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

Creating Spain Edit

From Castile or Aragon Edit

Both Aragon and Castile can become Spain. If either of them owns the province of Castilla between 1st June 1476 and 1st January 1490, an event called Viva España will trigger within 150 days (5 months). The event has two options. The first one will turn the relevant country into Spain and gives them a core on Navarra. If the event happens to Aragon, they will lose their Italian culture.

Because Castilla is the capital of Castile at the start of the game, this event will almost always happen to them, rather than to Aragon.

By Revolt Edit

"Map showing provinces that can form Spain"

Provinces that can form Spain

Spain can be recreated by revolt or releasing a vassal at any point after 1st January 1481 as long as Castile does not exist. Its culture and religion are not stated in revolt.txt, but will be Iberian and Catholic.

Spain must contain one of the following provinces:

  • Castilla (the default capital)
  • Toledo
  • Valencia

Spain may contain any of the following provinces, but they may not form Spain on their own.

  • Andalusia
  • Asturias
  • Cantabria
  • Catalonia
  • Estramadura
  • Galicia
  • Gerona
  • Gibraltar
  • Granada
  • Leon
  • Murcia
  • Navarra
  • Rousillon

Starting Position Edit

Spain exists at the start of every scenario except the 1419 scenario.

1492 Edit

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Spain's starting position in 1492

In this scenario, Spain has Iberian cultures, Catholic religion, and 600 ducats in the treasury. It owns and controls twenty one provinces, and has two more cores that it does not own.

Spain begins at war with Granada, and controls their only province of Granada (which is one of Spain's cores).

Aristocracy 7
Centralization 6
Innovative 3
Mercantilism 9
Offensive 3
Land 5
Quality 7
Serfdom 6

Spain also has the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 2
Infrastructure 2
Trade tech 3
Land tech 7
Naval tech 7

1617 Edit

"Map showing Spain's European possessions in 1617"

Spain's European provinces in 1617

"Map showing Spain's Central and North American possessions in 1617"

Spain's Central American provinces in 1617

"Map showing Spain's South American possessions in 1617"

Spain's South American provinces in 1617

"Map showing Spain's Asian possessions in 1617"

Spain's Asian provinces in 1617

In this scenario, Spain has Iberian culture, Counter-Reform Catholic religion, and 1750 ducats in the treasury.

Spain owns and controls eighty two provinces including all twenty-three of its cores. It has a permanent casus belli against the Netherlands.

Aristocracy 7
Centralization 6
Innovative 0
Mercantilism 9
Offensive 5
Land 3
Quality 7
Serfdom 6

Spain also has the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 3
Infrastructure 5
Trade tech 5
Land tech 21
Naval tech 22

1700 Edit

"Map showing Spain's European possessions in 1700"

Spain's European provinces in 1700

"Map showing Spain's Central and North American possessions in 1700"

Spain's Central American provinces in 1700

"Map showing Spain's South American possessions in 1700"

Spain's South American provinces in 1700

"Map showing Spain's Asian possessions in 1700"

Spain's Asian provinces in 1700

In this scenario, Spain has Iberian culture, Catholic religion, and 0 ducats in the treasury.

Spain owns ninety provinces including all eighteen of its cores. It only controls eighty nine of these.

Aristocracy 7
Centralization 5
Innovative 1
Mercantilism 6
Offensive 3
Land 2
Quality 6
Serfdom 5

Spain also has the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 0
Infrastructure 7
Trade tech 7
Land tech 26
Naval tech 28

1773 Edit

"Map showing Spain's European possessions in 1773"

Spain's European provinces in 1773

"Map showing Spain's Central and North American possessions in 1773"

Spain's Central American provinces in 1773

"Map showing Spain's South American possessions in 1773"

Spain's South American provinces in 1773

"Map showing Spain's Asian possessions in 1773"

Spain's Asian provinces in 1773

In this scenario, Spain has Iberian culture, Catholic religion, and 200 ducats in the treasury.

Spain owns over a hundred provinces, most of which are cores. These provinces are spread through Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the East Indies. Note that their West African island province of Fernando Po is not shown on the maps.

Spain has its policy sliders set to the following values:

Aristocracy 7
Centralization 5
Innovative 1
Mercantilism 5
Offensive 3
Land 3
Quality 4
Serfdom 5

Spain also has the following stability and technology:

Tech Level
Stability 3
Infrastructure 6
Trade tech 8
Land tech 38
Naval tech 33

1795 Edit

AI Priorities Edit

Spain uses the Spain AI file.

Colonization Edit

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

North & Central American colonies

"Map showing South American provinces Spain will try to colonise"

South American colonies

"Map showing East Asian provinces Spain will try to colonise"

Asian colonies

Spain will attempt to colonise up to 15 provinces at the same time, and establish a trading post 25% of the time. Their bonus for colonising provinces next to ones they already control is 100 (twice the default). Their penalty for colonising provinces next to other countries is 0 (compared to a default of -50).

When colonising, Spain will prioritise the regions of Carribean and Central America. They will also prioritise the following areas:

  • Azteca
  • California
  • Chili
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • Falklands
  • Florida
  • Inca
  • La Plata
  • Lucon
  • Nevada
  • Orenoque
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Patagonia
  • Sonora
  • Texas

Trade Edit

Spain will send a trader less often than the default AI (50 compared to 100) and is a monopolist, having the value of 100 for refusing trade.

Religion Edit

Spain is set to change to counter-reform Catholicism if possible.

War Edit

Spain has a high warmonger value (75 compared to default of 10).

In choosing provinces to besiege, 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 7 compared to default of 0.5), is less likely to defend/liberate their own provinces (1.0 vs 2.0), is more likely to attack provinces with a low supply value, and is significantly more aggressive (5.0 vs 1.0).

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

In Europe

In the Americas

There is also the tag SPR listed in this section of the AI file, which matches a country tag in province.csv, but which does not exist in any other game files.

