Time of Troubles

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Time of Troubles
A time of both social and economical problems, our nation is struggling with both famine and war as well as the opposition against the Church and aristocracy.

The Time of Troubles[1] is a Disaster.png disaster in Flag of Russia Russia or Flag of Muscovy Muscovy during the Age of Reformation.png ‘Age of Reformation’.

Prerequisites[edit]

This country:

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

Progress starts if Progress halts if
Flag of Russia Russia/Flag of Muscovy Muscovy:

It is currently the Age of Reformation.png ‘Age of Reformation’.

Monthly progress The country:
+1.0% has a stability of less than 0.
+1.0% has a stability of −3.
+1.0% has a war exhaustion of at least 8.
+1.0% has a war exhaustion of at least 12.

Note: If the requirements for a progress are fulfilled, then it is at least 1% due to stability.

At least one of the following is true for the country:
  • has an ongoing disaster.
  • is not a monarchy.

Start[edit]

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

id

Msg event.pngTime of Troubles


The Time of Troubles stretched from the death of the last Tsar of the 700-year-old Rurik dynasty, Feodor Ivanovich, in 1598, and the ascension of Mikhail Fyodorovich of the Romanov dynasty in 1613. Famine, plague, public unrest and the appearance of false claimants plunged the country into a decade of turmoil as neighboring powers like Sweden and Poland saw their chance to interfere.


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the start of “Time of Troubles” disaster.


Event button 547.png
Hard times are ahead of us

The country:

  • loses Icon stability.png1 stability.

While the disaster is ongoing the country gets:

  • National unrest.png+10 national unrest
  • Stability cost modifier.png+20% stability cost modifier

Also the following events are triggered by a monthly pulse.

Monthly events[edit]

The weight that no event is triggered is 1000 and for each monthly event it is 100.

id

Msg event.pngThe Insanity of [Root.Monarch.GetName]


The Insanity of [Root.Monarch.GetName] Over the last couple of months [Root.Monarch.GetName]'s erratic behavior has become an increasing problem. Some even say [Root.Monarch.GetSheHe] has gone completely insane...


 
Trigger conditions

The country:

  • is not in a regency.
  • does not have an heir.
  • has a male ruler.
  • has not had this event before.
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Time of Troubles’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
[Root.Monarch.GetName] will rule until his death!

The country:

  • loses Icon stability.png1 stability.
  • gets the modifier “Insane Ruler” until the ruler changes with the following effects:
    • Chance of new heir.png−75% chance of new heir,
    • National unrest.png+3 national unrest.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 25% of the cases.

Event button 547.png
Let his trusted advisor take over

The country:

  • gets ‘Boris Godunov’ as ruler.

If the country uses Statists vs Monarchists mechanics then:

  • strengthen Monarchists in power by 20000%.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 75% of the cases.

id

Msg event.pngFamine Strikes


The Russian famine of 1601-1603 was caused by three consecutive poor harvests. Widespread starvation followed, killing around two million people or nearly a third of the Russian population. Refugees flocked to the capital, increasing economical and political disorganization across the country.


 
Trigger conditions

The country:

  • has not had this event before.
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Time of Troubles’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
There is nothing we can do

The country:

  • gets the modifier “Severe Famine” for 10 years with the following effect:
    • Goods produced.png−0.5 goods produced.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 25% of the cases.

Event button 547.png
Try to ease the suffering

The country:

  • loses Expenses.png ducats equal to 0.25 years of income.
  • gets the modifier “Famine” for 10 years with the following effect:
    • Goods produced.png−0.25 goods produced.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 50% of the cases.

Event button 547.png
Use all our resources to aim those in need

The country:

  • loses Expenses.png ducats equal to 0.4 years of income.
  • gets the modifier “Fighting Famine” for 5 years with the following effect:
    • Goods produced.png−0.10 goods produced.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 25% of the cases.

id

Msg event.pngPlague


Following the suffering caused by the recent famine, an outbreak of plague now sweeps across the country.


 
Trigger conditions

The country:

Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Time of Troubles’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
There is nothing we can do

The country:

  • gets the modifier “Severe Plague” for 5 years with the following effect:
    • National tax modifier.png−10% national tax modifier
    • National manpower modifier.png−25% national manpower modifier

The AI ​​chooses this option in 50% of the cases.

Event button 547.png
Try to contain it

The country:

  • loses Expenses.png ducats equal to 0.25 years of income.
  • gets the modifier “Contained Plague” for 5 years with the following effect:
    • National tax modifier.png−5% national tax modifier
    • National manpower modifier.png−10% national manpower modifier

The AI ​​chooses this option in 50% of the cases.

id

Msg event.pngBrigands in [Root.GetName]


Recent famines and outbreaks of plague have left much of the country without functioning authorities. The province of [Root.GetName] has become a lawless land where bands of armed brigands roam the countryside terrorizing local population.


