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This article is accurate for the latest versions of EU3, Napoleon’s Ambition and In Nomine v3.2.
Please help update this page to include information on the HTTT and DW expansions.

Lucky Nations is an option that gives bonuses to 8 AI-controlled countries. This is designed to stimulate the appearance of "Major Powers" in every game. There are three settings for lucky nations when a new game is started: Historical, Random and None. If you choose to play with lucky nations, the 8 selected countries will receive a number of bonuses listed below.

Bonuses

A lucky country gets the following bonuses (from static modifiers.txt, version 4.1b):

Parameter Value
Merchant Compete Chance +10%
Colonist Placement Chance +10%
Missionary Yearly Success Chance +1.5%
Leader Fire 1
Leader Shock 1
Government Tech Cost Modifier -2%
Land Tech Cost Modifier -2%
Naval Tech Cost Modifier -2%
Production Tech Cost Modifier -2%
Trade Tech Cost Modifier -2%
Spy Efficiency +5%
Stability Cost Modifier -50%

When a lucky country is destroyed, the game assigns another country to become lucky, so there will always be 8 lucky countries as long as enough countries remain.

Eligible countries

Historical lucky nations are chosen from a list that changes slightly over time. If none of the countries exists, a random nation will be chosen.

  1. Spain / Castille (before 1700)
  2. Muscovy / Russia
  3. Ottoman Empire
  4. Great Britain / England
  5. France
  6. Austria
  7. Prussia (if they have 7 or more provinces)
  8. Netherlands (if they have 7 or more provinces)
  9. Portugal (before 1700)
  10. Sweden (before 1750)

Starting in 1399 will always have Castille, Muscovy, Ottoman Empire, England, France, Austria, Portugal and Sweden as lucky nations.

Random lucky nations are semi-random, and skewed towards larger nations. The most often occurring nations are (in sorted order):

  1. Byzantine Empire
  2. France
  3. Burgundy
  4. Castille
  5. Lithuania
  6. Mamluks
  7. Teutonic Order
  8. Hungary
  9. Austria
  10. Milan
  11. Timurid Empire
  12. Bohemia
  13. England
  14. Sweden
  15. Ottoman Empire
  16. Aragon
  17. ...
  18. ...

The Byzantine empire stands out and is chosen about 80% of the time.

Changing the default setting

EU3 will constantly turn lucky nations back on. In order to stop this, another (14th) digit must be added to gameplaysettings.txt like this:

gameplaysettings={
   setgameplayoptions={
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 2    }
}

0 for historical, 1 for random, and 2 for none.

Sources