Monarchs Edit

Isabel and Ferdinand Edit

If Spain is formed from Aragon, its initial monarch will be Ferdinand II. If it is formed from Castile, its initial monarch will be Isabel I. If Spain picks the first option in the event The Iberian Wedding, these two will be combined into a single monarch Isabel y Fernando, who combines the abilities of both. If Spain picks the second option, the relevant monarch will continue ruling on their own until the next monarch comes along in 1516.

Name Reigns From Diplomacy Administration Military
Isabel I 11 Dec 1474 9 8 5
Ferdinand II 20 Jan 1479 8 6 8
Isabel y Fernando 1479 8 9 8

The Habsburg Dynasty Edit

Isabel and Ferdinand's son, Carlos I married into the Habsburg dynasty in 1519, and Spain became one of two main Habsburg-ruled kingdoms. Historically, these monarchs ruled until 1700. The first table in this section shows Spain's historical Habsburg monarchs.

Name Reigns From Diplomacy Administration Military
Carlos I 24 Jan 1516 6 9 8
Felipe II 1 Oct 1556 6 7 7
Felipe III 14 Sep 1598 4 5 4
Felipe IV 1 Apr 1621 7 6 3
Carlos II 18 Sep 1665 2 2 2

This second table of Habsburg monarchs rule Spain if Spain selects the option Carlos of Habsburg in the event The Succession of Carlos II in Spain in November 1700. As this is the second option, an AI Spain is unlikely to choose it. The Habsburg monarchs after 1700 are inactive by default, so if this event does not happen (i.e. Spain does not exist on the right dates for the event to trigger, but is later recreated) then they will never rule Spain.

Name Reigns From Diplomacy Administration Military
Carlos III 2 Nov 1700 6 7 6
Maria Theresia 21 Oct 1740 8 8 7
Josef II 30 Nov 1780 9 8 7
Leopold II 21 Feb 1790 5 6 5
Fernando VI 2 Mar 1792 7 5 5

The Bourbon Dynasty Edit

Historically, this dynasty - descended from the French Bourbons - took over the Spanish throne in 1700. If Spain chooses the first option (Felipe of Bourbon) in the event The Succession of Carlos II in Spain in 1700, this dynasty will reign. The Bourbon monarchs are active by default, so if this event does not happen (i.e. Spain does not exist on the right dates for the event to trigger, but is later recreated) then the Bourbon monarchs will rule after November 1700.

Name Reigns From Diplomacy Administration Military
Felipe V 2 Nov 1700 4 4 6
Luis I 6 Jan 1724 4 4 6
Felipe V (2nd Reign) 19 Sep 1724 4 4 6
Fernando VI 10 Jul 1746 3 3 5
Carlos III 11 Aug 1759 4 4 4
Carlos IV 15 Dec 1788 4 2 6
Ferdinand VII 20 Jan 1808 6 4 4

Leaders Edit

Examples with * at end of row have the attribute "special = 1". It is not known what effect this has.

Generals Edit

Name Rank Starts Dies Movement Fire Shock Siege Notes
El Gran Capitán 1 1486 1515 4 6 4 0*
Old Duke of Alba 1 1491 1532 4 3 3 0
Prospero Colonna 1 1495 1523 3 3 3 0
Marqués de Pescara 3 1516 1526 3 3 3 0
Carlos de Lannoy 0 1519 1527 3 3 3 0
Antonio de Leyva 3 1521 Sep 1536 4 3 3 0
Condestable Borbón 0 1523 6 May 1527 2 2 3 0
Marqués del Vasto 3 1535 1546 3 2 2 0
Duque de Alba 1 1535 1582 4 4 5 0
Filiberto de Saboya 1 1553 1559 3 3 3 1
Alessandro Farnese 1 1570 1592 3 4 6 1
D. Juan de Austria 0 1573 1578 2 4 4 0*
Enríquez de Acevedo 1 1589 1610 3 3 3 1
Ambrogio Spinola 2 1602 1630 3 5 4 1
Duque de Feria 1 1615 1635 4 3 3 0
Fernando de Austria 1 1625 1641 4 3 3 1
Francisco de Melo 4 1636 1645 3 2 2 0
Marqués de Lede 2 1690 1724 3 3 3 0
Juan José de Austria 0 1660 1680 2 3 3 0
Ventura Caro 3 1775 1809 4 3 3 0
Bernardo Gálvez 0 1775 1786 4 3 3 0* Starts in Havana
Castanos 1 1791 1820 3 4 2 0
Cuesta 1 1793 1809 3 3 2 0
Marqués de la Romana 2 1793 1811 2 3 3 0
Palafox 1 1802 1820 4 2 2 0

Admirals Edit

Name Rank Starts Dies Movement Fire Shock Siege
Bernadino de Mendoza 2 1530 27 Aug 1557 3 3 3 0
Alvaro de Bazán 1 1555 Feb 1588 4 5 5 0
D. Juan de Austria 1 1569 1572 2 4 4 0*
Recalde 3 1571 1588 3 2 2 0
Duque Medina-Sidonia 1 1588 1619 2 1 1 0
Luis Fajardo 1 1592 1617 4 3 3 0
Fadrique de Toledo 1 1615 1634 3 3 3 0
Antonio de Oquendo 2 1622 1640 4 3 3 0
Las de Lezo 1 1711 1741 5 4 4 0
Marqués de la Victoria 0 1732 1772 4 3 3 0
Córdoba 1 1745 1796 5 4 4 0
Antonio Barceló 4 1770 1797 2 3 3 0
Federico Gravina 1 1783 1806 4 3 3 0
Cosme Damián Churruca 2 1786 1805 3 2 2 0

