The Republic

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Dlc icon the republic.png The Republic
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Release date / Patch
2013-01-15 / 1.09

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Crusader Kings II: The Republic expansion feature spotlight by CK2's game director Henrik "Doomdark" Fåhraeus.

The Republic (TR) is the third major expansion for Crusader Kings II, released on January 15, 2013, alongside patch 1.09.

It makes nine existing merchant republics playable: Venice, Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa, Gotland, Ancona, Ragusa, Pechina, and the Hansa, as well as custom-created republics from non-ironman mode saves. The player plays a Patrician - the head of a merchant family.

The DLC allows the player to play as a Patrician in a merchant republic, but all the other changes were rolled into the free patch.

Main features[edit]

  • New and different type of gameplay, with city holdings as province capitals, lower demesne limit and usage of mercenaries for warfare.
  • Trade empire management by building and improving trade post holdings and controlling trade zones in the sea lanes and coasts of Europe.
  • New Embargo CB, to defend trade posts against rival Republics and greedy feudal lords
  • Republic Casus Belli to seize coastal cities with a trade post, which can be followed up to seize counties with a city.
  • New patrician elective succession law: Patrician families compete for the coveted position of Doge and the leadership of the Republic. It is possible to compensate for lack of age and Prestige by investing money in a campaign fund.
  • Losing the election is not game over, thanks to the family palace holding.
  • Events related to feuds with other Patrician families and plots to seize Trade Posts from rivals
  • New Republican skin for the interface.
  • Unique Clothes and ship models for Republics.

Merchant republic portraits and ships render picture

Dev diaries[edit]

Main article: Developer diaries

All developer diaries about the The Republic expansion and patch 1.09.

No. Title and Link Description Date
1 The Five Families Announces The Republic DLC and the mechanics of the new merchant republics 2012-12-19
2 War and Trade Discusses the new trade mechanics and embargoes. 2012-12-26
3 Government Covers the republic mechanics and how the Doge is elected. 2013-01-03
4 Events and Decisions Discusses new events and patch 1.09 changes. 2013-01-09
5 "Post Mortem" Thoughts Discusses The Republic post-release. 2013-01-30


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