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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How do I prevent my imbecile son from being an heir?

I have a daughter and two younger sons; they are all marrying geniuses. My oldest son is inheriting everything and he is an imbecile. My oldest son isn't a traitor so I have no legal rights to ...
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What's the benefit of destroying titles?

I am the ruler of three kingdoms. Some of my vassals have a -20 opinion penalty, because they "desire this and that kingdom". There is an option to destroy a King-level title, however it comes with a ...
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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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How can I find out how big an opponent's realm is?

In Crusader Kings II, Catholic rulers can ask the Pope for a licence to ki-- er, invade, and take the top-level title (Duke, King, Emperor, God-King, etc.). You can only do this to invade people ...
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Sometimes after I grant a title to a landless councilor, he becomes ineligible for the seat for a while: why?

I've noticed several times that if I have a landless council member and I grant him a landed title, his seat becomes vacant and I cannot appoint him again. After an unspecified amount of time he ...
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How can I claim a duchy from an unrelated courtier, and keep the duchy in my kingdom?

In Crusader Kings II, there tends to be a motley collection of people with a claim on some particular duchy or county. You can press such a claim by inviting one of these people to court, which will ...
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Can I undo the creation of this merchant republic?

So I’m a King and I cajole a foreign courtier – call him A – who has a claim on an independent duchy D to come join my ever-so-much-more-prestigious court instead. Following roughly the guide in this ...
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I dislike the current head of my dynasty, can I arrange an accident for him?

The current ruler of my dynasty is a bit of an idiot. His heir shows much more promise; is there a way to get rid of my current ruler?
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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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Who should I give titles to?

I've been playing for a few days, but still I'm not sure who should I give or not give land titles. Should I give it all to my heir so when I die he gets everything? Or should I spread it to people ...
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What methods of suicide cause the least amounts of collateral damage?

CK2 is a big game with lots of variables, so I'll stick to adding them upon being requested to minimize the hassle. Anyway, let's say that you have a lot of children and the oldest one claims all the ...
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How to check opinion between any two arbitrary people?

It's easy enough to check an individual's opinion of you, and their opinion of their liege. But what about their opinion of someone else? For example, say you as a king want to decide how to ...
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Does army size affect speed of siege?

Is it better to split my units to siege multiple counties at once, or does a stack wear down the defenders quicker?
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Extra Council Members bug?

Has anyone had an issue, appointing council members beyond the top 5? There are extra positions, and when you go to appoint someone it says you don't have any honorary titles to give them. Yet there ...
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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 ...
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Embarking and disembarking

I find it very fiddly to embark and disembark, sometimes the ship just refuse to approach the land! does the landing site have to be allied land with a port facility or something...? And sometimes i ...
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Can I disown my heir?

Everything was perfect. I have a good and young ruler, who has passed on some good genes to his sons. I also had a lot of spare lands, so I could make my heir a duke and doubly count when he came of ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of having kings as vassals?

I'm newly the Wendish Emperor, as well as King of Poland and King of Lithuania. I also have enough of Pomerania to create that kingdom whenever I want. Because I still have gavelkind succession ...
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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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Is marrying my own sister a good idea?

I am Zoroastrian and marrying my own sister would net me a very nice vassal opinion boost. However, I also run the risk of undesirable genetic traits (inbred). My question is, if you have played the ...
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Can I set the Crown Laws in other parts of my realm?

I'm the King of both Ireland and Wales and Crown Authority is High. I had vassals in Andalusia, but somehow I lost them to Scotland during a succession. I thought, isn't High Crown Authority supposed ...
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Can I ensure one son becomes vassal of another when I die?

I'm currently using Gavelkind succession, and it looks like I might not have a chance to change it before I die. I currently have 2 sons and hold 2 duchies, so when I die they'll each get one - ...
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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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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 can I support the murder-plot of another character?

Thanks to my spymaster I recently found out that there is a conspiracy of nefarious plotters among my vassals who plan the murder of my beloved son. As a ruler and father I am outraged by their ...
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In crusader kings 2, what decides which titles I can revoke through plot?

When you press pick ambition sometimes you get an ambition to revoke a title. This is a great way to reorganize your empire, without having to get claims on the title or incurring tyranny. But I can't ...
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How do I determine a good Babysitter?

How can I ensure that my children are receiving an education befitting their noble birth? I've ended up trying a number of different things, from educating them myself, (which is only allowed ...
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How can I persuade my lords to pass a law?

I am trying to raise crown authority, but currently too few lords support the vote. Are there any methods to persuade the lords of the realm to support the new law?
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Vassal inheritance warning - Who must die?

I have a duke who has a married a foreign duke which has given me an inheritance warning. This being Crusader Kings, my gut instinct is to have someone killed but I'm not sure who or in what order ...
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What's the difference between total, current and relative strength?

When you hover over a person in their dynastic tree, you will be able to get an idea of how many troops they can summon. There are several numbers, but I can't figure out which I should look at. ...
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Can I join my armies to my liege's armies?

I'm trying to play CK2 as a minor count in the service of the King of England, and whenever the King goes to war, I don't seem to be very involved in it – I can basically ignore everything that's ...
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Invading a country with high crown laws

I play as the King of Ireland, and I plan to expand a little in the Kingdom they call England. Problem is, they have high crown authority, meaning any landed titles can not be inherited outside their ...
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What happens if you expel the Jews?

I haven't been able to find complete informations about expelling the Jews. how much gold do you get if you do it? how much gold does calling them back cost? does being heretic (i.e. Cathar) change ...
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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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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 can I keep my Kings from fighting each other?

I'm running a nice empire with, as any self respecting Emperor would require, absolute crown authority. The wiki says: Vassals can no longer go to war (except to rebel) at all ... It also does not ...
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Pressing inherited vassal claim

As Queen of Aquitaine, I was pressing a weak claim war on the Duchy of Anjou on behalf of one of my vassals when he died, causing the war to be cancelled. The vassal's titles were inherited by his ...
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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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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 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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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 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 ...