Slavs

The icy plains of Eastern Europe have more under their thick crust of permafrost than meets the eye. After the dissolution of the Mongolian Golden Horde and the emerging of the Khanates, the eyes of the newly formed empires set their eyes upon the west. Thundering hooves of Kievan and Moscovite cavalry, escorted by large squadrons of men at arms terrify the established kingdoms on the horizon.

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Quick Card

Infantry and Siege civilization

  • Farms work +15% faster
  • Tracking free
  • Siege units 15% cheaper

Unique Units:

  • Boyar (cavalry)

Unique Technologies:

  • Orthodoxy: Monks +3/+3 armor
  • Druzhina: Infantry damage adjacent units

Team Bonus:

  • Military buildings (Barracks, Archery Range, Stable, Siege Workshop) provide +5 population

History

Mass fifth century migrations caused by the Hunnic invasions left Northeastern Europe an area open for settlement and, starting circa 500 AD, the Slavs became the region’s dominant civilization. Although archaeological evidence indicates that the Slavs had already settled Europe in prior centuries, possibly in the areas of present-day Ukraine and Belarus, the historical record first makes mention of them through Byzantine writings describing the large numbers of Slavs amassing in front of their borders. Upon settling down, the Slavs established several competing states throughout Eastern Europe, falling into either the Byzantine or Holy Roman spheres of influence.

The first great Slav country, the Bulgarian Empire, formed in 681 AD. This nation was founded by the Bulgars, a non-Slavic peoples who settled in the Eastern Balkans (north of the Byzantine Empire). However, the Bulgarian Empire expanded into most of the Balkans, which was by then mainly Slavic, and by the tenth century the state was effectively Slavicized. The Bulgarian Empire played an important role in the consolidation of Slavic civilization, with its language becoming a lingua franca for the spread for Christianity and literacy in Eastern Europe.

Another important medieval Slavic state, Great Moravia, formed in Central Europe after the union of the Principalities of Nitra and Moravia in 833. Although Great Moravia never achieved a dominant position, they played a crucial role in the balance of power between Franks, Bulgarians, and Byzantines. When Great Moravia’s King Ratislav asked the Byzantines for help in translating Christian texts into Slavic, the Byzantine missionaries entrusted with the task, Cyril and Methodius, successfully developed the first Slavic alphabet and wrote down the oldest text in Slavic literature (a translation of the Christian Gospel) in 863.

Perhaps the last great medieval Slavic state was formed around Kiev, in present-day Ukraine, in 882 AD. This Kievan Rus’ kingdom, although mostly populated by Slavs, was led by Norsemen (called Rus) who took power over the area by defeating the ruling Turkic Kazhars. The liberation of this and several other Slavic cities allowed them to focus more on internal development rather than on serving foreign lands. The country economically benefitted from its geography, located in the middle of the Europe-Asia trade route and close to the Byzantines and Persians. Under the reign of Yaroslav the Wise, the Kievan state not only became the largest at the time, but also achieved a high literacy rate, provided property rights to women, and punishments under law generally did not involve death sentences. However, the death of Yaroslav led to the gradual break-up of the state, which finally fell to the Mongols by 1240 AD.

During the Middle Ages Slavic governments followed a Feudal system, but in contradiction to other parts of Europe the power of the kings was constrained by that of high-ranking aristocrats, named Boyars. Boyars not only were powerful landowners with several serfs under their command, but they also were generally leaders of the military and government agencies. The alliance and competition among these aristocrats shaped the economic development of the Slavic states, helping their domains but weakening the central governments. By the late Middle Ages the rise of absolute monarchs led to the downfall of the Boyars.

128 thoughts on “Slavs

  1. C’mon guys, could you please make a Baltic nation. They were once the largest nation in Europe. They stood their ground against the Teutonic order and were the last Pagan state. They managed to conquer all the way from the Baltic sea to the Black sea. They were even able to go toe to toe with the Golden horde. I would really appreciate if you considered this. The only thing I’m not very sure about is the sounds, but I’m very certain there would be someone willing to do it. I myself am too young and probably not qualified for this. These guys were the empire before the Slavs.

  2. I don’t understand why the campaign of Slavs is only based on the history of East Slavs…
    I think that it will be a good point to play and follow the history of Bulgaria, because this state is a cradle of the slavic culture. And its History is full with great battles against the Byzantines, Arabs, Avars, Magyars, Serbs, Templars, Mongol-Tatars, Ottomans and many others…
    The Bulgarian state have a periods of rise and fall and it was growed up after two periods of enemy rule over the bulgarian nation…
    First Bulgarian Empire – from 618 to 1018
    Byzantine rule – from 1018 to 1185
    Second Bulgarian Empire from 1185 to 1396/1422
    Ottoman rule – from 1396/1422 to 1878
    Bulgaria – from 1878
    (Actualy the name of the country was “Bulgaria” allthetime for first time this name is used ~632 for Old Great Bulgaria, founded by Kubrat the father of Asparukh – the founder of First Bulgarian Empire)

    • So you think that because your slavic country is the largest country in the world, then there is no other slavic countries with glorious history!? xaxaxa
      Well let’s take a look some facts of the medieval history of the slavic people:
      The first great Slavic country is Bulgaria, foundet in 681 AD;
      in 864 AD Bulgaria, became the first Slavic country that adopted the Christianity;
      The first Slavic literary language is based on the language of the Bulgarian slavs;
      The Cyrillic alphabet is developed in Bulgaria in the end of 9th century;
      And many others facts which prove that the Bulgarian Empire is the Cradle of the Slavic Culture.

