|At 23 January 1516|
|Government type||Despotic Monarchy|
|Number of provinces||61|
|Center of Trade||Andulucia|
|Other accepted cultures||Sicilian|
Spain is a nation in Iberia, historically formed in 1516, it can be formed much earlier by a player.
Spain is not available at the start of the Grand Campaign and can be played from two starts. Either by completing the Form Spanish Nation decision or by selecting the formed nation later in the timeline.
If Spain is formed early then the challenges remain the same as for Castille or Aragon, controlling a European presence and expanding to form colonies. Spanish missions will guide the expansion and diplomacy of Spain and will shape the game from there.
Later formations involve more work in making the Spanish Empire behave, disparate colonies will need connecting, pirates will need pacifying and infrastructure will need developing. Prevention of the colonial breakaways is likely to be the hardest challenge.
Spain generally has a strong navy and weaker army, in war with other nations use the navy to blockade their ports and drive up War Exhaustion. This will increase revolt risk and soon fighting rebels will drain the opponents manpower allowing an easier conquest. Against other large naval nations, ensure that unfinished colonies are protected of that they have no ability to project force at such a distance. Your only land based threat is likely to be France or whoever controls the French region, the best approach is to let the Pyrenean mountains do your work for you in the form of attrition before finally smashing your opponents army.
- Main article: Castille
The easiest way to form Spain is from Castille. The most effective strategy will be the same strategy as used for Castille.