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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My nobles won't support a law

I'm trying to increase the level of tax on cities. Currently no-one is voting for it except me (3/11 votes). I've looked through this site, and found comments to the effect of 'Your vassals don't ...
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Pressing inherited vassal claim

As Queen of Aquitaine, I was pressing a weak claim war on the Duchy of Anjou on behalf of one of my vassals when he died, causing the war to be cancelled. The vassal's titles were inherited by his ...
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What methods of suicide cause the least amounts of collateral damage?

CK2 is a big game with lots of variables, so I'll stick to adding them upon being requested to minimize the hassle. Anyway, let's say that you have a lot of children and the oldest one claims all the ...
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Will existing castles change to cities when I reform my government?

So, I'm playing as tribal Scandinavia and am nearing the point where I'll have to decide whether I want to reform to become a republic or a feudal state. I have already reformed the Germanic faith and ...
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How can I easily consolidate dynasty holdings under one ruler?

I'm following several guides' suggestions for learning the feudal system and started a game as a Count of Ireland. I've made it to the 3rd generation of Kings of Ireland and somehow managed to land a ...
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How would an empire be split into an empire, a kingdom and two duchies under Elective Gavelkind?

So, I was there, casually playing as Ragnarr Lodbrok of Scandinavia, comfortable in the thought that I would soon come to pass to Valhalla and leave the Empire to be divided by my four sons according ...
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Can I undo the creation of this merchant republic?

So I’m a King and I cajole a foreign courtier – call him A – who has a claim on an independent duchy D to come join my ever-so-much-more-prestigious court instead. Following roughly the guide in this ...
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How can I boost research?

My Holy Roman Empire spans Western Europe from Iceland all the way to Mali and from Portugal all the way to the Caspian Sea. My dynasty has successfully reclaimed the Kingdom of Jerusalem and held it ...
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Revoking a Duke's last county?

If I revoke a duke's last remaining county, and he/she has no remaining vassals, will they remain the duke? I wondering because I've just conquered England as Harald the IV of Norway and I have a ...
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How can I raise the Centralization level of my Petty Kingdom?

This is related to How can I persuade my lords to pass a law? but not a duplicate. I am an independent grand-duke of Ireland (control 2 duchies and have no liege). I currently have minimal ...
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Will I benefit from Charlemagne DLC If I don't play with any of those characters?

I am thinking about purchasing the Charlemagne DlC for Crusader Kings 2. However I am not very much interested in playing with Charlemagne (or his brother or whoever the dlc adds). I am more ...
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Looking for another opinion on whether my son will inherit Byzantium

This is going to get a little confusing with all the begetting, but I want you to have all the info I do to help me figure this out. Names have been simplified to help out all concerned. Children are ...
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How can I see what happened before?

I loaded up my save of CK2 and see a Righteous Imprisonment notification on top. I remember the guy that I can now imprison but I don't remember who he tried to kill or actually killed. I notice my ...
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How to let someone continue his original plot when spymaster survived an assassination attempt?

I am playing the tutorial campaign with King Alfonso II of Leon. One of my counts has been annoying and have since made him dismantle his faction. Now my spymaster tells me that his heir was trying to ...
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What does a person's death caused by assassination without your knowledge look like to you?

I've noticed that my Spymasters have been dying at a suspiciously high rate. I've gone through 3 of them in about six months. Now, this could just be bad luck, but considering that it's Crusader ...
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Why am I losing this title?

I am playing CK2 with my friends in the Byzantine Empire. He is the emperor while I picked a duke in the kingdom. When he got enough money, he then created the Kingdom of Greece and gave it to me. ...
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Is there anything useful, besides executing and ransoming, that I can do with an imprisoned liege?

I've been playing as a Duke in the HRE, and I've managed to imprison my liege (the emperor). However, now that he's here, I really don't know what to do with him. My goal right now is to lower crown ...
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I have a casus belli, but I can not declare war because no hostages held

I am playing as the count of Breifne in Ireland. My chancellor has fabricated a claim on the neighboring County of Connachta. The count of Connachta is also the petty king (duke) of Connachta, ...
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Why didn't gavelkind split three kingdoms?

A neighbouring ruler had three kingdoms, all under gavelkind succession and limited or no crown authority. Furthermore, he had two duchies, with one county in each. One of the duchies is within the de ...
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How to change election type in kingdom of scotland

I'm currently king of Ireland and Scotland, and own about half of GB. One of my relatives got a claim on the Kingdom of England, so I managed to win that war and place my cousin on the throne of ...
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Is there a way to create a leader for a mercenary band?

I'm playing an old version of Crusader Kings 2 (2.1, I think). At one point, Paradox updated the game to include more mercenaries and holy orders. As I was the Irish King at the time, I had the option ...
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Custom empires / kingdoms and de jure

With the Charlemagne expansion you can form your own kingdoms and eventually empires if you have enough territory, titles and prestige to do it. So I founded my own kingdom and later my own empire, ...
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Crusader Kings 2 crashes on certain date

Hi, so I'm playing CK2 as Croatia, and all of a sudden, on the 21st of March 1120, my game unexpectedly disappears and my desktop appears. I have searched the web for solutions, and all I can find is ...
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How can I play a crazy character?

I would like to try playing a "Lunatic" and/or "Possessed" character, because I heard they have some really entertaining events. Is there a reliable way to drive my current or next character crazy? ...
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Foreigner son-in-law went on a killing spree, then formed a militia just to stand around for awhile… did I miss something?

