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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires III. For the civilization in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, see Slavs. For the civilization in Age of Empires IV, see Rus.
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Known for its military accomplishments and rapid expansions, was a strong military oriented nation. Russia expanded from what is now Alaska down to northern California, but Spanish settlement in those locations forced the ill-supplied settlers back to Alaska.

The Russians are a playable European civilization in Age of Empires III. They are based on the Russian Empire, which lasted from 1721 until the modern era, and controlled significant sections of northeastern Europe and northern Asia.

In the New World (Americas), the Russians took little land, but they did occupy Alaska. They placed trading posts in Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and as far south as Fort Ross in northern California, some 50 miles north of San Francisco.

The Russians also appear in other Age of Empires series games, being depicted as Slavs in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, and Rus in Age of Empires IV.

Home City[]

(Default) Explorer names
First names
Alexandr, Alexei, Alexsej, Andrej, Dmitri, Fyodr, Gavril, Gerasim, Grigory, Ivan, Khariton, Mikhail, Petr, Pyotr, Semyon, Stenka, Stephan, Timofei, Vasily, Vitus, Yermak
Last names
Atlasov, Bagration, Baranov, Bering, Chichagov, Chirikov, Dezhnev, Fyodorov, Glazunov, Glotov, Gvozdev, Krenitzin, Kuskov, Kutusov, Laptev, Lavrov, Levashef, Lomonosov, Luhzin, Razin, Sarychev, Shelikov, Suvarov, Tarakanov, The Terrible, Timofeivich, Vasiliev, Yelagin, Yevreinov

  • Fire eater Torchy - An entertainer who performs tricks with fire (1 point)
  • Juggler Juggler - A juggling performer (1 point)
  • Vendor Vendor Cart - A store on wheels hawking goods of all kinds (1 point)
  • Chatter Home City Chatter - Enable this to show comments made by citizens strolling through this city (1 point)
  • Bunting Patriotic Bunting - The citizens show their national pride by decorating with patriotic banners (1 point)
  • Crate Crates and Baskets - Goods waiting to be unpacked for sale in the market (1 point)
  • Props5 Scaffolding - The painters set this up yesterday and left it (1 point)
  • HC banner Market Day Pennants - These bright streamers declare it is market day (1 point)
  • Props1 Equestrian Hero - The citizens honor their soldiers with a martial equestrian statue (1 point)
  • Street light grey Street Lamps - Technology making the streets safer at night (1 point)
  • Ee-nwtc18 The Russian New World Trade Center - The original version of the Russian New World Trade Center (Default)
  • Ee-nwtc17 The St. Petersburg Merchant Society - A red version of the Russian New World Trade Center (1 point)
  • Ee-nwtc16 Chirikov Expedition Outfitters - A brown and blue version of the Russian New World Trade Center (1 point)
  • Ee-nwtc15 The Russian-American Company - A blue and white version of the Russian New World Trade Center (1 point)
  • Ee-nwtc14 Golden Mountain Merchants - An upgraded version of the original Russian New World Trade Center (1 point)
  • Ee-nwtc13 Russian Trade Guild - An upgraded red version of the Russian New World Trade Center (1 point)
  • Ee-nwtc12 Great Nordic Supply - An upgraded brown and blue version of the Russian New World Trade Center (1 point)
  • Ee-nwtc11 New Market - An upgraded blue and white version of the Russian New World Trade Center (1 point)

  • Noble male Nobleman - The uppercrust of any society (1 point)
  • Noble female Noblewoman - An elegant member of any society (1 point)
  • Bunting Patriotic Bunting - The citizens show their national pride by decorating with patriotic banners (1 point)
  • Ee-academy18 The Imperial Academy of Sciences - Original version of the Russian Academy's color scheme (Default)
  • Ee-academy17 Tsar's School of War - A red version of the Russian Military Academy's color scheme (1 point)
  • Ee-academy16 Lomonosov School of Natural Philosophy - A blue and white-themed version of the Russian Academy's color scheme (1 point)
  • Ee-academy15 St. Petersburg Academy of Military Arts - A gray and turquoise version of the Russian Academy's color scheme (1 point)
  • Ee-academy11 Corps des Pages - An upgraded version of the Russian Academy's original color scheme (1 point)
  • Ee-academy12 The College of Defense - The upgraded red version of the Russian Military Academy (1 point)
  • Ee-academy13 Mikhailovsky Artillery Academy - The upgraded blue and white-themed version of the Russian Academy (1 point)
  • Ee-academy14 Hamina Military Academy - The upgraded gray and turquoise version of the Russian Academy (1 point)

