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 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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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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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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What's the difference between total, current and relative strength?

When you hover over a person in their dynastic tree, you will be able to get an idea of how many troops they can summon. There are several numbers, but I can't figure out which I should look at. ...
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Once I set the Absolute Cognatic Succession Law, will that remain even if my heir isn't Cathar?

I've converted to catharism and set the succession law to absolute cognatic: will that remain set even if my heir is not a cathar himself?
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What's the best way to annihiliate an enemy's family?

I was playing with William the Bastard, and after conquering England, i stumbled upon the problem of how to deal with the remaining Godwinsons(a few of them died in battle). So i just granted them ...
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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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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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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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How can I tell who I'm allied with in Crusader Kings II?

I would like to start occupying some provinces in Ireland, but my family has been marrying into Irish families for the last generation. As a result, I am allied with many people that I don't even ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conflicting Wargoals

The HRE asked me to join in their war. I refused and then looked at who they were attacking and I noticed there were trying to claim an independent county somewhere in the Alps (forget the name). So I ...
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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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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 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 do I get my friend elected mayor?

I really dislike the current mayor of Genoa and would like to replace him with a friend of mine. So I revoked his title, but I am having a bit of trouble making my courtier the new mayor. If as a king ...
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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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Fulfilling vassals' ambitions gives no opinion bonus. Is this a bug?

Say you have a vassal or couriter who wants to get married, and you help him by arranging marriage but his opinion of you doesn't change. Is this a bug or not? I'm on version 2.1.6
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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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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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Playing Crusader Kings II at very high resolution

I've noticed that in Crusader Kings II you can select the 5K Retina resolution: 5120x2880. I did, and the game resolution itself was correctly set… but the interfaces were just downscaled. That is, ...
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My nobles won't support a law [duplicate]

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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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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Can you restore Roman Empire as a pagan?

I am playing the Old Gods DLC, started in the north as a Pomeranian duke, formed the Wendish Empire and have now reconquered much of the Byzantine Empire, whose title I have usurped. I stayed as a ...
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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 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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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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Being Invaded in Crusader Kings 2

So I'm building up my empire nicely. I'm King of Wales and Scotland, soon to be King of Ireland, and then slowly move into England – and become Emporer of Britannia. I've done it before (though ...
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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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My personal levy size suddenly decreased by more than 50%… what could have happened?

I don't know what happened, but in three months, without apparently anything of note happening, my personal levy size more or less halved. I would stress out I'm talking about personal levy, not ...
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How long do title revocation penalties last?

I want to revoke a couple of vassal titles and would like to spread out the penalties over a longer period of time. How long does an individual revocation penalty last for, and does the game track ...
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What determines if a vassal king desires an empire

I am the emperor of Hispania and Francia and have two vassal kings, the king of Navarra and the king of France. The king of Navarra doesn't desire the empire of Hispania, but the king of France has a ...
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Is there a way to determine character motivations?

I'm often left scratching my head at the choices my courtiers or neighbors make. For example, sometimes I catch wind of a plot to kill somebody where there is no obvious relationship between the ...
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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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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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If I usurp a King, will all of his vassals swear fealty to me?

I am the King of Ireland, and I've conquered Wales and carved myself a good chunk out of the Kingdom of England. My goal is to drive the English off the island, and form the Empire of Brittania. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...