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Konstanz – Constance

National Ideas, Events, and flavour for a new tag instead of Ravensburg

After a discussion with @Paland0 , (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...s-dhes-and-suggestions.1001758/#post-22686246) we both agreed that Constance deserves to replace the current Ravensburg province, given its influence in the Lake Constance region. The city of Ravensburg was never controlling more than a small territory around the city walls and was, apart from the Ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft, a leading treading company in the late medieval time, never an important actor in Southern German history. The Handelsgesellschaft was partly founded and controlled by merchant families from Constance, thus it would be still represented in game. For a more historic game play I would like to follow the suggestions of @Paland0 and split the current Ravensburg province into one for Constance (which should also have a little part of the current St. Gallen territory (Thurgau – the Constance “hinterlands”) and one for Hohenzollern, one of the most influential and important aristocratic families in German history (the latter “Prussians”). I would first want to introduce my suggestions for Constance and hope someone else would find time to work on Hohenzollern NIs.

There are two possible options for a Constance tag

- The Price-Bishop / Bishopric of Constance

- The Free City of Constance

Hereinafter I created Nationals Ideas and Events for the two options. Both options would add own and unique flavor to the game and would depict the different sides of life in the late medieval time and the beginning modern time.

While the Bishopric of Constance was the largest German Bishopric of the 15th century and in its history one of the most influential ones (Council of Constance, monasteries of Reichenau and St. Gallen), the territories of the Prince-Bishop himself were smaller and he only controlled parts of the city of Constance, but had further territories, both in Southern Germany and nowadays Switzerland (see picture). The Bishopric played an influential role as one of the leaders of the Schwäbischer Bund and in addition also had a vote in the Imperial Diet.

The free city of Constance was a hub for cross-alpine trading, and merchants from Constance were present in Venice, Genoa and Milano. The city became famous for its linen – Italians called it the “Tela di Constanza”. Constance merchant families were described as being (aong) the richest Germans of the early 15th century (Muntprat) and also played a pivotal role in the “Ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft” as founding members and being among the most influential members. At game start, the city of Constance was a free imperial city and had the jurisdiction and territorial influence and control over big parts of the Thurgau in today’s Switzerland, which it later lost in the Schwäbischer Krieg.

For both options the Reformation and counter-reformation are offering very interesting story telling options - from different perspectives with the burghers reforming to Protestantism and being a founding member of the protestant “Schmalkaldischer Bund”, while the Bishop had to flee Constance and settled in Meersburg, but in the end had the upper hand with the support of the Habsburg Empire. The downfall of the Bishopric of Constance is perfectly fitting with the time covered by the game and thus offers another interesting story line.

I cannot really decide which tag, the Bishopric or the Free City of Constance I would rather see in game. Both offer very interesting additions to the game and events and story telling for both are an excellent addition to the game and full of historic flavor.

Bishopric of Constance

Traditions

National Tax Modifier +10% (Ewiger Pfenning)

Provincial Trade Power Modifier +10% (Trans-Alpine Trade)

National Ideas

The Glory of the Council of Constance / +1 yearly prestige

The Councils Diplomats tought us / +1 Diplomatic Reputation

Camino di Santiago – the Schwabenweg and Relics / +0,5 Yearly Devotion

The Swedes are “ante portas” / + 15% Fort Defense

The Kreisausschreibamt / +1 Diplomatic Relation

The Standing Army of the Schwäbischer Bund / -20% Mercenary Maintenance

The Jesuits in Constance / +1 Missionary Strength

Ambition

The Secularization of the Bishopric / +1 Tolerance of Heretics

the other option would be a "Free City of Constance"
The Free City of Constance

Traditions

Provincial Trade Power Modifier +10% (Trans-Alpine Trade)

Prestige Decay -1% (The Glory of the Council of Constance)

National Ideas

“Tela di Constanza” and Ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft / + Global Trade Power +10%

Blarer and the Reformation / Tolerance of Heretics +1

The Schmalkaldischer Bund / Diplomatic Relations +1

Humanist Ideas / Idea Costs -5%

Sweden “ante portas” / Fort Defense +15%

The Unbending City / Yearly Army Tradition Decay -0,5%

The Secularization of Church Property / Construction Cost -10%

Ambition

Textile Industry / Production Efficiency +10%
 
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In addition, I digged deep into the history of Constance and created a long list of potential historic events and flavor for this new tag (most for both options, some specifically tailored).
I think that with this material, there could be a whole lot of interesting story-telling, replacing Ravensburg, which not even has it's own set of NI yet.
Together with a Hohenzollern territory, and new borders for Wurttemberg, I think this is a perfect solution for the Southern German region around the lake of Constance (there is a reason why it has the name of Constance ;) )
Please find below my event suggestions...
Events (both tags if not mentioned otherwise)



1414-1447 Muntprat family– Merchants and important political figures

The Muntprat family were merchants, politicans and co-founders of the Ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft. They won a fortune by trade with Northern Italy and were the richest German family of the early 15th century.

Time: 1414-1450

Gain +10% Trade efficiency (for 10years), +20 Admin, +20Diplo Power



1414-1450 Tela di Constanza

The Tela di Constanza were the high-quality linen products from Constance. The product was popular in Italy and the trade hubs in Northern Italy had a big demand for more products. Our tradesmen were found in all important trading nods in Upper Italy. Let us increase the production to benefit even more...

Time: 1414-1460

Gain +10% Production Efficiency (for 10years), +10 Diplo Power



1414-1530 Camino di Santiago

Constance was an important stop on the Schwabenweg, a part of the Camino di Santiago. Our holy relics and the Mauritius rotunda were a magnet for the pilgrims from all over Germany. The pilgrims are an important source of income for our local economy…

Time: 1414-1530

Gain: +5 Prestige, +10% Tax Efficiency (for 10 years)



1420 – 1437 Ulrich von Richental – chronicler of the Council of Constace

Ulrich von Richental, a citizen of our town started writing a detailed chronicle about the Council of Constance in 1420. Transcriptions of it are kept all around Europe and thus insure that those glory days are not forgotten.

Time: 1420-1460

Gain +10 Prestige



1441-1527 Zur Katz – Carnival in Constance

The association Zur Katz was founded mainly for the purpose of companionableness. It soon started to organize carnival events, the Konstanzer Fasnet, which led to public uproar and was offending the moral rules of our time, but the people got amused and filled our taverns.

