Unfortunately I think I fall into that category. I replay a lot of my games, often on Linux if I can, no internet. CK2 is one of those games that I have become obsessed with.
On one hand, I am incredibly happy they devoted so much time into CK2 and released DLC, but on the other hand having to buy 5 DLC expansions that included stuff that should have been in the base game infuriates me. Occasional country unlocks, sure, but 1 DLC per country at $19.99 or $15 is insane. If they were going to do country unlocks for DLC, make it sorta a pack, where you unlock at least 3. And then exclude the system changing stuff as paid DLC, and make it a regular FREE update.
I don’t know I guess…so many other ways they could have done it if they were that bent on DLC.
My fingers are crossed for CK3, though. I don’t want to have to call them liars (again). Them giving away old DLC for free makes me a bit more hopeful, too.