Cabinet of Ivan the Terrible

Committee Introduction

The Livonian War launched by Ivan the Terrible in 1558 marked a point of economic and political turmoil. Ivan aimed to gain access to the Baltic Sea but was facing opposition from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire. Additionally, treason of the Russian boyars was brought into question, leading Ivan to execute a number of nobles at random. In this committee, you will act as members of the zemsky sobor, a national assembly of Russian boyars and clergy, meeting in 1566. You will be tasked with carrying out the administration of the empire and addressing the concerns of not only the Livonian War, but also internal reforms and Ivan’s mental issues.


If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Beau Staso at bstaso@sas.upenn.edu

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