +10% Foreign spy detection
Mercenary cost.png −33% Mercenary cost
Legitimacy.png +1 Yearly legitimacy
Improve relations.png +50% Improve relations
Monthly fervor increase.png +1 Monthly fervor
Aggressive expansion impact.png −10% Aggressive expansion impact
Embracement cost.png −10% Embracement cost

At −100 prestige a country has the reverse of these benefits as penalties. In-between the benefits and penalties scale linearly. At 0 prestige there are no benefits or penalties from prestige.

Increasing prestige[edit]

The following provide a yearly gain of prestige:

  • +1 from hiring the Advisor Philosopher.png advisor
  • +1 for trading in Fur.png fur
  • +1 for being Defender of the Faith
  • +1 for being curia controller
  • +1 for being at war with the target of a crusade
  • +1 at 100 Devotion.png Devotion (down to 0 at 50 devotion; only for theocracies with Common Sense.png Common Sense)
  • +0.5 at 100 Power Projection.png Power projection (+0.005 for each point)
  • +0.5 for holding a holy province while being of the corresponding religion:
    • Coptic.png Coptic holding Alexandria
    • Hinduism Hindu holding Varanasi
    • Inti.png Inti (reformed) holding Lima
    • Mahayana.png Mahayana holding Luoyang
    • Mayan.png Mayan (reformed) holding Sotuta
    • Nahuatl.png Nahuatl (reformed) holding Cholula
    • Orthodoxy Orthodox holding Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, Jerusalem and Rome (as long as all provinces are Orthodox)
    • Sikhism Sikh holding Doaba (as long as the province is Sikh)
    • Theravada.png Theravada holding Kandi
    • Vajrayana.png Vajrayana holding Lhasa
    • (The following apply for any of the sub-religions within the main group):
      • Cult Buddhadharma.png Buddhist holding Bodh Gaya
      • Cult Christianity.png Christian holding Mecca
      • Cult Islam.png Muslim holding Mecca and Medina
      • Cult Christianity.png Christian (non-Catholic) or Cult Islam.png Muslim holding Rome
      • Cult Christianity.png Christian, Jewish.png Jewish or Cult Islam.png Muslim holding Jerusalem
  • If Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire:
  • +1 for being Holy Roman Emperor
  • +0.5 for Ewiger Landfriede reform having been passed.
  • Emperor-specific events
  • Provinces joining the Empire: Enlarging the Empire naturally enhances the prestige and power of the Emperor.
  • Successive Emperors from the same country (+10 prestige): Establishing a dynastic hold on the Empire will boost the prestige of future Emperors, who will be associated with a powerful line of rulers.
  • Winning battles
Prestige from land battles.png Traditions Ideas Bonuses Policies
+100%
  • Native traditions
  • Shawnee traditions
  • Offensive idea 4: Glorious Arms
  • Ashikaga idea 1: Head of the Genji
  • Siberian idea 5: Land Bought with Blood
+50%
  • Shiba idea 1: Tradition of Military Service
  • Yaroslavlyian ambition
+25%
  • Desmondian idea 6: Promote the Culture of Service
Prestige from naval battles.png Traditions Ideas Bonuses Policies
+100%
  • Naval idea 4: Naval Glory
  • Advantageous peace deals (only for the country that signed the peace, except with The Cossacks.png The Cossacks DLC)
  • Exploring terra incognita
  • The “Papal Blessing” modifier gives +1 yearly gain for 20 years (comes from the Papal actionBless Ruler” available to Catholics)
  • Growth of colonies to provinces
  • Provinces converted with the Age of Reformation ability Prestigious Conversions active give +0.3 per development (only with Mandate of Heaven.png Mandate of Heaven DLC)
  • Random events
  • Certain idea groups:
Prestige.png Traditions Ideas Bonuses Policies
+1.0 yearly
  • Chiba traditions
  • Silesian traditions
  • Religious idea 5: Religious Tradition
  • Air idea 4: The Blue People
  • Albanian idea 3: Kingdom of Albania
  • American idea 6: Shining City on a Hill
  • Anatolian idea 7: Legacy of the Great Seljuq Empire
  • Andean idea 7: Zampano Music
  • Andhra idea 1: Patronize Telugu Literature
  • Ansbach idea 1: Land of the Hohenzollerns
  • Antemoro idea 3: Office of the Andrianoni
  • Arabian idea 7: Arabia
  • Ashikaga idea 3: Higashiyama Culture
  • Athenian idea 4: Revive the Latin Greece
