Recently I had someone with zero troops, no holdings and no vassals declare war on me, attempting to press their claim of a single county of mine. The only title they have is a duchy level titular title.

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Now it is clear to me that they cannot win this war, ticking war-score will eventually bring me to 100. However this will take a very long time and I would like to not be at war at some point so I can make raiding parties.

I thought that I might be able to assassinate them to end the war. However you may notice that they only have one other person in their court. That person refused to join my plot and then died anyway, leaving no-one to join my plot. I believe that regardless of plot power I do need someone else in my plot for it to be successful, so it seems impossible to murder them.

Is there any way I can end the war other than ticking in this scenario?

If it matters the Tengrikut is currently residing in my realm.

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    I can't believe that having no army, no buildings, and no political cabinet makes it harder to defeat you quickly. Is this the point where Crusader Kings II's mechanics break down, or is the asker missing something hidden in the kudzu of interfaces? Either way, I'm waiting for the answer with bated breath.
    – Dragomok
    Commented Sep 26, 2019 at 18:52
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    Perhaps the title should be changed to "How can I quickly defeat someone who has no armies or holdings?" The current title can be read as "How can I, with no holdings or armies, quickly defeat someone?" Commented Oct 11, 2019 at 17:58

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A good option here is to just offer white peace. Your opponent accept it far earlier and it only gains you 50 prestige less than winning the war would. If you intend to raid with your peace time then you will surely make up the 50 prestige with the raids you are able to do.

However if you give them white peace they will retain their causum belli, meaning they might, in the future attack you again with no armies and holdings.


I don't believe there's anything you can do. I find it most often happens with religious heads. In my most recent game as Scandinavia, I had it happen every ~30 years with the Catholic pope launching a crusade on me. And then I would have to click through ~200 messages stating each and every Germanic ruler pledged to defend me.

Honestly, I wouldn't consider it cheating to pull up the command console and just force-end the war. Take a white peace so you don't get any unfair rewards.

CK2 just isn't really designed for huge campaigns. It's too easy to force annoying edge cases like this.

  • Turns out that the AI is pretty eager to take white peace when they have no troops, so I didn't even need the command console. Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 1:24
  • @SriotchilismO'Zaic They weren't eager for me. I had to wait till my war score was around 30% before they'd accept.
    – Ryan_L
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 1:29

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