yes, they can quickly transfer a tree to farms, but only if they are not interfered with, and if they are not interfered with, then they do not need farms. In the feudal era, no one needed farms except the English, the hre, and the Chinese. The Sultanate and Abbasids get food from the bushes and they have forces capable of controlling the map in the feudal era (for free, fully upgraded units in the forge with cheap scientists treatment, and camel shooters, respectively), the French will also pinch the enemy at the base and will get food from any sources on the map, spending less resources on mills. Russia has recently been using professional scouts, the Mongols have sheep.
those who need farms:
The English (only because farms are cheap, they also extract much faster from them).
The Chinese (they can use starting bushes and sheep for quite a long time, as they get 1.5 more resources from them, and this is most often enough for a “painless” transition to farms.
It remains only HRE who need to get an extremely large amount of wood in order to somehow get food under pressure from the enemy. Yes, they do it quickly, BUT, the rest don’t do it at all. You need to spend 225 wood on farms just to produce peasants without interruption, without barracks, soldiers, towers and so on. During this time, some French will get resources for another knight, which will bring much more benefits than the forced construction of farms.
The only thing that this change of the chapel will give is that the forge (as it is there) will no longer be taken at all (as in principle it is now) and it will give an insane boost in resource production in the late game. HRE doesn’t need it, she has enough resources in the late game, and she is one of the best in the late game, she just lacks a unit that can stop Rusi’s strelets and she will be the most powerful.
Changing the chapel like this will also not slow down HRE in the feudal era, as 2-3 prelates will be enough. this will slow them down by a maximum of a minute. This is not enough to make HRE seriously fight in the feudal era. You can watch the records of the battles, where they do without a chapel and how the prelates act there. By putting them in such a chapel, they will not be able to control and point to a specific resource. So in the feudal era there will be more minuses than pluses.
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