In the game Europa Universalis IV, I have been trying to get the achievement where you, as a unified Japan, have to change your state religion to Catholicism. I did manage to get the unification part by the mid 1600's diplomatically (which I think should be an achievement as well) and I have trade connections to both French Mexico, a Flemish colony in Baja California, as well as a Portuguese colony in Australia. Even with these connections there is absolutely no christian minority, let alone zealot rebels within my borders, to aid in the conversion process.

In what ways can I bring Christ to my nation if there's nobody that worships him, even with European contacts?

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    I'm thinking people might be a bit confused if this hits HNQ....
    – Malco
    Sep 19, 2017 at 14:33
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    Nice try, Francis Xavier...
    – Brysonic
    Sep 19, 2017 at 14:54

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The easiest way to convert to a religion is to capture a province of said religion from a neighboring opponent. Once this is done, you have to make religious zealots appear so that they convert half of your provinces. You can do so by sending a missionary to try to convert this new province, but drop the missionary funding to 0 ducats. The goal here is to raise the unrest (+6 from the missionary) for as long as it takes to make the zealots appear without really converting the province to your current state religion.

Once the zealots are there, and have control of your province, they will move on from province to province, converting each one of them the second they have won the siege. Once they have control of 50% of your provinces, you can accept their demands, which will change your state religion to the desired religion.

All that remains for you is to convert your other provinces.

I have not personally tested if they can automatically move to provinces overseas (in your case I would assume the nearest catholic province will be in the new world, unless France, Spain or Portugal have colonies somewhere in Malaysia and or Australia), but other types of rebel can "teleport" to remote provinces, so I assume religious zealots can too. If you are not neighboring any catholic countries, you have to find a way to do so, else it will be impossible to convert your country to the teachings of Cathol.

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    This is true for any country. But Japan has an event for converting to a Christian faith. In Mandate of Heaven you have to "Welcome Christianity" in the corresponding incident. Don't know about vanilla though.
    – Tom
    Sep 26, 2017 at 12:53
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    Yep, without Mandate of Heaven, there will still be conversion events. I think daimyos get events to convert to Catholicism, and Japan will get province conversion events and eventually Catholic rebellion events eventually. In that case, just let them siege down provinces and force-convert you.
    – xuq01
    Dec 28, 2017 at 15:49

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