Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica - Dev diary 1: Merchant Republics/National Focus

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Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica - Dev diary 1: Merchant Republics/National Focus

Welcome to the first developer diary for the Res Publica mini-expansion for Europa Universalis 4. In this diary we’ll be looking at the various ways in which Merchant Republics are expanded and fleshed out in both the expansion and the patch, as well as the new ‘National Focus’ mechanic.

Trade Posts
With the Res Publica expansion, Merchant Republics will now have the option to create a Trade Post in provinces they own. A Trade Post costs 50 administrative power and gives the province +15 trade power and +1 naval forcelimits. Each Merchant Republic can only have a single Trade Post in each node, and cannot create Trade Posts in their home node. This makes territorial control of outposts such as Venice’s Crete far more important to a Merchant Republic that wants to pull a large amount of trade home.

National Focus
With the Res Publica expansion, all nations will be able to set their National Focus. National Focus can be set to either Administrative Power, Diplomatic Power, Military Power, or unfocused. When set to a power, the National Focus increases the base gain to that power by +2 but reduces the base gain in other powers by -1, so a National Focus in Administrative gives the player a base power gain of +5 administrative, +2 diplomatic and +2 military instead of +3 to each when unfocused. This allows a country to focus power into a category where they have a need, for example due to a new idea group, being behind in technology, or having a monarch with poor abilities in that category. The National Focus can be changed every 25 years.

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Merchant Republic Factions
Included for free in the 1.7 patch is a faction system for Merchant Republics similar to the one for Ming. Merchant Republics will have three factions, The Guilds, The Traders and The Aristocrats, and will be able to spend monarch points to increase the backing for the faction they prefer so that faction is in control. If The Guilds are in control, the republic gets +10% national goods produced and -10% build cost but -10% national manpower. If The Traders are in control, the republic gets +10% global trade power and -10% naval maintenance but -5% to tax income. If The Aristocrats are in control the republic gets +10% land morale and -10% land maintenance but -15% foreign trade power. For those that own the expansion there are also quite a few new events for the Merchant Republic faction system.

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Technology Changes
Lastly in this dev diary, we’re making some tweaks to the neighbour bonus and technology groups that are included for free in the 1.7 patch. We felt that the reduction of the neighbour bonus in 1.6 was too harsh on nations that needed to catch up after Westernizing or from falling behind due to a poor monarch, so we’ve increased the neighbour bonus back to -5% for each technology level you are behind the tech leader in your tech group, with a maximum reduction of -75%. To encourage countries to stay on the cutting edge of administrative and diplomatic technology instead of waiting for the neighbour bonus, we’ve instead introduced bonuses for nations that are ahead of time in those technologies, with nations that are ahead of time in Administrative tech gaining +20% production efficiency and nations that are ahead of time in Diplomatic tech gaining +20% trade efficiency. No additional bonus was added for nations that are ahead of time in Military technology, as the military advantages are bonus enough.

In addition to these changes, we’ve also made life a little easier for some of the slower tech groups by removing all monarch power penalties associated with technology groups, so Chinese nations will no longer gain -1 to all monarch powers, African nations will no longer gain -2, and so on.


In the next dev diary we will talk about the Dutch Republic mechanics and new idea groups, so stay tuned!
 
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Trade Posts
With the Res Publica expansion, Merchant Republics will now have the option to create a Trade Post in provinces they own. A Trade Post costs 50 administrative power and gives the province +15 trade power and +1 naval forcelimits. Each Merchant Republic can only have a single Trade Post in each node, and cannot create Trade Posts in their home node. This makes territorial control of outposts such as Venice’s Crete far more important to a Merchant Republic that wants to pull a large amount of trade home.
hmm I wonder how it will work.

National Focus
With the Res Publica expansion, all nations will be able to set their National Focus. National Focus can be set to either Administrative Power, Diplomatic Power, Military Power, or unfocused. When set to a power, the National Focus increases the base gain to that power by +2 but reduces the base gain in other powers by -1, so a National Focus in Administrative gives the player a base power gain of +5 administrative, +2 diplomatic and +2 military instead of +3 to each when unfocused. This allows a country to focus power into a category where they have a need, for example due to a new idea group, being behind in technology, or having a monarch with poor abilities in that category. The National Focus can be changed every 25 years.
Great idea guys. It diversifies the game and adds more strategic opportunities.

