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Vassalage is political agreement between two domains. One regent agrees to be the "Lord," who's major responsibility is to provide protection to the other party, the vassal. In return, the vassal must aid the Lord when called upon, either by providing troops in time of war or paying tribute. In Birthright, you create a vassalage agreement by using the Diplomacy domain action. You must increase another domains reaction rating (the percentage next to their name) to 150% or more. You will generally need to create a Permissive Alliance, followed by a Full Alliance, and then finally go for the Oath of Fealty which creates the vassalage agreement.
When you negotiate an Oath of Fealty with a landed domain, that domain will become a very close ally but you will not get any of their holdings (of course, you can always demand them through Diplomacy). When you negotiate the Oath with a non-landed regent or domain, such as the High Mage Aelies or the Swamp Mage, they become your lieutenant and you gain control of all of their holdings.
The most common cause of deteriorating loyalty in a provence you have invested (note the word. I know I' m pedantic but: Investiture, the act of investment, to invest, I invested that provence) is a lack of law holdings and taxing the provence above "light".
You need to create and rule law holdings in a provence if you want to increase the tax rate. It's often easiest to just build trade routes and get the bulk of your money that way.
Sometimes, though, as a kind of "random event," provinces with adequate law holdings will flip out, riot, and rebel. This is rare, though. But it has happened to me.
Sounds like someone else has their feet in your territory... Click on the first button on the bottom right (that says units and holdings). Then select button that allows the comp to show all holdings and units for all three categories. Then check out the map and see if people are hogging up your space...
Guilds, temples and Law holdings all rely on the amount of population space left in the province. E.g. 5/6 means level 5 pop and level 6 magic. Source holdings rely on the magic level. Now if someone has a holding in your territory, say at a level 4, then in the above example, your maximum holding can only be a level 1 (4+1=5), until you raise the level of the population (which is what you have done) in which case, you can increase by a further level (and so can they, so be quick!!).
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