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 neighbour is rich. I want in on that

I noticed that my dear neighbourino has a considerable amount of cash just laying around. Is there any way I can relieve him of it? Or is that money frozen in his Swiss bank account, for his heir to ...
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I imprisoned my wife: if I exile her, will we be still married?

Since my wife had the annoying habit of murdering my spymasters, I've decided it was time for her to experience the dungeons. Now I've noticed I've basically four options: execute her exile her ...
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Will sleeping with my sons wife have a negative effect on our relationship?

I'm relatively new to Crusader kings 2 and have started as the King of Munster. My first act was to find a suitable wife for both myself and my Son and Heir. As my main aim was to expand the family ...
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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 is the most effective way to kill my wife?

I don't like my current wife so I need to get rid of her. What would be the most effective way to replace her? What other ways are there?
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A vassal declares war on my heir. What to do?

I have recently made my heir the ruler of a small county I recently conquered. Problem is, one of my other vassals suddenly declared war on my heir over his county! Most uncool. I've not yet given my ...
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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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My son/heir wants to join the Varangian Guard, should I let him?

I'm currently fighting to try to subjugate Ostlandet, and my son/heir prompted this message: My current king (Jarl Tolir) is 56 years old, and I expect him to die at any moment. I just had a ...
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What is the point of duchies if you're king?

Example: I'm king of France and count of all counties inside Normandy. I'm also the duke of Normandy. What benefits does this 'duke of Normandy' title give to me exactly? I tried to give the 'duke of ...
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What to do with unmarried kinswomen?

I have several healthy, young and fertile kinswomen at my court. Unfortunately, no one wants to marry them matrilineally. I tried looking for duchy and county title claimants, the default search list, ...
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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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How does Technology Spread work?

Most of the time I have my Marshal train troops, my Steward collect taxes, and my Court Chaplin research Cultural Technology. Except I don't actually know what that Technology Spread effect is doing ...
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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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How to rig an election?

In my game as the king of Ireland/Wales/Castille, my dear neighbour the king of Scotland, for some crazy reason, agreed to have his brother, who is eligible to the throne, marry my sister in a ...
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Does my opinion of other people matter?

Each other person shows not only their opinion of me, but also my opinion of them. I know that their opinion of me is important in all kinds of ways, but what is my opinion of them for? For example, ...
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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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Why do I have so many Doges?

I'm playing CK2 as a Merchant Republic, and somehow I've managed to create a second set of great houses. It is an Ironman game, so I can't go back to a previous save but I'd really like to get rid 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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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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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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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 come this county has both Muslim and Christian holdings?

I am neighbouring the Kingdom of Navarra. Some of their holdings have mixed ownership. As you can see in this screenshot, the castle belongs to Navarra, while the temple and the city belongs to the ...
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Why am I suddenly hostile to the whole world?

I've been doing a Cathar world conquest, and suddenly all hell has broken loose. The entire world seems to be against me... in a weird way. I'm not in any war, everyone is just hostile for some ...
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Retinues sizes in patch 1.101

I was playing as Ireland in patch 1.091 (I'm not sure now since I've upgraded yesterday). I'm the King of Ireland, Wales and Scotland now, so I'm pretty large now. My retinue points limit was 9k which ...
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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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How do I reform my Religion?

How do I reform my religion in Crusader kings 2? Right now I'm Pagan. I'm playing as Greater Poland in the DLC Old Gods.
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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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Why did I lose?

Was I killed? Did my county get invaded by hostile forces? Did my Liege get sick of me converting everyone to Lollardism (HERESY!) and revoke my title? I was happily bumbling along as the Count of ...
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How does Crusader Kings 2 calculate levy percentages?

I'm trying to decipher CK2, and how I can amass an army. One of my vassals has a town, and in this town are 132/158 levy troops, and it says I can raise the top 20.8% of the levy. At the top, it ...
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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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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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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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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 exactly causes an alliance to be formed?

A male cousin of mine is married to a female ruler, and they have a son which, since it's a regular marriage, is also part of my dynasty. However, we are not considered allies. Why? I did press her ...
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CK2 - Can a king be the vassal of another king?

I'm the King of England and have also slowly usurped the title of King of Wales. I've invited a guy to my court who has a claim on the Kingdom of Scotland. I can now press his claim and go to war with ...
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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 my save games be salvaged?

I've been away from Crusader Kings for a while, to focus on more important things in life (mainly Europa Universalis 4). I run my game through Steam, so it autoupdates even if I don't play it for a ...
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How do I resolve a rivalry with my wife?

How do I resolve a rivalry with a character, or specifically in this case, my character's wife? I bagged my character a duchess as a wife (and not matrilineal) which means that the first kid produced ...
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I have medium crown authority, why are my vassals still fighting each other?

As I understood, crown authority from medium up should prevent vassals from figthing each other. I am playing as King of Scotland and Ireland and have medium crown authority, still my vassals are ...
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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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Once I set the Absolute Cognatic Succession Law, will that remain even if my heir isn't Cathar?

I've converted to catharism and set the succession law to absolute cognatic: will that remain set even if my heir is not a cathar himself?
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How can I quickly reduce my realm size?

Related to how to find out how big an opponent is, I just found out that I'm the biggest kid on the block: my realm is bigger than even the Holy Roman Empire, so I can't invade anybody. But my realm ...
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What is the most effective way to spread the Norse faith in Crusader King 2?

It's the year 1000, I am the Emperor of Scandinavia and reformed the north faith. The reformation will help against the Christians getting a foot into my realm, but unfortunately this is the only ...
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When do republics start making trade zones?

I created a vassal merchant republic in my kingdom. It is now several decades later and the merchant republic seems to own zero trade zones. The republic is in the Baltic and there are no competing ...
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Fulfilling vassals' ambitions gives no opinion bonus. Is this a bug?

Say you have a vassal or couriter who wants to get married, and you help him by arranging marriage but his opinion of you doesn't change. Is this a bug or not? I'm on version 2.1.6
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Can I persuade my liege to go to war for me on one of my claims?

If I am a Duke in Sweden and I have claims on counties or duchies in another country, can I convince my liege, the King of Sweden, to take our entire country to war so I can obtain those titles? Is ...
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Mixing succession laws- is there a downside to this?

After much diplomacy, war and diplomatic wars I've reunited France and Aquitaine. All my land is in those kingdoms. France has Primogeniture sucession. Aquitaine has Gavelkind. I personally control ...
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How can I tell who I'm allied with in Crusader Kings II?

I would like to start occupying some provinces in Ireland, but my family has been marrying into Irish families for the last generation. As a result, I am allied with many people that I don't even ...
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How to invade a whole kingdom in Crusader Kings 2?

I'm am playing as England. I wanted to invade Scotland and Wales. When I try to fabricate a claim I only get a claim on a county, not a whole kingdom. It takes a lot of time to capture a kingdom that ...
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Expanding within HRE

I'm playing my first game and I think I'm doing quite good. I've started as a bohemian duke and I've managed to create Kingdom of Bohemia, expanded a little while HRE had low crown authority, got ...