Bonfire of the Vanities

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Bonfire of the Vanities
A radical cleric is seizing power in Florence, setting our fair city on a dangerous political and spiritual path.

The Bonfire of the Vanities[1] is a Disaster.png disaster in Flag of Tuscany Tuscany/Flag of Florence Florence.

Prerequisites[edit | edit source]

The year is before 1550 and the country:


If these prerequisites are met, the monthly progress can begin.

Monthly progress starts if Monthly progress halts if

Flag of Tuscany Tuscany or Flag of Florence Florence:

  • has less than 2 Stability.png stability
  • is not at war.
  • if Government is monarchy
    • has less than 80 Legitimacy.png legitimacy
  • if Government is republic
    • has less than 80 Republican tradition.png republican tradition
Monthly progress Flag of Tuscany Tuscany or Flag of Florence Florence:
+5.0%
  • has a Stability.png stability of less than 1.
+5.0%
  • has a Stability.png stability of less than 0.
+10.0%
  • has a Stability.png stability of less than -1.
+10.0%
  • is a Republic with less than 80 Republican tradition.png republican tradition
+10.0%
  • is a Republic with less than 50 Republican tradition.png republican tradition
+10.0%
  • is a Republic with less than 30 Republican tradition.png republican tradition
+10.0%
  • is a Monarchy with less than 80 Legitimacy.png legitimacy
+10.0%
  • is a Monarchy with less than 50 Legitimacy.png legitimacy
+10.0%
  • is a Monarchy with less than 30 Legitimacy.png legitimacy
at least one of the following is true:
  • has an ongoing disaster.
  • the year is 1550.
  • has at least 90 Republican tradition.png republican tradition or Legitimacy.png legitimacy
  • is a monarchy not ruled by "de' Medici" dynasty

Start[edit | edit source]

If the progress reaches 100%, the disaster will start with the following event:

id

Msg event.pngSavonarola Rises


For the past few years, a preacher has been catching the attention of the people of $COUNTRY$. Girolamo Savonarola has spoken fiercely against the [Root.Monarch.GetTitle]s, the Pope himself, and has even predicted Judgment Day to be fast approaching.
With the recent turmoil in Italy, more and more are starting to listen. Savonarola is now encouraging mobs to accost the $DYNASTY$s in the street, to protect the ancient republic.
It is only a question of time before he convinces the entire city of Firenze to listen to his "divine visions."


 
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the start of ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.


Immediate effects
(hidden)
  • The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is set to 0.
  • The ‘Savonarola decision counter’ is set to 0.

Event button 547.png
The Medici must flee the city!

If the country is a Government monarchy.png monarchy:

  • then
    • the country's ruler and heir go into exile.
    • gets a new ruler that:
      • is named ‘Girolamo Savonarola’,
      • has a strong claim (50),
      • has a skill of Administrative power.png 5 / Diplomatic power.png 5 / Military power.png 3,
      • (hidden) has a Infertile.png ‘Infertile’ personality,
      • (hidden) has a Missionary strength.png ‘Zealot’ personality.
  • else:
    • the country's ruler goes into exile.
    • gets a new ruler that:
      • is named ‘Girolamo Savonarola’,
      • has a skill of Administrative power.png 5 / Diplomatic power.png 5 / Military power.png 3,
      • (hidden) has a Missionary strength.png ‘Zealot’ personality.

The country:

  • gains Republican tradition.png 20 republican tradition.

While the disaster is ongoing the country gets:

  • National unrest.png +5 national unrest,
  • Stability cost modifier.png +50% stability cost modifier.

Also the following Msg event.png events are triggered by a monthly pulse.

Monthly events[edit | edit source]

id

Msg event.pngThe People Turn Against Savonarola


Following months and years of Savonarola's... gentle guidance, the people are becoming discontent. There has been no Judgment Day, and the city has not burned to the ground. Telling them that this is exactly because they have followed Savonarola's visions does not convince them.

Now, to prove his divine protection, it is being demanded of him that he does the Trial by Fire. He will have to pass through a great bonfire, like one of those he so eagerly lit in the streets. If he passes safely to the other side, God's protection will be evident. If not, his enemies will have their way and burn him at the stake.


