Lithuania

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Duchy rankLithuania
Lithuania.png
Primary culture
Lithuanian (Baltic)

Capital province
Vilna (272)

Government
Grand DuchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion
CatholicCatholic.png

Technology group
EasternEastern technology group
Lithuanian ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
+15% Manpower recovery speed
+3 Tolerance of heretics

Land leader shock.png Warlord Dukes

+1 Land leader shock

Stability cost modifier.png Auksine Laisve

−10% Stability cost modifier

National tax modifier.png Magdeburg Laws

+10% National tax modifier

Production efficiency.png Magnate Estates

+10% Production efficiency

Cavalry combat ability.png Lithuanian Hussars

+20% Cavalry combat ability

National unrest.png Statutes of Lithuania

−2 National unrest

Technology cost.png Lithuanian Renaissance

−5% Technology cost

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+1 Land leader maneuver

Lithuania is a country in eastern europe and western russia. It is lies on both sides of the religious frontier between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. It is bordered by Flag of Poland Poland and Flag of Mazovia Mazovia to the west, Flag of Teutonic Order Teutonic Order and Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Order to the northwest, and various russian principalities to the east. With many of its provinces the wrong religion and an aggressive northern neighbour who wants them to stay that way, Lithuania is in dire need of missionaries. Flag of Poland Poland is reliable ally and one of the few friends Lithuania can count on.

Missions[edit]

Main article: Lithuanian missions

Lithuania's missions are focused on developing the country, maintaining friendly relations with Flag of Poland Poland and the Cossacks.pngCossacks, and the subjugation and conquest of Russian territory and Crimea. There are also missions for forming PUs with Flag of Poland Poland and Flag of Muscovy Muscovy.

Events[edit]

Main article: Lithuanian events

Decisions[edit]

Lithuania is able to form the Commonwealth, a union between Poland and Lithuania.

Execute decision.pngForm Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Lithuania)

Replace the personal union between Poland and Lithuania with a real union, welding the two countries together into one powerful state, capable of withstanding our enemies.
 
Potential requirements

The Flag of Commonwealth Commonwealth does not exist.
This country:

Flag of Poland Poland:

  • exists.
  • is controlled by the AI.
  • has never been controlled by a human player.

If the country is AI-controlled then it:

Allow

Flag of Lithuania Lithuania:

Flag of Poland Poland has 32 cities or fewer.[1] Flag of Mazovia Mazovia does not exist.


Effects

The country:

A random owned province with Lithuanian culture:

  • gains Tax Base Icon.png1 base tax.

If the country:

  • is a member of the Holy Roman Empire but not the emperor or an elector
    • then all its provinces are removed from the HRE.
  • is a duchy
    • then it becomes a Kingdom rank kingdom.
  • does not have Polish as an accepted culture
    • then it gains Polish as an accepted culture.

Execute decision.pngEnforce Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth


Poland and Lithuania has a common history of close cooperation and through the Union of Vilnius and Radom our respective aristocracies where integrated with one another in 1413. While fate has since then brought us apart our interests remain closely aligned and now that we control both the core of the Lithuanian and Polish lands it is perhaps time we let our old friends become stakeholders in a joint state.


 
Potential requirements

The Flag of Commonwealth Commonwealth does not exist.
This country:

  • is Flag of Poland Poland or Flag of Lithuania Lithuania.
  • has not yet formed the Commonwealth.

Poland and Lithuania are not in a personal union together.
If the country is AI-controlled then

  • it can not be a custom nation.
  • either Poland or Lithuania does not exist.
Allow

This country:

Flag of Mazovia Mazovia does not exist.


Effects

The country:

A random owned province with the country's primary culture:

  • gains Tax Base Icon.png1 base tax.

If the country:

  • is a member of the Holy Roman Empire but not the emperor or an elector
    • then all its provinces are removed from the HRE.
  • is a duchy
    • then it becomes a Kingdom rank kingdom.
  • does not have Polish as an accepted culture
    • then it gains Polish as an accepted culture.
  • does not have Lithuanian as an accepted culture
    • then it gains Lithuanian as an accepted culture.

Unlike Poland, Lithuania has no decision to create a personal union between one another. The issue must be forced, and their mission tree provides a Restoration of Union casus belli. Alternatively, they can have a royal marriage with Poland, then claim their throne and declare war for it if they have a family member on Poland's throne. Lithuania can find allies in Denmark, Hungary and Bohemia, to aid them in this.

