As I have mentioned on a previous post, I play Europa Universalis IV, albeit without DLCs.

In that game, the Protestant Reformation causes the following price change events:

Protestantism Entrenched: With Protestantism taking over in more and more Catholic countries, there are fewer people who observe Lent. Without the 40 days when any proper Catholic cannot eat meat and is forced to eat fish, the demand for fish is plummeting. ("Protestants Don't Eat Fish" price modifier is applied:−10% Fish trade good value)

Protestant and Reformed Churches Reject Incense: Many Reformed and Protestant theologians have come to reject not only the elaborately decorated nature of Catholic churches but also the use of incense in religious rituals. The use of scents, candles, and incense is now increasingly considered sacrilege and as a result the demand for all types of incense that for over a thousand years have pulled frankincense and myrrh from the east to Europe has finally begun to decrease. ("Reformed and Protestant Rejection of Incense" price modifier is applied: −25% Incense trade good value)

I personally find it hard to believe that the reduced demand for fish and incense due to the Protestant Reformation would noticeably drop the prices for these trade goods outside of Europe. But what do the records from Orthodox Christian, Coptic Christian and non-Christian realms say?:

  • Do they mention any change in the value of trade goods due to the Protestant Reformation?
  • Did it inspire heretics in Orthodox Christian, Coptic Christian and non-Christian realms?
  • Did they express relief that the Catholic world was in turmoil, and therefore, not in a shape to be of any threat to them?
  • Did they see it as an opportunity to attack? On this note, is it true that the Ottomans only managed to attack all the way up to the outskirts of Vienna in 1683 because the HRE was suffering religious infighting?

Source: reddit post


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