EU4 fast_colonize Console Command

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fast_colonize Command
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This command toggles the fast colonize cheat and will affect AI as well.

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Quick Overview

The fast_colonize command in Europa Universalis IV is a cheat that, when activated, results in instant colonization of a territory.

This means that both the player and AI (Artificial Intelligence) controlled countries can establish colonies immediately, without having to wait for the usual colonizing period to elapse.

In-Depth Description

The fast_colonize command in Europa Universalis IV is a cheat/debug command that greatly accelerates the colonization process.

In the normal gameplay of EU4, colonization can be a very time-consuming process, with it often taking many years for a colony to grow into a fully-fledged city.

When the fast_colonize command is activated, any colonist assigned to create a colony will succeed instantly, irrespective of the normal time requirements or the presence of potential challenges like aggressive natives or hostile nations.

This vastly speeds up the process of expanding your nation, allowing you to quickly take control of unoccupied land.

However, this command doesn't only apply to you - it also affects AI-controlled nations. This means that if you use this command, you'll potentially be creating a more competitive global landscape, as other nations will also be able to expand their territories at a far greater speed.

While the fast_colonize command can be helpful if you're looking to quickly increase the size of your nation, it should be used with care due to its potential implications for game balance.

It can also greatly shift the course of history as simulated in the game, since historically the process of colonization took decades or even centuries.

How to Open the Command Console

In EU4, cheats are executed from the command console, a text box that you type commands into.

To open the command console press the ~(tilde) key, which is typically located under ESC (escape).

If your keyboard does not have that key, or pressing ~ does not work, try the following keys:

  • ~
  • SHIFT + 2
  • SHIFT + 3
  • ALT + 2 + 1

Type your command into the console, and then press ENTER .