How To Increase Standard Of Living In Victoria 3

How To Increase Standard Of Living In Victoria 3
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Tarran Stockton

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27th Oct 2022 16:56

You will need to know how to increase Standard of Living in Victoria 3 if you plan on keeping the population of your nation happy and don't want them to rebel against the government. Victoria 3 is the latest Paradox grand strategy, and its plethora of interconnected mechanics and systems are confusing some players. This is par for the course with any new Paradox release, so if you are wondering how to increase Standard of Living in Victoria 3, we've got you covered. 

  • Make sure you learn how to take advantage of the Victoria 3 Investment Pool, so you can construct lots of buildings for your nation.

How To Increase Standard Of Living In Victoria 3 

How To Increase Standard Of Living In Victoria 3
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In Victoria 3, the Standard of Living is a measurement of your population's living conditions, with their material wealth acting as the baseline. Standard of Living affects the birthrate and mortality of your population, and if it goes down, it can quickly lead to a rise in Victoria 3 Radicals and potentially revolution. It's also worth noting that the average Standard of Living in a particular state will affect how attractive it is to potential migrants. 

Standard of Living is broken down into three categories that dictate occupation and wealth, these are the lower strata, middle strata, and upper strata. Typically, the higher the strata, the higher the Standard of Living is. Which strata a pop belongs to is decided by wealth, as each population has needs that must be met by spending their wages. Any leftover money after this will be added to their wealth, so the more wealth a population has, the higher its Standard of Living. 

 

How To Increase Standard Of Living In Victoria 3 wages
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One of the major ways to increase the Standard of Living is by increasing wages. Each building has an average wage which is highlighted in the information tab for that building, and hovering over this will let you see the wage of each occupation in that building. To increase wages, you need to ensure a building is productive and has a positive weekly balance. Competition between buildings will also drive wages up, and subsidising a building is a good shortcut to guaranteeing a building has a strong wage for its workers.

How To Increase Standard Of Living In Victoria 3 welfare
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Another big way to increase Standard of Living in Victoria 3, is utilising welfare laws. Welfare is a form of payment given to members of the population who fall under the average wage of everyone in the country, allowing them to meet their needs. This can be enabled with the Poor Laws law, which lets you open the Social Security institution. You can further improve this institution by enacting the Wage Subsidies and Old Age Pension laws, which create a lower threshold for welfare payments, leading to more of the population having their Standard of Living increased. 

That's all for our explainer of how to increase Standard of Living in Victoria 3, and now you know how to ensure your population has their needs met.

Make sure you learn how to increase Bureaucracy in Victoria 3 so you have the needed amount to improve the Social Security instiution.  

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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