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Hello and welcome to today's development diary for Europa Universalis IV. It's actually a well earned(?) day off for me but I'm doing a once unthinkable thing and working a bit from home. Last week I said we would take a look at a very influential dynasty of the time period. Sorry to disappoint all the Velikopermsky and Dandani fans out there, but I had the Osmanoglus on my mind.

It would be an understatement to say that the Ottomans gave the world a good shaking in this time period. Furthermore, they are one of the more commonly played nations in EUIV. We wanted to give them a little something to bring out their unique flavour since it was always a shame that they are a run-of-the-mill Sultanate. It has also been pointed out on numerous occasions the oddity of a situation where you have the Ottoman nation..without an Osmanoglu at the helm.

So to that end, in the still-unnamed upcoming expansion we have added a unique government type for them: The Ottoman Sultanate.

The Ottoman Sultanate does not generate heirs like normal monarchies do. The ruler of the Ottoman Sultanate will have their own Harem to ensure the dynasty lives on. At the age of 30, your ruler will select one of his sons to be the heir to the throne. They will, of course, be of your dynasty

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So an Ottoman Sultanate shall always be blessed by the strong line of Osmanoglus. That is to say unless the Sultan dies without an heir. In that case, they'll still end up with an Osmanoglu. "Blessed" can be a relative term here.

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There are a couple dozen events accompanying this unique government type to simulate the power struggle and intrigue of such a succession system and should add a couple of fangs to that already formidable Ottomans.

While this is unique to the Ottomans, any modders out there can easily allow this for other government types with the has_harem = yes line.

I feel like we're on a roll when it comes to governments and rulers so here's another thing for today's Development Diary. Abdication.

Yes, it has long been a requested feature in Europa Universalis. When Enrique or his low-stat kind just refuses to die you can abdicate and let your next in line take over. This requires you to have an of-age heir and to have either ruled for 25 years or be 60+ years old. It will come with a considerable hit to your legitimacy/unity and prestige but I think we've all had times where we wanted our monarch to Die Please Die.

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Ottoman Sultanate and Abdication are both paid features in the upcoming expansion which we have magically managed to keep unleaked name-wise.

I've been mentioning a lot of paid features lately but it's good to remind ourselves that with all the paid expansions come free bugfixes and features from the accompanying patch. A small change that will be coming up in 1.18 that I want to share is to do with succession wars. I'm not too happy with how right now, they have two conclusions: Either the new overlord keeps their union or the nation fighting them over it take leadership over the union for themselves. Now, we will add a peace option which simply breaks the union for all parties involved.

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Simple, sensible, and added free in 1.18 for those times where you just want to keep the status quo. Warscore cost scales with the junior partner's size.

Happy midsummer everyone, I'm off to....oh, right, I need to tease upcoming Diaries. Hrmm~ Well, we've touched a lot on rulers but would you believe it, we're not quite done with the changes in the throne room. We'll come to that in the future. As for next week, we'll switch it up on the battlefield. See you then!
 
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So, if you die at 29, you have no heir ? Could it rather be a bit random ?

You don't but you still get an Ottoman successor (see the second picture).
 
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@Trin Tragula Does it mean that the Ottomans Pretender rebels will be only from the Osmanoglu family or the Ottomans will never get pretendent rebels? Are there any scenarios in which the Osmanoglu loose the throne?

Ottoman pretenders are also of the house of Osman (and some of the harem related events also spawn them).
 
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In history the new sultan got his brother killed so he would be the only legitimate owner of the country.

The law of fratricide is one of the things the new harem related events will touch upon :)
 
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Just because you've picked a favorite does not mean that son can consider himself safe ;)
Given what will normally happen to non-succeeding sons I don't think you can fault them (or their mothers) for not giving up on securing the succession just because they father prefers someone else right now.
 
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Will this event change when Constantinople is renamed?

The titles in that message will change depending on what you've conquered so far...
 
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I do feel compelled to ask, but if your King dies without an heir, is their a chance, however slim, for the Ottoman empire just to spontaneously combust into a civil waror time of troubles or whatever? (maybe turn the chance off for players)

The ruler you get in the event for dying without an heir (second picture) is a pretty poor one.
 
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The 3 picks are 10 year olds.
If one dies you can pick another one pretty shortly afterwards.
Depending on how that happened you may already have a new heir though.
 
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It will change as you conquer more land but (at least for now) only to incorporate the historical titles of the sultan (and not quite all of those).
 
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Be it as it may, currently the game doesn't allow interfaith royal marriages. It's funny to think Mehmed II had more Greek and Serbian blood than Turkish. :eek:


Actually we allow it for everyone except Christians (who get personal unions).
 
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