Culture

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The culture represents the language, customs and technologies that a character or county use. It decides innovations, names and cultural men-at-arms regiments that characters can use. Rulers can change a county's culture with the Task promote culture.png Promote Culture Steward action.

Each culture belongs to a culture group, which represents a group of cultures with similar ancestry. Characters within the same realm will have −5  opinion with each other if they belong to different cultures within the same culture group and −15  opinion with each other if they belong to different culture groups. There are perks and tenets that can modify this.

Counties will have lowered popular opinion with their direct Liege if they belongs to a different culture and especially culture group. Characters can avoid this by granting the county title to a vassal of the same culture group as the target county.

A ruler can convert to the culture of their realm capital at the cost of  prestige, provided that their Court Chaplain endorses them[1]. Every close family member sharing the ruler's culture will adopt the new culture. Vassals sharing the ruler's culture that owns counties with the new culture can decide to adopt it as well.

Cultural head[edit]

Each culture with at least one ruler has a cultural head. The cultural head is always the character who owns the most counties of said culture.

Cultural heads can choose an innovation to be a cultural fascination, which will improve its discovery progress by +20%, with an additional +2% per cultural head  learning skill. The cultural fascination can be changed at any time.

Changing culture[edit]

A character can change their culture through several ways:

  • A character can voluntarily change their culture through the minor decision Change to local culture once
  • Culture can be changed through several decisions that create new cultures
  • A ruler can give into the demands of a populist faction and change faith and culture
  • Several events such as a culture breakup will force rulers to change their culture

List of cultures[edit]

The Holy Roman clothing appearance requires the pre-order bonus, while the Abbasid clothing requires the Expansion Pass.