  • Stagecoach The Royal Coach - This coach waits upon the whims of royalty (1 point)
  • Violin Musician - A strolling entertainer (1 point)
  • Preacher The Reverend - A street preacher sharing the good news (1 point)
  • Rus lightset1 Daytime Lighting - The city with the sun shining brightly (Default)
  • Rus lightset2 Evening Lighting - The long night of a Russian winter is settling in (1 point)
  • Bunting Patriotic Bunting - The citizens show their national pride by decorating with patriotic banners (1 point)
  • Ee-cathedral6 St. Basil's Russian Church - The original version of the Russian Cathedral's color scheme (Default)
  • Ee-cathedral7 Vladimir Mother of God Icon Church - A red and gold version of the Russian Cathedral (1 point)
  • Ee-cathedral8 St. Nicholas' Naval Cathedral - A blue and white version of the Russian Cathedral (1 point)
  • Ee-cathedral9 The Church of the Resurrection - The St. Petersburg version of the Russian Cathedral (1 point)

  • Russian cop 1 icon Militsiya - A Russian Policeman (1 point)
  • Russian cop 2 icon Militsiya Too - Another Russian Policeman (1 point)
  • Painter The Artist - An artist who sets up his easel and paints (1 point)
  • Thug Thug - A brutish and unpleasant fellow (1 point)
  • Bunting Patriotic Bunting - The citizens show their national pride by decorating with patriotic banners (1 point)
  • Props11 Tsar's Cannon - This mighty cannon memorializes the power and glory of Russian artillery (1 point)
  • Street light grey Pillar Lamps - These pillar-mounted lamps illume the rest of the city at night (1 point)
  • Props9 Cannon Cradle - A cannon mounted for some extra machining (1 point)
  • Dock crane Crane - A boom crane for loading and unloading heavy objects (1 point)
  • Crate Packing Crates - Crates full of technological marvels ready to improve colonial life (1 point)
  • Ee-factory11 Tsar Peter's Imperial Cannonworks - Original version of the Russian Manufacturing Plant (Default)
  • Ee-factory12 Ekaterinburg Iron Works - A red version of the Russian Manufacturing Plant (1 point)
  • Ee-factory13 Knoop Cotton Factory and Imports - Knoop Cotton Factory and Imports (1 point)
  • Ee-factory14 Ural Mountain Iron Foundry - Ural Mountain Iron Foundry (1 point)
  • Ee-factory15 Iron Tsar Metalworks - Upgraded version of the original Russian Manufacturing Plant (1 point)
  • Ee-factory16 Romanov Imperial Manufacturing - Upgraded red version of the Russian Manufacturing Plant (1 point)
  • Ee-factory17 St. Petersburg Machine Shop - Upgraded blue and white version of the Russian Manufacturing Plant (1 point)
  • Ee-factory18 Ivan Grozny Foundry and Forge - Upgraded yellow version of the Russian Manufacturing Plant (1 point)

