Form Spanish Nation

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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.

Divine Wind

Form Spanish Nation is a country decision.

This decision can be found in spanishnation.txt.

Description

Global expansion in newly discovered areas and the establishment of colonies is transforming Spain into one of the most powerful and wealthiest nations of our time. Spanish explorers are constantly moving into new territories and extending our borders. Immense amounts of gold and silver are being brought back to our motherland, filling the coffers of our state Treasury.

Requirements

  • Not France (Basque Cultures can form France), Spain, Papal States or Holy Roman Emperor
  • Iberian Culture group or Basque culture
  • You must own and have cores on Barcelona, Aragón, Castilla La Vieja, Salamanca, Andalucia, Toledo and Valencia.
  • At peace

Effects

  • Change your country Spain
  • Grant cores on Roussillon, Galicia, Asturias, León, Vizcaya, Navarra, Pirineo, Girona, Barcelona, Aragon, Castilla la Vieja, Salamanca, Madrid, Badajoz, Toledo, Valencia, Murcia, Almeria, Granada, Andalucia, Córdoba, Gibraltar, The Baleares, The Canarias, Cantabria, Burgos, Caceres, La Mancha, Cadiz and Alicante.
  • Gain +1 base tax in a random owned province.
  • Gain two points toward centralization.
  • Gain +5 prestige.
  • Move Capital to Madrid.
  • Gain a colonist.

In Nomine

Requirements

To take this decision:

  • Spain must not already exist and you may not be the Papal State or France.
  • Primary culture must be in the Iberian or Basque culture group.
  • You must own and have cores on Barcelona, Aragón, Castilla La Vieja, Salamanca, Andalucia, Toledo and Valencia.

Effects

  • Change your country Spain
  • Grant cores on Roussillon, Galicia, Asturias, León, Vizcaya, Navarra, Pirineo, Girona, Barcelona, Aragon, Castilla la Vieja, Salamanca, Madrid, Badajoz, Toledo, Valencia, Murcia, Almeria, Granada, Andalucia, Córdoba, Gibraltar, The Baleares, The Canarias, Cantabria, Burgos, Caceres, La Mancha, Cadiz and Alicante.
  • Gain +1 base tax in a random owned province.
  • Gain two points toward centralization.
  • Gain +5 prestige.
  • Move Capital to Madrid.
  • Gain a colonist.

EU3 and Napoleon's Ambition

This map shows both the required provinces and the optional ones needed to decrease the MTTH. The capital provinces of those countries with the correct national culture to receive the event are marked with a star.

To form Spain, the following conditions must be met:

Requirements

  • Spain must not exist.
  • One must not be France. (As Basque is a valid culture for forming France as well.)
  • One must not have declined the event previously.
  • One must either be in Iberian culture Group or have Basque as primary culture.
  • One must own these provinces: Barcelona, Aragón, Castilla La Vieja, Salamanca, Andalucia and Toledo.
  • One must not be at war.

Mean time to happen

The mean time to happen for this event is 216 months.

  • For each of these provinces owned the MTTH is decreased by 5%: Galicia, Asturias, Vizcaya, Navarra, Pirineo, Barcelona, Badajoz, València, Murcia, Almería, Granada, Andalucía, Córdoba and Gibraltar.
  • The Bureaucracy national idea decreases the MTTH by 20%.
  • Centralization steps 2, 3 and 4 decrease the MTTH by 10% each. (30% total.)
  • Decentralization steps 2, 3 and 4 increase the MTTH by 10% each. (30% total.)

Strategy

If you play as Castille there is an easy way to get the unification of Spain in a few decades.

Right after the game starts, check which countries have a disputed throne. Aragon is always on that list with a low prestige. If the prestige is 2, send them gifts and offer a royal marriage (if not, reload the game until they have prestige 2 and conquer Granada to earn prestige). As soon as you've got the marriage and your prestige is higher than theirs, claim throne and then declare war on them using the specific casus belli. When you've conquered their country, ask for peace demanding a personal union. If they agree, be sure to send them gifts until the relations are 200. When your king dies, you'll receive Aragon and immediately have core provinces so that you can form Spain! You don't have to wait 50 years or longer to get the cores.

Attacking Aragon so early seems tricky - but it isn't if you finish your war with Granada very soon, look for a treaty with Portugal or France and build an cavallery army of 10k+. With the Aragon problem solved in that - BB-free way - you can conquer North Africa, Italy or - if you're allied with France right from the start - Portugal. Without Portugal you can build your colonial Empire without troubles.

In the real history, the Trastamara dynasty of Castille received the throne of Aragon 1412 - the marriage of the Catholic Kings 1479 and the de facto unification 1516 (de jure 1715) of Spain are just results of that. So it isn't particularly wrong for Castille players to force the unification early.