EU4 meritocracy Console Command

Documentation and detailed help with working examples.
meritocracy Command
PlayerDLC: Mandate of Heaven

This command sets the Chinese Emperor of the specified country's meritocracy to the specified amount.

meritocracy [Amount] [Country Tag]



The amount to set the Chinese Emperor's meritocracy to.


The country tag of the country the Chinese Emperor you wish to change the meritocracy of belongs to. If not specified, the country that you are playing as will be affected.


Here are examples of how to use meritocracy.

meritocracy 10

This will set your country's meritocracy to 10

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Quick Overview

The meritocracy command in Europa Universalis IV allows you to modify the meritocracy level of the Chinese Emperor.

Meritocracy is a specific mechanic in the game for the Chinese Empire, which influences different aspects of the gameplay such as adviser costs and mandate growth.

By using this command, you can increase or decrease this level as you desire.

The syntax for the command is meritocracy [amount] where [amount] is the value you want to set the meritocracy to.

In-Depth Description

The meritocracy command in Europa Universalis IV (EU4) is an event command that alters the meritocracy level of the Chinese Emperor. To use it, you would type meritocracy followed by the amount you want to change it by, into the console.

The meritocracy is a mechanic exclusive to countries with the Celestial Empire government type, which in the base scenario is only Ming. This command allows you to directly influence this value by either increasing or decreasing the present level.

The meritocracy score ranges from -100 to 100 and affects various aspects of a nation, including the happiness of the nation's officials and the likelihood of various governmental events triggering.

A higher meritocracy is generally positive and represents a competent and efficient bureaucracy.

If the meritocracy is positive, it reduces corruption and if it is at the maximum value (100), it reduces 0.2 corruption each year.

On the other hand, having a negative meritocracy value can lead to the bureaucrat faction losing power, which can have several significant negative impacts on your country, such as increasing unrest, reducing tax income, and other harmful effects.

So, this command is a powerful tool that can give you direct control over these aspects of your Chinese Empire, letting you improve or worsen your bureaucratic systems at will.

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 .