Merchant Republic Factions
Included for free in the 1.7 patch is a faction system for Merchant Republics similar to the one for Ming. Merchant Republics will have three factions, The Guilds, The Traders and The Aristocrats, and will be able to spend monarch points to increase the backing for the faction they prefer so that faction is in control. If The Guilds are in control, the republic gets +10% national goods produced and -10% build cost but -10% national manpower. If The Traders are in control, the republic gets +10% global trade power and -10% naval maintenance but -5% to tax income. If The Aristocrats are in control the republic gets +10% land morale and -10% land maintenance but -15% foreign trade power. For those that own the expansion there are also quite a few new events for the Merchant Republic faction system.
A step to the right direction. The game needs more internal mechanisms.

Technology Changes
Lastly in this dev diary, we’re making some tweaks to the neighbour bonus and technology groups that are included for free in the 1.7 patch. We felt that the reduction of the neighbour bonus in 1.6 was too harsh on nations that needed to catch up after Westernizing or from falling behind due to a poor monarch, so we’ve increased the neighbour bonus back to -5% for each technology level you are behind the tech leader in your tech group, with a maximum reduction of -75%. To encourage countries to stay on the cutting edge of administrative and diplomatic technology instead of waiting for the neighbour bonus, we’ve instead introduced bonuses for nations that are ahead of time in those technologies, with nations that are ahead of time in Administrative tech gaining +20% production efficiency and nations that are ahead of time in Diplomatic tech gaining +20% trade efficiency. No additional bonus was added for nations that are ahead of time in Military technology, as the military advantages are bonus enough.
Yes, award for those being ahead of time in technology it's a great solution. Nobody wanted to go ahead with adm and dip tech - waste of monarch points and no benefits.
In addition to these changes, we’ve also made life a little easier for some of the slower tech groups by removing all monarch power penalties associated with technology groups, so Chinese nations will no longer gain -1 to all monarch powers, African nations will no longer gain -2, and so on.
NonEuropean fobs will be pleased.
 
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Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica - Dev diary 1: Merchant Republics/National Focus

Welcome to the first developer diary for the Res Publica mini-expansion for Europa Universalis 4. In this diary we’ll be looking at the various ways in which Merchant Republics are expanded and fleshed out in both the expansion and the patch, as well as the new ‘National Focus’ mechanic.

Trade Posts
With the Res Publica expansion, Merchant Republics will now have the option to create a Trade Post in provinces they own. A Trade Post costs 50 administrative power and gives the province +15 trade power and +1 naval forcelimits. Each Merchant Republic can only have a single Trade Post in each node, and cannot create Trade Posts in their home node. This makes territorial control of outposts such as Venice’s Crete far more important to a Merchant Republic that wants to pull a large amount of trade home.

National Focus
With the Res Publica expansion, all nations will be able to set their National Focus. National Focus can be set to either Administrative Power, Diplomatic Power, Military Power, or unfocused. When set to a power, the National Focus increases the base gain to that power by +2 but reduces the base gain in other powers by -1, so a National Focus in Administrative gives the player a base power gain of +5 administrative, +2 diplomatic and +2 military instead of +3 to each when unfocused. This allows a country to focus power into a category where they have a need, for example due to a new idea group, being behind in technology, or having a monarch with poor abilities in that category. The National Focus can be changed every 25 years.

View attachment 110468

Merchant Republic Factions
Included for free in the 1.7 patch is a faction system for Merchant Republics similar to the one for Ming. Merchant Republics will have three factions, The Guilds, The Traders and The Aristocrats, and will be able to spend monarch points to increase the backing for the faction they prefer so that faction is in control. If The Guilds are in control, the republic gets +10% national goods produced and -10% build cost but -10% national manpower. If The Traders are in control, the republic gets +10% global trade power and -10% naval maintenance but -5% to tax income. If The Aristocrats are in control the republic gets +10% land morale and -10% land maintenance but -15% foreign trade power. For those that own the expansion there are also quite a few new events for the Merchant Republic faction system.

View attachment 110469

Technology Changes
Lastly in this dev diary, we’re making some tweaks to the neighbour bonus and technology groups that are included for free in the 1.7 patch. We felt that the reduction of the neighbour bonus in 1.6 was too harsh on nations that needed to catch up after Westernizing or from falling behind due to a poor monarch, so we’ve increased the neighbour bonus back to -5% for each technology level you are behind the tech leader in your tech group, with a maximum reduction of -75%. To encourage countries to stay on the cutting edge of administrative and diplomatic technology instead of waiting for the neighbour bonus, we’ve instead introduced bonuses for nations that are ahead of time in those technologies, with nations that are ahead of time in Administrative tech gaining +20% production efficiency and nations that are ahead of time in Diplomatic tech gaining +20% trade efficiency. No additional bonus was added for nations that are ahead of time in Military technology, as the military advantages are bonus enough.

