Poland

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Kingdom rankPoland
Poland.png
Primary culture
Polish (West Slavic)

Capital province
Krakow (262)

Government
Elective MonarchyGovernment monarchy.png

State religion
CatholicCatholic.png

Technology group
EasternEastern technology group
Polish ideas
Traditions.png Traditions:
−10% Cavalry cost
+1 Max promoted culture

Production efficiency.png Promote the Folwark System

+10% Production efficiency

Stability cost modifier.png Nihil Novi

−10% Stability cost modifier
−0.02 Monthly war exhaustion

National manpower modifier.png Piechota Wybraniecka

+25% National manpower modifier
+10% Infantry combat ability

Cavalry combat ability.png Winged Hussars

+33% Cavalry combat ability
+10% Cavalry to infantry ratio

Regiment cost.png Wojsko Komputowe

−10% Regiment cost

Discipline.png Found the Foreign Section

+5% Discipline

Morale of armies.png Focus on Field Defense

+15% Morale of armies

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+3 Tolerance of heretics
For the region, see Poland (region).
Shield Poland.png
When Wladyslaw III fell in the battle of Varna both Poland and Flag of Hungary Hungary were robbed of their kings in one stroke. Without leadership it is now up to the nobles of the realm to appoint a new ruler. The most natural successor, Kazimierz Jagiellon, has been made Grand Duke of Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 4 years prior. Crowning him would, however, require reaching an agreement that is acceptable to both Kazimierz, the Lithuanian and the Polish nobles.

Ever since the 1392 the two states have been bound together by a series of agreements seeking to integrate the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland in order to allow them to present a united front against their common enemies: the Knights of the Flag of Teutonic Order Teutonic and Flag of Livonian Order Livonian Orders, the Tatars of the Flag of Golden Horde Golden Horde and the Flag of Crimea Crimean Khanate, and the Russian Principalities, lead by Flag of Muscovy Muscovy in the north west. This cooperation has allowed the two countries to thrive despite their many enemies, but integrating the nobility of two such divergent states has not been an easy matter. Among both the Polish and the Lithuanian nobility there are some, the Magnates, who control very large estates and command great political influence. These families are in some ways the financial and political backbone of their states, but they are also a power factor that even kings might think twice before rejecting.

While large parts of their lands are sparsely populated there is little doubt that Poland and Lithuania could be among the most powerful states in Europe if they go forward with their integration. Their enemies are however quite formidable. In the far south the Flag of Ottomans Ottoman Empire seems to be at the gates of Hungary, ready to expand up the flow of the Danube. To the north the highly militarized Teutonic Order consider the two states its main enemy. An uneasy agreement has been reached with the Knights following the Lithuanian Civil War, by which all parties agreed to recognize both the existing borders and the Polish-Lithuanian king. Perhaps most dangerous of them all however, is the Grand Duchy of Muscovy in the far north east. The Muscovites are rapidly creating a strong and expansive state to challenge the Lithuanian overlordship over the Ruthenian and Russian peoples that inhabit most of the Grand Duchy...

Poland (Polish: Polska) is a considerable power in Central Europe with the potential to grow into a regional or even global power. However, there are tremendous challenges that must be faced at every stage of history if Poland is to survive at all.

In the final months of 1444, Poland has no king. Since 1385, it has always been a Jagiellon that has ruled Poland and Flag of Lithuania Lithuania in personal union. Yet with the death of King Władysław III in battle against the Ottomans in Varna on 10 November 1444, the fate of the Polish-Lithuanian union hangs in the balance. Fortunately, Władysław's brother, Kazimierz IV, is the Grand Duke of Lithuania. By persuading the Polish nobility to accept his rule, Kazimierz can become King and restore the mighty union. Or Poland may deny this union and seek its own path.

The territory of Poland lies upon the great northern European plain, a vast flatland conducive for the use of mass cavalry. Lacking natural geographic borders from which to defend, Poland will inevitably be the target for expansion and conquest by sufficiently powerful neighbors. Among these threats is the nemesis of both Poland and Lithuania, the Flag of Teutonic Order Teutonic Order. Though humbled by defeat in recent years, the Order still holds the Baltic hostage, and with it, the trade to sustain an empire. Beyond the Baltic Sea, the Scandinavian nations fight for dominance over one another. A champion of the north could pose the next threat to Baltic trade. To the south lies Flag of Hungary Hungary, a rival powerful enough to disrupt Polish plans to crush the Order and able to vie for trade in Kraków. The Flag of Ottomans Ottomans are far to the South but their ambitions are far too great to remain there.To the east is the vast Eurasian Steppe, long the source of massive horde invasions. Soon the nation of Flag of Muscovy Muscovy will set its sights on Poland's eastern provinces as the iron fist of Flag of Russia Russia. To the west Poland borders the small German states of Flag of Pomerania Pomerania and Flag of Brandenburg Brandenburg. While the German states are divided and the Emperor lacks power, the west will not present a credible threat to Poland's ambitions elsewhere. However, a powerful series of Emperors may gradually bring unity to the Holy Roman Empire, potentially creating a superpower capable of bending the whole of Europe to its will. Poland may also have to contend with the rise of Flag of Prussia Prussia who could prove a major thorn in the side.

