A holding is is a property that can be bought by or given to a character. Holdings provide income and power base to their owner.
- Except for the capital of the state, each territory includes one holding.
- You can only give a holding to a head of family at a cost of 40 gold. The beneficiary will gain 10 loyalty, decreasing at a rate of −2 per year. If the beneficiary is the ruler, an additional cost of 5 corruption will apply.
- You can revoke a holding at a cost of −5 loyalty, decreasing at a rate of +2 per year.
- Heads of families can also buy holdings at their own expense.
- Characters that are not head of family can earn holdings via plots or events.
- If a character dies, his holdings are inherited by the head of their family.
The sum of the power base given by all the holdings owned by characters in a country is approximately equal to 50. Each holding gives the same amount of power base to its owner, with a maximum of 10 per holding.
So, if a character owns 10 holdings in a country with 21 territories, they should receive 25 power base. Indeed, the capital of the state doesn't have a holding, so the character owns 50% of the holdings in the country, which means that they earn half of 50 power base.
In little countries with fewer than five holdings, the total power base will be under 50, since a holding can only give a maximum of 10 power base.
A holding is a source of monthly income for its owner. The more a territory is worth and populated, the more the income of the holding.
If the country has at least 40 tyranny and the head of a great family is imprisoned, you can proscribe them at a cost of 30 tyranny. They will be executed and their family will lose all its holdings. Their family won't be considered as a great family anymore.
In case of civil war, the territories where a revolting character has holdings will always join the rebels.
Holdings are important in the balance of power between the great families of your empire. If left unchecked, the head of a great family could try to buy more and more holdings to snowball his wealth and his power base.
You should be careful when you grant a holding to your ruler because of the corruption. Remember that if every holdings grant the same amount of power base, their income is highly variable according to the wealth of their territory. So if you play a monarchy, try to preempt big cities and highly productive territories. If you play a republic or a tribe, try to preserve equilibrium between the families since the ruling family is called to change at one time or another.
If a family becomes too powerful, you can revoke their holdings to try to contain them. If the situation becomes really serious, you can bring the head of family to a trial to imprison and proscribe him. But be aware that if you lose the trial, a civil war might occur.