EU2 Version: 1.08 with AGCEEP
Current Objective: Unify Rus states, Ready for conflicts with Mongolian Hordes
"With the rise of Vasily I to the throne of the princely state of Moscow, the Golden Horde leadership was free to put down the numerous revolts within their territory. However, the Horde mistook Vasily's caution for the fear of a coward. Vasily realized he could not fight a succesful war with the Horde unless he had a stable economy and a more advanced army to make up for his army's small size. Vasily became the first prince of Moscow to introduce regular taxation practices, and scaled back the army by nearly half. To the north, in Novgorod, Vasily was ignored by the rulers, but this was to change..."
From 'The Rise of the Russian States', By Bob Austri