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Jargon

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Many Paradox games' communities have developed their own jargon. Imperator: Rome's community is no different. Below is a list of these terms.

AE
Aggressive expansion
Best CB
Declaring a war without a casus belli. Comes from the phrase "Best CB is no CB".
Border gore
A term used in many Paradox games, border gore refers to very irregular borders: full of holes and disconnected or stretching bits, sometimes called “border snakes”. Border gore doesn’t have a real mechanical penalty, but it is aesthetically unpleasing.
To bird / to squirrel
To exit the game and load a previous save, while playing on ironman, also known as “save-scumming”. Comes from the joke "Look, a bird / a squirrel!", which is supposed to distract the viewers, while the player quits the game. Alternatively, the joke is that the squirrels ate or unplugged the cable.
Cahoots
Cohorts
CB
Casus belli, or a reason to go to war
Cheevos
Achievements
Fascist mana
Political influence. Comes from the fasces in the icon.
HC
Heavy cavalry
HI
Heavy infantry
LC
Light cavalry
LI
Light infantry
ME
Military experience, also sometimes “military mana”.
PI
Political influence
Playing tall
Focusing on internal development and population growth
Playing wide
Focusing on expansion and conquest
Siege race
When you and your enemy siege different forts. Who sieges first wins the race.
Stab
Stability. "To stab up" means to increase stability.
Stackwipe
Completely destroying another army, without letting them retreat
To vacuum pops
To gather pops from uncolonized lands as a migratory tribe, depopulating them
Vassal swarm
A strategy of playing with many vassals, who will all join the overlord's wars, acting like a big swarm
WE
War exhaustion
ZoC
Zone of control exerted by forts