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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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+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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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 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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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 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 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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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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If I move my capital in CK2 will I take my technology with me?

I'm currently playing as the king of Eire in Charlemagne and I am around 150 years in. I've started to expand into England and will soon hold all the southern counties. With the bonus of the ...
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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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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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Are diseases more common in certain regions?

I was playing my Abbasid Caliphate game recently and saw a smallpox outbreak pop up in the south. Normally this wouldn't be noteworthy but I stopped and realized that I hadn't seen one in many ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Why are only some savegames compressed?

I've just noticed that some .ck2 savegames take more or less 10x of some others, during the same match (~45MB vs ~4.5MB). I've tried to compress them, and the bigger one compresses down to a little ...
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Lost land after winning a war?

This puzzles me so much. I am playing as Sweden. I built up enough power to be able to bully Denmark as I please. They still have most of their 1066 territories. Then I saw that I can "Claim ...
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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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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?