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Yale Rectorate
The Light of Science

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IdeologyTechnocracy.png Technocracy
Leader
Rector Magnificus Mikusian
Ruling partyDer Rat (60%)
PopulationPopulation 2,755,909
PonypowerPonypower 17,371
RaceGriffon Griffon
StabilityStability 69%
War supportWar support 50%
FactoriesFactory 8
  • 3 Military factory
  • 0 Naval dockyard
  • 5 Civilian factory
CapitalGreenback
ContinentCentral Griffonia
DiplomacyMember of the Reichspakt
Nominal VassalNominal Vassal of Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffonian Empire
DemonymYalish
TagYAL
Color  #B55270

In its formation, Yale was able to focus on providing education to the booming new Griffonian Empire. Since then, its institutions have taken over the duchy and established a ruling council of their own - the "Yale Rectorate".

But the limits of the rule of the universities are being approached. The Empire is crumbling, and only the allegiance to the Emperor and the perceived competence of the government is keeping the growing, impoverished lower class in check. If the Rectorate wants to stay in power and continue its scientific vision, should the empire disintegrate, it will have to win the hearts of the people, otherwise who knows what the future may hold for this land of universities.

Lore

The Duchy of Yaledom

Since the foundation of the Empire, Yaledom has always been able to focus on education. ~ Artist SilFoe

The Duchy of Yaledom was vassalized under the rule of Grover I in the 8th Century ALB. Safe in the heartlands of the Empire, the Dukes maintained close contact with the Emperor. Under these circumstances, Yale was able to provide higher education to the Empire's growing nobility. Yale University itself was founded in the ducal seat in 765 ALB, and it was not long before the other cities of the duchy followed with their own institutions.

With time, they grew in prestige and wealth, and students from all over the continent came to learn. With time, however, the local nobility grew ever poorer. Griffonia was changing, and the Industrial Revolution had begun. While factories sprang up and manufactories spurred on in the cities, the nobles continued to rely upon their comparatively undeveloped lands to provide for them, and Yale was losing its place to other cities within the duchy which had taken a greater initiative to industrialize.

It was in 878 ALB that the ducal rulers finally sold their title and rule to the University of Yale itself to save themselves from poverty. Grover III, who was attempting to unify the realm, likely wouldn't have taken kindly to such a large shift in politics, especially one so close to Griffenheim. So as to not provoke action from the Empire, it was decided that the title would be kept alive, if in name only, by the first Rector and father of modern Yale, Borean Wiedergreiff.

Rectors and Revolutionaries

Borean Wiedergreiff was a young and charismatic Polymath. As first Rector, he implemented many reforms making Yale what it has become. Among his earlier actions was to move the capital of the duchy from Yale to the industrial heart of Greenback. He lived by Rationalist philosophy, and ultimately believed ignorance and malice would lead to war and the subsequent loss of knowledge.

It is generally agreed upon that Wiedergreiff was a true visionary, a genius. Many of his creations would prove to be far ahead of their time. Among other things, he laid out the plans for what he regarded as his magnum opus- "The Great Archives", a towering repository of the world's knowledge, for the benefit of all. He believed it would stand as a beacon against ignorance, to achieve peace through the pursuit of science. So revolutionary was this idea, so far ahead of its own time it was, however, that he was never able to even begin. His plans now lie in archives and private collections around the realm, waiting for the day the Griffons will have advanced enough to be able to put them to use.

The arts and sciences flourished under Wiedergreiff. ~ Artist pzkratzer

100 years after Wiedergreiff had come to power, the Republican Revolution swept through the Heartlands.The universities themselves were uncertain of whether to pledge their support to the Empire or the revolutionaries during this time. With the different specializations and beliefs of each university, while many students gave their lives for the Republican cause, just as many found themselves by the young Emperor's side. In this period, the majority of the remaining nobility fled, leaving the universities open to finally finish the move away from the rule of the aristocracy and formalize their power, in the form of the Yale Rectorate. With the transfer of power complete, they set themselves upon the goal of more autonomy from the Empire. As the revolution progressed, it became clear that the Emperor's forces would ultimately win. It was only then, near to the end of the conflict, that the Rectors decided to give him their support. Luckily, their lack of decisiveness ultimately left the lands of Yale largely untouched by the war.

Not all is well though. Yale's industry has lagged behind academia for a while, due to a lack of dedicated R&D investments made by its companies. Most of the education budget has gone to universities, leaving public schools chronically underfunded. The north and Yale remain underdeveloped, with most of the Rectorate's infrastructure efforts going towards southern trade routes along the rivers near Greenback. And still, there is relentless agitation from citizens who are unhappy being dictated to by "out of touch intellectuals". In spite of this, Yale is economically mostly healthy and has a well-functioning government, but one could still say it lacks a soul.

Collegiate Endeavors

The Klaumar Military Academy

Yale is famed for its prestigious educational institutions, but among the lesser known are the military academies of Klaumar and Löwburg.

Propaganda depicting the partnership between the Griffonian and Changeling militaries. ~ Artist RichMay

Klaumar's staff were given special permission to study the Empire's first armored division, and received much insight into the effectiveness of such a unit and how it works. Klaumar had also sent several attaches to work with advanced Changeling tanks. These experiences taught them the importance of rapidly moving combat formations. Though there are several schools within the academy, it is dominated by the School of Experimental Warfare, though the senior School of Artillery and Engineering still holds sway. They are currently using their observations to develop the strange and new theory of mechanized tactics, armored formations and combined arms warfare.

The Academy of Löwburg

Löwburg is nearly the opposite to Klaumar. The academy specializes in infantry-heavy warfare and the use of meticulously crafted battleplans and fortifications to achieve victory. Based around the Griffenheim School of Thought, it has large traditional roots, supported further by the Old Guard, who hold the majority of the Löwburg council. The council, made up of the eight most senior and experienced faculty, develop strategies for dealing with almost any scenario imaginable. The academy has also been designing the Gerhard Line, a fortification which has been theorized to be nearly impenetrable if implemented fully. Löwburg has been known to produce very disciplined officers. A significant number of students are impressionable and young, and many are even below the age of enlistment. A large portion of the academies' attendants are also aligned with the "Red Guard", students who believe in leftist ideals, that more must be done by everyone. Though they hold little power, some say they are seeking to gain influence over the academy's curriculum.

Yale University

Yale University itself is the oldest and most prestigious university in the country, but much like the city in which it resides, the institute has been overshadowed by modernity. It was never developed as well as Greenback, and has been superseded as the capital of the realm, though the current head of the rectors, Magnificus Mikusian, is also rector of Yale, and has been the youngest to hold such a position. It has produced many bright minds, including Borean Wiedergreiff himself. Its libraries are unparalleled, though, and it holds a strong tradition of academic excellence. There are many facilities available for its students to use for their own purposes. Yale's academics specialize in Science and Philosophy, but in recent years, some feel that the curriculum is outdated, out of touch with reality and the common griffon, or even contradictory or stagnant. Regardless, Yale continues onwards with its grand scientific vision.

Greenback, Greengate, and Middenheim

The Universities of Greenback, Greengate, and Middenheim are known as Yale's central universities, and each has its own specialties. Greenback is an academy of medicine. Its curriculum sees support from a nearby hospital, where many griffons train and put their education to practice. The academy seeks to advance medicine, to enhance the body, to perform miracles. Greengate, meanwhile, has favored griffons seeking to improve society in other ways for many years.

Engineers work tirelessly to improve upon new and existing designs with every hour.

Though founded by alchemists experimenting with transmutation, it has since been known for its programs in engineering. With close proximity to Yale's center of industry, students here innovate designs in machinery to revolutionize life, to build a better tomorrow. These programs come at a cost, however, something which griffons at the Middenheim School of Economics study closely. Economists here develop theories in capitalist economic policy for the betterment of the realm. Though each institution cover different areas of study, they share the philosophy of using science to serve and improve society.

Bruma and Gamia

The Universities of Bruma and Gamia lie in the West. Bruma's faculty believe in the strength of tradition, and specialize in the Social Sciences. They teach to preserve societal values, that one must go forth into the streets to learn and bring change. They reject harmony and socialism as nothing but Equestrian attempts to export their way of life. Bruma advocates a future guided by the past, by the heartland griffon culture. Such a return to religion would restore the social bonds between the griffons and their rulers.

The centuries-old facilities of the universities stand as testament to the power of tradition. ~ Artist robysaurus

Gamia however, has a differing outlook. Its biological studies are second to none, perhaps because researchers here believe in the pure, unhindered acquisition of knowledge. Already, they push the boundaries of ethics, to put aside morality in the name of progress. Still, they yearn to stretch the line further, to even eliminate it, to achieve their full potential, and soar to new heights. Neither is quite satisfied with the more liberal aspects of society, and have close ties with the local Prelate of Arcturius. Each also receives additional funding from nearby Romau, seat of the Archonate of Eyr, and hold strong ties to the clergy.

