|At the start of the Grand Campaign – 14 October 1399|
|Government type||Feudal Monarchy|
|Number of provinces||2|
|Center of Trade||None|
|Other accepted cultures||None|
As in EU3 Vanilla, Lorraine beings with the same borders. In Divine Wind any of bigger nations around You wont ally, so the best choice is to go for ally with Switzerland and Palatinate. First of all delete your army, You don't need it for first few years and look for trade improving advisors as well as mint reducing one. Set your minting to level of around 0.05-0.1 inflation per year from the start. As for sliders its really important to do first move to Free Trade, this allows you trading in 1 more CoT (as far as i remember its Novgorod) and also improves your trade obviously.
First few years, get your trade going and gather money as well as get your technology advance start to moving up against non- trader countries (leave naval and focus on the others). Improve your provinces with all possible upgrades every time its possible and make your own CoT. Use free magistrates to improve your cultural tradition to get better advisors. Stay passive all the time and don't be afraid to refuse call to arms if your opponent is going to be France, Burgundy, Austria but its probably not going to happen.
I know so far the game wasn't too exciting and you want some action but the key is to wait for the right moment, around the year 1450, maybe later after Austria, Burgundy will become the HRE Emperor and this is the moment You have been waiting for. As time goes by the Infamy will go up for Burgundy and they will be Dishonourable Scum. This is the time to strike but remember to not be the first to attack, its gonna be easy to win the war and take some provinces, It is recommended not to take more than 3 provinces because your infamy level will need to be low as a trader. Best to take are Bar, Luxembourg and any other bordering with your country. At this point focus on your land tech so you can defence against France and easily win any war inside the HRE.
With 5 fully upgraded provinces and your own CoT as well as superior land tech, You are in great position and have many options for expansion. Here are few possibilities:
1. Becoming HRE ruler and uniting the empire. As Burgundy and Austria BB is really high its not that hard to get to the throne of HRE just keep your relation high with other countries and use some spies to tarnish the reputation of your main opponents which probably are Brandenburg and Bohemia.
2. Expanding to non-HRE regions, probably Southern Italy or Northern Spain if Castille is not owning all of Spain. You will get some ports for colonisation and some more manpower which you need to steam-roll France.
3. Ally with France and keep moving with them and their wars, eventually getting some lands.
All this comes to one and most important thing, getting strong enough to beat France. Around Year 1520 You should have Tercio land units, this is the point where your artillery is getting useful, so get few stacks of 0/10/3 and get ready to war. You can wait for a good opportunity but its not a must. Don't get too cocky and calmly wait for main stack of their army attacking one of yours and then chase it down. Move and take some provinces while watching your backs with 1 stack of your army.
At this point you can just steamroll the whole of France and chose the way you want to play the rest of the game.
- After first 5 – 10 years hire any of the tech increasing advisors (Statesman, Trader etc.) to get your tech even higher
- Watch your Trade Range as you can get access to some new CoT while tech goes up
Lorraine begins with a border with France, Burgundy and Austria. It also borders a few small German states; Trier, Alsace, and the Palatinate. Lorraine should keep good relations with both France and Austria. Lorraine should not, ever ally with either of these nations. France will just cheat you out of provinces, and Austria will pull you into pointless wars and they will eventually become your enemy. Lorraine has choices. Lorraine can either declare war on Alsace from the start, or Lorraine can attempt to be Holy Roman Emperor. This will give Lorraine the ability to take on multiple states at once. If Lorraine is more aggressive, then there will be a lot of Badboy to deal with. If Lorraine becomes Holy Roman Emperor, then Lorraine will need to keep a large reserve of Ducats, so that when Lorraine becomes Holy Roman Emperor it can create the large number of troops needed for Lorraine's wars. Lorraine can be a good trader, but if Lorraine is attacked by a coalition or Austria, Lorraine will be smashed. So Lorraine's best bet is to conquer and become a stronger nation. That way Lorraine will be able to at least hold its own.