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Duchy rankYaroslavl
Primary culture
Muscovite (East Slavic)

Capital province
Yaroslavl (308)

Russian Principality Government monarchy.png

State religion

Technology group
EasternEastern technology group
Yaroslavlyian ideas
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Traditions.png Traditions:

+10% Manpower recovery speed
+15% Reinforce speed

Cost to fabricate claims.png Between Hammer and Anvil

−25% Cost to fabricate claims

Diplomatic reputation.png Third Option

+1 Diplomatic reputation

Infantry cost.png Reform Boyars

−10% Infantry cost
−10% Cavalry cost

Mercenary maintenance.png Siberian Mercenaries

−15% Mercenary maintenance

Yearly army tradition.png Cult of Generals

+0.5 Yearly army tradition

Fort defense.png The Two Towers

+15% Fort defense

Improve relations.png Russian Ambition

+50% Improve relations

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+50% Prestige from land battles

Yaroslavl is a two province minor in Russia (region). It borders Flag of Muscovy Muscovy, Flag of Beloozero Beloozero and Flag of Rostov Rostov. In the 1444 start, it is a vassal of Muscovy.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Russian Principalities missions

Decisions[edit | edit source]

Yaroslavl has the ability to form Russia.


Execute decision.pngForm Russian Nation

Through conquest and diplomacy Russia has managed to transform from a mere settlement into a dominant principality. After several eastern expeditions the Mongol hordes have finally been subdued and a centralized Russian state, ruled under the suzerainty of the Tsar, is emerging. Influences from Western Europe are helping us modernize and reform our nation and Western style of education is being adopted.

Potential requirements

The country:

If the country is AI-controlled, then it:

Playing with normal or historical nations


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Strategy[edit | edit source]

Strategy The below is one of many player suggested strategies for Yaroslavl. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.

The first target for Yaroslavl needs to be to gain independence from Muscovy. To do this, the player needs to get the support of Poland and ideally Novgorod. As such, they should improve relations with both as soon as possible. It may be necessary to restart a few times, as the ideal conditions are that Poland rivals Muscovy (they may only do that after both gaining their union with Lithuania and beating the Teutonic Order), and that Muscovy does not gain Denmark as an ally. In order to further improve the likelihood of independence support, the player should increase development in their only province once the Renaissance happens, using mostly admin and diplo points. This would allow them to increase their initial paltry force limit of 4 to at least 6 or 7. This will also help in keeping Muscovy from annexing the player.

The best time to start the independence war, then, is when Muscovy is otherwise occupied, having started a war against one of the neighboring Sunni nations. It is recommended to let the allies do the fighting, only support when needed, and take the maximum deal possible, stripping Muscovy of rich provinces such as Moscow and Tver, including as much of Yaroslavl's capital area as possible (while taking care not to antagonize Novgorod too early by taking one of their cores, or several of their claims).

Unless the player finds an opportunity to declare war against a smaller nation (such as Odoyev or Ryazan), the second war will likely also be against Muscovy. This should be after a few decades, once enough favors have been accumulated to call all allies into the war. In that war, the player should go for maximum war score against their enemy, weakening them as much as possible. Depending on the provinces taken, the player may find themselves at odds now with Novgorod. Since Novgorod usually has few friends, they should provide a good target soon after. Aggressive expansion should not be an issue, due to the fact that Muscovy's neighbors are either Catholic, Sunni or too weak to matter.

The next steps should be to secure as much Muscovite and Novgorodian orthodox territory as possible, as quickly as possible. Once that region is consolidated, expansion can continue into Scandinavia, Lithuania and Poland or to the south and east into Sunni territory.

Ideas[edit | edit source]

It is advantageous to take administrative ideas as the first or second idea group, as the player will have quite a few relatively rich provinces to core, and can save on admin points early on this way. The other of the first two idea groups will likely be a military one. It is up to the player to decide on which one that complements the Yaroslavian military traditions best. The first diplomatic idea group could be exploration ideas, allowing the player to colonize the East and later the Americas, or possibly influence ideas to lower the aggressive expansion impact and allow for quicker vassal annexation - the player may choose to release and feed vassals in order to save on admin points, aggressive expansion and unrest when conquering the Central Asian Sunni nations.

Due to the likelihood of conquering Sunni territory, the player would likely need to take either humanist ideas or religious ideas to either pacify or quickly convert heretic territories.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Kinslayer icon
As Tver, Yaroslavl, Ryazan, Beloozero, Rostov or Odoyev, eliminate all other Rurikovich nations without changing your ruling dynasty.
All belongs to Mother Russia icon
Start as a country of Russian culture and form Russia.
Relentless Push East icon
Starting as a Russian nation, By 1600 own the East Siberian Coastline.
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