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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 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[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 adult 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 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

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[edit]

The Holy Roman clothing appearance requires the pre-order bonus, while the Abbasid clothing requires the Expansion Pass. Cultures marked with italics are always dead and only used for character history.


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
  • Obaatan/Obaatana
  • Nana
  • Krontihene/Krontihena
  • Omanhene/Omanhena
  • Akanhene/Akanhena
Champion Mena
City mena.png
African Sub-Saharan West-African
Guan
Kru
Arabic Andalusian
  • Wālī/Wālīa (Wilāyah)
  • Sheikh/Sheikhah (Sheikhdom)
  • Wali/Wâlia [2]
  • Emir/Emira (Emirate)
  • Wali-Emir/Wâlia-Emir [2]
  • Malik/Malika (Malikate)
  • Sultan/Sultana (Sultanate) [3]
  • Wali-Malik/Wâlia-Malik [2]
  • Malik al-Muazzam/Malika al-Muazzama (Empire)
Fāris Mena
City mena.png
  • Abbasid
  • Mena
Mena Arabic
Bedouin
Egyptian
Maghrebi
Mashriqi
Yemeni
Baltic Latgalian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western
City western.png
Northern Northern
  • Baltic
  • Steppe
  • Western
Lithuanian
  • Grand Duke/Grand Duchess (Grand Duchy) [4]
Prussian
  • King/Queen
Balto-Finnic Estonian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Champion Western
City western.png
Northern Northern
  • Balto-Finnic
  • Steppe
  • Western
Finnish
Karelian
Sami
Vepsian
Berber Baranis
  • Nā'ib/Nā'iba (Bou)
  • Ra'īs/Ra'īsa [5]
  • Wālī/Wālīa (Wilāyah)
  • Sheikh/Shaykha (Sheikhdom) [6]
  • Emir/Emira (Emirate)
  • Amīr al-Umarā/Amīra al-Umarā (Grand Emirate)
  • Malik al-Mulūk/Malika al-Mulūk (Empire)
Knight Mena
City mena.png
Mena Mena Berber
Butr
Zaghawa
Brythonic Breton
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [4]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western
City western.png
Western Western Western
Cornish
Cumbrian
Pictish
  • Mormaer/Banmormaer (Mormaerdom)
Welsh
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Prince/Princess (Principality) [4]
Burman Burmese
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Indian
City india.png
Indian Indian Burman
Mon
Byzantine Alan
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Eparch/Eparchessa [2]
  • King/Queen
  • Serene Doge/Serene Dogaressa [2]
  • Emperor/Empress
Hetaeria Mediterranean
City mediterranean.png
Byzantine Eastern
  • Byzantine
  • Western
Armenian
  • Prince/Princess (Principality)
  • Eparch/Eparchessa [2]
Assyrian
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Eparch/Eparchessa [2]
Georgian
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Prince/Princess (Principality) [4]
  • Eparch/Eparchessa [2]
Greek
  • Komes/Komitissa
  • Doux/Doukissa
  • Despot/Despotissa
  • Basileus/Basilissa
Central African Hausa
  • Gida
  • Petty Magajiya [7]
  • Sarkin Gadi/Sarkina Gadi
  • Magajiya [7]
  • Galadima/Magajiya
  • Grand Magajiya [7]
  • Sarkin/Sarauniya
  • Sarkin Sarakuna/Sarauniyar Sarauniya
Champion Mena
City mena.png
African Sub-Saharan Central African
Kanuri
  • Chima Chidibe
  • Chima
  • Galadima
  • Mai/Gumsu
  • Sultan/Sultana
Nupe
Sao
Central Germanic Bavarian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Kaiser/Kaiserin
Knight Western
City western.png
  • Holy Roman
  • Western
Western
  • German
  • Western
Dutch
Franconian
Frisian
German
Saxon
Swabian
Chinese Han
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Indian
City india.png
Mongol Mongol Han
Dravidian Kannada
  • Damapati/Damapatni (Dama)
  • Thakur/Thakurani (Thikana)
  • Raja/Rani (Raj)
  • Maharaja/Maharani
  • Samrat/Samrajni
Shoorveer Indian
City india.png
Indian Indian Dravidian
Tamil
Telugu
East African Daju
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [4]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Mena
City mena.png
Mena Mena East African
Ethiopian
  • Ras/Woyzerit
  • Mesfin/Woyzero
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [4]