Time: 1440-1530

Lose 5 Legitimacy, gain +1month of income



1450 - 1525 Goldsmiths in Constance

The art of smithery was mastered by more and more of our burgers and our goldsmiths were known for their fine works, with positive effects for our treasury

Time: 1450-1525

Gain 0,5years income



1450 – Spitalkellerei Konstanz

The almshouse of Constance pours out wine for the poor and sick in our town.

Time: 1414-1600

Gain: +5Legitimacy



1461-1536 Ulrich Zasius

Ulrich Zasius was a humanist and imperial councilor who was born in Constance. Erasmus of Rotterdam wrote about him in a letter “I haven’t seen anything in Germany, that I would have admired as much the character of Ulrich Zasius. This man deserves immortality”.

Time: 1490-1540

Gain +5Prestige, -5% Idea Costs (for 10years)



1481-1485 Witchcraft trials

In the late 15th century witchcraft trials took place in the Bishopric of Constance. Women were persecuted and killed for being different.

Time: 1480-1500

Gain +5Papal Influence, lose 1stability



1488 – No part of the Swiss Confederation

Several negotiations with the members of the Swiss Confederation failed – Constance remains a German town.

Time: 1480-1490

Lose: 5-Prestige, -10 opinion to Switzerland,-10Diplo Power



1500-1550 Trade routes are changing

Our once so profitable position at the cross-alpine trading routes is losing its importance as new routes over the Alpes were accessed and oversea trade became more important.

Time: 1500-1550

Lose 5Prestige, lose 10% trade influence (for 10years)



1507 – Reichstag in Constance

Kaiser Maximilian held an Imperial Diet in Constance. We are the center of the Holy Roman Empire for those days.

Time: 1500-1510

Gain: +5 Legitimacy, +10 Opinion to the Kaiser of the HRE, +10Admin Power



1500-1510 Schwäbischer Reichskreis

The Schwäbischer Reichskreis was an Imperial Circle of the Holy Roman Empire established in 1500 in the Swabian Region, covering large parts of Southern Germany. The Bishopric of Constance was an important member of it.

Time: 1500-1530

As Bishopric of Constance:

You gain the Kreisausschreibamt, and have the shared administrative control over the alliance

Gain: +10opinion modifier to all states with Swabian culture, gain +5Prestige, +20Admin Power



1518-1612 The Pest

Up to one third of our population died from the pest epidemies which hit our region.

Time: 1510-1620

Lose: -1Stability, -10% Production Efficiency (for 10years)



1525 The Reformation in Constance

The Blarer siblings, Ambrosius, Thomas and Margerete, together with their Cousin Johannes Zwick introduced the Reformation in Constance. They closely cooperated with the free imperial city of Constance and held important political positions.

Time: 1520-1540

As Bishopric Constance

Lose: 20 legitimacy, - 1 stability, -10 Prestige, +2 revolt risk(protestant rebels)

As Free City of Constance

Convert to Protestant faith, +10 Admim, +10 Diplo Power



1525-1548 A protestant Constance, a town for the people

The protestant movement invested in the education, in hospitals and care of the poor.

Time: 1515-1550

As Bishopric of Constance

Lose -5 Legitimacy

As Free City of Constance

Gain +5 Republican Tradition, gain +10 Religious Devotion, +20Admin, +20Diplo Power



1526 The Expulsion of the Bishop

In 1526 the Bishop of Constance was exiled and moved his residence to Meersburg on the other side of the lake.

As Bishopric of Constance

The Exile:

Lose -5 Legitimacy, lose -10Prestige, lose -1 Stability

As Free City of Constance

The town is ours:

Gain +10 Republican Tradition, gain +10 Prestige



1530 The Iconoclastic riot

Protestant fanatics stormed the monasteries and churches of Constance and caused a lot of destruction, all with the acceptance of the city which confiscated and sold the treasuries of the church. The holy relics of patron saints of the city, Pelagius, Gebhard and Konrad of Constance were thrown into the river Rhine.

Time: 1530-1550

As Bishopric of Constance

Lose -10 Prestige, - 10 Legitimacy, -0,5 years of income

As Free City of Constance

Lose -10opinion modifier to Holy See, gain +1 revolt risk, gain +1 yearly income



1531 – Schmalkaldischer Bund

The Schmalkaldic League was a defensive alliance of Lutheran princes within the Holy Roman Empire during the time of Reformation. Although originally started for religious motives soon its members eventually intended for the League to replace the Holy Roman Empire as their source of political allegiance. The Free City of Constance was one of its founding members.

As Free City of Constance

Gain +20 Opinion modifier with all protestant nations (of German culture), gain +10 Prestige, Lose -30 Opinion modifier to the Kaiser of the HRE



1537 The forced displacement of the Jews

After centuries of repression and discrimination – the gunpowder tower and its dungeon had his name as the “Judenturm” not without reason – the Jews were expelled from Constance during the Reformation.

Time: 1535-1550

Lose: -2month income, -1 tolerance of heathens



1540 A protestant hymnbook from Constance

Our religious leaders, especially Johannes Zwick worked hard on publishing religious texts, the bible and even composed many own religions songs, which they combined to a protestant hymnbook.

Time: 1530-1550

As Bishopric of Constance

Lose -5 Legitimacy

As Free City of Constance

Gain +5 Republican Tradition, gain +5 Religious Devotion



1546-1548 Schmalkaldischer Krieg

The Schmalkaldic War was fought between the Schlakaldic League and the Emperor. The Emperor’s army won the violent dispute. Constance was the last Free City in Southern Germany to capitulate to the Emperor. As punishment, the Emperor withdraw the right as a Free city from Constance, enforced the recatholicization and integrated it into Further Austria and Habsburgian lands.

Time: 1550-1560

As Bishopric of Constance

The Reformation is stopped and you take control over the cleric properties again

Gain: +5 Legitimacy, +5 Prestige, +0,5 yearly income

As Free City of Constance

We fought hard, but now we await the punishment of the Emperor

Lose Status as Free City, Austria gains claim on Constance, -20 Prestige, Religion is Catholic



1550 Debts of the Bishopric

The years of Protestant control over the city left its traces. We must rebuild the churches and monasteries and fill our treasury again.

