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Release Date: Jan 15, 2013

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Includes 42 items: Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shields, Crusader Kings II: Mongol Faces, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Albion, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Faith, Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Holy Land, Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam, Crusader Kings II: African Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Caliph, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield II, Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome , Crusader Kings II: Byzantine Unit Pack , Crusader Kings II: African Portraits , Crusader Kings II: Mediterranean Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Russian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Russian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Rus, Crusader Kings II: Norse Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Norse Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: The Republic, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Prosperity, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: Hymns to the Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: Celtic Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Celtic Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield III, Crusader Kings II: Europa Universalis IV Converter, Crusader Kings II: Customization Pack, Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Military Orders Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Warriors of Faith Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Hymns of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Saxon Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Finno-Ugric Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Songs of India, Crusader Kings II: Persian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Persian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Byzantium

Buy Crusader Kings II Collection

Includes 43 items: Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings II: African Portraits , Crusader Kings II: African Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Byzantine Unit Pack , Crusader Kings II: Celtic Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Celtic Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Customization Pack, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield II, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield III, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shields, Crusader Kings II: Europa Universalis IV Converter, Crusader Kings II: Finno-Ugric Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Hymns of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Hymns to the Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome , Crusader Kings II: Mediterranean Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Military Orders Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Mongol Faces, Crusader Kings II: Norse Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Norse Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Persian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Persian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India, Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer, Crusader Kings II: Russian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Russian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Saxon Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Albion, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Byzantium , Crusader Kings II: Songs of Faith, Crusader Kings II: Songs of India, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Prosperity, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Caliph, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Holy Land, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Rus, Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion, Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: The Republic, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Warriors of Faith Unit Pack

 

Reviews

“If you're the kind of gamer who is interested in building an empire without the constant blood-and-guts warfare of the Crusading era this is a welcome option.”
8,5/10 – GamingNexus

“The large-scale grand strategy of Crusader Kings 2 can feel Game of Thrones-ian in its web of intrigue and plotting. The Republic expansion takes place on a smaller scale. At times, its petty inter-family squabbling feels more like medieval Eastenders. Brilliant.”
79/100 – PC Gamer

About This Content

The Republic is the third expansion for the critically praised strategy / RPG Crusader Kings II. In The Republic you play as a Patrician in one of the great medieval Merchant Republics. Expand your trade empire as you compete with the other four Patrician families for the coveted position of Doge and the leadership of the Republic.


Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.

Key Features

  • Experience a new and different type of game by playing as one of the great Merchant Republics: Venice, Genoa, Pisa, the Hanseatic League or Gotland
  • As the head of a Patrician family, you must guide your Republican dynasty through fortune and misfortune in a world dominated by kings and emperors
  • Build Trade Posts and expand your Mercantile empire by controlling the sea lanes and the coasts of Europe... and defend it against rival Patricians, Republics and greedy feudal lords
  • Improve your Trade Posts and your prestigious Family Palace with dozens of unique new buildings
  • Compete in the Doge elections, compensating for lack of age and Prestige by investing money in your campaign fund. May the richest man win!
  • Survive feuds with other Patrician families and plot to seize Trade Posts from your rivals; new Plot and many special events for characters in the Republics
  • New Republican skin for the interface
  • Unique Clothes and ship models for Republics

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required.
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X-compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:3-button mouse and keyboard
    Recommended:
    • Additional:3-button mouse and keyboard
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:3-button mouse and keyboard
    Recommended:
    • Additional:3-button mouse and keyboard
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: IntelR PentiumR IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard disk space: 2 Gb
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce > 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required.
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Overall:
Mixed (22 reviews)
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Don Pablo is Mexican {OfTheMad}
Posted: August 24
The channels of great Venice are deep, unlike the contents of this DLC.

Yes, as a Doge you will make hilarious amounts of money. Too bad you run out of things to spend it on.
Yes, there is intrigue with your other Doges. Too bad its as shallow as a drying puddle.
Yes, there is an Election for the supreme leadership of the republic. Too bad its trivial to spend most of your money on getting elected.
Yes, there are more merchant republics to play as if you own Charlamagne and Old Gods. Too bad they are all modeled after the Venetian system, no deviations.

