EU4 add_claim Console Command

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add_claim Command
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This command allows the player to lay a claim to a province.

add_claim [Province ID] [Country Tag]


The ID of the province you want to lay claim to.


The country that will be laying claim to the province. This is optional.


Here are examples of how to use add_claim.

add_claim 236

This command adds a claim to London, which has the province ID of 236.

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Quick Overview

In Europa Universalis IV (EU4), the add_claim command is used to add a claim to a province. A claim gives your country a cause to go to war with the province's owner, and it reduces the cost of taking the province in a peace deal.

In-Depth Description

In Europa Universalis IV (EU4), the add_claim console command is an instruction that is employed to add a claim to a specific province for a given country. Using this command properly allows you to create a justification or casus belli for a war against another country without the usual game processes.

When using the add_claim command, the syntax should be as follows:

add_claim [province id] [country tag]


  1. [province id] should be replaced with the ID of the province you wish to claim. These are specific numbers assigned to each province in the game.

  2. [country tag] should be replaced with the tag of the country you want to create the claim for. These are unique identifiers for each country, typically in the form of a three-letter code (e.g., 'ENG' for England, 'FRA' for France). The country_tag is optional.

For instance, if you're playing as France (FRA) and you want to add a claim to the province of London (which, as of 2021, had the province ID '236'), you would enter the following command:

add_claim 236 FRA

This will add a claim to the province of London for France, meaning you could go to war with England to take control of the province with a justified reason. This also makes taking control of the province cheaper in terms of diplomatic power during the peace treaty negotiation, compared to taking provinces you have no claim on.

How to Open the Command Console

In EU4, cheats are executed from the command console, a text box that you type commands into.

To open the command console press the ~(tilde) key, which is typically located under ESC (escape).

If your keyboard does not have that key, or pressing ~ does not work, try the following keys:

  • ~
  • SHIFT + 2
  • SHIFT + 3
  • ALT + 2 + 1

Type your command into the console, and then press ENTER .