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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.

Spain
Spain.png
At 23 January 1516
Basic Stats
Government type Despotic Monarchy
Technology group Western
Number of provinces 61
Capital province Toledo
Center of Trade Andulucia
State religion Catholic
Primary culture Castillian
Other accepted cultures Sicilian

Sliders

Centralization <▪▪▪▪♦▫▪▪▪▪▪>
slightly centralized
Decentralization

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

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

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

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

Offensive <▪▪▪▪♦▫▪▪▪▪▪>
slightly offensive
Defensive

Land <▪▪▪▪▪▫▪♦▪▪▪>
somewhat naval oriented
Naval

Quality <▪▪▪▪♦▫▪▪▪▪▪>
slightly quality oriented
Quantity

Spain is a nation in Iberia, historically formed in 1516, it can be formed much earlier by a player.

Initial steps

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.

Early formation

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.

Late formation

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.

Warfare

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.

Strategy

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.

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