So I had this homosexual king, despite that fact i managed to get all of my vassals to love me. He was second generation, and went from two counties (started in Tyrone, took Ulster second) and united the whole of Ireland. Great!
I created a doge (grand mayor now?) for Connaght. Left the Duchy of Munster to a courtier and the rest was in my Demense. Here's the issue:
I have 5 children (3 daughters, 2 sons). Before I created Ireland, I had the ducal succession laws changed to Agnatic-Cognatic Primogeniture so they would stay in place upon creating the title.
First problem was son #1. He turned out with HORRIBLE traits (like really bad) and 15 stewardship and no democracy. I had to get rid of him, luckily I found got righteous imprisonment and locked him up to see what son #2 would turn out like. Taking the lesser of two evils, I executed son #1 and got my kinslayer removed by the pope. (Vassals still at ~+100). Son #2 was craven, good democracy, horrible stewardship, and was of BOHEMIAN () culture, but he was the last choice. Daughters weren't very good either.
Before I died, I joined an english war for independance (3 dukes 1 count were fighting for independance, I thought it would be a good way to break up and invade england), and began moving in. but on Succession all of my vassals hate me for a MYRIAD of reasons, and I just Quit and Saved. I feel like everytime I do well starting as a count or duke (I dont like higher starts) by the time I get to third or fourth generation, I mess everything up.
Is this fixable? if so how? My duke and doge are -100, many earls are too, mayors and bishops in my Demense are less forgiving. Also my Demense went from 7 to 5 on succession .
Also, Whats up with Doge's now, do they not exist? Are they still preferable to making a duke for money purposes and less tedious to manage? What about Prince-Arch bishops, will they still not usurp kingdoms if you give them a controlling duchy? e.g. Leon.