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Questions tagged [europa-universalis-4]

A grand strategy game which allows a player to control any nation in the world from 1444 to 1821.

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Why can't I convert Muslim provinces?

I am playing as Castille and have captured Granada very early on as part of the Reconquista national mission. However, this leaves me with three provinces of Sunni religion in my otherwise Catholic ...
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What is the point of trade steering?

I read a lot about trading in the ingame hints, but still cannot figure this out. When I send a merchant to a trade node, I have the option to collect money from the node or to steer the trade "...
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What is a good beginners strategy to learn the mechanics of Europa Universalis IV?

I own the base game for Europa Universalis IV for about 1.5 years now, but I still haven't done much more than the tutorial because it's my first Grand Strategy I ever played and I'm lost in all the ...
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How to survive this coalition war? (or any)

I finally managed to create the German empire from Brandenburg. I have probably -130 agressive expansion against me. Which is understandable with the enormous gains I made. It is 1780. Now, their ...
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If two armies arriving on the same day, which one is attacking/defending?

During a war, I moved my troop on a captured province (of mine) near the enemy territory. My troop met an enemy troop and they arrived the same day on the province. Which one is attacking and ...
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How do I convert Japan to Christianity?

In the game Europa Universalis IV, I have been trying to get the achievement where you, as a unified Japan, have to change your state religion to Catholicism. I did manage to get the unification part ...
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Can you buy a DLC via Steam and install it whenever you want to?

I'm planning to buy some Europa Universalis IV DLC's due to the steam sales. What i wanted to know is if i can buy them, and install the DLCs later when i finished my current game or will i be forced ...
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Why is the pope so erratic?

I just started a new game as Mainz. I got granted the title "Legatus Natus" immediately after game start by a national event. We have long been honored with being the Pope's representative - ...
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How to get a colonial nation to trigger?

As the Netherlands, I'm on a quest for world domination. My current enemies are Great Britain, Spain and Portugal, and I would love to take over their colonies. In my last war against GB, I annexed ...
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My heir is unfit for the throne. How can I make him aware of this fact?

I have a heir whose stats are really bad. Seeing as how my ruler is still young, I have a large chance of having another child. Is it possible to kill render him unfit for duty? Either through spy ...
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How do I kill the Pope?

I've been playing for 60 in-game years. However, the pope has yet to change even once. Right now I have 72.7% chance of becoming curia controller. In CK2 an "unfortunate and tragic accident" of ...
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When should I (prepare to) Westernize?

Westernization allows a country not in the western tech group to remove the penalty on technologies. However, Westernization is an expensive process and will severely disrupt a nation for decades. To ...
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Where the heck is Timbuktu?

After playing several "normal" games with european states, I now want to go for some of the more curious Steam achievements in the hopes of finding a different gaming experience. I decided to give ...
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In Europa Universalis IV, how does 'nationalism' work?

I cannot convert the culture of some of my provinces, due to You cannot convert the culture of a province that has nationalism. However, I've noticed that after some time, nationalism tends to ...
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Why does stability drop whenever I get a new monarch?

Playing as France with a 1444 start, it seems that I keep losing stability every time my monarch dies, even if the heir has good stats and seemingly nothing is wrong. It seems like I would spend a ...
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What are the pros and cons from removing a province from the HRE?

I play as Venice, which is not part of the Holy Roman Empire (HRE), but is surrounded by provinces that are. Conquering those provinces will not remove them from the HRE, but you can do it manually. ...
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How to check overextension of my subject nations?

Playing as Great Britain, I managed to form the Thirteen Colonies in North America relatively early. With my permanent casus belli against primitives and superior military technology, I quickly ...
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How to expand to the far east?

I play as Venice in the mid-1500s, and the goal of the game is to control the trade from the Far East and back home. Actual land control of key tradeposts and perhaps a colony would be really sweet. I ...
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Why is my army weaker than computer's army?

I (Castille) have 31000 men in my army (20 regiments of infantry and 11 of cavalry). Computer (Aragon) has 21000. During the battle I can see how much damage each one is producing. Every attack from ...
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How do I improve the “economic base compared to” value?

I'm confused by the "you economic base compared to XXX" modifier when trying to vassalize a nation. I am frequently a very large nation trying to vassalize a relatively small nation and the only thing ...
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Why is trade blocked between Gulf of Aden and Alexandria?

I'm playing as Ottomans, and expanded all over the place, giving me pretty nice and long trade routes (which I think is a good thing). Of course I'm trying to steer as much trade as possible towards ...
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How to get better advisors?

I am currently overflowing with money as the Ottomans through trade and tax income from my many provinces, but to keep up with the large European nations I have a constant need for more monarch power (...
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Getting dominated by multiple super powers while playing as France. What should I do?

I'm playing as France and I'm getting war declared on me by a super power every so often, which gets England, Spain and Portugal involved against me usually. My only hope is to usually stack troops on ...
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To which trade nodes should I send my light ships?

I've read up on the trading topics both here and on eu4wiki, but I'm still a bit puzzled. Should I only send trade ships to nodes in which one of my merchants is present? Would adding light ships to ...
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How to counter the effects of aggressive expansion penalty?

After playing a few games in Europa Universalis 4, it seems to me that aggressive expansion penalty is a major obstacle in a military conquest style of game. Conquering a few provinces (especially ...
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Can I upgrade obsolete units, and if so, how?

