Centralisation is the process by which the ruler attempts to concentrate all the power between his hands and that of his government. Of course, the Great Nobles who shared and delved in that power in the Middle Ages long resisted this centralisation. So in effect, the position on the centralisation-decentralisation slider was the result of this struggle between the monarch and the nobles, the former working on moving the cursor on one side, and the later shifting the slider on every occasion they can.
In MEIOU and Taxes, the process has changed several times, using a decision, then a policy... then a decision triggering a chain of events was added to follow the process and see how long the process of centralisation would last. Unfortunately, this feature is a little complicated (not that there is any simple way to go really)... and quite prone to bugs of calculation. So time has come to work on something new, and potentially safe from bugs.
The idea is to go back with a decision to start the centralisation, and then have it measured by the disaster (to be named differently in v2.0) meter, as suggested by ivo_tentye.
As usual with any feature, there are pros and, let's be honest, cons.
The biggest con i see is the fact that it will have the disaster notification banner showing more... one will have to be cautious regarding other disasters.
The main pro will be that it will more immune to bugs, especially when trying to tweak how things can factor in the speed of centralisation... less problems with calculations.
Factors Speeding Up Centralisation Edit
Should be updated as the feature is tweaked.
- stability = 1 => 0.05
- stability = 2 => 0.10
- stability = 3 => 0.15
- ADM = 3 => 0.05
- ADM = 4 => 0.10
- ADM = 5 => 0.15
- ADM = 6 => 0.20
- administrative_ideas=6 => 0.10
- culture_ideas=6 => 0.05
- adm_tech = 10 to 20 => 0.01
- adm_tech = 20 to 30 => 0.03
- adm_tech = 30 to 40 => 0.06
- adm_tech = 40 to 50 => 0.10
- adm_tech = 50 => 0.15
- has_ruler_modifier = "arbitrary" => 0.03
- has_ruler_modifier = "energetic" => 0.10
- has_ruler_modifier = "charismatic_negotiator" => 0.05
- has_ruler_modifier = "grey_eminence" => 0.05
- has_ruler_modifier = "silver_tongue" => 0.10
- has_ruler_modifier = "aggressive_monarch" => 0.03
- has_ruler_modifier = "flamboyant_schemer" => 0.03
- has_ruler_modifier = "gruff_diplomat" => 0.01
- advisor = alderman => 0.10
- advisor = high_judge => 0.05
- advisor = acardinal => 0.05
- advisor = statesman => 0.10
- advisor = spymaster => 0.03
- advisor = diplomat => 0.05
- government = absolute_monarchy => 0.05
- government = chinese_monarchy => 0.10
Factors Slowing Down Centralisation Edit
Should be updated as the feature is tweaked.
- stability = -3 => -0.15
- stability = -2 => -0.10
- stability = -1 => -0.05
- ADM = 0 => -0.10
- ADM = 1 => -0.05
- ADM = 2 => -0.01
- aristocracy_ideas=6 => -0.10
- has_ruler_modifier = "elusive_shadow" => -0.03
- has_ruler_modifier = "naive_puppet_master" => -0.03
- has_real_disaster_trigger = yes => -0.25
- has_regency = yes => -0.10
- government = medieval_monarchy => -0.05
- government = feudal_monarchy => -0.03
- government = elective_monarchy => -0.05
- government = constitutional_monarchy => -0.05
- government = english_monarchy => -0.05
- government = irish_monarchy => -0.10
- government = tribal_monarchy => -0.05
- government = tribal_republic => -0.10
- government = native_council => -0.10
- government = siberian_native_council => -0.10
- government = altaic_monarchy => -0.05
- government = altaic_republic => -0.10
- government = steppe_horde => -0.10
- government = amalgamation_government => -0.25
The Meter and its Effects Edit
As with every disaster progress, once the meter reaches 100%, the disaster commences, triggering the start event. In this case, the event changes the centralisation level and stops the disaster before it really starts.
Of course, you see that several factors will slow the progress, but they can also make it go backwards. If you are not cutious enough, the progress can go negative. If that were to happen, and the progress go all the way down to -100%, you will on the contrary go one step back towards centralisation.
Of course, some random disaster events or some events regarding the reaction to centralisation can also set the progress backwards somewhat. In a broad and more general sense, the natural slope will be, especially when in times of instability or weak ruler, slide towards decentralisation. At the end of the day, maintaining your centralisation level might be chaotic at times.
On the other hand, at times, you might feel wou went a bit too far... that some of the penalties are not worth the advantages. In that case, you can enact a decision to go towards decentralisation. If, to centralise, you need to struggle with the nobles who used to have the power, for decentralisation, you are giving some of that power back... it is therefore quite a quick process, with only a couple months cooldown.
When in time of need and unstability, you might want to negociate with nobles granting them more power in exchange for their support in stabilsing the nation. In effect, once per ruler, you can exchange one level of centralisation for one level of stability.