EU4 legitimacy Console Command

Documentation and detailed help with working examples.
legitimacy Command
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The command can be used to change the legitimacy of the specified country's leader.

legitimacy [Amount] [Country Tag]



The value to set the specified country's leader's legitimacy to.

The country tag of the country's leader you wish to change the legitimacy of. If not specified, the leader of your current country will be affected.


Here are examples of how to use legitimacy.

legitimacy 5

This command would set the legitimacy of your current leader to 5.

assimilate 5 JAP

This command would set the legitimacy of Japan's leader to 5. JAP is the country code for Japan.

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Quick Overview

The "legitimacy" command in EU4 allows you to set the legitimacy of your current ruler. In this context, legitimacy refers to the overall acceptance of the ruler by the state's nobility and citizens. Legitimacy can impact many aspects of gameplay, including stability, diplomatic relations, and the likelihood of revolts. It is usually given in the range of 0-100. By typing this command and adding a numerical value afterwards, you can immediately modify your ruler's legitimacy to that value. For example, entering "legitimacy 100" would set your current ruler’s legitimacy to 100.

In-Depth Description

The "legitimacy" command in Europa Universalis IV is a console command that allows you to set the legitimacy of your current ruler to a specified value. In the game, 'legitimacy' is a measure of how much your people recognize your right to rule. A high legitimacy can provide benefits such as better relations with other nations, higher stability, and lower revolt risk.

This command is applicable to those countries that have a monarchy as their government form, the legitimacy number range being 0 to 100. For example, if you were to input "legitimacy 75", the legitimacy value of the current ruler would be set to 75.

This command can be helpful in cases where you need to quickly increase your legitimacy without going through the usual in-game methods, such as royal marriages or certain diplomatic actions. However, it is considered cheating and is typically used for testing or experimentation purposes, or to create unique gameplay scenarios. It should be primarily used when you are facing a lot of internal instability due to low legitimacy, or for gaining an edge in diplomatic relationships.

Also, it's worth noting that this command does not apply to nations with government forms that don't use legitimacy, such as republics or theocracies, which use 'republican tradition' and 'devotion' respectively, instead of legitimacy.

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 .