WARS LIKE NATIONS ERGONOMIC
THE NEW MIDDLE AGES ARE ON
WELCOME TO THE HUNDRED YEAR'S WAR
Armies were very expensive .
Fighting abroad made them even more expensive to run.
This problem could be got around by making a local area in UKRAINE, which was under your control, pay a 'tribune' IN MEN AND IN CROPS to RUSSIA.
This would keep your costs down.
In return for paying a tribune, the area concerned was given a promise OF A STRONG CURRENCY
AND the ECONOMIC troops THERE IN NEW RUSSIAN STATES OR ESTATES
there would behave themselves and would REBUILD homes,
GROW NEW crops and RAISING NEW HERDS
In this sense, paying a TRIBUTE IN MEN AND IN LAND was similar to buying protection...
BETTER TO BE A RUSSIAN IN THE SPRING
THAN A HOMELESS UKRAINIAN BRIDE