Bosnia

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Bosnia
Bosnia.png
Primary culture
Serbian (South Slavic)

Capital province
Visoki (3002)

Government
Feudal MonarchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion
CatholicCatholic.png

Technology group
EasternEastern technology group
Bosnian ideas

Traditions.png Traditions:

+4 Tolerance of heretics
+25% Religious unity

Technology cost.png Heretic Teachings

−5% Technology cost

Legitimacy.png Per Aspera ad Astra

+1 Yearly legitimacy

Leader(s) without upkeep.png Empower Bosnian Nobility

+1 Leader without upkeep

Diplomatic relations.png Italian Connections

+1 Diplomatic relation

Income from vassals.png Land of Princes

+25% Income from vassals
+100% Vassal force limit contribution

Diplomat.png Flexible Diplomacy

+1 Diplomat

Attrition for enemies.png Over the Hills and Through the Woods

+1 Attrition for enemies
+15% Fort defense

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

−15% Core-creation cost
For the area, see Bosnia (area).

Bosnia is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It starts out surrounded by Flag of Hungary Hungary and Flag of Serbia Serbia. It also borders Flag of Venice Venice to the west and Flag of Ragusa Ragusa to the south.

Stepping into seven league boots[edit]

Overview of Bosnia[edit]

Ragusa would normally be the first thought for expansions, but it starts guaranteed by the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans Empire. It can help to have a claim on them, and in the event the Ottomans get into a very taxing war, they may not honour their guarantee. Serbia would be a logical second though for expansion. Assuming a threatened posture towards the Ottomans should help garner an alliance with their rivals. Such alliances will serve well to prevent Ottoman aggression. Most often, Flag of Poland Poland, Flag of Hungary Hungary or Flag of Austria Austria will have rivalled the Ottomans and would be suitable alliance partners. Do keep in mind that all of these are great powers, and sometimes they will be on a collision course, and Bosnia will have to play a balancing game of choosing between allies. It is worth considering that taking Dalmatia from Venice would allow, Emperor willing, to join the HRE. This would protect the player from both the Ottomans as well as a potentially belligerent Hungary. If Austria starts rivalled to Venice, it is possible to call them into a war against Venice, promising land. Having joined the HRE it is much less challenging to expand therein, and middle and upper Italy become much more viable targets.

If Austria is weakened, build relations with Poland and Flag of Lithuania Lithuania, and if they are not rivalling Flag of Bohemia Bohemia, then build relations with them as well. Once Bosnia chooses an ally, enter their wars and support them. It is extremely important to raise the trust between Bosnia and the ally, since that will cause them to support Bosnia in wars regardless of their relations to.

The third way[edit]

Rather than pushing into the HRE or antagonizing the Balkans, the player can instead conquer middle or lower Italy. They have rich provinces and high manpower, and are excellent for trade. This will cause a lot of aggressive expansion in the surrounding area, so going slowly or taking a break and conquering some Balkan land may be ideal.

The HRE Game[edit]

Due to Bosnian national ideas and position, contending for Emperor by the Mid game is possible. Assuming that Emperorship is achieved it might be better to not fully unify the empire, but instead, pass all the reforms except the final one, leading to a massive influx of troops and gold trough vassals.

General tips[edit]

The Venice trade node is much more valuable than the Ragusa trade node, expanding there can be a significant source of trade income. Watch the political landscape. If the Ottomans have just lost most of their manpower in a war against the Mamluks or Qara Qoyunlu, it's could well be an excellent time to strike at them.

A useful navy is not possible unless the player has a naval forcelimit close to the Ottomans. Although the Ottomans usually field a large galley based navy, they often do not upgrade all of them to the most recent type. So it can be possible to beat their navy with a somewhat smaller one, as long it is more up to date.

Choice of ideas[edit]

  • Offensive, defensive, quality and quantity help field a more powerful army.
  • Economy will help Bosnia battle inflation if Kosovo is taken from Serbia, as well as helping with autonomy reduction.
  • Influence and diplomatic will help any bid to become the emperor of the HRE. Influence in particular synergises with Bosnia's fifth national idea, which encourgages having strong vassals.
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