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Recently I've been playing EU:Rome (and enjoyed it tremendously) quite a lot in preparation for Imperator: Rome, there is just a few things I don't understand so firstly I have a question regarding the choosing of envoys.

I've read somewhere that high charisma characters are good as envoys - increase the chance of your diplo action being approved and stuff. But I have never actually noticed any difference in the chance for 'acceptance', its always impossible/maybe/whatever no matter which envoy I choose, meaning it doesn't change when I change my envoys from a 9 charisma envoy to a 2 charisma envoy. Do other character stats aside from charisma influence it? Or was I just unlucky and high/low charisma matters but not enough in the cases I had tried it?

I know sending envoys with low loyalty/populists to declare war/assassinate(I think?) is a way to get rid of characters since they might be imprisoned/killed. But what about actually using useful characters as envoys? Is that useful in any way?

My second question is - is population growth religious icon invocation thing worth it? Or what is the best 'icon'/diety to focus on during peace time?

Thirdly, what are the effects of 'desecrating holy sites' and is it worth it? It says -0.50 religious prestige but I don't see how that helps me? I mean essentially - what does Religious prestige for a religion actually do?

Fourthly, is encouraging disloyalty in neighbouring enemy governors ever a good idea?

Fifthly , is it possible to actually make a big empire collapse/suffer a lot of rebels if you spam encourage disloyalty + support rebels on them? Or is that a bad strat even if you are far weaker than that empire and can't face it normally?

Lastly, which types of units should I build the most of? I mean what is the optimal army composition? Heavy Cav+ horse archers spam? Elephants? Mass heavy infantry? Or what exactly?

Sorry for asking so many questions but I couldn't find a good resource to find an answer to these. I do realise the EU:Rome forum isn't exactly fully alive but yeah. Thanks.
 

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As for diplomats just always pick ones you don't want. Always populists if playing as Rome (Preferably their leading influence guy).

Discipline and national revolt risk are the best omens overall in most cases. The other ones are more situational, but can be useful for small empires.

Religious prestige affects your omen chance.

Encouraging disloyalty works. I don't know if it's the ideal strategy, it's best used in an asymmetric conflict like you mentioned.