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As the development progresses towards it's time to present our newest work. This article focuses on the newest development of Russia and the Danish army.

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Russian Empire: Army, Navy and Diplomacy

With the next update of the Imperial Splendour: Rise of the Republic even more gameplay aspects will be enhanced. In this preview, we will talk about major victory achievement means – Army, Navy and Diplomacy when playing as the Russian Empire.

Let’s start from diplomacy first. And from the probably most significant diplomat of the century – Empress Catherine II.


Being a ruler of Russia for already over than 20 years she gained several powerful traits, which help to keep control and supervision over the endless lands. There is a lot of things to do more, but time is merciless and as soon as she dies, it is necessary to be prepared for major changes in all aspects of the Empire’s life.


We introduced new characters’ ancillaries based on historical Imperial Russia's award system consisted of seven orders. Catherine received a unique one - with diplomacy bonus. Order of Saint George is commonly given for military victories and heroism only. The other orders are not limited, with traits depending on character type, they will decorate Imperial servants for the honest service. Or for being a favourite of someone.


To adequately react to the challenges given by the constantly changing world, it is needed to keep abreast of the other countries development. This will fall on ambassadors. They will help to gather required information about neighbouring factions’ economics and military might via spying networks and ties inside foreign governments. And generally, about things are going on.


Ten historical diplomats are ready to serve wherever they will be sent.


But who will care too much about diplomacy when it is possible to crush numerous enemies of the Empire with the army led by the glorious field marshals?


We developed the general's pool, which is a mix of the recruited historical military commanders with different values and importance.


All of them will receive corresponding traits more or less based on their true biography. As the Peter I successfully introduced military governors’ system at the beginning of the century, it was the intention to give generals some of the civil traits as well or garrison policing bonus at least. So, some not being really able on the battlefield, could still be appointed for the civilian duties and faithfully serve.


The army is great, but the aims are even greater. It will be mandatory to fight on several war theatres to achieve the victory condition.

To be one of the world’s greatest naval power is a prestigious and expensive thing, so it is necessary to develop a strong economy first before building a large navy. But further Empire's expansion to the south and south-west requires total control of the Black Sea, and so the powerful Black Sea fleet with a well-trained crew.


The naval roster is completely overhauled and benefits of Russian heavy frigates will be significant.


Similar to diplomats and general, admirals also received their historical characters’ pool and awards.


Interests of Empire are not limited to Europe, it is a time to establish a monopoly on the maritime fur trade and to develop and colonize New World territories. Foundation of the Russian-American Company following the example of British and French are inevitable.

Next, we will be working on the introduction of military technologies as close as possible to simulate true development. The religious and scientific part will be overviewed as well.

Dano-Norwegian Army

Also with the next update of Imperial Splendour: Rise of the Republic the Dano-Norwegian army is ready to be led by you.
Of course, you'll get help from your generals and admirals:


Furthermore this is the roster:



  1. General og Staben
  2. Livgarden til Hest
  3. Rytter=Livregimentet
  4. Det lette Dragon=Livregiment
  5. Rytter=Regiment
  6. Dragon=Regiment
  7. Regiment lette Dragoner
  8. Husar Regimentet
  9. Bosniaken



  1. Livgarden til Fods
  2. Det Danske Liv=Regiment
  3. Det Norske Liv=Regiment
  4. Danske Infanterie Regiment
  5. Norske Infanterie Regiment
  6. Dansk Grenadiers
  7. Norsk Grenadiers
  8. Skarpskytter
  9. Det Siellandske Jægercorps
  10. Det Norske Jægercorps
  11. Det Slesvigske Jægercorps
  12. Siellandske Bataillon let Infanterie
  13. Den Slesvig=Holsteenske Bataillon let Infanterie
  14. lette Infanterier Grenadiers
  15. Norsk Skiløbercorps
  16. Landeværn
  17. Det Østindisk Europæisk Infanterie Regiment
  18. Cipajen Corpset



  1. Dansk 3-pund Artillerie
  2. Norsk 3-pund Artillerie
  3. Dansk 6-pund Artillerie
  4. Norsk 6-pund Artillerie
  5. Dansk 12-pund Artillerie
  6. Dansk 20-pund haubits
  7. Dansk 6-pund monteret Artillerie
  8. Norsk 6-pund monteret Artillerie
  9. Det Østindisk Artillerie Regiment

Finally, our team is continuously working on different things such as descriptions, icons, flags, experimenting with game mechanics, etc. just to make it finally possible to submerge in the true atmosphere of the 18th-century world:




At last, we want to answer the question of what still needs to be done before the next release.
It's tech-trees, tech-trees, tech-trees.
We will keep you posted on any progress.

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After I have look at those Screenshots, I would say it looking good! Although I have some minor Suggestions
1)As Peter the Great has established the Empire in 1721 the title of Tsar has been adapt to fit Western system of titling.
The Title of Emperor and Empress is call "Imperator". (Император) and "Imperatritsa" (Императрица). So I think all Russian Ruler in the Mod should have these title instead of Tsar/Tsarina

2. I still See the Wettin flag Bring use as flag of RotR Poland-Lithuania, Will it be change later? With the coat of arms of Poniatowski replace the Coat of arms of the Wettin Dynasty.

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Thanks, and your are right in both points. The offical title was Empress (while older title was also quite often used in common language). Polish flag will be replaced when it comes to this faction development (I think after NW update).

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Yeah, the Russian people has continued to use the Older title to Calls their's ruler (and to my knowledge Some unofficial documents also still use the older title as well.) and thank you for telling me about Polish flag replacement plan. :)

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Hey guys, your mod looks absolutely amazing and I'm so stoked to play it! I do have one small request if you'll hear me out? Can you guys PLEASE re-skin the Native American factions in the Warpath campaign? I have tons of historical photos of Native American warriors and weapons they used if you needed help! What I mean by re-skin is the weapons mostly though. Native Americans used a plethora of different styles of war clubs, fighting knives, shields, axes, and traditional lances. But mostly war clubs. If you want to know what I'm talking about, google gun-stock war clubs, ball-head war clubs, flop-head war clubs, and plains nation war clubs.

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Thanks, we can not promise to do it right now, as we currently focus on european factions. But we always appreciate if someone could share useful information with us. E. g. here

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Amazing work ! The portraits are perfect. Do you intend to re-do all factions portraits in this style ?

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QuintusHortensius Author

Actually only the Empress', generals and admirals portraits are in the in another style. Most factions will get portraits in the style we used before (slightly different technique and other backgrounds). In addition, it wouldn't make sense to redo all of the roughly 500 portraits already made.

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I'm so hyped for this mod, this is without doubt the Total War I've dumped the most hours into. You're doing god's work, sir!
A simple curiosity: are new buildings/mechanics planned?

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No new buildings compared to the latest beta and RotR 1.1 are planned. However, what will be new in the latest update are the new Russian ancillaries.

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