How Do I Reduce the Squalor in "Medieval II: Total War"?

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Sega released "Medieval II: Total War" in 2006. Players control a medieval kingdom, managing its cities, armies and nobility. Over the course of the game, cities grow, their populations expand, their productivity increases and squalor becomes a problem, leading to unhappiness. Unhappiness leads to unrest, which in turn results in rebellion. Reducing a city's squalor will improve its stability, though as a player you cannot do this directly. Your only option is to install a better-qualified governor. Each governor has several traits, some of which encourage squalor, others of which curb it.

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    Open the Faction Overview Scroll, and then the Family Tree Scroll. Peruse the members of your nobility, looking for one with anti-squalor traits. KindRuler and GoodBuilder decrease squalor between 1 to 3 points. ExpensiveTastes and Aesthetic decrease it 1 or 2 points. Prim decreases it by a single point. The effects are cumulative, so a ruler with several of these traits is typically better able to reduce squalor than a ruler with just one.

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    Click on the potential governor to select him. Right-click on the city you want him to govern. If the city is too far away for him to move there in a single turn, right-click on a city or castle between his current location and his destination. In the following turns, advance him closer until he arrives.

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    Select the city to see if your chosen character is now governor. If not, select the character who is governor and move him to a new city. Repeat this process until your chosen governor rules the city.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to avoid getting squalor in the first place, do not encourage your city's population to grow. The more people that live the city, the faster it falls into squalor. To this end, do not develop your farms too quickly, as they boost the rate of population growth. High taxes will also discourage people from having children, though they lead to unrest.
  • These traits only cause a temporary reduction in squalor. If the governor departs the city, it will return to its higher state of squalor.

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