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Primary culture
Swiss (Germanic)

Capital province
Bern (165)

Administrative RepublicGovernment republic.png

State religion

Technology group
WesternWestern technology group
Swiss ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+10% National manpower modifier
+10% Infantry combat ability

Stability cost modifier.png The Swiss Confederation

−10% Stability cost modifier

Mercenary maintenance.png Swiss Mercenaries

−25% Mercenary maintenance

Fort maintenance.png Alpine Fort defense

−20% Fort maintenance

Development cost.png Oasis of Peace and Prosperity

−10% Development cost

Tolerance heretic.png Swiss Tolerance

+2 Tolerance of heretics

Prestige.png Haven for Refugees

+1 Yearly prestige

Production efficiency.png Clockwork

+10% Production efficiency

Idea bonus.png Ambitions:

+5% Discipline
For the area, see Switzerland (area).

Switzerland is a medium-sized country in the Holy Roman Empire, beginning with 5 provinces. This makes it the fourth largest independent nation in the HRE. Austria, Bohemia, and Savoy are the largest respectively. In 1444, Switzerland has cores on Savoy's provinces Vaud and Wallis. It is one of the few administrative republics in the 1444 start date.


Msg event.pngPope asks for Swiss Guard

Our soldiers seek fortunes abroad and that has led to our troops getting reputation of being the most disciplined, loyal and powerful troops who employ revolutionary battle tactics. Many wishes to hire our troops, even the Pope who wishes to enter a pact with us. He asks that we provide [From.GetName] with a constant corps of Swiss mercenaries. This will surely increase our prestige and give us other favors.

Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the event ‘The Swiss Guard’.

Event button 547.png
Send the guards to the Pope.

The 'Switzerland sends Swiss Guard' event happens for the Papal State the Papal State.

Event button 547.png
No, we need them more.

The 'No Swiss Guard' event happens for the Papal State the Papal State.


Switzerland is faced with one major enemy in the beginning: Savoy. It is recommended for the player to ally with Milan, Burgundy, France, or Austria in an attempt to destroy the Savoyard menace. It is in the best interest of the player to retake the western part of modern-day Switzerland, followed by the vassalization of Savoy. From there, there are three main options that a Swiss player will encounter.

Invading Burgundy or France[edit]

French and Burgundian land are perhaps the best provinces in the game. However, it is necessary to first defeat the French inhabitants. This is only possible for a Swiss player to achieve if Burgundy or France are at war with each other or with the English. This is the riskiest strategy, but it has the highest payoff.

Invading Italy[edit]

After securing Savoy, the next logical step may be to push into the boot of Italy. This decision is probably the best of the three choices, as it allows for a Swiss naval force as well as expanding out of the HRE in due time. However, the Italians are not initially a culture that Switzerland accepts. Over time, the high naval forcelimit and base tax of Italy will allow for the Swiss to catapult into Germany.

Invading Germany[edit]

Invading Germany after the vassalization of Savoy could eventually lead into the formation of Germany. However, the player will be left with little to no ports and he/she may incur the wrath of the Holy Roman Emperor or of any border nation like Burgundy or France. The best part of this plan is that Switzerland is already German, so expanding into fellow German provinces is fairly logical.

Nation specific achievements[edit]

Main article: Switzerlake
Switzerlake icon
Own 99 provinces as Switzerland while owning no ports.

Switzerlake is an achievement based on owning a large amount of land without access to the sea. This challenge requires the player to carefully expand without accidentally taking control of a port.

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