hey guys, as we are all sitting and waiting for the upcoming African DLC i thought it would be fun to talk a bit about a possible future DLC. the topic is meant to address the different ideas and rank them from “likely” to “unlikely” and explain why i rate those factions ideas the way i do. this subject is about Europe only, but i guess it could be fun talking about other factions in the future.
the general points i give to factions are as follows.
engaged in colonial expansion
existed as a country in the period, bonus point if it existed for longer/entire periode
an independent core nationality
engaged in a lot of wars, bonus if they are offensive in nature
cultural significance, AKA how famous are different aspect of a nation including great people.
number of factions fought
Likely to appear
these are the faction that make the most sense either triggering all or most of the checks above
Danes, Denmark-Norway: a large rich regional power in the north of Europe with a small, but long lasting, colonial empire. they represent the last true colonial power from Europe not in the game. the country participated in many of the wars you might be familiar with including the 30 years war, the great Northern war and the Napoleonic war. in terms of nations it fought it hits pretty much all of the current European faction with the only exceptions being Portugal and Spain.
for a more detailed, but definitely not complete, overview of the faction 1 can look at this thread:
Italians, Italian city-states: Italy was doted with dozens of smaller kingdoms and city states, the largest of which would found the core element of any Italian faction. Italians didn’t really have a colonial empire in this periode and they weren’t unified before the very end of the games period (1871). never the less Italians hold a special place in many peoples hearts not least because they are one of the modern major European nations. the Italians where cut content from the original 2005 game, and some of their unique units would be repurposed like the Elmeti and the Organ gun.
if the faction was to appear it likely would appear as a relatively archaic faction as it was originally designed to (also renaissance just was the Italian golden age). sadly there isn’t really any complete faction thread to draw from but id imagine unique swordsmen, crossbows and an age up mechanic similar to the USA.
Poles, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: a rather large state in eastern Europe, and a regional power in the start of the game. Polands focus would be on cavalry, with things like Winged Hussars. sadly i dont know too much about Poland in this period and i feel like there is a lag of a faction design thread for them, never the less i guess most people are familiar enough with them.
serious but unlikely
these are factions that actually existed, actually did some things but for various reasons dont make sense to add. the reason is actually common for both of them: they are already in the game, they are called germans.
Austrians, Austrian Empire: a rather large state in south central europe, and also the most controversial nation on this list. if you wanna find out why its controversial then just read any faction thread with them in it. as for not being included then they are germans in this period, not a seperate entity and the german faction clearly has a lot of units and revolutions related to them.
Prussians, Prussia: a country that towards the end of the periode achieved the rank of great power. again clearly a lot of their aspects exist in the german faction both in terms of leader, unit and HC.
for more reading i would suggest these topics:
these are faction ideas i for some reason have read and which i just feel like popping once and for all, either because the faction straight up didn’t exist or because they just did litterally nothing in the periode.
Switzerland: perhaps the most common idea, so lets pop it. first of all the swiss are German, they technically already fall within the German faction. after that there are 2 claims to fame: 1 their mercenaries exemplified by their papal guard. 2 the myth of being impossible to invade.
Switzerland got invaded twice in the periode, 1 of which they succeeded to defend and the other 1 they got incorporated into the French sphere as a “sister republic”. you can read about the other 1 here:
so yeah Switzerland, unimportant, not invincible and German, i dont think we need to discuss this faction anymore because they make 0 sense.
Bohemia: their principal unit, the war wagon, is already in the German roster and it was a part of the HRE in the entire periode. was barely involved in any wars to begin with.
Belgians: they didn’t even exist until 1830 and didn’t get any colonies until after the games periode. the only way i can see them added is as a revolution to France and the Dutch.
i could go on but i dont feel like these are the most common i see.