  • Negus/Nigist
  • Negusa Negast/Itege
Nubian
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [4]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Welayta
East Slavic Ilmenian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western
City western.png
Northern Eastern
  • East Slavic
  • Western
Russian
  • Grand Prince/Grand Princess (Grand Principality)
  • Tsar/Tsaritsa (Tsardom)
Severian
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Emperor/Empress
Volhynian
Frankish Frankish
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western
City western.png
Western Western
  • Frankish
  • Western
French
Norman
Occitan
Outremer
Goidelic Gaelic
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Mormaer/Banmormaer (Mormaerdom)
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [4]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western
City western.png
Northern Western Western
Irish
  • Count/Countess
Guinean Uplander Bobo
  • Tigui/Tigua
  • Farin/Farina (Jamana)
  • Jamanatigi/Jamanatiga (Jamana) [4]
  • Farbas/Farba (Duchy)
  • Faama/Malika (Kingdom)
  • Mansa/Sultana (Kurufaba)
Knight Mena
City mena.png
African Sub-Saharan West-African
Gur
Malinke
Marka
Mel
Horn African Afar
  • Akil/Akilad
  • Islan/Islanad
  • Gerad/Geradad
  • Ughaz/Ughazad [5]
  • Suldaan/Suldaanad [8]
  • Boqor/Boqorad
Knight Mena
City mena.png
Mena Mena East African
Beja
  • Omda
  • Nazir/Nazira
  • Emir/Emira
  • Malik/Malika
  • Sultan/Sultana
Somali
  • Akil/Akilad
  • Islan/Islanad
  • Gerad/Geradad
  • Ughaz/Ughazad [5]
  • Suldaan/Suldaanad [8]
  • Boqor/Boqorad
Iberian Aragonese
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Wālī/Wālīa (Wilāyah) [9]
  • Count/Countess
  • Sheikh/Sheikhah (Sheikhdom) [9]
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Emir/Emira (Emirate) [9]
  • King/Queen
  • Malik/Malika (Malikate) [9]
  • Emperor/Empress
  • Malik al-Muazzam/Malika al-Muazzama (Empire) [9]
Knight Mediterranean
City mediterranean.png
Western Western
  • Iberian
  • Western
Asturleonese
Basque
Castilian
Catalan
Galician
Portuguese
Suebi
Visigothic
Indo-Aryan Assamese
  • Damapati/Damapatni (Dama)
  • Thakur/Thakurani (Thikana)
  • Raja/Rani (Raj)
  • Maharaja/Maharani
  • Samrat/Samrajni
Shoorveer Indian
City india.png
Indian Indian Indo-Aryan
Bengali
Gujarati
Hindustani
Kashmiri
Marathi
Nepali
Oriya
Punjabi
Rajput
Sindhi
Sinhala
Iranian Afghan
  • Argbadh (Arg)
  • Nā'ib/Nā'iba (Arg) [3]
  • Marzoban (Marzpanate)
  • Vali/Valia (Vilāyah) [3]
  • Satrap (Satrapy)
  • Amir/Amira (Amirate) [3]
  • Shah/Banebshen (Shahdom)
  • Amir-e-Amiran/Amira-e-Amiran (Grand Amirate) [3]
  • Shahanshah/Banebshenan Banebshen (Empire)
Aswaran Mena
City mena.png
Mena Mena Iranian
Baloch
Daylamite
Khwarezmian
Kurdish
Persian
Saka
Sogdian
  • Ikhshid/Satrap
  • Amir/Amira [3]
Tajik
  • Satrap
  • Amir/Amira [3]
Tocharian
Israelite Ashkenazi
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Mena
City mena.png
Byzantine Mena Israelite
Sephardi
Latin Cisalpine
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Doge/Dogaressa [2]
  • King/Queen
  • Serene Doge/Serene Dogaressa [2]
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Mediterranean
City mediterranean.png
Western Western
  • Latin
  • Western
Italian
Lombard
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Prince/Princess (Principality) [4]
  • Doge/Dogaressa [2]
Roman
  • Baro/Baronissa (Castrum)
  • Magister/Magistra [2]
  • Comes/Comitissa (County)
  • Praefect [2]
  • Dux/Ducissa (Duchy)
  • Tribune [2]
  • Rex/Regina (Regnum)
  • Consul (League) [2]
  • Imperator/Imperatrix (Imperium)
  • Princeps/Princess (Grand Republic) [2]
Sardinian
  • Curadore/Curadora (Curadoria)
  • Judike/Judesa (Judicadu)
  • Archon/Archonesa (Archonate)
  • Doge/Dogaressa [2]
  • King/Queen
  • Serene Doge/Serene Dogaressa [2]
  • Emperor/Empress
Sicilian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Doge/Dogaressa [2]
Magyar Hungarian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • High King/High Queen
Knight Western
City western.png
Mongol Mongol
  • Magyar
  • Steppe
Mogyër
  • Prince/Princess (Principality)
  • Grand Prince/Grand Princess (Grand Principality)
