General InformationEdit

Netherlands The Netherlands is playable from January 5th, 1477 to the present day. The Dutch border Belgium Belgium to the south, and Germany Germany to the east.

See also: Belgium Belgium, Germany Germany, Modern France France, Luxembourg Luxembourg, Holland Holland, Spain Spain, Austria Austria, Flag of Indonesia Indonesia, Suriname Suriname


Present DayEdit

The Netherlands starts off in an interesting position in Europe. You only border 2 countries: Germany Germany and Belgium Belgium. Try to seek an alliance with Modern France France, Flag of Poland Poland, Great Britain Great Britain, and possible Germany Germany if the Germans are friendly towards you.

The European RouteEdit

This strategy is tricky because it will not work unless Netherlands The Netherlands leaves or certain countries leave the European Union European Union.

Immediately rival and start fabricating on Belgium Belgium from day one. They are going to be your first route of expanding into Europe. You are going to want to ally Modern France France or Germany Germany in order to crush Belgium and his allies. If Belgium allies with Germany or France, you might want to restart because you will not be able to defeat either the Germans or the French by yourself. Once Belgium has been dealt with, your next target is Luxembourg Luxembourg. Luxembourg Luxembourg is extremely easy to annex because they will have almost no military or allies. From this point onward, expansion can be a bit tricky. Backstabbing Modern France France or Germany Germany when the two are severely weakened from fighting a war against either each other, or against other European nations, is the way to go. When that happens, launch your aggressive Dutch surprise attack against them.

The Caribbean/South American RouteEdit

As the Netherlands, you actually control three islands in the Caribbean: Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten. You can use this to your advantage by fabricating and easily annexing the Caribbean OPM's, as well as fabricating on Venezuela Venezuela. Securing an alliance with Brazil Brazil will not only be easy (they are almost always Friendly towards the Dutch), but the Brazilians will make your South American conquests much easier than expanding by yourself.

Form Netherlands Edit


  • This country:
    • Primary Culture is Dutch or
    • Primary Culture is Flemish or
    • Is Burgundy Burgundy
  • Is not:
  • Netherlands Netherlands does not exist
  • Administrative Technology is at least 55
  • Is not a subject nation
  • Is not a nomad nation
  • At Peace
  • Owns cores on:
    • Breda (95)
    • Zeeland (96)
    • Holland (97)
    • Utrecht (98)
    • Gelre (99)
    • Friesland (100)

Upon Enactment:

  • Country changes to Netherlands Netherlands
  • If Burgundy Burgundy, then:
    • Change primary culture to Dutch
    • Capital moves to Amsterdam (97)
    • Cede all provinces in the French region to France France
  • Set government rank to Kingdom, if not higher tier
  • If an Holy Roman Empire HRE member and not an elector or emperor, leave the empire.
  • Gain gain a permanent claim on the Low Countries and Picardy regions.
  • Gain 28px-Prestige 25 prestige.
  • Gain Dutch Ideas & Ambitions

Dutch Ideas and Traditions Edit


  1. +50% Naval Force Limit Modifier
  2. -10% Shipbuilding Time


  1. Found the Amsterdam Wisselbank: +0.10 Yearly Inflation Reduction
  2. Dutch Trading Spirit: +1 Merchants & +10% Trade Range
  3. Polders: -10% Development Cost
  4. Instructie voor de Admiraliteiten: +2 Naval Leader Fire
  5. Embrace Humanism: +3 Tolerance of Heretics
  6. Army Sappers: +10% Siege Ability
  7. Platoon Fire: +10% Infantry Combat Ability


  1. +15% Trade Efficiency