Russian minors are a series of small nations in modern day Russia and Central Asia. The aim of these nations is firstly to survive and secondly form the Russian nation.
Horde minors have the issue of being surrounded by their more powerful counterparts. They should aim to expand towards Moscow during their neighbours Tribal Succession Crisis. Try to avoid wars with large civilised nations until force limits are close to parity.
These nations are generally exposed to the Golden Horde, the best plan is to pay tribute as soon as possible and then concentrate on expanding into other minors. In particular if lucky it is possible to take parts of a collapsing Lithuania.
- Main article: Muscovy
The overall general aim is to replace Muscovy as the main strength in the Russian region. Once the Russian nation is formed then the next goal is to Westernise, see the How to Westernise guide for general information. With Russia formed as Westernised then reclaiming cores will lead to a position of strength able to deal with European advances into the player's territory.