Seward's Icebox

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Seward's Icebox is a decision available to USA USA regarding Russia Russian owned Alaska. USA will give an offer of £70,000 for Alaska, which Russia can accept and decline.

It requires that USA USA are at peace, that they have £70,000 in the national reserves, have at least 1 prestige and have researched Nationalism and Imperialism. It also requires that Russia owns Alaska. It is not possible to buy Alaska from any other nation than Russia.

It gives Russia the event The Alaska Purchase? where they can choose between accepting the money or keeping Alaska. If Russia is controlled by the AI, they will accept the offer 80% of the time. If Russia accepts the offer all POPs in USA will lose 1 consciousness, and Alaska will be transferred to USA as well as the cores on it. If it is declined the relation between Russia and USA will decrease by 100.

Technically the event will change the ownership of all provinces in North America, but without significant player involvement, that will virtually always be just Alaska.


After the events of the Crimean War Russia had begun believing that it could not hope to protect its North American possessions in the event of another war with Britain, and had begun considering a sale of what was to become the U.S. state of Alaska. The territory was bought by the United States in 1867 at the price of 2.3 cents per acre. The Alaska purchase was widely derided in the American press of the day as 'Seward's Icebox' after then Secretary of State William H. Seward, at whose initiative the purchase was made.