Cyrusval

Cyrusval, in the Southeasternmost corner of Yale, also teaches Social Sciences, but has taken it in a different direction. Students learn about the struggles caused by the system of Capitalist oppression, and work to spread awareness. They support the establishment of a classless utopia, to bring radical change to the land. Cyrusval's ideals are the most fundamentally different from the rest of the universities. Griffons here believe it is the bonds between authority and the proletariat which causes suffering, and the region sees the lowest enlistment rate in all of Yale.

The Future of the Rectorate

As the Griffonian Empire declined over recent years, friction has emerged in the Yale Rectorate. Yale lacks a strong national identity and societal divides are deepening. With the Emperor sicklier than ever, the common griffons are looking for new answers and more and more of them seek to reinvent Yale in one way or another. The technocratic government, led by the universities has not managed to speak to the imagination of its citizenry, which is leading more and more griffons to search for other answers. Something has to take the place the Empire held in the identity of the Yalish, and the Rectorate might have to reinvent itself if it wants to continue like this. Although Rector Mikusian himself believes science should be used to aid the government in helping griffons of society, he may soon be forced to compromise with more radical factions, as revolutionary and reactionary universities try to mobilise the discontent in Yalish society for their own purposes. Will the light of Yale shine bright in the darkness, or will it be snuffed out like so many places of learning before it?

Geography

In 1007, Yale starts with 4 states. Bordering the Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffonian Empire to the north, the Empire is tre greatest threat to Yale, especially if it goes non-supremacist. A river cuts through Greenback, Yale's most defensive province, which is a good defensive spot should the empire not stage their coup.

Yale's other neighbors, Flag of Greifenmarschen Greifenmarschen, the Flag of Barony of Angriver Barony of Angriver, the Flag of Katerin Principality Katerin Principality, and the Flag of Free City of Romau Free City of Romau, can be allied with, if they select certain foci to ideologically align with Yale. The same can be done with other vassals of the empire.

The Lands of Yale remain relatively underdeveloped, and the two most valuable provinces at the start lie in the South, with more population, infrastructure, and factories. The resources extracted will be more than enough for early game production of basic matériel. Poverty and other factors slow Yale's research and construction speeds greatly, but there is high potential, should the situation improve. Griffonpower also suffers, but will be dealt with in time.

National Focus

Yale's starting Focus Tree

Yale has a massive focus tree that can be divided into five individual trees: an Industrial tree, an Army tree, a Naval tree, an Air tree, and a political tree. At the start, the political tree and the naval trees are locked, while the other trees are unlocked; the political tree is unlocked after Grover V's death and a regent is chosen, while the naval tree is unlocked if Yale owns a coastal province.

Industrial Tree

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This tree, beginning with the focus Subsidise Industry, focuses on improving the industry, literacy, and research capacity of Yale. The tree can be split into two branches:

  • The left-most branch (starting with the exclusive focuses Revitalise Yale and Invest in the Capital) grants the player factories, infrastructure, and an increase in resources (specifically Steel icon.png steel, Tungsten.png tungsten, and Aluminum.png aluminium).
  • The right-most branch (opening with the focus Modernise the Curriculum) boosts Yale's literacy and societal development, alongside decreasing Yale's poverty. Of note are the final two focuses on this branch (Expand Yale University and The Research Focus Programme); the former grants an additional resarch slot, while the latter gives a boost to research speed and unlocks decisions allowing the player to gain specific research bonuses (see above).

Army Tree

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Yale's army tree, starting with the focus Establish the Yale Defense Council, provides a variety of research bonueses into research of weapons and land doctrines. The tree can be split into two main branches (each of which also has two sub-branches), and a smaller branch in the centre:

  • Klaumar Academy - This branch focuses on the Mobile Warfare (represented by the School of Experimental Warfare sub-branch) and Superior Firepower (represented by the Schoool of Artillery and Engineering sub-branch) doctrines. Both exclusive sub-branches provide research bonuses in their respective areas (the Mobile Warfare branch, for example, offers research bonuses for Armor). There is also a third sub-branch (The Grifftruck), available no matter which other sub-branch was taken, which offers research bonuses for tanks and motorized.
  • Löwburg Academy - This branch focuses on the Grand Battleplan (represented by the The Old Guard sub-branch) and Mass Assult (represented by the The Red Guard sub-branch) doctrines. The sub-branches are exclusive, but the Mass Assult sub-branch can only be gone down if the player has already aligned Yale with the Communists in Cyrusval (see below). The Grand Battleplan sub-branch focuses on increasing Yale's defensive capabilities, while the Mass Assult sub-branch increases Yale's recruitable population. There is also a third sub-branch (The Löwburg Battalions) which offer general buffs to division and infantry equipment.
  • The Cadet Charter - This third, smaller branch focuses on areas untouched by the other branches, such as race-specific tech and support equipment, proving research bonuses to both.

There is also a final focus (Yale Chiefs of Staff), available when the player has completed any of the doctrine sub-branches, which provides bonuses based on which university Yale has aligned itself with.

Tree Bonus School of Experimental Warfare School of Artillery and Engineering The Old Guard The Red Guard
RushTime.pngRush Time (d) 364 364 364 364
CompleteTime.pngComplete Time (d) 560 560 560 560
Military
War support War support +10.00%
PonypowerRecruitable Pop +5.00%
TrainingIcon.pngTraining Time -10.00%
Science
Researchtime.pngResearch Time (specific)
  • Artillery Research Speed: +10%
  • Armor Research Speed: +10%
  • Artillery Research Speed: +10%
  • Armor Research Speed: +10%
Focusbonus.pngOne-off boosts
  • 1x 100% for Mobile Warfare Doctrine and Superior Firepower Doctrine
  • 1x 100% for Mobile Warfare Doctrine
  • 1x 100% for Infantry Weapons
  • 1x 100% for Motorized
  • 1x 100% for Light Tank Models
  • 1x 100% for Medium Tank Models and Heavy Tank Models
  • 2x 65% for Armor Technology
  • 2x 50% for Anti-Tank
  • 2x 50% for Mobile Warfare Doctrine
  • 2x 50% with -2.0 year ahead of time penalty for Armor Technology
  • 1x 50% with -2.0 year ahead of time penalty for Mechanized Models
  • 1x 100% for Mobile Warfare Doctrine and Superior Firepower Doctrine
  • 1x 100% for Superior Firepower Doctrine
  • 1x 100% for Motorized
  • 1x 100% for Light Tank Models
  • 1x 100% for Medium Tank Models and Heavy Tank Models
  • 2x 100% for Anti-Air
  • 1x 75% for Armor Technology
  • 3x 65% for Support Artillery
  • 1x 50% for Support Weapons
  • 1x 50% for Support Technology
  • 2x 50% for Infantry Weapons
  • 2x 50% with -2.0 year ahead of time penalty for Support Artillery
  • 1x 100% for Grand Battleplan Doctrine and Mass Assault Doctrine
  • 1x 100% for Grand Battleplan Doctrine
  • 1x 125% for Motorized
  • 1x 50% for Infantry Weapons
  • 1x 100% for Grand Battleplan Doctrine and Mass Assault Doctrine
  • 2x 100% for Mass Assault Doctrine
  • 2x 50% for Mass Assault Doctrine
  • 2x 50% for Infantry Weapons
Combat
AttackIcon.pngAttack (All) / (Core) / (Inf) 0% / 0% / 0% 0% / 0% / 5.0% 5.0% / 5.0% / 0% 5.0% / 5.0% / 0%
DefenceIcon.pngDefence (All) / (Core) / (Inf) 0% / 0% / 0% 0% / 0% / 5.0% 5.0% / 10.0% / 0% 5.0% / 5.0% / 0%
SpeedIcon.pngSpeed +10.00% Armor Speed +5.00% Division Speed +5.00% Division Speed +5.00% Division Speed
OrganizationIcon.pngOrganization +10.0% +15.0% +15.0% +10.0%
EntrenchmentIcon.pngMax Entrenchment +4.0
PlanningIcon.pngMax Planning +20.00%
SupplyIcon.pngSupply Consumption -10.0%
Other Notes / Bonuses
  • Military Factory Construction Speed: +5.00%
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.03 Daily
  • Armor Division Attack: +15.0%
  • Armor Division Defense:: +5.0%
  • Armor Reliability: +10%
  • Armor Production Cost: -10.00% (For 1095 Days after completion of focus Developing the Tank
  • Military Factory Construction Speed: +10.00%
  • Artillery Attack: +15.0%
  • Artillery Defense: +5.0%
  • Reconnaissance: +15.0%
  • Entrenchment Speed: +10.0%
  • Land Fort Construction Speed: +15.00%
  • Unlocks Advisor Gerhard Silverbeak
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.03 Daily
  • Planning Speed: +15.0%
  • Entrenchment Speed: +25.0%
  • +25000 Ponypower
  • Infantry Equipment Production Cost: -10.00%
  • Numerous Fortifications Built Throughout Yale
  • Army Experience: +30
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.01 Daily
  • Out of Supply: -10.0%
  • Reinforce Rate:+5.0%
  • Entrenchment Speed: +15.0%
  • +95000 Ponypower
  • Infantry Equipment Production Cost: -10.00%

Calculations INCLUDE Klaumar Academy and Löwburg Academy focuses respectively. The Cadet Charter subtree is NOT included.

