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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have a casus belli, but I can not declare war because no hostages held

I am playing as the count of Breifne in Ireland. My chancellor has fabricated a claim on the neighboring County of Connachta. The count of Connachta is also the petty king (duke) of Connachta, ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 matrilineal marriages work in Crusader Kings 2?

I am having trouble understanding the matrilineal marriage dynamic in Crusader Kings 2. A couple of times, I've had a female member of my dynasty marry someone matrilinearly who has then ascended to, ...
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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 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 ...
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How does succession work in a tanistry empire?

I was King of Eire, and I've created the Empire of Alba. I was surprised to notice that the Kingdom of Eire and the Empire of Alba have two separate successors. What happens when I die, if two ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do trade embargo wars work?

I'm playing as the Jimena dynasty (Tutorial scenario) and I'm approached by two separate Doges from Italy, asking me to join them in a trade embargo against the other Doge. I accepted the first time ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...