Crusader Kings II is a strategy game for PC based in the middle ages developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive as a sequel to Crusader Kings.

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Marrying my Dynasty into a Duchy and Becoming it's New Liege

I'm going to make this fairly specific, but it's a situation that will probably be familiar to many people. I'm a king (The Petty King of Ulster, used to be the Earl of Ulster) and after my first wife ...
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How do I list the honorary titles that I've granted?

I am playing as a count and granted honorary titles to a few persons early on in the game. Now I want to grant a title to a new vassal, but I suspect I have run out of titles to grant (the button is ...
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Does a Heretic religion have a shorter holy war range?

I'm the King of Scotland and I control 100% of the British Isles. I'm a Lollard, and I used the Holy War CB to take control of the islands from the hands of the Catholics and the Norse. However, I ...
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Can I siege/take county that is under the control of a revolt?

So Norway is defending itself from an internal revolt that has taken over several provinces including Cornwall. I have a De Jure claim on it, but it is currently taken over by the revolt (when I click ...
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Can my save games be salvaged?

I've been away from Crusader Kings for a while, to focus on more important things in life (mainly Europa Universalis 4). I run my game through Steam, so it autoupdates even if I don't play it for a ...
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Why are my vassal bishops paying taxes to the HRE Kaiser?

Several of my bishops are paying taxes to the Kaiser. Not only are they not paying the pope (although the pope is vassal to the Kaiser), their opinion of the Kaiser is less than that of me. One bishop ...
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Removing Adventurers

Having just lost about a week of progress towards the Saoshyant achievement in my Crusader Kings 2 Ironman game, I am somewhat vexed. Since adventurers are unbalanced, unrealistic and not remotely ...
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Several console commands not working in Crusader Kings 2

There are a few console commands which do not work. For example debug_yesmen, it says it is "developer only". How do I make this work? Do I have to edit the game files?
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Why doesn't my heir inherit my wife's titles?

So I'm playing as the Emperor of Britannia, and I'm trying to get Scotland into the fold at the moment. So I thought hey, let me marry my son to the duchess of Moray so that his son, my future ...
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Mixing succession laws- is there a downside to this?

After much diplomacy, war and diplomatic wars I've reunited France and Aquitaine. All my land is in those kingdoms. France has Primogeniture sucession. Aquitaine has Gavelkind. I personally control ...
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Why do I have so many Doges?

I'm playing CK2 as a Merchant Republic, and somehow I've managed to create a second set of great houses. It is an Ironman game, so I can't go back to a previous save but I'd really like to get rid of ...
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How do I push the 'Holy Roman Empire' out of Britain?

I'm currently playing as the Kingdom of Ireland - though I now control Alba (Scotland), Wales and more or less half of England...my final goal is to form the 'Empire of Britannia'; the issue I have is ...
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Will sleeping with my sons wife have a negative effect on our relationship?

I'm relatively new to Crusader kings 2 and have started as the King of Munster. My first act was to find a suitable wife for both myself and my Son and Heir. As my main aim was to expand the family ...
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Can pagan holy orders be used against other pagans?

In my current game I am the king of Sweden and have reformed the Norse faith. I have access to the Jomsvikings holy order and have raised them to help out in a holy war against a Slavic duchy. ...
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Does Crusader Kings 2 Without DLCs Have factions?

I can't seem to find the factions tab where either I can join as a member or create one. I can't seem to find it beside nor in the Intrigue section. So I'm thinking if it exists in the original ...
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How do I goad a foreign power into attacking?

So I noticed once upon a time, while defending Jerusalem from a Jihad that I was getting a +75 vassal opinion bonus from defending in a holy war. This came in handy when my character died and was ...
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Why can't I start a great holy war

I am the Fylkir (reformed norse version of the pope) and would very much like to know why I cannot start another holy war. I am playing as Empire of Britannia. I have all the holy sites. The year is ...
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Unwinnable war?

I've been playing a nice little campaign for a couple weeks and I seem to have found myself in an unwinnable situation. I had two major back to back rebellions I had to crush with two wars from a ...
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Culture building destroyed (not disabled) if I build one as different culture?

My understanding was that when a character of a different culture takes over a barony, the cultural building of the previous culture is disabled. This happened in my situation, I was Dutch culture ...
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Can I reorganize vassals under multiple held titles?

My current character holds 3 kingdom titles, but somehow the vassals have ended up homogenized between them geographically. Is there a way I can reorganize my vassals so that if one of the titles is ...
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CK2 - Can a king be the vassal of another king?

I'm the King of England and have also slowly usurped the title of King of Wales. I've invited a guy to my court who has a claim on the Kingdom of Scotland. I can now press his claim and go to war with ...
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CK2 - Others' potential army size

Is there an accurate way to gauge the size of a potential enemy's total manpower without actually going to war and seeing his megastack smash you into pieces?
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Does the CK2 AI favour other AI players?

So, I lost my war in CK2 and my kingdoms of Wales and Ireland are now ruled by Britannia. The new Emperor instituted max crown authority, destroyed titles, imprisoned several people and generally ...
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Losing my primary title

I've finally managed to carve out a decent kingdom in CK2, including Wales, Ireland, Brittany, Galacia and some bits of Scotland. I have two King titles- the Kingdom of Wales (primary) and the ...
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Cities still occupied by ally

I had an ally during a war, and he helped me siege some cities (his army was greater than mine). Despite us being allies and me winning the war and the county, the county still has the "siege lines", ...
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How do I resolve a rivalry with my wife?

