On the Edge of Madness

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On the Edge of Madness
On the Edge of Madness.jpg
Possible if
No Not using a random New World.

The player’s country:

Achieved if

The player’s country:

  • No Not playing as a released vassal.
  • Yes Had the flag doom_reached_95 for 20 years.
  • No Do not have flag doom_reached_100.

On the Edge of Madness is the name of an achievement included in the game with Patch 1.10. The goal of the player is to start as the Flag of Aztec Aztec (it is invalid if the player starts as a released vassal), reach 95 doom once to trigger a check (a flag), and then survive 20 years thereafter without reaching 100. The achievement is somewhat poorly worded and may imply to keep Doom between 95 and 99 for 20 years. However, the 95 only needs to be triggered once and can then safely be reduced thereafter, trying not to go back to a 100 again.


The main factor of doom increase speed is the number of provinces owned by a Nahuatl.pngNahuatl country. It is also increased by 25 after passing a single religious reform, which requires stability of 1, 5 vassals and Doom being less than 50.

Since the player needs to have 5 vassals in order to reform, they should obtain them first. If the player finds this part of the game too hard, they could restart the campaign few times, until Flag of Colima Colima doesn't put Aztecs as rival, and therefore can be allied along with some Mayan nations.

Then, instead of passing reforms right away the player can conquer remaining countries (but leave at least a single one for later). After conquering and vassalizing most of Mesoamerica, the player should annex conquered countries, and immediately pass the chosen reform. After all 5 vassals break free from the Aztecs, player should release some of the annexed nations. It is reasonable to release only as many provinces, as are required to get the overextension lower than 100%. The rest of possible vassals should be created after reaching 95 doom. Doing this shall considerably slow down doom increase, and to lower already very high amount, the player should attack the country, which was left alone before, and therefore is not in truce with the Aztecs. With some aggressive gameplay, the player should lower doom to a safe amount. After 20 years the player will get the achievement.

It is worthwhile to note that this achievement can be earned even as a vassal of another nation. For example, one could get their doom to 95 and then allow oneself to be vassalized by another nation. You will cease accruing doom while you are a vassal and will then merely have to wait 20 years to get the achievement.

Very easy -
Easy A Protected Market Abu Bakr II’s Ambition Aggressive Expander At every continent Black Jack Disciples of Enlightenment Electable! Kow-Tow On the Edge of Madness One King to Rule! One Night in Paris Royal Authority Strait Talk The White Company Trade Hegemon Voting Streak
Medium Core-fu For Odin! Lessons of Hemmingstedt Neither Holy, Nor German Rekindling the Flames The Bohemians The Burgundian Conquest The Uncommonwealth Victorian Three
Hard Anglophile Back to the Piast Baltic Crusader Dar al-Islam Holy Trinity Kinslayer Lucky Lucca Prester John Terra Mariana The Sun Never Sets on the Indian Empire
Very hard A Sun God Albania or Iberia Big Blue Blob Foremost Servitor of Jagannath The Fezzan Corridors The Great Khan
Insane -