Naval Tree

YAL Navy Tree.png

The Naval tree (opening with the focus Establish the Yale Coastal Defence Force) can only be started when Yale owns a coastal province. The set of exclusive focuses at the start of the tree offer the player research bonuses in one of the three naval doctrines. The rest of the tree mostly gives reserarch bonuses for naval technology, with two focuses granting naval dockyards in random owned coastal states.

Air Tree

The airforce tree (beginning with the focus GreenBack Air) grants the player research bonuses for air technology, air bases, and paratroopers, alongside certain focuses giving air experience to the player.

Political Tree

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Until Grover V dies and a regent is chosen, Yale's political trees will be locked. When a regent has been chosen (be it Eros or Gabriella), the first focus Gather the Council will become available. After 14 days, an event will fire, giving the player a choice over which universities will guide Yale into this uncertain future.

Autocracy.png Bruma and Gamia

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The western universities of Bruma and Gamia may be chosen to advise the Rectorate in the coming years. The tree is split into two seperate sections, each focusing on one of the two universities.

Bruma's branch aligns heavily with the university's goal of creating a strong, holy society. This section (starting with the focuses The Archons' Patronage and Bruma's Social Sciences) grants a variety of different buffs, ranging from increasing political power gain to granting an additional civilian factory.

Gamia, on the other hand, focus much more on biological science, and as such their tree grants additional research speed, research buffs, and an additional research slot.

While, to begin with, the universities can work seperately and rule together, a choice must be made on which path to take Yale. Is the future a holy one, dominated by the social scientists of Bruma, or is it a scientific one, pushed forth by the biologists of Gamia?

Bruma - An Arcturian Regency

Should Bruma be chosen (by taking the focus A New Council Member), with the Schwert und Schild in power and Prelate Michael leading, Yale with have two further choices immediately ahead of them. First, the player must choose whether to silence opposition to Bruma's rule (resulting in a decrease in opposition popularity, but also a decrease in stability) or to simply comprimise, flatter and bribe their way to popularity (resulting in an increase in both party popularity and stability).

The next choice will be a decion about Yale's relation to the Empire. If Archon Eros was chosen as regent, Yale has the option of further integrating into the Empire, while keeping some autonomy, through the focus Yale's New Position[1] (a choice which the Empire can ultimately refuse) or simply being annexed outright through the focus Into the Fold, ending the game. Otherwise, Yale will only have the option to declare war on the Empire, gaining a wargoal through the focus Challenge Griffenheim.

Spoilers below, we recommend these are best experienced in game before reading
YAL An Arcturian Regency Tree.png

Should Yale subsequently take Griffenheim, and take the decision to form Herzland, Yale shall change to the Herzland National Republic, and the rest of the political focus tree opens up. The tree can be split into two sections: The first focusing on the unification of the Herzlands (under the new regent Archon Proteus III) and the implementation of strong, religious values into society (granting general military, research and construction buffs), while the second section focuses on unifying Griffonia in a similar vein to the Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffonian Empire (granting resources, factories, divisions and the ability to core certain compliant states).

Of note is the final focus, Crown the Knight-Emperor, which will crown Grover VI in Griffonstone, who, having been trained by the Prelates and Archons in the ways of Arcturius, will lead the Empire into a Holy future that truly honours the Gods.

God bless Emperor Grover!

Leader Party Description Traits
Archon Proteus III
Supremacy

Schwert und Schild

Emperor Grover VI
Supremacy

Schwert und Schild


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Gamia - Delve Deeper - Project Auferstehung
Spoilers below, we recommend these are best experienced in game before reading
Leader Party Description Traits
Grover II
Supremacy

Kaiserpartei (Griffonische Kaiserpartei)

Grover II was the second ruler of the Griffonian Empire, ascending the throne in 785 ALB. By the time of his ascension Grover II was already an accomplished general and he commanded many of his father's forces when he unified the griffon states. The start of his reign was characterised by an Aquileian insurrection, which the Emperor's armies crushed before rebellion could spread throughout the empire. It is said that in his anger, Grover II killed the Discret King of Aquileia himself and ordered Aquila burned. To keep the Discrets from seeking revenge, he married Giselda Discret.

The Emperor decided to entrust the Idol of Boreas, the Empire's most sacred relic, to his Brother Guto, who he made King of Griffonstone, starting a period of early stability. In 799 the Emperor started his conquest south, adding Sicameon and Asterion to the Empire. Grover II was still not content with his domain, fearing his eastern frontier with the ponies of the Riverlands. Therefore he sanctioned the Knights of Hellquill to crusade against them. Internal squabbles and economic woes would delay any large scale efforts to attack the riverponies for 40 years. It is widely believed that Grover III and Giselda were the ones constantly fixing the bad domestic policies of their father and husband.
In 852 the ageing Emperor decided to finally press forward. He flew east at the head of a massive host of knights and soldiers, eager to finish his conquest of the Griffonian continent. Battle after battle was fought and Grover himself was almost invincible in his enchanted armour, the terror of his foes. That was, until the Nimbusians rallied to save what was left of River City. The Strategos of the pegasi force had lured the griffons into a chokepoint. There, the unthinkable happened. The towering griffon was in the thick of the battle, leading his most faithful knights to punch a hole in the unflinching Nimbusian battleline, when a startled young hoplite threw his spear at him instead of staying in formation. Grover was hit through the eyes and died instantly, which routed his forces.
And now, he has returned to Griffonia to finish what he started.

yal_grover_temporary_trait
  • Daily Political Power Gain: -0.25
  • Mobilization speed: +100.00%
  • Division Organization: +5.0
  • Recruitable Population: 5.00%
  • Recruitable Population Factor: 5%
  • Stability: -10.00%
  • War Support: +20.00%
Emperor Grover VI
Supremacy

Kaiserpartei (Griffonische Kaiserpartei)


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Gamia - Delve Deeper - Project Weihe
Spoilers below, we recommend these are best experienced in game before reading

Project Weihe, if selected, will be completed early, in 58 days if events are processed in the same hour they appear.

Upon completion of the final event, there will be a new expansion to Yale's focus tree. This path details the arrival of a griffon who appears to be the divine agent of Boreas and their journey to cleanse the Empire's lands, beginning from taking rulership in Yale. Wargoals and cores are eventually provided for all of the Empire's starting vassals, with the exception of Sunstriker's Clan.

Focus tree of the Herald of Boreas

After the herald takes power with Convince the Council, the next set of focuses are intended to prepare Yale for offensive action. Several powerful benefits are provided, and it is best to time these to precede the Empire's inevitable declaration of war on Yale, for the Empire will be the first target, and must be defeated to progress further. The unstated effects of the focus Send the Disciples are that it will give Griffonstone, Romau, and the Empire a national spirit causing a minor -15% debuff to stability and war support.

The Kingdom of Boreas and the full extent of its cores and conquests via focus.

Once the Empire itself is conquered or divided among its other former vassals, those vassals will be the next target of the Herald's ambitions. Finally, after they have been dealt with, all of the conquered land will be cored, and although there are no further focuses unlocked, the newly-established Kingdom of Boreas will find itself in a very strong spot to fight against any invaders or manually-justified conquests.


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Alicorn Rule.png The Central Universities Despotism.png

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Going down the middle path of the tree, the player will get several bonuses to certain things, depending on what foci they choose. the Greengate sub-tree grants bonuses to electronics, and starts a project which eventually forms a research group. Greenback mainly gives bonuses to army-related modifiers, among other things, while Middenheim has two possible advisors to choose. One of them, Meynard Clawnes, is a socialist, granting 2 offmap civilian factories, 10% production efficiency cap, 30% production efficiency growth, +5% consumer goods factories, +10% factory and dockyard output, and sets the trade law to limited exports.

The other one, August von Hawk, is a capitalist and sets the trade law to free trade, as well as giving +10% civilian factory construction speed, +5% military factory construction speed, -5% consumer goods facctories, +25% free repair and +10% max factories in a state.

Getting to the end of the tree, or owning Griffenheim, a new focus tree will be loaded. A choice is given to the player: Yale can go down the harmonic path, or remain a technocracy. Both will give wargoals on the remaining states of the Empire, and the technocracy path eventually grants a massive bonus to technology, in the form of an ahead of time penalty reduction for all techs.

