. This title is held by the elected German King
(litteraly "King of the Romans").
In case the king "misbehaves" the German lords might also elect a counter-king with the same title. The existence of a counter-king will trigger a civil war between both that can only be solved by the death of one of the two holders.
The Rex Romanorum gets his feudal bonus in Köln, Mainz, Worms, Würzburg, Nürnberg, Augsburg and Strassburg.
. When no civil war is going on the king can make a Romzug
and acquire the title of Emperor after coronation by the pope (or by an anti-pope).
Being emperor crowned allows for appointing bishops in Brandenburg, Lübeck and Stettin even when not holding the said provinces, provided no one has done so so far (sent a suitable character into the respective province).
The emperor might also make the High Duke of Poland a king provided both are allied and the Duke is not already a king. He might also do so for the Duke of Bohemia (not yet implemented).
As the most important right, a crowned emperor can call for the election of another Rex Romanorum as his successor: When no civil war is going on and the faction heir of the emperor's faction is the son of a former emperor himself, this heir will acquire the title Rex Romanorum and will succeed the emperor without a new election taking place after the death of the emperor.
Iron Crown of Lombardy
. This title can be acquired in Milan (province) provided you are allied to the faction that holds Milan.
Crown of Burgundy
. This title will be held by the Emperor when Besancon is held by a German faction.
Archoffices are tied to certain titles that every German faction can acquire:
) The Duke of Upper Lorraine
) The Duke of Swabia
) The Duke of Bavaria
) The Duke of Bohemia
Archecancellor for Germany
(Archicancellarius per Germaniam
) The Archbishop of Mainz
Archecancellor for Italy
(Archicancellarius per Italiam
) The Archbishop of Cologne
Archecancellor for Burgundy
(Archicancellarius per Galliam
) The Archbishop of Trier
Each gives +2 Authority, +2 Popularity; otherwise these are honoric offices only. They can only be acquired when no civil war is going on.
Other Imperial OfficesVice-Chancellor
. The emperor might appoint bishops (i.e. generals with a clerical title) vice-chancellor when no civil war is going on. This would also apply to bishops of other German factions. +1 Law, +5% Tax, +1 Authority, +1 Popularity, +2 Loyalty.
. The factional marshal of an emperor (see below) holds the title of a Reichsmarschall
, giving him additionally +1 Command, +1 Authority, +1 Popularity.
. When the emperor is doing his Romzug, his faction heir will acquire this tile; +1 Law, +1 Command, +5% Tax.
Each imperial faction leader (that is the German factions, Milan and Bohemia) might appoint officials for his court. These offices are held by lifelong appointement and become hereditary. The number of offices available depends on the number of settlements held.
. (always) This office can only be held by a general with a clerical title. +1 Authority, +1 Popularity, +5% Tax, +1 Law, +2 Loyalty
. (always) +1 Authority, +1 Popularity, +2 Command, +2 Loyalty
. (Seneschal/Truchseß), hold 5 or more settlements. +1 Authority, +1 Popularity, +1 Farming, +1 Command, +2 Loyalty
. (Chamberlain/Kämmerer) hold 10 or more settlements. +1 Authority, +1 Popularity, +1 Farming, +5% Tax, +2 Loyalty
. (Cup-Bearer/Mundschenk), hold 15 or more settlements. +1 Authority, +1 Popularity, +5% Trade, -1 Unrest, +2 Loyalty
As emperor your foremost task will be to ensure peace and security within the Empire. You should never support a duke attacking another one, and of course you should not promote such an behaviour by attacking your subjects yourself. Whenever internal peace is threatened by one of your dukes you should not hesitate to support the attacked duke(s) with troops. On the other hand, this is Germany and not Sicily where rebellious lords would be drowned and sawed. So, offer and accept forgiveness whenever possible. But in case a duke simply "wouldn't listen" you shouldn't hesitate either to confiscate his duchy and replace him with a more faithfull person.
Defending the Empire is your second most important task. While the might of the Empire should not be used to support the "private wars" of the German duchies with foreign rulers, having other people crossing the imperial borders in arms cannot be tolerated, leave alone keeping them in possession of German lands.
The lands across the Elbe (Lübeck, Brandenburg and Stettin) are legally part of the Empire, so punishing the rebellious Slavs in those regions is urgent and should not be left to the neighbouring dukes. Attacking the other Slavic realms (Poland, Bohemia and Hungary) in return is not acceptable behaviour. These are your vassals, and as long as they pay due respect leave them alone.
All of Italy, save for the city of Venice, is part of your empire. While allowing Milan some limited liberty, as long as it is staying faithful, would be all right; the pope flying his banners from all towers between Arno and Tiber, in return, is not. The Donation of Pepin only granted him with Rome and the surrounding lands, and not with all of central Italy. Even more offensive would be that Norman kingdom, by grace of the pope, in southern Italy.
The monarchs in England and France, and all those other petty kings in Europe you should not bother yourself with. As long as they respect the diginitas imperii
leave them alone; you have more urgent tasks. One of them would be to place yourself ahead of the new crusading movement. It is evident that such an enterprise can only be headed by one person: the king of kings of western Christianity.