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Almost Ready To Go: EU IV - Res Publica

Europa Universalis IV’s Wealth Of Nations expansion is practically named after me, so I’m more than a little disappointed that I didn’t find time to plunder its depths. Announcement that the game was expanding again sent me into a cycle of mildly obsessive panic. If I haven’t mastered Wealth Of Nations, how can I be expected to unpick the changes that Res Publica brings? I was preparing for a 72 hour Venetian Marathon until I read the entirity of the Paradox press release, which confirms that Res Publica is a ‘Mini Expansion’. Deep breaths. No need to lose control.

Mini it may be, but Res Publica does sound a decent bundle of ideas.

The new mini expansion, entitled Res Publica, will introduce new systems of governance and trade to the game, including an all-new government type and several new Idea Groups for ambitious strategists to explore.

Republic Affairs: Grow your influence with the Merchant Republic faction to create new trade posts and reap bonuses, or exploit the inner power struggles of the Dutch Republic and their unique election events

Meet the New Boss: Try the all-new Republican Dictatorship government type, and decide between increases in power or Republic Tradition in new in-game opportunities and events

Don’t Fight the Power: Retain power for the ruling family by backing heirs in Elective Monarchies; boost your growth with the National Focus bonus and spend your points on Administrative, Diplomatic, or Military Power

I want to lord over a Republican Dictatorship! I really do.

Sadly, I’m still tied to the dream of finishing my current Crusader Kings II playthrough and then carrying the save over into a fully expanded EU IV. The reason that I preface that wonderful ambition with ‘sadly’ is entirely tied to the continuing stream of meaty and meaningful expansions. If I don’t finish the CK II playthrough by Autumn, there’s likely to be something new there as well.

I am doomed. Res Publica is out this summer.

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