Equestrian Socialism.png Cyrusval University

YAL Cyrusval University Tree.png

To enter the Communist side of the political tree, the player has to calm down the protest choosing the Cyrusval solution to speak to the masses, it will now unlock the Communist side of the tree, where, unlike the other two side, only one path is available, but at the beginning of the communist path a "support system" is activated where Cyrusval need to get support from the intellectuals, the workers and the military to achieve a communist revolution, the two first focus unlock decision to rally support from all of those faction to overtrow the governement, if there support aren't high a counter-revolution will be launch when the third focus will be completed, they are 4 state of support "Very low", "low", "medium" and "high", when the third focus is taken "to the barricade" a series of event will trigger and decision will be proposed to the player, if the player has at least medium support for any of the 3 faction he should have special decision which would be available only because you have the backing of said faction.

If you do not have enought support and only could choose the default option for the events, the revolution end in a failure and the player will get annexed by the griffon empire. But if the revolution is a success you will proceed with your game as the "Yalish communes" and carry on with the focus tree. During the revolution the player will have suffered a lot of debuffed but after finishing the revolution most of Yales general will leave the player except for one and when the player finish the focus "the commune of Yale" all the debug will be gone and a event will trigger that add support to communism.


The main thing that the player might want to be aware of before taking that path is that after the revolution the debug aren't done, the first 3 focus after "The commune of Yale" will give you debug too:

- Your army: your conscription law will be changed to "The People's Militia" gain 15% recrutable population, but lose -5% speed, -20% mobilisation speed, -10% organisation, -5% division attack & defense, +40% training time and -15 appeal to Refugees.

- Industry: gain 5% consumer goods, -10 Military & civilian construction speed for 365 days.

- Trade: your trade law will be changed to "closed Economy" 0% resource to the market and -75% trade deal opinion factor. (It isn't locked to closed economy, but the player will have to spend 150 PP to put it back to the policy the player desire to have).

But after completing the other focus the debugger will be offset by bonuses and lose the debuff "societal Divide". At some point after the revolution the player will get an even which unlock the decision to investigate on Erich Mühschnabel (the player's leader) To discover if he was truly supporting the revolution, beware that the player will be able to finish the decision line once the focus "Outward Coordination" is completed, when the decision is completed a coup against Müschnabel will be prepared and will trigger later.

At the end of the focus tree the player will gain a war goal against the griffon empire, once defeated, the player will be able to core the empire.

Once the war with the empire done the player will unlock the rest of his focus tree and will have the decision to kill Grover the VI or let him live, the rest of the focus tree consist in annexing the rest of the empire, coring it and become the "Herzland Commune"

After annexing the rest of the griffon empire, the coup event against Mühschanable will trigger and the player will have the choice to either get rid of him for a new leader "Karl Legreif" who provide 8% stability and 5% factory output but add another 5% to consumer goods. This coup will determine which path the focus tree. You can either decide not to launch the coup and stay with Erich Mühschabel and the focus tree will focus on annexing and coring all of the griffon nation of Griffonia or become a trade union and focus on pacifying the pony of Griffonia and become a heaven of equality.

Technology

Army Naval Air Tech / Industry
  • Karabiner 'Kralle' (Karabiner 'Kralle' 06) (Bolt-Action Rifles)
  • Mountain Infantry I
  • Support Equipment
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I
  • Helheim 105mm M-05 (M-1005 Helheim Kannonen 105mm leFH)
  • Torpedo Boat Destroyer (Torpedo Boat Destroyer Hull)
  • Basic Depth Charges
  • Scout and Armoured Cruisers (Scout and Armoured Cruiser Hulls)
  • Basic Torpedo
  • Naval Gunnery
  • Casemate Secondary Battery
  • Designated Landing Barges
  • None
  • None
Doctrine Racial
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • Knights Division I
  • We Can Fly?!

Politics

National Spirits

Societal Divides icon
Societal Divides

  • Political Power Gain: -10%
  • Recruitable Population Factor: -10%
For a long time Yale has been divided between those who live in the marble halls of the universities and those who live without.

Leaders

Starting leaders
Leader Leader Ideology and party Traits Description Comes to power by
Rector Magnificus Mikusian
Technocracy.png
Technocracy
Non-Aligned

Der Rat
Der Akademischer Rat
Unfeathered Empiricist
  • Political Power Gain: −10%
  • Research Speed: +7%
Born: 21st of October, 964 in Yale

Function: Rector Magnificus of Yale University and Praeses of the Academic Council

Biography: Born into a middle class family in the old capital of the Yale Rectorate, Mikusian lived through the turbulent times of the Republican revolution as a teenager. Although many students of the Yalish universities fought for the various sides of the revolution, the country was spared the ravaging effects of war, with the Rectorate only choosing sides at the final moments of the conflict. The revolution left an impact on young Mikusian, who heard about the destruction war could cause via radio and newspaper. Like many young Yalish griffons, Mikusian grew up with tales of the country's enigmatic founder, Borean Wiedergreiff and the young griffon devoured all of the famed polymath's treatises during the revolution. By the time he enrolled for philosophy in Yale's university, Mikusian was a firm believer in Borean's rationalist philosophy of achieving peace through scientific advancement. Living and studying in the hallowed halls of Yale only strengthened the student's believes and by his second year, he decided he wanted to be a scientist and teach for himself.

And so he did, finishing his studies without delay and writing his dissertation on the works of his idol. "Pax Scientiam: A dream worth pursuing?" was a smash hit across the academic community, securing Mikusian a teaching position. The scientist proved to be a popular lecturer and sometimes griffons had to sit on the lecture hall's stairs if they wanted to attend his vivid explanations of history, philosophy and discussions on the future of Griffonia. A final twist came in 1001, with the elections for the position of Rector. Urged by his students to stand, Mikusian won in a landslide, becoming the youngest Rector of Yale since Borean Wiedergreiff himself. Now the head of state and government of Yale, Mikusian has overseen the slow decay of the Rectorate alongside the rest of the Griffonian Empire. But the griffon has never stopped dreaming of a different future.

Portrait By: Scroup


Georgina Fredrika Schüler
Harmonic Socialism.png
Harmonic Socialism
Harmony

Neue Funkeln
Grassroots Democrat
  • Daily Political Power Gain: +0.05
  • Consumer Goods Factories factor: 6%
  • Stability: +5%
Born: 12th of February, 985 in Greenback

Position: Leader of the New Sparkle Movement

Biography: The bustling city of Greenback supports a burgeoning middle class. Georgina Fredrika Schüler was born into one such family. Her father a mechanic and her mother a clerk. Georgina's parents were gentle griffons, wary of violence after the failed revolution of which she only knew from stories. Like many in Yale, the Schüler family was looking for new answers outside. They found theirs in Equestria and harmony instead of some radical movement. Georgina was raised, unlike many griffons, to see the good in everybeing, to be optimistic and to strife for change from within. The day Georgina passed the entrance test for Yale University was the proudest day of her parents' lives, as she was the first in the family to achieve this. When she set off to the other side of the country, she promised she'd not lose her heart.

Yale university was fascinating to Georgina, but also in a way it felt stagnant. As if it was in a different world, out of touch with reality. The teachers were fine, especially Rector Mikusian, but the curriculum felt outdated and contradicted government. For all the talk about science and philosophy, Yale's government felt like it was impeding progress and disregarding the common Yalish griffon. There was no harmony.

So, Georgina, optimistically, began to agitate for change, for a New Spark. First with a small group of friends in private. Then in Yale's university, later around all of Yale in public. The Yalish government carried on with its grand scientific visions, unbothered by the growing movement in-and-outside the universities. Democracy, a constitution and self-determination were the demands which resonated louder and louder through the streets of the Rectorate. And after a war where many griffons had to make the ultimate sacrifice, these demands could no longer be ignored.

Rector Mikusian called his own student to his side and asked her to lead to preserve harmony. The New Sparkle had started a fire.

Portrait By: Scroup


Erich Mühschnabel
Anarcho-Communism.png
Anarcho-Communism
Communism

Die Vorhut
Die Vorhut der Studenten
Father Complex
  • Daily Political Power Gain: −0.05
  • Stability: −10%
  • War Support: +5%
Born: 27th of November, 976 in Cyrusval

Title: We are all equal, comrade.

Biography: Erich Mühschnabel never had to conquer his bread. As the second son of a wealthy industrialist, Erich could have spent the rest of his life in luxury. His childhood was spent in bliss, as Erich received the best tutors money could buy. He turned out to be bright and inquisitive, and would have been a worthy successor to the family business, were it not for his older sister. Irene Mühschnabel was just a tad bit more cunning than her brother, always managing to garner her parents' favour over Erich.

When the time came, Irene enrolled in Middenheim University, while Erich went to his own Cyrusval. The difference could not be much greater. Middenheim's grand halls taught classical economics and statecraft in a tranquil environment, a walled garden away from the hustle and bustle of the world. Cyrusval was a rowdy place of loud students, of debating clubs and radical teachers. The home of Professor Willie Scherler, an inspiring socialist who would later lead the fight for a better world in the woods of Angriver. So, as Irene studies the intricacies of profit maximalisation, Erich was taught the inherent contradictions of the capitalist mode of production.

