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France is a country in Europa Universalis II. In normal games its provinces are coloured light blue, in fantasia games, they are coloured light orange.

Creating France Edit

By Revolt Edit

"Map showing provinces that can form France"

Provinces that can form France

Should it cease to exist, France can be recreated by revolt or releasing a vassal at any point during the game. Its culture will be French and its religion usually Catholic. France must contain one of the following provinces:

  • Auvergne
  • Berri
  • Bourgogne
  • Caux
  • Champagne
  • Ile de France (the default capital)
  • Limousin
  • Lyonnais
  • Maine
  • Nivernais
  • Normandie
  • Orleanais
  • Picardie

From French Minors Edit

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Ile de France

Various minor French countries have an event called ‘’The Crown of France’’. This event allows them to become France should they own Ile de France when France does not exist.

For Auvergne, Brittany, Guyenne, Orleans, and Provence, this has to happen between 1st January 1420 and 1st January 1515. For Navarra, it has to happen between 1st January 1480 and 1st January 1575.

It should be noted that achieving this with Brittany will give France Gaelic culture. Achieving it with Navarra will give France Basque culture from a 1419 start, and both Basque and Iberian on a 1492 start.

Starting Position Edit

France exists at the start of every campaign.

1419 Edit

"Map showing France’s starting position in 1419"

France's starting position in 1419

In this scenario, France has French culture, Catholic religion, and 400 ducats in the treasury. It owns and controls nine of its 28 cores.

France also has the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 1
Infrastructure 0
Trade tech 1
Land tech 1
Naval tech 1

1492 Edit

"Map showing France’s starting position in 1492"

France's starting position in 1492

In this scenario, France has French culture, Catholic religion, and 300 ducats in the treasury. It owns and controls 22 of its 28 cores.

France ahas the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 1
Infrastructure 2
Trade tech 2
Land tech 6
Naval tech 5

For this scenario, France does not use its default policy slider settings, but instead uses the following:

Aristocracy 8
Centralization 6
Innovative 4
Mercantilism 6
Offensive 6
Land 7
Quality 5
Serfdom 7

1617 Edit

"Map showing France’s European provinces in 1617"

European Provinces in 1617

"Map showing France’s North American provinces in 1617"

North America in 1617

"Map showing France’s South American provinces in 1617"

South American Provinces in 1617

In this scenario, France has French culture, Catholic religion, and 300 ducats in the treasury. France owns 25 core provinces in Europe and 7 non-core provinces in the Americas. There are five French cores in Europe that France does not own or control.

France ahas the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 1
Infrastructure 5
Trade tech 5
Land tech 21
Naval tech 20

For this scenario, France does not use its default policy slider settings, but instead uses the following:

Aristocracy 7
Centralization 7
Innovative 3
Mercantilism 2
Offensive 5
Land 6
Quality 6
Serfdom 6

1700 Edit

"Map showing France’s European provinces in 1700"

European Provinces in 1700

"Map showing France’s African provinces in 1700"

Africa in 1700

"Map showing France’s Indian provinces in 1700"

India in 1700

"Map showing France’s North American provinces in 1700"

North America in 1700

"Map showing France’s South American provinces in 1700"

South American Provinces in 1700

In this scenario, France has French culture, Catholic religion, and 400 ducats in the treasury. France owns 30 core provinces in Europe. They own 24 non-core provinces in the Americas, 2 in India, and 4 in Africa. There are also nine French cores in Europe that France does not own or control.

France has the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 2
Infrastructure 7
Trade tech 8
Land tech 29
Naval tech 28

For this scenario, France does not use its default policy slider settings, but instead uses the following:

Aristocracy 7
Centralization 7
Innovative 3
Mercantilism 2
Offensive 5
Land 6
Quality 6
Serfdom 6

1773 Edit

"Map showing France’s European provinces in 1773

European Provinces in 1773

"Map showing France’s African provinces in 1773"

Africa in 1773

"Map showing France’s Indian provinces in 1773"

India in 1773

"Map showing France’s North American provinces in 1773"

North America in 1773

"Map showing France’s South American provinces in 1773"

South American Provinces in 1773

In this scenario France has French culture, Catholic religion, and 300 ducats in the treasury. France owns 31 core provinces in Europe. They own 11 non-core provinces in the Americas, 1 in India, and 5 in Africa. There are also eight French cores in Europe that France does not own or control.

