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Bureaucracy is the indicator of the admninistrative control that the state has on its provinces. Bureaucracy helps to stabilize autonomy by preventing the "Insufficient Bureaucracy" modifier from happening. Do not worry if an attempt to change your bureaucracy does not immediately show results; it can take up to 6 months to change.
The "Insufficient Bureaucracy" modifier makes autonomy increase by 0.15 each month in the outermost provinces that are not at 100% autonomy.
To get rid of the modifier, the player must have the Required Governance indicator smaller than the Current Governance indicator. These indicators can be shown in the Decisions panel of EU4 ( Information: Government values )
In order to do this, the player has a few choices:
- Improve administrative technology.
- Give some land to Nobles, Citizens or Clergy (option within the Land Management panel in the Realm Management menu). This lowers the need of Bureaucracy (required governance).
- Raise autonomy or wait for autonomy to rise on its own due to the modifier.
To help prevent the modifier from firing at all, the player can take the "Decentralization" policy, which removes the natural monthly autonomy decrease provided by VeF.
The Current Governance is calculated as such: ((0.25 * Admin tech)2 + 5 + additive bonus) * (multiplicative bonus) * Merit bonus = Current Governance
Merit of 1 - 50 gives you a bonus of (1 + (Merit / 100)) so ranging from 1 to 1.5.
Merit of 51 - 100 gives you a bonus of (1.5 + ((Merit-50) / 50))) so ranging from 1.5 to 3.5.
10 for having the Janissaries modifier.
25 for being the Emperor of China.
1.2 for running the 'sale of offices' policy.
Meritocracy grows by 1 every 5 years up to the growth cap, and will be decreased if the hard cap drops below the current meritocracy value.
The growth cap is 100 - corruption. The hard cap is 100 - (corruption*2).
Here's an example:
If your corruption is 25, your meritocracy can grow up to 50, and is capped at 75. Let's say your merit does grow to 50. Now, if corruption rises to 40, the growth cap falls to 20. So merit will no longer grow, but it also won't decrease, because the hard cap is still 60. If corruption then rises to 55, not only will your merit not grow, it will decrease to the new hard cap of 45.
Bureaucracy and State control over provinces
When the state seizes land from Nobles, Citizens or Clergy, the need of Bureaucracy increases. To prevent that, the player must be sure that Current Governance is large enough compared to Required Governance before seizing lands.