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Empire rankSpain
Primary culture
Castilian (Iberian)

Capital province
Madrid (217)

Despotic MonarchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Spanish ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+15% Morale of armies
+1 Missionary

Discipline.png The Reconquista

+5% Discipline

Missionary strength.png Spanish Inquisition

+2% Missionary strength

Idea claim colonies.png Inter Caetera

Can fabricate claims on any overseas province, provided it is overseas for its owner
+1 Colonists

Papal influence.png Devout Catholicism

+2 Yearly Papal influence

Provincial trade power modifier.png Treasure Fleet

+10% Provincial trade power modifier
+15% Global tariffs

National sailors modifier.png A Spanish Armada

+10% National sailors modifier
+10% Heavy ship combat ability

Prestige.png Siglo De Oro

+1 Yearly prestige

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+25 Global settler increase

Spain is a formable nation that can be formed by Flag of Castile Castile, Flag of Aragon Aragon, Flag of Navarra Navarra, or Flag of Portugal Portugal.


Execute decision.pngForm Spanish Nation Militarily

Global expansion in newly discovered areas and the establishment of colonies is transforming Spain into one of the most powerful and wealthiest nations of our time. Spanish explorers are constantly moving into new lands and extending our borders. Immense amounts of gold and silver are being brought back to our motherland, filling the coffers of our state Treasury.

Potential Requirements Allow
  • Flag of Spain Spain does not exist.
  • has an administrative technology of at least level 10.
  • is not a subject nation.
  • is not at war.
  • Is not a nomad nation.
  • A Muslim nation does not own a province in Iberia.
  • Owns the core Province icon.png provinces:
    • Barcelona (213)
    • Zaragoza (214)
    • Castilla La Vieja (215)
    • Salamanca (216)
    • Sevilla (224)
    • Toledo (219)
    • València (220)
    • Granada (223).

  • Gain “Increased Centralization” modifier for 20 years:
    • -0.05 Autonomy.png Monthly autonomy change
    • +1 National unrest.png National unrest
  • If a member of the Imperial authority.png HRE and not an elector / emperor, all own provinces are removed from the HRE.

Execute decision.pngForm Spanish Nation Diplomatically

Global expansion in newly discovered areas and the establishment of colonies is transforming Spain into one of the most powerful and wealthiest nations of our time. Spanish explorers are constantly moving into new lands and extending our borders. Immense amounts of gold and silver are being brought back to our motherland, filling the coffers of our state treasury.

Potential Requirements Allow



Main article: Spanish missions

Spain's missions focus on completing the Reconquista and expanding into the New World.


Main article: Spanish events

Castilian Civil War[edit]

If Spain is in a regency before 1500, then there is a chance that a civil war will be generated. Spain will have to choose between supporting the advisor Álvaro de Luna, and thereby face a noble rebellion that might be backed by neighboring Aragon or Navarra, or accept the demands to end unwanted noble influences and face a loss of stability.

Italian Ambition[edit]

If both Spain and Flag of France France own provinces in Italy between 1490 and 1590. They are able to claim each other's lands, reflecting the Italian Wars that consumed the attention of these two rivals in this period. This event type will lead to worsened relations between the nations and a greater likelihood of war.

Minor events[edit]

The The Spanish State Bankruptcy events have returned, but only as flavor events if Spain actually goes bankrupt.


Execute decision.pngInstitute the Societas Jesu

His Holiness has approved a new missionary order called the Society of Jesus. However without royal support it will not thrive, shall we support the Jesuits?

Potential Requirements

This country:

  • is Catholicism Catholic.
  • is Flag of Portugal Portugal or Flag of Spain Spain.
  • does not have the modifier “The Societas Jesu”.
  • does not have the modifier “Jesuits Expelled”".

This country:


The country gets the modifier “The Societas Jesu” until the country:

with the following effects:

  • Missionary strength.png+1% missionary strength,
  • Papal influence.png+0.5 yearly papal influence.

Catholicism loses Catholic reform desire.png2% reform desire.


Main article: Castile#Strategy

Spain is far easier to form as Castile than any other Iberian, since it is the most powerful nation on the Iberian peninsula. The most effective strategy will be the same as for Castile. As Spain, the player has the option of becoming a major colonial and naval power. Another possibility is to expand into Europe's mainland, battling France and/or overthrow Flag of Austria Austria to become Emperor, which gives an achievement ("Spain is the Emperor"). Reaching the American Continent before other European powers may give the player a significant advantage, especially if a large navy is created, due to the Treaty of Tordesillas. Usually, it is most beneficial to maintain good relations with Portugal as both nations share the same trade node and have the common enemy of France; additionally, both are historical friends if the player started as Castile. Although, if the player wishes to conquer Portugal, this is usually easiest in the early game, before colonial expansion takes place. If Portugal can be annexed before the colonial expansion happened, Spain is for a long time the only nation that can expand to America, since other nations won't usually take Exploration ideas first.

Another possible Strategy is to curb Portugal in a war and vassalize it in the next one. This way Portugal may continue colonization as a subject of Castille/Spain. It may prove a challenge, to keep Portugal's liberty desire in check. This must be done after Portugal chooses Exploration Ideas group, because AI never picks Exploration Ideas for subject nations.


Imperio español icon
Imperio español
As Spain have Mexico, Panama, Havana, Cuzco in colonial Nations under you.

Spain is the Emperor icon
Spain is the Emperor
Become the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire as Spain.

Isn't this the way to India? icon
Isn't this the way to India?
Discover the Americas as Castile or Spain.
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