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    How do I survive a new, strong neighbor?

    My Georgian kingdom is growing nicely, but that brought with it a problem. I am now neighboring the Seljuk Turks. My last conquest left me moderately drained and within a year I keep getting attacked by a large Turkish vassel. No matter how I try, they raise 2x the troops I can (levies and mercs). Are there any options that work in a 6 month window that could discourage them or gain me some allies or am I doomed to lose this conflict? My cash is low so I can't just spam mercs at them.
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    If you have any spare sons or daughters you can try to get an alliance with someone powerful and nearby. Byzantine Empire ideally. Allies have saved me a few times, but they will sometimes sit out your war to pursue their own interests (much like a human player would do). Other than that you need soldiers or cash to buy soldiers.

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    Thanks, I haven't tried that yet and I think I have a kid I can marry off. I've been trying to assassinate enemy rulers before they attack--it has slowed them down, but only for a year or two. If I had the money to kill them all, I'd have the money to buy soldiers.
    A world is supported by four things: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But these are as nothing without a ruler who knows the art of ruling.

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    I've always wondered - does encouraging revolts help too?

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