Holstein

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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.

Holstein is a nation in northern Germany at risk from both Scandinavians and the Holy Roman Empire.

Holstein
Holstein.png
At the start of the Grand Campaign – 14 October 1399
Basic Stats
Government type Feudal Monarchy
Technology group Western
Capital province Holstein
Center of Trade None
State religion Catholic
Primary culture Hannoverian
Other accepted cultures None

Sliders

Centralization <▪▪▪▪▪▫▪▪▪♦▪>
very decentralized
Decentralization

Aristocracy <▪▪♦▪▪▫▪▪▪▪▪>
quite aristocratic
Plutocracy

Serfdom <▪♦▪▪▪▫▪▪▪▪▪>
much serfdom
Free Subject

Innovative <▪▪▪▪▪▫♦▪▪▪▪>
slightly narrowminded
Narrowminded

Mercantilism <▪▪♦▪▪▫▪▪▪▪▪>
quite mercantilistic
Free Trade

Offensive <▪▪▪▪▪♦▪▪▪▪▪>
balanced
Defensive

Land <▪▪▪▪♦▫▪▪▪▪▪>
slightly land oriented
Naval

Quality <▪▪▪▪▪♦▪▪▪▪▪>
balanced
Quantity

The strategy for Holstein is to seek the protection of the Emperor and try to expand quickly. This is a necessity as both Denmark and Hansa can get missions to conquer Holstein.

Expansion targets

There are several possible targets for expansion both in Germany and in the wider world. Smaller nations can be targeted quickly to become vassals while countries in the Mediterranean should be annexed outright.

Economy

Try to join the Hanseatic trade league and make money using advantageous trading. If this is unsuccessful then switch to the Novgorod league and then this enables competition with other German traders.

Colonial expansion

Once trade technology 7 is reached then select Quest for the New World and expand into Africa or America. Holstein will have to be opportunistic as colonial range will be below that enjoyed by Castille, England and Portugal.

General strategy

Main article: European minors

A generic strategy guide is available for all European minors to give them a reasonable chance for success.

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