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This article is accurate for the latest versions of EU3, Napoleon’s Ambition, In Nomine, Heir to the Throne and Divine Wind.

Authority is a new concept introduced in Heir to the Throne. It measures the amount of influence the Emperor has in the Holy Roman Empire, and is used to enact Imperial Reforms, another new addition to HTTT.

Authority can be gained by defending and releasing annexed member states of the empire. Authority can also be lost if foreign powers unrestrictedly pass across the empire and the emperor's territory.

Authority Action/Event
10 Emperor from same dynasty
10 HRE Prince released by the emperor
-10 HRE Prince converts to non-Emperor religion
10 HRE Prince converts to Emperor's religion
10 Emperor wins HRE defensive war
-10 HRE member annexed by non-HRE country
2 HRE member removed from non-HRE country SoI
5 HRE member released from non-HRE vassalage
5 Emperor coming to the defense of a HRE member
-10 Emperor NOT coming to the defense of a HRE member