You want to play as a Merchant Republic? Buy this DLC, its fun.
You want to play as a Merchant Republic with tons of interesting content? Mod it till it breaks.
Anything else? Purchase Old Gods first. The Norse are a blast.
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UsSadness
Posted: August 10
I bought the DLC because I wanted to play as my country, but I could only choose some of the republic.
If I pay extra, I at least want my goods in perfect shape, especially digital ones.
Otherwise the game is good, except the DLC buying part.
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paynetcu
Posted: April 15
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JCourtney
Posted: March 17
10/10

Worth.
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WolfWhiteFire
Posted: December 29, 2015
Want to control a trade empire and use your riches to conquer all of europe? Then this expansion is for you. Merchant republics are my favorite government type, you start small then you get rich and you use those riches to take more land and get richer. This includes new events, you can feud with other patrician families or plot to steal their trade posts. You get unique cassus de bellis first to take over a city in a county you have a trade post in then you can get another one to take the county. Other lesser Kings and Emperors can try to destroy your trade posts in their lands and you get an unique holding with special bonuses you get by upgrading it. Some will increase your prestige and piety while others, sometimes the same ones, will improve your stats like diplomacy or intrigue by +2 after being fully upgraded. Anything you don't like about the republics? That's what mods are for, there are a variety of mods focused on merchant republics. Definitely worth the price of 10 dollars normally and only a few bucks on sale.
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Puri-Puri-Prisoner
Posted: December 16, 2015
Do you like crusader kings 2:

Yes: MONEY, MONEY ,MONEY (buy it)

No: PAUPER SCUM
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guy
Posted: August 21, 2015
Playing as a republic is dull in every respect. You have no real control over any of the key aspects of trade, what you are, in terms of game play, is a second rate feudal lord who keeps losing your seat repeatedly in a way that you can't control. Boring.
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Mimer
Posted: August 15, 2015
This could have been a great addition to CKII, but it's not. It still adds interesting depth to the game, but there are too many flaws in the DLC for me to actually recommend it. Basicly a republic earns a lot of gold, and increase tax in it's trading area. It also keeps a lot of ship levies, but few troops. But it won't last.

- A republic has 5 dynasties called patricians. They are often unable to reproduce so they will die out and be replaced occassionally - oftenly they will not marry, despite that having a large dynasty is extra important for a patrician house.
- The election of a new doge is pitiful. Each family head gets a "respect" value based on age and prestige. Age is more important. You can use gold to increase your family's score. Highest respect wins - no intrigue, no voting, no nothing, just the oldest fart wins.
- Republics and patricians are unable to keep land in their dynasties. Give a city to a patrician and his steward or whatever will inherit the city rather than his son. Give it a few generations and the patrician dynasties will have lost all their holdings.
- Republics oftenly revert to being feudal, probably because the capital gets inherited by the holder of a barony at some point.

So while it is benificial to have republics as vassals, I have yet to experience them surviving 100 years as a republic. And while it is interesting to play as a republic, you will struggle to keep the patricians (and your family) landed and reproducing.
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Furin Kazan
Posted: August 8, 2015
Pretty awesome. So your tired of blobbing a massive empire together, play as a republic, you get to make a financial empire that can rival the HREs armies with mercenaries, while still making mad money. Even better with the new tribal mechanics, playing as the Picts and them forming the Empire of Alba and going Republic is pretty sweet. Naval combat would make it more interesting, but would disrupt other parts of the game that was not designed for that, in a time period where naval battles bear some resemblance to land battles on floating pieces of land (not as bad as the Japanese at least, largely). Feuding mechanics specifically I quite like. Also with the Silk Road stuff now adds a pretty good reason to support crusades for trade benefits, as they did historically.
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rayan2033
Posted: July 22, 2015
wow so elective
very skin very trade poste
wow so much republican so much no trade routes for some reason
so much doge
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
172 of 198 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: December 16, 2014
For those of you actually looking for a review.

Another DLC that adds little to no new content, and another depressingly shallow attempt at milking more money from us customers.

To get into the actual features, the store page makes it out to be this exciting competetion as a powerful patrician family. Stealing and climbing to the top, you become Doge. Yeah, okay, sounds great right? The only problem with this is that THERE IS NO COMPETITION. Nothing. The AI will build trade posts and that's about it. The great elections, where you get to vote for the canidate? Hahaha, I wish. There is no elections. You click on a tab and it shows your "respect". The Patrician who has the most respect gets to be the new Doge. Respect is influenced by three things; Age, prestige, and if you increase the "campaign funds" which is just a box with two arrows. The split second the old Doge dies, a new one is elected. Instantly. You don't get a chance to vote, and it is not like feudal elections, oh no, there is nothing. Nothing whatsoever. Old ones dead, new ones in. No events for the election, debates or something like that. No variables like diplomacy or stewardship skill, nothing just the pathetically shallow respect system. The single, and only uncertainty is a 500 margin for the respect value. So, if you have 500 respect more then the next man, you will win. The AI doesn't even fund the campaign! It just sits there, and wins for the sole purpose of being old. That is it. They do not make any sort of effort to do anything except build trade posts.

