To be accepted as a tributary by the Celestial Emperor, you need a direct land border and good connections.
Usually, if Ming doesn’t hate you and you have a boundary, they will accept you immediately. Just right-click on it and select the “Become a tributary” option under the “Influence” tab.
The diplomatic action “Become Her Tribute”.
First things first: you need to know where to find the opportunity to offer yourself to become a nation’s tributary.
This is a diplomatic action under the Influence tab. More accurate:
- Begin diplomacy with the target nation, in this case Ming, by right-clicking them on the map or clicking anywhere on their shield.
- Expand the Affect Actions tab.
- Locate and click the Become Her Tribute option.
- Submit the offer. On this screen you can see the acceptance reasons.
Convince Ming to accept you
Sending the offer does not guarantee that they will accept you.
You have to make sure Ming wants you as a subject.
Relationships and diplomatic reputation help a little, but the three main modifiers that determine whether or not Ming accepts are the following:
When to seek tributary status
Becoming a Ming tributary is not a necessity in all campaigns.
In fact, more experienced players usually won’t go that route.
When playing in China you generally have two options:
(1) actively trying to trigger Ming’s collapse, or (2) becoming her tributary. Even with the second option, in most campaigns you’ll eventually have to trigger Ming’s collapse after the tributary relationship is inevitably broken.
The more powerful nations like Oirat would rather work towards the collapse of the Ming immediately by fighting them and expanding around them for the “unguarded frontier” disaster to begin.
Although located in Indochina, it has credit for becoming a tributary of the Ming. Almost all nations outside of Burma are Chinese tributaries and you will have trouble expanding into them. The difficult part in this case is securing a border with Ming as a nation that is not already a tributary!
The trick is to involve one of Ming’s tributaries in a war as a non-belligerent and secure a land border with Ming.
Mong Mao is a nice target for that.
Ming might be mad at you for a while. But just improve relations as much as possible and wait for them to accept you as a tributary.
https://www.fandomspot.com/eu4-how-to-become-tributary-of-ming/ How to become a Ming tribute in EU4 – FandomSpot