普罗旺斯（英文：Provence）是一个处在欧西坦尼亚地区的中等国家，位于法兰西区域。 在1444年开局，他们联合统治了 洛林。从历史上看，它们的宿敌是 阿拉贡，并且它们的国家被分割成了三个部分：在法兰西东南方的普罗旺斯和福卡勒基耶省，布列塔尼东边的安茹省，以及洛林西部的巴鲁瓦省。在1444年，普罗旺斯与 法兰西有相同的王朝，这将提供一个联合统治的机会。它们有几个核心，一个在法兰西，一个在 英格兰，还有一个在 教宗国。
开局时各个邻近主要国家所设定的宿敌情况会对早期游戏策略产生决定性的影响。 举个例子，如果 法兰西设定你为宿敌或者态度不甚友好，那么就很可能需要寻求与 奥地利或者 卡斯蒂利亚的一份盟约以与之抗衡。如果玩家想要把扩张目标放在 阿拉贡身上，与卡斯蒂利亚结盟将会很有帮助；而要是想解决虎视眈眈的 勃艮第，奥地利则会是更好的帮手。而如果法兰西开局时对你态度友好，则可以获得一个实力雄厚且眼下利益趋同的宝贵盟友，充分借助其力量，可以达成对 勃艮第、 布列塔尼或是 阿拉贡的巨大优势乃至征服. 在早期不建议向神圣罗马帝国方向扩张，帝国皇帝奥地利将会对帝国成员进行保护。
Taking back Avignon
Avignon is a grasslands center of trade province producing cloth, and a fort which the player should delete as their nearby province of Provence already has a fort in hills terrain. Thankfully losing the core is not a problem, as Provence is the primary nation of Occitan culture. The 教宗国 starts out in control of Avignon.
Joining the Holy Roman Empire
Joining the Holy Roman Empire is a possibility and would help protect from the outside threats of 法兰西, 布列塔尼, and 勃艮第. In order to do this, high relations are required with the Emperor of the HRE. This usually means improving relations with them, getting an alliance and royal marriage. Then adding the Provencal provinces to the HRE from the province interface.
Provence as a leading maritime nation
If the player decides to go for trade, Provence are in perhaps the best position in the game to do so. The player should start out with the most trade power in the Genoa trade node, having annexed, or vassalised 布列塔尼 also helps maintain the most trade power in Bordeaux when Provence annexes them. Game as a trade nation involves trying to monopolise trade in the Genoa trade node. This means trying to take as many centres of trade and estuaries in the Genoa trade node. Taking those of 阿拉贡 relatively early is advisable (before Iberian Wedding fires) by means of alliances with 法兰西 or 卡斯蒂利亚, as they will be more difficult to take once under a personal union with Castile. Other than Aragonese trade provinces in Valencia and Tarragona, those of Firenze and Genoa would also prove helpful for monopolising trade in the Genoa node. In addition to developing trade power in the Genoa node, doing the same in the upstream nodes of Alexandria, Tunis, Ragusa, Sevilla and Champagne will help to draw even further trade value into the Genoa node.
First idea could be diplomatic ideas. In order to survive, Provence needs many relations and good reputation, and diplomatic ideas does just that. As a member of the HRE, the player can stack reputation quite easily and also play the emperor game, if they so wish to.
Another contender is influence as it helps with early game expansion and gives a lot of diplomatic bonuses aswell.
Second idea and beyond
Provence can play both as a land or naval power, depending on what the player chooses. It is worth considering the following:
- Maritime - the player has great potential as a maritime nation, this will help stacking galleys.
- Influence - If Provence wants to stack even more reputation, relations and AE reduction.
- Offensive/Quantity - Offensive if the player wants to have better land troops and Quantity if the player wants more manpower and soldiers but this is more expensive.
- Trade - Provence can earn a large and significant income from the Genoa node.
If the Hundred Years War has not started by the time the player has joined the HRE, then the player can declare a reconquest war on England, taking northern France, and giving the southern provinces to France; however, because they are French cores, France may turn hostile, necessitating another strong alliance, such as Castille. Since the player will probably be allied to Austria as well, they can probably take on France, unless France gets stronger allies. Other avenues of expansion are Burgundy, Brittany, and Savoy (to connect the 3 parts of the Provencal realm).
For this achievement Provence will have to conquer 耶路撒冷, and the 2 coastal provinces left to it. Using a no CB war on Tunis will help getting a foothold on north africa after that eating islands or taking direct land will secure the Kingdom of Jerusalem in a whim.