Culture

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The culture represents the language, customs and technologies that a character or county uses. Rulers can change a county's culture by ordering their Steward to complete the Task promote culture.png Promote Culture council task.

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. 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

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

Cultural heads can choose an Innovation to become a Cultural Fascination, which will improve its discovery progress by +20%, with an additional +1% per cultural head  Learning skill. The cultural fascination can be changed at any time.

Changing culture

A character can change their culture through several ways:

  • A character can voluntarily change their culture through the minor decision Convert to local culture or Have the Realm Embrace Local Traditions once in their lifetime.
  • 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
  • A child's culture can be changed by assigning them a guardian of that culture and selecting the Convert Culture option

Rulers can change a county's culture by ordering their Steward to complete the Task promote culture.png Promote Culture council task. Promote culture task base progress is 0.5 per month and can be increased with:

  • Skill of steward by 0.10 per point of stewardship
  • Steward being friend with the ruler by 20%
  • Bureaucrats Dynasty legacy perk by 10%
  • Ostsiedlung regional innovation by 15%
  • Communal identity tenet with the same faith in the county by 50%

List of cultures

Norman culture is not present in the 867 start date, but can be created via the Establish Norman Culture decision. Hungarian culture in not present in the 867 start date, but can be created via the Promote Christian Settlements decision. Sicilian culture is not present in the 867 start date and cannot be created by the player, but will appear at a random point in Southern Italy.

Holy Roman clothing appearance requires the pre-order bonus. Abbasid clothing requires the Expansion Pass. Norse clothing requires the Northern Lords flavor pack. Cultures marked with italics are always dead and only used for character history, but may be enabled with the Ruler Designer.

