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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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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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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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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Is there a risk of inbred children with fake fatherhood?

I got an event where my wife cheated on me and got pregnant, but I was unable to prove it. Now her son is listed as my legitimate son. We appear as father and son in family trees, relationship screens ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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My son is a moron and I don't want him inheriting my empire. Why can't I nominate him as a bishop? [duplicate]

This is my firstborn son, Enrique. He's a total moron. Unfortunately, he's also my heir. (I have primogeniture succession and papal investiture.) My usual plan would be to nominate him for a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 can I play a crazy character?

I would like to try playing a "Lunatic" and/or "Possessed" character, because I heard they have some really entertaining events. Is there a reliable way to drive my current or next character crazy? ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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Foreigner son-in-law went on a killing spree, then formed a militia just to stand around for awhile… did I miss something?

I'm working through my first, long-term play-through after dozens (or, if I'm being honest, hundreds) of short attempts to figure out the mechanics. I'm finally getting into where some weird stuff is ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why can't I join my son-in-law's war?

I am a strong, independent King, who needs no man. As a consequence of my massive, throbbing brain, I have managed to matrilineally marry my female heir to a Frenchman, whom, despite his inferiour ...
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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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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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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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Character gains military traits despite not leading troops

The current character I am playing has descent martial skills (8), but not enough to lead any troops. This is quite common for me, it is more often I let other characters with higher martial skills ...
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How should I punish my revolting vassals?

In my current game so far I've put down a few civil wars (playing as England currently). At the conclusion of the war, the vassals involved are all imprisoned, and I'm left to figure out what to do ...
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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 ...