 
Trigger conditions

The country:

Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Time of Troubles’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
Restore authority

The country:

  • loses Administrative power.png10 administrative power.
  • loses Expenses.png ducats equal to 10% years of income.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 75% of the cases.

Event button 547.png
Leave it be

A random province of the country that is not the capital gets the modifier “Armed Brigands” for 5 years with the following effects:

  • Local tax modifier.png−50% local tax modifier,
  • Local manpower modifier.png−50% local manpower modifier.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 25% of the cases.

id

Msg event.pngFirst Dimitri


In 1603, during the Time of Troubles, a man called Dimitri appeared and claimed to be the supposedly dead younger brother of former Tsar Feodor Ivanovich - and thereby the rightful claimant to the Russian throne. This Dimitri quickly attracted supporters throughout Russia and especially in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. A few months later Dimitri crossed the border into Russia together with a force of Poles, Lithuanians and Russian exiles. It seems he already has strong support from our enemies.


 
Trigger conditions

The country:

  • has not had this event before.
  • is not the lesser partner in a personal union.

A neighboring country exists that:

  • is a rival of the country, has rivaled the country or has an opinion of less than 0 towards the country.
  • is not an ally of the country.
  • is not a subject of the country.
  • has at least 10000 manpower as reserve.
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Time of Troubles’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
Recognize him as the legitimate ruler

The ruler and the heir of the country die.
The country:

  • gets ‘Dimitri I Rurikovich’ as ruler.
  • gets the modifier “Usurper of the Throne” until the ruler changes with the following effects:
    • National unrest.png+5 national unrest,
    • Stability cost modifier.png+33% stability cost modifier,
    • Advisor cost.png+50% advisor cost,
    • Technology cost.png+33% technology cost.
  • loses Icon legitimacy monarchy.png−50 legitimacy.

If the country uses Statists vs Monarchists mechanics then:

  • strengthen Monarchists in power by 20000%.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 10% of the cases.

Event button 547.png
Expel him

A random neighboring country that:

  • is a rival of the country, has rivaled the country or has an opinion of less than 0 towards the country.
  • is not an ally of the country.
  • is not a subject of the country.
  • has at least 10000 manpower as reserve.

gets:

Dimitri travels to [This.GetName] in search of support.
The AI ​​chooses this option in 90% of the cases.

id

Msg event.pngFalse Dimitri Overthrown


The false Dimitri wasn't able to hold on to the title of Tsar for even a year. A prince named Vasily Shuisky from another branch of the old Rurik dynasty conspired against him. Fuelled by the rumors that Dimitri was planning to convert Russia to the Catholic faith, Shuisky and his supporters stormed the Kremlin in the morning of 17 May 1606. Dimitri tried to escape through a window but broke his leg and was soon captured and shot. His body was then cremated and the ashes reportedly shot from a cannon towards Poland.


 
Trigger conditions

The country:

  • has the modifier “Usurper of the Throne”.
  • has not had this event before.
Is triggered only by

the monthly pulse of the ‘Time of Troubles’ disaster.


Event button 547.png
Resist these usurpers!

The country:

  • loses Icon stability.png2 stability.

Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 3) with “Vasily Shuisky” rise up in revolt in the capital of the country.
The AI ​​chooses this option in 10% of the cases.

Event button 547.png
Let the rebels seize power

The ruler and the heir of the country die.
The country:

  • gets ‘Vasily Shuisky’ as ruler.

If the country uses Statists vs Monarchists mechanics then:

  • strengthen Monarchists in power by 20000%.

A random known country that had the event ‘False DimitriorFalse Dimitri’ and chosen the option “Support him with troops”:

  • gets the opinion modifier “Overthrow Dimitri” towards this country worth Opinion.png −50 opinion with a yearly decay of 5.
  • gets a Casus belli.png Obscure Documents casus belli against this country for 2 years.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 90% of the cases.

End[edit]

If this country:

  • has no province controlled by rebel.
  • does not have the modifier “Usurper of the Throne”.
  • has a stability of at least +1.
  • controls its capital.

the disaster ends and the following event is triggered.

id

Msg event.pngEnd of the Time of Troubles


Stability and peace have once again returned to [Root.GetName] and the recent years of hardship known as the Time of Troubles are finally over.


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

the end of the 'Time of Troubles'.


Event button 547.png
A stronger [Root.GetName] will emerge!

The country:

  • gains Administrative power.png100 administrative power.
Event button 547.png
[Root.GetName] needs a new dynasty!

The ruler and the heir of the country die.
The country:

  • gains Administrative power.png50 administrative power.
  • gets ‘Mikhail I Romanov’ as new ruler (4Administrative power.png/2Diplomatic power.png/3Military power.png).

