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 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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What does a person's death caused by assassination without your knowledge look like to you?

I've noticed that my Spymasters have been dying at a suspiciously high rate. I've gone through 3 of them in about six months. Now, this could just be bad luck, but considering that it's Crusader ...
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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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A vassal gained a title and he became independent

I'm King. A Count under a Duke vassal of mine, inherited a Duke-level title (Petty Kingdom)… and now he's independent. I assumed that since King>Duke, he would still be my vassal, but this didn't ...
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Church and City tax details not clear from wiki

...to me at least. Reading the following three articles - http://www.ckiiwiki.com/Tax [1], http://www.ckiiwiki.com/Demesne_income [2], and http://www.ckiiwiki.com/Liege_tax [3] -, I have the ...
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How do I transfer ducal vassals to a viceroy?

I would like to transfer dukes vassalage to a Viceroy, specifically I would like Duke of Leon to be a vassal of Viceroy of Castille. But this option does not seem to come up. I thought you could ...
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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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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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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 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 won't Crusader Kings 2 give me my land?

I had a claim on 3 different counties, courtesy of my late mother, and I fought a brutal war against the owner of them(England) after I won the game said I gained my new territory as usually but after ...
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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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How to change election type in kingdom of scotland

I'm currently king of Ireland and Scotland, and own about half of GB. One of my relatives got a claim on the Kingdom of England, so I managed to win that war and place my cousin on the throne of ...
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Custom empires / kingdoms and de jure

With the Charlemagne expansion you can form your own kingdoms and eventually empires if you have enough territory, titles and prestige to do it. So I founded my own kingdom and later my own empire, ...
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Whom can I declare war on as a vassal of a vassal?

I'm a Count, to a Duke, to the Emperor. I've managed to get a claim on a Count who is directly vassal of the Emperor, and the game informed me I can't declare war on him because we are both vassals ...
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How to use the 'Free from captvity' option from the intrigue focus

So I want to free my kinswomen from the King of France's prison but I see no option anywhere, despite having the intrigue focus? Can anyone help?
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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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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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How do I transfer ownership of a Trade Post?

With the titleowner console command, I can transfer ownership of land by transferring titles. However, I don't see any titles for trade posts, so I can't use this method to transfer ownership of a ...
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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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Can pagan holy orders be used against other pagans?

In my current game I am the king of Sweden and have reformed the Norse faith. I have access to the Jomsvikings holy order and have raised them to help out in a holy war against a Slavic duchy. ...
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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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How do you defeat Harold Godwinson in the William the Bastard campaign?

I read that if I wait a bit, Harold goes to fight Harald on Stamford bridge and gets messed up in the process. Yet all that happens is that the guy just keeps attacking me, totally ignoring Harald. ...
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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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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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Crusader Kings 2 trait modding “birth” and “inherit_chance” attributes

If you create a trait with birth = 0 and inherit_chance = 100, does that effectively create a trait that only your ancestors can have? In other words does the inherit_chance attribute take precedence ...
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How does the Seduction mechanic work? Why does nobody try to seduce me?

I started playing as a female character with attractive trait. Nobody seduced me even though all my neighbors had the seduction focus. Then I tried starting again, with Ironman mode on, and then ...
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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 ...
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Warscore drops when I win

I noticed something strange today. Immediately after I successfully assaulted a holding, my warscore dropped about 10 percentage points. I figured it may had something to do with my losses, so I ...
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Why are my vassals revolting when I give them just one title?

I'm at holy war with some Muslim region, so I have focus all of my units there. Now there are a hell of a lot of revolts going on, one after another. I think it's because I control about 98% of the ...
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What's the life expectancy?

I've fabricated a claim on a petty kindom, spending all my gold and a little bit more. Now, I've quickly recovered and I'm no longer <0, but before attacking I'd like to have some spare gold, just ...
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How do graphical DLC apply to in-progress game?

I'm considering buying some of the graphical DLC, but I'm already in the middle of a game and don't want to start a new one. So, when I load the existing game after buying the DLC, what will happen? ...
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A vassal Republic converted to Duchy, how do I convert it back?

I'm King, and one of my duke-level vassals had a Republic. She lost her main City, which happened to be located "elsewhere", i.e. not on her duchy. In her county capital, for some reason the only ...
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What are the effects of Education by people of Foreign Cultures?

So, I think at this point, I have established the following: Educating your heir with a foreign culture can really harm your vassals opinion of you. (And, subsequently, their opinion of him when he ...
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CK2: technology screen

The tips I've seen suggest that I should be able to focus my attention on particular areas within the technology screen, but I don't see how to do this. I click on various things, but nothing seems ...
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How can I activate DLC without using the launcher?

I can't start CK2's launcher (ck2game.exe) due to problems with Nvidia drivers for my Optimus+Ion netbook, so I can only launch the game directly (ck2.exe). The usual way to activate DLC is to select ...
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Tackling a lack of boats

Playing Crusader Kings 2 with the Charlemagne expansion, I started a game as a count in southern Greece (Byzantine Empire). I rebelled against my liege, and then against the emperor (note: the magic ...
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Why can't I grant the Kingdom of Wales to the Grand-Mayor of Gwynedd?

I'm Emperor of Alba and besides the Kingdom of Eire I control the Kingdom of Wales(1). One of its Dukes is the Grand-Mayor of Gwynedd, which has built a lot of trade posts and stuff over the years. ...
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Reforming the Roman Empire as Catholic

Is it possible? I get the impression that you have to be orthodoxy to form the Roman Empire, but I'm not 100% sure. If you don't convert to orthodoxy, what would be your path?
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Marrying my Dynasty into a Duchy and Becoming it's New Liege

I'm going to make this fairly specific, but it's a situation that will probably be familiar to many people. I'm a king (The Petty King of Ulster, used to be the Earl of Ulster) and after my first wife ...
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Can I siege/take county that is under the control of a revolt?

So Norway is defending itself from an internal revolt that has taken over several provinces including Cornwall. I have a De Jure claim on it, but it is currently taken over by the revolt (when I click ...