Canal

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The Suez canal, what aspiring canal workers can look forward to.

Canals are a type of late game 'great project' decisions[1] that primarily function to ease the movement of fleets between theaters of war. Currently they allow for anyone to pass through, regardless of relation to the canal owner. Once completed, they add +20 trade power to the province.

To initiate construction the player must have:

  • Level 26 Administrative tech.png administrative technology
  • Own specific Province icon.png provinces
  • Gold Icon.png Ducats equal to the cost of the canal (varies between canals)

During construction, events[2] will occur where the player will have to choose between investing monarch points or wait an additional length of Time Icon.png time before construction can be completed. The duration of this setback is proportional to the total number of days the canal will be under construction from start to finish, so choosing to delay construction will make further setbacks worse, if they occur. Conversely, good events that advance canal construction will lessen the progress-related impact of both good and negative canal events in the future.

Prior to Patch 1.10 it was possible to sell the provinces in which the canal was to be built and send money to a vassal so that the vassal would build it, thus avoiding the events. However, the AI needed a treasury of 50,000 Gold Icon.png ducats to start the project.[3] Now only independent nations can build canals, but they can be built if the provinces are owned by a vassal.

There are 3 canals that can be built: the Kiel Canal, the Suez Canal, and the Panama Canal. They cost Gold Icon.png 10,000, Gold Icon.png 20,000, and Gold Icon.png 30,000 respectively. The Kiel canal has fewer negative events than the other two, and costs the least amount of ducats, though it is also arguably the least useful. Both the Suez and Kiel canals require two provinces to build, while the Panama canal only requires one province.

Construct the Canal[edit]

Execute decision.pngConstruct the Kiel Canal


Cutting a canal across the Jutland Peninsula to connect the Baltic Sea to the North Sea is a truly mammoth task that once completed will severely cut the travel time of our ships. But the project is very expensive and may run into additional problems along the way...


 
Potential Requirements
  • Any of the following:
    • Is not AI controlled
    • All of the following:
      • Has at least 20000 ducats in the treasury
      • Holstein is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Has discovered Holstein
  • Holstein:
    • in our country colonial range
    • Does not have the Kiel canal great project
    • Is not constructing Canal
  • Administrative technology is at least 20
Allow
  • Holstein is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Is not a vassal
  • Administrative technology is at least 26
  • Has at least 10000 ducats in the treasury

Effects
  • Changes treasury by -10000 ducats
  • Holstein:
    • Add the Kiel canal great project


Execute decision.pngConstruct the Suez Canal


Cutting a canal to separate Africa from the Sinai Peninsula in order to connect the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea is a truly mammoth task that once completed will severely cut the travel time of our ships. But the project is very expensive and may run into additional problems along the way...


 
Potential Requirements
  • Any of the following:
    • Is not AI controlled
    • All of the following:
      • Has at least 40000 ducats in the treasury
      • Damietta is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Has discovered Damietta
  • Damietta:
    • in our country colonial range
    • Does not have the Suez canal great project
    • Is not constructing Canal
  • Administrative technology is at least 20
Allow
  • Damietta is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Suez is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Is not a vassal
  • Administrative technology is at least 26
  • Has at least 20000 ducats in the treasury

Effects
  • Changes treasury by -20000 ducats
  • Damietta:
    • Add the Suez canal great project


Execute decision.pngConstruct the Panama Canal


Cutting a canal across the isthmus of Panama to connect the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean is a truly mammoth task that once completed will severely cut the travel time of our ships. But the project is very expensive and may run into additional problems along the way...


 
Potential Requirements
  • Random New World disabled
  • Any of the following:
    • Is not AI controlled
    • All of the following:
      • Has at least 60000 ducats in the treasury
      • Panama is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Has discovered Panama
  • Panama:
    • in our country colonial range
    • Does not have the Panama canal great project
    • Is not constructing Canal
  • Administrative technology is at least 20
Allow
  • Panama is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Is not a vassal
  • Administrative technology is at least 26
  • Has at least 30000 ducats in the treasury

Effects
  • Changes treasury by -30000 ducats
  • Panama:
    • Add the Panama canal great project


Cancel Construction[edit]

Execute decision.pngCancel the Kiel Canal


Our project to construct the Kiel canal has been deemed too costly and will be canceled.


 
Potential Requirements
  • Is not AI controlled
  • Holstein is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Is not a vassal
  • Holstein:
    • Is constructing Canal
Allow
  • Holstein:
    • Is constructing Canal

Effects
  • Holstein:
    • Cancel the construction


Execute decision.pngCancel the Suez Canal


Our project to construct the Suez canal has been deemed too costly and will be canceled.


 
Potential Requirements
  • Is not AI controlled
  • Damietta is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Is not a vassal
  • Damietta:
    • Is constructing Canal
Allow
  • Damietta:
    • Is constructing Canal

Effects
  • Damietta:
    • Cancel the Construction


Execute decision.pngCancel the Panama Canal


Our project to construct the Panama canal has been deemed too costly and will be canceled.


 
Potential Requirements
  • Is not AI controlled
  • Panama is owned by the country or a vassal
  • Is not a vassal
  • Panama:
    • Is constructing Canal
Allow
  • Panama:
    • Is constructing Canal

Effects
  • Panama:
    • Cancel the Construction


Footnotes[edit]

  1. These decisions can be found in /Europa Universalis IV/decisions/Canals.txt.
  2. These events can be found in /Europa Universalis IV/events/CanalEvents.txt.
  3. (Pre 1.10)OR = {ai = no AND = { treasury = 50000 owns = 1775} in /Europa Universalis IV/decisions/Canals.txt. 1775 is Holstein province.
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