Although it prioritizes painting the map to a lesser degree than other grand strategy games, Victoria 3 still allows you to pursue power, formable nations being one way of showing everyone else that you do, indeed, mean business.
Nation formation is a tool that's available to several playable countries across the globe in Victoria 3. To access the menu and view your currently available formable nations, click on the Cultures button on the left side of your screen or press F8. Then, select the Nation Formation tab in the newly opened menu.
Victoria 3 Formable Nations
There, you'll find your list of available Victoria 3 formable nations. The numbers on the right side of the button for each of them quickly shows how many of the required state regions you own, but you can click any nation to see a more detailed breakdown of what's required.
It's worth noting that, depending on who you play as, you may see no choices at all or more than just one choice. Hovering your mouse over the button handily highlights the potential borders of your chosen nation.
Clicking on any of the available picks opens up a new menu that includes the buttons which allow you to kickstart the process of nation formation in Victoria 3, alongside a detailed list of all potential state regions that can go into said formable nation.
The more widespread approach to nation formation in Victoria 3 is the Minor Unification. In every case, this involves exerting control over a set number of potential state regions.
Whether conquered or subjugated, their territory becomes part of the new formable nation once the process is complete.
Depending on who you're playing as, you may also need to unlock specific technologies and/or have a particular culture as primary.
The tooltips you can bring up by hovering the mouse over the Form Country button always show precisely what you need to do.
Once all the objectives are met, clicking the button automatically sees you playing as the new formable nation, which is always of a higher tier.
The other approach, of Major Unifications, is only available in specific cases, such as the formable nations of Germany or Italy. Once you unlock the Nationalism technology, you become eligible for the role of an Unification Candidate.
Eligibility is locked behind reaching at least the rank of Major Power. Since there can only be up to 3 Unification Candidates at any time, this list can change as the game progresses.
Non-candidate countries can declare their support for a candidate of their choice, their land counting towards the candidate's state region requirement.
You'll also have access to the National Leadership and Unification diplomatic plays. The former sees one candidate challenging the others in an effort to force them to give up their candidacy.
The losing side can then no longer become a Unification Candidate again while lowering their maximum potential number by 1.
The Unification play becomes available when only one Unification Candidate remains, starting the process to creating the new Victoria 3 formable nation.
Supporting countries join the Candidate who is opposed by the other countries involved. In addition, you may see other forces with interests in the region joining in.
That's it for this look at how Victoria 3's nation formation works and how its formable nations can get you more prestige.
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