Time: 1550-1580

Lose -1 yearly income



1573 Seegfrörne and processions on the ice

In very cold and long winters, the whole Lake of Constance is covered by ice. This cold days have a lot of downsides, but also attracts a lot of attention by the people around the lake and is often a reason for folk festivals and religious processions to the other side of the lake. The procession of Hagnau to Münsterlingen, which first took place in 1537, is the most famous of those.

Time: 1530-1821

Gain +5 Prestige, Lose -1 monthly income





1576-1630 Johann Schreck – A reknown scientist and jesuit and his journey

Johann Schreck or Terrentius Constantiensis, how he was called by his Jesuit brothers, was a highly respected medic born nearby Constance. He was affiliated to the scientific society the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome, whose other members included Galileo Galilei. To everyone's surprise - Galileo wrote: "Una gran perdita" - "a big loss" -, Schreck became a Jesuit, to go to China as a missionary.

Time: 1590-1630

Gain: +10 Prestige, +20 Admin Power



1589-1711 The Spenglers – Renown Glass Painters

The Spengler family was a famous dynasty of glass painters from Constance, whose work was even called upon by the Emperor himself.

Time: 1590-1720

Gain +5Prestige



1604 The Jesuits in Constance

During the Counter-Reformation, the Bishop of Constance invited the Jesuits to the town. The order build its own church and school and was active in the recatholicization of the people of Constance.

Time: 1600-1630

Gain +1Missionary Strength, +1 Tolerance for the True Faith, Lose -1 Tolerance for Heretics



1604-1683 The Pock brothers, famous artist from Constance

The brothers Johann Jakob, a sculpture and stonemason and Tobias Pock, a painter, were famous artists from Constance. Their most renown work is the high altar in the Stephansdom in Vienna. The Emperor was a great admirer of their work.

Time: 1630-1680

Gain: +5Prestige



1607 Constance Theater

In the new Jesuit School, students sometimes acted in theatre plays, the first in 1607. These were the beginnings of the Constance Theater, the oldest continuously theatre in Germany and a good amusement for our citizens.

Time: 1600 – 1821

Gain +5Prestige, +5Legitimacy



1694 - Militis Perpetui

The Schwäbischer Reichskreis forms an own standing army to defend its territories and interests. This milita helps to protect our lands.

As Bishopric of Constance

Time: 1690-1730

Gain: +1 yearly army tradition (for 10years)



1774-1860 – Ignaz Heinrich von Wessenberg enters the stage

Ignaz Heinrich von Wessenberg was a famous and talented writer and scholar, and liberal Catholic churchman as well as Vicar general and administrator of the Bishopric of Constance. He advocated a German National Church, somewhat loosely connected with Rome, supported by the State and protected by it against papal interference.

Time: 1800-1810

Gain +10Admin power, +10Diplo Power



1776 -1841 Edler von Kostniz – Johann Nepomuk Isfordink

Johann Nepomuk Isfordink was a medic, surgeon, director of the Josephinum in Vienna and the highest army doctor in the Habsburg army. He was born in Constance and was bestowed with the title “Edler von Kostniz”, an old name for Constance by the Emperor.

Time: 1800-1821

Gain +5Prestige, +10Admin Power



1785 – Economic Upturn and a bank

To support the weak economy, Huguenot emigrants from Geneva, who had to flee Switzerland because of their ideology and for economic reasons, were welcomed in Constance. Among them, was the de L’Or family, who opened the first bank and a textile manufactory, which both contributed to an economic upturn.

Time:1780-1810

Gain +10% Tax Efficiency, -1 interest per annum (both for 10years)



1791-1863 Marie Ellenrieder

Marie Ellenrieder was born in Constance and was considered to be the most important German women artist of her time. In 1813, she enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, making her the first woman admitted to an art academy in Germany. She thus paved the way for many other women to train professionally as artists at the Munich Academy.

Time: 1810-1820

Gain: +5Prestige, +10Diplo Power





1802 The End of the Prince-Bishopric

As part of the Secularization, and to finance the war against France, Austria confiscated most of the treasuries of the Bishopric. Later it ceded the Prince-Bishopric to the Duchy of Baden. The Prince-Bishopric lost its independence and territory…

As Bishopric of Constance

Time: 1790-1810

Baden gains a claim on Constance, lose -20Prestige, -1yearly income, -10Papal Influence



1805 Constance as part of Baden

During the Peace of Preßburg, Habsburg lost the dominion over Constance. The city became a part of the Duchy of Baden.

As City of Constance

Time: 1800-1810

Baden gains a claim on Constance



1814 The downfall of the Bishopric of Constance

After the end of the Prince-Bishopric, von Wessenberg played a more and more important role in the still existing Bishopric of Constance. His reformist plans led to conflicts with the Swiss territories of the Bishopric. After several requests, Pope Pius VII severed the Swiss lands from the diocese of Constance and thereby weakened its position even more.

Time: 1810-1815

As Bishopric of Constance

Lose -10Legitimacy, -10Prestige, -5Papal Influence



1816/1817 Napolen III. In Constance

Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, Napolen III. was the only President (1848–52) of the French Second Republic and, as Napoleon III, the Emperor (1852–70) of the Second French Empire. He was the nephew and heir of Napoleon Bonaparte. He spent his childhood in and around Constance in exile. Having the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte as our guest is prestigious and will give our city publicity…

Time: 1815-1820

Gain +10Prestige



1821 – The End of 1.200years of Bishopric in Constance

In 1821, Konstanz's bishopric, the largest in Germany, was dissolved and an over 1.000 year long history came to an end.

As Bishopric of Constance

Time: 1820-1821

Become a Republic, lose -20Prestige, -20Legitimacy, -20Papal Influence

As always, I am very happy about constructive criticism, improvements and suggestions :)
And if someone feels like working on a Hohenzollern tag, that would be wonderful! ;)
 
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Here some maps regarding the geography of both tags:
The Prince-Bishopric:

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And Constance as a Free Imperial City

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Sources for all the events I can upload if need be. Many things are in German though...
 

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60px-Wappen_Konstanz.svg.png and as coat of arms those two. Number one as the free city of Constance

and this for the Prince-Bishopric 200px-Wappen_Bistum_Konstanz.png
 

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as for the trading good and the development, I think the current Ravensburg province depicts both for Constance quite well :)
 

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@bebrst
I really like your ideas. As already mentioned I prefer the Bishopric ;).

