why won't they pay :(

My vassal bishops are paying taxes to the Kaiser of the HRE and not to me, even though they like me significantly more. I can't understand why this is.

  • Is the pope a vassal of the Kaiser? – Studoku Feb 15 '15 at 22:03

When the pope is a vassal of an emperor, bishop vassals pay taxes directly to the emperor, bypassing the pope; just as bishops pay the liege of an antipope rather than the antipope.

However, in what appears to be an oversight, the UI shows the bishops opinion of who he's paying, not the opinion of who governs who he's paying (iirc this has been the behavior since launch 2 years ago).

You can get the actual opinion of the vassal pope or anti-pope in a very roundabout manner. As you can see here, the displayed value is of Guilhem's opinion of the HRE Heinrich:
Opinion displayed is of HRE
If we bring up the diplomacy menu of Antipope Vitalian and click on this button to bring up other's opinions:
How to get to opinion menu
Then we can see that Guilhem's opinion of Vitalian is higher, and thus he is correctly paying his dues to Heinrich:
Opinion comparison

  • Nice find. That is a really unfortunate bug, I must say. – SevenSidedDie Feb 16 '15 at 3:32
  • Fantastic, thank you so much. I'm sure this will help a lot of confused people! – jellier Feb 16 '15 at 20:22

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