I am playing as the count of Breifne in Ireland. My chancellor has fabricated a claim on the neighboring County of Connachta. The count of Connachta is also the petty king (duke) of Connachta, although holding only this county.

My idea was to now somehow press the fabricated claim, but I don't know how to do this. I can not declare war on the petty king. The tooltip over the declare war button says that I am fullfilling all requirements (including the causes belli) but one: The petty king "does not hold any of your close relatives hostage".

How can I press my claim and declare war on the county of Connachta?

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    I think you might be misreading the tooltip: "Does not hold hostages" is a mandatory condition for declaring war. The fact that you can't declare war means that your enemy is holding (or educating) a close family member
    – Landric
    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:54
  • You're right. This was exactly the problem. Can be a bit confusing for a newbee.
    – OliverM
    Apr 12, 2015 at 18:43
  • One way to find which relative might be considered as "hostage" is to check from your ruler page "Abroad" tab which shows all of your court members who are not inside your court
    – Nurkka
    Apr 14, 2015 at 10:31

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Holding close relatives hostage means that that character is educating one or more of your close relatives at his court, or has one of them as a prisoner.

Check who is educating your children and any young brothers and sisters. If they are normally part of your court (they probably will be), make someone else educate them. This will annoy the person who was educating them but this shouldn't matter- you're about to go to war anyway.

Check if any of your relatives are imprisoned too and ransom them if possible.

  • In general, it could also mean he captured a close relative in a raid or a previous war. But under the circumstances the education is likely the answer.
    – CrusaderJ
    Apr 13, 2015 at 10:12
  • @CrusaderJ This is also true. Completely forgot about that. Apr 13, 2015 at 10:25

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