Is it possible to upgrade my existing infantry, or must I disband the old units and build new ones? I purchased the next military technology level which opened up Azab Infantry and made Yaya Infantry ...
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How does Manpower affect my nation?

How does manpower affect my nation? I have a rough understanding of Manpower but I don't fully grasp how Manpower affects game-play. What causes it to decrease? Is it just troop deaths? What are the ...
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What are the various pros and cons of switching my state religion to Protestant?

The Protestant Reformation recently began in my game of Europa Univeraslis IV, and it's spreading quite rapidly across my nation. When it first started I was hoping to stop it, but that doesn't look ...
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How to remove “Backward Monarch”?

I am playing as HRE and have Castille under a PU. Our relationship is strained enough as it is due to -213 AE, which makes it hard to keep the PU alive, but now a new modifier appeared: Backward ...
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What is the absolute easiest nation to do a world conquest with?

I have been attempting to unite the world under one tag in EU4 with moderate success, doing a few test runs recreating the Roman Empire as an orthodox Ottomans and getting the Mare Nostrum achievement....
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What are the requirements for a province to show up as a viable cede option when negotiating peace?

I recently decided to wipe Morocco off the map in an effort to make Spain the best nation in the world (also I'm a huge jerk). Things went really well, and I finally managed to occupy all of the ...
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How can I find out which provinces are owned by another (enemy) country?

Is there an in-game way to find out which provinces are owned by another (enemy) country? (I don't want to resort to the console.) As background, I'm playing as the Ottomans. Byzantium has re-emerged ...
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How to demand provinces for allies?

I was in a war with my allies against an enemy, and they've won some territories. I'm now suing for peace, and I'd like to demand the provinces they won to be ceded to them. Is that possible?
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What to do with all this gold?

I'm having a lot of fun playing Ottomans in EU4, I've gotten up to around 1630, got 110 provinces, and my economy is rather awesome. I have a surplus of around 150 ducats per month, and I'm running ...
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Why am I losing Manpower when it says I am gaining it?

In one month my Manpower dropped from 10,191 to 9,204, but the hover says I am gaining 813 each month. All of my armies were fully replenished several months before when I had around 15k Manpower. Am ...
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Where are screenshots saved in EU4?

I took a screenshot in Europa Universalis 4 but I can't seem to find the location of the image file! Where is it?
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What does it mean that “Annexation is estimated to be Unknown”?

I'm playing as the Creek nation in North America with the Cherokee as a vassal. My mission is to absorb the Cherokee into my country. A few years ago, I integrated the Choctaw without issue, but the ...
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Sue enemy for peace, but the war goal province is impossible to get

I am playing as Sweden ~1537 AD and I made war against Russia with casus belli to get Nava province, located in Finland, I have claims on it. My allies are Poland and Lithuania, theirs are Bohemia and ...
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What are various pros and cons of granting or rejecting military access?

Every so often I'll get requests from other nations for military access, sometimes they are near by and other times they are half way across the continent. Up until now I've always granted nations ...
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At what points do vassals become too big?

I am playing as Venice, and I have Serbia and the Byzantines as my vassals. I am in the process of annexing Serbia, but it is a slow process. At the same time, I want to wage war on the Ottomans, and ...
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Is the annexation of a vassal giving you the control of its colonial nations?

I vassalized Portugal. Ten years after, I can annex it. I must choose to wait or not for Portugal to make some colonies before to annex it. In case I will gain its dependencies later, I will wait. ...
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Random New World in Conquest of Paradise save reverts back to standard North America

I tried searching for an answer but I didn't find anything. With the new expansion, my friend and I are doing a playthrough as native Americans in a randomized new world, but last time we loaded up ...
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How to downgrade to a previous game's version?

Is it possible to downgrade to a previous version of Europa Universalis 4? If so, how?
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What are the prerequisites for changing government in Europa Universalis IV?

I am currently playing a game as the Iroquois Nation, and I have: Completed all native ideas Have a number of provinces bordering a westernized nation (France to the North) I have the Conquest of ...
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What is the best way to kill the current ruler?

To kill my current ruler, I made him a general and sent him many times in a one-man-army fighting against enemy's troops, but he doesn't die. I can't find clear information about this subject. There ...
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How to get a casus belli against a country you don't border?

As England is there any way I can manufacture a casus belli against Morocco so I don't have to take the -2 stability hit when I declare war? It's currently 1478, and after winning the HYW I'm looking ...
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Why some cardinals have their names in yellow?

In Europa Universalis 4, on the Papacy screen some of the cardinals have their names in yellow color, what does it mean?
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How to actively prevent becoming the junior in a personal union in Europa Universalis IV?

I am playing my first game in EU IV as Castile and it is pretty awesome. However, I got dragged into a personal union under Austria and I am wondering how this could have been prevented. I had four ...
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Does bankruptcy remove all buildings based on when their construction started or finished?

So my economic policy has proved a bit unsustainable, and I'm now several thousand gold in debt. I plan to declare bankruptcy, but I figure there's no reason to rush into things. I would like to ...
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How to give vassals provinces?

During a war, I took enemy's provinces. How to give these provinces to a vassal ? I know it may appear as a simple game-mechanic, but when I try to "sell" these provinces, my vassal is willing to ...