  • Aymaran idea 4: Cultivate Aymara Dances
  • Baden idea 1: Hot Springs
  • Bavarian idea 3: Found the Bavarian State Orchestra
  • Breton idea 7: The Catholicon
  • Bulgarian idea 5: Reform The Bulgarian Church
  • Burgundian idea 1: The Order of the Golden Fleece
  • Caucasian idea 4: Persian Poetry
  • Chachapoyan idea 6: Purunmachus
  • Charruan idea 7: The Last Charruas
  • Chickasaw idea 7: Swan Feathers Mantle
  • Chinese idea 4: Nation of Rites and Etiquettes
  • Couronian idea 6: Palaces of Mitau
  • Creek idea 4: Four Mother Towns
  • Dahomey idea 7: Palaces of Abomey
  • Dai Viet idea 2: Confucian Revival
  • Daimyo idea 7: Honor Unto Death
  • Dali idea 1: Renovate the City of Jumie
  • Ethiopian idea 1: Solomonid Claim
  • French ducal idea 5: French Cuisine
  • Fulani Jihad idea 7: Caliph in Africa
  • German idea 7: Residenzstadt
  • Granada idea 7: Successor Caliphate of Cordoba
  • Guarani idea 3: Echoes of Iguazu
  • Hatakeyama idea 1: Kanrei Candidate
  • Hausan idea 2: Regnal Chronicles
  • Hejazi idea 7: Successor to the Caliphate
  • Huron idea 7: Eldest Children
  • Imagawa idea 6: In the Shadow of Mount Fuji
  • Incan idea 1: Machu Picchu
  • Iroquois idea 7: The Four Kings
  • Indian Sultanate idea 6: High Court Culture
  • Interlacustrine idea 2: Heirs of Kitara
  • Italian idea 5: High Renaissance Art & Architecture
  • Italian (cU) idea 6: Heir to the Empire
  • Ito idea 1: Gokenin Family
  • Japanese idea 5: Land of the Rising Sun
  • Jaunpuri idea 6: Hindusthani Classical Music
  • Jerusalem idea 1: Crown of Thorns
  • Kangra idea 6: Pahari Painting
  • Khmer idea 6: Restoration of Angkor
  • Kievan idea 1: Mother of All Cities
  • Kikuchi idea 2: Land of Fire
  • Kuban idea 3: People of Ornaments
  • K'iche idea 7: Popol Vuh
  • Ladakh idea 1: The Two Kingdoms of Ladakh
  • Laotian idea 2: Nithan Khun Borom
  • Leonese idea 6: Patronize the Leonese Language
  • Lorraine idea 7: Place Stanislas
  • Malayan sultanate idea 6: Heirs of Pasai
  • Mamluk idea 2: Monuments to our Greatness
  • Mapuche idea 7: Ruxafe
  • Mazovian idea 1: Piast Legacy
  • Miao idea 4: Miao Silver
  • Milanese idea 2: Patron of Music
  • Moldavian idea 1: First Dismounting
  • Mughal idea 6: Mughal Architecture
  • Muiscan idea 2: El Dorado
  • Neapolitan idea 6: City of Artists
  • Nivernais idea 7: Greatest Palace of the Loire Valley
  • Northumbrian idea 5: Lindisfarne Gospels
  • Norwegian idea 7: Write New Sagas
  • Novgorod idea 1: Northern Center of Arts
  • Ogasawara idea 2: Suwa Taisha
  • Orissan idea 5: Patronize Temple Construction
  • Orleanaise idea 4: Chateaux of the Loire Valley
  • Pagarruyung idea 6: Rumah Gadang
  • Papal idea 3: Glory of Rome
  • Persian idea 5: Encourage Art
  • Pueblo idea 7: Legend of Cibola
  • Rajput idea 5: Create Rajput Painting School
  • Ryukyuan idea 3: Shuri Castle
  • Sadiyan idea 4: Temples of Sadiya
  • Sinhalese idea 2: Sinhalese Sandesas
  • Songhai idea 5: The Hajj
  • South Indian idea 6: South Indian Literature
  • Spanish idea 7: Siglo de Oro
  • Sukhothai idea 1: Birthplace of a Culture
  • Sumatran idea 6: Legacy of Srivijaya
  • Swiss idea 6: Haven for Refugees
  • Taungu idea 1: Legacy of the Pagan dynasty
  • Timurid idea 7: Build the Largest Mosque in the world
  • Tirhuti idea 3: Brahmin Kings
  • Toki idea 2: Ranjatai
  • Trebizondian idea 1: Komnenoi in Exile
  • Tsutsui idea 3: Kasuga Shrine
  • Tuscan idea 4: Patron of the Arts
  • Vijayanagar idea 5: Carnatic Music
  • Vindhyan idea 4: Bundeli Kalam
  • Welsh idea 2: Bardic Literature
  • Württemberger idea 6: Ludwigsburg
  • Wurzburgian idea 7: Baroque Artists
  • Yamana idea 5: Acquisition of Torin'in
  • Bengali ambition
  • Byzantine ambition
  • Chimu ambition
  • Krakowian ambition
  • Luban ambition
  • Pacific Northwest ambition
  • Provençal ambition
  • Saxon ambition
  • Smolenskian ambition
+0.5 yearly
  • Influence idea 2: Establish Cadet Branches
  • Bahmani idea 2: Legacy of Gisu Daraz
  • Malvi idea 2: Malvi Art & Architecture
  • Ruthenian idea 1: The Mother of Russian States
  • Savoyard idea 2: The Shroud of Turin
  • Humanist-Quality: Visionary Thinkers
  • Innovative-Plutocratic: The Education Act

