- Dec 23, 2018
It's more of the 'Red Count is there so we the main body wouldn't meddle with him too much, after all, he has the bloodline of the emperor'.Hmm... fair enough, although I would personally never world-build this way because I find it somewhat implausible.
Realistically you almost never get loose affiliations like these, since only a terrible empire would be so lax to just forget about collecting taxes like that. On the contrary, more often you have neighboring powers fighting to the death over worthless strips of land.
Furthermore, if there's a count who lives there -- automatically it's not a "small village" anymore.
By definition in a feudal system, a count is subservient to their liege, which means that they should be part of a larger structure. The only real options are that the count is sworn to the Holy Human Empire or an alternative human kingdom/state.
Just like I said, it was more of a vacation village, does that mean no tax? No, but it meant that the military presence is somewhat lack, compared to other strategic locations. "Red Count had it under control".