Cultural Tradition

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This article is accurate for the latest versions of EU3, Napoleon’s Ambition, In Nomine and Heir to the Throne 4.1b.
Please help update this page to include information on the DW expansion.

Cultural Tradition is a feature first introduced in Heir to the Throne. Players can spend cultural tradition to hire advisors. The quality of the advisor is dependent on the level of cultural tradition present at the time. Some advisors also require you to spend Naval or Army Tradition. To get the highest rank of such advisors you need a high amount of all the required types of tradition.

How to increase cultural tradition

There are 3 ways to increase your cultural tradition. It is also worth to note that cultural tradition decreases in times of war.

Cultural Decisions

Cultural decisions are a way to improve your Cultural tradition with either an instant, one-time increase or a sustained yearly increase. There are five decisions which are common for all nations and several nation- or religion-specific cultural decisions. These usually require the expenditure of Magistrates and a combination of either money or Prestige.

National cultural decisions

If the potential is there you can see the decision. If your allowed and you can pay the cost you can choose it. All information is from "event_modifiers.txt" and "CulturalDecisions.txt". The decisions are ordered according to their duration with the exception of "Support South German organ tradition". Where the greater or lesser to sign is used it should in some cases be greater or equal to and lesser or equal to respectively.

Name Potential Allowed Cost Effect Duration AI will do
Build a new palace - peace 1 Magistrate, 50% of a years income 90% chance for +10% Cultural Tradition, 10% chance for +20% Cultural Tradition none if treasury>2 years income
Commission Painting - Prestige>20% 1 Magistrate +5% Cultural Tradition none if Magistrates>2
Endorse culture - Prestige>50% 1 Magistrate, 5% Prestige +10% Cultural Tradition none if Magistrates>2 and Prestige>80%
Arrange festival - - 1 Magistrate +5% Cultural Tradition, 45% chance for -5% Prestige, 45% chance for +5% Prestige, 10% chance for -1 Infamy none if Magistrates>2
Commedia dell'Arte Performances Year 1550-1700, Western Technology, Christian - 1 Magistrate, 10% of a Years income Yearly: +1% Cultural Tradition, -2 global revolt risk 4 Years If Cultural Tradition<0.2
Introduce Heir Monarchy, Heir 15-18 Years old - 1 Diplomat, 10% of a Years income, +5% Prestige, Yearly: +2% Cultural Tradition, +1% Presitige, +1% Legitimacy 4 Years Always
Commission epic Monarchy, Prestige>10% - 1 Magistrate, 10% of a Years income Yearly: +1% Cultural Tradition 10 Years if Cultural Tradition<20%
Support The Florentine School before 1500, Western Technology, Prestige>25% - 3 Magistrates, 1 diplomat, 40% of a Years income Yearly: +2% Cultural Tradition, +2% Prestige, -0.01 Infamy 10 Years if Cultural Tradition<40%
The Last Jousting Tournament Western Technology, Monarchy, Land Technology<11 Army Tradition>15%, Cultural Tradition>5% 3 Magistrates, 20% of a Years income Yearly: +4% Army Tradition, +2% Cultural Tradition, +0.1 Land Morale 10 Years More likely during War
Endorse Renaissance Philosophy Year 1450-1600, Western Technology, 6 cities, Philosopher or University, Rulers Administrative Rating>6 3 Magistrates, 30% of a Years income Yearly: +5% Cultural Tradition, -1% Technology cost, -1% Papal Influence, +1 Prestige 10 Years if Treasury>80% of a Years income
Support Baroque Music Year 1600-1750, Western Technology Fine Arts Academy 1 Magistrate, 10% of a Years income Yearly: +5% Cultural Tradition, -10% Global Tax, -3 Global revolt risk 10 Years if Treasury>100
Liberté, égalité, fraternité Year 1650-1800, Innovative<-2 Innovative<-4, Rulers Administrative Rating>6, Prestige>40% 1 Magistrate, 1 Years income, Yearly: +5% Cultural Tradition, -20% Technology cost, -1 Missionary, -3% Papal Influence, +8 Global Revolt Risk 20 Years if Treasury<2 Years of income
Commission Tapestry Before 1450 - 1 Magistrate, 10% of a Years income Yearly: +2% Cultural Tradition, -1 Global Revolt Risk, +1% Legitimacy 20 Years if Treasury>40% of a Years income (?)
Byzantine Refugees After 1500, Western or Eastern Technology, Christian, Byzantine Empire no longer exists, Thrace has Turkish culture and is Sunni Prestige>30%, Rulers Administrative Rating>7 3 Magistrates, 5 Diplomats Yearly: +2% Cultural Tradition, -5% Technology cost 30 Years Always
Golden Age of Dutch Painting Western Technology, HolLand (province) has Centre of Trade and is Reformed, Patron of the Arts - 1 Magistrate, 60% of a Years income Yearly: +2% Cultural Tradition, +4 Trade Tech Investment, +2% Trade Income, -4% Global Tax 50 Years Always
Charter a Guild of St Luke catholic, Fine Arts Academy Patron of the Art 1 Magistrate, 20% of a Years income Yearly: +5% Cultural Tradition, -10% Global Tax, +0.2 Magistrates 100 Years if Treasury>a Years income
Gilded Iconography Orthodox or Catholic, Temple, Church Attendance Duty - 1 Magistrate, 50% of a Years income Yearly: +3% Cultural Tradition, +2.5% missionary chance, +1% Prestige, -8% Global Tax Until end of game if Treasury>80% of a Years income
Diwani Script Sunni Artist 3 Magistrates +3% Cultural Tradition, +1 Legitimacy, +0.5% Missionary chance, +1% Technology cost Until end of game Always
The Way of Tea shinto Cultural Tradition>15%, 1 province with tea and 1 with chinaware, Theologian 3 Magistrates Yearly: +1% Cultural Tradition, -2% Global Tax, -4% Stability cost Until end of game Always
The South German Organ Tradition Year 1630-1720, Western Technology, Germanic culture, Temple - 3 Magistrates, 50% of a Years income Yearly: -1 Global Revolt Risk, +1 Cultural Tradition 30 Years Always

Provincial cultural decisions

Name Potential Allowed Cost Effect Duration AI will do
Arrange Organ Concert temple, Have enacted "Support South German organ tradition", same religion as owner - 1 Magistrate, 10 currency Yearly: +1% Cultural Tradition, -5 Local revolt risk, +5% Local Tax 5 Years Always

Events

The primary two events that add to cultural tradition are event 9464 and 9465 which require you to have built a university (1800 month MTTH) or a fine arts academy respectively(600 month MTTH). Each individual structure can trigger the effect separately.

Long-term factors

There are also other factors that can add cultural tradition over time. Here is a list of some of them:

  • Each Merchant you have place in a CoT adds +0.1%/yr (HTTT 4.0 only)
  • The Patron of the Arts National idea gives +3%/yr
  • Each Fine Arts Academy adds +1.0%/yr
  • In peace times you get a fixed +0.5%/yr
  • During war you get a fixed -2.0%/yr

See also