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    You're Ned: find some marriage betrothals for your kids

    My first choice would be a straight Royal matchup, as many of the following as possible: Robb - Myrcella Sansa - Joffrey Arya - Tommen This would merge the Stark and Baratheon dynasties and establish me as part of the Royal family. Bran and Rickon I would probably leave unpromised, to give me flexibility for the future. However if I did not want to 'go royal' - maybe because of suspicions about parentage or Robert not agreeing, I would focus on creating an alliance strong enough to win any possible future wars, with cast iron links that would not be easily broken. I would already have a strong alliance with the Tullys, but the centrepiece of my negotiations would be a Tyrell alliance, sealed by a double marriage of heirs: Robb - Margaery Sansa - Willas This would create an extremely strong bond which should hold through a civil war, and together the Starks and the Tyrell's would be very hard indeed to defeat. I would then focus on turning general goodwill in the Vale into a strong alliance. I would try to foster Sweetrobin, if I could get a message to Jon Arryn before he died, but even if I could not I would offer him Arya. This would make it more likely that the Vale would support me in the event of conflict. If this were not possible, I would try to get Trystane Martell, however this would be inferior as that alliance would both be with a weaker partner, and be unlikely to be very strong, as there are few pre-existing ties between Dorne and the North, and neither Arya nor Trystane is even a spare. My first choice for Bran would be Shireen, but this would be unlikely to be accepted. I would therefore instead probably have him fostered, as there are few strategically valuable girls his age. I would probably choose Riverrun, so as to help maintain the Tully alliance for another generation, but possibly would send him to storms end, to ally with Renly. Rickon would be sent to the other place to Bran. All of this would ensure that in any future war, I would have the aid of the Tullys, the Arryns and most importantly the Tyrells. This would give me more than 200 000 men, and allow me to outnumber the rest of the realm put together. The Lannisters would be made much less dangerous, as in addition to being massively outnumbered, they would also be surrounded on all sides. No other house would oppose me, as they would be hopelessly outmatched.