Both siblings graduated cum laude, with Irene being allowed a prominent position in the family business, while Erich was cast out of the family as a failure. Instead of business, Erich would get a teaching position in social science, where he contributed to the ever-radicalising faculty. A sense of urgency and an air of change filled the red halls of Cyrusval as the Empire faltered and to everygriffon's surprise, the students and teachers elected Mühschnabel, the most radical candidate, as rector in the 1007 elections. When the crisis in Griffenheim escalated, Erich managed to convince national government that he would be able to mend the rifts in Yalish society. Instead, he would use the new power to prepare for a revolution.

The Mühschnabel estate was one of the first buildings to be set aflame in the ensuing violence.

Portrait By: anyazen


Prelate Michael
Authoritarian Theocracy.png
Authoritarian Theocracy
Supremacy

Schwert und Schild
Passionate Prelate
  • Division Recovery Rate: +2%
  • War Support: +2%
Born: 15th of June, 961 in Crona Province

Function: Prelate of Yale and Member of the Academic Council

Biography: Michael Eisenklau was born near the Imperial city of Crona as the seventh chick in a family of peasants. The family barely scraped by and things spiralled out of control after a failed harvest in 978 spiralled Michael's village into poverty. After it was clear the local authorities refused to help, the peasants, including Michael's parents and older siblings decided to go and take their due from Crona itself. Unbeknownst to them, they were part of a massive movement which would soon fracture the Griffonian continent. Michael would never see any of them again.

Left alone to care for his younger siblings, the peasant's son turned to the only place he knew could help; the Temple. There the young griffon, weaker in body than his sturdy older brothers, managed to impress the Arcturian priest by challenging him to a duel for a chance at earning a wage. Michael lost that duel but earned himself a job, to which he tenaciously devoted himself. As the fighting raged around the Empire, sometimes coming precariously close, Michael learned the values of the different aspects of Arcturius. A Smith who can burn away impure elements through war and forge together what is fractured. A Warrior loyal, honourable and unflinching in conflict. And a leader willing to sacrifice himself to a greater cause.

Michael had taken these lessons to heart long before he had completed his formal education and as the Empire licked its wounds after the revolution, he began his career in the Hierarchy of Arcturius. First as a priest to one of the many towns in the Herzland who had lost their religious leader in the fighting. Later on, as a clerk for Archon Proteus III, where he got a great deal of respect for the Warrior-Priest. Although Proteus sometimes joked about the griffon's 'puny stature', the Archon was never mean to the former peasant. And when the position of Prelate of Yale opened up in 1005, Proteus nominated Michael himself, hoping that the commoner might be able to help heal the divides in Yalish society. Prelate Michael set to the task with great enthusiasm, reinvigorating the Triarchy in Yale with fiery speeches, charity and the help of the Sword and Shield movement, earning him a spot at the table, shifting the balance of Yalish politics in his favour.

Portrait By: Vasily

Post-1007 leaders [may contain spoilers]
Leader Leader Ideology and party Traits Description Comes to power by
Karl Legreif
Syndicalism.png
Syndicalism
Communism

Arbeitereinheitsfront
Union Chairman
  • Consumer Goods Factories factor: 10%
  • Factory Output: +5%
  • Stability: +8%
Born: 2nd of May, 959 in Zeltstadt, Longsword

Occupation: Chairgriffon of the Heartland Trade Union Federation

Biography: Born to immigrants from Longsword, a region whose fortunes would decay rapidly over the course of his life. Karl Legreif had a difficult childhood. He was bullied by the Yalish children for his background, but Karl would not be walked over easily. The griffon fought his bullies at every opportunity. The bullies of other griffons too. Sometimes he'd win his battles as well.

Karl turned out to be quite capable as an artisan and learned the trade of wood turner. He had just joined the Trade Union when the Republican Revolution ravaged Griffonia. For a while, it seemed the biggest bullies of all the continent would finally be defeated and Legreif enthusiastically struck at every opportunity. It was not to be, however, and the revolutionaries fled north, leaving Karl and the Yalish trade union movement disillusioned.

The years went by and the immigrant from Longsword became ever more important in the union movement. Increasingly, the working class organised and fought for their rights. This trend did not go unnoticed by the professors and students of Cyrusval University, who soon provided the theory for the Union's practice. form them, Karl learned that no wage agreement with the capitalists could ever give the workers their due and that only a shift in power could forge unity and brotherhood.

The collapse of the Griffonian Empire showed the cracks in Yalish society and increased class consciousness in the Rectorate as divisions between the learned and capitalist class and the workers became ever more clear. If threatened, like in Longsword, the ruling class would not be above allying with racist maniacs to cling on to power. Instead of turning to supremacists, Rector Mikusian reached out to Cyrusval to bridge the gap between classes. But there they sensed a new age in the making - instead, the red university successfully allied with the Unions to bring revolution to Yale and beyond.

When the leader of the students turned out to have gone mad, however, something had to be done. So, Karl Legreif, now leading all trade union federations in the Heartlands, took power into his own claws, determined to ensure that no being would be bullied again.

Portrait By: anyazen


Emperor Grover II
Autocracy.png
Autocracy
Supremacy

Kaiserpartei
Griffonische Kaiserpartei
Resurrected Autocrat
  • Daily Political Power Gain: −0.25
  • Division Organization: +5
  • Recruitable Population: 5%
  • Recruitable Population Factor: +5%
  • Mobilization speed: +100%
  • Stability: −10%
  • War Support: +20%
Grover II was the second ruler of the Griffonian Empire, ascending the throne in 785 ALB. By the time of his ascension Grover II was already an accomplished general and he commanded many of his father's forces when he unified the griffon states. The start of his reign was characterised by an Aquileian insurrection, which the Emperor's armies crushed before rebellion could spread throughout the empire. It is said that in his anger, Grover II killed the Discret King of Aquileia himself and ordered Aquila burned. To keep the Discrets from seeking revenge, he married Giselda Discret, the Empire's most sacred relic, to his Brother Guto, who he made King of Griffonstone, starting a period of early stability. In 799 the Emperor started his conquest south, adding Sicameon and Asterion to the Empire. Grover II was still not content with his domain, fearing his eastern frontier with the ponies of the Riverlands. Therefore he sanctioned the Knights of Hellquill to crusade against them. Internal squabbles and economic woes would delay any large scale efforts to attack the riverponies for 40 years. It is widely believed that Grover III and Giselda were the ones constantly fixing the bad domestic policies of their father and husband.

In 852 the ageing Emperor decided to finally press forward. He flew east at the head of a massive host of knights and soldiers, eager to finish his conquest of the Griffonian continent. Battle after battle was fought and Grover himself was almost invincible in his enchanted armour, the terror of his foes. That was, until the Nimbusians rallied to save what was left of River City. The Strategos of the pegasi force had lured the griffons into a chokepoint. There, the unthinkable happened. The towering griffon was in the thick of battle, leading his most faithful knights to punch a hole in the unflinching Nimbusian battleline, when a startled young hoplite through his spear at him instead of staying in formation. Grover was hit through the eyes and died instantly, which routed his forces. And now, he has returned to Griffonia to finish what he started


Herald of Boreas
Authoritarian Theocracy.png
Authoritarian Theocracy
Supremacy

Göttliche
Göttliche Einheitsappell
Boreas' Aura
  • Political Power Gain: +25%
  • Stability: +15%
"Who I was matters not. I am the Herald of Boreas now. I hear his commands and serve him. I spread his word to all griffons and love all his children like he does. I will do away with the lies and the false prophets who came before. I will defend his teachings and his honour against those who refuse to listen. I will bring low walls and build bridges. I will wear the sword and the shield. I will create and I will destroy. In the name of Boreas, to whom we owe worship."



