Standardized treaties

Standardized treaties and decrees

The diplomacy standard domain action provides guidelines to do acts of Diplomacy. This section presents several pre-made options for treaties between regents. Over their lifetimes all rulers create and uphold treaties between themselves and others. It is only logical that some of these will become standardized throughout the various realms. Although some minor aspects may vary, most treaties between regents will most likely fall within one of the ‘levels’ of treaties presented below. Many regents will not have treaties and will simply react on case by case basis depending on the current friendliness of the relation. This is fine, however, other s seek the increased stability of ‘written’ treaties.
Game rules wise, a treaty forces a regent to abide by certain rules, cancel the treaty or face a penalty to public opinion.

Creating and breaking a treaty
Forming a treaty requires a diplomacy (standard domain) action by the initiating regent. The DC depends on the current relationship-level, and other positive or negative modifiers (such as GB spend). Once formed, both regents must also decree (court action) to validate the treaty.
Any side may also cancel the treaty by decree (court action), if they break a treaty without a formal decree action this will a penalty to domain attitude rolls as well as a minor penalty to relations with regents with whom the breaking regent currently has other treaties.
Although rare in Eberron, additional conditions may apply. In some cases marriages are formed, hostages or gold is exchanged, etc. to ensure compliance of both or either side.
Note that ending a treaty with a decree and declaring war are both separate decree actions, turning an alliance into a war thus requires two decree actions.

Overview
-War (decree)
-Denouncement (decree)
-No Treaty (no action)
-Non-agression pact (NAP) (standard+decree)
-Alliance (standard+decree)
-Vassalage (standard+decree)

War
Action: Decree (court)
Effects: You publicly announce your hostile intent towards a regent, his or her holdings and vassals. Armies may then take affirmative action without large penalties to public opinion. In most cases this will still have a negative impact upon public opinion as well as relationship levels with other regents, unless there is a reason for the war. Common casus belli are a declaration of war by the target regent against you or an officially allied regent, a breakage of a pact of vassalage, violent acts by the target regent (army attacks, assassination attempts in public), etc. A new decree ends the War.

Denouncement
Action: Decree (court)
Effects: The regent and his or her officials publicly declare their disgust of the target regent. This is usually done in reaction to an act, event or a drop in relationship status. It causes a temporary small negative modifier to all relationships with regents allied to the denouncing regent. In addition; if the denouncing regent is currently at war with other regents, they may view the denouncement in a positive light, providing a minor boost to relations with the denounced regent. Denouncement effects last for one season, and will ofcourse lower relations with the denounced regent.
Oftentimes denouncements are made when regents are near open war but do not wish to engage in hostilities for whatever reason. They can also be made in support of friendly regents against others.

Non-Agression Pact (NAP)
Action: Standard action by an initiating regent, plus a decree action by both regents)
Effects: Both regents form a treaty and instruct their followers to forego any attempts to erode another regent, his or her holdings and assets.
The regents shall not negatively effect contest actions (charm holding, claim holding, conjure holding, espionage, expand holding, naturalize burough, raise borough, rule holding, sway the populace) made by the other regent. Neither by passive use of his or her holdings, assets or active use of RP and/or GB.
The treaty is considered broken if either one of the regents explicitly targets the others’ holdings or assets. For example, naturalizing a burough in which the other regent has non-natural holdings is considered breaking the treaty since it negatively contests the others’ holdings. A decree (court action) can also end the treaty.
Breaking the treaty without a decree will incur a -4 penalty to domain attitude checks for two seasons and cause a very minor decrease in relations with all other regents with whom treaties have been made.

Alliance
Action: Standard action by an initiating regent, plus a decree action by both regents)
Effects: Holdings, assets and regents openly and formally cooperate. In addition to the conditions of a non-agression pact, they also promise to passively assist any actions made by the other regent if possible. And if reasonable to actively spend actions, RP and/or GB to assist endeavors should the assistance be needed or asked. Although details vary, oftentimes regents limit such requests to one per year with a maximum expenditure of 15% of one’s current reserves.
If broken without a decree action a -8 penalty will be incurred to domain attitude check for one season, and a -4 penalty to the following season. Additional clauses may prevent breakage of treaties such as stating that an allied regent will not aid his or her ally against a particular church, king or province ruler.

Vassal (see also: http://www.birthright.net/forums/showwiki.php?title=Vassal)
Action: The liege has taken on the rights and responsibilities of some decision making for his vassal, and owes his vassal protection and justice. The vassal agrees not to act as an independent ruler, but to follow the principles and instructions of his liege in relations with other domains. A vassal continues to rule their own domain as they see fit. The liege takes on the obligations to protect his vassals from harm, since he has assumed their rights to fight other domains on their behalf. A vassal acknowledges the friends of his liege as his friends, and the enemies of his liege as his enemies. He is sworn to come to his liege’s aid, militarily, in settling legal matters, diplomatically, financially, however his liege is in need. In exchange the liege provides protection and justice, connections, and participation in his broader realm that the vassal could not provide for himself as an independent regent.

When a regent gives holdings or land to a vassal he can expect 20% of the revenues and regency to be donated back to the liege as an overlord tax. This applies to all the holdings and lands a vassal subsequently acquires on the basis of these resources. The only ways to acquire lands or holdings not bound by this overlord’s tax is to inherit lands or to receive them as a gift. However, a vassal is not supposed to conduct diplomacy independent of his liege, so this act might be a violation of the vassalage agreement.

When a regent has his own domain, but swears vassalage to a greater regent for the benefits, the liege expects no overlord tax, but can still expect his vassal to come to his aid, including financially as necessary. Perhaps more importantly, the liege directs the relations of the vassal with other domains.

Standardized treaties

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