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So that time of the week again and its time for me to make something up to write about. Today I decided to talk about regions and forts, two new concepts in Crusader Kings II.

First, regions isn't something that is going to affect you directly but it works somewhat like how it have done in the Europa Universalis Games. It's an area on the map that denotes a region with a name and it's mostly used to improve on our localization of things, such as hunting for tigers in India or hunting a deer in western Europe. So no longer will you find Tigers in the woods of Poland if you manage to move your capital of your Indian Empire out of the subcontinent. You can see these regions by opening up a province and click on the new region icon to get an outline of the region. It's also possible to search for regions in the old title finder.


Next is a gameplay feature you will actually interact a bit more actively in. It's called forts which is an additional type of holding you can build in provinces next to the normal ones and trade posts. Because of this we had to extend the province view with a window you can open and close which will show "extra holding slots" which will contain the trade post and fort slots. The fort can be built anywhere from your own territory even enemy provinces that you have under your control. Their biggest advantage is that they are fortifications that you can build up really fast and very cheaply. The main point of them being to let you build up a region as your march towards a big neighbor which will let you slow down their advance but at the same time let you set up forward positions in the enemy territory.


They do have some added bonuses though beyond that, for instance in Tribal land where you have the homeland attrition bonus, that bonus will be removed from the province as long as you have a fort there to supply your troops with. There is also a feature for the forts that is too related to the expansion so I can't delve into that any deeper.

And again here's some more random changelogs
- Fixed crash when a war is invalidated because of no defender
- Fixed the "hostile against everyone" bug
- Fixed bug where the AI would keep their units attached to characters they no longer participate in a war with.
- Added alert for having high prio minor titles available to grant.
- Fixed various provinces in India that had no rulers scripted for some start dates.
- Monks and other people living in celibacy will no longer try to arrange stealth marriages if ruled by a patrician.
- Defensive religions now properly also give defensive modifiers for Camel Cavalry and Elephants.
Nice! Love the forts! I wanted this in CK2 for so many years.Thank you!
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When do we get info on the expansion? :p
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Awesome! Really liking the idea of Forts :)
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Out of 620 log changes, how many is that (in total)?
Seems ever more promising.
So, we can build forts in the enemy territory as we're waging war against them?
Also, since we were talking about customized governments, could it be possible to limit a government to use forts as main holding? Even more, could it be possible to play without any holding but forts? That could allow for a more fluid gameplay for tribals, especially in the steppes, as you'd be, in a way, landless.
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Will we be able to mod things with respect to regions? Specifically, I'm thinking whether you can have cultural unit buildings be specific to regions rather than culture, if you wanted, so that, say, everyone in India could build Elephant buildings if they wanted, but no one outside of India?
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Can you tell us something about the history files? What have changed? Have you cleaned up the character files like you did with the Iberian cultures in the Charlemagne patch?
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If you build forts in occupied enemy territory, what happens when the war ends? Will they be destroyed, or passed to the province owner (which might be your enemy, or you if your war was for that province)?
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Anyone want to speculate on what the 'expansion-related fort feature' is?

I wonder if it might involve forming "bottlenecks" like with EU IV in Common Sense.
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