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A Titular title is a title that does not have any de jure vassals associated with it. The game uses titular titles to represent rulers considered higher in status than counts, but who did not govern territories corresponding to a de jure territory. For example, in 867, Great Moravia is a titular kingdom, while most of the pagan Slavic and Baltic tribes are titular duchies.

Titular kingdoms and empires may assimilate de jure duchies or kingdoms, respectively, into their realms, and upon doing so cease being titular. Alternatively, de jure kingdoms can lose all their de jure duchies via de jure drift, and can become titular kingdoms. For example, in 867, the Kingdoms of Asturias and León have one de jure duchy each, but in 1066, León has assimilated the Duchy of Asturias and the Kingdom of Asturias has become titular.

Certain titular kingdoms (and one titular empire, the Latin Empire) may be formed by a character who holds the required territories and/or meets certain, often religious, requirements. Other titular kingdoms exist in historical starts but cannot be created during the game.

Tribal titles are similar to titular titles. The two differences are that they cannot assimilate any de jure titles, and they are destroyed when another title of the same rank is gained. Most tribal titles are duchy-tier. Many Slavic, Finnish, and Baltic characters start out with a tribal title, but they cannot be created.

Some titular titles can exist without the holder having any land. This includes revolts, adventurer hosts, religious heads (except the caliphates), holy orders, mercenary companies, and the Mongol horde empires. Revolts and hosts are destroyed when their war ends, but the others continue whether they have any land or not; the only way they can be destroyed is due to lack of heirs, which never happens for those (like the Papacy) that use Open Elective succession. Without land, they are listed as "residing" in a county, e.g. a deposed Pope is usually "Residing in Rome".

List of createable titular titles[edit]

Title Type of Holding Requirements
Territorial
Latin Empire Empire Be Catholic. Control Kaliopolis and Thrake. Byzantine Empire and Roman Empire do not exist. Exists May 5, 1204-July 24, 1261.
Genoa Kingdom (There is also a de jure Duchy of Genoa) Be a republic. Control Genoa. Exists 1066-July 26, 1318 and from 1334.
Pisa Kingdom (There is also a de jure Duchy of Pisa) Be a republic. Control Pisa. Exists 1066-1284.
Amalfi Duchy (There is also a County of Amalfi) Be a republic or lord mayor. Control Amalfi. Exists in 769 and 869.
Cyprus Kingdom Be Catholic or Catholic heretic. Control Famagusta. Exists from May 3, 1192
Khazaria Kingdom Khazar culture or Jewish religion. Control Itil.
Duchy of Gotland Duchy Control Gotland. Exists 1066-1096 and 1187-1196.
Duchy of Socotra Duchy Control Socotra. Exists on all dates.
Religious heads
Fylkirate Duchy Given to the reformer of the Norse Pagan religion. Can be recreated if destroyed: requires 3 holy sites, 500 piety.
The Romuvan Church Duchy Given to a vassal of the reformer of the Romuva religion.
The Slavic Church Duchy Given to a vassal of the reformer of the Slavic religion.
The Tengri Church Duchy Given to a vassal of the reformer of the Tengri religion.
The Suomenusko Church Duchy Given to a vassal of the reformer of the Suomenusko religion.
The West African Church Duchy Given to a vassal of the reformer of the West African religion.
The Aztec Church Duchy Given to a vassal of the reformer of the Aztec religion.
The Zoroastrian Church Duchy Given to a vassal of the Zoroastrian restorer of the Persian Empire. Control Persian Empire, 300 piety.
Sunni Caliphate Duchy Be Sunni. Either: Be Sayyid and have 1000 piety

Or: Control Mecca and Medina or Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad while having one of Sayyid, 1000 piety and Mirza

Shia Caliphate Duchy Be Shia. Either: Be Sayyid and have 1000 piety

Or: Control Mecca and Medina or Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad while having one of Sayyid, 1000 piety and Mirza

Fraticelli Papacy Duchy Fraticelli, County of Rome
Iconoclast Patriarchate Duchy Iconoclast, County of Constantinople
Hurufi Skeikhdom [sic] Duchy Be Hurufi. Either: Be Sayyid and have 1000 piety

Or: Control Mecca and Medina or Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad while having one of Sayyid, 1000 piety and Mirza

Ibadi Caliphate Duchy Be Ibadi. Either: Be Sayyid and have 1000 piety

Or: Control Mecca and Medina or Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad while having one of Sayyid, 1000 piety and Mirza

Yazidi Sheikhdom Duchy Yazidi, Sheikhdom of Mosul, 1000 piety
Jewish High Priesthood Duchy Jewish, County of Jerusalem

List of uncreateable titular titles[edit]

Title Rank Notes
Hordes (Tribal, have tribal invasion CB, can exist without land)
Aztec Empire Empire If the Sunset Invasion DLC is active, it will show up somewhere on the Atlantic Coast sometime around 1250.
Mongol Empire Empire Exists if you start between year 1220 and 1227.
Ilkhanate Empire Can arrive in Khiva between 1216 and 1224.
Golden Horde Empire Can arrive in Cumania / Perm between 1224 and 1250 (only if the Ilkhanate arrived earlier).
Timurids Empire Can arrive in Khiva between 1360 and 1405.
Seljuk Turks Kingdom Can arrive in Khiva between 867 and 1066. Not to be confused with the Sultanate of Persia in 1066, which is called "Seljuk" after the dynasty that holds it.
Religious heads
Papacy Kingdom Catholic head. Always exists
Ecumenical Patriarchate Kingdom Orthodox head. Always exists
Miaphysite Papacy Duchy Holder is called Coptic Pope. Always exists
Monothelite Patriarchate Duchy Always exists
Patriarchate in the East Duchy Nestorian. Always exists
Monophysite Papacy Duchy Always exists
Titular kingdoms
Aydin Kingdom Exists from 1308 in Anatolia.
Candar Kingdom Exists from 1307 in Anatolia.
Eretnid Kingdom Exists from 1335 in Anatolia.
Germiyan Kingdom Exists from 1300 in Anatolia.
The Hansa Kingdom Merchant republic. Created by event in late 1100s if HRE exists. Exists historically from 1227.
The Isles Duchy Exists on the Isle of Man in 769. Called Manaw if held by a Welshman.
Karaman Kingdom Exists from 1256 in Anatolia.
Mentese Kingdom Exists from 1280 in Anatolia
Magyars Kingdom Starts in 867 invading Bulgaria with about 8000 event troops. Can replace this title with the Kingdom of Hungary by decision, moving the capital to Pest (usurping it if necessary) and spawning more troops depending on how much of Hungary they've taken.
Naples Kingdom Exists from August 30, 1282 in Southern Italy.
Ottoman Turks Kingdom Exists from 1299 in Anatolia.
Rum Kingdom Never takes on the name of its ruling dynasty. Exists 1077-1306 in Anatolia.
Saruhan Kingdom Exists from 1308 in Anatolia.
Tekke Kingdom Exists from 1300 in Anatolia.
Trebizond Kingdom One of the successor states to the Byzantine Empire after the Fourth Crusade. Exists from April 1204.
Trinacria Kingdom Exists from March 20, 1282, held by Aragon. Independent most dates after November 11th, 1285.
Realm
Concepts
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