 
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

At least one of:

  • The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is less than −5.
  • The ‘Savonarola decision counter’ is at least 8.
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
Let him walk the Trial by Fire.

One of the following at random:

  • 98% chance:
    • The former ruler is returning from exile.
    • If the country is monarchy then the former heir is returning from exile.
  • 2% chance:
    • The country:
      • becomes a Government theocracy.png theocracy.
      • enacts the Gov religious leader.pngClerical State’ government reform.
id

Msg event.pngSavonarola: The Prophet


Pillars of smoke rise from the city of [Root.Capital.GetCapitalName] as the people burn their vanities. Crowds gather to witness the burning of witches and heretics. The ranks of the Weepers, the devoted followers of the Prophet, have swelled as Savonarola cements his rule over the hearts of our citizens. It is decided; [Root.GetName] shall abandon its sinful ways and dedicate itself only to the will of God and his new Prophet.


 
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is at least 6.

Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
The end of days approaches. We pray for salvation.

The country:

id

Msg event.pngThe Pope Condemns Savonarola


News of Savonarola’s deeds has spread to the arch-heretic himself, the Pope of Rome. Unsurprisingly the Pontiff has condemned the preacher and called for his immediate trial at the Vatican, a call that Savonarola has defiantly refused. In response the Pope has let it be known that Savonarola has been excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and all who harbor him are to be considered heretics of the highest order.


 
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

The country:

  • has a ruler that is named ‘Girolamo Savonarola’.
  • had the event ‘Savonarola Rises’ at least 90 days ago.
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
The Pope is a heretic!

‘Girolamo Savonarola’:

The country:

Savonarola loses followers, leading us towards the restoration of the Medici.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is decreased by 1.
Event button 547.png
Assure the people that the Pope is simply misguided.

‘Girolamo Savonarola’:

  • gets excommunicated.

The country:

  • loses Papal influence.png −200 papal influence.

Savonarola gains followers, leading us down the path to theocracy.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is increased by 1.

Random monthly events[edit | edit source]

The weight that no event is triggered is 2000 and for each monthly event it is 50.

id

Msg event.pngReforming Republican Practices


Savonarola's great mission is not just the purification of $CAPITAL$, but the return of the city to its people. It will take much work to bring $CAPITAL$ back to the glory days of the republic, but that work will only ever be done if we are willing to take the first, radical steps.


 
Trigger conditions

The country:

Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.

Base weight
50

Immediate effects

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola decision counter’ is increased by 1.


Event button 547.png
We govern for the people of Florence.

The country:

  • loses Administrative power.png 25 administrative power.
  • gains Republican tradition.png 10 republican tradition.

Savonarola gains followers, leading us down the path to theocracy.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is increased by 1.
Event button 547.png
The people need strict guidance.

The country:

  • gains Administrative power.png 25 administrative power.
  • loses Republican tradition.png 10 republican tradition.

Savonarola loses followers, leading us towards the restoration of the Medici.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is decreased by 1.
id

Msg event.pngThe People Follow God!


Under Savonarola's guidance, the people of $CAPITAL$ are more pious than they have been since the Apostles walked on hallowed ground. Perhaps there is hope that God will show them mercy after all?


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.

Base weight
50

Immediate effects

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola decision counter’ is increased by 1.


Event button 547.png
God cares for his flock!
If the country has a stability of less than +3,
  • then it gains Stability.png1 stability,
  • else it gains Administrative power.png50 administrative power.

Savonarola gains followers, leading us down the path to theocracy.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is increased by 1.
id

Msg event.pngThe People Expect Revelations


Savonarola has brought the word of God to the people of $CAPITAL$, but the people only truly believe his commands when they come in the form of fiery outbursts from the pulpit. Some citizens have even dared question whether God even is speaking through him!
It might be prudent for Savonarola to present another grand vision from God about now.


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.

Base weight
50

Immediate effects

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola decision counter’ is increased by 1.


Event button 547.png
Fire and brimstone will rain from the sky!

The country:

  • loses Stability.png 1 stability.