So to win the game, you make money by building trade posts in nations. Simple as that, build trade posts more money campaign funds win. Then you cover the entire world with your dumb trade posts because there isn't anything else to do.

And feuds with rival patricians? Who are they kidding. If the AI actually did anything other then the occasional plot to steal a trade post then I would love to hear about it.

In total, this DLC is garbage and lacks any and all depth. Keep away from this like the bubonic plauge and continue playing the base game. This is without a doubt the last DLC I will buy.
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: August 15, 2015
This could have been a great addition to CKII, but it's not. It still adds interesting depth to the game, but there are too many flaws in the DLC for me to actually recommend it. Basicly a republic earns a lot of gold, and increase tax in it's trading area. It also keeps a lot of ship levies, but few troops. But it won't last.

- A republic has 5 dynasties called patricians. They are often unable to reproduce so they will die out and be replaced occassionally - oftenly they will not marry, despite that having a large dynasty is extra important for a patrician house.
- The election of a new doge is pitiful. Each family head gets a "respect" value based on age and prestige. Age is more important. You can use gold to increase your family's score. Highest respect wins - no intrigue, no voting, no nothing, just the oldest fart wins.
- Republics and patricians are unable to keep land in their dynasties. Give a city to a patrician and his steward or whatever will inherit the city rather than his son. Give it a few generations and the patrician dynasties will have lost all their holdings.
- Republics oftenly revert to being feudal, probably because the capital gets inherited by the holder of a barony at some point.

So while it is benificial to have republics as vassals, I have yet to experience them surviving 100 years as a republic. And while it is interesting to play as a republic, you will struggle to keep the patricians (and your family) landed and reproducing.
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40 of 49 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: January 29, 2015
Of all the DLC available for CK2, this is by far my favorite. By choosing to play as a patrician in a republic, you are essentially converting the game into a mafia simulator where the boss of the republic is chosen from among the five families based on how much respect they acquire relative to one another.

This DLC pairs especially well with Way of Life, Legacy of Rome, and Sons of Abraham, and if you get all 4 and play as a patrician it is a radically different game from the standard CK2 experience, while still maintaining the same gameplay fundamentals.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: August 21, 2015
Playing as a republic is dull in every respect. You have no real control over any of the key aspects of trade, what you are, in terms of game play, is a second rate feudal lord who keeps losing your seat repeatedly in a way that you can't control. Boring.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: August 8, 2015
Pretty awesome. So your tired of blobbing a massive empire together, play as a republic, you get to make a financial empire that can rival the HREs armies with mercenaries, while still making mad money. Even better with the new tribal mechanics, playing as the Picts and them forming the Empire of Alba and going Republic is pretty sweet. Naval combat would make it more interesting, but would disrupt other parts of the game that was not designed for that, in a time period where naval battles bear some resemblance to land battles on floating pieces of land (not as bad as the Japanese at least, largely). Feuding mechanics specifically I quite like. Also with the Silk Road stuff now adds a pretty good reason to support crusades for trade benefits, as they did historically.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 29, 2015
Want to control a trade empire and use your riches to conquer all of europe? Then this expansion is for you. Merchant republics are my favorite government type, you start small then you get rich and you use those riches to take more land and get richer. This includes new events, you can feud with other patrician families or plot to steal their trade posts. You get unique cassus de bellis first to take over a city in a county you have a trade post in then you can get another one to take the county. Other lesser Kings and Emperors can try to destroy your trade posts in their lands and you get an unique holding with special bonuses you get by upgrading it. Some will increase your prestige and piety while others, sometimes the same ones, will improve your stats like diplomacy or intrigue by +2 after being fully upgraded. Anything you don't like about the republics? That's what mods are for, there are a variety of mods focused on merchant republics. Definitely worth the price of 10 dollars normally and only a few bucks on sale.
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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
5 of 19 people (26%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: March 15, 2015
A great fourth expansion to the game! Being finally play as a republic nation! Its great for amazing huge amounts of wealth!
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: December 16, 2015
Do you like crusader kings 2:

Yes: MONEY, MONEY ,MONEY (buy it)

No: PAUPER SCUM
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1 of 14 people (7%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: March 17
10/10

Worth.
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