Mongolic Buryat
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Khan/Khanum (Khanate)
  • Khagan/Khatun (Khaganate)
Baghatur Indian
City india.png
Mongol Mongol
  • Mongol
  • Steppe
Jurchen
Kerait
Khitan
Mongol
  • Taishi
Naiman
  • Baron/Baroness
Oirat
Tuyuhun
North Germanic Danish
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [4]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Champion Western
City western.png
Northern Northern Western
Norse
  • Þegn
  • Jarl (Jarldom)
Norwegian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
Swedish
Qiangic Qiang
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Indian
City india.png
Mongol Mongol Indian
Tangut
Sahelian Bozo
  • Horo/Hora
  • Debegume/Debeguma
  • Nyanyagume/Nyanyaguma
  • Maghan/Magha
  • Kaya Magha
Knight Mena
City mena.png
African Sub-Saharan West-African
Mossi
Qaw
Songhai
Soninke
Sorko
Senegambian Pulaar
  • Tigui/Tigua
  • Geer/Geera
  • Damel/Damela
  • Simbago/Simbaga
  • Soma
Knight Mena
City mena.png
African Sub-Saharan West-African
Serer
Wolof
South Slavic Bosnian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Ban (Banate)
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Mediterranean
City mediterranean.png
Byzantine Eastern
  • South Slavic
  • Western
Bulgarian
  • Duke/Duchess
Croatian
  • Ban (Banate)
Serbian
  • Duke/Duchess
Vlach
Tibetan Bodpa
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Ngapo/Ngamo (County)
  • Prabhu/Mahila (Duchy/Petty Kingdom) [10]
  • Gyalpo/Gyelpo (Gyalpo)
  • Tsenpo/Maharani (Empire)
Knight Indian
City india.png
Mongol Mongol Tibetan
Kirati
Lhomon
Sumpa
Tsangpa
Zhangzhung
Turkic Avar
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Khan/Khanum (Khanate)
  • Khagan/Khatun (Khaganate)
Baghatur Indian
City india.png
Mongol Mongol
  • Turkic
  • Steppe
Bashkir
Bolghar
Chuvash
Cuman
Karluk
Khazar
Kimek
Kipchak
Kirghiz
Laktan
Oghuz
  • Agha/Hanim (Timariot) [8]
  • Beg/Begum (Beylik) [8]
  • Atabeg/Atabegum (Atabegate) [8]
  • Sultan/Sultana (Sultanate) [8]
  • Sultan al-Muazzam/Sultana al-Muazzama (Empire) [8]
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 Bjarmian
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western
City western.png
Northern Northern
  • Ugro-Permian
  • Steppe
Ostyak
Permian
Volga-Finnic Mari
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western
City western.png
Northern Northern
  • Volga-Finnic
  • Steppe
Merya
Meshchera
Mordvin
Muroma
West Germanic Anglo-Saxon
  • Thane
  • Reeve (Borough) [2]
  • Earl/Countess (Earldom)
  • Sheriff (Shire) [2]
  • Duke/Duchess
  • Petty King/Petty Queen (Petty Kingdom) [4]
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western
City western.png
Western Western Western
English
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Earl/Countess (Earldom)
Old Saxon
  • Count/Countess
Scots
  • Thane
  • Provost (Burgh) [2]
  • Earl/Countess (Earldom)
  • Lord Provost/Lady Provost [2]
West Slavic Czech
  • Baron/Baroness
  • Count/Countess
  • Duke/Duchess
  • King/Queen
  • Emperor/Empress
Knight Western
City western.png
Western Eastern
  • West Slavic
  • Western
Polabian
Polish
Pomeranian
Slovien
Yoruba Edo
  • Uzama
  • Nana
  • Ajapada
  • Oba
  • Alafin
Knight Mena
City mena.png
African Sub-Saharan Central African
Ewe
Igbo
Yoruba

Culture splits[edit]

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 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. forum:1416565/page-2#post-26861541 Mruuh's post in "How do I switch culture for my character?" thread
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 (if republic)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 (if Islamic)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 (if independent)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 (if tribal)
  6. (if independent or tribal)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 (if independent female)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 (if feudal or clan)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 (if clan)
  10. Only called petty kingdom if independent.
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