France has the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 3
Infrastructure 9
Trade tech 9
Land tech 44
Naval tech 38

For this scenario, France does not use its default policy slider settings, but instead uses the following:

Aristocracy 9
Centralization 7
Innovative 5
Mercantilism 4
Offensive 5
Land 7
Quality 6
Serfdom 5

1795 Edit

"France’s Coat of Arms for the 1795 scenario"

Revolutionary Coat of Arms

France has a different flag to start this scenario. It also has its monarchs set in the scenario file, rather than using the monarch’s file. It also uses different AI settings.

"Map showing France’s European provinces in 1795"

European Provinces in 1795

"Map showing France’s African provinces in 1795"

Africa in 1795

"Map showing France’s Indian provinces in 1795"

India in 1795

"Map showing France’s North American provinces in 1795"

North America in 1795

"Map showing France’s South American provinces in 1795"

South American Provinces in 1795

In this scenario, France has French culture, Catholic religion, and 1000 ducats in the treasury.

France owns 35 core provinces in Europe. They own 10 non-core provinces in the Americas, 1 in India, and 6 in Africa. There are also four French cores in Europe that France does not own or control.

France has the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 3
Infrastructure 9
Trade tech 9
Land tech 57
Naval tech 51

For this scenario, France does not use its default policy slider settings, but instead uses the following:

Aristocracy 1
Centralization 8
Innovative 8
Mercantilism 1
Offensive 5
Land 7
Quality 7
Serfdom 0

AI Priorities Edit

France ai Edit

In every scenario except 1795, France uses the France AI file. This means that it has the following priorities:

Colonization Edit

"Map showing North and Central American provinces French countries will try to colonise"

North & Central American colonies

"Map showing South American provinces French Countries will try to colonise"

South American colonies

"Map showing African provinces French countries will try to colonise"

African colonies

"Map showing Indian provinces French countries will try to colonise"

Indian colonies

France will attempt to colonise up to 5 provinces at the same time, and establish a trading post 50% of the time. Their bonus for colonising provinces next to ones they already control is 10 (well below the default). Their penalty for colonising provinces next to other countries is 0 (compared to a default of -50).

When colonising, France will prioritise the regions of North America, Caribbean, West Africa, and India (all marked blue on the maps). They will particularly prioritise the following areas (marked red on the maps):

Americas

  • Acadie
  • Antilles
  • Grand Lacs
  • Guiana
  • Haiti
  • Hudson Bay
  • Illinois
  • Louisiane
  • Quebec

Africa

  • Cameroon
  • Congo
  • Gabon
  • Ivory
  • Madagascar
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • The Mascarenes

India

  • Carnatic


Trade Edit

France will send a trader less often than the default AI (40 compared to 100) and is more monopolist than the default AI (having a value of 40 rather than 25 for refusing trade).

War Edit

France is a warmonger (having a warmonger value of 75, as opposed to 10).

In choosing provinces to besiege, it is less likely to focus on attacking provinces with high tax values (a value of 3.0 compared to the default of 5.0), it has a slightly larger preference for besieging multiple provinces (0.2 compared to 0.1), is willing to fight further from home (value of 4 compared to default of 0.5), is less likely to defend/liberate their own provinces (1.5 vs 2.0), is more likely to attack provinces with a low Supply value (setting is 2.0 compared to 1.0), and is significantly more aggressive (5.0 vs 1.0).

France is particularly likely to declare war on the following countries:

In Europe

In the Americas

In India

In Indochina

Napoleon ai Edit

In the 1795 scenario, France uses the Napoleon ai file. This means that it has the following priorities:

Colonization Edit

"Map showing North and Central American provinces French countries will try to colonise"

North & Central American colonies

"Map showing African provinces French countries will try to colonise"

African colonies

"Map showing Indian provinces French countries will try to colonise"

Indian colonies

Although the scenario file makes France a colonial nation, France will only attempt to colonise up to 0 provinces at the same time, and establish a trading post 50% of the time. Their bonus for colonising provinces next to ones they already control is 10 (well below the default). Their penalty for colonising provinces next to other countries is 0 (compared to a default of -50).

Should France send colonisers, they will prioritise the regions of North America, Caribbean, West Africa, and India (all marked blue on the maps). They will particularly prioritise the following areas (all marked red on the maps):

Americas

  • Acadie
  • Antilles
  • Grand Lacs
  • Haiti
  • Quebec

Africa

  • Senegal
  • The Mascarenes

India

  • Carnatic

Trade Edit

Revolutionary France will send a trader less often than the default AI (40 compared to 100) and is more monopolist than the default AI (having a value of 40 rather than 25 for refusing trade). These settings are the same as non-revolutionary France.