I'm not so saturated by the idea sets, but more by the ideas themself. I would like to fuse them with for example this:

  1. Traditions: Provincial Trade Power Modifier +10% (Trans-Alpine Trade) and -0.05 yearly inflation (Ewiger Pfenning)
  2. The Glory of the Council of Constance: +1 yearly prestige, + 1 diplo rep
  3. Bodensee / Lake Constance: +10% production efficiency
  4. Tela di Costanza and Große Ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft: +10% global trade power
  5. Schwabenweg: 0.5 yearly devotion (-10% stability cost for the city)
  6. Kreisausschreibamt: +1 diplo upkeep (Schmalkaldischer Bund for the city)
  7. Jesuits in Constance: +1 missionary strength
  8. The Unbending City: 10% land morale (-> War on the Lake Constance)
  9. Ambition: +10% goods produced (indigo industry at the end of the 18th and in the 19th/20th century)

I added the idea for the Bodensee, but maybe one could exchange it with the mercenaries of the Circle of Swabia and put the production efficiency into the traditions.

For Hohenzollern I would suggest the following:

  1. Traditions: +1 land leader shock, +25% chance of a new heir
  2. Ancestral Castle of the Hohenzollern: +1 yearly prestige, +1 diplo rep
  3. Hohenzollerische Landesordnung: -10% stability cost modifier
  4. Hohenzollern Generals and Marshalls: +1 land leader fire
  5. Catholic Bulwark in Swabia: +1 tolerance of the true faith (or resistance to reformation?)
  6. Land of the Castles: +20% garrison size
  7. Sovereign Omnipotence: +10% national tax modifier
  8. House Union of the Hohenzollern: +25% core creation cost on us
  9. Ambition: +15% land morale
 
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@bebrst
I really like your ideas. As already mentioned I prefer the Bishopric ;).

I'm not so saturated by the idea sets, but more by the ideas themself. I would like to fuse them with for example this:

  1. Traditions: Provincial Trade Power Modifier +10% (Trans-Alpine Trade) and -0.05 yearly inflation (Ewiger Pfenning)
  2. The Glory of the Council of Constance: +1 yearly prestige, + 1 diplo rep
  3. Bodensee / Lake Constance: +10% production efficiency
  4. Tela di Costanza and Große Ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft: +10% global trade power
  5. Schwabenweg: 0.5 yearly devotion (-10% stability cost for the city)
  6. Kreisausschreibamt: +1 diplo upkeep (Schmalkaldischer Bund for the city)
  7. Jesuits in Constance: +1 missionary strength
  8. The Unbending City: 10% land morale (-> War on the Lake Constance)
  9. Ambition: +10% goods produced (indigo industry at the end of the 18th and in the 19th/20th century)

I added the idea for the Bodensee, but maybe one could exchange it with the mercenaries of the Circle of Swabia and put the production efficiency into the traditions.

For Hohenzollern I would suggest the following:

  1. Traditions: +1 land leader shock, +25% chance of a new heir
  2. Ancestral Castle of the Hohenzollern: +1 yearly prestige, +1 diplo rep
  3. Hohenzollerische Landesordnung: -10% stability cost modifier
  4. Hohenzollern Generals and Marshalls: +1 land leader fire
  5. Catholic Bulwark in Swabia: +1 tolerance of the true faith (or resistance to reformation?)
  6. Land of the Castles: +20% garrison size
  7. Sovereign Omnipotence: +10% national tax modifier
  8. House Union of the Hohenzollern: +25% core creation cost on us
  9. Ambition: +15% land morale
Looks good to me :) Many of the National Ideas which were for the Free Imperial City of Constance tag would obviously apply to the Bishopric too. I just wanted to show what would be potentially possible, if Paradox would rather have another free city in the region, instead of another theocracy :)
the Hohenzollern ideas look promising! With some extra flavor and events, Hohenzollern could offer so much interesting story telling (the growth of the Hohenzollern influence, Prussia, the Kaiser, etc).
 

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Looks good to me :) Many of the National Ideas which were for the Free Imperial City of Constance tag would obviously apply to the Bishopric too. I just wanted to show what would be potentially possible, if Paradox would rather have another free city in the region, instead of another theocracy :)
the Hohenzollern ideas look promising! With some extra flavor and events, Hohenzollern could offer so much interesting story telling (the growth of the Hohenzollern influence, Prussia, the Kaiser, etc).
Now someone has to write the falvour texts ... sigh, and I'm still working on my Bavarian ones :confused:
 

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Now someone has to write the falvour texts ... sigh, and I'm still working on my Bavarian ones :confused:
Won't find the time for it either... at least not in the forseeable future... Real life obligations calling ;) if I will find some time, I will let you know
 

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The two of you are doing awesome work!

Now someone has to write the falvour texts ... sigh, and I'm still working on my Bavarian ones :confused:
My humble attempt:

Ancestral castle of the Hohenzollern

The Hohenzollern, which would go on to dominate Franconia, acquire the electorate of Brandenburg, inherit the territories of the Teutonic Order, establish a Kingdom in Prussia and eventually unite Germany, had its humble origins in the Swabian territory of Hohenzollern. The dynasty is first mentioned in a Swabian chronicle of 1061, and named after the Hohenzollern mountain near Hechingen. Zoller, or "Söller" is an alamannic word that means "elevation".

Hohenzollerische Landesordnung

Count Eitel Friedrich II was the first president of the Reichskammergericht, which was paramount in amalgamating the Roman and Canonical ius commune and local German law and traditions into a functioning legal system. In his territory of Hohenzollern, he promulgated the Hohenzollerische Landesordnung, a codification of Swabian customs and Roman principles which established basic rules of civil and public law.

Hohenzollern generals and marshals

Similarly to their cousins in Brandenburg and Franconia, the male members of the Swabian Hohenzollern dynasty had a longstanding tradition of commanding armies and military service. They served competently in their own armies, the Imperial army, the army of the Catholic League and the army of Brandenburg-Prussia.

Catholic bulwark in Swabia (this could - alternatively or additionally - give papal influence; resistance to reformation seems quite a nice and unique idea, though):

While Swabia was a hotspot of the Reformation and the Duke of Wirtemberg one of its main proponents, most of the Swabian Hohenzollern remained firmly within the catholic camp. They founded and supported Franciscan and Dominican monasteries and were staunch allies of catholic Austria and Bavaria.

