Realm laws

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Realm laws are laws concerning how the realm is governed. They require the Conclave DLC, and replace both demesne laws and crown authority when the DLC is active.

Laws which are unchanged[edit]

Viceroyalty and centralization laws remain unchanged, but are now found on this tab.

Laws controlling title revocation and inheritance by characters outside the realm are now passed separately, rather than being components of crown authority.

Vassal obligations[edit]

The new laws allow rulers to shift the focus of the obligations of the realm's vassals, between more taxes or more levies. Thus, they trade off taxes vs levies, rather than taxes and levies vs opinion. Obligation laws now determine the minimum vassal levies, replacing one of the features of crown authority.

Nobles prefer tax-shifted obligations, while burghers prefer levy-shifted obligations. These tend to be the opposite of what their lieges prefer. Opinion bonuses and penalties from law changes are only temporary, however.

Tribal organization[edit]

To increase tribal organization, a tribal ruler must now be independent and have at least a ducal title.

Administration type[edit]

Law Privileges Other effects Requirements ID
Feudal Administration ze_administration_laws_0
Late Feudal Administration ze_administration_laws_1
Imperial Administration
  • Free revocation of viceroyal duchies
  • Free revocation of duchies (without Charlemagne)
  • Free retraction of vassals, even from kings
  • Also enacts Duchy Viceroyalties law
  • +25 vassal limit
  • -10 vassal opinion
  • Emperor
  • Majesty 5
  • All laws in favor of ruler: absolute rule, regulated inheritance, religious revocation

Vassal wars[edit]

Law Description Opinion Requirements ID
Allowed Vassals may fight against enemies both within and without the realm so long as Realm Peace is not enforced. vassal_wars_law_0
External Vassals are forbidden from declaring war on enemies within the realm, but may attack external enemies so long as Realm Peace is not enforced. -5 feudal opinion Imperial Administration vassal_wars_law_1
Illegal Vassals are forbidden from declaring war both within and without the realm. -10 feudal opinion Imperial Administration vassal_wars_law_2

Realm peace can be temporarily enforced via the Council tab regardless of the standing law.

Advantages of restricting vassal wars[edit]

  • Peace improves the economy, especially with the prosperity system in The Reaper's Due
  • Vassals' levies contribute to siege defense
  • May help keep any one vassal from growing too powerful

Advantages of allowing vassal wars[edit]

  • Faction rebellion is less likely, because:
    • Feudal vassals have increased opinion
    • Faction members have decreased strength due to war losses
    • Faction leaders cannot issue ultimatums while they are at war
    • A faction to "increase council power" is less appealing when it only increases council power. (It can also nullify vassal war laws.)
  • External vassal wars can expand your realm without incurring much threat
  • May choose to allow vassal wars that benefit you, while intervening in wars that do not
  • May revoke titles from vassals who refuse individual demands for peace (with The Reaper's Due and at least Late Feudal Administration)
  • More characters gain leadership traits by participating in battles

Status of Women[edit]

Through legislation, it is now possible to empower women by allowing them to take positions on the council. Most council positions first become available to women related to the ruler (dynasty members, close relatives, wives, and concubines), landed vassals, and in some cases nuns.

At the second highest level, it is possible for Muslims and nomads to pass Agnatic-Cognatic succession, which in turn allows matrilineal marriage. At the highest level, it is possible to pass the Absolute Cognatic succession law, and female rulers do not suffer opinion penalties. These changes are more significant to Muslims and nomads, who previously could only use Agnatic succession and patrilineal marriage.

Level Technology Opens position To these women Other effects
Traditional Obj become spymaster.png Spymaster Wife, Mother
Marginal Tolerance 3 Advisor Landed vassals
Obj become spymaster.png Spymaster Relatives, landed vassals, nuns
Significant Tolerance 4 Obj become chancellor.png Chancellor
Obj become treasurer.png Treasurer
Relatives, landed vassals, nuns
Notable Tolerance 5 Obj become marshal.png Marshal Relatives, landed vassals Allows agnatic-cognatic succession for Muslims and nomads
Full Tolerance 6 All positions above;
Status commanding.png Commander
All women Allows cognatic succession
No opinion penalty for female ruler
No opinion penalty for female heir

Landed titles