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 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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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.
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Why is my child's leige my spouse's?

I am playing as a queen, and I have 4 children. My first two have my husband as their liege, and my youngest two have me as their liege. Why are they not all mine? My oldest two have grown up, and now ...
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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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Unable to switch primary location in demense upon inheritance

So have a weird situation going on in my ireland game. Have the duchy of leinster and meath, has it so the eldest son inherits everything. I gave all the sons mayoral titles while they wait for dad to ...
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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 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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How does military technology affect my army?

If my capital province has military technology III, my other province has level II and my vassal has first level and I summon every soldier from these provinces, will each unit have different ...
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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: ...
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How to appoint mayors, bishops and barons?

I am new to the game. The few tutorials I checked didn't help me understand it, or even mentioned more than the fact that I can make them. How can I do that?
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How to split a levy

I'm playing the Game of Thrones conversion mod and because of the way the provinces are set up, it's very easy to have individual levies larger than my entire fleet. I know you can create multiple ...
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I'm a little confused when it comes to handing out duchies/emirates, who should I give them to and what should I do with them? [duplicate]

From playing alone I've already ascertained that having too many duchies = bad, and from what I've gathered from Google the strategy is to possess two duchies for yourself, holding all the counties ...
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Is the ruler designer incompatible with setting the difficulty level?

I'm trying to set up interesting challenge modes in Crusader Kings 2, using the ruler designer in combination with upping the game difficulty. However, when I create a character via the ruler ...
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How do I kill myself? [duplicate]

My King of Ireland just died, but the problem is the child I had groomed for succession, my first son was murdered sometime ago, and now my second son inherited my kingdom. He is "Slow" and basically ...
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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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Crusader Kings 2: Capturing invader's lands?

My 82 years old king of a small kingdom got invaded by 8 years old nord king upstart. I managed to defeat invader, killed all his troops, and "took over" all of his counties in the sense that I ...
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What are the benefits to taking a concubine as a pagan in CK2?

When playing as a Pagan ruler with the Old Gods expansion in Crusader Kings 2, one of the options for female prisoners is to take them as a concubine. As far as I can tell, the only likely effect of ...
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Why did I lose all my piety upon death?

For an experiment, I tried staying peaceful and waiting for a holy war to amass piety. I was Venice and had 1 county with a 6 size. I thought it was going well - I had almost 500 piety and I had ...
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Does council opinion matter?

The Council tab also shows the opinion your Council members have of you. Does this have any effect whatsoever on their abilities or other things? Does hiring loyal people as Council members have any ...
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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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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 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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What is my succession law, exactly?

i'm new to CK2 and i get confused a lot. I started as Earl of Ulster, and before my initial Earl died, i changed succession law to 'elective'. I made my daughter elected (barely - some mayor almost ...
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Why is my army size halved?

When my king died, the next king (oldest son) could only raise like half the army (levies) I could before. What happened?
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Why did West Francia fall apart?

In my first game with the Charlemagne DLC (starting 769) King Charles Karling the Great created a pretty big realm. But then suddenly, in 791, many of his vassals, including the duchies of Brunswick, ...
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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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What's the point of seduce in crusader kings 2? What can you do with it?

I can seduce women and sometimes have children with them. Can you do anything with the children? Like adopt them? Is there anything you can do after seduction gameplay wise or is it just a way to get ...
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Exceeding the Duchy limit, Kingdom Titles and when to create or not create titles?

I've been playing a game a Munster and progressed from 1066 to 1128. During this time I was not aware of the Duchy limit of 2 and the corresponding penalties of holding more than 2 Duchies can incur. ...
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CK II Sword of islam adds anything new to the non-muslim gameplay?

Does Sword of Islam add more events or other things to the game if i play a non-muslim leader? It affects only the muslim rulers or the muslim world ?
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What happens if your demesne is larger than the allowed size?

What happens in CK2 if your demesne is larger than the allowed size, such as 6/4 or 6/3, over a large amount of time?
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How do I give away Duchies?

Just picked up CK2 and trying to figure out how to survive. I started with the Stamford Bridge scenario as William. I've won the war and taken England, but of course my English vassals hate me. I ...
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What happens if you enter an alliance with the Papacy?

So, I have the delightful pleasure to marry off my non-heir son. One of the options is a courtier in the Papacy with less-than-admirable attributes. Still, it sound like a fun thing to do. Has anyone ...
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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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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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What will happen if I, as a count, give a vassal a county?

What will happen if I, as a count, give a vassal a county? Will I lose the county like a duke who gives an extra duchy?
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Tanist votes are never saved except mine: they are empty when I load the game

I have Tanistry succession method, and I've noticed that every time I load the game, only my vote is counted, and all my vassals vote again in a few days. Is this a known bug, and is there a known ...
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Why did HRE set up an anti pope when the pope is already a vassal?

In my most recent game, the Holy Roman Emperor has set up an anti-pope, but the thing is the current legitimate pope is a vassal of the HRE anyway? So why on Earth did he do that? And aren't I, as ...
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How can I expand my realm without going to war?

I really enjoy the diplomacy, marriage, and plot options in Crusader Kings 2. I'm after options and ideas on ways to expand my realm in this game without war. Examples from games you've played would ...
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Does Crusader Kings 2 Without DLCs Have factions?

I can't seem to find the factions tab where either I can join as a member or create one. I can't seem to find it beside nor in the Intrigue section. So I'm thinking if it exists in the original ...
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Can I attack rebels rebelling against a different duke with same liege

There is a (peasant?) rebellion happening in a neighboring duchy, and I'd really like to help the duchess there because she's betrothed to my son. I tried raising a levy and simply moving my troops ...
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Who can I spy on?

With the new Way of Life DLC, if you have Intrigue Focus, you should be able to Spy On other characters. For characters where the Spy On is available (greyed out or not), the requirements are listed ...
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Can I reorganize vassals under multiple held titles?

My current character holds 3 kingdom titles, but somehow the vassals have ended up homogenized between them geographically. Is there a way I can reorganize my vassals so that if one of the titles is ...
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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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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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What event chains do different Way of Life focuses unlock?

The expansion Way of Life expansion allows your character to take a focus such as hunting, seduction, rulership, etc. What event chains / traits can I expect to unlock with the various focuses? ...
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Does a Heretic religion have a shorter holy war range?

I'm the King of Scotland and I control 100% of the British Isles. I'm a Lollard, and I used the Holy War CB to take control of the islands from the hands of the Catholics and the Norse. However, I ...
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Cities still occupied by ally

I had an ally during a war, and he helped me siege some cities (his army was greater than mine). Despite us being allies and me winning the war and the county, the county still has the "siege lines", ...
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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 ...