Losing prestige[edit]

  • -1 yearly decrease for having 0 devotion as a theocracy (only with Common Sense.png Common Sense enabled); increases proportionally to devotion, to 0 at 50 devotion
  • Uncontested cores: a yearly decrease of -0.1 prestige for every one of your core provinces held by another nation.
  • Unlawful territory: a yearly decrease of -1 prestige for every uncored province held in the HRE that was conquered from a member of the HRE
  • Losing land and naval battles
  • Disadvantageous peace deals
  • Refusing a Call to Arms (usually -25)
  • Random event options
  • -5 to increase the influence and loyalty of most of the estates (The Cossacks.png The Cossacks only)
  • -50 for disinheriting heirs (Rights of Man.png Rights of Man only)
  • Yearly prestige decay (see sub-section below)

Decay[edit]

There is a base decay of 5% prestige per year: that is, a country loses 5% of its current prestige every year. This includes negative prestige, meaning that prestige always tends towards a base level (by default zero), and changes faster the farther away it is from the base level. For monarchies, each point of prestige will eventually convert itself to about 0.195 points of legitimacy with a half-life of 13.5 years. The idea “Patron of the Arts” from the Innovative idea group reduces this decay rate by -1%, to 4% loss per year. This means that each change of ±1 prestige per year changes the base level of prestige by ±20, or ±25 with Patron of the Arts; without other sources of prestige (such as battles) it will approach the base level over time. A few national ideas also lower prestige decay:

Prestige decay.png Traditions Ideas Bonuses Policies
−1% yearly
  • Javan traditions
  • Permian traditions
  • Smolenskian traditions
  • Innovative idea 1: Patron of the Arts
  • Baden idea 7: Grand Duchy of Baden
  • Circassian idea 5: Adyghe Beauty
  • French ducal idea 2: Renaissance Palaces
  • Kangra idea 1: Katoch Lineage
  • Kurdish idea 7: Gorani Literature
  • Palatinate idea 6: Hortus Palatinus
  • Papal idea 6: The Vatican Museums
  • Timurid idea 1: Timurid Architecture
  • Tupi idea 2: The Two Tribes
  • Croatian ambition
  • Ryukyuan ambition
  • Humanist-Quality: Visionary Thinkers

If Rights of Man.png Rights of Man is active, great powers also enjoy a Prestige decay.png prestige decay reduction of -1%.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. See in /Europa Universalis IV/common/static_modifiers/00_static_modifiers.txt (Static modifiers#Prestige).
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