For the Medieval II: Total War faction, see Papal States (Medieval II: Total War). For the faction with the same flag in Empire: Total War, see Italian States.

Papal Flag

Flag of the Papal States

The Papal States are a faction in Napoleon: Total War

Italy CampaignEdit

The Papal States appear in the Italy Campaign, a neutral faction at the outset. It borders Lucca and Tuscany to the west, Austria to the north-west, and Venice to the north.

Should hostilities between France and the Papal States be declared in the singleplayer campaign, France is given the mission to subjugate Ancona (the south-easternmost region), with an 8,000 gold reward. While the reward is substantial--in fact, it's more substantial than that offered by any other mission in the game--Ancona is very well defended, and also very out of the way of France's objectives. Given the limited time frame to complete the Italian Campaign this is a risky mission to undertake. 


Papal States Diplomacy Map Ita NTW

Initial diplomacy map

The Papal States generally have friendly relationships with its western neighbors, Lucca and Tuscany. They may ask for an alliance with France on easier settings, and may declare war on France on harder settings. They sometimes have hostilities with neighboring Venice, although they almost always has good relations with Lucca and Tuscany. The Papal States rarely interact with Austria.

Below is a chart of grievances and friendships other factions have toward the Papal States (factions that are not listed are neutral). Both positive and negative values diminish by 1 per turn over time.

France Lucca
-50 +40

Below is a chart of grievances and friendships the Papal States have toward other factions:

France Lucca Piedmont-Sardinia
-50 +40 +35

Europe CampaignEdit

Basics at startEdit

  • Protectorates – None
  • Allies – None
  • Trade Partners – None
  • Enemies – None
  • Religion – Catholic
  • Government – Absolute Monarchy
  • Ruler – Pius VII
  • Population – 2,345,000
  • Power – Weak
  • Wealth – Moderate
  • Treasury – 5,000
  • Technology - None
  • Spies – None
  • Gentlemen - None
  • Generals - None
  • Admirals - None

The Papal States occupy the center of the Italian Peninsula, with the Kingdom of Italy to its north and the Kingdom of Naples to its south.

Should the Papal States be destroyed, it cannot be brought back into the game via liberation or rebellion. Should either of these occur in its home region, Italy emerges instead.

The region the Papal States occupy has a school, a major city, and a gold mine, and begins Europe with high town wealth. It is a good target for annexation, and the Papal States' initial lack of allies mean that declaring war on it has few short-term repercussions. 


Papal States Diplomacy Map NTW

Initial diplomacy map

The Papal States tend to have historical grievances with non-Catholic factions. While it is friendly with most Catholic factions, several exceptions exist, particularly with France.

In contrast to its northern neighbors, who are allies with France, and its southern neighbors, who are allied with the Coalition, the Papal States are neutral. They tend to ally with the Kingdom of Italy early in the campaign, though they are very passive and rarely move their armies outside of their own lands unless threatened. 

Below are a list of grievances/friendships other factions have with Papal States initially. This list is exhaustive; factions that are not listed do not have friendships or grievances (they are neutral).

Austria France Great Britain Ottoman Empire Prussia Russia Spain Wurttemberg
-35 -65 -25 -45 -50 -60 +50 -35
Batavian Republic Hessen Kingdom of Naples Kingdom of Sardinia Kingdom of Sicily Mecklenburg Sweden Switzerland
+35 -80 +50 +50 +50 -50 -50 +50

Below are a list of grievances/friendships other factions have with Papal States upon emerging. This list is exhaustive; factions that are not listed do not have friendships or grievances (they are neutral).

Austria France Great Britain Ottoman Empire Prussia Russia Spain Wurttemberg
-35 -105 -25 -45 -50 -60 +50 -35
Belgum Brittany Catalonia Hessen Hungary Ireland Italy Mecklenburg
-35 -35 -35 -80 -35 -35 -35 -50
Poland Sweden Switzerland United Netherlands Westphalia
+75 -50 +50 -50 -35

Unit RosterEdit

Italy CampaignEdit

The Papal States has a wider selection of units than most other factions in the Italian Campaign. In addition to the line infantry, militia, grenadiers, heavy cavalry and artillery the other factions field, the Papal States can also recruit skirmishers and light cavalry. Coupled with their propensity to field large armies quickly, this makes the Papal States a more daunting target than most other factions. 

Europe CampaignEdit

The Papal States has access to line infantry, skirmishers, dragoons, hussars, miitia, and grenadiers. It lacks light infantry, guards, and lancer cavalry. It cannot build ships.


  • The Papal States have the same flag as the Italian States, a faction in Empire: Total War.
  • The flag used by the Papal States is the flag of Comtat Venaissin, however, this is inappropriate as this was just a single region in France which was part of the Papal States. A more appropriate flag would be the post 1771 flag of the Papal States.
Napoleon: Total War Factions
Italy Campaign Factions AustriaFranceGenoaLuccaModenaMilanParmaPapal StatesPiedmont-SardiniaTrentSavoyTuscanyVenice
Egypt Campaign Factions FranceBedouinGreat BritainMamelukesOttoman Empire
Europe Campaign Major Factions AustriaFranceGreat BritainOttoman EmpirePrussiaRussiaSpain
Europe Campaign Minor Factions Baden-WürttembergBatavian RepublicBavariaBelgiumBrittanyCataloniaCourlandCrimean KhanateDenmarkGreeceHannoverHessenHungaryIrelandItalyKingdom of ItalyKingdom of NaplesKingdom of SardiniaKingdom of SicilyMecklenburgNorwayOldenburgPolandPapal StatesPortugalRomaniaSaxonyScotlandSwedenSwiss ConfederationUnited NetherlandsWestphalia
Peninsular Campaign Factions FranceGreat BritainPortugalSpain

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