Parties

Political parties
Name Ideology Leader Popularity
Der Rat
Der Akademischer Rat
Technocracy.png Technocracy
Non-Aligned
Rector Magnificus Mikusian 60%
Neue Funkeln Harmonic Socialism.png Harmonic Socialism
Harmony
Georgina Fredrika Schüler 10%
Die Vorhut
Die Vorhut der Studenten
Anarcho-Communism.png Anarcho-Communism
Communism
Erich Mühschnabel 10%
Schwert und Schild Authoritarian Theocracy.png Authoritarian Theocracy
Supremacy
Prelate Michael 20%

Staff and Designers

Select advisor.png Political Advisors
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Gerhard Silverbeak
Gerhard Silverbeak
Fortification Engineer
  • Current ruling party is not CommunismCommunist
  • Has completed national focus Goal generic fortify city.png The Old Guard
  • Engineers Research Speed: +10%
  • Land Fort construction speed: +20%
  • Coastal Fort construction speed: +20%
  • Anti Air construction speed: +20%

See description:
Gerhard Silverbeak was born in 929 in the province of Osnabeak in the Strawberry Duchy. At the age of 18, he joined the prestigious Griffenheim Imperial Military Academy, completing an education as an engineer. For the next 45 years of his life, he would serve with distinction, proving especially resilient during the Republican uprisings where his defensive doctrines proved the undoing of many Republican offensives. In 992, he retired from the Imperial Army with the rank of major general. Since then, he has joined Löwburg Academy as a professor, being an adamant proponent of the importance of defensive doctrine within modern warfare.
Political Power 150
Irene Mühschnabel
Irene Mühschnabel
Civilian Industry Organizer
  • Current ruling party is not CommunismCommunist
  • Civilian Factory construction speed: +15%
  • Infrastructure construction speed: +10%
Political Power 150
Mikasa Schreiner
Mikasa Schreiner
War Industrialist
None
  • Military Factory construction speed: +10%
  • Dockyard construction speed: +10%
  • Fuel Silo construction speed: +10%
Political Power 150
Siegfried Ackerman
Siegfried Ackerman
Prince of Terror
None
  • Non-Core Ponypower: +2%
  • Foreign subversive activities efficiency: −30%
  • Damage to Garrisons: −25%
Political Power 150
Markus Löwenherz
Markus Löwenherz
War Advocate
None
  • War Support: +15%
Political Power 150
Generic Advisor
Generic Advisor
Illusive Gentlebeing
  • DLC La Résistance La Résistance is enabled
  • Can create an Intelligence Agency
  • Has created an Intelligence Agency
  • Operative slots: +1
  • Agency upgrade time: −15%
Political Power 150
Idea slot tank manufacturer.png Tank Designers
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Super Dickgreifs Dicke Panzer
Super Dickgreifs Dicke Panzer
Super Heavy Tank Designer
  • Armor Research Speed: +18%
  • Basic Super-Heavy Tank Chassis:
    • Max Speed: +10%
    • Defense: +9%
  • Super-Heavy SP Anti-Air:
    • Max Speed: +10%
    • Defense: +9%
  • Super-Heavy SP Artillery:
    • Max Speed: +10%
    • Defense: +9%
  • Super-Heavy Tank Destroyer:
    • Max Speed: +10%
    • Defense: +9%
  • Armor technology:
    • Breakthrough: +5%
    • Piercing: +5%
  • Armored Car:
    • Breakthrough: +5%
    • Piercing: +5%
Political Power 150
Panzerleichte Wissenschaft
Panzerleichte Wissenschaft
Mobile Tank Designer
  • Armor Research Speed: +12%
  • Light Tank:
    • Max Speed: +8%
    • Supply use: -10%
  • Light SP Anti-Air:
    • Max Speed: +8%
    • Supply use: -10%
  • Light SP Artillery:
    • Max Speed: +8%
    • Supply use: -10%
  • Light Tank Destroyer:
    • Max Speed: +8%
    • Supply use: -10%>
  • Armor technology:
    • Max Speed: +5%
    • Reliability: +10%
  • Armored Car:
    • Max Speed: +5%
    • Reliability: +10%
Political Power 150
Idea slot naval manufacturer.png Ship Designers
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Daraens Traumschiffe
Daraens Traumschiffe
Battlefleet Designer
  • Naval Research Speed: +18%
  • Heavy Ship:
    • Max Speed: +10%
    • Light Attack: +3%
    • Heavy Attack: +3%
  • Capital Ships:
    • Armor: +15%
    • Heavy Attack: +15%
  • Screens:
    • Sub detection: −25%
    • Torpedo attack: +25%
Political Power 150
Huberts Fliegende Fische GmbH
Huberts Fliegende Fische GmbH
Celestial Sea Fleet Designer
  • Naval Research Speed: +15%
  • Carrier:
    • Production cost.png Production Cost: −15%
  • Carrier:
    • HP: +10%
    • Armor: +50%
  • Capital Ships:
    • Armor: +10%
    • Heavy Attack: +10%
Political Power 150
Studenten Schiffbauanlage
Studenten Schiffbauanlage
Coastal Defense Fleet Designer
  • Naval Research Speed: +20%
  • Standardised Coastal Submarine Hull:
    • Reliability: +15%
  • Light Hull:
    • Reliability: +15%
  • Carrier:
    • Production cost.png Production Cost: −25%
    • Max Range: −50%
  • Capital Ships:
    • Production cost.png Production Cost: −25%
    • Max Range: −50%
    • Armor: −20%
    • Heavy Attack: −20%
  • Screens:
    • Production cost.png Production Cost: −25%
    • Max Range: −50%
  • Submarine:
    • Production cost.png Production Cost: −25%
    • Max Range: −50%
Political Power 150
Idea slot aircraft manufacturer.png Aircraft Designers
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Himmelschlaumeier
Himmelschlaumeier
Range-focused Aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Speed: +15%
  • Small Airframe:
    • Range: +10%
  • Heavy Fighter Airframe:
    • Range: +10%
    • Reliability: +20%
  • Medium Airframe:
    • Reliability: +20%
Political Power 150
Fliegender Teppich AG
Fliegender Teppich AG
Heavy Aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Speed: +15%
  • Large Airframe:
    • Strat. Bombing: +10%
  • Transport Plane:
    • Range: +10%
Political Power 150
Kralle & Geist Werke
Kralle & Geist Werke
CAS Designer
  • Air Research Speed: +15%
  • Close Air Support Airframe:
    • Ground Attack: +10%
    • Reliability: +10%
  • Carrier CAS Airframe:
    • Ground Attack: +10%
    • Reliability: +10%
Political Power 150
Idea slot materiel manufacturer.png Materiel Designers
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Johannes Werkzeugkiste
Johannes Werkzeugkiste
Toolbox Manufacturer
  • Anti-Tank Research Speed: +15%
  • Anti-Air Research Speed: +15%
  • Towed Anti-Air:
    • Production cost.png Production Cost: −10%
  • Towed Anti-Tank:
    • Production cost.png Production Cost: −10%
Political Power 150
Yales Büchsenmacher GmbH
Yales Büchsenmacher GmbH
Infantry Equipment Designer
  • Weapons and Equipment Research Speed: +15%
  • Infantry Equipment:
    • Soft attack: +5%
Political Power 150
Studentenwagen
Studentenwagen
Motorized Equipment Designer
  • Motorization Research Speed: +30%
  • Motorized Rocket Artillery Research Speed: +50%
Political Power 150
Familie Rohrlegers Rohre
Familie Rohrlegers Rohre
Advanced Artillery Manufacturer
  • Artillery Research Speed: +18%
  • Artillery Attack: +3%
  • Towed Artillery:
    • Production cost.png Production Cost: −10%
    • Reliability: +5%
Political Power 150
Idea slot industrial concern.png Industrial Concerns
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Yalish Bundesbahnen
Yalish Bundesbahnen
Industrial Concern
Railway Company
  • Industrial Research Speed: +15%
  • Infrastructure construction speed: +10%


  • Railway construction speed: +15%
  • Supply Hub construction speed: +15%
  • Train:
    • Production cost.png Production Cost: −25%
    • Reliability: +10%
Political Power 150
Yales Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Yales Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Electronics Concern
  • Electronics Research Speed: +15%
Political Power 150
Select theorist.png Theorists
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Henri Streit
Henri Streit
Military Theorist
None
  • Land Doctrine Cost: −10%
Political Power 100
Sven Reich
Sven Reich
Air Warfare Theorist
None
  • Air Doctrine Cost: −10%
Political Power 100
Garfield Morgenthaler
Garfield Morgenthaler
Nuclear Scientist
Rocket Scientist
None
  • Nuclear Research Speed: +15%
  • Rocket Research Speed: +15%
Political Power 150
Select army chief.png Chiefs of Army
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Gunther Schultz
Gunther Schultz
Army Offense (Specialist)
None
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.20
  • Division Attack: +5%
  • AI Modifier: Focus on Offense: +15%
Political Power 50
Command power 30
Dot Pixis
Dot Pixis
Old Guard
None
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.20
  • Maximum Command Power Increase: +10
Political Power 50
Kitz Weilman
Kitz Weilman
Army Organization (Expert)
None
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.30
  • Division Organization: +8%
Political Power 100
Command power 20
Keith Shadis
Keith Shadis
Army Drill (Genius)
None
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.40
  • Division training time: −15%
Political Power 200
Command power 10
Select navy chief.png Chiefs of Navy
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Käpt'n Blaubär
Käpt'n Blaubär
Fleet Logistics (Genius)
  • Own any coastal state
  • Naval Experience Gain: +0.40
  • Naval max range factor: +15%
Political Power 200
Command power 10
Hein Blöd
Hein Blöd
Commerce Raiding (Expert)
  • Own any coastal state
  • Naval Experience Gain: +0.30
  • Convoy Raiding Efficiency: +15%
Political Power 100
Command power 20
Select air chief.png Chiefs of Airforce
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Marius "Jäger" Streicher
Marius "Jäger" Streicher
Air Superiority (Genius)
None
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.40
  • Air Superiority Mission Efficiency: +15%
Political Power 200
Command power 10
Ferdinand Edelgarde
Ferdinand Edelgarde
Ground Support (Expert)
None
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.30
  • Air Superiority: +10%
Political Power 100
Command power 20
Franz Fisch
Franz Fisch
Strategic Bombing (Expert)
None
  • Strategic Bombing: +5%
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.30
  • Bomber defense: +2%
Political Power 100
Command power 20
Select high command.png Military High Command
Name Trait Requirement Effect Cost
Thomas Kesselclaw
Thomas Kesselclaw
Artillery (Specialist)
None
  • Artillery Attack: +10%
  • Artillery Defense: +5%
Political Power 50
Command power 30
Bernd Brot
Bernd Brot
Army Planning (Specialist)
None
  • Planning Speed: +5%
Political Power 50
Command power 30
Elias Kötz
Elias Kötz
Armor (Specialist)
None
  • Armor Division Attack: +5%
  • Armor Division Defense: +5%
Political Power 50
Command power 30
Dominic Brunsmeier
Dominic Brunsmeier
Infantry (Expert)
None
  • Infantry Division Attack: +10%
  • Infantry Division Defense: +15%
Political Power 100
Command power 20
Monika Weiss
Monika Weiss
Army Logistics (Expert)
None
  • Division Attrition: −8%
Political Power 100
Command power 20
Herio Merio
Herio Merio
Air Safety (Specialist)
None
  • Air Accidents Chance: −5%
Political Power 50
Command power 30
Schnee Seegreif
Schnee Seegreif
Naval Maneuver (Specialist)
None
  • Naval Speed: +5%
Political Power 50
Command power 30

