Hello and welcome to our latest EU4 dev diary. Following our dev diary on some of the larger HRE mission trees, there were many calls for further ones for the smaller, but still interesting nations of Germany. We agreed, and therefore I am now able to present some (but not all) of the results of this, by revealing some of the extra content we have made for the smaller electors of the HRE, by which I mean the Palatinate, Mainz, Trier and Cologne. (Note that these are not the only countries in Germany which have received some extra treatment, they are just the only ones I will present today ).

The latter three – the Bishop-Electors – were particularly hard done by in earlier versions of EU4, since they lacked their own ideas (using instead the fairly generic “Divine Ideas”) and had missions to become Emperor (a hard task for a bishopric…). I am pleased to say that both these issues have been rectified. First of all, here are their new idea groups:

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kol_pursuit_of_unity:0 "The Pursuit of Territorial Unity"
kol_pursuit_of_unity_desc:0 "Our territory is geographically divided between the Rhineland and Westphalia. We have to find a way to unite our secular possessions in order to strengthen the bishopric and to centralize the government. Perhaps we can find some forgotten claims in our archives."
kol_archchancellor_of_italy:0 "Archicancellarius per Italiam"
kol_archchancellor_of_italy_desc:0 "We hold the title of Archchancellor of Italy within the Holy Roman Empire. Although this title carries little in terms of material power or responsibilities, it does bring with it a certain level of prestige, helping us earn the respect of the other princes."
kol_hanseatic_city:0 "Hanseatic Trade City"
kol_hanseatic_city_desc:0 "Because of its central location on the Rhine and its trade links to Western and Eastern Europe, Cologne has traditionally been a leading member of the Hanseatic League. Through its trade with England and its contacts in the league, Cologne has developed into a large and wealthy trade city. By encouraging its further growth, we will secure a bountiful economic dividend in future!"
kol_prime_minister:0 "Prime Minister of Cologne"
kol_prime_minister_desc:0 "The governance of a bishopric as large as Cologne requires a lot of time. In order to administrate this land, the Archbishop neglects his spiritual duties, leading to unhappiness among his subjects. By establishing the position of Prime Minister, to whom the secular administration of the Archbishopric will be delegated, the Archbishop will gain more time for the spiritual needs of Cologne's population. "
kol_pivotal_ecclesiastic_territory:0 "Pivotal Ecclesiastic Territory"
kol_pivotal_ecclesiastic_territory_desc:0 "As a Bishop-Elector and one of the largest ecclesiastic territories in the Empire, Cologne is a pivotal player in the wars of religion. Our support is likely to be key to the success or downfall of either side in the struggle. We shall make use of this opportunity to spread righteousness and religious correctness across Germany."
kol_shifting_alliances:0 "Shifting Alliances"
kol_shifting_alliances_desc:0 "The rule of a bishopric as large as Cologne requires a lot of time. In order to administrate this land, the Archbishop neglects his spiritual duties, leading to unhappiness among his subjects. By establishing the position of Prime Minister, to whom the secular administration of the Archbishopric will be delegated, the Archbishop will gain more time for the spiritual needs of Cologne's population. "
kol_order_of_saint_michael:0 "Order of St. Michael"
kol_order_of_saint_michael_desc:0 "It is our duty to bring the nobility of our territory into line with the church’s accepted beliefs in order to defend the faith in our bishopric. For this purpose, we should establish a military order open only to noblemen. This order, with St. Michael as its patron, is going to teach our nobles to pray and to receive the sacraments with a chaste soul. In this way, they will acquire the discipline and zealousness they need to defend our bishopric from its spiritual and other enemies."

