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    Europa Universalis IV is making a date with China in the near future; a Mandate (of Heaven), to be precise. The latest in EUIV’s mighty lineage of DLCs will expand and enhance the game for the major nations of East Asia. Particularly “Ming China, Japan, and the Manchu tribes”.

    One of the main features of Mandate of Heaven will be how you go about managing the Celestial Empire. This, according to Paradox, will work a bit like the Holy Roman Empire. “Increase the power of your mandate by commanding tribute, then use your mandate to reform the imperial system, strengthening your grip on the Middle Kingdom and the continent as a whole,” says the press blurb.

    Here’s a bulletpointed summary of the other features Mandate of Heaven will add to Europa Universalis IV. There’s no concrete release date for this DLC yet (beyond “soon”), nor any price. For the latter though, you can probably expect $15.

    • Ages and Golden Eras: Earn perks in four historical ages for meeting specific goals, building up to declaring your nation’s single Golden Era – 50 years of prosperity and power.
    • Meritocracy: The Chinese emperor can hire good advisors more cheaply, keeping the empire functional no matter who rules.
    • Tributaries: Some Asian nations can demand that weaker powers pay an annual tribute, whether in gold, manpower or monarch points.
    • Manchu Banners: Manchu provinces can provide cheap and effective Banner armies drawn from the traditional tribe system.
    • Japanese Shogunate: Compel the loyalty of your daimyos with new interactions that require them to submit to your authority, contribute to your power or even commit seppuku.
    • Diplomatic Macrobuilder: Common diplomatic actions are now easily available from the macrobuilder interface.
    • New Events and Decisions: Most of these new systems are connected to new event series or decisions, enhancing your historical immersion.
    Peter Parrish

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