Flags

Flags
Flag Information
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Yale Rectorate

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Communes of Yale.png
Yalish Communes

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Yale Prelature.png
Yale Prelature / Duchy of Yaledom

Authoritarian Theocracy.pngAutocracy.png
Yale Herald.png
Yale Prelature

Led by the Herald of Boreas

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Herzland Rectorate

Controls Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffenheim as Rector Mikusian

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Regionalist Herzland Republic.png
Federal Republic of Herzland

Controls Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffenheim as Georgina and declared a republic

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Kingdom of Herzland

Controls Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffenheim as Georgina and declared a constitutional monarchy

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Herzland Communes

Controls Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffenheim as Erich Mühschnabel

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Griffonisches Reich

Controls Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffenheim as Grover II

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Kingdom of Boreas.png
Kingdom of Boreas

Controls Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffenheim as the Herald of Boreas

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Economy

Laws and Development

Laws and Development
Conscription Law Trade Law Economy Law
Volunteer Only Volunteer Only
  • Recruitable Population: 1.50%
Export Focus Export Focus
  • Construction Speed: +10.00%
  • Research Speed: +5.00%
  • Factory Output: +10.00%
  • Dockyard Output: +10.00%
  • Resources to Market: +50%
  • Civilian intelligence to others: +20.0%
  • Navy intelligence to others: +10.0%
Civilian Economy Civilian Economy
  • Industrial Research Speed: +3%
  • Electronics Research Speed: +2%
  • Consumer Goods Factories: 35.0%
  • Military to Civilian Factory conversion cost: +30.00%
  • Civilian to Military Factory conversion cost: +30.00%
  • Fuel Gain per Oil: -40.00%
  • Fuel Capacity: -25.00%
  • Infrastructure construction speed: +10.00%
  • Military Factory construction speed: -30.00%
  • Civilian Factory construction speed: -30.00%
  • Refinery construction speed: +5.00%
Scientific Development Society Development Illiteracy
Developed Science Base Developed Science Base
  • No penalties
Newly Industrialized Society Newly Industrialized Society
  • Resource Gain Efficiency: -10.00%
  • Construction Speed: -10.00%
  • Research Speed: -10.00%
  • Factory Output: -10.00%
  • Dockyard Output: -10.00%
Modest Illiteracy Modest Illiteracy
  • Construction Speed: -10.00%
  • Research Speed: -30.00%
Poverty Race
Moderate Poverty Moderate Poverty
  • Monthly Population: -12.0%
  • Consumer Goods Factories: 10.0%
  • Construction Speed: -15.00%
  • Research Speed: -5.00%
Griffon Griffon Race
  • Uses Griffon Racial Tree

Industry and Resources

Factories
Military factory
Military Factories
Naval dockyard
Naval Dockyards
Civilian factory
Civilian Factories
Fuel silo
Fuel Silos
Synthetic refinery
Synthetic Refineries
3 0 5 (-3) 0 0
Numbers in red indicate the number of civilian factories required to produce consumer goods, based on economy laws and the total number of military and civilian factories, rounded up.
Resources
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Oil
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Aluminum
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Rubber
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Tungsten
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Steel
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Chromium
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Crystal
0 18 (-9) 0 9 (-5) 27 (-14) 0 0
Numbers in red indicate how many resources are reserved for export due to trade laws.

Military

Army

Army
Type No.
Infantry Infateriedivision 3
InfantryLow Priority Kadett Division 3
Knights Universität Ritters 1
Army experience Total divisions 7
Ponypower Ponypower used 34.80k
Field Marshals
Field Marshal Traits Description Skills Race
Gerhard Silverbeak
Gerhard Silverbeak
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Trait old guard.png Old Guard
While not the most brilliant officer, he is unlikely to cause trouble.
  • Leader Experience Gain: −25%
  • Max Entrenchment: +1
Trait engineer.png Engineer
Adept in the arts of crossing rivers and constructing field fortifications.
  • River:
    • Attack: +5%
  • Fort:
    • Attack: +10%
Trait unyielding defender.png Unyielding Defender
Retreat is not an option.
  • Defense: +10%
See description:
Gerhard Silverbeak was born in 929 in the province of Osnabeak in the Strawberry Duchy. At the age of 18, he joined the prestigious Griffenheim Imperial Military Academy, completing an education as an engineer. For the next 45 years of his life, he would serve with distinction, proving especially resilient during the Republican uprisings where his defensive doctrines proved the undoing of many Republican offensives. In 992, he retired from the Imperial Army with the rank of major general. Since then, he has joined Löwburg Academy as a professor, being an adamant proponent of the importance of defensive doctrine within modern warfare.
Level 2
Attack.pngAttack: 1
Defense.pngDefense: 3
Planning.pngPlanning: 2
Logistics.pngLogistics: 1
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Griffon
Peter Zuckergreif
Peter Zuckergreif
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Trait brilliant strategist.png Brilliant Strategist
A natural born strategist that is able to adapt to the dynamics of the battlefield.
  • Attack: +1
  • Planning: +1
Trait media personality.png Media Personality
This general will go out of his way to talk to the media and will always try to be in the limelight.
  • Army reassignment duration: +100%
Trait armor officer.png Armor Officer
Trained as an armor officer.
  • Panzer Leader experience factor: +100%
See description:
Born: 21th of December, 978 in Greenback
Rank: Generaloberst in Training
Biography: Peter Zuckergreif, born in 978 in the capital city of Greenback, had always a love of cars, and wished to have one for himself. Sadly for him he was born in a rather poor family, so the best he could do was make believe with his friend. Everything changed, however, when he saw a sight which would stay with him for the rest of his life: a Panzer. From that day on, his one goal was to one day drive one of these beast, so he begged his parents to be send to Klaumar, a Military Academy who was famous for having 'strange' method of warfare in their lectures.

With hard work, much studying and some financial help from a professor at Klaumar, Peter managed to become a student in 999, and quickly showed his teachers what knowledge he had. Even in his first year he managed to come up with impressive theories on how to deploy tanks, developing the many roles of armoured vehicles in warfare. Sadly for him, driving a tank was not possible for an officer, so Peter focused on revolutionizing the usage of tanks in the Imperial Army. In his last year at Klaumar in 1003 he met his pupil Apfel von Kuchen, which ended in a close friendship between the two, although a few griffons insist that there was more to it than they would let on.

After Zuckergreif graduated, he enlisted directly into the Yalish Army, and too his surprise he became a staff officer of the major general Gerhard Silverbeak, who, while technically retired, was still in command of Yale's field army. Gerhard took it into his claws to train Peter to become his successor, and while they both have very different ideas of how modern warfare will look, resulting in hour-long debates, Silverbeak still decided to train Zuckergreif. The old Generalmajor even got Apfel von Kuchen a command position.
Level 1
Attack.pngAttack: 2
Defense.pngDefense: 1
Planning.pngPlanning: 2
Logistics.pngLogistics: 1
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Griffon
Generals
General Traits Description Skills Race
Sabine Bucher
Sabine Bucher
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Trait old guard.png Old Guard
While not the most brilliant officer, he is unlikely to cause trouble.
  • Leader Experience Gain: −25%
  • Max Entrenchment: +1
Trait war hero.png War Hero
Hailed as a hero from their actions in war.
  • Promotion Cost: −50%
  • Army reassignment duration: +50%
Trait skilled staffer.png Skilled Staffer
Surrounded by some of the best staff, this leader is able to organize and manage a larger number of units.
  • General Max Army Size: +6
See description:
Born: 1st of February, 945 in Appenage
Rank: Generalleutnant
Biography: The live of Sabine Bucher as a young chick was a hard one, with her family being poor farmers in the region of Appengen. She watched most of her siblings die, either because of sickness or in one case, of starvation. At the young age of 14 she left her home quietly and went on a journey to the Imperial Crownlands, where she enlisted into the army under a false identity. After her training was done she was sent to Yale for training and she would end up studying in the Academy of Löwburg thanks to a recommendation from her superior. Sabine's great memory served her well, but the training was hard for the peasant griffon. In the end she graduated, but just barely, in 963.

