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Much like in its predecessor, Europa Universalis: Rome, a country can be tailored according to its circumstances and ambitions by picking national ideas that afford certain bonuses.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

There are 36 national ideas the player can choose from. Each idea has its own bonus and belongs to one of four categories: Military power.png Military, Civic power.png Civic, Oratory power.png Oratory, and Religious power.png Religion. Some ideas are available from the start, while others are unlocked by advances over the course of the game. Selecting a new national idea, including filling blank slots (such as at the beginning of the game), costs Political influence.png 20 political influence and can be done at any time with no cooldown, provided that the country has Political influence.png political influence to spare.

The number of allowed national ideas depends on the country's Menu government.png government type. Generally speaking, tribal governments can have 2 national ideas, while Tribal Federations, republics, and monarchies have 3. The special Dictatorship, Empire, Imperial Cult, and Athenian Republic government types have the maximum 4 slots.

Government bonus[edit | edit source]

Each government in the game comes with a base bonus specific to that government. There is also a secondary bonus for each government that is given if the categories of the chosen ideas correspond to what is expected by that government form.

For example, in the screenshot Carthage is an Aristocratic Republic. This means that they need to pick two Military power.png military ideas and one Oratory power.png oratory idea to receive the additional Aristocratic Republic bonus, which will fully coloured when active and faded when inactive. Etruria, which starts as an Oligarchic Republic, would instead needs one civic idea and two oratory ideas to get its bonus. There is no malus for not having the correct categories of ideas, except for the opportunity cost of not being able to access the government bonus.

The Government bonus of each type of government can be found in the Government Types page.

Ideas[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Military power.png Idea Effects Requirements Description
Idea martial ethos.png Martial Ethos Land morale.png Morale of Armies: +5% Ensuring that our soldiers and veterans hold a prestigious place in the social hierarchy, is key to their contentment and loyalty.
Idea thalassocracy.png Thalassocracy Naval morale.png Morale of Navies: +10% Military power.png Martial advances 4 The sea affects the very rise of and fall of empires. Dominance in this theater is vital to our interests.
Idea elite soldiers.png Elite Soldiery Discipline.png Discipline: +5% Military power.png Martial advances 8 Over-reliance on a reactionary militia leaves a nation at great risk of invasion, coup or collapse. A well trained standing army, is sure to protect against these threats.
Idea permanent shipyards.png Permanent Shipyards Ship cost.png Ship Building Cost: −25% Establishment of permanent shipyards capable of constructing vessels of war, will ensure that skilled shipwrights are always at our beck and call.
Idea conscription.png Conscription Global manpower modifier.png National Manpower: +10% Military power.png Martial advances 4 Mandated military service for all those considered mature, is not only a duty - it is a privilege.
Idea military society.png Militarized Society
  • Army maintenance cost.png Legion Maintenance Cost: −20%
  • Navy maintenance cost.png Navy Maintenance Cost: −20%
Military power.png Martial advances 8 A society which honors its warriors, is one in which the young will grow up proud and eager to serve.
Idea retreat.png Ordered Retreat
  • Reinforcement speed.png Reinforcement Speed: +10%
  • Land morale recovery.png Army Morale Recovery: +5%
Retreat can be far from dishonorable. Ensuring that all our warriors have a plan of action in the event of having to fall back, will result in a much quicker recovery when they do.
Idea siege training.png Siege Training Siege.png Siege Ability: +15% Military power.png Martial advances 4 From oppida to forts, to walled cities, the world is full of fortified settlements. Adequately training our warriors to penetrate enemy walls will doubtlessly pay dividends.
Idea triumph.png Support of the People Experience decay Experience Decay: −1% Military power.png Martial advances 8 Convincing our citizens of our national prowess is just as important as a victory itself.

Civic[edit | edit source]

Civic power.png Idea Effects Requirements Description
Idea standard construction.png Standardized Construction
  • Build cost.png Build Cost: −10%
  • Build time.png Build Time: −25%
As our nation begins to require more and more civic buildings, it has become apparent that a standardized method of planning and construction would greatly reduce the cost and time invested.
Idea city plan.png City Planning Population capacity Population capacity: +25% Civic power.png Civic advances 4 Fitting buildings within a walled city becomes much more of an issue as population sizes grow. Adopting a grid-based approach to city planning will allow us to better account for available building space.
Idea forums.png Central Urban Spaces Province loyalty Province Loyalty: +0.05 Civic power.png Civic advances 8 Enlargement and renovation of the central forum within our capital will provide for additional civic building opportunities. It is of paramount importance that our subjects are proud of their capital.
Idea complex tariffs.png Complex Tariffs Commerce modifier.png National Commerce Income: +20% Whilst a simple tax on goods passing through our territory may be popular; a complex system will allow us to maximize revenue.
Idea trading posts.png Patronized Trading Posts Global capital trade routes.png Capital Import Routes: +3.00 Civic power.png Civic advances 4 Keeping a firm financial interest in the various trading outposts within our nation will allow us to exercise greater control over the flow of certain goods we deem valuable.
Idea tariff exceptions.png Institute Tariff Exceptions Global state trade routes.png Province Import Routes: +1.00 Civic power.png Civic advances 8 Giving our cities greater leniency in tariff control will enable them to attract better investments.
Idea tax farming.png Tax Farming Slave output National Slave Output: +20% By shifting responsibility for tax collection to third parties, we can make far greater budget calculations, as well as avoid certain unfortunate responsibilities.
Idea land appropriation.png Land Appropriation Reform Citizen output National Citizen Output: +12% Civic power.png Civic advances 4 Private ownership of land is a necessity. However, it is clear that where the state requires the use of certain territories, it must have the power to relocate those inhabiting them.
Idea grain admin.png Grain Stockpile
  • Global monthly food modifier.png Global monthly food modifier: +5%
  • Monthly food.png Base food capacity: +400.00
Civic power.png Civic advances 8 Nobody can predict a bad harvest. We could, however, prepare for it. By always saving a surplus of grain, we would avoid starvation during particularly unfortunate seasons.