Strategy[edit]

Ringed by many potentially powerful neighbours, Lithuania can't afford to look inward. As diplomatic and military dispositions of these neighbours change, Lithuania can swing quickly from conditions of apparent prosperity, strength and security to desperate peril, and back again. Lithuanian diplomacy is a continual effort to acquire, befriend, bolster, contain or disarm its various neighbours.

Lithuania's most important neighbour is Poland - as an ally or in personal union, if possible. Help Poland in wars against Flag of Teutonic Order Teutonic Order/Flag of Pomerania Pomerania/Flag of Bohemia Bohemia/Flag of Hungary Hungary and grab lands from Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Order for Lithuania. Strong Poland means reliable ally. There is also a chance to form personal union with Poland and Flag of Commonwealth Commonwealth. Flag of Austria Austria can be powerful ally as well - mainly in wars against Ottomans. If Lithuania manages to ally both Poland and Austria without rivaling each another, Lithuania's western borders should be pretty secure and the player can focus on campaigns in the East, Scandinavia or into the hordes.

Second is Flag of Muscovy Muscovy/Flag of Russia Russia, which will make continual efforts to push the frontiers west. There is little to no chance of them ever allying Lithuania, so that should be dismissed straight away. At 1444, Lithuania can take Muscovy on, but not easily. Should the player idle, this will quickly change, and the unstoppable manpower juggernaut that is Russia will eventually surface. The most pressing issue is to smother Muscovy in its crib and cut them off before they snowball; the only thing the player must wait for, is an opportune moment to strike. Muscovy soon jumps into war with Flag of Novgorod Novgorod or Kazan, leaving them ripe to be attacked. There is also the potential of waiting for them to finish their war, if they are fighting Novgorod, and then swooping in and vassalizing them. This would allow the player to quickly return Novgorod's cores (and then some), lowering the amount of aggressive expansion needed to conquer Russia, freeing the player to focus on the hordes or simply expanding westwards.

Another possibility is allying with Flag of Denmark Denmark (if they maintain control over Flag of Sweden Sweden and Flag of Norway Norway) if Muscovy/Russia rivals and wars with the player, Denmark will be strong and share a border with Muscovy with which to attack across and would make a good ally. Finding strong alliances is generally not hard- half of Europe, as far as Flag of Aragon Aragon even, want to ally Lithuania. The key is to find allies close by and powerful- Denmark, Poland and Austria are good choices (though Lithuania may clash with Denmark eventually).

With an initial religious split between Catholic and Orthodox (Protestants join the mix later), the natural initial choice is to focus on Catholicism to strengthen relationships with Poland and other states to the west. Polish allied troops can be critical when faced with pressure to the south and east, most of all from Muscovy. Converting the eastern provinces to Lithuania's religion and culture will help make them more resistant to Muscovite/Russian pressure. There will be opportunities to go Protestant in the reformation and thereby build alliances with Protestants to the west and in Scandinavia, but whether that is prudent depends on how other countries have gone.

A good first idea would be Religious. Though Lithuania has +3 tolerance to heretics, they should be expanding deeply into the hordes (basically taking up what Russia normally does) taking a vast amount territory of the wrong religion. A fast way of getting started in this is: Get a claim on Theodoro, using them as a bridging point to Georgia and Circassia- the player should then be close enough to diplo-vassalize them, sneaking around the difficult Sunni hordes. Note: Do not feed whoever is vassalized, as Georgia/Circassia both have +50% coring cost national traditions, which will make things much more expensive when the time comes to diplo-annex them. In any case, this beachhead will allow Lithuania to expand into Qara Qoyunlu if they are sufficiently weakened, or release an early Persia and begin feeding them their lands. This can also help to get to the Ottomans, and stop them from taking too much Mamluk land; the Ottomans are one of the few countries nearby that can cause Lithuania trouble in the future.

An alternative first idea group is Humanist. This lends itself to a more cautious playstyle, where instead of converting newly gained horde territories as quickly as possible, the player rests on high religious unity (+25% from Tolerance) as well as the increase of the tolerance of heretics (from Ecumerism). Since the majority of the starting provinces are orthodox, these two ideas combined mean that any religious revolt can be delayed until later, where it's then dealt with from a position of power.

Achievements[edit]

The Uncommonwealth icon
As Lithuania, form The Commonwealth.


Starting as the largest Duchy puts Lithuania one of the easiest positions to also get:

Grand Duchy icon
Starting as a Duchy, have 1000 development without upgrading your government rank.


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  1. Poland starts with 22 provinces, so this is true unless they have gained 10 more.