Land of the castles

At the core of the Swabian Hohenzollern territory was the castle of Hohenzollern on the steep, cone-shaped Hohenzollern mountain. Since the 11th century, a massive, commanding castle towered over the Swabian territory, until it was destroyed by an army of Swabian cities in 1423. In 1454, obtained the permission of the emperor and financial backing of the elector of Brandenburg to rebuild it. Successively, it was turned into a strong fortress that maintained significant strategic importance throughout the centuries.

Sovereign omnipotence (this should give monthly absolutism and/or a higher absolutism ceiling rather than tax):
Always short of money and aware of status as members of one of the most prestigious families of the Holy Roman Empire, the princes of Hohenzollern eagerly embraced the concept of absolute rule and constantly increased their prerogatives. Hunting and forestry became privileges of the ruler, much to the dismay of the peasants.

House Union of the Hohenzollern (perhaps add something like less prestige decay, since hostile coring cost is quite an awful idea):
In the late 17th and early 18th century, the rulers of Zollern concluded several dynastic treaties with the Brandenburg-Prussian branch of the dynasty. These treaties strengthened the coherence of the Hohenzollern dynasty and secured the independence of the Swabian principality against outside threats.

I'd also like to suggest a few things for the beginning of the game.

Prior to 1444, Hohenzollern was in quite a precarious situation and on the brink of becoming part of Wirtemberg.
The brothers Eitel Friedrich I and Friedrich XII were involved in a brutal, prolonged and costly struggle over possession of the Swabian Hohenzollern lands, which financially ruined both of them. Friedrich XII was placed under Imperial ban, a ban which was executed by the Countess of Wirtemberg and the Swabian cities in 1423. Their army occupied and demolished Hohe
In 1429, Eitel Friedrich I, aged 45 and heirless, was forced to accept the Treaty of Gröningen with Wirtemberg, a treaty of succession by which the latter was to inherit the County of Hohenzollern if the former died without a male heir. Contrary to expectations, Wirtemberg's inheritance of Hohenzollern was prevented when Eitel Friedrich (aged 50) had a son, the future Count Jobst Nikolaus I, in 1433. The treaty, however, remained valid until Jobst Nikolaus, with the help of Albrecht of Brandenburg, managed to annul it in 1457.
Jobst Nikolaus had become count of Hohenzollern at his father's death in 1439 and is aged 11 in 1444. His guardian was not his mother, Ursula of Rhazüns, but his relative, the elector Albrecht of Brandenburg

Hohenzollern would start in a regency (not a consort regency, since his mother was not the regent) and as an ally (and possibly even a vassal) of Brandenburg.
Württemberg could be a historical rival - Wirtemberg and Hohenzollern were quite constantly at odds throughout the whole EU4 era.
Brandenburg could be a historical friend.

Events:

Event 1: The Treaty of Gröningen
  • not in a regency and no male heir
  • flag "cancelled the treaty of Gröningen" is not set
  • Württemberg has a male ruler
  • MTTH 90 months (?)
  • description: In 1429, Count Eitel Friedrich I of Hohenzollern, aged 45 and heirless, was forced to accept the Treaty of Gröningen with Wirtemberg, a treaty of succession by which the latter was to inherit the County of Hohenzollern if the former died without a male heir. Contrary to expectations, Wirtemberg's inheritance of Hohenzollern was prevented when Eitel Friedrich had a son, the future Count Jobst Nikolaus I, in 1433. The treaty, however, remains valid, placing us under a constant risk of inheritance by our old rival, the Count of Wirtemberg, as long as our ruler lacks a male heir.
  • option 1: Accept the inevitable
    - the ruler of Württemberg becomes heir
    - historical rivalry with Württemberg removed
  • option 2: Refuse to give up the Hohenzollern lands!
    - sets flag "cancelled the treaty of Gröningen"
    - loses legitimacy and/or stability
    - Württemberg gets a restore union CB on Hohenzollern
Event 2: The Treaty of Gröningen
  • not in a regency and has an heir who is of the same dynasty
  • flag "cancelled the treaty of Gröningen" is not set
  • MTTH 90 months (should be the same as for event 1)
  • description: In 1429, Count Eitel Friedrich I of Hohenzollern, aged 45 and heirless, was forced to accept the Treaty of Gröningen with Wirtemberg, a treaty of succession by which the latter was to inherit the County of Hohenzollern if the former died without a male heir. Contrary to expectations, Wirtemberg's inheritance of Hohenzollern was prevented when Eitel Friedrich had a son, the future Count Jobst Nikolaus I, in 1433. The treaty, however, remains valid, placing us under a constant risk of inheritance by our old rival, the Count of Wirtemberg. With our count's rule firmly established and a male successor born, we could try to end this situation. Historically, Count Jobst Nikolaus successfully negotiated an annulment of the Treaty of Gröningen in 1456/1457, with the help of the elector of Brandenburg
  • option 1: propose an annulment to Wirtemberg
    Triggers event 3 for Württemberg
  • option 2: It isn't worth the effort
    - increase stability by 1
    - increase relations with Württemberg by 50

Event 3 (for Württemberg): The Treaty of Gröningen
  • triggered by event 2
  • description: In 1429, Count Eitel Friedrich I of Hohenzollern, aged 45 and heirless, was forced to accept the Treaty of Gröningen with Wirtemberg, a treaty of succession by which the latter was to inherit the County of Hohenzollern if the former died without a male heir. Contrary to expectations, Wirtemberg's inheritance of Hohenzollern was prevented when Eitel Friedrich had a son, the future Count Jobst Nikolaus I, in 1433. The treaty, however, remains valid, giving us a chance to inherit Hohenzollern if it lacks a male heir. To end this situation, the ruler of Hohenzollern has proposed an annulment.
  • option 1: Accept the annulment
    - gain one yearly income from Hohenzollern
    - increase relations with all countries that have the Hohenzollern dynasty (at this point, probably Hohenzollern, Brandenburg and Ansbach) by 50
    - triggers event 4 for Hohenzollern
  • option 2: Refuse and insist on our claim
    - decrease relations with all countries that have the Hohenzollern dynasty by 50
    - triggers event 5 for Hohenzollern

Event 4: Wirtemberg accepts
  • triggered by event 3
  • description: Wirtemberg has accepted an annulment of the Treaty of Gröningen. The risk of losing our hereditary possessions is thus ended.
  • effect:
    - lose one yearly income
    - increase legitimacy by 25
    - set flag "cancelled the treaty of Gröningen"

Event 5: Wirtemberg refuses
  • triggered by event 3
  • description: Wirtemberg has refused our proposal to annul the accursed Treaty of Gröningen
Basically, as long as an adult Jobst Nikolaus lacks a son, he runs a risk of getting the Count of Wirtemberg as heir.
If he has an heir, he can ask Wirtemberg for an annulment, which Wirtemberg can accept (for money) or refuse (at the cost of angering not only Hohenzollern, but also Brandenburg and Ansbach).
 
