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Diomedes III sure traveled a lot during his campaigns. He also lived to a ripe old age. I would think these wars should have a toll on the Kievan treasury. Curious if his son would take a different path though.
 

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Diomedes III sure traveled a lot during his campaigns. He also lived to a ripe old age. I would think these wars should have a toll on the Kievan treasury. Curious if his son would take a different path though.

Yeah, he lived quite old. It's always nice to have rulers that live very old because then there is long reign bonus.
 

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Diomedes IV Pontian
Lived: 1321-1371
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Diomedes IV was king of Kievan Pontus only for three years during the years 1368-1371. Because of his short reign, Diomedes IV has been relatively unknown to people of modern day.

In his youth, Diomedes IV joined his father to Crusade for Africa and fought by his side. However after Crusade was won, Diomedes IV returned back to Kiev even though his father continued military campaigns when he joined help Jerusalem.

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Grand Prince Ivan "the Cruel", one of the most influential vassals in the whole realm, was one of the schemers against King
In 1368 when his father died, Diomedes IV was crowned to be king but, unlike his father, Diomedes IV didn't have same kind of popularity among the vassals. Diomedes IV saw this as a concern and, because of this, wanted to reduce the power of the most powerful vassals. He feared that his vassals would try to overthrow him and he wanted to prevent that possibility. Diomedes IV fear was reasonable because there was in fact a lot of plotting and conspiracies among the vassals and at court. Some of them wanted to see Diomedes IV's younger brother in throne and others were more eager to see King's power to be lowered. Diomedes IV tried to improve his position and signed on alliance with Pomerania-Sweden and married his sister to Pomeranian prince.

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Even though there had been threat of civil war, Kievan Pontus didn't face any civil wars during Diomedes IV's reign because he suddenly died in 1371. In summer 1371 Kiev was ravaged by disease that is nowadays believed to have been Typhoid Fever. Diomedes IV started to have signs of disease and he weakened. His condition did not improve and finally Diomedes IV died. Even though there has been theories that Diomedes IV was assassinated but there is no evidence to prove this. Diomedes IV's son, Mithridatir VII succeeded his father.

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Realm of Kiev during the death of Diomedes IV
 

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In a way, Diomedes IV's reign was short because his father's reign was quite long. 49 isn't that young so I feel bad for him. I'm getting a feeling that Mithridatir VII might be at odds with his uncle, Diomedes IV's younger brother who seems popular with some vassals.
 

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In a way, Diomedes IV's reign was short because his father's reign was quite long. 49 isn't that young so I feel bad for him. I'm getting a feeling that Mithridatir VII might be at odds with his uncle, Diomedes IV's younger brother who seems popular with some vassals.

However the popularity of brother started to decrease by time but some still want him to crown but that's not most dangerous faction anymore.
 

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Mithridatir VII Pontian
Lived: 1342-1396
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Mithridatir VII, at the age of 29, became King of Kievan Pontus during the time of tense atmosphere. His reign saw the end of stable era of Kievan Pontus, which however eventually led to situation that Mithridatir VII was able to increase his own power in relation to his vassals. His actions to weaken the most powerful vassals had big impact to the country’s history in the Late Medieval period which ultimately resulted in the falter of feudal system in Kievan Pontus.

Mithridatir VII ascended the throne whilst the Western Europe was in religious turmoil. Heretical movement called Lollardism had obtained a lot of power in Kingdom of France. Lollaridists took contol of regency which was the last straw to the Pope who finally called Crusade against France in 1375. However Mithridatir VII didn't join the Crusade because he was facing own problems. Those vassals who had planned rebellion during the reign of Diomedes IV, finally declared it.

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Rebel leader rallying his troops.
Rebels had clear goal: they wanted to decrease the authority of King. One of the reason why vassals revolted against Mithridatir VII also was that they saw that King broke the feudal contract when he controlled direct liege control to couple of cities and baronies which located in feudal land of counts and dukes. Mithridatir VII justified this with fact that these cities and baronies were funded by King. Rebellion was powerful but its armies were scattered over the Kingdom and it was easy to Kievan armies to defeat them one by one. Rebels raided the King's lands but without great progress. Rebels were finally forced to surrender at the end of the year 1376.

Rebel leaders were imprisoned and a lot of their titles were revoked. Lands were splitted to smaller pieces to prevent the new rebellions and Mithridatir VII seized part of the property of rebels and with these funded more cities to built. Those, who were also plotting against King but were not involved in rebellion, abandoned their plans.

After defeating rebellion, Mithridatir VII saw that it would be good to join to Crusade, but before he was able to start raising his troops, Crusade was already ended. Crusaders had been victorious and heretical regency was ousted. However child king was allowed to stay in power. Even though Crusade had been succesful its impact to politics of Kingom of France were not major. King himself and most of French nobles still followed Lollardy which was the main religion of France over the decade.

