I'm the king of Kievan Rus and have quite a bit of territory. My goal is to become emperor of Russia. As a step towards is to become a king of Chernigov Kingdom.

My inheritance law is elective gavelkind, the good thing is that MANY dukes (Grand Princes in Rus terminologies) and the current king of Chernigov kingdom are all from my dynasty: Rurikid.

The current king of Chernigov can get around 6k troops and has 22k troops of potential allies... Also, right now he is attacked by someone from Persia (vassal of Seljuk's empire) and losing a war.

I can attack now and start getting counties and duchies, but it will be a lengthy and bloody process to take all his territory (as he has quite a few duchies).

Another option I thought about is to elect the king of Chernigov to be a king of Kievan Rus. The problem with this is that nobody votes for "an encroaching foreign ruler".

I also thought about marrying his and my kids so his son would inherit my kingdom and I elect my grandson as a king.... but that's a too long shot.

Are there any better options?

Please advise.

  • What is Chernigov's inheritance law?
    – Skrillaka
    Aug 1, 2019 at 23:17

1 Answer 1


This one depends on the specifics on the situation, but:

If (1) Chernigov is larger than your kingdom and (2) You are christian, you could ask the Pope for an invasion CB. If Chernigov is losing a war, you might be able to swoop in and claim a quick victory.

If Chernigov is just one or two counties bigger, you could grant independence to a couple of counties so that you are smaller, take Chernigov, then reconquer the counties spun-off later.

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