Laws which are unchanged
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.
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.
To increase tribal organization, a tribal ruler must now be independent and have at least a ducal title.
|Late Feudal Administration||
|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
- 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
- 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
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|
|Marginal||Tolerance 3||Advisor||Landed vassals|
|Spymaster||Relatives, landed vassals, nuns|
|Significant||Tolerance 4|| Chancellor
|Relatives, landed vassals, nuns|
|Notable||Tolerance 5||Marshal||Relatives, landed vassals||Allows agnatic-cognatic succession for Muslims and nomads|
|Full||Tolerance 6|| All positions above;
|All women|| Allows cognatic succession|
No opinion penalty for female ruler
No opinion penalty for female heir