Albion, where the Sun never set

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So, while I do bit of write-up on the fronts of the First World War, here's the rulers of Albion and the streamlined line of succession:

1878-1908: Victoria (1819-1908) also Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1837-1878)
1908-1916: Arthur (1841-1916)
1916-1943: Henry (1865-1943)
1943-1954: Leonard (1895-1954)
1954-2015: Jessamine (1927-2015)
2015-2015: Eleanor (1951-2015) empress for 99 days
2015- : Charlotte (1954)
Heir apparent: Cedric, Prince of Wales (1982)​
2nd in line: Thomas, Duke of Cambridge (2001)​
 
The Theaters and Fronts of the First World War (I), Europe and North America
So, I finally noticed just how astonishing large I made this conflict, so, here's the fronts in Europe and North America, which have been the only ones I have written something on so far (I think they may have deserved a bit more in some places, but I also admit I am not the most well versed in WWI, ergo why I have mentioned so few OTL military commanders)
Europe
The Western Front
Started on the 2nd of May 1910, the Western Front passed through three phases during the war:

The initial advance by France, who managed to get Germany by surprise by invading in a two-pronged attack through Alsace-Lorraine and the Low Countries, during the first week of the advance Belgium and Luxembourg fell to the French, their government, leaded by Queen Stéphanie[1] and Grand Duke Guillaume[2], fleeing to Germany; and in the following months (as the advance continued in some way until October) the French managed to take control of most of the lands west of the Rhine, together with managing to cross into southern Baden before their advance was stopped at the battles of Mainz, Bonn and the Black Forest, stabilizing the front.

Following the initial advance, what followed was the time of the trenches, which lasted from late 1910 all the way to 1919, during it the war was one of attrition as the frontlines rarely changed positions. It was also during it that some of the most brutal and devastating battles in the war occurred, with the most memorable one being the Battle of the Rhine (technically the third or second one, but is mostly remembered by that name), which was basically a weeks-long orgy of mindless suffering and destruction around the western banks of the Rhine from Dusseldorf to Coblenz, and saw during it the single most deadly day in the Western Front[3].

The final phase was the German retaliation that started in mid-to-late 1919, when after an uprising in Belgium forced to French to divert troops the Germans took the opportunity to break the lines to the north, starting a slow but sure advance that lasted for the remainder of the war, retaking most of the northern Rhineland as well as Belgium[4], and by the time of the armistice had reached the border. It was also during it that most of the aerial fighting was seen as airplanes were introduced to the battlefield, with the Battle of Antwerp in April of 1920 being remarked on the fighting that was being done in the sky[5].

During the final phase, there was also a short comeback by the French during the 100 Days Offensive, which saw them managing to retake large swathes of land in Belgium and take some new in Southern Germany, but most of it was not strategically important, and caused the tiring army to finally be completely depleted of reserves.

Besides the land, the front also saw fighting on the sea, as the French and Americans tried to take control of the Channel from the Albish in the Battle of the Channel (1912-1915), a series of naval skirmishes that lasted that long mostly due to the Royal Navy being distracted by the acting in the Americas. During the battle, which involved the widespread use of naval mines, dozens of ships were sunk, although in the end Albion did rise victorious, cementing her control over the Channel and taking both Dunkirk and Calais under her control.​

[1] Daughter-in-law of Emperor Franz Ferdinand and wife of Crown Prince Rudolph, Queen Stéphanie I of the Belgians inherited the Belgian throne in 1907 after the unexpected death of her father, Leopold, as her older sister, Louise, had been disinherited by him 1895, and the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (of the Belgian Branch) had become extinct in the male line upon the death of her uncle, Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, without male heirs in 1905. Although there were calls to have her older sister (or her children) made monarch, Stéphanie won out due to being supported by most of the great powers of Europe, and all but 1 of her neighboring countries
[2] He would die while in exile in 1912, being succeeded by his daughter, Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde; quite interes-tingly, Guillaume was also Grand-Duke William II of Nassau in the German Empire (he would die in the Duchy, who was just on the other side of the Rhine), and with his death the House of Nassau, while continuing in name, became extinct in the legitimate male line, as agreed by the Luxemburgish and German government in 1906, his second daughter, Charlotte, inherited Nassau
[3] July 8th, 1916, saw the death of around 65 thousand people
[4] The Belgian Government returned to Brussels on the 20th of December 1920, having firstly realocated to Frankfurt and later to Aachen when the tides began to turn
[5] Marked by Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen, who became known in the Western front for his incredible and deadly capacity as a fighter pilot, and the garish purple color of his plane