Mithridatir VII continued to centralize the power in Kievan Pontus to himself, but in 1382 went to help Kingdom of Italy to defend against Sunni Caliph. With the help of fellow Catholics, Italian armies were able to defeat enemies. Even though war hadn't ended yet, Mithridatir VII pulled his troops out of the war in 1383 after seeing that Italy could handle the war alone. Mithridatir VII returned to Kiev.

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Sometimes Mithridatir VII needed to rely on his wife.
In Kiev, Mithridatir VII continued decreasing the power of his vassals and more obligations were given to vassals. In order to increase the King's treasury, tax laws were upgraded.

In 1393 Queen of Denmark, daughter-in-law of Mithridatir VII was begging for help against rebellion. Mithridatir VII answered to call to and started to raise his armies. Before Mithridatir VII was able to move his troops to Denmark, news from Middle East came to Kiev. Jerusalem was again facing the Jihad. Mithridatir VII ordered his troops to travel to Jerusalem to help and same time he took his personal army and travelled to Denmark.

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Rebellion in Denmark was won quickly which allowed Mithridatir VII took his personal army also to Jerusalem where his other troops already fought alongside other Christian troops. Finally when Mithridatir VII arrived to Jerusalem many battles were already fought and it started to seem that Jihad would be failure again. However Mithridatir VII managed to take part a number of battles where he showed great courage. Caliph armies were defeated and they needed to retreat to Egypt and gather their troops.

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Mithridatir VII chased enemy armies and finally catched up one of them in Sinai where Mithridatir VII launched attack against it. Kievan troops had advantage and they continued pushing enemies to back. Then unexpectedly during the fight, Mithridatir VII was slashed by enemy soldier. Mithridatir VII fell to the ground. King's guards tried to carry him away but nothing could be done. Mithridatir VII was dead. His body was taken back to Kiev where he was buried. His son, Mithridatir VIII was crowned to be new king.

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Realm of Kiev during the death of Mithridatir VII
 

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It's a good thing these rulers live decently long lives. Otherwise, their sudden deaths could be very problematic for their successors. How stable is the realm? I'm getting the impression that there are still some discontent vassals.
 

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Caught up again. I was very pleased when you decided to split your Empire - it was starting to become slightly too large. Your use of images is very pleasing - you're finding some great historical pics :).

The present borders or Kievan Pontus are pretty cool - have you considered converting over to EUIV? You must only have twor three rulers worth of ck2 left.
 

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It's a good thing these rulers live decently long lives. Otherwise, their sudden deaths could be very problematic for their successors. How stable is the realm? I'm getting the impression that there are still some discontent vassals.

Kingdom is not in great chaos but some instability it has. Many vassals like to make/join factions. There has been many times warning that some factions are dangerous large. So, yes there are still discontent vassals

Caught up again. I was very pleased when you decided to split your Empire - it was starting to become slightly too large. Your use of images is very pleasing - you're finding some great historical pics :).

The present borders or Kievan Pontus are pretty cool - have you considered converting over to EUIV? You must only have twor three rulers worth of ck2 left.
I have thought about converting to EUIV and maybe I will do it because I have bought converter but have never really used it yet.
 

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Mithridatir VIII "the Great" Pontian
Lived: 1364-1428
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Mithridatir VIII was crowned to be King of Kievan Pontus after his father had died in Jihad in 1396. He continued his father's legacy and contributed to plans to centralization of power in Kievan Pontus. During his reign, army reforms were started. Kievan military started to rely more and more on professional armies than levies. It also reduced the influence of his vassals because now King didn't have to resort to his vassals when he needed troops.

Mithridatirs VIII's succession wasn't stable because Kievan vassals were still bitter about the fact that their power had been reduced and they thought that now was perfect time to rise in revolt when powerful king had died and new king was in power. Three months after Mithridatir VIII had been crowned, Grand Prince of Lithuania announced that King had too much power which restricted the rights of the vassals. Mithridatir VIII didn't accept their declaration which led to civil war.

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Imprisoned Rebel Leader
Kievan armies were able to defeat main army of rebels early on which was big hit to power of the rebellion. However rebels were able to continue their efforts and they tried to use skirmish tactics with their remaining armies. After realising that Kievan troops were unable to catch and defeat every small army which raided all over the Kingdom, Mithridatir VIII decided just to besiege down all rebel holdings and capture rebel leaders. When main stronghold of rebels were captured after three years of war, rebels were forced to surrender. The rebel leaders were imprisoned and titles were revoked from them. Most of the vassals were set to monitoring by reason that it was seen as way to prevent new rebel intentions and conspiracies.