Group  Culture Baron name Count name Duke name King name Emperor name  Knight name Clothing appearance Army appearance Coat of arms appearance
Akan
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Akan
  • Obaatan/Obaatana
  • Nana
  • Krontihene/Krontihena
  • Omanhene/Omanhena
  • Akanhene/Akanhena
Champion African Sub-Saharan West-African
Guan
Kru
Arabic
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Andalusian
  • Wālī/Wālīa (Wilāyah)
  • Sheikh/Sheikhah (Sheikhdom)
  • Wali/Wâlia [1]
  • Emir/Emira (Emirate)
  • Wali-Emir/Wâlia-Emir [1]
  • Malik/Malika (Malikate)
  • Sultan/Sultana (Sultanate) [2]
  • Wali-Malik/Wâlia-Malik [1]
  • Malik al-Muazzam/Malika al-Muazzama (Empire)
Fāris
  • Abbasid
  • Mena
Mena Arabic
Bedouin
Egyptian
Maghrebi
Mashriqi
Yemeni
Baltic
City western.png
Latgalian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Northern Northern
  • Baltic
  • Steppe
  • Western
Lithuanian
  • Grand Duke/Grand Duchess (Grand Duchy) [3]
Prussian
  • King/Queen
Balto-Finnic
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Estonian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Champion Northern Northern
  • Balto-Finnic
  • Steppe
  • Western
Finnish
Karelian
Sami
Vepsian
Berber
City mena.png
Baranis
  • Nā'ib/Nā'iba (Bou)
  • Ra'īs/Ra'īsa [4]
  • Wālī/Wālīa (Wilāyah)
  • Sheikh/Shaykha (Sheikhdom) [5]
  • Emir/Emira (Emirate)
  • Amīr al-Umarā/Amīra al-Umarā (Grand Emirate)
  • Malik al-Mulūk/Malika al-Mulūk (Empire)
Knight Mena Mena Berber
Butr
Zaghawa
Brythonic
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Breton
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [3]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western Western Western
Cornish
Cumbrian
Pictish
  • Mormaer/Banmormaer (Mormaerdom)
Welsh
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Prince/Princess (Principality) [3]
Burman
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Burmese
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Indian Indian Burman
Mon
Byzantine
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Alan
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Eparch/Eparchessa [1]
  • King/Queen
  • Serene Doge/Serene Dogaressa [1]
  • Emperor/Empress
Hetaeria Byzantine Eastern
  • Byzantine
  • Western
Armenian
  • Prince/Princess (Principality)
  • Eparch/Eparchessa [1]
Assyrian
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Eparch/Eparchessa [1]
Georgian
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Prince/Princess (Principality) [3]
  • Eparch/Eparchessa [1]
Greek
  • Komes/Komitissa
  • Doux/Doukissa
  • Despot/Despotissa
  • Basileus/Basilissa
Central African
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Hausa
  • Gida
  • Petty Magajiya [6]
  • Sarkin Gadi/Sarkina Gadi
  • Magajiya [6]
  • Galadima/Magajiya
  • Grand Magajiya [6]
  • Sarkin/Sarauniya
  • Sarkin Sarakuna/Sarauniyar Sarauniya
Champion African Sub-Saharan Central African
Kanuri
  • Chima Chidibe
  • Chima
  • Galadima
  • Mai/Gumsu
  • Sultan/Sultana
Nupe
Sao
Central Germanic
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Bavarian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Kaiser/Kaiserin
Knight
  • Holy Roman
  • Western
Western
  • German
  • Western
Dutch
Franconian
Frisian
German
Saxon
Swabian
Chinese
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Han
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Mongol Mongol Chinese
Dravidian
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Kannada
  • Damapati/Damapatni (Dama)
  • Thakur/Thakurani (Thikana)
  • Raja/Rani (Raj)
  • Maharaja/Maharani
  • Samrat/Samrajni
Shoorveer Indian Indian Dravidian
Tamil
Telugu
East African
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Daju
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [3]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Mena Mena East African
Ethiopian
  • Ras/Woyzerit
  • Mesfin/Woyzero
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [3]
  • Negus/Nigist
  • Negusa Negast/Itege
Nubian
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [3]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Welayta
East Slavic
City western.png
Ilmenian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Northern Eastern
  • East Slavic
  • Western
Russian
  • Grand Prince/Grand Princess (Grand Principality)
  • Tsar/Tsaritsa (Tsardom)
Severian
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Emperor/Empress
Volhynian
Frankish
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Frankish
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western Western
  • Frankish
  • Western
French
Norman
Occitan
Outremer
Goidelic