The Eastern Front
Fought mainly between Russia and Germany[1], the East, unlike the West, saw a much greater change and fluidity on the lines as the front was constantly changing due to the variable competency of the leaders of the armies involved and the lack of the widespread use of trenches.

Not marked by any specific phase, as both sides tended to change fortunes on a dime, the eastern front is more remembered due to the fact that it saw the most changes in territory, the use of revolutionaries and nationalists to stir up trouble[2], and the fact that half of the main military leaders during it were royalty and/or cousins, with both the Crown Prince of Prussia[3], the Queen of Romania[4], the future Queen of Georgia[5] and the future monarchs of Poland, Livonia and Ukraine[6] all being directly involved in the conflict, causing the eastern front to be sometimes called “The Cousin’s War”.

The Eastern Front also ended much earlier than the Western, as after a failed republican revolution leaded by Alexander Kerensky[7] in February of 1920, the empire, which had been fighting for nearly a decade without stop, finally reached its breaking point, and as St. Petersburg suffered through political turmoil[8], bits of the empire, including areas under the control of imperial princes, started falling off.

By October 1920, the Russians had all but given up on the war, having to focus on their own chaos​

[1] The Hapsburgs were mostly focused on the Balkans and Italy
[2] Both sides tried to use nationalist extremists and revolutionaries to their favor, the result: a mess of political and ethnical unrest among the successor states of the region that took years to be resolved (the most memorable being the “Popular Byelorussian Movement”, which ended up creating one of the most disgusting nations in the world as they mixed both extreme socialism with “lets-expel-all-others” levels of nationalism, they lasted 15 years as a country before being partitioned in the 1940s)
[3] Who became known for spending most of his battles drinking tea while commanding (he was a talented general)
[4] Maria I of Romania (daughter of Carol I, inherited her father’s throne upon his death in 1884 and married one of her nobles), who became infamous for deposing her own generals due to their lackluster capacity in the conflict (Moldova had been lost to the Russians by that point) and over the course of the year of 1915 managing to retake the lands lost to the Russians and conquer the entirety of Bessarabia
[5] Then Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, who was married to the claimant to the throne of Kartli-Kakheti, she became infamous for her love of aviation and ended up leading the entirety of Russia’s fighter pilots, being considered the eastern equivalent of the Red Baron and the Silver Devil
[6] All of whom were generals or military leaders of some kind in either side, with Oleg leading the Russian forces in Ukraine, Viktoria de facto ruling over Livonia well before she became its ruler and Kazimierz being the German-Hapsburg backed leader of an independent Poland (and their first cousin/brother-in-law)
[7] With the support of one of the Emperor’s cousin’s, Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich (who was a political liberal who veered towards what he called “authoritarian republicanism”), he and his supporters tried to create a revolution using of the popular protests that were happening in St. Petersburg due to the rises in the price of bread at the time. The revolution failed after it failed to gain enough popular support (most the population were on the belief that the Emperor’s “evil ministers” were bringing the rise in prices, and even the communists were divided on the matter due to the rising support for social monarchism among their ranks). In the end, Kerensky and his supporters ended up being routed out and killed when Tsarevich Ivan ordered the Taurida Palace (which was the seat of the Imperial Duma), taken over by the revolutionaries, shelled
[8] Following the February Revolution, Russia’s government and military were a mess as the empire started to collapse, with Tsarevich Ivan enacting a palace coup in March against his father and becoming Tsarevich Regent (After his father’s forced abdication in 1922, Emperor, although he is historically known as “Tsar of Muscovy”) in an attempt to save the empire, as he saw his father as not being the type of ruler the empire needed at the moment, he both failed and succeeded on it

