@ loki100: Yes, the Ottos are doing much the same thing. I reckon they'll be my neighbours before too long. The problem is that I don't have enough money, at the moment, to run both a large army and large-scale colonising. If Paradox want the Russians to be the ones who colonise the GH, why not give Orthodox countries, say 1/3 cheaper colonists? Nizhny Novgorod have owned aprovince for about ten years, but haven't done anything because, I assume, they can't afford the colonists.
In fact, I think I might mod that in for future games...
@ Omen: Precisely! Friendly people are shifty.
@ RGB: Of course they are, why else would they be a Tribal Federation? Who wants to be a Tribe?
@ morningSIDEr: A Rurikovich Emperor would be amazing - what dynasty would be better qualified? But as you say, even though things have become a bit easier, these are still dangerous times. The sharks, they swim.
@ Chief Ragusa: Don't worry, I won't even have the option of forming Russia until I get Moscow. Even then, though, I'm enjoying being Tver too much, so I probably won't. It'll depend on the character of whoever is in charge at that point