The Cossacks

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Poster for ‘The Cossacks’.

The Cossacks is the seventh expansion for Europa Universalis IV. It was announced on 2015-10-15[1]. It was released on 2015-12-01[2]. The expansion coincided with Patch 1.14. The Cossacks was widely criticized by many for being highly unstable, having a high price, and not offering much content, and led to EU4: The Cossacks being called "the worst DLC of the year" by IGN.

Expansion features

  • New diplomatic options: let the world know what you think of your neighbours by setting a public attitude to foreign powers.
  • Tell the world what you want: designate neighbouring provinces as "places of interest", build trust with other nations, and entice allies with the promise of land for their support.
  • Tengri: Tengrism is now a syncretic faith, allowing it to tolerate certain secondary religions as if it were a national faith.
  • Horde unity and razing: nomadic nations now must pay attention to the horde unity of their tribes – a unity that can only be maintained by the occasional pillaging.
  • Improved culture changes: you can now restore a previous culture to a converted province, or convert a province you hold to a culture that is not your own.
  • Native policies: set your policy for colonial encounters with natives. Are you focused on quick subjugation, peaceful growth or trading advantages?
  • Improved espionage: new spy actions allow you to study the technology of more advanced countries and prod your rivals' subjects towards independence.
  • New diplomatic feedback: select provinces of interest, manage opinions, and a new trust and favors mechanic.
  • An internal politics system called Estates which brings more risk and reward to country management

Free features

Dev diaries

A list of the developer diaries for The Cossacks can be found here.