Im not sure if its representation is historical , if it is , i still feel the same. I feel that Medium CA kinda ruins the entire experience of the game. It takes the entire conflict out of the game if you will (whether you are a vassal or have vassals).
Basically when im a vassal i feel like the game is just imbalanced. Every game it feels like the first thing each ruler does is try increase CA , all the way to Absolute. Getting to Medium usually takes a few decades max. And its usually very quick to pass and near unstoppable / preventable in bigger rulerships like HRE , France or England. So every game i basically find i go after the Kingdoms of either Sicily or Ireland (they are so easy to take , but the ai don't think of the game this way) to circumvent the crown laws that make the game , basically unplayable for a vassal. But this is getting really boring , i miss the conflict with other vassals. Using this gamey method (though perfectly valid nonetheless ) , i end up just picking at helpless dukes till i eventually overpower the ruler. But if i don't go after these Kingdom titles and bypass Med CA , im stuck doing virtually nothing all game long because im not strong enough to fight any real nations , and im not able to fight anyone internally.
Does anyone else feel this way? i realise as a ruler its very convenient to ensure vassals stay in their de jures , but its god boring to me as both a ruler and even more so as a vassal. Its basically impossible for AI vassals under Med ca to ever mount a realistic rebellion unless the stars align and they all snowball.