  • Drunk Drunk - A sailor who has overindulged in adult beverages (1 point)
  • Nicelady Nice Lady - A woman in a red dress (1 point)
  • Bunting Patriotic Bunting - The citizens show their national pride by decorating with patriotic banners (1 point)
  • Crate Crates - These crates might be ready for Shipment to the New World (1 point)
  • Ee-dock-clock Gold Clock - A golden clock that's right twice a day (1 point)
  • HC banner Pennants - Colorful banners to flutter and snap in the breeze (1 point)
  • Ee-dock15 St. Petersburg Harbor Master - Original version of the Russian Dock's color scheme (Default)
  • Ee-dock16 Fort Ross Insurance and Supply Company - A red version of the Russian Harbor's color scheme (1 point)
  • Ee-dock17 The Vitus Bering Explorers' Society - A blue and white version of the Russian Harbor (1 point)
  • Ee-dock18 The Tsar's Expedition Masters - A green and gold version of the Russian Harbor (1 point)
  • Ee-dock11 Russian Naval Supply - Upgraded version of the Russian Dock's original color scheme (1 point)
  • Ee-dock12 Imperial Expedition Outfitters - An upgraded red version of the Russian Harbor's color scheme (1 point)
  • Ee-dock13 Volga Boatman's Shop - An upgraded blue and white version of the Russian Harbor (1 point)
  • Ee-dock14 Russian Imperial Docks - An upgraded green and gold version of the Russian Harbor (1 point)

Characteristics[]

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Starts with 500 food, 200 wood, and five Settlers
  • Has a population limit of 210
  • Has Blockhouses, which combine the functions of a Barracks and an Outpost
  • Settlers and Blockhouse infantry are trained in groups; Blockhouse infantry units cost -25% and have -25% train time, but -20% hit points and attack; Settlers cost -13% and train time +108% (reducing total training time -30% in batches of 3)
  • Choose Politicians to advance in Age
  • Royal Guard units: Cavalry Archer (Dvoryanin), Grenadier (Pavlov Grenadier)

Unique units[]

Strelet de Strelet: Weak but cheap skirmisher. Good against infantry.
Russians rekrut portrait aoe3de Rekrut: Affordable Russian musketeer. Armed with a bayonet to beat cavalry.
Russians poruchik portrait aoe3de Poruchik: Russian junior officer. Heavy hand infantry with a large attack.
Cossack de Cossack: Russian hand cavalry.
Oprichink de Oprichnik: Hand cavalry good at raiding villagers or buildings.

Unique building[]

Blockhouse aoe3de Blockhouse: Russian combination of Barracks and Outpost. Can defend the frontier or train infantry in groups. Also provides 5 population.

Allies, mercenaries and natives[]

The Russians cannot choose The Mercenary Contractor to advance to the Fortress Age to get additional mercenaries at the Tavern.

Politicians[]

Revolutions[]

Overview[]

The Russians start each game with 500 food, 200 wood, and only five Settlers. Russian Settlers have to be trained in groups of three with the cost of 260 food, 13% less than normal Settlers. The Russians can train Rekruts and Poruchiks, which are counterparts of European Musketeers and Halberdiers. They cost 25% less resources but have 20% fewer hit points and attack. The Russians also have the Strelet, the cheapest and weakest light infantry unit in the game.

With the "Pjotr's Toy Soldiers" Home City Card, the Russians can build Forts with their Rekruts (though there's still a build limit of three), which comes in handy when choosing to revolt instead of advancing into the Imperial Age and then spamming the "Fort Wagon" card, allowing Rekruts to build and rebuild an entire frontline of Forts.

The Russians train Settlers and infantry only in groups (except in Forts) at a reduced cost and time, but it means resources for the whole group are needed before training begins, instead of buying one to put in a production queue and adding more as resources increase.

The Russians also have a unique military building that replaces the Barracks and Outpost called a Blockhouse. This building can train infantry units as well as defend territory. This makes the Russians a tough opponent when attacking their colony. Russians can build the Blockhouse in the Exploration Age, since it counts as an Outpost. This means that by the Commerce Age, Russians can already have their Barracks up, making their rush very early and very powerful.

Changelog[]

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  • The Russians have a maximum population of 200.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

Campaign appearances[]

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The Russian Ossus is the new center of the Circle, and is preparing to invade America through Canada. They are stopped by John Black, at the cost of his life. Ivan the Terrible, its ruler, is uninvolved, though the Russian Ossus is exactly the same civilization type as the normal in-game Russian civilization.

