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Bavaria (ETW Faction)

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Bavaria (ETW Faction)
Bavaria FlagETW.png
Name: Bavaria
From Game: Empire: Total War
Culture: European

Bavaria is an unplayable minor faction in Empire: Total War


Bavaria is a Germanic state that has its roots in the Middle Ages. As of the events of Empire: Total War, Bavaria has emerged from the Thirty-years war as a strong nation, although it will soon have to contend with Hapsburg Austria and the rising power of Prussia.

Historically, Bavaria was able to maintain independence for quite some time by playing off the rivalries between Austria and Prussia. By 1806, the Holy Roman Empire was abolished by Napoleon, and Bavaria's land size doubled. Bavaria fought on Austria's side during the Austro-Prussian War, but did not join the German Union as a result of their defeat. However, when the Franco-Prussian war began, Bavaria (along with the other remaining German nations that did not initially join Prussia) came to Prussia's aid and eventually merged with the other German states to form the German Empire in the late 19th century.

Despite the German losses and resulting aggressive partitioning of World War I and World War II, Bavaria remains part of Germany to this day, accounting for over 20% of its total area.


Bavaria is a Catholic state in south Germany that can provide some early challenge for Prussian players as the large city of Munich allows Bavaria to recruit faster than most of the other German states. Bavaria is also a strategically important territory as it contains a northern pass into Italy although using it requires crossing the Austria province. Bavaria itself is a rich province with a university, making it a potential target for any power in that region. Bavaria can make a good ally and/or protectorate for Catholic countries such as France and Austria. On the flip side, Bavaria can prove troublesome and even deadly for its enemies.

Starting Position

Basics at start

  • Protectorates – None
  • AlliesSpain, Austria
  • Trade PartnersAustria
  • EnemiesBarbary States, Pirates
  • Religion – Catholic
  • Government – Absolute Monarchy
  • Ruler – Maximilian II (King)
  • Population – 1,070,360
  • Prosperity – Destitute
  • Prestige – Feeble
  • Treasury – 7500
  • Technology - None
  • Missionaries – None
  • Rakes – Jurgen Schmitt (Bavaria)
  • Gentlemen – Johann Pachelbel (Munich)

Europe Theatre

Munich, Bavaria
  • Starting Buildings – Army Encampment, Cannon Foundry, Governor’s Palace, Conservatorium
  • Infrastructure - Basic Roads
  • Population – 1,070,360
  • Wealth – 2600
  • Religion – Catholicism 95.0%, Protestantism 5.0%
  • Starting Towns/PortsFranconia Mines (Iron Mine), Nurnberg (Craft Workshops Smiths), Coburg (School)
  • Later Villages/PortsAugsburg (Village)


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