Succession rites

Succession rites among lords is something that is taken very seriously due the Kykr civilisation being primarily a feudal society. Determining who will inherit lands and titles upon the death of a lord can be a complex matter and used to be really messy.   In the early days of the Kykr societies Gavelkind Succession was used almost exclusively. This meant that when a ruler died, his lands were divided equally among his surviving children, giving priority to the eldest. This meant that even if a lord was powerful and conquered many surrounding areas and built a strong kingdom, upon his death the nation fell apart into smaller nations, now all suddenly rivalling one another for right to unite the nation once again.   The tradition of Primogeniture Succession was the solution to this problem and it gradually replaced the old ways. Primogeniture meant that only a single heir would inherit the lands and titles and therefore kept the nation intact even on a dynast's death.   Primogeniture is used in almost the entire known world as it is an efficient and relatively simple way of passing titles to heirs.  

Gavelkind succession

This is an old succession tradition that means that when a dynast dies, their lands are equally divided among their heirs, in falling priority of age. This leads to nations splitting up into rivalling (or allied) smaller nations everytime an heir dies. This was very common in the first few hundred years of the new age, but has since been replaced by some form of primogeniture in most nations.  

Patriarchal Primogeniture

In this tradition, only male heirs will inherit titles. Should there be no surviving male heirs, the dynasty dies with the lord, regardless of female heirs.  

Standard Primogeniture

In standard primogeniture, the eldest surviving male heir will inherit the dynast's titles. Should there be no surviving male heirs, the eldest female heir would inherit the titles. Standard primogeniture is usually called simply primogeniture or male-preference primogeniture.  

Absolute Primogeniture

Also sometimes called "Seniority Succession". In this case the eldest living heir inherits the titles regardless of gender.  

Agnatic Primogeniture

The agnatic primogeniture is a messy practice that not many countries use. It follows similar lines of succession as standard primogeniture, but also considereds other heirs in the family tree. You start like normal with the eldest son inheriting the titles, if there are no male heirs, the eldest daughter inherits. Should there be no eligable heirs, then we move to the dynast's father and apply the same process. Eldest surviving son inherits, if there are no sons, eldest daughter inherits. Once you've moved through all the dynast's siblings, you move yet another step up and so on.   Agnatic primogeniture can get very messy and this form of succession is rife with scheming and assassinations to make heirs move up the priority succession.
Succession traditions
  Gavelkind: Divide lands equally among heirs.
Patriarchal Primogeniture: Eldest male heir inherits. If no male heirs, dynasty dies.
Primogeniture: Eldest surviving son inherits. If no male heirs, eldest daughter inherits.
Absolute Primogeniture: Eldest surviving heir inherits, regardless of gender. (Rare)
Agnatic Primogeniture: Eldest male heir has priority, eldest female heir inherits if no eligable male heir. Can pass to dynast's siblings or their children depending on circumstances.


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