Explorers Edit

Name Rank Starts Dies Movement Fire Shock Siege Notes
Christobal Colon 7 1486 20 May 1506 6 2 2 0
V.Yáñez Pinzón 8 1499 1518 6 2 3 0 Starts in Andalusia
Amerigo Vespucci 11 1499 22 Feb 1512 4 2 2 0 Starts in Andalusia
Juan de la Cosa 9 1499 1509 4 1 2 0
Juan Díaz de Solí­s 9 1508 1516 5 3 2 0
J.Sebastián Elcano 8 20 Sep 1519 5 Aug 1526 4 3 2 0
Fernando Magallanes 7 20 Sep 1519 27 Apr 1521 6 3 2 0
Jofre de Loaisa 14 1523 30 Jul 1526 5 1 2 0
Saavedra Cerón 7 10 Oct 1527 15 Dec 1529 3 1 1 0
Juan de Grijalva 9 1518 1527 4 2 2 0 Starts in Guantanamo
Sarmiento Gamboa 11 1579 1596 5 1 1 0
Sebastián Vizcaíno 11 1602 1614 4 2 2 0
Váez de Torres 10 1605 1615 3 2 2 0
Silvestre de Escalante 7 1768 1779 3 1 1 0

Conquistadors Edit

Name Rank Starts Dies Movement Fire Shock Siege Notes
Alonso de Ojeda 7 1499 1510 3 2 3 0
Núñez de Balboa 7 1509 21 Jan 1519 4 3 3 0
Pánfilo de Narváez 6 1511 1528 3 2 2 0 Starts in Zacatecas
Ponce de León 11 3 Mar 1512 23 Jul 1521 3 2 2 0 Starts in Puerto Rico
Hernán Cortés 5 1518 1540 6 5 5 1
Francisco de Montejo 9 1518 1550 4 2 3 0 Starts in Zacatecas
Cabeza de Vaca 10 1527 1545 4 2 2 0
Fernando de Guzmán 11 1556 1561 3 3 3 0 Starts in Barahona
Francisco Pizarro 7 1530 26 Jun 1541 5 4 4 1 Starts in Isthmus
Hernando de Soto 10 1532 22 Jun 1542 6 2 2 0
Diego de Almagro 8 1533 1542 6 3 3 0 Starts in Isthmus
Pedro de Mendoza 5 1534 1537 4 3 4 0
Jiménez Quesada 13 6 Apr 1536 1540 3 2 2 0 Starts in Cartagena
Vázquez Coronado 12 1540 1550 5 3 2 0
Pedro de Valdivia 11 3 Jan 1540 7 Jan 1554 3 3 3 0 Starts in Lima
Francisco de Orellana 8 1541 1546 4 2 2 0 Starts in Isthmus
Lope de Aguirre 7 1549 1561 4 3 3 0
Legazpi 2 1563 1572 4 3 3 0
Juan de Oñate 3 1595 1607 4 3 3 0 Starts in Havana
Gaspar de Portolá 12 1768 1776 3 2 2 0 Starts in Ensenada

Events Edit

Spain has a major events file, a flavor events file, and a special events file. Spain is also heavily affected by the events Treaty of Tordesillas and Edict of Tolerance, the effects of which are listed below under the Treaty of Tordesillas

Treaty of Tordesillas Edit

The Treaty of Tordesillas will happen between 1st January 1505 and 20th October 1518, and its effects will be revoked by the Edict of Tolerance. The effect is to give Spain and Portugal "zones" of the world which are, in some sense, theirs.

Spain may move troops into any of its Tordesillas provinces that is owned by a Catholic country. If the province does not have any fortifications, Spain will gain ownership of that province. If there are, then Spanish troops will cover or beseige it, and will automatically own it if the siege is successful. If Spanish troops enter one of their provinces and another country already has troops there, a battle will ensue, even if the other country is allied to Spain.

Taking a province under the Tordesillas rules gives the country that lost the province a one year casus belli against Spain.

The Unification of Spain Edit

"Map showing cores gained by Spain during the Spain is Unified event"

Cores gained by Spanish Unification

These events deal with the events that made Spain a unified country.

The Iberian Wedding

There are two different versions of this event, which simulates the marriage of Isabel and Ferdinand which led to Castile and Aragon becoming united as Spain. One event happens if both Spain and Aragon exist, and the other if both Spain and Castile exist. Both events happen up to 30 days after 1st January 1477. The Aragon event has the additional conditions that neither Spain nor Aragon can be the vassal of the other, and that Spain must own the province of Toledo. In both cases, the event cannot happen after 30th December 1491.

Both versions of the event have the same two options. Option A is Let us bind their Dynasty to ours, and option B is No let us marry a local talent instead.

The first option makes Aragon/Castile a vassal of Spain, and also gives the two a royal marriage and amilitary alliance. Relations between the two increase by 150, and those with Portugal decrease by 50. It also gives Spain a casus belli on Granada for 300 months (25 years).

The second option reduces relations with both Castile/Aragon and Portugal by 150, reduces the level of three randomly selected fortresses by 1 and gives +5 merchants. It also ensures that the monarch Isabel y Fernando will never rule.

The event also has the following effects:

Effect United Local instead
Stability +2 -3
Aristocracy -1 +2
Centralization +1 -1
Innovative -1 +1
Mercantilism +1 -2
Offensive +1 -1
Land tech +800 -
Trade tech - +800

Spain is Unified

This event is triggered by the event Carlos I Inherits the Spanish Throne, which will happen to Aragon or Castile etween 24th January 1516 and 24th April 1516 if either is a vassal of Spain. The Aragonese/Castilian event will happen up to 30 days after the trigger, and will trigger this event if Aragon/Castile selects the first of three options.

The event causes Spain to inherit both Aragon and Castile, and to gain cores on sixteen provinces, comprising most of Iberia, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands. (basically, they gain the combined core provinces of Castile and Aragon).

Expulsion of the Moors Edit

These events deal with the expulsion of Muslims from Spain. They usually result in the conversion of all the Iberian provinces that were Muslim at the start of the grand campaign to Catholicism.