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legitimacy = 1
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mai_rhine_fortress = {
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mai_fifth_season = {
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mai_archchancellor_of_germany:0 "Archicancellarius per Germaniam"
mai_archchancellor_of_germany_desc:0 "Ever since the 10th century, the Archbishops of Mainz have held the title of Archchancellor, making them the highest dignitary in the realm second to only the Emperor himself. Our most prestigious duty is to call and organize the Imperial Elections and to guide the other Prince-Electors in their search for a new Emperor."
mai_center_of_religious_learning:0 "Center of Religious Learning"
mai_center_of_religious_learning_desc:0 "As one of the great centers of religious learning and theology in all of Europe, Mainz is home to many of the brightest Christian and Jewish scholars. Guarding over them is St. Martin's Cathedral, the episcopal see of our bishop, where Kings and Emperors have been crowned."
mai_saint_hildegard:0 "Saint Hildegard of Bingen"
mai_saint_hildegard_desc:0 "Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th century Benedictine abbess and polymath, is revered as a saint in our region. However, her canonisation was hindered by disputes between our previous Archbishops and the Pope. But now Hildegard has finally been accepted in the Roman martyrology, which will foster even greater reverence for her - and for the church in general - among the common folk."
mai_weck_worscht_woi:0 "Weck, Worscht & Woi"
mai_weck_worscht_woi_desc:0 "Weck, Worscht un Woi - bread, sausage and wine - is a favourite meal of our subjects. Its simplicity makes it easily transportable, and therefore an optimal food ration for our army. As we possess fertile lands - and the best vineyards in all of Germany - we can easily afford to supply our troops with Weck, Worscht un Woi surely keeping their fighting morale up!"
mai_perpetual_privy_council:0 "Perpetual Privy Council"
mai_perpetual_privy_council_desc:0 "The disjointed territory that we rule has made it necessary to create an enduring central administration, the perpetual privy council. From now on, we will impose a more rigid rule on our subjects and deprive the estates of their power as well as hindering them from convening at all."
mai_rhine_fortress:0 "The Guard of the Rhine"
mai_rhine_fortress_desc:0 "The German lands have been under threat by enemies from the West ever since the Holy Roman Empire has come into existence, with many foes looking to push us back beyond the Rhine. As the strongest fortress on the west banks of the river, we are the sword and shield of the Empire and it is our holy duty to stand strong against all intruders!"
mai_fifth_season:0 "The Fifth Season"
mai_fifth_season_desc:0 "Other less enlightened countries might prohibit criticism of the nobility by the common folk, but this is not the case here in Mainz when the yearly Karneval rolls around. People are free to criticize social and political injustices under the shelter of cap and bells, imitating those of a different social rank for the day. Anyone who is not a fool at Karneval is foolish for the rest of the year!"

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tri_crusader_past:0 "Crusader Past"
tri_crusader_past_desc:0 "Centuries ago, many brave men left our country as crusaders to take part in the Crusades. Their deeds are deeply ingrained in the memory of our bishopric. Our coat of arms - Saint George’s Cross - was chosen to honor these crusaders. Let all our soldiers remember our crusading past and be exhorted to show that the fire of times gone by is still in them."
tri_university_of_trier:0 "University of Trier"
tri_university_of_trier_desc:0 "The Pope has granted us leave to establish a university in our city, where we can train future priests and administrators for our bishopric. Let us do so and furthermore promote the study of law and medicine, so that we can become a true center of learning and draw students from far and wide."
tri_archchancellor_of_gaul:0 "Archicancellarius per Galliam"
tri_archchancellor_of_gaul_desc:0 "As the Archchancellor of Arles, Burgundy and all of France, it is our right and our duty to bring these lost lands back in to the empire. Under our banner shall the Empire in France be restored!"
tri_landesburgen:0 "Landesburgen"
tri_landesburgen_desc:0 "We have several castles called "Landesburgen" spread across our secular territory. They serve a vital role in our administration, acting as seats for our officials, toll collection posts and strong positions around which to rally our defense against our foes."
tri_seamless_robe_of_jesus:0 "The Seamless Robe of Jesus"
tri_seamless_robe_of_jesus_desc:0 "Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, is said to have sent the Holy Robe of Jesus to Trier (then known as Augusta Treverorum) after she discovered it in Jerusalem. It has since been held in a reliquary in Trier’s cathedral, but we sometimes put it on display for the faithful, drawing large numbers of pilgrim to our city for the occasion."
tri_prum_abbey:0 "Prüm Abbey"
tri_prum_abbey_desc:0 "Prüm was the favourite monastery of the Carolingians, receiving many privileges and large estates from King Pepin the Short after his marriage to Bertrada the Younger, granddaughter of the founder of the abbey. Over the years, it became not only a beautiful abbey, but also a center of ecclesiastic learning. However, it has declined considerably since those days, and is unable to survive on its own. We shall take over administration of the abbey and restore it to its former glory!"
tri_domkapitel:0 "Influence of the Domkapitel"
tri_domkapitel_desc:0 "The Domkapitel or Cathedral Chapter has great influence over the Archbishopric, choosing new Archbishops, deciding when the Archbishop may summon the estates, and ruling in his stead in the case of his absence. Through their vigilance, they will see to it that Trier is always well administered, whether the Archbishop is present or not."

In terms of missions, several changes were made. First of all, all theocracies in the HRE now have three missions that replace the missions to become Emperor. Secondly, all three Bishop-Electors now share four missions with each other, two focusing on relations with the Emperor and two on relations with each other. Finally, each of the three have one or two missions of their own, to reflect their own situations.