Creating the Flag of Commonwealth Commonwealth could begin an era of relative peace and stability in the region, but maintaining the unity of a multicultural and religiously diverse population will be a major challenge in itself. This is especially true when the Protestant Reformation stirs in the west, the rising Ottoman Empire expanding ever closer in the south, and an united Orthodox Russia rises in the east. Poland is in the crosshairs of three major powers that present a existential risk to the kingdom. Fortunately Poland is position for some powerful allies as well, especially Austria and France.

Missions[edit]

Main article: Polish missions

Poland's missions are focused on the integration of its vassals, develop the country, maintaining friendly relations with Flag of Lithuania Lithuania, and the subjugation and conquest of its neighboring rivals: the Flag of Teutonic Order Teutonic Order, the Flag of Ottomans Ottomans and Flag of Russia Russia. There are also mission for forming PUs with Flag of Hungary Hungary and Flag of Bohemia Bohemia.

Events[edit]

Main article: Polish events

Poland's events are heavily focused on the internal structure and stability of the Polish state, characterized by a long term struggle to assert control over the nobles of the Sejm, as well as the integration of the Duchy of Mazovia and Grand Duchy of Lithuania into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Outside of its borders, Poland is faced with events that characterize the tensions between the Ottomans and an independent Sweden. A small number of events address Poland's position at the heart of Europe, right along the border of the Holy Roman shift towards Protestantism.

Decisions[edit]

If either Lithuania or Poland leads a union with the other (most likely Poland via event), and have fully integrated Mazovia, then they can unite and form the Commonwealth.

Execute decision.pngMove Capital to Warsaw


With the incorporation of the duchy of Mazovia Warsaw has become the seat of the Sejm. Perhaps it would be wise to move the seat of royal government there so we can work better with the nobility?


 
Potential requirements

The country:

  • is Flag of Poland Poland or the Flag of Commonwealth Commonwealth.
  • owns Warszawa (257).
  • does not have Warszawa (257) as capital.
  • has not yet made this decision.
Allow

This country is not at war.
Warszawa (257) is a core province of this country.


Effects

Warszawa (257):

  • becomes the capital of this country.
  • gains Tax Base Icon.png 1 base tax.
  • gains Production.png 1 base production.
  • gains Local manpower modifier.png 1 base manpower.

This country gains Prestige.png20 prestige.

Execute decision.pngForm Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Poland)


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 Lithuania Lithuania:

  • 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 Poland Poland:

Flag of Lithuania Lithuania:

  • has never been controlled by a human player.
  • has 47 cities or fewer.[1]

Flag of Mazovia Mazovia does not exist.


Effects

The country:

A random owned province with Polish 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 Lithuanian as an accepted culture
    • then it gains Lithuanian 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.

Reformation[edit]

If Flag of Poland Poland is destroyed and the Flag of Commonwealth Commonwealth does not exist then Flag of Danzig Danzig or any nation with Polish or Silesian primary culture can reform it.

Execute decision.pngForm Polish Nation


The kingdom that the Piasts once worked so hard to reunify is now divided and without a king. We must strive to unite the Polish people and create a Polish nation to take the place of the kingdom that once was.


 
Potential requirements

The country:

If the country is AI controlled then

  • it must have at least 6 cities.
  • it can not be a former colonial nation.

The Flag of Commonwealth Commonwealth does not exist.

Allow

Flag of Poland Poland does not exist.
The country:


Effects

The country:

  • changes to Flag of Poland Poland.
  • changes primary culture to Polish.
  • gains permanent claims on all provinces of Poland (region) that are not already owned.
  • gains Prestige.png 25 prestige.
  • gets the modifier “Increased Centralization” for 20 years with the following effects:
    • Autonomy.png−0.05 monthly autonomy change,
    • National unrest.png+1 national unrest.

If Flag of Poland Poland:

Strategy[edit]

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Achievements[edit]

Poland can into space icon
As Poland, reach the maximum level in all technologies (32).

Winged Hussars icon
Have Winged Hussars as your active unit with more than +50% cavalry combat ability.

One King to Rule! icon
As Poland, become an absolutist monarchy, abolishing the Sejm.

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  1. Lithuania starts with 38 provinces, so this is true unless they have gained 10 more.