Torquemada and the Expulsion of the Moors

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Provinces affected by Torquemada and the Expulsion of the Moors

This happens between 1st January 1493 and 1st January 1499 if Spain owns Andalusia and Murcia. It happens up to 30 days after the trigger. There are two options. Option A is Let us be rid of those we cannot trust, and option B is Let us make a clean sweep for the Glory of God.

Both options reduce the population in Toledo and Granada (both cities lose the same number of people as each other, but the two options change this figure). Both options cause some provinces to convert to Catholicism, and also creates a rebellion in the provinces that convert. Both options trigger events for Algiers, Fez, and Morocco, which receive the expelled Moors.

The differences between the two options are listed below.

Effect Be Rid Clean Sweep
Population loss -15,000 -20,000
Provinces converted Andalusia, Murcia Andalusia, Murcia, Granada, Gibraltar
Innovative -3 -4
stability -1 -3

The Purge of the Morisques (1)

"Map showing provinces affected by The Purge of the Morisques events"

Provinces affected by The Purge of the Morisques events

This event happens if Spain did not select the second option in Torquemada and the Expulsion of the Moors, and they own both Granada and Gibraltar between 1st January 1566 and 1st January 1571. The event happens up to 30 days after the trigger. There are two options. Option A is Force them to become Good Catholic Spaniards, and option B is Let them be as they are needed for the economy.

The first option converts both Granada and Gibraltar to Catholic, changes their culture to Iberian, reduces their population by 5000 each, and causes a rebellion in both provinces. It also increases the revolt risk in Andalusia, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla, Estramaduria, Galicia, Granada, Gibraltar, Murcia, Leon, and Toledo by 1. It also triggers events for Fez and Morocco, which receive the expelled Morisques.

The second option increases the base tax of Andalusia, Granada, Murcia, and Toledo by 3 each.

Other effects are as follows:

Effect Catholics Economy
Stability +2 -2
Innovative -2 +2
Mercantilism - -2
Trade tech - +1500
Infrastructure - +1000


The Purge of the Morisques (2)

This event happens if Spain did not choose option B in the first The Purge of the Morisques event and they own both Granada and Gibraltar at any point between 1st January 1600 and 1st January 1612. It happens up to 134 days after the trigger.

There are two options. Option A is Expel the Heretics! and option B is Let them be as they are needed for the economy.

The first option reduces the population of both Granada and Gibraltar by 5000, changes their culture to Iberian, and causes a rebellion in both. It also reduces the revolt risk in Andalusia, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla, Estramaduria, Galicia, Granada, Gibraltar, Murcia, Leon, and Toledo by 1 (undoing the increase caused by the first event) and triggers events for Algiers, Fez, and Morocco.

The second option increases the base tax of Andalusia, Granada, Murcia, and Toledo by 4 each, and creates a global revolt risk of 6 for 12 months.

Other effects are as follows:

Effect Expel Economy
Stability +1 -4
Innovative -2 +2
Mercantilism - -2
Trade tech - +1800
Infrastructure - +1200

Dynastic Events Edit

These events concern changes in Spain's Dynasty.

The Habsburg Wedding

There are two different variants of this event. Both are triggered by the Austrian event The Spanish Wedding, which happens at any point during 1519 (up to 5 days after the trigger), as long as Spain and Austria are not at war. Austria has a choice whether to let the Habsburg empire be ruled from Vienna (by Austria) or Madrid (by Spain). The first option is Vienna. Which choice Austria makes determines which event Spain gets. In both cases, the events give Spain and Austria a royal marriage and an alliance. Whichever nation rules the empire gains the other as a vassal.

Effect Vienna Madrid
Stability -2 -
Centralization -1 +1
Aristocracy +2 -
Diplomats -6 -
Treasury - +500

The Succession of Carlos II in Spain

This event happens at some point between 1st November 1700 and 2nd November 1700. When Carlos II died without an heir, there were two claimants to the throne - the Bourbon (French) Felipe and the Habsburg (Austrian) Carlos. Historically, the Bourbon dynasty claimed the throne, but this event allows you to choose which dynasty rules Spain from this point onwards. The first option, Felipe of Bourbon, puts the historical Bourbons on the Spanish throne. The second option, Carlos of Habsburg, puts the Austrian Habsburgs on the throne.

Historically speaking, this crisis triggered the War of Spanish succession. Therefore, both options trigger an event for four other powers (Austria, England, France, and the Netherlands).

Other effects are as follows:

Effect Bourbon Habsburg
Stability +2 -1
Relations (France) +150; alliance; royal marriage -150
Relations (Austria) -150 +150; alliance; royal marriage

The Abdication of Charles V

Map showing provinces Spain can gain from Austria in The Abdication of Charles V

Provinces possibly gained by Spain

When Austrian king Charles V abdicated, he ceded some of his territories to Spain. Spain has four different events called The Abdication of Charles V, one of which will be triggered by an Austrian event on 29th September 1556. Which one happens depends on choices made by Burgundy and Austria. All the events give Spain +1 stability.

The first variation happens if, in the event The Marriage of Anne of Burgundy (which happens between 3rd June 1476 and 4th Jun 1484), Burgundy chose the second or third of three options ('Charles of France' or 'Charles the Bold never died'). In this case, Austria never inherited Burgundy, and the Spanish event causes relations with Austria to increase by 150.

If, however, Burgundy chose the first option ('Maximilian of Austria'), and Austria did inherit Burgundy, the Austrian event gives three options. The first option gives Spain territories in both Italy and the Netherlands. The second gives them territories in Italy but not the Netherlands, and the third gives them territories in the Netherlands, but not Italy. All three options change Spain's relations with Austria. Obviously Spain only gains these provinces if Austria owns them. If Spain gains the Netherlands, then they also gain cores on a number of their new possessions.

