I know no one on here will care about this but I’m just too damn proud of myself not to post it somewhere. I finally made an empire in Crusader Kings 2 :D Look at my beautiful, strong, sexy, independent
woman Scandinavia. It even took less than 100 years to do (starting as Denmark). A couple of fabricated claims on Sweden here, a rapid expansion into Finland there, a little bit of Lithuania-invading, and all this was possible.
It’s wonderful having pagan neighbors for all that free land to steal. Stupid inter-Christian politics make impossible to expand when having Christian neighbors surrounding you. Stupid pagans. Scandinavia is Bestinavia.
I’m coming for you Cumania. Empress Jutta Hack is tired of your Tengri bullshit. I got a taste when winning back Hungary in the Crusade. Now I want the whole damn thing.
See, now thats how you do it. (I especially like that its blue) Now… how to replicate it? I must attempt!
Hello there future Scandinavian Emperor!,
It was actually incredibly easy to do and I think anyone can do it. Scandinavia might be the easiest empire to form, especially when starting as Denmark!
I started in 1066 and created a ruler for the king of Denmark. This is pretty gamey but I gave him the genius trait with a couple of “negative” things to offset the age cost for that like wounded, lustful, patient, content, etc. Having a genius ruler is great because your vassals will like you more and you won’t have to worry about civil war as much.
Here’s the fun part: To your south and to the east you will have small, independent pagan (Romuva) counties which are very weak such as Pomerania, Mecklemburg, Lithuania, and a slew of others. This is basically all free land for you to take and make happy little vassals with thanks to the Holy War casus belli. You get all the land in the target even if you didn’t touch it! And remember: more land means more levy. More levy means more… everything. Try to take as much pagan land as quickly as possible up into Finland so you can have a giant country in no time! I was able to build a sizable beginning force just by doing this.
Also, as I attacked the pagans I was also fabricating claims on Swedish land because I knew the time would come when I would be able to punch Swedish faces.
You end up getting quite a bit of prestige (and piety) for winning tons of holy wars and this made my vassals love me to pieces. This was an excellent time to bump up the Feudal Levy Law to “Maximum Levies” and it was also a good time to raise the Crown Law to low. I was so well liked that people didn’t even really have a problem with that.
I also changed my succession laws to “Elective Monarchy” which made my vassals like me a whole lot more! This may sound like a terrible thing to do before forming the empire because it is very easy to lose a second kingdom that you fought hard for. It is this reason that I waited until I had enough land to become the emperor before creating or usurping any kingdom titles. Make sure you pick a good heir with a great trait like strong, quick, or genius if you are so lucky! Also, make sure everyone loves you as well by throwing gold coins in your vassal’s faces and award them stupid honorary titles like “Swan Puncher”, “Mighty Almond” or whatever they like to call themselves.
Once you have taken enough pagan land and your Denmark looks something like this it is then time to start punching those pale squishy Swedish mugs:
I started to mess up the Swedes a little earlier than expected because they suddenly fractured in all the right places. I believe I had roughly 35-40,000 men at this point and wasn’t really afraid of anything. I was then called into a Crusade to take back Hungary from the Tengri and won a whole mess of land down there. I also had an alliance with Norway even though I was much more powerful than them at that point, I think.
Eventually I had a son who had a claim on the kingdom of Norway and the Norwegian nobles thought it would be best for him to rule. So I won Norway by accident, created the kingdom of Finland, usurped the kingdom of Sweden, and formed the Scandinavian Empire just like that.
I believe my army fairs at almost 100k+ strong now and am slowly chipping into Cumania. Hopefully soon I will make it all the way down to the middle east and begin to take Muslim lands. I don’t even think the Caliph can stop this train of ice and hate.
I hope you can try and replicate my experiences with this post but, as you probably know, anything can happen in this crazy game!
So just follow these simple TL;DR steps:
- Attack pagans to south and east.
- Make your vassals love you.
- Raise feudal levy law to maximum levies.
- Pass Elective Monarchy and make sure people love you (and your heir) enough to vote your heir into power.
- Punch Swedish faces.
- Make Norway love you. A lot.
- Punch Tengri faces.
- Form Scandinavia.
- Conquer entire medieval world.
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