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Gaelic
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Mormaer/Banmormaer (Mormaerdom)
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [3]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Northern Western Western
Irish
  • Count/Countess
Guinean Uplander
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Bobo
  • Tigui/Tigua
  • Farin/Farina (Jamana)
  • Jamanatigi/Jamanatiga (Jamana) [3]
  • Farbas/Farba (Duchy)
  • Faama/Malika (Kingdom)
  • Mansa/Sultana (Kurufaba)
Knight African Sub-Saharan West-African
Gur
Malinke
Marka
Mel
Horn African
City mena.png
Afar
  • Akil/Akilad
  • Islan/Islanad
  • Gerad/Geradad
  • Ughaz/Ughazad [4]
  • Suldaan/Suldaanad [7]
  • Boqor/Boqorad
Knight Mena Mena East African
Beja
  • Omda
  • Nazir/Nazira
  • Emir/Emira
  • Malik/Malika
  • Sultan/Sultana
Somali
  • Akil/Akilad
  • Islan/Islanad
  • Gerad/Geradad
  • Ughaz/Ughazad [4]
  • Suldaan/Suldaanad [7]
  • Boqor/Boqorad
Iberian
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Aragonese
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Wālī/Wālīa (Wilāyah) [8]
  • Count/Countess
  • Sheikh/Sheikhah (Sheikhdom) [8]
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Emir/Emira (Emirate) [8]
  • King/Queen
  • Malik/Malika (Malikate) [8]
  • Emperor/Empress
  • Malik al-Muazzam/Malika al-Muazzama (Empire) [8]
Knight Western Western
  • Iberian
  • Western
Asturleonese
Basque
Castilian
Catalan
Galician
Portuguese
Suebi
Visigothic
Indo-Aryan
City india.png
Assamese
  • Damapati/Damapatni (Dama)
  • Thakur/Thakurani (Thikana)
  • Raja/Rani (Raj)
  • Maharaja/Maharani
  • Samrat/Samrajni
Shoorveer Indian Indian Indo-Aryan
Bengali
Gujarati
Hindustani
Kashmiri
Marathi
Nepali
Oriya
Punjabi
Rajput
Sindhi
Sinhala
Iranian
City mena.png
Afghan
  • Argbadh (Arg)
  • Nā'ib/Nā'iba (Arg) [2]
  • Marzoban (Marzpanate)
  • Vali/Valia (Vilāyah) [2]
  • Satrap (Satrapy)
  • Amir/Amira (Amirate) [2]
  • Shah/Banebshen (Shahdom)
  • Amir-e-Amiran/Amira-e-Amiran (Grand Amirate) [2]
  • Shahanshah/Banebshenan Banebshen (Empire)
Aswaran Mena Mena Iranian
Baloch
Daylamite
Khwarezmian
Kurdish
Persian
Saka
Sogdian
  • Ikhshid/Satrap
  • Amir/Amira [2]
Tajik
  • Satrap
  • Amir/Amira [2]
Tocharian
Israelite
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Ashkenazi
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Byzantine Mena Israelite
Sephardi
Latin
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Cisalpine
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Doge/Dogaressa [1]
  • King/Queen
  • Serene Doge/Serene Dogaressa [1]
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western Western
  • Latin
  • Western
Italian
Lombard
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Prince/Princess (Principality) [3]
  • Doge/Dogaressa [1]
Roman
  • Baro/Baronissa (Castrum)
  • Magister/Magistra [1]
  • Comes/Comitissa (County)
  • Praefect [1]
  • Dux/Ducissa (Duchy)
  • Tribune [1]
  • Rex/Regina (Regnum)
  • Consul (League) [1]
  • Imperator/Imperatrix (Imperium)
  • Princeps/Princess (Grand Republic) [1]
  • Byzantine
Sardinian
  • Curadore/Curadora (Curadoria)
  • Judike/Judesa (Judicadu)
  • Archon/Archonesa (Archonate)
  • Doge/Dogaressa [1]
  • King/Queen
  • Serene Doge/Serene Dogaressa [1]
  • Emperor/Empress
  • Western
Sicilian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Doge/Dogaressa [1]
Magyar
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Hungarian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • High King/High Queen
Knight
  • Western
Mongol
  • Magyar
  • Steppe
Mogyër
  • Prince/Princess (Principality)
  • Grand Prince/Grand Princess (Grand Principality)
  • Mongol
Mongolic
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Buryat
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Khan/Khanum (Khanate)
  • Khagan/Khatun (Khaganate)
Baghatur Mongol Mongol
  • Mongol
  • Steppe
Jurchen
Kerait
Khitan
Mongol
  • Taishi
Naiman
  • Baron/Baroness
Oirat
Tuyuhun
North Germanic
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Danish
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [3]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Champion
  • Norse
  • Northern
Norse Western
Norse
  • Þegn
  • Jarl (Jarldom)
Norwegian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
Swedish
Qiangic
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Qiang
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Mongol Mongol Indian
Tangut
Sahelian
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Bozo
  • Horo/Hora
  • Debegume/Debeguma
  • Nyanyagume/Nyanyaguma
  • Maghan/Magha
  • Kaya Magha
