"Overworking your serfs to meet the silver tax burden reduces their health, decreasing their hitpoints. However you get Crates of 100 Coin for each minute the game has lasted so far."
In-game description

Tax Burden is a technology in Age of Empires III that is unique to the Knights of St. John in Act I: Blood and can be researched at the Church once the Royal Decree to Claim the New World Home City Card has been sent. Once researched, it reduces the hit points of Settlers by 40% but ships 100 coin for every minute the game has passed, up to 30 minutes (for a total of 3,000 coin).

Strategy Edit

The coin shipped by Tax Burden is by far the largest shipment of coin in the game, while its penalty can be entirely offset by the Great Coat improvement at the Market and the Pioneers Home City Card.

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