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A Protected Market

A Protected Market
A Protected Market.jpg
Possible if
Achieved if

The player’s country:

  • has Mercantilism.pngmercantilism of at least 100%.
Highlighted are the current level of mercantilism in the player's country and the resulting provincial trade power modifier.

To fulfill the achievement A Protected Market the player must reach 100% Mercantilism.png mercantilism, which would result in a massive 200% provincial trade power modifier.

With Mare NostrumEdit

With Mare Nostrum, 100   diplomatic power can be spent to increase mercantilism by 1%, which makes the achievement easy. One very simple (if somewhat tedious) method is to play as   Tidore or   Ternate, eliminate the other, and then play on speed 5 while doing nothing but increasing mercantilism until you get the achievement. You are sufficiently isolated that being behind on technology won't be an issue before you get the achievement. Setting a diplomatic national focus and hiring a strong diplomatic advisor will speed things up. Using   administrative and   military power to develop your province will ensure you can always afford a maximum level of advisor and a strong navy of heavy ships that can protect you just in case any other country does become aggressive.

As   RyukyuEdit

Another option is   Ryukyu, who starts as a tributary of   Ming, granting protection from the Japanese. Using the diplomacy macro builder, send diplomats to improve relations with neighbouring and threatening countries. Send a trader to collect trade in Nippon and save the other until Girin becomes accessible, at which point he should be sent to transfer trade to Nippon. Build light ships up to the naval force limit (and sailor resupply rate) to protect trade in Nippon. The strategy is otherwise the same as with   Ternate /   Tidore: develop and promote mercantilism. This strategy pairs well with City of Cities.

Without Mare NostrumEdit

Republics start the game at 25% instead of the regular 10% mercantilism and can get more mercantilism events than monarchies. Increasing the level of mercantilism happens primarily through events, but   Genoa has seven unique conquest missions, each granting a 2% boost upon completion, making them a favorable choice for the achievement.

Further ways to raise mercantilism include investing 50 papal influence and taking mercantilism increases from certain decisions. The "Close Foreign Trade" mission available to Chinese tech group nations, for example, adds 5%. The various mercantilism events, along with some Trade idea group events, can also grant several mercantilism increases. Plutocratic ideas also have an event for mercantilism as well as republics. Note that some events may not fire if mercantilism is already 95% or higher.

  England is also a good choice to attempt this achievement as countries with a parliament can sometimes get an issue to increase mercantilism. England also starts with 25% mercantilism and can easily gain another 10% through the 'make Calais the staple port' decision. They are also catholic and can easily gain cardinals especially if France is beaten. Additionally the Anglican religion allows the player to spend 100 church power for 1% mercantilism.

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