Knight African Sub-Saharan West-African
Mossi
Qaw
Songhai
Soninke
Sorko
Senegambian
City mena.png
Pulaar
  • Tigui/Tigua
  • Geer/Geera
  • Damel/Damela
  • Simbago/Simbaga
  • Soma
Knight African Sub-Saharan West-African
Serer
Wolof
South Slavic
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Bosnian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Ban (Banate)
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Byzantine Eastern
  • South Slavic
  • Western
Bulgarian
  • Duke/Duchess
Croatian
  • Ban (Banate)
Serbian
  • Duke/Duchess
Vlach
Tibetan
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Bodpa
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Ngapo/Ngamo (County)
  • Prabhu/Mahila (Duchy/Petty Kingdom) [9]
  • Gyalpo/Gyelpo (Gyalpo)
  • Tsenpo/Maharani (Empire)
Knight Mongol Mongol Tibetan
Kirati
Lhomon
  • Indian
  • Mongol
Sumpa
  • Mongol
Tsangpa
Zhangzhung
Turkic
City india.png
Avar
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Khan/Khanum (Khanate)
  • Khagan/Khatun (Khaganate)
Baghatur Mongol Mongol
  • Turkic
  • Steppe
Bashkir
Bolghar
Chuvash
Cuman
Karluk
Khazar
Kimek
Kipchak
Kirghiz
Laktan
Oghuz(Turkish)
  • Agha/Hanim (Timariot) [7]
  • Beg/Begum (Beylik) [7]
  • Atabeg/Atabegum (Atabegate) [7]
  • Sultan/Sultana (Sultanate) [7]
  • Sultan al-Muazzam/Sultana al-Muazzama (Empire) [7]
Öngüd
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Khan/Khanum (Khanate)
  • Khagan/Khatun (Khaganate)
Pecheneg
Shatuo
Uriankhai
Uyghur
  • Idiqut/Khanum (Khanate)
Yughur
  • Khan/Khanum (Khanate)
Ugro-Permian
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Bjarmian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Northern Northern
  • Ugro-Permian
  • Steppe
Ostyak(Khanty)
Permian
Volga-Finnic
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Mari
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Northern Northern
  • Volga-Finnic
  • Steppe
Merya
Meshchera
Mordvin
Muroma
West Germanic
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Anglo-Saxon
  • Thane
  • Reeve (Borough) [1]
  • Earl/Countess (Earldom)
  • Sheriff (Shire) [1]
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [3]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western Western Western
English
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Earl/Countess (Earldom)
Old Saxon
  • Count/Countess
  • Northern
Scots
  • Thane
  • Provost (Burgh) [1]
  • Earl/Countess (Earldom)
  • Lord Provost/Lady Provost [1]
  • Western
West Slavic
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Czech
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western Eastern
  • West Slavic
  • Western
Polabian
Polish
Pomeranian
Slovien
Yoruba
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Edo
  • Uzama
  • Nana
  • Ajapada
  • Oba
  • Alafin
Knight African Sub-Saharan Central African
Ewe
Igbo
Yoruba

Culture splits

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

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

Sicilian melting pot

Sicilian culture can emerge in any county within the duchies of Benevento, Capua, Apulia, Salerno, Calabria, or Sicily if the following conditions are met:

  • County has Norman, Baranis, Italian, Lombard, or Greek culture
  • The current county holder is one of those five cultures, but is NOT the same as the county's culture

An event can fire on a tri-yearly pulse switching an eligible county's culture to Sicilian. This chance is doubled if the county holder is Norman, and quadrupled if a neighboring county is already Sicilian. Unlike melting pot cultures emerging from a cultural split or created by decision, Sicilian only changes the culture of counties, not characters. A ruler must still use the Convert to Local Culture or (if a Norse adventurer) the Have the Realm Embrace Local Traditions decision to switch to Sicilian. A ruler with Sicilian culture will have an accelerated chance of the culture flip to occur in remaining Norman, Baranis, Italian, Lombard, or Greek counties (provided they border a Sicilian county).

See also

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 (if republic)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 (if Islamic)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 (if independent)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 (if tribal)
  5. (if independent or tribal)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 (if independent female)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 (if feudal or clan)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 (if clan)
  9. Only called petty kingdom if independent.
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