In addition to these changes, we’ve also made life a little easier for some of the slower tech groups by removing all monarch power penalties associated with technology groups, so Chinese nations will no longer gain -1 to all monarch powers, African nations will no longer gain -2, and so on.


In the next dev diary we will talk about the Dutch Republic mechanics and new idea groups, so stay tuned!
My God, awesome. Love the tech changes! The balance of ahead of time/neighbor bonus seems just like what the doctor ordered!

I think this means that we can actually role play Asian nations now - go to late game without westernizing: able to cope with Europeans and also have a real challenge.

Please be careful with the factions - hopefully the AI can manage them decently (i.e. switch before wars, etc). Maybe Ming can receive improvements, too?
 
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These changes are very very nice! I love the national focus and the removal of point penalties to lower tech nations! Keep up the good work!
 

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So many great changes. I really like the idea of Ming's faction system and how it adds a new dimension to the game. I hope we can see more of these faction systems spring up for all kinds of different government types.
 

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As a side note for modders, the new factions for Merchant Republics also means that the faction system has been reworked so as to be fully moddable, and factions are now tied to government type rather than country.
 

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These sound like interesting additions and a must-buy. Looking forward to the next update for more information.
 

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Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica - Dev diary 1: Merchant Republics/National Focus

Trade Posts
With the Res Publica expansion, Merchant Republics will now have the option to create a Trade Post in provinces they own. A Trade Post costs 50 administrative power and gives the province +15 trade power and +1 naval forcelimits. Each Merchant Republic can only have a single Trade Post in each node, and cannot create Trade Posts in their home node. This makes territorial control of outposts such as Venice’s Crete far more important to a Merchant Republic that wants to pull a large amount of trade home.
shouldn't merchant republics be able to build trade posts even in provinces they don't own, under ceratain circumstances like trade pacts and all the kind of suzeranity (vassals, colonial nations, east india companies)?
 

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I would love to have the Trade Post for the Dutch Republic as well. But I will wait a week .
 

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Sounds great. My Ming game has been, by far, the most interesting playthrough I've done thanks to the faction system, even though I spent half of the game diplovassalizing and curbstomping. It's a very nice surprise that this is included in the patch, too.

We felt that the reduction of the neighbour bonus in 1.6 was too harsh on nations that needed to catch up after Westernizing or from falling behind due to a poor monarch, so we’ve increased the neighbour bonus back to -5% for each technology level you are behind the tech leader in your tech group, with a maximum reduction of -75%.
Whoa, that's quite the reverse there. Looking forward to hearing if anything else is making a 180 and then into space.
 

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Technology Changes
Lastly in this dev diary, we’re making some tweaks to the neighbour bonus and technology groups that are included for free in the 1.7 patch. We felt that the reduction of the neighbour bonus in 1.6 was too harsh on nations that needed to catch up after Westernizing or from falling behind due to a poor monarch, so we’ve increased the neighbour bonus back to -5% for each technology level you are behind the tech leader in your tech group, with a maximum reduction of -75%. To encourage countries to stay on the cutting edge of administrative and diplomatic technology instead of waiting for the neighbour bonus, we’ve instead introduced bonuses for nations that are ahead of time in those technologies, with nations that are ahead of time in Administrative tech gaining +20% production efficiency and nations that are ahead of time in Diplomatic tech gaining +20% trade efficiency. No additional bonus was added for nations that are ahead of time in Military technology, as the military advantages are bonus enough.

In addition to these changes, we’ve also made life a little easier for some of the slower tech groups by removing all monarch power penalties associated with technology groups, so Chinese nations will no longer gain -1 to all monarch powers, African nations will no longer gain -2, and so on.


In the next dev diary we will talk about the Dutch Republic mechanics and new idea groups, so stay tuned!
Wow.

You guys just gained a huge amount of respect from me.
 

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The changes are nice. The problem is that they are so minor and most good changes will be free, so it's hardly worth to buy the DLC.
 

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I have a feeling AIs will only use this to catch up in military tech...
 

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Interesting additions. I like how we're getting more options to steer our nations' development. I always felt that the internal management aspect was a bit lacking in EUIV.
Keep the new features and bugfixes coming, and I'll keep throwing money your way!
 

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I have a feeling AIs will only use this to catch up in military tech...
Nah, they also use it to compensate for monarch weaknesses, fill up idea groups, etc.
 

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