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The two of you are doing awesome work!
My humble attempt: [...]
@Twoflower Thank you for you words!
I really like your NI flavor texts. Now I don't have to write them myself :).
I agree, that maybe the Bulwark of Catholicism could also give a minor boost to papal influence as an incentive to stay catholic. The age of Reformation is just a quarter of the game, so that otherwise the idea might be useless.
Well, as you already described in the flavor text, I added the core creation cost on us to make the dissappearance of Hohenzollern less likely, but maybe one could also add the prestige decay, since Hohenzollern is anyways an OPM and prestige decay isn't really powerful to begin with.

The Land of the Castles NI actually was meant in another way: I thought more about all those castles build just in a small territory:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohenzollern_Castle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmaringen_Castle
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schloss_Haigerloch and all those castles listed at the bottom of the wiki site.

If one would also take the many other counts int he region, there were even more castles and fortresses.


Your DHE seems like a nice form of adding flavour to the Hohenzollern dynasty. Maybe one can find even more for this tag.
Alas, I don't think having the Hohenzollern as vassal of Brandenburg would be good, because then Hohenzollern would get annexed after 10 years and Brandenburg might go on a rampage in southern Germany :eek:.


Lastly, I want to add my old post in my Bavaro-Austrian thread, so everything is at one place:
@bebrst
I studied a bit the maps, and this is what I would suggest. I have made a minimalistic version with only one new province and one with two. Both add the Konstanz and Zollern tag. Konstanz, because the bishopric was the religious centre in Swabia and also the most influential political party with Württemberg. Zollern, because there were many smaller counties (Zollern, Hohenberg, Fürstenberg, Waldburg, Werdenberg, Helfenstein, Kirchberg) and representing them with the most notable is the best choice. The Swabian Hohenzollern were allied with the Habsburgs and later on with Napoleon and served them through various ways.

1.)
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  • splitting the Ravensburg province into two and making some redrawing
  • buffing Württemberg's dev by at least 4 and moving Stuttgart closer to the river Neckar
  • province Zollern with capital Hechingen, dev should be around 5
  • province Konstanz with the same dev like Ravensburg now

But my more prefered variant:
2.)
View attachment 257994
  • province Zollern with capital Hechingen, dev should be around 5
  • province Konstanz with the same dev like Ravensburg now
  • buffing Württemberg's dev to 10 and also moving Stuttgart a bit closer to the river Neckar
  • adding a new province Alb (the name of the region)/Urach (name of the county of Württemberg-Durach) with about 6 dev and capital Urach
In this variant Württemberg's strength is bettere represented, since they have two provinces and have a total dev of 16 (more than Baden, but less than the rich Augsburg or Ulm)


I used the follwing maps:
http://www.leo-bw.de/media/kgl_atlas/current/delivered/bilder/HABW_06_09.jpg
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/HRR_1400.png
http://www.bielski.de/karten/deu_1477x.jpg
http://www.bielski.de/karten/deu_1786x.jpg

What do you think? (Take the exact borders with a grain of salt, because I'm really terribad at drawing :oops:)
 
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The two of you are doing awesome work!


My humble attempt:

Ancestral castle of the Hohenzollern

The Hohenzollern, which would go on to dominate Franconia, acquire the electorate of Brandenburg, inherit the territories of the Teutonic Order, establish a Kingdom in Prussia and eventually unite Germany, had its humble origins in the Swabian territory of Hohenzollern. The dynasty is first mentioned in a Swabian chronicle of 1061, and named after the Hohenzollern mountain near Hechingen. Zoller, or "Söller" is an alamannic word that means "elevation".

Hohenzollerische Landesordnung

Count Eitel Friedrich II was the first president of the Reichskammergericht, which was paramount in amalgamating the Roman and Canonical ius commune and local German law and traditions into a functioning legal system. In his territory of Hohenzollern, he promulgated the Hohenzollerische Landesordnung, a codification of Swabian customs and Roman principles which established basic rules of civil and public law.

Hohenzollern generals and marshals

Similarly to their cousins in Brandenburg and Franconia, the male members of the Swabian Hohenzollern dynasty had a longstanding tradition of commanding armies and military service. They served competently in their own armies, the Imperial army, the army of the Catholic League and the army of Brandenburg-Prussia.

Catholic bulwark in Swabia (this could - alternatively or additionally - give papal influence; resistance to reformation seems quite a nice and unique idea, though):

While Swabia was a hotspot of the Reformation and the Duke of Wirtemberg one of its main proponents, most of the Swabian Hohenzollern remained firmly within the catholic camp. They founded and supported Franciscan and Dominican monasteries and were staunch allies of catholic Austria and Bavaria.

Land of the castles

At the core of the Swabian Hohenzollern territory was the castle of Hohenzollern on the steep, cone-shaped Hohenzollern mountain. Since the 11th century, a massive, commanding castle towered over the Swabian territory, until it was destroyed by an army of Swabian cities in 1423. In 1454, obtained the permission of the emperor and financial backing of the elector of Brandenburg to rebuild it. Successively, it was turned into a strong fortress that maintained significant strategic importance throughout the centuries.

Sovereign omnipotence (this should give monthly absolutism and/or a higher absolutism ceiling rather than tax):
Always short of money and aware of status as members of one of the most prestigious families of the Holy Roman Empire, the princes of Hohenzollern eagerly embraced the concept of absolute rule and constantly increased their prerogatives. Hunting and forestry became privileges of the ruler, much to the dismay of the peasants.

House Union of the Hohenzollern (perhaps add something like less prestige decay, since hostile coring cost is quite an awful idea):
In the late 17th and early 18th century, the rulers of Zollern concluded several dynastic treaties with the Brandenburg-Prussian branch of the dynasty. These treaties strengthened the coherence of the Hohenzollern dynasty and secured the independence of the Swabian principality against outside threats.