Italy
A somewhat confusing front of the war, in part due to the fact that it was incredibly variated on its ways of fighting and terrain, the Italian Front, for the lack of a better term, was an utter mess, as during it the nations of the peninsula fought from the Alps all they way to Sicily, with Italy and the Hapsburgs going for ambush tactics on the Alps (including using dynamite to blow up the side of a mountain to bury an entire battalion in 1914), while in the Po Valley the Italians and the Venetians fought on the trenches, and to the south things looked almost like a rehearsal of the War of 1860, with both sides committing atrocities left-right-and-center as they fought by tooth and nail, like for example the Tragedy at San Marino[1] or the Battle of Pontecorvo[2].

In an interesting note, the Principality Monaco may be considered the nation that gained the most from this front[3]

Exhaustive to the max, the front was the second European front to end, as the Italians, exhausted by fighting in three different fronts and having lost their funding from the French (which by that point was the lifeline sustaining the Italian war effort), surrendered in 1 January 1921.​

[1] Where a quarter of the republic’s population was killed after the Sicilians and Venetians used the mountainous republic as a stronghold against the Italians and they ended up in the crossfire (and in the explosion that destroyed a large part of the republic after a charge hit the stock of gunpowder of the Sicilians, causing it to explode in a catastrophic manner)
[2] Which saw the city be razed to the ground over the course of the fighting, although most of the population had already fled by that point
[3] Although at the start of the war surrounded by France, the Treaty of Zarzuela, which decided the peninsula’s post-war borders, gave Savoy and Nice back to Italy (while taking a great deal of Italian territory in the process), and returned Menton and Roquebrune to Monaco, territories that had been lots to France in 1861, meaning that Monaco’s territory grew by around 20 times

The Balkans
The shortest of the European fronts, but also one of the most emotional due to the deep enmities and rivalries within the Balkans, the Balkans Campaign was basically one long dogpiling on Serbia, started by the Hapsburgs invading it in 1910, but that the kingdom actually held out for 5 years due to the fact that the empire was always needing to look on the other fronts of the war, and only started to lose heavily after both Greece and Bulgaria entered the war in 1915 and 16, with the last remnants of the Serbian military declaring their defeat in January 1917 in the Siege of Nis

North America
The Northeastern Front
Although started by the Albish with the entering of Maine on the 26th of April 1910[1], the front was, throughout its run, almost evenly matched between both sides, who had some of the best military commanders of the era, like Prince-General John[2], General Franklin D. Roosevelt[3], Black Jack Pershing[4], Admiral William Sims[5], Arthur W. Currie[6] and the future Emperor Henry[7], and saw a highly mobile warfare for most of its run, with fighting occurring from New Scotia all the way to Minnesota. It was also in part with Western Europe in the sheer scale of death and destruction it had, as both sides were brutal in their seeking of victory, with the front being estimate to have represented as much as a quarter of all deaths in the War

Divided quite cleanly between before and after 1916, which has been considered the decisive moment in the front, the Northwestern front’s story can be divided as:

From 1910 to 1912, there was the advance of the Albish into New England, although the Americans managed to hold their line in the Niagara Peninsula[8], and the forces, commanded by Prince-General John, reached as far south as northern Massachussets, in the east, while the Great Lakes saw the Albish and Americans fighting in the waters, with the Battle by Isle Royal[9] and the Siege of Detroit[10] being most known, but nonetheless the front was mostly stable

From 1912 to 1914 was a period of calm as trench warfare became more common, although in the naval side of the Great Lakes, the Albish saw clear victories as then Prince-Admiral Henry managed to win the Battle of the Mackinac, establishing control over lake Huron and the entrance of Lake Michigan