Effect Gain all Only Italy Only Netherlands
Relations +100 -100 +50
Gain (Italy) Apulia, Emilia, Firenze, Liguria, Lombardia, Mantua, Marche, Napoli, Roma, Piemonte, Romagna, Savoie, Siena, and Veneto Apulia, Emilia, Firenze, Liguria, Lombardia, Mantua, Marche, Napoli, Roma, Piemonte, Romagna, Savoie, Siena, and Veneto -
Gain (Netherlands) Artois, Brabant, Flandern, Friesen, Geldre, Holland, Luxembourg, and Zeeland - Artois, Brabant, Flandern, Friesen, Geldre, Holland, Luxembourg, and Zeeland
Gain (Other) Borgogne, Franche Comte, and Lorraine Borgogne, Franche Comte, and Lorraine Borgogne, Franche Comte, and Lorraine
Gained Cores Artois, Brabant, Flandern, Franche Comte, Friesen, Geldre, Holland, Luxembourg, and Zeeland - Artois, Brabant, Flandern, Franche Comte, Friesen, Geldre, Holland, Luxembourg, and Zeeland

The Americas Edit

These events deal with Spain's American colonies.

The Quest for the New World

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Zacatecas (Tenochtitlan)

If Spain controls Zacatecas (Tenochtitlan) at any point between 1st January 1470 and 1st January 1560, then they inherit the Aztec Empire, gain 1 stability, 300 ducats, 6 colonists, and 6 missionaries. The event happens up to 30 days after the trigger.

The American Colonial Policy

"Map showing Central American provinces affected by The American Colonial Policy event"

Central American provinces affected

"Map showing South American provinces affected by The American Colonial Policy event"

South American provinces affected

This event happens if Spain has innovative less than 10 at any point between 1st January 1790 and 1st August 1820. It happens up to 10 days after the trigger. There are three options. The first is Govern through Spanish Governors, the second is Govern from Madrid, and the third is Franchised Citizenship.

The three options all affect large numbers of provinces throughout the Americas. Broadly speaking, the effects are as follows:

Effect Governors Madrid Citizenship
Stability +1 +3 -2
Relations (USA) -50 -150 +100
Revolt Risk (colonies) +6 +9 +3

The provinces affected by the revolt risk are as follows:

Columbia/Peru

  • Ayacucho
  • Azuay
  • Bogota
  • Cajamarca
  • Cali
  • Cartagena
  • Cupica
  • Guayaquil
  • Huanuco
  • Lima

Mexico

  • Atlixco
  • Jalisco
  • Michoagan
  • Saltillo
  • Tampico
  • Tlaxcala
  • Zacatecas (Tenochtitlan)

La Plata

  • Aires
  • Copetonas
  • Neembucu
  • Pampas del Norte
  • Pampas del Sur
  • Parana
  • Rosario

The Sale of Florida Edit

"Map showing Florida provinces"

Florida

This is an event chain that may result in Spain selling its Florida provinces to the United States. There are three Spanish events and one American event in this chain.

The Sale of Florida to the United States

This event happens between 1st January 1819 and 2nd May 1819 if the United States exists and Spain owns Everglades, Seminole, or Talahassee. It happens up to 120 days (4 months) after the trigger. There are two options. The first option, Offer Florida for 500 ducats, triggers the American event. The second option, Offer them nothing ends the event chain, reduces stability by 1 and reduces relations with the US by 100.

Adam-Onís Treaty (USA)

This is the American event. It has two options. The first, Accept Offer, triggers the event Adam-Onís Treaty (Spain). The second, Decline Offer, triggers the event The United States declined the offer of Florida

Adam-Onís Treaty (Spain)

This event gives Spain 500 ducats, +2 stability, and +100 relations with the USA. It also causes Spain to cede all three Florida provinces to the USA.

The United States declined the offer of Florida

This event reduces relations with the USA by 100.

The Netherlands Edit

Map showing North and South parts of the Low Countries

The North and South Netherlands

These events deal with Spain's possessions in the Netherlands. Those possessions may be gained from Austria during the events of The Abdication of Charles V, which is covered under the Dynastic Events section. They simulate the historical Dutch revolt that led to the Netherlands becoming an independent country.

The provinces in the Low Countries are grouped as follows:

North

  • Friesan
  • Geldre
  • Holland
  • Zeeland

South

  • Artois
  • Brabant
  • Flandern
  • Luxembourg

The Dutch Nobility demands General Estates

This event triggers if Spain owns any province in the Low Countries Area, and your Innovative value is below 8 at any point between 1st January 1560 and 1st January 1571. It happens up to 30 days after the trigger. There are two options. Option A is No Concessions, and Option B is Lower the Taxes. Both options increase the revolt risk in any provinces Spain owns that are in the Low Countries, and nowhere else.

Effect No Concessions Lower the Taxes
Stability +1 -2
Treasury +300 -500
Revolt Risk (Low Countries) +10 +5
Revolts In Flandern, Holland, and Zeeland -
Domestic Policies -1 Innovative -1 Centralization

The Duke of Alba and the Edict of Blood

This event happens if Spain owns any province in the Low Countries, is not Protestant or Reformed, and has its innovative slider at 7 or below at any point between 1st January 1565 and 1st January 1576. It happens up to 30 days after the trigger. There are three options. Option A is No Concessions, option B is Don't introduce that Consumption Tax

Event No Concessions Don't Tax
revolt risk (North) +10 +5
revolt risk (South) +7 +2
Innovative -1 +1
Treasury +300 -500
Stability +1 -2
Revolts in Flandern, Holland, and Zeeland -

Alessandro Farnese and the Union of Arras

This event is triggered between 1st January 1575 and 1st January 1586 if Spain owns any provinces in the Low Countries, is not Protestant or Reformed, and has its innovative slider at 7 or below. The event can only happen if both The Dutch Nobility Demands General Estates and The Duke of Alba and the Edict of Blood have both happened. It happens up to 30 days after the trigger. There are three options to this event. Option A is Sign the Union of Arras, option B is No Concessions, option C is Sign the Union of Arras and lower taxes.

