Agree to all the above (oh, hi Louist, been awhile). Additional suggestion: Perhaps creating a 'protectorate' status/relationship? A relatively weak sov may seek the protection of a stronger sov. Details? All external diplomacy is handled by the protector. Declaring war on protectorate triggers war declaration on protector. Treat them as one 'domain' when using troop strength / power, etc. re AI calculations. Protector gets to use protectorate's land/roads as if owned. Protector gets 10% of all resources gathered by the protectorate. And yes, if the protectorate is running a deficit, that translates into gilders going from the protector to the protectorate.