  • There are some cultures carried over from Crusader Kings 2 that are unplayable, but remain in the game files and are mostly used as historic rulers' cultures. These cultures are marked with italics to indicate them.
Group  Cultures Baron name Count name Duke name King name Emperor name  Knight name Buildings appearance Clothing appearance Army appearance Coat of arms appearance
Akan
  • Akan
  • Guan
  • Kru
  • Obaatan
  • Obaatana
  • Nana
  • Nana
  • Krontihene
  • Krontihena
  • Omanhene
  • Omanhena
  • Akanhene
  • Akanhena
Champion Mena
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African Sub-Saharan West-African
Arabic
  • Andalusian
  • Bedouin
  • Egyptian
  • Maghrebi
  • Mashriqi
  • Yemeni
  • Wālī
  • Wālīa
  • Sheikh
  • Sheikhah
  • Emir
  • Emira
  • Malik
  • Malika
  • Malik al-Muazzam
  • Malika al-Muazzama
Fāris Mena
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  • Abbasid
  • Mena
Mena Arabic
Baltic
  • Latgalian
  • Lithuanian
  • Prussian
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • Grand Duke
  • Grand Duchess
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Western
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Northern Northern
  • Baltic
  • Steppe
  • Western
Balto-Finnic
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • Karelian
  • Sami
  • Vepsian
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Champion Western
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Northern Northern
  • Balto-Finnic
  • Steppe
  • Western
Berber
  • Baranis
  • Butr
  • Zaghawa
  • Nā'ib
  • Nā'iba
  • Wālī
  • Wālīa
  • Emir
  • Emira
  • Amīr al-Umarā
  • Amīra al-Umarā
  • Malik al-Mulūk
  • Malika al-Mulūk
Knight Mena
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Mena Mena Berber
Brythonic
  • Breton
  • Cornish
  • Cumbrian
  • Pictish
  • Welsh
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Mormaer
  • Banmormaer
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Western
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Western Western Western
Burman
  • Burmese
  • Mon
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Indian
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Indian Indian Burman
Byzantine
  • Alan
  • Armenian
  • Assyrian
  • Georgian
  • Greek
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Komes
  • Komitissa
  • Doux
  • Doukissa
  • Despot
  • Despotissa
  • Basileus
  • Basilissa
Hetaeria Mediterranean
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Byzantine Eastern
  • Byzantine
  • Western
Central African
  • Hausa
  • Kanuri
  • Nupe
  • Sao
  • Chima Chidibe
  • Chima Chidibe
  • Chima
  • Chima
  • Galadima
  • Galadima
  • Mai
  • Gumsu
  • Sultan
  • Sultana
Knight Mena
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African Sub-Saharan Central African
Central Germanic
  • Bavarian
  • Dutch
  • Franconian
  • Frisian
  • German
  • Saxon
  • Swabian
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Kaiser
  • Kaiserin
Knight Western
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  • Holy Roman
  • Western
Western
  • German
  • Western
Chinese Han
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Indian
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Mongol Mongol Han
Dravidian
  • Kannada
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Damapati
  • Damapatni
  • Thakur
  • Thakurani
  • Raja
  • Rani
  • Maharaja
  • Maharani
  • Samrat
  • Samrajni
Shoorveer Indian
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Indian Indian Dravidian
East African
  • Daju
  • Ethiopian
  • Nubian
  • Welayta
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Ras
  • Woyzerit
  • Mesfin
  • Woyzero
  • Negus
  • Nigist
  • Negusa Negast
  • Itege
Knight Mena
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Mena Mena East African
East Slavic
  • Ilmenian
  • Russian
  • Severian
  • Volhynian
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Grand Prince
  • Grand Princess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Tsar
  • Tsaritsa
Knight Western
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Northern Eastern
  • East Slavic
  • Western
Frankish
  • Frankish
  • French
  • Norman
  • Occitan
  • Outremer
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Western
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Western Western
  • Frankish
  • Western
Goidelic
  • Gaelic
  • Irish
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Mormaer
  • Banmormaer
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Western
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Northern Western Western
Horn African
  • Afar
  • Beja
  • Somali
  • Akil
  • Akilad
  • Islan
  • Islanad
  • Gerad
  • Geradad
  • Suldaan
  • Suldaanad
  • Boqor
  • Boqorad
Knight Mena
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Mena Mena East African
Iberian
  • Aragonese
  • Asturleonese
  • Basque
  • Castilian
  • Catalan
  • Galician
  • Portuguese
  • Suebi
  • Visigothic
  • Wālī
  • Wālīa
  • Sheikh
  • Sheikhah
  • Emir
  • Emira
  • Malik
  • Malika
  • Malik al-Muazzam
  • Malika al-Muazzama
Knight Mediterranean
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Western Western
  • Iberian
  • Western
Indo-Aryan
  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindustani
  • Kashmiri
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Rajput
  • Sindhi
  • Sinhala
  • Damapati
  • Damapatni
  • Thakur
  • Thakurani
  • Raja
  • Rani
  • Maharaja
  • Maharani
  • Samrat
  • Samrajni
Shoorveer Indian
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Indian Indian Indo-Aryan
Iranian
  • Afghan
  • Baloch
  • Daylamite
  • Khwarezmian
  • Kurdish
  • Persian
  • Saka
  • Sogdian
  • Tajik
  • Tocharian
  • Argbadh
  • Wâlia
  • Marzoban
  • Shaykhah
  • Satrap
  • Emira
  • Shah
  • Banebshen
  • Shahanshah
  • Shahanshah
Aswaran Mena
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Mena Mena Iranian
Israelite
  • Ashkenazi
  • Sephardi
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Mena
City mena.png
Byzantine Mena Israelite
Latin
  • Cisalpine
  • Italian
  • Lombard
  • Roman
  • Sardinian
  • Sicilian
  • Baro
  • Baronissa
  • Comes
  • Comitissa
  • Dux
  • Ducissa
  • Rex
  • Regina
  • Imperator
  • Imperatrix
Knight Mediterranean
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Western Western
  • Latin
  • Western
Magyar
  • Hungarian
  • Mogyër
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Grand Prince
  • Grand Princess
  • High King
  • High Queen
Knight Western
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Mongol Mongol
  • Magyar
  • Steppe
Mongolic
  • Buryat
  • Jurchen
  • Kerait
  • Khitan
  • Mongol
  • Naiman
  • Oirat
  • Tuyuhun
  • Taishi
  • Taishi
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • Khan
  • Khanum
  • Khagan
  • Khatun
Baghatur Indian
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Mongol Mongol
  • Mongol
  • Steppe
North Germanic
  • Danish
  • Norse
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Þegn
  • Þegn
  • Jarl
  • Jarl
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • High King
  • High Queen
Knight Western
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Northern Northern Western
Qiangic
  • Qiang
  • Tangut
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Indian
City india.png
Mongol Mongol Indian
Sahelian
  • Bozo
  • Mossi
  • Qaw
  • Songhai
  • Soninke
  • Sorko
  • Horo
  • Hora
  • Debegume
  • Debeguma
  • Nyanyagume
  • Nyanyaguma
  • Maghan
  • Magha
  • Kaya Magha
  • Kaya Magha
Knight Mena
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African Sub-Saharan West-African
Senegambian
  • Pulaar
  • Serer
  • Wolof
  • Tigui
  • Tigua
  • Geer
  • Geera
  • Damel
  • Damela
  • Simbago
  • Simbaga
  • Soma
  • Soma
Knight Mena
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African Sub-Saharan West-African
South Slavic
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Croatian
  • Serbian
  • Vlach
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Ban
  • Ban
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Mediterranean
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Byzantine Eastern
  • South Slavic
  • Western
Tibetan
  • Bodpa
  • Kirati
  • Lhomon
  • Sumpa
  • Tsangpa
  • Zhangzhung
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Ngapo
  • Ngamo
  • Prabhu
  • Mahila
  • Gyalpo
  • Gyelpo
  • Tsenpo
  • Maharani
Knight Indian
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Mongol Mongol Tibetan
Turkic
  • Avar
  • Bashkir
  • Bolghar
  • Chuvash
  • Cuman
  • Karluk
  • Khazar
  • Kimek
  • Kipchak
  • Kirghiz
  • Laktan
  • Oghuz
  • Öngüd
  • Pecheneg
  • Shatuo
  • Uriankhai
  • Uyghur
  • Yughur
  • Agha
  • Hanim
  • Beg
  • Begum
  • Atabeg
  • Atabegum
  • Khan
  • Khanum
  • Khagan
  • Khatun
Baghatur Indian
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Mongol Mongol
  • Turkic
  • Steppe
Ugro-Permian
  • Bjarmian
  • Ostyak
  • Permian
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Western
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Northern Northern
  • Ugro-Permian
  • Steppe
Volga-Finnic
  • Mari
  • Merya
  • Meshchera
  • Mordvin
  • Muroma
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Western
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Northern Northern
  • Volga-Finnic
  • Steppe
West African
  • Bobo
  • Gur
  • Malinke
  • Marka
  • Mel
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Farin
  • Farina
  • Farbas
  • Farba
  • Faama
  • Malika
  • Mansa
  • Sultana
Knight Mena
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African Sub-Saharan West-African
West Germanic
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • English
  • Old Saxon
  • Scots
  • Thane
  • Thane
  • Earl
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Western
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Western Western Western
West Slavic
  • Czech
  • Polabian
  • Polish
  • Pomeranian
  • Slovien
  • Baron
  • Baroness
  • Count
  • Countess
  • Duke
  • Duchess
  • King
  • Queen
  • Emperor
  • Empress
Knight Western
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Western Eastern
  • West Slavic
  • Western
Yoruba
  • Edo
  • Ewe
  • Igbo
  • Yoruba
  • Uzama
  • Uzama
  • Nana
  • Nana
  • Ajapada
  • Ajapada
  • Oba
  • Oba
  • Alafin
  • Alafin
Knight Mena
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African Sub-Saharan Central African