During the next 10 years, she quietly rose up the ladder in the Imperial Army. But then, as a shock for everygriff, the Republican Revolution broke out. While she herself could understand the struggle of the griffons, she could not betray her newfound friends, and so she whipped the Yalish military, which was on the verge of mutiny, back into shape, commanding many more troops then intended. The Rectorate in Yale rewarded her valorous action with nothing, wishing to remain neutral in the conflict. In spite of orders, Sabine still led her forces over the Yalish border to fight the Republicans, inspire nationalist fervour in Yale.

When the Empire was re-established and the republicans driven out, the Rectors finally acknowledged Bucher. For her bravery she was recommended to be promoted to Generalfeldmarshall, but she declined, insisting she only did her duty. Sabine would spent the rest of her years in Yale, where she has become a famous Griffon for her action in the war and her humble refusal of a promotion.
Level 3
Attack.pngAttack: 2
Defense.pngDefense: 3
Planning.pngPlanning: 3
Logistics.pngLogistics: 2
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Griffon
Heinz Featherhoff
Heinz Featherhoff
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Trait politically connected.png Politically Connected
This leader has political connections which has smoothed the way for his career. Perhaps too quickly.
  • Leader Experience Gain: −10%
  • Promotion Cost: −50%
Trait infantry leader.png Infantry Leader
Skilled at leading infantry in combat.
  • Infantry Division Defense: +13%
See description:
Heinz Featherhoff was born in 941 in the town of Asselt in Greifenmarschen. Born to a local merchant of the petite bourgeois class, Featherhoff's father managed to secure his son a post to Löwburg Academy at the age of 18, where he studied as an infantry officer before joining the Imperial Army. During his 30 years of service, Featherhoff fought in the Republican Uprising, gaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After his tenure in the army, he rejoined his alma mater as a professor. Recently, he has shown an affinity towards the radical Red Guard, and is seen as the only senior staff who openly supports their views.
Level 2
Attack.pngAttack: 2
Defense.pngDefense: 2
Planning.pngPlanning: 2
Logistics.pngLogistics: 1
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Griffon
Apfel von Kuchen
Apfel von Kuchen
Generic Griffon General 13 (advisor).png
Trait promising general.png Promising Leader
This leader has proven to be a quick learner.
  • Leader Experience Gain: +25%
See description:
Born: 12th of March, 981 in Yale
Rank: Fähnrich
Biography: Apfel von Kuchen is a young lesser noble chick from the city of Yale, in accordance with her parents' wishes, enlisted in the University of Middenheim in 1001 to study economics. It did not take long for her to realise that this study was not for her and she decided on a radically different path. After convincing one of her professors to lie to her parents about her status, she enrolled in the Klaumar Academy in 1003, and quickly became a star student of the institution, stealing some fame from her senior on the Academy and prodigy himself, Peter Zuckergreif.

During her time in Klaumar it became clear to her that she wanted to stay with the Yalish Army. Eventually she made friends with her senior and Academy rival Peter Zuckergreif, although the two still don't agree on the methods of warfare. After Peter graduated and left Klaumar there were few students who could keep up with Apfel.

In 1005, while being still a student at Klaumar, she got invited into the Imperial Army, to join as an Fähnrich, and while she has technically not finished her schooling yet a chronic shortage of staff officers and a few good words from Peter, got Von Kuchen her position. Thus, with her parents still in the dark about her choices in life, the newly minted officer knew her future.
Level 1
Attack.pngAttack: 1
Defense.pngDefense: 1
Planning.pngPlanning: 1
Logistics.pngLogistics: 1
Griffon.png
Griffon
Thomas Kesselclaw
Thomas Kesselclaw
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Trait armchair general.png Armchair General
This leader commands from the rear, preferably as far away from the frontlines as possible to avoid exposure to 'unnecessary dangers'.
  • Division Recovery Rate: −10%
  • Max planning: +25%
  • Chance to Get Sick: −100%
  • Chance to get wounded in combat: −100%
Trait media personality.png Media Personality
This general will go out of his way to talk to the media and will always try to be in the limelight.
  • Army reassignment duration: +100%
Trait artillery specialist.png Artillery Leader
Skilled at directing artillery in combat.
  • Artillery Defense: +10%
See description:
Born: 13th of September, 979 in Middenheim

Rank: Freshly promoted Wachtmeister

Biography: Many generals of the Empire outside of Yales territories were shocked by the election of a mere Garrison Hauptmann such as Thomas was able to receive a title of a Wachtmeister without any military achievements whatsoever, that was, until they got invited for a professional wargame session against Thomas himself. The voices of discontent were much more silent after the remarkable feat that was Thomas victory in a wargame match against the Field Marshal Bronzetail himself, opening a way for this young griff to show his "superior tactics and maneuvers" onto a real battlefield, with a smirk of pride and overconfidence by his side, this firebrand newbie is ready to face the real life wargame.
Level 2
Attack.pngAttack: 1
Defense.pngDefense: 1
Planning.pngPlanning: 3
Logistics.pngLogistics: 2
Griffon.png
Griffon

Navy

Yale Rectorate's navy is non-existent

Air

Yale Rectorate's air force is non-existent

Strategies and guides

Starting Situation

Yale's Military is comprised entirely of its Army. There is no air force or navy to speak of, but the academies have yielded generals with some fairly desirable starting traits. There are 35k griffons deployed in seven divisions of varying experience, with 6k in reserve. Of these seven, three are cadet divisions, generally only useful for covering ground and little else, three more are standard infantry divisions which can serve as a decent backbone for the military, and the last is made up of Yale's finest, seasoned knights.

Generally, they begin with fewer numbers than most of their neighbors within the Empire

Threats and Opportunities

  • Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffonian Empire - Yale sits directly within the Heartlands of the Empire, and it should be of no surprise that its politics will revolve around their overlords. Should Yale find itself in opposition to Griffenheim, the fight will likely be tough- the Imperial forces are more numerous and make use of new tank and air technology Yale has yet to procure. They also have twice as many factories, in addition to their greater population base. Most of Yale's paths will result in a war with the Empire, and if Yale does not initiate, the Empire typically will. To secure the Imperial Estates though, would be a major boon and unlock many more opportunities, though its controller will also become a target for others factions...
  • The other vassals of the Empire, especially those neighboring Yale, Flag of Greifenmarschen Greifenmarschen, the Flag of Barony of Angriver Barony of Angriver, the Flag of Katerin Principality Katerin Principality, and the Flag of Free City of Romau Free City of Romau, will have the opportunity for a variety of interactions, depending on what focuses they select. These may range from mutually beneficial agreements and alliances to outright war, though war will typically take some time. Although Yale isn't the strongest of the vassals, it can hold its ground relatively well.
  • Flag of Kingdom of Aquileia Aquileia - By the time Aquileia begins marching on the Empire, they will likely have re-integrated the surrounding territories. If the Empire is still divided, it will be a very tough fight, especially if they have allied with the Flag of Griffonian Republic Republic or Flag of Skyfall Trade Federation Skyfall. The lands of Yale itself may border Aquileia when the invasion comes.
  • Flag of House Avian House Avian to the Southwest begins very weak, but should they attempt to reunite the Duchy of Verenia with the other houses, they won't be as insignificant. This will take quite some time though, and any competent player should have no trouble dealing with them if they must, united or not. War should not be expected.

Gameplay Mechanics

The Research Focus Program

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Upon completion of The Research Focus Program in Yale's focus tree, Yale unlocks a set of decisions giving bonuses on, primarily, military-related technologies. There is no cost to choosing any. Only one can be taken at a time, giving a 1x 20% research bonus for the chosen technology, and locking and hiding all decisions associated with the program. After a period of 200 days, the decisions are unlocked once more. Each decision can be repeated, and taken as many times as desired.

Guides

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Awards

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Emperor Of Griffonia icon
Emperor Of Griffonia
Have Grover VI reach full age and become the Emperor.
River Of Blood icon
River Of Blood
As Yale, inflict over one million casualties on the Griffonian Empire in a defensive war while only controlling Greenback state.

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References

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  1. Even if Yale chooses this, and the Empire agrees, they will still approach Yale with the offer of annexation after they've taken the focus Reward the Faithful. In this event, Yale will have the choice of being annexed, requesting to stay a puppet, or resisting (resulting in war). Neither staying as a puppet or resisting offers any further content.