- Jun 10, 2017
What mod is that to where you have the vic2 style map folds? It looks niceMy Poland --> Russia game as of 1600.
Poland is Catholic, adjacent to the HRE, and in the Eastern Europe Tech Group. They have a PU with Lithuania, and Moldavia as a vassal. The goal? To meddle in eastern affairs, guaranteeing the various Russian minors to get an excuse to expand eastwards.
In my game, Austria becomes emperor, allowing me to enact a crucial decision: adding Poland's capital province to the HRE, and thus making Poland a member state of the empire. Doing so reduces your tech cost, gives you greater protection, and gives you a better chance at being elected emperor. In my case, I force-vassalized a few electors to guarantee my election, and set about using the Imperial resources to push into Russia and against the Golden Horde.
I also forced a well-performing Hungary into PU with me. I inherited it, but not Lithuania, which was perfect, as Hungarian and Polish are in the same culture group, but Lithuanian and Polish are not.
Importantly, I changed cultures to Russian BEFORE inheriting Lithuania. Most of the Lithuanian provinces are in the Eastern Slavic group, which means I get instant cores on all that land, plus I can fulfill one of the Russian nation formation requirements by owning and having a core in Smolensk/Chernigov.
Once officially transformed into Russia, I could enact the decision to move the capital (from Novogorod, in my case), to St. Petersburg and thus out of the Empire. Being emperor but not an Imperial member gives you a great opportunity to annex Imperial land with the Imperial liberation cassus belli that would normally be illegal without the infamy malus or the event to demand its release.