Effect Sign it No Concessions Lower Taxes
Revolt risk (North) +10 +10 +5
Revolt risk (South) -7 +7 -7
Stability +1 -3 -1
Treasury -200 +300 -500
Innovative - -1 +1
Revolts in Holland and Zeeland Flandern, Holland, and Zeeland -

The Dutch Revolt is successful!

There are two events of this name, which deal with the consequences if the Dutch revolt succeeds.

The first event happens if Netherlands exists, Spain is not Protestant or Reformed, and Spain owns any province in the North at any point between January 1st 1555 and January 1st 1648. The event happens up to 30 days after the trigger. The effect is to cede all provinces in the North to the Netherlands

The second event is triggered at any point between 1st January 1585 and 1st January 1648 if the Netherlands exists, Spain owns any province in the South, the Spanish event Dutch Nobility Demands General Estates and the Netherlands event Creation of Dutch Republic have both happened, and the event Repatriation of the Netherlands has not happened. The Netherlands event happens if the Netherlands exists at any point between 1st January 1559 and 1st January 1648. It happens up to 30 days after the trigger. The effect of the second Spanish event is to reduce revolt risk in the South by -27 and converts Flandern to the state religion.

The Repatriation of the Netherlands

This event is if the Dutch revolt fails.

This event is triggered between 1st January 1648 and 1st January 1649. It happens if the second The Dutch Revolt is successful event has not happened, and any of the three events Dutch Nobility Demands General Estates, Duke of Alba & Edict of Blood, and Alessandro Farnese and the Union of Arras have happened. It happens up to 10 days after the trigger, the revolt risk in the North reduces by 30, and the result risk in the South reduces by 27. Also, Spain's centralization increases by 3, their treasury increases by 300, and their stability increases by 3.

Portugal Edit

These events concern Spain's relations with its neighbour Portugal.

The Portuguese Crown (1)

This event happens on 1st or 2nd February 1580 if Portugal exists. It does not happen if Portugal chose the second option (Declare the King insane and lock him up for good) in their event King Sebastião's Expedition to North Africa. The Portuguese event happens on 4th August 1578 if Morocco, Fez, or Algiers exist.

There are two options.

The first option, One King, One Kingdom, increases stability by 1, makes Portugal a vassal of Spain, and gives an alliance between the two.

The second option, One King, Two Kingdoms, reduces stability by 1, and creates both a royal marriage and an alliance between the two.

The Portuguese Crown (2)

This event happens on 1st or 2nd April 1621 if Portugal exists. It does not happen if Portugal chose the first option (A Crusade against the Heretics in Africa) in their event King Sebastião's Expedition to North Africa. The Portuguese event happens on 4th August 1578 if Morocco, Fez, or Algiers exist.

There are two options.

The first option, One King, One Kingdom, increases stability by 1, makes Portugal a vassal of Spain, and gives an alliance between the two.

The second option, One King, Two Kingdoms, reduces stability by 1, and creates both a royal marriage and an alliance between the two.

The Mediterranean Edit

The Knights of St John of Jerusalem

This event is triggered between 1st January 1528 and 1st January 1533 if Spain owns the province of Malta and is not at war with The Knights. It happens up to 30 days after the trigger. Spain has two options. Option A is Give Malta to the Knights of St John, option B is Don't give them anything.

With option A, Spain gives Malta to the Knights, gains 1 stability, gains them as a vassal, and gains 100 relations with them. It also triggers an event for the Knights.

With option B, Spain loses 150 relations with both the Knights and the Papal States, and gains three fleets of warships, one of 5 ships, one of 4 ships, and one of 3 ships.

The Sale of Corsica

This event chain contains three Spanish events, though only two of them will ever fire. The event chain begins with a French event called The Sale of Corsica that happens between 1st January 1758 and 1st January 1761 if Genoa owns the province of Corsica, and this event will happen up to 30 days after the trigger.

The event chain gives Genoa four different chances to sell the province of Corsica. In each case, the potential buyer gets a first option of Offer to Buy Corsica and a second option of Pass the Opportunity. If they offer to buy, then Genoa gets an option of Sell Corsica to X or Do not sell Corsica to X. If either Genoa or the seller decides not to proceed, the event chain passes to the next in line. Spain is the third in line, after France and England.

If Spain does buy Corsica, they lose 1200 ducats, but Genoa gives them Corsica. If Spain does not buy Corsica, the opportunity passes to Savoy, and Spain loses 100 relations with Genoa


Bankruptcy Edit

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Central America Triggers

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South America Triggers

The Spanish have two “Bankruptcy” events. These are the result of owning certain combinations of American gold-producing provinces, and represent the historical consequences of the influx of new world gold into the Spanish economy. Both events require Spain to hold at least one province from each of three sets of provinces. These sets are as follows:

  • Jalisco, Yarumal, and Zacatecas (red set)
  • Ayacucho, Azuay, and Saltillo (blue set)
  • Cuzco, Michoagan, and Potosi (yellow set)


State Bankruptcy (1)

The first event happens between 1st January 1592 and 1st January 1598, and will happen up to 30 days after the trigger.

This event has the following effects for Spain:

  • Lose 500 Ducats
  • Reduce the size of loans to 100
  • Add 3 inflation
  • Reduce |stability by 3
  • Lose a manufactory in three random provinces
  • Lose troops in three random provinces. The number of men lost is 9892, 5841, and 5613

State Bankruptcy (2)

The first event happens between 1st January 1621 and 1st January 1641, and will happen up to 30 days after the trigger.

This event has the following effects for Spain:

  • Lose 1000 Ducats
  • Change the size of loans to 200
  • Add 10 inflation
  • Reduce |stability by 3
  • Lose a manufactory in three random provinces
  • Lose troops in three random provinces. The number of men lost is 11,198, 7317, and 9467

Avoiding Bankruptcy Events Edit

Whilst playing as Spain you could choose to take the hit from these events, it is possible to avoid them whilst colonising the Americas. The easiest set to avoid owning is the first set (red on the maps), as Yarumal is the only province that begins the game without a city. However, the two strategies outlined below can be adapted to work for any of the three sets.

