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Tyranny is an opinion penalty caused by performing despotic actions without just cause. It discourages rulers from simply imprisoning and killing anyone who disagrees.

This opinion modifier is applied to all characters in your subrealm, including indirect vassals and courtiers, who are present at the time of the tyrannical action. New vassals will not have this modifier (unless they were previously witnesses); it is theoretically feasible to simply imprison/banish your entire landed nobility then invite new courtiers who have no idea what you just did.

Tyrannical actions[edit]

Below is a list of actions that cause tyranny, and the amount given. These are all for actions without cause; if you are justified in your action then you receive no tyranny.

Action Amount Notes
Imprisonment 40 Only 10 if character is insignificant or decadent Decadent.png. Waived for excommunicated Excommunicated.png characters and known plotters. Also waived with certain opinion modifiers, such as Traitor or Takfir (refused to straighten up).
Execution 10 Waived if character is insignificant, or if character is captured due to war. Executing a foreigner upsets members of the foreign realm instead of yours.
Banishment action on landed vassal (Forced abdication) 10 Vassal is forced to abdicate titles to their heirs, but keeps their cash.
Banishment of courtier 0 Liege gains courtier's cash. Courtier flees to another court
Taking actions which go against a council vote 10 Council also becomes discontent, allowing councilors to join factions if they were disallowed previously. Requires DLC icon Conclave.png Conclave DLC.

Imprisoning, executing, or banishing characters through events does not invoke tyranny.

Characters are considered insignificant if they have no titles, claims, or titled close relatives.

Stacking and duration[edit]

Individual acts of tyranny incur a penalty for 10 years. Each incidence of tyranny is tracked and expires separately. For example, say you imprison a character (-40) in 1100 and execute them in 1103 (-10). Witnesses to both actions will have a -50 opinion penalty until 1110, and then a -10 opinion penalty until 1113.


  • Use tyranny sparingly, only when the benefit is clear and you can afford the opinion penalties.
    • Or, go on a reign of tyranny, removing or imprisoning all vassals who it witness it.
  • Use tyranny when nearing death. If your ruler is old and/or has very low health, tyranny is less problematic. You only need to hold the realm together until your heir takes over. Your heir will only inherit only half of the opinion penalty, and the inherited opinion decays.

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