Yeah I'm trying this again, but with a twist
See before Sora and I and Foxes would be like "Alright so like you can be one of these other nations guys I suppose and stuff." Well, I'm not doing that.
But you can still be a guy. See, I'm controlling the head of an empire, that has several kingdoms within it. Every kingdom within me is owned by a member of my dynasty ( the Seba one, she, Grif, and I started this as a stream thing first about 150 years ago in game 8D ). You can pick which branch on the tree you want to follow. But know this, there are a few things you should be aware of.
1) All succession for the kingdoms under the empire is Gavelkind. The titles will be split up amongst the children. So if you have a really good queen or king who ends up with like 3 or 4 kingdoms... when they die, those will be split up between their children. In the current state, Castille was lucky to be the child of two title holding monarchs, and ended up with /3/ kingdoms upon the death of his parents.
2) Because of this, you can either pick a kingdom title itself to follow... OR you can follow things through whatever heir you want upon the death of the one that was "you".
3) The succession laws of the empire are elective. Any close relative or duke or king ( or maybe just king level title holder ) can be voted into power upon the death of the emperor / empress. Because of this, when the leader begins to get older or sickly, all participating people are totally welcome to pick who they'd like to be the new head of the empire... but only from the 'closely related' pile of people. This pretty much excludes all the kings and dukes as they're related, but not that closely ( second cousins and such ). This is to assure that the emperor doesn't accrue too many titles ( upsetting vassals ) and possibly leading to a civil war. Alternatively, every time I update I could mark down the stats of all children and you pick which you'd prefer.
Now let's look at... most of the map.
The totality of the empire is so large, that I can not zoom out far enough to get it all on the screen at once.
This is 150 years of work, across generations
Starting as a Countess in Soria under the Kingdom of Asturias, Ana Maria Seba used her intrigue to ruin the reputation of her liege, turn the kingdom against her duke until it was in her hands, and slowly usurp power while planting one child in particular, Claire, as the heir in the neighbouring Kingdom of Navarra. Ana Maria fought many holy wars against the Umayyads, and... generally won. It wasn't always easy, her spot was in the shadows, not on the battlefield. Religious alliances were what gave her any semblance of victory. As political alliances were made, she eventually was able to usurp all titles and become a high queen over Asturias and Castille. Galicia stood in her way, the last vestige of the former power, and she took it down, solidifying her new rule over Leon as well before dying known as "The Glorious". After her death, she has been heralded as an honorary Empress of Spain.
Claire, now ruler of Galicia, Leon, Castille, and Navarra, quickly established the Spanish Empire, and earned her reputation as "The Eagle". She had very little knack for intrigue, but she could march circles around her mother on the battlefield. She would wage countless wars against the Muslims, and pretty much win every single battle she's involved with ever. All of them. She was the one to begin setting up the gavelkind rule for the kingdoms she handed out to her family members. She eventually died of old age as well after a LOT of conquest, pretty much setting the empire to rule all of Iberia.
Her eldest son, Alonso took the throne much older than Claire did, and was already widely known with the ladies as "The Handsome". With charming smile and a blood lust to rival his mother, Alonso spread the empire greatly when the Karlings of Francia had trouble with civil wars after a homosexual took the throne. It was at this time that his brother, King of Morocco, started to take a lot of land for himself, expanding in all directions. King Roman was a powerful rival, and began to try to want the throne after taking over half of the empire already. Alonso made sure his brother died and his claim divided horribly. Alonso's eldest child was not a good heir, and so Alonso changed the system of succession in the empire from Primogeniture as was established by Ana Maria, to Elective, selecting one of his daughters, Aurovita, to become the new Empress upon his death.
Aurovita was very unlike the family that came before her. She was honest, abhorred plotting, and couldn't battle worth a damn. But she had a silver tongue, able to charm and talk her way into many useful political marriages between her family, and those of nearby kingdoms, earning her the nickname, "The Eloquent". With the coffers of the empire swelling after she married into and absorbed Venice, she made her own retinues of professional standing army knights, sending them to wage holy wars in her name while she worked the courts and politics within and without the empire, nearly increasing the size of the empire by half again as Aquitaine, Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, North Africa, West Africa, and North Germany joined the empire through careful manipulation of marriages. She also became good friends with a militant Pope, who eventually went on to establish the Theocracy of Sicily. After changing the favoured heir from her brother to her youngest daughter, Lolita, she has come under assassination attempts, but has managed to survive. Now the favoured heir is her youngest child, Troopito, but unlike Gustio, Aurovita's brother, Lolita didn't think to try to kill Aurovita after losing her spot as the heir.
Aurovita still lives (she's just very old for the time), it's the first day of a new millennium, and here is where we are!
And now a map of "primary vassals" ( hence why everything looks cut up everywhere ).
- King Mendo I of France, First Cousin Once Removed of Aurovita
- King Gabrial I of Aquitaine and Gascony, Second Cousin Once Removed of Aurovita
- Queen Ermesinda I of Brittany, Granddaughter of Aurovita
- Queen Elisabet I of Navarra, First Cousin Once Removed of Aurovita
- King Roman I of Castille, Portugal, and Morocco, First Cousin Twice Removed of Aurovita
- Queen Estefania I "The Dragon" of Leon and Galicia, First Cousin of Aurovita
- King Menendo I of Aragon, First Cousin Twice Removed of Aurovita
- Queen Vanessa I of Algiers and Sardinia, Sister of Aurovita
- Queen Ermesinda I of Mauretania, Second Cousin Once Removed of Aurovita
- King Alonso I of Africa, Nephew of Aurovita
- King Gomez I of Ireland, Second Cousin of Aurovita
- King Guile I of Jolof, Son of Aurovita
- Queen Jimena I of Mallorca, First Cousin Twice Removed of Aurovita
- Queen Beatriz I of The Visigoths, Second Cousin Once Removed of Aurovita
- Queen Aldosinda I of Algarve and Andalusia, First Cousin Twice Removed of Aurovita
- Duke Teobaldo I of Cornwall, Hwicce, and Wessex, Grandson of Aurovita
- Prince Mayor Comita I "The Great" of Venice, No Relation
There you go.
I'll do a combination of streaming whenever I feel like it, images, and AAR and shit. Also whoa I didn't know that I had so many high powered vassals.
Given as Aurovita is about to die, you guys can't go picking the heir yet, I'm sticking with Troopito for now. But when he rises to the throne, I'll be sure to make a note of that stuff. Or maybe I'll just forget. I dunno.
Oh also, I made some "Demon Spiders" for me to worry about. As I was getting too powerful, and needed a threat. So I went to some guy in Pomerania, gave him several more titles, tripling the size of his kingdom, made him super powerful, immortal, and gave him a million gold and reformed his pagan faith. He's now super powerful and dangerous. Until the Mongols and Aztecs arrive, at least. Yay more and more demon spiders, yay!