Savonarola gains followers, leading us down the path to theocracy.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is increased by 1.
Event button 547.png
Invent something a little calmer, for everyone's sake.

The country:

  • loses Republican tradition.png 10 republican tradition.
  • loses Legitimacy.png 10 legitimacy.

Savonarola loses followers, leading us towards the restoration of the Medici.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is decreased by 1.
id

Msg event.pngMedici Agents


Even though the wicked banking family was ousted from Firenze, their ambition to take the souls of its citizens has not abated for a moment. Their agents lurk in every dark alley, scouting for the moment when they might once again seize power in the Republic.
We might have to resort to extreme methods to find them all.


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.

Base weight
50

Immediate effects

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola decision counter’ is increased by 1.


Event button 547.png
Do everything we can to root them out.

The country:

  • loses Diplomatic power.png 20 diplomatic power.

Savonarola gains followers, leading us down the path to theocracy.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is increased by 1.
Event button 547.png
Expel anyone who might have loyalties to the Medici.

The country:

  • loses Republican tradition.png 5 republican tradition.
  • loses Legitimacy.png 5 legitimacy.

Savonarola loses followers, leading us towards the restoration of the Medici.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is decreased by 1.
id

Msg event.pngBonfire of the Vanities


The people of $CAPITAL$ desire nothing more than to be cleansed of their sin, and Savonarola will guide them! Every person has their blasphemous texts or false idols or needless luxuries. Anyone living humble under God should be without such evil distractions, and they must be burnt. We will gather it all in huge bonfires in public places, where everyone can see the wickedness of this world evaporate as smoke on the wind.

Burn your sin, $CAPITAL$! Burn your sin!


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.

Base weight
50

Immediate effects

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola decision counter’ is increased by 1.


Event button 547.png
Savonarola will convince the people this is needed.

The country:

  • loses Administrative power.png 20 administrative power.

Savonarola gains followers, leading us down the path to theocracy.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is increased by 1.
Event button 547.png
We will seize their earthly goods if we must.

The country:

  • loses Republican tradition.png 5 republican tradition.
  • loses Legitimacy.png 5 legitimacy.

Savonarola loses followers, leading us towards the restoration of the Medici.

(hidden) The ‘Savonarola support counter’ is decreased by 1.
id

Msg event.pngSavonarola Leaves This World


Even to his last, he promised that he would lead $COUNTRY$ as long as it needed God's guidance. With Savonarola's passing, the wave of fanaticism seems to have faded from [Root.GetName].


 
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions

The country:

  • has a ruler that is named ‘Girolamo Savonarola’.
  • had the event ‘Savonarola Rises’ at least 183 days ago.
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.

Base weight
50

Event trigger.pngEnabled if: the country is a republic:

Event button 547.png
Long live the republic!

The former ruler is returning from exile.


Event trigger.pngEnabled if: is a monarchy:

Event button 547.png
Long live the [Root.Monarch.GetTitle]!

The country:

  • gains Legitimacy.png 10 legitimacy.

The former ruler and heir are returning from exile.

Finishing conditions[edit | edit source]

If the country:

  • has had this disaster active for 6 months.[2]
  • is not a republic or ‘Girolamo Savonarola’ is not the ruler of the country.

then it loses the above-mentioned effects and the following event is triggered:

id

Msg event.pngOrder Restored in [Root.GetName]


If ruler is not Savonarola: The Medici have restored order in the city of Florence. The mad monk Savonarola is dead and his name disgraced, forever to be remembered as the lunatic who almost led [Root.GetName] into ruin.
If ruler is Savonarola: The Medici have been decisively ousted from the city and are unlikely to ever be welcomed back. Under the righteous guidance of Savonarola, the new order in [Root.GetName] is characterized by religious fanaticism and obedience to the edicts of God as interpreted by our Prophet.


 
This event happens only once during a campaign.
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the end of the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
We have a stable government!
If the country has a stability of less than +3,
  • then it gains Stability.png1 stability,
  • else it gains Administrative power.png50 administrative power.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. See in /Europa Universalis IV/common/disasters/bonefire_of_the_vanities.txt.
  2. The country had the event ‘Savonarola Rises’ at least 182 days ago.