Culture splits[edit]

The following cultures will divide into multiple small cultures once certain time periods are reached. The player character will get the option to cancel the culture split if the player controls 80% of the counties with the original culture.

Original Culture Period Region New Cultures Condition
Visigothic 850-920 Iberia
Southern France
Andalusian Yes County is Muslim
Catalan Yes County is in Catalonia
Occitan Yes County is in Southern France
Asturleonese Yes County is in Asturia or Leon
Aragonese Yes County is in Aragon
Galician Yes County is in Galicia or Portugal
Castilian Yes County is in Iberia
Anglo-Saxon 850-950 Scotland Scots Yes Always
Norse 950-990 Northern Europe Danish Yes County is in Denmark
Norwegian Yes County is in Norway
Swedish Yes County is in Northern Europe

Emergent cultures[edit]

The following cultures will emerge if certain conditions are met and are not directly influenced by the player.

Emergent Culture Region Condition
Sicilian Southern Italy Yes County is in Southern Italy

Creatable cultures[edit]

The following cultures need to be created through decisions before they can be played.

New Culture Decision Conditions
English Embrace English Culture
  • Yes Adult
  • Own the Kingdom of England title
  • Yes Realm capital is in Kingdom of England
  • Frankish culture group
Norman (in 867) Establish Norman Culture
  • Yes At peace
  • Yes Own and fully control the Duchy of Neustria
  • Norse culture
  • At least one county de jure part of Duchy of Neustria has French culture
  • No Norman culture doesn't exist
Portuguese Form Portugal
  • Yes Independent
  • Yes Control Algarve, Beja, Coimbra and Portucale
  • Iberian culture group
Outremer Embrace Outremer Culture
  • Frankish culture group
  • Character or liege follows a Christian faith
  • Form the Outremer Empire decision
  • Yes Realm capital is in the region of Africa, Middle-East or Persia
  • Yes One of the following:
    • Own the Empire on Outremer title
    • Liege owns the Empire on Outremer title
    • Liege belongs to the Outremer culture
    • Level of Fame is at least Exalted Among Men
  • No Roman culture

References[edit]

  1. forum:1416565/page-2#post-26861541 Mruuh's post in "How do I switch culture for my character?" thread
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