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Mainz’s missions in the new setup.

To begin with the missions for all HRE theocracies, the House of God requires all (or at least 10, if you have more) of your provinces to have churches or cathedrals; as a reward, if you have a church in your capital, it will be upgraded to a cathedral (if you already have one there, you will instead be granted 2 base tax). The Lord’s Army then requires that you turn newfound economic strength into an army capable of holding its ground against all unbelievers – in other words, you must have an army that is at least 30,000 men strong or stronger than those of all your neighbours. Divine Empire then requires the Reformation to be successfully navigated: 50 years after its start, 50 (out of around 80) provinces need to have whichever of the religions you opted for.

The first two bishop-elector missions are fairly uncomplicated: They require good relations with the Emperor and having voted for the Emperor in the last three imperial elections. The second two, however, are more exigent: They first require you to either ally with or conquer the other two bishop-electors, then, once the Reformation has been under way for 50 years, it requires the same again, but this time all three must be the same religion. Achieving this will grant +1% missionary strength and +1 tolerance of the true faith for the rest of the game.

Finally, as mentioned, each of the three will have their own unique mission(s). For Mainz, this would be to claim direct control of Erfurt, a Mainzian core at the start of the game. Doing this will grant claims on provinces between Mainz and Erfurt. In Trier’s case, you will be asked to build Trier University by getting the province to 15 development and making sure it has a church and a courthouse; doing this will cause a university to appear (the university tech itself appears fairly late, centuries after Trier University’s historical foundation date in 1473). Cologne will be tasked with making sure its lands are contiguous (e.g. by conquering Berg), which will then put it in a great position to dominate its ecclesiastic rival in northern Germany, Münster. Subduing Münster will make Cologne a dominant power in its part of Germany and grant claims on Hessen and the rest of the North Rhine area.

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Moving onto the Palatinate, this nation already had its own ideas, but no missions of its own. Historically, the Palatinate were almost-achievers, in that they were for a long time one of the stronger powers in the HRE without ever becoming dominant. They were involved in numerous skirmishes and dynastic disputes with their Wittelsbach cousins in Bavaria, but gradually ceded ground to them; they led the Protestants in the lead-up to the Thirty Years War and their Elector-Palatine, Frederick V, even became King of Bohemia… only for his reign to last just a single winter (earning him the nickname “The Winter King) and lead to the loss of both his territory and his elector title, as Austria and her Bavarian allies took revenge. It would be another thirty years (until the end of the Thirty Years War, no less) until the rulers of the Palatinate were restored their lands and their titles, but they were a much-diminished force, whose lands would be mainly squabbled over by others in later years.

To do justice to their potential, we added a two-pronged mission tree:

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The first two columns contain the new missions.

First, to make any progress whatsoever, you will have to increase your holdings to 7 cities and your armies to 15,000 men. Having done this, you will gain claims to help them unify your lands into a contiguous territory – no mean feat with the new map. If you manage to do this, and the Bavarian Wittelsbachs still exist, you will gain claims on the Wittelsbach throne(s), giving you the chance to fulfil the Elector-Palatines’ longstanding ambition of reuniting their dynastic lands (and reversing the real course of history). Finally, after cementing Palatine power in southern Germany, you can turn your attention back to west Germany and become true “Kings of the Rhine” by subjugating the majority of the provinces along the Rhine; doing this will give a permanent modifier granting +1 yearly legitimacy.

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Many provinces now separate Heidelberg from the Oberpfalz.

The other branch of the tree first requires the Palatinate to show religious leadership. In practice, this can mean several things: Owning a Center of Reformation and having 100% religious unity is the easiest one, but one can also do it by being the leader of a Religious League or by being on the winning side of the Wars of Religion; for those without Art of War, these last two conditions are replaced by one of having five neighbours of your own religion 50 years after the Reformation started. Once this mission is fulfilled, the Palatinate’s sympathisers in Bohemia (if it is still free) will kick in and grant you a personal union CB for 25 years. Achieving a complete victory over Bohemia as the Palatinate might, however, not be easy (I speak from experience).

Once the east is secure, again, the Elector-Palatine will have to look west and make sure that no invasions from across the Rhine will threaten his lands. This can be achieved in two ways: Either the you ensure that no French nation has a larger army than yourself, or you ally with France and see to it that the two nations follow the same religion. Completing the mission in the first manner will give claims on the French border areas and Paris, but if you befriend France you will instead gain 200 diplomatic power and France as a historical friend.