If the country uses Statists vs Monarchists mechanics then:

  • strengthen Monarchists in power by 20000%.

Related events[edit]

id

Msg event.pngFalse Dimitri


A man calling himself Dimitri who claims to be the presumed dead younger brother of Tsar Feodor Ivanovich has appeared and is claiming the throne of Muscovy. The current ruler there has banished him and he is now seeking refuge here in [Root.GetName] to try and raise an armed force. This could be an opportunity to strike at Muscovy without a formal declaration of war.


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by
  • the event ‘First Dimitri’ option “Expel him” if Flag of Muscovy Muscovy had it.
  • this event option “Expel him from [Root.GetName]”.

Event button 547.png
Support him with troops

If the country:

  • has at least 30000 manpower then it loses Manpower.png6000 manpower,

else if the country:

  • has at least 20000 manpower then it loses Manpower.png4000 manpower,

else if the country:

  • has at least 10000 manpower then it loses Manpower.png2000 manpower.

Supply Dimitri with some soldiers to support his invasion of Muscovy
The country that triggered this event gets the event Dimitri Returns after 30 days.
The AI ​​chooses this option in 75% of the cases.

Event button 547.png
Expel him from [Root.GetName]

If the country that triggered this event has a neighbouring country that:

  • is not this country
  • is a rival of the country that triggered this event

then a random neighbouring country of the country that triggered this event that:

  • is not this country
  • is a rival of the country that triggered this event
  • has at least 10000 manpower

gets:

Dimitri travels to [This.GetName] in search of support.

else if the country that triggered this event has a neighbouring country that:

  • is not this country
  • has rivaled the country that triggered this event

then a random neighbouring country of the country that triggered this event that:

  • is not this country
  • has rivaled the country that triggered this event
  • has at least 10000 manpower

gets:

Dimitri travels to [This.GetName] in search of support.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 25% of the cases.

id

Msg event.pngFalse Dimitri


A man calling himself Dimitri who claims to be the presumed dead younger brother of Tsar Feodor Ivanovich has appeared and is claiming the throne of Russia. The current ruler there has banished him and he is now seeking refuge here in [Root.GetName] to try and raise an armed force. This could be an opportunity to strike at Russia without a formal declaration of war.


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by
  • the event ‘First Dimitri’ option “Expel him” if Flag of Russia Russia had it.
  • this event option “Expel him from [Root.GetName]”.

Event button 547.png
Support him with troops

If the country:

  • has at least 30000 manpower then it loses Manpower.png6000 manpower,

else if the country:

  • has at least 20000 manpower then it loses Manpower.png4000 manpower,

else if the country:

  • has at least 10000 manpower then it loses Manpower.png2000 manpower.

Supply Dimitri with some soldiers to support his invasion of Russia
The country that triggered this event gets the event Dimitri Returns after 30 days.
The AI ​​chooses this option in 75% of the cases.

Event button 547.png
Expel him from [Root.GetName]

If the country that triggered this event has a neighbouring country that:

  • is not this country
  • is a rival of the country that triggered this event

then a random neighbouring country of the country that triggered this event that:

  • is not this country
  • is a rival of the country that triggered this event
  • has at least 10000 manpower

gets:

Dimitri travels to [This.GetName] in search of support.

else if the country that triggered this event has a neighbouring country that:

  • is not this country
  • has rivaled the country that triggered this event

then a random neighbouring country of the country that triggered this event that:

  • is not this country
  • has rivaled the country that triggered this event
  • has at least 10000 manpower

gets:

Dimitri travels to [This.GetName] in search of support.

The AI ​​chooses this option in 25% of the cases.

id

Msg event.pngDimitri Returns


During his exile in [From.GetName] Dimitri has managed to gather a lot of support for his claim to the throne of [Root.GetName]. [From.Monarch.GetName] [From.Monarch.GetHerselfHimself] has decided to take this opportunity to meddle in our affairs by supplying Dimitri with troops. Marching for [Root.Capital.GetCapitalName], he's rumored to be crossing the border any day now.


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by
  • the event ‘False Dimitri’ option “Support him with troops”.
  • the event ‘False Dimitri’ option “Support him with troops”.

Event button 547.png
In time we will crush them both!

If the country that triggered this event had at least 30000 manpower than

  • Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 3)

else if the country that triggered this event had at least 20000 manpower than

  • Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 2)

else if the country that triggered this event had at least 10000 manpower than

  • Pretender rebels.png Pretender rebels (size 1)
    • with ‘Dimitri I’ as leader (friendly to the country that triggered this event) rise up in revolt in a random province of this country neighboring the country that triggered this event.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. See in /Europa Universalis IV/common/disasters/time_of_troubles.txt and for the events in /Europa Universalis IV/events/disaster_time_of_troubles.txt.