Method 1 (No Quest)

Get a colony on a Caribbean island as early as possible. Then take 15000 men across to the new world. Place 10000 of them under El Gran Capitán (leaving the rest on the colony to reinforce if and when you lose troops), and get your land technology to at least level 9, giving you a fire phase. With his fire stat of 6, El Gran Capitán is almost unbeatable. The only way the natives can stop him is attrition, which can be avoided by assaulting fortified cities, and avoiding battles with very large Aztec armies.

Using tiny armies discover each Aztec city in turn, then follow with the main army and assault each one. Discover Tenochtitlan as early as you can, so that you can see it. But do not capture it; leave Tenochtitlan for last. If you occupy Tenochtitlan, you will trigger the Quest for the New World event, and you will inherit the Aztecs. The Aztecs usually stack up a large army on Tenochtitlan. Once you have all the other Aztec provinces, wait until that army moves away to beseige another city. Once it’s gone, you can move in to capture Tenochtitlan. Once you’ve taken it (use an assault to speed things up), pause the game. You have enough warscore to take all the Aztec provinces except Tenochtitlan and Jalisco (plus as much money as they’ve got).

With the Aztecs finished, you can now turn to South America. Just conquer it as fast as you can. With limited men, you will probably want two wars: in the first, you just take one province (probably Azuay), and leave tiny armies in enemy terrain to do white flag tourism. Explore them during the truce, and blitz them in 5 years. Now, so long as you don't settle Yatumal, you won't be hit by the bankruptcies. When 1641 rolls around, you can annex the Aztecs, and settle Yatumal.

Method 2 (Uses Quest)

Alternatively, you can exploit the Quest for the New World event. This method is a lot more complicated and time-consuming. It is also on a fairly tight clock: you have to conquer and recreate the Aztecs before 1st January 1520 (the last date when they can be recreated). You need maybe 10,000 troops, preferably with a fire phase. Put them with El Gran Capitán, declare war, and head straight for Tenochtitlan. Don't stop to assault other cities. Once you capture Tenochtitlan, the Quest for the New World event means you inherit the Aztecs within 30 days (and gain a number of other bonuses).

Having conquered the Aztecs, you can release then as a vassal, and/or let Tenochtitlan revolt. One approach is to send missionaries to all nearby provinces (you gain six of them from the event). If they all succeed, great. Release Aztecs as a vassal, and declare war. (You can get a casus belli by allying, then using insults to ruin your relationship, and then calling them to some other war.) If any adjacent missionary fails, let the rebels go. They'll capture the city they are in, then move on to the highest income adjacent city - Tenochtitlan. Recapture the city they’ve taken, let them capture Tenochtitlan, and let it revolt.

Once you’re at war with the Aztecs, let them go. They will siege all of their core cities first, and eventually (probably taking years), get around to taking Jalisco. Once they capture Jalisco, make peace giving them whatever they want so long as Jalisco is included. If you want to be efficient, recapture all the other cities once they’ve taken Jalisco. Otherwise, you’ll need one more war to retake all the other Aztec cities.

Domestic Events Edit

These events are ones internal to Spain that don't fit into another category.

The Trade Center of Sevilla

This event happens if Spain owns the province of Andalusia at any point between 1st January 1500 and 1st January 1511. It happens up to 30 days after the trigger, and has the following effects:

The Fuggers

This event happens up to 30 days after 1st January 1514. If Spain does not exist on this date, but is then recreated, it can happen as late as 1st January 1520. There are two options. Option A is Let the Fuggers run our Finances, and option B is Turn the Fuggers offer down. The two have the following effects:

Effect Accept Turn down
treasury -100 -300
inflation -2 +10
merchants +6 -
Size of loans 1000 unchanged
stability - -4

Epidemic Plague

This event happens within 30 days of 1st January 1596. If Spain does not exist on this date, but is then recreated, it can happen as late as 1st January 1603. This event reduces stability by 1, triggers a similar event for Portugal, reduces the population of five randomly selected provinces by 5000, and reduces those same provinces' tax income by 3.

José Monino's Reforms

This event happens within 10 days of 1st January 1769. If Spain does not exist on this date but is then recreated, it can happen up until 1st January 1770. The event has two options. Option A is Reform, and option B is Do not reform. The effects are as follows:

Effect Reform Do not reform
Stability -2 +2
Treasury - +300
Mercantilism -2 -
Innovative +2 -
Refinery +1 (random province) -
Goods manufactory +1 (random province) -

The Constitution of 1812

This event happens within 10 days of 1st January 1812. If Spain does not exist on that date, but is recreated, it can happen up until 30th December 1812. The event has the following effects:

The Reaction of 1813

This event happens within 10 days of 1st January 1813. If Spain does not exist on that date, but is recreated, it can happen up until 30th December 1813. The event has two options. Option A is Introduce a regime of reaction, and option B is Let the liberal constitution stay put. The effects of each are as follows:

Effect Reaction Liberal
Stability +3 -1
Treasury - -200
Aristocracy +7 -
Serfdom +6 -
Mercantilism +3 -
Innovative -5 -
Centralisation -2 -

Ministers Edit

There are two events which give the Spanish monarch ministers that increase the monarch's statistics.

Olivares

This event happens within 10 days of 1st January 1622. If If Spain does not exist on that date, but is recreated, it can happen up until 30th December 1622. The event has the following effects:

  • Stability +2
  • Diplomacy +3 for 240 months (20 years)
  • Administration +3 for 240 months (20 years)
  • Military +3 for 240 months (20 years)

Alberoni

This event happens within 10 days of 1st January 1701. If If Spain does not exist on that date, but is recreated, it can happen up until 30th December 1701. The event has the following effects:

  • Stability +2
  • Diplomacy +3 for 240 months (20 years)
  • Administration +2 for 240 months (20 years)
  • Military +2 for 240 months (20 years)

Revolts Edit

These events create the effects of various historical revolts, rebellions, and uprisings that Spain experienced.

