|Available only with the Wealth of Nations DLC enabled.|
Trade companies may be formed by any nation in any of the 15 trade company regions throughout Africa and Asia. These entities differ from colonial nations in the Americas in that they are not separate governments. Trade companies are listed in the subject nation panel. Nations may not form trade companies on the continent of their capital.
A trade company is created by adding a province in the corresponding trade company region to the trade company. Provinces may be selectively added and freely removed. Provinces belonging to a trade company must be part of a territory and must be overseas. Any province that is part of a state is automatically removed from the trade company. It is also possible to add all province in a given trade node at once to a company by selecting the button while viewing the node.
Effects of trade companies
This section may contain outdated information that is inaccurate for the current version of the game. The last version it was verified as up to date for was 1.14.
Provinces in a trade company are subject to the following modifiers:
|+100%||Local trade power|
|+0.5||Naval force limit|
|−100%||Local manpower modifier|
|−100%||Local sailors modifier|
|−50%||Local tax modifier|
|−100%||Local missionary strength|
Additionally, trade company provinces:
- Have minimum autonomy set to 75%.
- Ignore all penalties from intolerance of the local religion or an unaccepted culture.
- Do not contribute to religious unity, regardless of religion.
The Common Sense DLC allows one subject interaction for trade companies. A trade company's trade power may be doubled at the cost of +0.03 inflation to its owner per year. This interaction may be toggled on and off at will.
All provinces controlled by non-Western nations in the trade company region get a bonus to goods produced equal to how large a proportion of the region's trade power the trade company controls. (The value of trade in a node depends on the value of the goods produced, so this benefits both the natives and the traders). Note that light ships do not contribute to this, and can thus in certain cases cause the nation to earn less from trade as fewer goods will be produced. This bonus doesn't overlap with a merchant republic's similar bonus to goods produced.
List of trade company regions
|Continent||Trade company region||Colour||Trade Node||Key provinces|
|Africa||West African Charter||Ivory Coast|| Estuary: Cayor (1113), Benin (1147)|
INH: Gold Coast (1139)
|Africa||South African Charter||Cape of Good Hope||INH: Cape (1177)|
|Africa||East African Charter||Zanzibar|| CCOT: Zanzibar (1201), Mombasa (1202)|
Estuary: Quelimane (1192)
|Asia||West Indian Charter||Indus|| CCOT: Ahmadabad (2054)|
Estuary: Thatta (504)
|Asia||Konkan Charter||Goa||CCOT: Surat (517), Goa (2030)|
|Asia||Coromandel Charter||Ceylon|| CCOT: Malabar (534), Tondainadu (539), Coromandel (540), Kotte (574)|
Estuary: Velanadu (534), Konaseema (5084)
|Asia||East Indian Charter||Bengal|| CCOT: Chittagong (568)|
Estuary: Bengal Delta (561), Dhaka (564), Pegu (586), Pathein (1815)
|Asia||North Indian Charter||Doab||ICOT: Delhi (522), Central Doab (524)|
|Asia||Indonesian Charter||Malacca||CCOT: Malacca (596), Brunei (636), Pasai (2673)|
|Asia||Indochinese Charter||Siam|| CCOT: Ayutthaya (600)|
Estuary: Prek Russey (2376)
|Asia||Philippine Charter||Philippines||INH: Manila (656)|
|Asia||Moluccan Charter||The Moluccas||CCOT: Kalapa (630), Makassar (541)|
|Asia||South Chinese Charter||Canton|| CCOT: Canton (667)|
Estuary: Canton (667), Hai Phong (2372)
|Asia||East Chinese Charter||Hangzhou|| CCOT: Hangzhou (684)|
Estuary: Suzhou (1822), Huai'an (2142)
|Asia||North Chinese Charter||Beijing||CCOT: Beijing (1816)|
The most important provinces to add to a trade company are those with a provincial bonus to trade power, as an estuary or a center of trade, visible in the trade map mode. Controlling just these provinces is generally sufficient for the trade company to get the majority of provincial trade power and grant a bonus merchant. Constructing trade buildings and increasing mercantilism will also help.