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Knights Templars in defence
In 1402 King of Jerusalem called Mithridatir VIII to help him in civil war. King's vassal order, Knights Templars, hadn't accepted to give their holdings in Cyrenaica to direct control of King which had worsened their relations. With support of his other vassals, King of Jerusalem had launched war against Knights Templars to revoke those holdings in 1398. However Jerusalem was not successful to invade Cyrenaica and needed some help. Mithridatir VIII took his troops and traveled towards Cyrenaica by boat. Kievan army landed to beach of Cyrenaica and launched besiege against castle of Knights Templars. Kievan troops were able to capture the castle which was final blow to Knights Templars who accepted their defeat in 1402. Grand Masters of the Knights Templar and other leaders were imprisoned and Order's influence in Jerusalem decreased

After returning back to Kiev, Mithridatir VIII was eager to launch new war. Western neighbor of Pomerania-Sweden was facing several civil wars. Mithridatir VIII saw this as an opportunity to weaken this powerful neighbor. Kievan armies marched to Pomerania, which was now large war zone, where they invaded Pomeranian castles and destroyed scattered enemy armies. Pomerania was too weak to fight back and finally after four years of desperate war, King of Pomerania surrendered and accepted Mithridatir VIII's claims. Intervention of Kievan Pontus impaired the possibility of Pomerania to win rebellions and, as a result, Pomeranisa lost most of its holdings in Sweden when Kingdom of Sweden split off from Pomerania and couple of dukedoms became independent.

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Member of Royal guards which were the loyal followers of King
After war Mithridates VIII became concerned about the internal risks of Kievan Pontus. the risk of a new civil war increased. Mithridatir VIII was able to curb some of his vassals with bribing and blackmailing. However he wasn't fully satisfied current situation and wanted to secure stability in Kingdom. Because of this Mithridatir passed new law which allowed to King to change Kievan military structure. Standing army of Kiev was introduced as a main bulk of army. Powerful trained army was also securing that vassals wouldn't have enough power to overthrow the king.

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Mithridatir VIII managed to prevent new civil wars and last two decades of his reign were seen as peaceful decades. Mithridatir VIII died peacefully at age of 64 and kingdom passed to his son Diomedes V.

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Diomedes V Pontian
Lived: 1386-1445
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Diomedes V was King of Kievan Pontus during the late Middle Ages. His reign of 17 years has seen as the end of Middle Ages in Kievan Pontus. Diomedes V continued to finish miltary reforms which his father had started and he also was very keen to remove the last remnants of feudal system from realm. His reign of 17 years has seen as the end of Middle Ages in Kievan Pontus.

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Diomedes V's early reign was spent in the war when Roman Emperor called him to help against Jihad for Mesopotamia. Because his succession had been stable and he did not see any real threats to his rule, Diomedes V agreed to help Empire. Diomedes V arrived to the Mesopotamia with his army of 8000 men in 1430. Fighting against invading forces, Diomedes V defeated number of enemy armies. War took three years which Diomedes V spent commanding his army. Finally Caliph called off Jihad which was celebrated in Roman Empire but Diomedes V had decided to return back to Kiev.

After the jihad, relations between Roman Empire and Kievan Pontus started to deteriorate in particularly when old Emperor died. Roman Empire started to see increasing military might of Kievan Pontus as a threat to itself, especially when Kievan Pontus had improved its relations with Ilkhanate. This finally escalated to break of their alliance which had lasted from the splitting of Pontian Empire.

Diomedes V started renew the old laws but soon he became worried about rumors that there was scheming to overthrow him. Vladimir Alexanderovich, Diomedes V's kinsman, had started to plan to unsurp the power and took the throne of Kievan Pontus. Vladimir was supported by group of foreign nobles who wanted to help him because Vladimir had promised to give them land and power. With their help, Vladimir was able to acquire an army and finally in 1439 he launched attack against Diomedes V.

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Vladimir attacking against Kievan troops.
Vladimir's armies marched to Kievan Pontus but they faced Diomedes V's army which had marched against them. Vladimir's first army was completely destroyed which was big setback to Vladimir. Diomedes V's army pushed forward and in series of battles Vladimir's last troops were defeated. Finally Kievan troops were able to imprison Vladimir and he was forced to surrender. Diomedes V ordered to seize all his property and finally Vladimir was banished.

Even though peace was back there appeared new threat. When Pomerania lost the control of Sweden, Scandinavia had become chaotic region. Many people had lost their homes and without home they needed new place to live. Danish King had been concerned about these groups of people which could try to invade new land from his kingdom. Danish King decided to solve this threat with diplomacy and convinced these people to invade new home from Kievan Pontus. Kievans were furious to Danes for these actions. Finally in 1441 this group of people launched their invasion against Kievan Pontus.

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Battle of Riga
Despite the fact that invaders had a lot of courage, the invasion was doomed to fail. Invaders had inferior equipments and their army logistics was bad. Invaders had only a few boats which they used to move their troops in small groups to Kievan Pontus. Kievan armies were waiting in Courland where they destroyed invading armies one by one. Eventually invaders realized that their invasion was unsuccessful and they surrendered.

To the surprise of many, Diomedes V wasn't eager to launch revenge attack against Denmark. Some have said that due to decrepitude Diomedes V didn't care to go war anymore even thought some of the nobles insisted it.

At the end of his reign Diomedes V started to hand over his power to his son. Diomedes V's health deteriorated and finally he passed away in 1445, leaving his realm to his son, Mithridatir IX.

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