Poppies are a special crop that are only available in the rare case of a Growing Opium special event. Unlike the other crops types, the player doesn’t buy this crop for money in order to plant it, but is given a fixed amount of crops, which can be planted at no cost. The harvest is then sold back to the vendor directly, at a price that is relatively high compared to those of normal crops.
The Growing Opium special event is required for this crop to be available in any season.
In the event of a Civil War, roughly 75% of all crops will be lost.
“Opium,” DEA Museum:
“Afghan opium farmers ready for bumper crop,” by Carl Holm, Deutsche Welle, 2019:
“Myanmar cracking down on opium, but conflicts push drug trade,” Al Jazeera, 2019:
“Poppies, opium, and heroin: Production in Colombia and Mexico,” The Transnational Institute, 2018: