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A Titular title is a title that does not have any holdings or de jure territory 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.

Generally, to create a titular kingdom or empire, you must control its de jure capital (since there is no de jure territory to control 51% or 80% of). You can determine the capital by searching for the title and hovering the "Create" button, or by checking the list of kingdoms or empires.

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.

Related concepts[edit]

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. Until the introduction of tribal holdings in patch 2.2, many Slavic, Finnish, and Baltic characters started out with duchy-tier tribal titles.

Landless titles can exist without the holder having any land, and are often titular. 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 Ecumenical Patriarchate) 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 or a Catholic heresy. Control Kaliopolis and Thrake. Byzantine Empire and Roman Empire do not exist. Exists May 5, 1204-July 24, 1261.
Mongol Empire Empire Can only be created by decision when Ruler is nomadic Mongol and has 30 Counties under his rule. Always exists once activated. Exists if you start between year 1206 and 1227. Almost certainly arrives in Mongolia between 1210 and 1218, if it doesn't already exist.
Genoa Kingdom Be a republic. Control Genoa. Exists 1066-July 26, 1318 and from 1334.
Pisa Kingdom Be a republic. Control Pisa. Exists 1066-1284.
Naples Kingdom Control Napoli. Only if it has previously existed (i.e. after 30 August 1282). De jure Italian Empire.
Cyprus Kingdom Be Catholic or Catholic heretic. Control Famagusta. De jure Byzantine Empire. Exists from May 3, 1192
Khazaria Kingdom Khazar culture or Jewish religion. Control Itil.
Saxony Kingdom Old Saxon culture. Control Anhalt. Exists until 781.
Magyar Kingdom Hungarian culture. Control Pest. Exists from start dates 769 to 867.
Amalfi Duchy Be a republic. Control Amalfi. Exists in 769 and 869.
Gotland/Visby Duchy Control Gotland. Exists 1066-1096 and 1187-1196.
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, 750 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.
Church of Zun Duchy Given to a vassal of the reformer of the Zunist religion.
The Zoroastrian Church Duchy Given to a vassal of the Zoroastrian restorer of the Persian Empire. Control Persian Empire, 300 piety.
The Sunni Caliphate Duchy
  • Be Sunni.
  • One of:
    • Have Sayyid trait and 1000 piety
    • Have Sayyid trait or Mirza trait or 1000 piety, AND one of
      • Control Mecca and Medina
      • Control Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad
The Shia Caliphate Duchy
  • Be Shia.
  • One of:
    • Have Sayyid trait and 1000 piety
    • Have Sayyid trait or Mirza trait or 1000 piety, AND one of
      • Control Mecca and Medina
      • Control Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad
Fraticelli Papacy Duchy Fraticelli, County of Rome
Iconoclast Patriarchate Duchy Iconoclast, County of Constantinople
The Hurufi Skeikhdom [sic] Duchy
  • Be Hurufi.
  • One of:
    • Have Sayyid trait and 1000 piety
    • Have Sayyid trait or Mirza trait or 1000 piety, AND one of
      • Control Mecca and Medina
      • Control Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad
The Ibadi Caliphate Duchy
  • Be Ibadi
  • One of:
    • Have Sayyid trait and 1000 piety
    • Have Sayyid trait or Mirza trait or 1000 piety, AND one of
      • Control Mecca and Medina
      • Control Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad
Yazidi Sheikhdom Duchy Be Yazidi. Control Mosul. Have 1000 piety.
The Kharijite Caliphate Duchy
  • Have 1000 piety and one of
    • Control Mecca and Medina
    • Control Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad

(Kharijites don't care about Sayyid and Mirza traits.)

The Iconoclast Patriarchate Duchy By decision. Requires Sons of Abraham, 1000 piety and someone in the realm must own Constantinople. Granted to a randomly generated Iconoclast priest.
Jewish High Priesthood Duchy Jewish, County of Jerusalem

List of uncreateable titular titles[edit]

Title Rank Notes
Religious heads
The Ecumenical Patriarchate Kingdom Orthodox head. Always exists
The Miaphysite Papacy Duchy Holder is called Coptic Pope. Always exists
The Monophysite Papacy Duchy Always exists
The Monothelite Patriarchate Duchy Always exists
The Patriarchate in the East Duchy Nestorian. Always exists
The Papacy Kingdom Catholic head. Always exists
The Paulician Patriarchate Duchy Paulician. Always exists
Titular empires
Aztec Empire Empire If the Sunset Invasion DLC is active, it will show up somewhere on the Atlantic Coast sometime around 1250.
Chagatai Empire Exists from 1227 as Mongol horde.
Ilkhanate Empire Exists from 1227 as Mongol horde.
Golden Horde Empire Exists from 1227 as Mongol horde.
Seljuk Empire Empire Now obsolete, but can be created with console command.
Timurids Empire Can arrive in Khiva between 1360 and 1405.
Titular kingdoms
Almohad Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Al-Murabitids Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Avaria Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Aydin Kingdom Exists from 1308 in Anatolia.
Beni Helal Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Bosnia Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Candar Kingdom Exists from 1307 in Anatolia.
Eretnid Kingdom Exists from 1335 in Anatolia.
Fatimids Kingdom Now obsolete, but can be created with console command.
Germiyan Kingdom Exists from 1300 in Anatolia.
Hammadid Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
The Hansa Kingdom Merchant republic. Created by event in late 1100s if HRE exists. Exists historically from 1227.
Kafsid Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Karaman Kingdom Exists from 1256 in Anatolia.
Lombardy Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Marinid Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Mentese Kingdom Exists from 1280 in Anatolia
Ottoman Kingdom Exists from 1299 in Anatolia.
Pechenegs Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
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.
Zenata Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Zirid Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Ziyanids Kingdom Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Titular duchies
Abbasid Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Arabia Felix Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Arabs Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Assassin Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Balearic Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Belgrade Duchy Exists from 1248 to 1272. Held by Hungary.
Bergen Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Bordeaux Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Braganza Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Butrinto Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Campania Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Catalonia Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Chaldea Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Cumberland Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Curonians (Curonian) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Denmark (Danes) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Don Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Dorostotum Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Dregovichi Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
El Rif Duchy Leftover from an earlier version. Can still be created with console command.
El-Arish Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Erzerum Duchy Exists from 1071 in Armenia. Held by the Seljuks, Rum (1077), the Ilkhanate (1243) and the Eretnids (1335).
Estonians (Estonia) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Galatia Duchy Not fully implemented. Was supposed to be held by Nikephoros Phokas in 1066, but does not appear in game.
Gauthiod (Geats) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Georgia Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Gilan Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Glomacze Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Hellas Duchy Not fully implemented. Was supposed to be a Byzantine duchy later held by Aragon, but does not appear in game.
Ikonion Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Ilmenians Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Ingrians (Ingers) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Kappadokia Duchy Not fully implemented. Was supposed to be a vassal of Rum in Anatolia, but does not appear in game.
Karnten Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Käkisalmians (Kexholm) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Khazars Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Kirkuk Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Krakow Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Kryvians Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Kvens (Kajaneborg) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Laodikeia Duchy Not fully implemented. Was supposed to be a Byzantine duchy in Anatolia, but does not appear in game.
Lendians Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Lettigallians (Lettigalians) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Luristan Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Lut Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Lykia Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Oxford Duchy Obsolete, but can be created with console command.
Mar Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Meryas Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Meshcheras Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Milano Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Minsk Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Muromians Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Nikomedeia Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Obotrites Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Pechenegs Duchy Obsolete, but can be created with console command.
Pressburg Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Pronsk Duchy Exists from 1177 as a Rurikid Grand Principality. From 1237 vassal of the Golden Horde.
Pruthenians Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Qom Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Radimichi Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Romagna Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Saamod (Sames) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Salamanca Duchy Exists from 1337 as a titular duchy of the king of Castille and León.
Sami Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Sandomiersk Duchy Exists from 1138 until 1306 as a vassal of Poland.
Satakuntans (Satakunta) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Severians Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Shiraz Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Sinope Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Slovakia Duchy Exists from 1066 as a vassal of Hungary. Held by the crown prince (heir to the King of Hungary).
Sorbs Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Swithjod (Sweden) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Switzerland (Swiss) Duchy Exists from 1291 as a republic vassal of the HRE. Unplayable.
Tavastians (Tavasts) Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Ural Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Varna Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Veps Duchy Exists at 867 start as an independent Finnish high chiefdom.
Vlachs Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Volga Duchy Leftover from an earlier version. Can still be created with console command.
Votes Duchy Not fully implemented. Was supposed to be a Finnish duchy, but does not appear in game.
Vyatichi Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Wielkopolska Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Zara Duchy Not implemented, but can be created with console command.
Zaragoza Duchy Exists from 769 until 1115 as a Muslim emirate in Hispania.
Zemigallians (Zemigalians) Duchy Exists from 1066 until 1199 as an independent Lettigallian high chiefdom.
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