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Russians' dialogue lines

Russian units speak their namesake language.

Common[]

Select
  • Chto? (Что?) - What?
  • Gotov (Готов, masculine)/Gotova (Готова, feminine) - Ready
  • Prikaz? (Приказ?) - Order?
  • Zdravstvuyte - (Здравствуйте) - Hello
Move
  • Da (Да) - Yes
  • Budet sdelano (Будет сделано) - It will be done
  • Sdelayu (Сделаю) - I'll do it
  • Pravil'no (Правильно) - Right
Attack
  • V ataku! (В атаку!) - Into attack!
  • V boy! (В бой!) - Into battle!
  • Da! (Да!) - Yes!
  • Atakuyu! (Атакую!) - I am attacking

Settlers[]

Explorer[]

History[]

The largest nation in Europe by area and population, Russia in 1500 was relatively backward and far from the Renaissance that was blossoming to its west. It was striving to expand and having success mainly to the east, toward Siberia. Under Peter the Great, a particularly able Romanov Tsar, they began an effort to import western technology and knowledge, but progress was very slow. They fought both the Swedes to the north and the Ottomans to the south with some success. They were able to field large armies from the great mass of serfs (near-slaves bound for life to the estates of aristocracy). They fought stubbornly and rigidly, but that could be effective, especially in defense of their homeland.

When Russia reached the eastern edge of Siberia, explorers were sent into the Pacific seeking the west coast of North America. Vitus Bering, a Dane with a long career in the Russian Navy, found the Bering Strait, the Bering Sea and southern Alaska in the middle 1700s. By the late 1700s they had established a small outpost in Alaskan waters and were hunting fur animals, especially the sea otter. Their small settlements and outposts eventually stretched down the American Pacific coast to northern California, but they were never very successful. In 1867 they sold Alaska to the United States.

By 1800 they had perhaps the largest army in Europe and had entered the Napoleonic Wars, switching sides as it suited them. Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 with a huge army, but the campaign was a disaster. The Russians retreated into their limitless land and even abandoned Moscow, while letting the Russian winter do its worst. The Russians followed the retreating French and helped bring about Napoleon's first abdication and exile in 1814.

Trivia[]

  • The Russians were the first Slavic civilization featured in the Age of Empires series, followed by the Slavs in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten.
    • The Russians have similarities to the civilizations representing them in the predecessor and successor games, i.e. the Slavs and the Rus in Age of Empires II and Age of Empires IV respectively, where their bonuses favor an army composition consisting of infantry and cavalry with defenses as their weak point apart from their cheaper but weaker Forts and Castles. The difference is that the Russians in Age of Empires III are a more rush-oriented civilization with emphasis on "quantity over quality" with a weaker late-game economy, while the Slavs and Rus have better economy.
  • The Russian flag shown in the original game is the Imperial Standard at sea that was used between 1699–1917 by the Russian Empire. It was changed to the more famous tricolor in the Definitive Edition.[1]
    • Both flags are anachronistic as neither of them were used until more than a century after the death of Ivan the Terrible.
    • According to early screenshots prior to the release of Age of Empires III, the Russian flag in the game would be the civil ensign and national flag of the Russian Empire between 1705–1917.
    • According to the Age of Empires III User's Manual, the Russian flag in the game would be the Imperial Standard on land that was used between 1858–1917 by the Russian Empire.
    • Despite the change to the white-blue-and-red tricolor in the Definitive Edition, the patriotic bunting add-on in the Russian Home City retains the same black-white-and-gold color scheme of the original game.
  • Prior to the Definitive Edition, the cathedral in the Home City of St. Petersburg is named and designed after St. Basil's Cathedral, which is actually located in Moscow.
  • The Russians' focus on cheap quantity-based units and excellent late-game defenses makes them an equivalent to the Egyptians in Age of Mythology.
  • If the Fencing School and Dueling School Home City Cards are sent, and if Standing Army is researched, it is possible for the Russians to instantly train Rekruts.

Gallery[]

References[]

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