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Notes: Russia will use Novgorod's Ideas instead if formed by them.
- +25% National manpower modifier
- -20% Infantry cost
- -15% Core-creation cost
- +50% Land forcelimits modifier
- +10% Manpower recovery speed
- -20% Culture conversion cost
- +10% Production efficiency
- Auto-exploration of all territory adjacent to owned home territory.
- +1 Colonists
- +0.5 Yearly army tradition
- -10% Technology cost
- +50% National manpower modifier
Russia does not exist at the beginning of the Grand Campaign; it is a formable country. In the historical campaign, Russia is formed by Muscovy on the 1st April 1503, and Muscovy will also form Russia in most player's campaigns. It is also possible (but more challenging) to form Russia as Novgorod.
Anyone fighting them should be aware of the vast amounts of manpower and very cheap foot soldiers they have. If the player starts moving the troops onto Russian territory, the winter attrition poses yet another challenge. All in all this leads to a daunting war every single time you fight them.
- 1 Formation requirements
- 2 Missions
- 3 Events
- 4 Decisions
- 5 Strategy
- 6 Notes
This section may contain outdated information that is inaccurate for the current version of the game. The last version it was verified as up to date for was 1.8.
The decision to form Russia can be found in RussianNation.txt.
- Any, except Papal State, Holy Roman Empire
- Must have Russian primary culture
- Tver or Yaroslavl[C][O]
- Ryazan or Smolensk[C][O]
- Nizhny Novgorod and Vladimir[C][O]
[C] - requires to be a core province
[O] - either one of these should be met
- Administrative technology: At least 10
- Not a Subject Nation
- At Peace
- Changes tag to Russia (RUS), giving no penalties for all East Slavic cultures:
- Gains +25 prestige.
- Adds claim on all provinces in Russian, Steppes regions.
- Russia gets the modifier "Increased centralization" for 20 years, giving the following effects:
- Main article: Russian missions
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- Main article: Russian events
Russia has a rich and interesting history, represented by several dynamic historical events. The unique events for Russia can be found in FlavorRus.txt.
The Pomjestija Reform
Time of Troubles
Russia runs the risk of running into their Time of Troubles at any point between 1550 and 1650 if its stability is below 2. This event series gives neighbors opportunities to back pretenders to the Russian throne, which will further extend Russia's internal chaos.
To bring an end to the Time of Troubles, Russia (or Muscovy) must not be at war, have a war exhaustion less than 3, no revolts going on, positive stability and not have the Usurper on the Throne modifier. Once all these conditions have been met, the mean time for the End of the Time of Troubles event to fire is 24 months.
The Grand Embassy
This event is modeled after Peter the Great's accomplishments in the late 17th century. If Russia has not westernized, its monarch has good stats, and the date is late enough it is possible for the monarch to travel around Europe, learning various things for his country and increasing relations with neutral nations.
Make St. Petersburg the Capital
- Country is Russia
- Owns Neva
- Capital is not Neva
- Doesn't have the country flag relocated_capital_st_petersburg
- Has core on Neva
- Is not at war
- Technology group is Western
- Sets the country flag relocated_capital_st_petersburg
- Modifies treasury by -1 years worth of income
- Sets capital to Neva
- Gives 100 prestige
- Changes province name to St. Petersburg
- Changes province capital name to St. Petersburg
- Gains 6 base tax
- Adds 3 province manpower
- Changes culture to Russian
Establish Russian Patriarchate
- Country is Russia
- Does not have the country modifier "Russian Patriarchate"
- Follows the Orthodox religion
- Is not at war
- Is not owned by Byzantium
- 2 prestige
- Has less than 3 Innovative ideas
- Adds the modifier "Russian Patriarchate" for the rest of the campaign:
- -20% war exhaustion cost
Early Years (1500-1600)
Historically, Russia was formed in 1503. At this point, the player's main rivals are the Kalmar Union to the North, Poland-Lithuania to the west, and various Hordes to the south. Poland at this time is well into becoming a western nation, so Russia will have to westernize at some point or another. It is inadvisable to westernize from 1550-1650 as dropping below 2 stability will trigger the modifier Time of Troubles, which hampers with your stability and expansion. If the player decides to westernize before the 1550–1650 time frame, one should avoid researching technologies to save monarch points and to achieve the required eight technologies behind a western neighbor, which at this point in the game is likely Sweden to the North. One should avoid reaching a low legitimacy or prestige, as huge chain revolts of Russian Pretenders may occur, quickly draining the player's manpower and westernization effort. Historically, Sweden leaves the Kalmar Union in 1523. While the bulk of Sweden's forces are fighting in Denmark, it is possible to exploit this and declare war against Sweden.
Russia, at the end of the campaign, extends from the Baltic to the Pacific. Should the player decide to pursue this path, Expansion ideas are a wiser choice than Exploration ideas. Although Exploration ideas allow recruiting coquistadors, which may be used for exploration of terra incognita, Expansion ideas, in addition to providing a colonist, once completed give a permanent causus belli against Asian nations. Expansion ideas, being an administrative idea group, may be supplemented with Exploration ideas eventually, as Exploration ideas are part of the diplomatic ideas group.
Middle Years (1600-1750)
By now, Russia should be the powerhouse of Eastern Europe and Siberia. If the player has gotten exploration or expansion ideas and has advanced in diplomatic tech far enough to have Africa discovered with a Baltic port under their belt, it is time you can play the eastern colonization game. It is wise to get a foot hold in Africa, then immediately start towards the Indies, where there are large amounts of valuable trade goods, high tax base provinces, and most European nations are battling out in the New World, not here. A path could be blazed towards western North America by grabbing Australia or by receiving fleet basing rights from a country such as Japan or Korea.
All of this colonization will require a large fleet and make the French Empire your greatest threat. The large amount of colonies can provide a huge income, letting the player build a navy with a lot of heavy ships to match France's. By allying either Castile/Spain, England, or both, the player can easily give France a blow to their ambitions. If France has a lot of African colonies, an option can be to annex them, especially The Cape.
Russian winter military strategy
In most games, Russia, once formed, will own by far the most northern provinces where winter might start already in October and last till April. The majority of Russia's provinces will be affected by severe winter. This allows the 'Russian winter' strategy of letting enemy armies come into the country and forcing them to take massive loses due to attrition. If the enemy has a superior number of troops, the Russian armies can retreat and avoid combat. If the enemy then keeps their regiments stacked together, the losses suffered due to attrition will be massive. If they splits up detachments to siege a province, the Russian armies can destroy them with superior numbers one by one, it is not only useful against western European nations, but also against the Ottomans, should they evolve into a major military power.
This strategy benefits greatly from the +33% bonus to fort defence and additional attrition provided by the respective defensive ideas. The +25% defensiveness bonus provided by the Novogorod national ideas is also helpful (in case Russia was formed by Novgorod).