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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If, as a Cathar, I Holy War an excommunicated Catholic, will other catholics help him?

Usually when a holy war is declared, nobles with the same fate as the defender will join the war alongside him. Will catholics help an excommunicated catholic, if I, as a cathar, will declare a holy ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any disadvantage to joining an ally's war but then not lifting a finger to help?

If I have a powerful but far-off ally who asks me to join their war at a moment when I'm too busy with my own wars, is there any disadvantage to accepting their call for help but then never actually ...
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How do I figure out which of my vassals are at war with each other?

I want to change my succession laws, but I can't because some of my vassals are at war with each other. This has been the case for many years, and I've changed crown authority to medium without ...
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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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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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CK2 - Is it possible to upgrade tribal holdings of vassals?

I am a new player of CK2 (current patch) playing as the feudal King of Sweden on the standard start date. I conquered some tribal holdings in the North via holy war and, noticing the 'wrong type of ...
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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 kill adventurers before they attack?

I've been playing through my very first full game as the Byzantine Empire. I've been going along fine, except every so often, I will get a message about a raiding adventurer party wanting land. How ...
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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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If the father dies before his child is born, will it lose all claims?

I had a strange situation yesterday: One of my courtiers had a strong claim on an Irish county. I married him to one of my daughters, so I would sooner or later be able to get someone of my dynasty on ...
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What threat do my prisoners pose?

So, after a small revolt, I imprisoned a few of my vassals. This made an excellent opportunity to restructure my realm. Those who had a different culture had their lands repossessed immediately. I do ...
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Can I free a vassal imprisonned by another?

So, here is the situation. When my heir turned 16, I gave him a small county for him to gain prestige. I then noticed he had a pretty useful duchy claim, that quickly pressed, and won. He is now Jarl ...
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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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Can I disable Sunset Invasion after starting a game?

I started a game of CK2 a while ago, with all DLC enabled, I got my nice little Scandinavian Empire spilling a bit in Russia and England, the reformed Norse religion is strong and the Empire of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I check if a country is at war?

I don't see a list of wars like in Europa Universalis, so how can I check if a country is at war?
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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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Succession war to topple an Elective Monarchy?

So, through a bit of luck, predatory big powers, thirst for conquest, and murdering my way down a family tree, I find myself 3rd in line to the throne of a Kingdom with an elective monarchy. I have ...
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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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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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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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My personal demese levies halved / improvements destroyed

Hey my grand old king died at the age of 70 and I'm now playing my 7 year old heir. My personal levies have halved, for reasons unknown, even though I've kept the exact same demense. Furthermore, ...
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What are the odds of passing on genetic traits?

Numerous traits in Crusader Kings 2 can pass down when having children [Ugly, Genius, Quick, Attractive]. What are the odds of passing down these traits? Is it worth it to try to marry into a ...
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My Launcher isn't displaying correctly. How do I fix it?

My CKII Launcher looks like this all the time. Is there any way of fixing it? I already tried re-installing the game.
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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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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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Way out of the war I offered to join?

So, the Aztec invasion hit while I was dominating Europe as the restored Roman Empire. They were attacking Britain, which I held most of, and Scotland, which was an independent kingdom. I had ...
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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.