Territories and states

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An example of states and territories as held by Castile on the Iberian peninsula.

States and Territories are a mechanic introduced in patch 1.16 intended to replace the old Overseas mechanic. As such, all previous rules regarding overseas provinces, notably minimum autonomy, now apply to territorial provinces.

States and territories are based on areas (part of the revamped regions system) and a two-part coring process. A newly conquered province is considered as part of a territory (unless it already belongs to one of the nation's existing states). Turning a territory into a state requires firstly coring all the uncored owned provinces in that territory and secondly payment of state maintenance. Afterwards, it is possible to instantaneously complete the coring process by paying the remaining coring costs.

Mechanic summary[edit]

The following points provide a detailed summary of the system:

  • Uncored provinces cause Overextension.png overextension regardless of whether they are in a territory or a state.
  • Coring provinces in a territory have reduced coring costs due to the Is territory modifier which applies Core-creation cost.png -50% Core-creation cost (coring duration is not affected). The newly cored provinces gain territorial cores and remove the Overextension.png overextension penalty caused by the province.
  • Provinces in territories have a Local autonomy.png 75% local autonomy floor.
  • Once all the owned provinces in a territory have territorial cores, it is possible to turn the territory into a state (from the province interface, above the buildings section).
  • Provinces in states but with only territorial cores:
    • Have a Local autonomy.png 50% Local autonomy floor.
    • Can't be assigned to estates, but do count towards total state development for estates that demand control of some percentage.
    • Lose their territorial core if they are conquered and would have to be re-cored once the province is re-gained.
  • To fully core state provinces requires paying the remaining 50% coring costs. This second coring phase is instantaneous and gives aLocal autonomy.png 0% Local autonomy floor (LA is reduced instantaneously to the new floor only if it was not raised before (to lower unrest)).
    • NB: Raising autonomy in a province not-yet fully cored will set the new autonomy floor to 100% and will annul the older "virtual" floor, not being reduced instantly after the full core anymore.
  • Fully cored state provinces contribute fully to the nation and retain their cores even if conquered.
  • Provinces of diplomatically annexed vassals or integrated personal union partners always get full cores. The provinces will still need to made into states if they aren't already, but there is no Administrative power.png admin power cost for doing so.

Notes: Do note that [1] revoking the status of a state (back to a territory) will not refund the administrative points used for the province coring (the cores will turn into territorial cores) and they'll be lost. Re-establishing the same territory into a state again requires fully coring the provinces anew; [2] assigning states in trade company regions prevents formation of trade companies (existing ones will be removed); [3] assigning states in colonial regions will not prevent colonial nations from forming in those provinces.

State maintenance.png State maintenance[edit]

A state requires monthly monetary upkeep in the form of State maintenance.png State maintenance.

The state maintenance is determined by the following:

State maintenance.png Modifier
+0.007 Per Development.png Development level
+0.001 Times distance from the Capital.png Capital
+25%
  • For different Continent
  • For Max promoted cultures.png non-accepted culture
+200% For an active edict
-66% For the capital state
State maintenance.png Traditions Ideas Bonuses Policies
−25%
  • Fully Expansionist
−15%
  • Moravian ambition

Number of states.png Maximum number of states[edit]

Each nation has a base value of Number of states.png 5 States. Addition modifiers are then applied as follows:

\text{number of states} = \text{ base value } + \text{ government rank } + \text{ government type } + \text{ administrative tech level } + \text{ additional bonuses }

Number of states.png Government Rank
+10 Empire rank Empire
+5 Kingdom rank Kingdom
0 Duchy rank Duchy
Number of states.png Administrative tech.png Adm Tech
0 level 1
+3 level 8
+6 level 12
+11 level 17
+16 level 20
+21 level 24
+26 level 27
+31 level 31
Number of states.png Government Type
+5
  • Government monarchy.png Ottoman Government
+3
  • Government monarchy.png Advanced monarchies (Administrative tech.png 12+ Adm tech)
  • Government republic.png Advanced republics (Administrative tech.png 12+ Adm tech)
+2
  • Government monarchy.png Feudal Monarchy
  • Government monarchy.png Elective Monarchy
  • Government monarchy.png Iqta
  • Government monarchy.png Prussian Monarchy
  • Government monarchy.png Shogunate
  • Government republic.png Oligarchic Republic
  • Government republic.png Ambrosian Republic
  • Government republic.png Colonial Nation
  • Government republic.png Dutch Republic
  • Government republic.png Noble Republic
  • Government theocracy.png Theocratic
Number of states.png Government Type
+1
  • Government monarchy.png Despotic Monarchy
  • Government monarchy.png English Monarchy
  • Government republic.png Merchant Republic
  • Government republic.png Peasants Republic
  • Government republic.png Trading City
  • Government theocracy.png Monastic Order
  • Government theocracy.png Papacy
0
  • Government monarchy.png Celestial Empire
  • Government monarchy.png Daimyo
  • Government republic.png Free City
  • Government tribal.png Native Council
  • Government steppe horde.png Steppe Hordes
  • Government tribal.png Tribal Governments
Number of states.png Traditions Ideas Bonuses Policies
+5
  • Fully Administrative
  • Great Yuan ambition

Flag of Russia Russia in Age of Revolutions can enable Russian Empire ability, that allows to have Number of states.png 20 additional States. (Requires Mandate of Heaven.png Mandate of Heaven)

Example

If Flag of Ming Ming is an Empire rank Empire rank (+10), is a Government monarchy.png Celestial Empire (+0) and has Administrative tech.png Administrative tech level 17 (+11), then:

\text{number of states} = 5\, +\, 10\, +\, 0\, +\, 11 = 26 \text{ States}

Edicts[edit]

In each state, up to one edict can be enacted. While an edict is in place, a bonus applies to all owned and cored provinces in the state, at the cost of State maintenance.png +200% state maintenance, a penalty that is applied before any further modifier to state maintenance. Once enacted, an edict cannot be changed or removed for one year. Edicts do apply in provinces with only territorial cores.

Except for the Age of Revolutions, each age has an edict that must be unlocked with a Splendor ability.

Edict Effect
Advancement Effort Local institution spread.png +33% Institution spread
Centralization Effort Local autonomy.png −0.03 Monthly autonomy change
Defensive Edict Local defensiveness.png +33% Local defensiveness
Encourage Development Local development cost −10% Local development cost
Feudal De Jure Law Local unrest.png -5 Local unrest
Religion Enforced Resistance to reformation.png +90% Resistance to reformation
Edict of Absolutism Devastation icon.png -0.25 Monthly devastation
  • Available only in the Age of Absolutism with the "Edict of Absolutism" Splendor ability.
Promote Military Recruitment Local manpower modifier.png +25% Local manpower modifier
Protect Trade Local trade power.png +50% Local trade power
Enforce Religious Unity Local missionary strength.png +1% Local missionary strength

Strategy[edit]

Other things being equal, it is usually best to turn the highest-development territories into states. The States and Territories tab in the ledger lists all owned areas, their status as a territory or state, and their development. Sorting by total development will show good candidates for statehood.

Even if you're not planning on making an area into a permanent state, consider turning areas into temporary states but not fully coring them. This gives a free reduction in the autonomy floor without spending any resources. The state may be turned back into a territory when you want to make more valuable land into a state instead. It also allows using state edicts, such as the bonus to missionary strength. The only downside is the increased demand of your estates for land.

Only provinces in states are counted when determining the majority culture. In order to switch primary cultures, you can un-stateify provinces of your old culture and stateify ones of the culture you want to switch to.

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