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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.

Ireland is a country that exists only for about three decades before being annexed by England. This country is very hard to play and is similar to Granada in its difficulty level. Another option is to form Ireland from another nation.

At the start of the Grand Campaign – 14 October 1399
Basic Stats
Government type Feudal Monarchy
Technology group Western
Number of provinces 5 if formed
Capital province Dublin
Center of Trade None
State religion Catholic
Primary culture Irish
Other accepted cultures None


Centralization <▪▪▪▪▪▫▪▪▪▪♦>
extremely decentralized

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

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

Innovative <▪▪▪▪▪▫▪♦▪▪▪>
somewhat narrowminded

Mercantilism <▪▪▪▪▪♦▪▪▪▪▪>
Free Trade

Offensive <▪▪▪♦▪▫▪▪▪▪▪>
somewhat offensive

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

Quality <▪▪▪▪▪▫♦▪▪▪▪>
slightly quantity oriented

Ireland as a start

When to Start Playing

You can start playing when Ireland is an OPM, but it is better to start when Ireland has three provinces, so the English won't start besieging your capital right away.

Peace Deal

When you start, you are, of course, at war with England. There is a massive, 23,000 strong English army in Meath, and you just start out with 3,000 men. There is no way you can beat the English army in Meath or anywhere, so you'll have to try and buy peace from England. If you don't ask for peace immediately, England will lay siege to all your cities, make them fall into their hands, and annex you. You also have only three cogs and England has a huge navy, so trying to besiege their capital won't work.

After the War

Good work! The hardest part is over. Now you must make an alliance with France and Scotland, to protect yourself. If you can, you can try to colonize Greenland and move your capital there, you will be relatively safe from any attackers. On the other hand, if you want to control the entire Island of Ireland, then you can build up your troops on the Island of Ireland, move some troops into Scotland, declare war on a nation guaranteed by England, attack the force heading toward the Island of Ireland (even if you lose, it will hold them up), and while that's happening in England, besiege one English Province at a time (Meath, and then Connaught), seize them, and as soon as you have what you want, buy peace again.

Forming Ireland

Ireland can be formed by enacting the Form Irish Nation decision. If so then the best strategy is to continue with the strategy described in Munster which has a detailed plan for escaping to the New World.


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