      So tell me what would happen to medieval Russia without Bulgaria?
      I will tell you:
      Primitive barbarian country, without literature, without culture, “country” that soon would be absorbed by the Asian nomads and would disappear from the map of Europe…

      So please respect the fact that we have given the start of your culture and the culture of all slavic people,
      as we respect the fact that you saved us from Ottoman rule…

      • You are right i’m from Serbia and the Gratest Slavs are South Slavs: Crotians,Bulgraians,Serbs,Macedonians…They were frist slav christians, they had first literature and first empires. Serbs have also interesting history. First, serbis cleaned bogumil hersey from Bulgaria and Macedonia.They had richest mining industry of all the Slavs. Frist cyrilic book was written in Serbia (Rashka) “Miroslav’s gospel” 1192. And finaly the gratest ruler of serbia came. Emperor Stefan Dusan the Strong (1331-1355) he conquer the almostly whole Byznatine Empire. He wanted to conquer Konstantinople and had the “deal” with catholic pope about the crusade agaist Turks. But he suddenly died. South Slavic saved whole Europe from turks. And nobody helped they wated 500 years to get they freedom again. Thath was soooo selfish. P.S in the time of Serbian Empire Bulgaria and serbia was alies Stefan Dusan”s wife were sister of Bulgarian emperor. Evrything were be diffrent if the Stefan Dusan didn’t die suddenly.I hope they should make south slavic campaing.

        • Thank you for your additions.
          Long live the South Slavs!

          But please! We all know that there is no “Macedonians”…
          They are gone from more than 2000 years.

          As the “Montenegrins” and the “Bosniaks” aren’t diffrent from the Serbs and the Croats.
          And todays “Macedonians” aren’t diffrent from the Bulgarians!
          Just their official language is the our dialect.

          Поздрав брате!

      • And in 681. in Bulgaria ruled turks from mountain Kavkaz. They were called Bulgarians they were in little numbers and they fastley merged with Slavs. But they names of country and language were not changed.Im just saing.

        • I respect your opinion, but this is debatable…

          Actually we can talk many for the ethnicity of the people who founded Bulgaria…

          First let we see some fact from the History which are related to the migration of the proto-Bulgarians (Bulgars), in the Balkans in the Early Middle Ages:

          - In the middle of 6th century a small part of the Bulgars have settled in Thrace (Southeastern Balkans).
          - In 7th century another part of the Bulgars, led by Kuber have settled in Pelagonia (Todays Southwestern F.Y.R.O. Macedonia).
          - In 7th century the royal tribe of the Bulgars, led by Asparukh have settled in Eastern Moesia (Northeastern Balkans).

          I dont understand how these people, who have great Heavy Cavalry Army can be quickly “eaten” by people who do not have powerful and organized army (Fact: The slavs were not very “disciplined” in the period before 9th century ). …

          I can write many for this things… (It is something like a hobby for my :) )
          Please tell me if you want to know something more about the Bulgars and Slavs…

  3. Just downloaded this patch. And exactly because of this civ… he-he, because I’m russian (so, really sorry for ugly language). Indeed, it’s not a generic Slav civ, it is the Russian civ.

    What I loved most is how buildings look. Man, that’s great job!

    What I miss a lot (for all civs) is proper wood-earth walls that played much role especially in the eastern Europe. Original palisade walls with really long-desired palisade gate offer some substitute but they of course look more like village fence than actual city walls. It could be good if early stone walls looked like wood-earth walls (watch towers already look so) and current picture corresponded to fortified walls. Well I don’t expect that someone will do it this way…

    Several decisions on units seem somewhat strange for me at least from historical point of view (may be not from game balance pov). First of all, firearms played very important role in late medieval Russia. To be precise I don’t argue at all that it should be gunpowder civ but I would make at least bombard towers and hand cannoneers available.

    Another thing that is strange for me is boyar special unit. For early pre-Mongolian times it is appropriate but for later periods represented by Imperial age much more realistic would be some sort of heavily armoured cavalry archer.

    P/S: For those who wants to dismiss balts remember the following: Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Quite naturally the civ should also represent Poland (don’t know how to call it then shortly=)) If I were making scenario with this mod I would represent them with Goths for 9th-13th century and with Magyars later. Current Magyars could be good for Bolgars too.

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