I'd also like to suggest a few things for the beginning of the game.

Prior to 1444, Hohenzollern was in quite a precarious situation and on the brink of becoming part of Wirtemberg.
The brothers Eitel Friedrich I and Friedrich XII were involved in a brutal, prolonged and costly struggle over possession of the Swabian Hohenzollern lands, which financially ruined both of them. Friedrich XII was placed under Imperial ban, a ban which was executed by the Countess of Wirtemberg and the Swabian cities in 1423. Their army occupied and demolished Hohe
In 1429, Eitel Friedrich I, aged 45 and heirless, was forced to accept the Treaty of Gröningen with Wirtemberg, a treaty of succession by which the latter was to inherit the County of Hohenzollern if the former died without a male heir. Contrary to expectations, Wirtemberg's inheritance of Hohenzollern was prevented when Eitel Friedrich (aged 50) had a son, the future Count Jobst Nikolaus I, in 1433. The treaty, however, remained valid until Jobst Nikolaus, with the help of Albrecht of Brandenburg, managed to annul it in 1457.
Jobst Nikolaus had become count of Hohenzollern at his father's death in 1439 and is aged 11 in 1444. His guardian was not his mother, Ursula of Rhazüns, but his relative, the elector Albrecht of Brandenburg

Hohenzollern would start in a regency (not a consort regency, since his mother was not the regent) and as an ally (and possibly even a vassal) of Brandenburg.
Württemberg could be a historical rival - Wirtemberg and Hohenzollern were quite constantly at odds throughout the whole EU4 era.
Brandenburg could be a historical friend.

Events:

Event 1: The Treaty of Gröningen
  • not in a regency and no male heir
  • flag "cancelled the treaty of Gröningen" is not set
  • Württemberg has a male ruler
  • MTTH 90 months (?)
  • description: In 1429, Count Eitel Friedrich I of Hohenzollern, aged 45 and heirless, was forced to accept the Treaty of Gröningen with Wirtemberg, a treaty of succession by which the latter was to inherit the County of Hohenzollern if the former died without a male heir. Contrary to expectations, Wirtemberg's inheritance of Hohenzollern was prevented when Eitel Friedrich had a son, the future Count Jobst Nikolaus I, in 1433. The treaty, however, remains valid, placing us under a constant risk of inheritance by our old rival, the Count of Wirtemberg, as long as our ruler lacks a male heir.
  • option 1: Accept the inevitable
    - the ruler of Württemberg becomes heir
    - historical rivalry with Württemberg removed
  • option 2: Refuse to give up the Hohenzollern lands!
    - sets flag "cancelled the treaty of Gröningen"
    - loses legitimacy and/or stability
    - Württemberg gets a restore union CB on Hohenzollern
Event 2: The Treaty of Gröningen
  • not in a regency and has an heir who is of the same dynasty
  • flag "cancelled the treaty of Gröningen" is not set
  • MTTH 90 months (should be the same as for event 1)
  • description: In 1429, Count Eitel Friedrich I of Hohenzollern, aged 45 and heirless, was forced to accept the Treaty of Gröningen with Wirtemberg, a treaty of succession by which the latter was to inherit the County of Hohenzollern if the former died without a male heir. Contrary to expectations, Wirtemberg's inheritance of Hohenzollern was prevented when Eitel Friedrich had a son, the future Count Jobst Nikolaus I, in 1433. The treaty, however, remains valid, placing us under a constant risk of inheritance by our old rival, the Count of Wirtemberg. With our count's rule firmly established and a male successor born, we could try to end this situation. Historically, Count Jobst Nikolaus successfully negotiated an annulment of the Treaty of Gröningen in 1456/1457, with the help of the elector of Brandenburg
  • option 1: propose an annulment to Wirtemberg
    Triggers event 3 for Württemberg
  • option 2: It isn't worth the effort
    - increase stability by 1
    - increase relations with Württemberg by 50

Event 3 (for Württemberg): The Treaty of Gröningen
  • triggered by event 2
  • description: In 1429, Count Eitel Friedrich I of Hohenzollern, aged 45 and heirless, was forced to accept the Treaty of Gröningen with Wirtemberg, a treaty of succession by which the latter was to inherit the County of Hohenzollern if the former died without a male heir. Contrary to expectations, Wirtemberg's inheritance of Hohenzollern was prevented when Eitel Friedrich had a son, the future Count Jobst Nikolaus I, in 1433. The treaty, however, remains valid, giving us a chance to inherit Hohenzollern if it lacks a male heir. To end this situation, the ruler of Hohenzollern has proposed an annulment.
  • option 1: Accept the annulment
    - gain one yearly income from Hohenzollern
    - increase relations with all countries that have the Hohenzollern dynasty (at this point, probably Hohenzollern, Brandenburg and Ansbach) by 50
    - triggers event 4 for Hohenzollern
  • option 2: Refuse and insist on our claim
    - decrease relations with all countries that have the Hohenzollern dynasty by 50
    - triggers event 5 for Hohenzollern

Event 4: Wirtemberg accepts
  • triggered by event 3
  • description: Wirtemberg has accepted an annulment of the Treaty of Gröningen. The risk of losing our hereditary possessions is thus ended.
  • effect:
    - lose one yearly income
    - increase legitimacy by 25
    - set flag "cancelled the treaty of Gröningen"

Event 5: Wirtemberg refuses
  • triggered by event 3
  • description: Wirtemberg has refused our proposal to annul the accursed Treaty of Gröningen
Basically, as long as an adult Jobst Nikolaus lacks a son, he runs a risk of getting the Count of Wirtemberg as heir.
If he has an heir, he can ask Wirtemberg for an annulment, which Wirtemberg can accept (for money) or refuse (at the cost of angering not only Hohenzollern, but also Brandenburg and Ansbach).
Thx a lot @Twoflower ! :) really appreciate your support! Looks good!
I am a bit busy lately, but will try to add some more events for Hohenzollern :)
 

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Another important factor - both for the economy, but also military and political control and influence in the region - was the stone bridge, crossing the river Rhine. The bridge in Constance was one of the first stone bridges and thus an important crossing for merchants, pilgrims, soldiers etc, giving Constance control over those movements and goods and making the city an important trade and transit centrum in the region.
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_historischer_Rheinbrücken[/MEDIA]
 

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A potential way to go is suggested by @Felipe el Piadoso here https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/alpine-region-suggestions.1018886/page-2
alpine regions .jpg


Here it looks like Austria controls the new Constance province, which would be another way to go. Still events like the early Reformation, the Schmalcaldian War, the Jesuits and Re-Catholicatisation and other events could be implemented :)
I would still suggest to have an independent, Bishopric of Constance region though, or a Free town, with Austria gaining a claim during the Reformation period.
I also would suggest to replace Ravensburg with Hohenzollern, as was discussed above. In addition, I'd like to say that I really like that Austria got the Vorarlberg region. It helps to better represent the Austrian influence in Further Austria. I'm a bit divided about the Austrian control of Breisgau. It makes historically sense, but would weaken Baden quite a lot...
 