How do I resolve a rivalry with a character, or specifically in this case, my character's wife? I bagged my character a duchess as a wife (and not matrilineal) which means that the first kid produced ...
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How do I get onto my Liege's Council?

How do I get my character (a count in this situation) get himself appointed to his liege's council? He has a higher stat than the current councilor.
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Vassal levies raised too long, but where?

I have the warning "Vassal levies raised too long" at the top of the screen, but I don't have any troops anywhere, and no option to dismiss levies on either the Military window or any of my County ...
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Can legitimised bastards be heirs?

I'm the petty king of Munster. I have a daughter by my ex-wife and my new wife isn't very fertile. I gave a courtier a good tumble, she gave me a son, and I legitimised him. I was expecting the ...
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CK2: technology screen

The tips I've seen suggest that I should be able to focus my attention on particular areas within the technology screen, but I don't see how to do this. I click on various things, but nothing seems ...
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Can I attack rebels rebelling against a different duke with same liege

There is a (peasant?) rebellion happening in a neighboring duchy, and I'd really like to help the duchess there because she's betrothed to my son. I tried raising a levy and simply moving my troops ...
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CKII - Aquitaine, Hugh's Host

In the middle of quelling a rebellion this strange army appeared in the south of my lands - Hugh's Host. It has something like 6 stacks of 4k men or so and practically decimated my forces. Thing is, ...
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Why did I lose?

Was I killed? Did my county get invaded by hostile forces? Did my Liege get sick of me converting everyone to Lollardism (HERESY!) and revoke my title? I was happily bumbling along as the Count of ...
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How do I deal with Gavelkind inheritance?

I have a minor problem - I started playing as the guy from Aquitane(the southern super-Duke) and now as he is in the fifth decade of his life, I am faced with the threat of losing all of my duchies ...
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Why am I suddenly hostile to the whole world?

I've been doing a Cathar world conquest, and suddenly all hell has broken loose. The entire world seems to be against me... in a weird way. I'm not in any war, everyone is just hostile for some ...
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I'm a little confused when it comes to handing out duchies/emirates, who should I give them to and what should I do with them? [duplicate]

From playing alone I've already ascertained that having too many duchies = bad, and from what I've gathered from Google the strategy is to possess two duchies for yourself, holding all the counties ...
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How can you estimate the chances to win a war?

I cannot figure out how you can estimates the chances to win a war before to declare it. Can you know how many armies the opponents will raise and how many you will have with all your allies ?
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CKII - Bastard campaign

I read that if I wait a bit, Harold goes to fight Harald on Stamford bridge and gets his ass messed up in the process. Yet all that happens is that the guy just keeps attacking me, totally ignoring ...
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How do I attack from the sea? [duplicate]

I tried to wage war with France from Scotland, but for some reason I could not attack from the sea tile, while an allied army was. How do I attack from the sea? In general, why can't I land on blocks ...
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Can I persuade my liege to go to war for me on one of my claims?

If I am a Duke in Sweden and I have claims on counties or duchies in another country, can I convince my liege, the King of Sweden, to take our entire country to war so I can obtain those titles? Is ...
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How do matrilineal marriages work in Crusader Kings 2?

I am having trouble understanding the matrilineal marriage dynamic in Crusader Kings 2. A couple of times, I've had a female member of my dynasty marry someone matrilinearly who has then ascended to, ...
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How do I gain land through conquest?

I have played many games of CK2 now but cannot figure out why when I win a war I NEVER gain any territory, but when I lose I often lose a county or two! Even when I siege all the ...
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Why did I lose all my piety upon death?

For an experiment, I tried staying peaceful and waiting for a holy war to amass piety. I was Venice and had 1 county with a 6 size. I thought it was going well - I had almost 500 piety and I had ...
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Embarking and disembarking

I find it very fiddly to embark and disembark, sometimes the ship just refuse to approach the land! does the landing site have to be allied land with a port facility or something...? And sometimes i ...
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How do I force an enemy to surrender and accept my demands?

I am totally stumped this OFTEN happens; I'm at war and the enemy has one county. I have successfully seiged all holdings in this county but the enemy (in this case the chieftess of Rogaland) still ...
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Crown and Succession laws in recreated titles

If I recreate a kingdom title that was destroyed, what level of crown authority does it return at? Automatically at low? Or whatever level it was at when it was destroyed? Same for the succession ...
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How does military technology affect my army?

If my capital province has military technology III, my other province has level II and my vassal has first level and I summon every soldier from these provinces, will each unit have different ...
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Is the ruler designer incompatible with setting the difficulty level?

I'm trying to set up interesting challenge modes in Crusader Kings 2, using the ruler designer in combination with upping the game difficulty. However, when I create a character via the ruler ...
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How can I reclaim a barony from a Holy Order?

I just need to take control of one barony to restore the Roman Empire, but that barony is hands of a Holy Order, I've tried excommunicating them, and also tried to create a claim, but my counselor ...
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What determines when the ambition penalty triggers?

Following a discussion between @Affine and myself on one of my answers, I've found out the exact effects of the ambition personal trait may not be as simple as initially thought. My claim: "Ambitious ...