The Communeros

This event happens up to 30 days after 1st January 1520. If Spain does not exist on that date, but is recreated, it can happen up until 1st July 1520. It has three options. Option A is Crush the Rebellion, option B is Use force, but give concessions to the Peasantry, and option C is Use force, but give concessions to the Nobility. The effects of each are as follows (troop gains are in random provinces):

Effect Crush it Peasantry Nobility
Stability -1 - -
Revolt risk +6 (24 months) +2 (18 months) +4 (18 months)
Treasury - -200 -200
Centralisation +1 - -
Aristocracy - -1 +1
Serfdom - -1 +1
Troops - +12,083 Infantry

+9712 Infantry

+8342 Cavalry

+7665 Cavalry

The Iberian Revolt

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Provinces affected by Iberian Revolt events

This event happens if Spain is at war at any time between 1st January 1630 and 1st January 1649. It happens up to 41 days after the trigger. It also triggers the next two events listed below. There are two options. Option A is Put it down!, and option B is Appease them!. The effects are as follows:

Put it down

  • Break vassalisation with Aragon, Castile, and Catalunya
  • Reduce relations with Aragon, Castile, and Catalunya by 200 each
  • Reduce Innovative by 1
  • Revolts in the following provinces: Catalonia (double revolt), Gerona, Sardinia, and The Baleares
  • Gain 10,000 Infantry in Castilla

Appease them

National Revolt in Portugal

This event is triggered by both options of The Iberian Revolt, and has two options. Option A is Put it down!, and option B is Appease them!. The effects are as follows:

Put it down

  • Break vassalisation with Portugal
  • Reduce relations with Portugal by 200
  • Reduce Innovative by 1
  • Revolts in the following provinces: Algarve, The Azores, Oporto, Tago, Cape Verde (note: Cape Verde is not on the map of these events, due to being in Africa)
  • Gain 10,000 Infantry in Leon

Appease them

The Italian Revolt

This event is triggered by both options of The Iberian Revolt, and has two options. Option A is Put it down!, and option B is Appease them!. The effects are as follows:

Put it down

  • Reduce Innovative by 1
  • Revolts in the following provinces: Messina, Napoli, Roma, Siena, Emilia, Lombardia
  • Gain 5,000 Infantry each in Apulia and Sicily

Appease them

Diplomatic Events Edit

These events concern Spain's relationship with a number of other European countries.

The Holy League

This events happens if the event The Holy League has happened for the Papal States and if the Ottoman Empire exists at any point between 1st January 1568 and 1st January 1571. It happens up to 30 days after the trigger. The Papal States event requires the Ottomans to exist between 1st January 1565 and 1st January 1568.

There are two options. Option A is Support the Holy League, and option B is Let the matter fall. The effects are as follows (the Holy League members are France, The Knights, Naples, the Papal States, Savoy, Tuscany, and Venice.

Effect Support Let it fall
Relations (Ottoman Empire) -150

Casus belli (72 months)

+50
Relations (Holy League) +150 -50

The Catholic League

This event happens if Spain is Catholic or Counter-Reform Catholic at any point between 1st January 1607 and 1st January 1609. It happens up to 30 days after the trigger. There are two options. Option A is Prepare to join, and option B is Stay Neutral

For the purposes of this event, the Protestant Princes are Brandenburg, Hannover, Hessen, The Palatinat, Saxony, and Wurzburg.

Effect Join Neutral
Relations (France) -100 -
Relations (Papal States) +150 -150
Relations (Austria) +150 -100
Relations (Protestant Princes) -150 +100
Relations (Holstein) -150 -
Relations (Bavaria) +150 +50
Relations (Cologne) +150 -50
Relations (Kleeves) +100 -50

France opens Chambers of Reunion

This event is triggered by the French event Chambers of Reunion. The French event happens between 1st January 1676 and 1st January 1681, and has two options. If France chooses the first option (Make the Claim), it triggers this event for Spain. Spain has two options. Option A is Defy French Claims, and Option B is Give in to France. The effects are as follows:

Effect Defy Give in
Treasury - -200
Provinces - Artois to France

Brabant to France Luxembourg to France

Relations (France) -150

Casus Belli (72 months)

+150
Relations (Austria) +150 -100
Relations (England) +150 -100
Relations (Prussia) +150 -100
Relations (Netherlands) +150 -100
Relations (Baden) +100 -
Relations (Cologne) +100 -
Relations (Hanover) +100 -
Relations (Hessen) +100 -
Relations (Kleves) +100 -
Relations (The Palatinat) +100 -
Relations (Würzburg) +100 -

The Effects of the Pragmatic Sanction

This happens up to 10 days after 1st January 1741. If Spain does not exist on that date, but is recreated, then it can happen up to 1st August 1741. The event does not happen if Spain selected the Habsburg dynasty over the Bourbons in The Succession of Carlos II in Spain and if both Spain and Austria existed at that point in the game.

The event three options. Option A is Anti-Habsburg, option B is Neutral, and Option C is Pro-Habsburg. These options have the following effects:

Effect Anti-Habsburg Neutral Pro-Habsburg
Stability -1 +2 -2
Casus belli (36 months) vs Austria - vs France
Relations (France) +150 +50 -150
Relations (Bavaria, Prussia, Saxony) +100 -50 -100
Relations (Genoa) +100 +50 -50
Relations (Hanover, Hessen, Russia) -50 +50 +50
Relations (Netherlands) -100 +100 -150
Relations (Portugal) -100 +100 +150
Relations (England) -150 +50 +100
Relations (Austria) -150 +100 +150

Flavor Events Edit

These events have only minor effects, representing notable cultural moments in Spanish history. They are contained in their own events file.

Tomás de Torquemada

This event happens on 1st August 1484, gives Spain +2 stability and -2 Innovative.

Cervantes publishes 'Don Quixote'

This event happens on 1st June 1605 and increases Spain's stability by 1.

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