I'm working through my first, long-term play-through after dozens (or, if I'm being honest, hundreds) of short attempts to figure out the mechanics. I'm finally getting into where some weird stuff is ...
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How do trade embargo wars work?

I'm playing as the Jimena dynasty (Tutorial scenario) and I'm approached by two separate Doges from Italy, asking me to join them in a trade embargo against the other Doge. I accepted the first time ...
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Is there a risk of inbred children with fake fatherhood?

I got an event where my wife cheated on me and got pregnant, but I was unable to prove it. Now her son is listed as my legitimate son. We appear as father and son in family trees, relationship screens ...
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My son is a moron and I don't want him inheriting my empire. Why can't I nominate him as a bishop? [duplicate]

This is my firstborn son, Enrique. He's a total moron. Unfortunately, he's also my heir. (I have primogeniture succession and papal investiture.) My usual plan would be to nominate him for a ...
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Tackling a lack of boats

Playing Crusader Kings 2 with the Charlemagne expansion, I started a game as a count in southern Greece (Byzantine Empire). I rebelled against my liege, and then against the emperor (note: the magic ...
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Landing council members [duplicate]

Why is it, when I decide to land a council member in order to boost their opinion, do I end up losing them? If I give, say, my spymaster a minor barony that I own, they are still my direct vassal, but ...
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Character gains military traits despite not leading troops

The current character I am playing has descent martial skills (8), but not enough to lead any troops. This is quite common for me, it is more often I let other characters with higher martial skills ...
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How should I punish my revolting vassals?

In my current game so far I've put down a few civil wars (playing as England currently). At the conclusion of the war, the vassals involved are all imprisoned, and I'm left to figure out what to do ...
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Crusader Kings 2 trait modding “birth” and “inherit_chance” attributes

If you create a trait with birth = 0 and inherit_chance = 100, does that effectively create a trait that only your ancestors can have? In other words does the inherit_chance attribute take precedence ...
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Why are my vassal bishops paying taxes to the Kaiser and not to me?

My vassal bishops are paying taxes to the Kaiser of the HRE and not to me, even though they like me significantly more. I can't understand why this is.
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How to get the Zealous trait

I´m playing the Elder Kings mod and have an elf on the throne meaning that my character isn´t going to die anything soon (70 years old so about 200 more to go) and have a total of 9 health and 20 ...
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How do I get the unique artefacts in the Elder Kings mod?

I know that in order to get the amulet of CK2EK I have to search in Sancre Tor for quite a while to find it. But how do I find the other others: The Jagged crown, the Staff of Hasedoki or all the ...
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Sometimes after I grant a title to a landless councilor, he becomes ineligible for the seat for a while: why?

I've noticed several times that if I have a landless council member and I grant him a landed title, his seat becomes vacant and I cannot appoint him again. After an unspecified amount of time he ...
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How to claim counties of my duchy?

I am playing as an English count of Northampton in 1070s. The English king has given me the Duchy of Wessex, but I don't have contol over the Wessex county. I can't declare war on Wessex: all the ...
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Whom can I declare war on as a vassal of a vassal?

I'm a Count, to a Duke, to the Emperor. I've managed to get a claim on a Count who is directly vassal of the Emperor, and the game informed me I can't declare war on him because we are both vassals ...
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Needs to be approved by regent?

For some reason when I have a regent, I am not able to declare war, or do some other tasks. It says it "needs to be approved by regent." How do I go about getting regent approval?
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How does the Seduction mechanic work? Why does nobody try to seduce me?

I started playing as a female character with attractive trait. Nobody seduced me even though all my neighbors had the seduction focus. Then I tried starting again, with Ironman mode on, and then ...
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Why can't I grant the Kingdom of Wales to the Grand-Mayor of Gwynedd?

I'm Emperor of Alba and besides the Kingdom of Eire I control the Kingdom of Wales(1). One of its Dukes is the Grand-Mayor of Gwynedd, which has built a lot of trade posts and stuff over the years. ...
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How does succession work in a tanistry empire?

I was King of Eire, and I've created the Empire of Alba. I was surprised to notice that the Kingdom of Eire and the Empire of Alba have two separate successors. What happens when I die, if two ...
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How do I transfer ownership of a Trade Post?

With the titleowner console command, I can transfer ownership of land by transferring titles. However, I don't see any titles for trade posts, so I can't use this method to transfer ownership of a ...
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Vassal inheritance warning - Who must die?

I have a duke who has a married a foreign duke which has given me an inheritance warning. This being Crusader Kings, my gut instinct is to have someone killed but I'm not sure who or in what order ...
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What's the pro of creating a theocracy?

I've searched on both wikis and on google itself, but I've found almost nothing about theocracies. What are the pros and cons of having a theocratic vassal?
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A vassal gained a title and he became independent

I'm King. A Count under a Duke vassal of mine, inherited a Duke-level title (Petty Kingdom)… and now he's independent. I assumed that since King>Duke, he would still be my vassal, but this didn't ...
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A vassal Republic converted to Duchy, how do I convert it back?

I'm King, and one of my duke-level vassals had a Republic. She lost her main City, which happened to be located "elsewhere", i.e. not on her duchy. In her county capital, for some reason the only ...
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+9 -8 = +1, why is it still a “no”?

I'm trying to arrange a betrothal, and under the opinions I can count 9 '+' and 8 '-', but the result is still "no". I've no clue what's going on, then.
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Why can't I join my son-in-law's war?

I am a strong, independent King, who needs no man. As a consequence of my massive, throbbing brain, I have managed to matrilineally marry my female heir to a Frenchman, whom, despite his inferiour ...