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@bebrst: Thanks for spreading my map proposal ;)
The image I posted should reflect the situation in 1620. I agree that Constance should be its own tag (at least until 1548).

Now to the Breisgau discussion: I don't think Baden needs to be that strong in 1444. Württemberg, which owned a way larger territory with more inhabitants and didn't suffer from a crippling dynastic division (1535), is also represented as an OPM.

Since I don't know how to create new tags yet (Geneva for example is represented by Utrecht on this map :D ), I chose 1620 for my screenshot.
In a few minutes I will update the map in my thread with some changes, so take a look.
 

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Just for having all together in one thread which is of relevance for Constance - and because @Felipe el Piadoso was doing a great job with his map suggestion! Thx for that :)
See his original post here: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...gion-suggestions.1018886/page-2#post-22800035
Constance Alpine Regions by Felipe el Piadoso.jpg


Looks like a great way to go! The Bodensee / Lake Constance region looks so much better and historical correct!
Austria getting Vorarlberg makes much sense, Hohenzollern as one of the most important noble houses of Germany (with wide spread territories) getting a own tag and Konstanz replacing the the historically never that influential Ravensburg:)
I really hope there is some future to these ideas and suggestions
 
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I've just stumbled over your thread because of the newest dev diary and wanted to say that I strongly support the idea of a tag for Constance.
It alway felt really odd, that Ravensburg was there and Constance not.
I'm actually a city guide for the historical Constance (and a longtime fan of EU4) and as such I can say, that almost all of your suggestions are correct.
I would, in contrast to Paland0, use the tag of a free city.

While it is correct, that the early time of Constance was embossed by the Bishopric, in 1444 there was a different image:
Constance gained it's (kind of) free city status in 1192 and lost it due to the defeat of the Schmalkaldischer Bund in 1548 (after a heroic and victorious last stand on the Rheinbrücke against the Habsburgs). After that Constance was given to Austria and the Bishops were reinstated (although they managed to hold a de facto independent status in most of their affairs), in 1806 it was gifted to Baden by Napoleon.
Between 1192 and 1548 Constance was a hybrid between free city and bishopric, as they payed taxes partly to the emporer and partly to the bishop. Due to their other rights (gifted in 1192 and 1213) like the Münzrecht (Ewiger Pfennig) etc., their jurisdiction and their appearence in external affairs like the Städtebund in 1312 most historians share the opinion, that Constance shuold be categorised as a free city in this time period. After the council this was enhanced, as they gained the right to seal with red wax (technically a royal privilege) and the Blutgerichtsbarkeit (the right for death sentences) in 1417. The red bar in the flag of Constance is a symbol for the Blutgerichtsbarkeit.

If it's necessary, I could add or swap out some of the suggested Events and ideas, although, as I said, they are already pretty good.
For example, you could add many flavour events with Switzerland (which is, as I understand, also an target area for the next update).
For the idea set I would suggest something like the fact, that Constance and especially it's churches are constructed after the Roman city layout (by Bishop (St.) Konrad von Konstanz, ca 950), which made the city a major target of pilgrims. The famous "Seenachtsfest", founded on the Reichstag in 1507 and still celebrated today could also be a possibility. The Blutgerichtsbarkeit could be added as well.

I could increase this list further, if you find it helpful.
 

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I've just stumbled over your thread because of the newest dev diary and wanted to say that I strongly support the idea of a tag for Constance.
It alway felt really odd, that Ravensburg was there and Constance not.
I'm actually a city guide for the historical Constance (and a longtime fan of EU4) and as such I can say, that almost all of your suggestions are correct.
I would, in contrast to Paland0, use the tag of a free city.

While it is correct, that the early time of Constance was embossed by the Bishopric, in 1444 there was a different image:
Constance gained it's (kind of) free city status in 1192 and lost it due to the defeat of the Schmalkaldischer Bund in 1548 (after a heroic and victorious last stand on the Rheinbrücke against the Habsburgs). After that Constance was given to Austria and the Bishops were reinstated (although they managed to hold a de facto independent status in most of their affairs), in 1806 it was gifted to Baden by Napoleon.
Between 1192 and 1548 Constance was a hybrid between free city and bishopric, as they payed taxes partly to the emporer and partly to the bishop. Due to their other rights (gifted in 1192 and 1213) like the Münzrecht (Ewiger Pfennig) etc., their jurisdiction and their appearence in external affairs like the Städtebund in 1312 most historians share the opinion, that Constance shuold be categorised as a free city in this time period. After the council this was enhanced, as they gained the right to seal with red wax (technically a royal privilege) and the Blutgerichtsbarkeit (the right for death sentences) in 1417. The red bar in the flag of Constance is a symbol for the Blutgerichtsbarkeit.

If it's necessary, I could add or swap out some of the suggested Events and ideas, although, as I said, they are already pretty good.
For example, you could add many flavour events with Switzerland (which is, as I understand, also an target area for the next update).
For the idea set I would suggest something like the fact, that Constance and especially it's churches are constructed after the Roman city layout (by Bishop (St.) Konrad von Konstanz, ca 950), which made the city a major target of pilgrims. The famous "Seenachtsfest", founded on the Reichstag in 1507 and still celebrated today could also be a possibility. The Blutgerichtsbarkeit could be added as well.

I could increase this list further, if you find it helpful.
@Niro_95 vielen Dank for your contributions to the thread! You are very welcome to add, corecct and comment on any part of my suggestions. I'm happy if Konstanz gets depicted as good as possible ;)
I did from time to time guided tours for the university in Konstanz too. Mostly for the erasmus students ;) good old times, missing the beautiful lake...