Oratory[edit | edit source]

Oratory power.png Idea Effects Requirements Description
Idea bribery.png Sanctioned Privileges Monthly corruption.png Monthly corruption: −0.05 By agreeing to look the other way from time to time, we can lessen our reliance on using currency as a tool for bribery.
Idea smear.png Strategic Propaganda Unintegrated culture happiness Unintegrated Culture Happiness: +6% Oratory power.png Oratory advances 4 By coordinating lines of communication with key members of the political, religious and civic spheres, we have the perfect tool to manipulate popular opinion.
Idea legislative reform.png Legislative Reform Unintegrated culture group happiness Unintegrated Culture Group Happiness: +6% Oratory power.png Oratory advances 8 The institution of a standardized code of practice, while not necessarily changing the way our government operates, will surely calm the dissenters in our nation.
Idea mil admin.png Military Administration
  • General loyalty Loyalty of Generals: +10.0
  • Admiral loyalty Loyalty of Admirals: +10.0
By merging a clear, ordered bureaucratic framework into our military hierarchy, it becomes far easier to coordinate large military reforms.
Idea patron scholars.png Patronized Scholars Research points modifier.png Research Points: +20% Oratory power.png Oratory advances 4 Embracing a reputation as a nation where scholars are to be lauded as well as patronized, is sure to yield rewards in the future.
Idea functional admin.png Functional Bureaucracy Governor loyalty Loyalty of Governors: +10.0 Oratory power.png Oratory advances 8 We cannot expect our citizens to simply become aware of changes in the way we run our nation - instituting a framework of bureaucrats, representatives and messengers is vital to spread word of our decisions.
Idea hospitality.png Hospitium Improve opinion maximum Improve Opinion Maximum: +33% The duty of the host should be extended to all those who visit our nation. Especially those whom we wish to persuade...
Idea casus belli.png Casus Belli Warscore cost.png War score Cost: −10% Oratory power.png Oratory advances 4 Whatever our true intent, foreign tolerance for our wars is always greater if we have a legitimate reason for conquest. Being seen as protectors of liberty is often reason enough.
Idea ambassadors.png Permanent Ambassadors Diplomatic relations.png Diplomatic Relations: +2.00 Oratory power.png Oratory advances 8 In certain diplomatic circumstances, it may benefit us to have a member of government installed as a permanent representative in the courts of our peers.

Religious[edit | edit source]

Religious power.png Idea Effects Requirements Description
Idea state religion.png State Religion
  • Civilization.png Country Civilization Level: +5%
  • Global monthly civilization.png Monthly Civilization Change: +0.02%
Incorporating our faith as a state entity will have significant political advantages.
Idea calendar.png Religious Calendar War exhaustion.png Monthly War Exhaustion: -0.05 Religious power.png Religious advances 4 Feast days, festivals and holidays can be used to reinforce the importance of certain annual events. Setting these dates strategically, will have a positive effect on our nation.
Idea mandate observe.png Mandated Observance Omen.png Omen Power: +15% Religious power.png Religious advances 8 Making religious observance a compulsory activity, will instill a healthy respect for the divine in our populace, from a young age.
Idea haruspex.png Haruspicy Subject loyalty.png Loyalty of Subject States: +10.00 Reading the 'signs' in the entrails of animals has a long history. With a willing haruspex, we could hold festival days at opportune moments, and further manipulate popular opinion at will.
Idea proselytism.png Institutional Proselytism Policy religious conversion.png Pop Conversion Speed: +20% Religious power.png Religious advances 4 By amending our religious canon to mandate active proselytism, we should find that much of the work in converting pagans is done for us.
Idea tolerance.png Tolerance of Pagans Integrated culture happiness Integrated Culture Happiness: +6% Religious power.png Religious advances 8 The number of pagan, hybrid, or purely foreign religions making their way into our territory is vast. Allowing individuals the right to privately practice their own religion is sure to result in a more tolerant society.
Idea origin myth.png Origin Myth Ruler popularity gain.png Ruler Popularity Gain: +0.33 It would give our leadership much greater authority, if we were to suddenly discover that the origins of our nation can be traced back to the heroes of old...
Idea divine mandate.png Divine Mandate Monthly tyranny.png Monthly Tyranny: −0.04 Religious power.png Religious advances 4 Convincing our religious leaders to make a proclamation in support of our nation's divine mandate, will allow us to get away with making some of the more... controversial decisions, more easily.
Idea loyalty.png Loyalty to the State Character loyalty Loyalty of Characters: +5.0 Religious power.png Religious advances 8 Loyalty to our leader should imply loyalty to the state. Loyalty to the state, by extension, implies loyalty to the Divine.