Finally, now that the Palatinate is truly glorious, you will have to make sure that your court is a fair reflection of this glory by achieving 75 prestige, having three level 3 advisors, and a capital with 30 development. Doing this will give -1% prestige decay for the rest of the game.

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One further, purely flavour-based change we made was to add a custom title to the Palatinate: Now, so long as they remain electors, their government will be known as an Electoral Palatinate, and the ruler the Elector-Palatine. Should they however lose their electorate for whatever reason, they will be known as a County Palatine, ruled by the Count Palatine. Speaking of Counts and Counties, HRE monarchies with less than 50 development will now also be called Counties and be ruled by Counts.

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And finally, one last thing for today:

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I can only assume the pink face in the Ulm ideas is +50% discipline for balancing reasons.
 

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Not gonna lie, when I saw "Kingdom of the Rhine" I half expected an actual Rhenish formable, but legitimacy works too. The Palatinate always seems like the bridesmaid of the Empire, always there and doing things and seeming important, but never really being the star of the show.

Is it possible we could get a look at what Two Sicilies from last week looks like assuming the final flag/CoA and color have been chosen? These are of course the most important things when it comes to picking what country to get a big name with.
 

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Very fun to read.

Question though; will the AI actively try to flip to protestant/reformed due to these new changes?

It would make keeping the empire catholic a lot harder, which might be fun from a gameplay point of view.

If so though, as a catholic (emperor), I'd try to remove these specific electors off the map by encouraging their neighbours to attack them, allow them to be restored, but giving electorates to nations that would have less triggers to switch religion.
 

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What will happen to the HRE theocracy missions if a bishopric decides to become secularized? Will it retain the theocracy missions or will it change to the normal HRE missions?
 

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kol_prime_minister = {
devotion = 0.5
legitimacy = 0.5
global_autonomy = -0.03
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mai_saint_hildegard = {
devotion = 1
legitimacy = 1
}

Any chance, @Caligula Caesar, that you'll also add in some minor Republican Tradition here? In my present game as a Pegu republic, it's really annoying to have an empty national idea (Pegu's Buddhist Kingship idea), and that could easily happen here as well. After all, a theocracy can reform into a republic using government reforms and no exploits.
 

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One small criticism: Why does Cologne still have an additional missionary in their traditions when there is nothing to convert during the first decades of the game? Couldn't the idea be swapped with one of the later ones?
 

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Yay! The counts made it in!

Still sad that we couldn't get a whole new government rank for it, but the peasants will claim it as a success nonetheless.
 

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Thanks @Caligula Caesar, very pleased to see Mainz get some love! Was there any discussion of giving it a mission relating to the invention of movable type printing? Obviously within the game the press can emerge anywhere, but it would be nice to nod to this historically significant moment.

Love your work!
 

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Any chance, @Caligula Caesar, that you'll also add in some minor Republican Tradition here? In my present game as a Pegu republic, it's really annoying to have an empty national idea (Pegu's Buddhist Kingship idea), and that could easily happen here as well. After all, a theocracy can reform into a republic using government reforms and no exploits.

I think it's fair that some NI are reserved for specific gov forms…

…that said, the name of that idea is "prime minister", so I don't think that justifies it here.
 

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Still waiting for the potential changes to Catholicism and possibly the Reformation. Makes it hard to get excited over religious based mechanics without knowing how it'll go, you know? Will the AI actively fight the Reformation? Will there be some sort of "historical logic" to nation AIs on if they fight it or cave to it? Will they be capable of fighting it even if they choose to, as it doesn't seem they are capable of doing that at the moment?

Random side note more related to mission trees and ideas of Germanic Nations: I hope the "Intermediary Kingdoms" as it were get some love. I mean as is you can form Hansa, but outside of New National Ideas, nothing happens beyond getting a few claims. Same deal with Westphalia. Prussia is far more fleshed out of course as a nation, and I'd kind of like to see a similar level of love and attention spread to them.

Give me a reason to want to form them, you know? A chance to give them their own flavor beyond just Generic Germanic Nation.
 

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I think it's fair that some NI are reserved for specific gov forms…

…that said, the name of that idea is "prime minister", so I don't think that justifies it here.
I actually agree with you, some NI can be gov specific. I figured it couldn't help to point it out in case it is merely an oversight, especially since both theocracies get access to +legitimacy, implying that going monarchy is acceptable to the devs. So I figured, why not also give them something if they go republic?
 

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How many new formable countries will this patch add? As I remember, two are already confirmed (Swabia and Two Sicilies). Will there be more?

I still hope for Occitania :]
 

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Given the new design for German missions, is there any chance Russian minor missions will be reworked? I mean, at least keeping the bunch of generic missions like in case of German states?