War Edit

Revolutionary France is a total warmonger (having a warmonger value of 100, as opposed to 10).

In choosing provinces to besiege, it is much less likely to focus on attacking provinces with high tax values (a value of 1.0 compared to the default of 5.0), it has a much larger preference for besieging multiple provinces (0.7 compared to 0.1), is willing to fight further from home (value of 4 compared to default of 0.5), is a lot less likely to defend/liberate their own provinces (1.0 vs 2.0), is much more likely to attack provinces with a low Supply value (setting is 5.0 compared to 1.0), and is a lot more aggressive (10.0 vs 1.0).

Revolutionary France is particularly likely to declare war on the following countries:

Monarchs Edit

Leaders Edit

Events Edit

France has both a major events file and a flavor events file.

The Hundred Years War Edit

These events deal with parts of the Hundred Years War between England and France.

Jean D'Arc and the French Monarchy

This event will happen within 30 days of 1st January 1429. It has two options. Option A is Heed the Advise of Jean D'Arc and option B is Ignore the Advise of Jean D'Arc. The 2 options have the following effects:

Effect Heed Ignore
Stability +1 -1
Centralization +2 -
Offensive +2 -
Quality +2 -
Innovative +1 -1
Aristocracy - +2
Serfdom - +2
Land - +2
Land tech +500 -
Infrastructure +500 -
Fortress - +1 in Capital
Extra troops 5000 infantry 5000 cavalry

The End of the Hundred Year War

"map showing provinces England must not have to trigger this event"

Provinces that end the 100 Years war

This event is triggered by an English event. The event happens within 30 days at any point after 1st January 1453 if France exists and England does not own any of the following provinces:

  • Calais
  • Caux
  • Gascogne
  • Normandie
  • Picardie
  • Poitou

The effect of this event is to increase France's stability by 2, increase their centralization by 1, and gives them a casus belli against Auvergne, Bourbonnais, Guyenne, and Orleans for 120 months (10 years).

Inheritances Edit

These events have to do with France inheriting other countries.

The Succession in Provence

There are two different versions of this event, both of which are triggered by the event for Provence of the same name. The Provence event happens if both England and France exist on 9th July 1451. Provence has three options. The first two (The King of France (Annect) and The King of France (Vassal)) trigger the French events, whilst the third (The King of England (Vassal)) does not.

The Annexation event causes France to inherit Provence, and gain a core on the province of Provence. It also reduces relations with Aragon and Spain by 100.

The vassalisation event causes Provence to become a vassal of France, gives the two an alliance, increases stability by 1, and reduces relations with Aragon, England and Spain by 50.

The Inheritance of Anjou

This event happens up to 60 days after 1st January 1494 if either of the events The Succession in Provence have happened. If France does not exist on this date but is then recreated, it can happen as late as 1st January 1495. There are two options. Option A Let us claim what is rightfully Ours!. Option B is Let us drop our claims for good!.

The first option gives a casus belli against Naples for 60 months (5 years). It gains France cores on Apulia and Napoli. It increases France's stability by 1. Also, France's relations with Aragon, Naples, and Spain reduce by 100. Their relations with the Papal States increase by 150.

The second option also increases France's stability by 1, but it increases their relations with Aragon, Naples, and Spain by 100. Their relations with the Papal States reduce by 50.

France inherits Burgundy / Austria inherits Burgundy

Map showing effects of Burgundian inheritance

Effects of Burgundian Inheritance

These two events are triggered by different outcomes of an event for Burgundy. The Burgundian event happens at any time between 3rd June 1476 and 4th June 1484, as long as France and Burgundy both exist, and Burgundy is not at war. If Burgundy goes for option A (the usual choice), then Austria inherits Burgundy. If they go for option B, France inherits it. If they go for option C, neither event happens.

Before either inheritance happens, Burgundy will grant independence to certain countries and, if relevant, cede certain provinces to the country that does not inherit. Though these are part of Burgundy's events, they are listed here.

