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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Can I raise tax on myself?

I currently have a small realm in Ireland consisting of one duchy in which I have personal control over all the counties (i.e. my entire realm is my demesne). As such, I am the baron of every castle ...
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Why does my heir change if I imprison my son(s) in Crusader Kings 2?

Any time I imprison my non-heir son he automatically becomes heir. Why is that? For example, I uncover a plot by my second son to assassinate me or my heir and after I decide to imprison him (the ...
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Can I join my armies to my liege's armies?

I'm trying to play CK2 as a minor count in the service of the King of England, and whenever the King goes to war, I don't seem to be very involved in it – I can basically ignore everything that's ...
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They imprisoned my wife who is ruler of different country. How to get her back?

I don't have any idea what to do and there aren't any causus belli actions avalible.
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When do republics start making trade zones?

I created a vassal merchant republic in my kingdom. It is now several decades later and the merchant republic seems to own zero trade zones. The republic is in the Baltic and there are no competing ...
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How can I destroy an empire-level title?

I'm trying to cause the destruction of an empire-level title (say Byzantine Empire), to create the Latin Empire organically instead of starting with it. As ERE is (still) large, conquering all of it ...
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How to keep HRE at bay as a pagan (Old Gods)?

In Crusader kings I am playing as Pomerania and as a matter of making my game more interesting I decided at the start to not convert to Catholicism and stay as a Slavic pagan until the end of the ...
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Retinues sizes in patch 1.101

I was playing as Ireland in patch 1.091 (I'm not sure now since I've upgraded yesterday). I'm the King of Ireland, Wales and Scotland now, so I'm pretty large now. My retinue points limit was 9k which ...
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How to conquer counties with very low supply and many troops?

Then playing as Russian or Polish you often encounter Romuva or Suomenusko that have a 0.05 supply modifier in their counties for invading organized religions. Their troops are much more numerous ...
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How to check opinion between any two arbitrary people?

It's easy enough to check an individual's opinion of you, and their opinion of their liege. But what about their opinion of someone else? For example, say you as a king want to decide how to ...
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Expanding within HRE

I'm playing my first game and I think I'm doing quite good. I've started as a bohemian duke and I've managed to create Kingdom of Bohemia, expanded a little while HRE had low crown authority, got ...
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Can I ensure one son becomes vassal of another when I die?

I'm currently using Gavelkind succession, and it looks like I might not have a chance to change it before I die. I currently have 2 sons and hold 2 duchies, so when I die they'll each get one - ...
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How does the hierarchy change in gavelkind succession?

I currently hold two duchies. If I give one of my sons a county in one of the duchies, then he becomes my vassal, right? And if that duchy is then inherited by my other son, then one of my sons will ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of having kings as vassals?

I'm newly the Wendish Emperor, as well as King of Poland and King of Lithuania. I also have enough of Pomerania to create that kingdom whenever I want. Because I still have gavelkind succession ...
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My son/heir wants to join the Varangian Guard, should I let him?

I'm currently fighting to try to subjugate Ostlandet, and my son/heir prompted this message: My current king (Jarl Tolir) is 56 years old, and I expect him to die at any moment. I just had a ...
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How to ensure that demesne holding are not lost on succession?

Basically when ruling, it always says titles lost on succession. I am wondering how exactly you can ensure not losing demesne titles upon death, so that the heir to the kingdom keeps the same demesne ...
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Can you become an emperor?

I'm playing as King of England.I have invaded the kingdom of Scotland, Wales, Portugal, half of Spain from the Muslims and part of Africa. How can I create the British empire and become Emperor? Do I ...
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Why are my vassals revolting when I give them just one title?

I'm at holy war with some Muslim region, so I have focus all of my units there. Now there are a hell of a lot of revolts going on, one after another. I think it's because I control about 98% of the ...
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How to invade an independent county

I'm playing as England. When I try to declare war on one of Scotland's counties I couldn't: it says that the region is independent. I have a valid Casus Belli but still I couldn't declare war.
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How to invade a whole kingdom in Crusader Kings 2?

I'm am playing as England. I wanted to invade Scotland and Wales. When I try to fabricate a claim I only get a claim on a county, not a whole kingdom. It takes a lot of time to capture a kingdom that ...
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Why aren't my claims on duchies available as Casus Belli?

I'm exactly two counties away from being able to declare myself Emperor of Britannia. I have a stack of courtiers and other nobles with claims on various bits of English real estate, including several ...
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Is it possible to assign commanders during a siege or battle?

When an army is idle, you can assign commanders to the center and the flanks. However, if the army is already part of a siege or in a battle, it doesn't seem that you can. Or can you? It seems a bit ...
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How to rig an election?

In my game as the king of Ireland/Wales/Castille, my dear neighbour the king of Scotland, for some crazy reason, agreed to have his brother, who is eligible to the throne, marry my sister in a ...
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Can I set the Crown Laws in other parts of my realm?

I'm the King of both Ireland and Wales and Crown Authority is High. I had vassals in Andalusia, but somehow I lost them to Scotland during a succession. I thought, isn't High Crown Authority supposed ...
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Which succession law applies to king/duke/count titles held by an emperor?

Which succession law applies to king/duke/count titles held by an emperor? I found this answer that says the emperor title is separate from the duchy/kingdom, but the answer does not elaborate. ...
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Under gavelkind or primogeniture inheritance, is a dynasty member who is not a descendant allowed to inherit?

