Admittedly, there really isn’t a “right way” on how to start a kingdom in Bannerlord. In that sense, it’s just like Game of Thrones. You can be subtle about it, slowly setting up your network of contacts and building your power… Or, you can kick the door in.
I usually prefer the second method, as it’s a lot more fun. Plus, the experience is one of the best ways to farm renown in Bannerlord, which is why I prefer it. Without further ado, let’s get right into it.
What You’ll Need Before Starting a Kingdom in Bannerlord
Before starting a kingdom in Bannerlord you’ll need to have reached clan tier 3. You cannot create a kingdom without having reached that point. Look at it this way. Would you rather follow a renowned leader or a regular schmuch? Exactly.
Another step that I recommend you do beforehand is acquiring a spouse. Getting married in Bannerlord is one of the easiest things to do, but the benefits are endless. Not only will you get offspring out of it, but an exceptional commander as well.
How to Start a Kingdom in Bannerlord (The Fast Way)
The fastest way to create your own kingdom in Bannerlord is by separating from an already existing kingdom and taking your settlements with you in the process. This will greatly anger everyone in your previous kingdom, which will result in an instant war deck.
This might sound intimidating if you haven’t done it before, but trust me, it’s one of the most exhilarating experiences in the game. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to farm prisoners, and, as you know, there are many uses for prisoners in Bannerlord. Moving on.
After separating from your liege, you’ll probably notice that the kingdom tab in the bottom left is greyed out. This is because you need to create your kingdom before you can gain access to the privileges of having a kingdom.
To create a kingdom in Bannerlord, you’ll need to head into the nearest settlement you control and assign a governor. This is absolutely imperative and cannot be skipped.
After that, simply enter your keep and find your governor. Here’s a quick tip. Hold down left Alt and every notable currently present will be highlighted. Once you’ve found the governor, talk to him and select the option that lets you create a new kingdom.
Once you’ve selected that option, your governor will ask you which culture you want your kingdom to be. The only thing this does is give a few starting policies, but other than that, it’s pretty meaningless. After that, it’s just a matter of naming your newfound kingdom and you’re set.
What to Do After Creating Your Own Kingdom
Many players will tell you: “The first thing you should do after starting a kingdom in Bannerlord is acquire vassals.” This is actually the worst thing you can do. Finding vassals is a long and grueling process, and definitely not one that should be undertaken in the middle of a separation war.
Instead, the first thing you should do after starting your own kingdom is to set up the right policies. Vassals only complicate this process, as they will oftentimes vote against you. My personal favorite policies are Noble Retinues, Royal Guard, Trial by Jury, Castle Charters, Forgiveness of Debt, Grazing Rights & Tribune of the People.
By having all of those policies in place, not only will you be able to control a lot of troops, but you’ll also have a kingdom that never revolts. Loyalty is one of the biggest issues in Bannerlord, by overcoming it, you basically streamline your conquering process.
What Are the Best Kingdoms to Separate From?
If you were looking at the best factions in Bannerlord, you might be thinking to yourself “Huh, so I should separate from the Western Empire or Valandia.” But no, the opposite is actually better.
Separate from Battania or Sturgia. They’re generally the worst factions in the game. I.e. their AI is so incompetent that you’ll probably have captured half of their lords by the time they raise the first army.
Oh, and one more thing. Before separating, try acquiring settlements that have a lot of chokepoints around them. Ideally, at the corners of the map. The process of starting a kingdom in Bannerlord is exponentially easier if you do this.