Effect Austria France
Stability -2 +2
Diplomacy -- +3 for 60 months
Casus Belli vs Austria for 24 months -
New French Cores Artois, Bourgogne, Franche Comte Artois, Bourgogne, Brabant, Flandern, Franche Comte, Friesen, Geldre, Holland, Luxembourg, Zeeland
Territories ceded by Burgundy Artois, Auvergne, Berri, Borgogne, Calais, Caux, Cevennes, Champagne, Dauphine, Franche Comte, Limousin, Lyonnais, Maine, Nivernais, Orleanais, Picardie, and Savoie to France Alsace, Franche Comte, Hessen, Koln*, Lorraine*, Mainz, and Pfalz to Austria
Independence from Burgundy Cologne, Friesland, Gelre, Hannover, Kleves, Lorraine, The Palatinat Cologne, Friesland, Gelre, Hannover, Kleves, Lorraine, The Palatinat
Revolts 2 revolts each in Munster, Oldenburg, and Bremen, if they are owned by Burgundy 2 revolts each in Munster, Oldenburg, and Bremen, if they are owned by Burgundy

The Martial Inheritance of Brittany

This event is triggered by an event for Brittany, which happen if Austria or France inherited Burgundy. There are two (identically named) versions of both Brittany's and France's events, depending on who inherited Burgundy. Brittany's events are triggered if both Austria and France exist at any point between 9th September 1488 and 22nd December 1491, and happen up to 30 days after the trigger. The French event only happens if Brittany chooses the first of two options.

If Austria inherited Burgundy, Brittany becomes a vassal and ally of France. France gains 1 stability, 100 ducats. However, France cedes the province of Franche Comte to Austria.

If France inherited Burgundy, Brittany will instead become a vassal of Austria. France gains a casus belli on Brittany for 15 months, and loses 150 relations with Brittany.

Diplomatic Events Edit

The League of Cambrai

This event is triggered by the existence of Venice at any point between 1st October 1500 and 1st May 1512. It happens up to 3000 days (8 years, 4 months) after the trigger. In this event, the Papal States requests an alliance against Venice Venice. There are three options. Option A is Express Support, option B is Ignore, option C is Express Hostility.

Effect Support Ignore Reject
Relations (Venice) -150, casus belli (72 months) +50 +150
Relations (Austria) +150 -50 -150
Relations (Papal States) +150 -50 -150
Relations (Tuscany) +150 -50 -150

Domestic Events Edit

These are events that only affect France's internal affairs, and which don't fit under any other category.

The Birth of a Permanent Taxation System

This happens up to 30 days after 1st January 1438. If France does not exist at this point, but is later recreated, it can happen up until 1st January 1442. There are two options. Option A is Issue it. Option B is Let it be. The first option increases the province tax by 1 in 5 random provinces, and increases the revolt risk by 2 for 60 months (5 years).

The two options also have the following effects:

Effect Issue it Let it be
Centralization +1 -1
Aristocracy -1 +1
Serfdom -1 +1
Stability -1 +2

The Creation of the First Permanent Army

This happens up to 60 days after 1st January 1438. If France does not exist at this point, but is later recreated, it can happen up until 1st January 1449. There are two options. Option A is We need a Permanent Force!. Option B is We can safely rely on the Nobles!.

The first option increases the revolt risk by 2 for 60 months (5 years). Both options create new troops, all of which appear in the French capital.

The two options have the following effects:

Effect Permanent Force Nobles
Aristocracy -1 +1
Serfdom -1 +1
Offensive -2 +2
Quality +1 -1
Stability -1 +1
Land Tech +500 -
Infantry +5000 +1000
Cavalry +1000 +5000
Artillery +3 -

The State take control of the Guilds

This event happens within 60 days of the 1st January 1496. If France doesn't exist on that date, the event can happen as late as 1st January 1499. There are three options. Option A is Take Control of the Guilds, option B is Do not mess with the Guilds, and option C is Give more control to the Guilds.

The options have the following effects:

Effect Take control Do not mess Give control
Treasury +100 +200 +300
Stability -1 - +1
Centralization +1 - -
Aristocracy - +1 +1
Serfdom - - +1

Flavor Events Edit

These events, kept in a separate file, highlight some of France's more notable cultural achievements. They have relatively little effect on the game.

Descartes

This event happens on 1st January 1637. It increases France's Innovative value by 1.

Vauban

This event happens on 1st January 1681. It increases France's land technology research by 250, and France gains 1 level of fortifications in 4 random provinces.

Voltaire publishes 'Lettres Philosophiques'.

This event happens on 1st January 1732. It increases France's Innovative value by 1, and increases their revolt risk by 1.

Montesuieu publishes 'The Spirit of Laws'.

This event happens on 1st January 1750. It decreases France's Aristocracy value by 1, and increases its infrastructure research by 250.

Rousseau publishes 'The Social Contract'.

This event happens on 1st January 1762. It reduces France's Serfdom value by 1.

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