Under gavelkind or primogeniture inheritance, if a ruler has no [eligible] children, is a dynasty member (sibling, uncle, cousin, etc.) who is not a descendant allowed to inherit? I thought that ...
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Am I allowed to usurp a title from my liege?

I am playing as the Duke of Bohemia. My liege is the Kaiser. My vassals have 2 of the 3 counties of the (de jure) Duchy of Moravia. I was planning to create the title Duke of Moravia, but the Kaiser ...
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Does my opinion of other people matter?

Each other person shows not only their opinion of me, but also my opinion of them. I know that their opinion of me is important in all kinds of ways, but what is my opinion of them for? For example, ...
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Every time I play a game in Crusader Kings 2, my vassals rebel

Every time I start a new game, my vassal always rebel within like the first 5 or so years. Why does this happen? I've looked up on the wiki that I need to take away some of their titles, but they say ...
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Why won't Crusader Kings 2 give me my land?

I had a claim on 3 different counties, courtesy of my late mother, and I fought a brutal war against the owner of them(England) after I won the game said I gained my new territory as usually but after ...
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How can I quickly reduce my realm size?

Related to how to find out how big an opponent is, I just found out that I'm the biggest kid on the block: my realm is bigger than even the Holy Roman Empire, so I can't invade anybody. But my realm ...
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How can I find out how big an opponent's realm is?

In Crusader Kings II, Catholic rulers can ask the Pope for a licence to ki-- er, invade, and take the top-level title (Duke, King, Emperor, God-King, etc.). You can only do this to invade people ...
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How is my “Home Base” determined, and how can I move it?

In Crusader Kings II, each noble has a "home base" of sorts: it's where their coat-of-arms appears on the map. When you're a ruler, your vassals are more likely to revolt the further away they are; ...
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What can I spend Prestige on?

I have thousands of Prestige and no idea what to do with it. I have read that you can spend it on actions, but I can't figure out which actions those are or where I find them.
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What to do with unmarried kinswomen?

I have several healthy, young and fertile kinswomen at my court. Unfortunately, no one wants to marry them matrilineally. I tried looking for duchy and county title claimants, the default search list, ...
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Invading a country with high crown laws

I play as the King of Ireland, and I plan to expand a little in the Kingdom they call England. Problem is, they have high crown authority, meaning any landed titles can not be inherited outside their ...
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What if a king is also a duke in a different kingdom?

I play as the King of Ireland (and Castille), and I've betrothed my male heir to the heir of a duchy and some stray counties in England. As I understand it, my daughter-in-law will rule as a duchess ...
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How do I prevent my imbecile son from being an heir?

I have a daughter and two younger sons; they are all marrying geniuses. My oldest son is inheriting everything and he is an imbecile. My oldest son isn't a traitor so I have no legal rights to ...
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Can't proceed in tutorial: How do I switch to independent realms map mode?

I've started the tutorial, but I haven't proceeded very far.... How do I switch to independent realms map mode?
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How are claims created and inherited?

Each claim to a title has two properties: whether it's weak or strong whether it's inheritable or not Each of the 4 possible combinations of the two properties is possible. Since I didn't find ...
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How can I claim a duchy from an unrelated courtier, and keep the duchy in my kingdom?

In Crusader Kings II, there tends to be a motley collection of people with a claim on some particular duchy or county. You can press such a claim by inviting one of these people to court, which will ...
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Why can't I raise levies from half of my counties?

I took a break from playing Crusader Kings II for a few months. Since I've come back (November 2012), I'm suddenly unable to raise levies from most of my counties. The button is grayed out, even ...
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Warscore drops when I win

I noticed something strange today. Immediately after I successfully assaulted a holding, my warscore dropped about 10 percentage points. I figured it may had something to do with my losses, so I ...
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Does the bishop stats really matter?

If you have free investiture, you get to elect your own bishops, which is pretty neat. But do their stats really matter? Usually, I simply go through the list and pick people who have a high opinion ...
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Can I disown my heir?

Everything was perfect. I have a good and young ruler, who has passed on some good genes to his sons. I also had a lot of spare lands, so I could make my heir a duke and doubly count when he came of ...
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What “powerful boons” can the Pope grant?

One of the loading screen tips says: The Pope can grant powerful boons to good Catholics. What exactly does that mean? What can the Pope do to help me, if I'm a good Catholic?
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How are concessions calculated?

When somebody attacks me and he surrenders, he pays me concessions (at least with some casus bellis, such as “de jure war”). For example, currently, I am king of Bohemia, and I am defending against ...
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I have medium crown authority, why are my vassals still fighting each other?

As I understood, crown authority from medium up should prevent vassals from figthing each other. I am playing as King of Scotland and Ireland and have medium crown authority, still my vassals are ...
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I don't understand gavelkind

I'm confused on how exactly is gavelkind succession supposed to work. All I've read (e.g. Crusader Kings 2 Succession Laws – Explained says that the highest titles I have will be split between my ...
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How to get rid of the “X now favors Y as the heir” messages

I have started playing CK2 as a Count of Olomouc, which means I am part of the Holy Roman Empire. But probably because of that, I constantly get messages like this one in Low Priority Messages: ...