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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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 ...
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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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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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Needs to be approved by regent?

For some reason when I have a regent, I am not able to declare war, or do some other tasks. It says it "needs to be approved by regent." How do I go about getting regent approval?
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How do you win a war in CK2?

I've just bought CK2 and apparently a recent patch has invalidated most if not all walkthroughs. For instance, the Ireland start does not work anymore because you need 51% instead of 50% to create a ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Super-Duke vassals vs. King vassals in Crusader Kings 2

I am playing through the new Charlemagne expansion for CK2 and have been rather thrown off by the new vassal limits. Previously, I never had much worry and simply made small duchies if any at all. ...
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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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Is there a way to create a leader for a mercenary band?

I'm playing an old version of Crusader Kings 2 (2.1, I think). At one point, Paradox updated the game to include more mercenaries and holy orders. As I was the Irish King at the time, I had the option ...
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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 can I raise the Centralization level of my Petty Kingdom?

This is related to How can I persuade my lords to pass a law? but not a duplicate. I am an independent grand-duke of Ireland (control 2 duchies and have no liege). I currently have minimal ...