If the king can't be bothered to fight, that's one thing, but he absolutely should not just hand the title in question away to the enemy without the current holder having an opportunity to defend himself.
A count trying to defend his lands against the full force of the enemy probably isn't going to be very successful anyway, and even if he is, his counterattack isn't likely to make much of a dent in an enemy kingdom. And if he does occupy some enemy land against the odds, then it's not going to do him much good without a claim anyway, right? So I fail to see how lazy king = instant game over is in any way, shape or form the best or most logical path to go down.
And tanistry's not in? I was unaware of that, and I'm a little disappointed about it, but I was frankly rather more concerned to read that the elective law won't apparently have an option to limit the candidates to blood relatives...
On a somewhat different topic, but as we're in a thread I know at least one dev is active in, what's been decided regarding names? Are we still gonna get random names chosen off a list or is one of the various (mostly rather impressive) ideas put about by members of this forum (such as LordOfSaxony's excellent 'letters' idea for example) going to get an airing?