Europa Universalis 4 gets big update alongside Wealth of Nations DLC release

Calling all magnates, tycoons and financiers, Europa Universalis 4 has a business deal for you. Wealth of Nations, the game's second major expansion pack, is out now and offering trade-focused improvements and additions... for a price. For those more frugal in nature, Paradox are also releasing a new update, introducing major changes for owners of the base game.

The new trailer is short and mostly pointless, but I'm yet to embed a video today so what the hell...

The salient points are that Wealth of Nations adds the ability to start trade conflicts, create a trade capital, hire privateers and use peace treaties to gain trade power.

As for the 1.6 patch, you can see the scope of its changes below.

Wealth of Nations:

- Privateers

* You can now send Light Ships on privateering missions to trade nodes

* A fleet on a privateering mission will hoist the Jolly Roger flag

* Privateers will generated 1.5 times their trade power for the Pirate (PIR) nation.

* The Pirate nation will act as a collecting merchant in the node, the sending nation receives 40%

* Nations with over 20% of trade power in a Trade Node receives a Pirate Hunt CB aginst the privateering nations

* Several Privateer specific events added

* With privateers in, the old Pirates are removed.

- Trade Companies

* Now possible to form Trade Companies by assigning provinces to the Trade Company

* Only provinces within a Trade Company Area can be assigned to a Trade Company

* A province in a Trade Company gives +50% tradepower, +0.5 Naval Force Limit, -100% Manpower, -50% Tax

* Every province in a Trade Company Area gains a bonus to Goods Produced proportional to how much of the trade the company controls

* If a single Trade Company controls >50% of the province Trade Power in an Area, the owning nation gets an extra merchant.

* Each Trade Company gets a generated name and is listed in the Subject View.

* Several new events for Trade Companies

* No longer possible to westernize if you only neighbour western provinces that are in trade companies

- Buildable Canals.

* Now possible to build the Kiel Canal, the Suez Canal and the Panama Canal.

* Building a Canal requires Administrative Tech 20, 50k gold and ownership of specific provinces, the project takes around 10 years.

* The project can be affected by a number of events

* Having a Canal will boost trade power in the province, allow the transit of ships and affects naval distance.

* The Canals are visible on the map

- Justify Trade Conflict-action

A trade conflict can be justified against another nation where there is a node where you have at least 10% of the trade power and they have at least 20% of the trade power.

Gives a Trade Conflict CB

- Implemented the "Fervor"-feature for reformed religion.

* Each month a Reformed country gets an amount of Fervor points

* In the religion view there are 3 Fervor bonuses Military, Diplomatic and Trade. None to all can be activated at any one time.

* Having a bonus active costs 5 Fervor point per month

* Up to 100 Fervor points can be stored

* fervor = yes activates the mechanic for a religion (there can only be one religion specific mechanic per religion).

- Added personal dieties

* Hindu rulers can now select their own personal diety out of 6 possible

* Each Diety gives a specific bonus

* A diety pick stays until the monarch dies or its removed via event

* Added several new diety specific events

* Added 50 unique hindu events and 41 unique event pictures

- Request Trade Power

* Now possible to Request Trade Power from another nation

* You can request 0-100% of their trade power wich if accepted will be counted as yours.

* Until the Transfer is canceled, the party recieving tradepower can not declare war on the giving party.

- Designate Trade Port

* You main trade collection point is now your Main Trading Port instead of your capital.

* Main Trading Port is located in your capital by default

* Main Trading Port can be moved for a cost of 300 Diplomatic Points

- Inland Trading

* Several trade nodes in the game are designated as inland trading nodes where trading nations can use their influence to gain direct power even without provinces or ships.

* When having a merchant in inland tradenodes, you now get direct bonues from your trade efficiency as well as some ideas.

* When having a merchant steering towards an inland Trade Node merchant republics as well as nations with Plutocratic and Trade ideas get direct bonuses.

- New peace treaties

* Now possible to enforce Military Access

* Now possible to enforce Fleet Basing Rights

- Enhanced Merchant republics

* Merchant republics now give a bonus to Goods Produced in provinces that they do not own, proportional to how much fo the trade in the area that they control.

- Dynamic Province Names

* Names can now be scripted to be unique for either the province owner, the province culture or the province culture group (in that priority).

* Activating Dynamic Province Names is now a gameplay setting

- New Ship Models for Great Frigate, War Galley, Galiot, Brig and Trabakul

Major Free features:

- Rivals

* Countries now pick rivals from a list of nearby nations that aren't too strong or too weak compared to that country. Larger nations can pick rivals further away. Picking a rival gives all the previous benefits of having a rival and also unlocks the Power Projection system.

* You gain Power Projection by having longtime rivals and acting aggressively against those rivals by for example declaring war on them, taking provinces from them, subsiding their enemies and sending privateers against them. You lose Power Projection from having too few rivals picked and losing provinces to your rivals.

* Power Projection gives bonuses to Trade Power, Fort Defense, Land Morale, Naval Morale, Legitimacy and Republican Tradition. Additionally, at 25 Power Projection a nation gets +1 Leader without Upkeep and at 50 Power Projection it gets +1 to monthly Administrative, Diplomatic and Military Power.

- Policies

* New Policy Interface under Missions and Decisions Tab

* Completing two full Idea Groups unlocks several Policies

* Activating a policy gives bonuses but costs 1 monarch point, type depend

* Several old decisions now converted to policies

- 10 New Achievments

- New Trade Conflict CB

* Given by Justify Trade Conflict

* Ticking warscore from blockades

- New Colonial Region Australia

- Detach obsolete ships

* Now possible to easly detach obsolete ships with one button

- Improved Macro Build

* Updated look of Macro Build Interface

* Now possible to Build cores, Change Culture and do Harsh Treatment from Macro Build Interface

- Change Role of Trade - Now possible to change role of trader without travel time

- Added New ships, Great Frigate, War Galley, Galiot, Brig and Trabakul

- Added the religouns Coptic and Ibadi Sikh. Coptic and Ibadi in from the start, Sikh will appear later.

- Modifiers such as Estuary now shown on map in Trade Mapmode.

- Now possible to form the nations Egypt and Bukhara and Courland.

- Administrative Efficiency:

* New country wide bonus that is unlocked at administrative technology level 23 and increases at 26 and 29, up to a total of 75%. Administrative Efficiency directly reduces the impact of province base tax on overextension and warscore cost, allowing for much larger territories to be conquered at once.

* The scaling of core time from country size has been removed - all nations now core provinces at the same speed regardless of size (but it is still affected by factors such as culture, religion, having a claim and so on).

- New Launcher

* Supports all platforms.

* Steamworks support, subscribe to the mods in steam and the launcher will update accordingly.

- Papal Automation

* You can now prioritise which cardinal to vote for and then let the game do the work.

Conquest of Paradise:

- Added new siege strip + assault and breach overlays for Native Americans

- Added several new events for Native Americans

(There are also quite a few major rebalances, see )

Phil Savage

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