In late 1914 and early 1915 the Americans managed to make a great comeback under the leadership of General Roosevelt, who after managing to force the Albish into a retreat on New England, broke their lines in the Niagara Peninsula, entering Ontario and threatening Toronto. And while the Albish were making great gains the west, taking over most of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Americans continued to make advances in the east throughout 1915 and early 1916, culminating in the tragedy that was the Burning of Toronto[11]. In response to that, Prince-Admiral Henry enacted the Razing of Chicago[12], of equally vile pedigree, before being forced to return to the Home Islands due to his father’s death.

In the aftermath of the two most brutal moments in the war, both considered nearing war crimes by modern standards, the war entered an era of frenzy that lasted throughout 1916 and 1917, as the Albish, now under the command of General Currie, continue their advance into the Midwest, taking over most of the lands to the west and advancing into Pennsylvania, where their steam was stopped by the Americans at the First Battle of Pittsburg; the Americans, in exchange, managed to take the Maritimes and all of Quebec west of the St. Lawrence, and most of northwestern Ontario, forcing the Canadian government to flee to Winnipeg after the Siege of Ottawa[13].

From 1918 to 1919, there was a return to the trench warfare, with both sides playing the long game against each other, something that would not last long as the internal situation in the US became worse and worse, and finally with the November Coup in 1919, the tides had completely turned, and the Albish took their chance, crossing the Roosevelt Line[14] in November.

The last year of the front, 1920, saw the American government, who recalled Roosevelt in December[15], trying to salvage the situation while remaining in the war with a stubbornness that was uncalled for, and was deposed by a socialist revolution in February.

The war on front officially ended on the 21st of May 1920, when both sides signed on the Treaty of Cleveland[16]​

[1] With and amphibian attack in Bar Harbor and a crossing of the St Croix River at Lubec
[2] A bachelor for his entire life (mostly due to being gay and not being interested in marrying a woman just for the sake of appearances), he was also the Governor-General of Canada before the start of the war and remains to this day a beloved character in the country’s history due to his charity work and charm (some believe that had he married and produced children before his grandmother’s death, John would have received Canada, or at least a part of it, as an Imperial Kingdom)
[3] Cousin and nephew-in-law to President Theodore Roosevelt, considered by Prince-General John as “my only equal”, he took control of Maine during the American Civil War, and in one of his most unexpected moves asked for it to be annexed by Canada, becoming a main leader of the American expatriate community in the country
[4] The leader of the american forces in the Great Lakes for many years, died in the Razing of Chicago
[5] The leader of the american navy in the East Coast and Commander in Chief of the U.S, Atlantic Fleet
[6] Sir Arthur William Currie, a born and bred Irish-Canadian, he has the distinction of not only starting his military career from the very bottom but also for leading the Albish forces in the Northeastern Front to victory in the war, having been beforehand Prince-General John’s second in command
[7] Who was known in the front for his tendency for liking the rough climate and temperament of the Great Lakes, which he called “invigorating”
[8] The Americans managed to stop the Albish from crossing the Niagara river various times, and by 1913 it had become a marshy wasteland in most of its course
[9] Occurring on November 7, 1911, the Battle of Isle Royal was one of the most impressive naval battles of the war, being fought between 12 American and 8 Albish ships under the leadership of Prince-Admiral Henry and Admiral Hugo Osterhaus; it is known for not only giving the Albish control of Lake Superior but also for the fact it was fought in the middle of one of Lake Superior’s infamous storms, which resulted in 4 of the combatant ships (equally divided) to capsize during it
[10] Lasting from June 18, 1910 to July 5, 1910, the Siege of Detroit was the first major battle of the Great Lakes, being a mix between urban warfare, trench warfare and naval warfare as the sides fought both on the city, the land around it and the River Detroit
[11] Under the leadership of Colonel Jesse James Jr., the American forces besieging Toronto finally managed to break into the city on 8 March of 1916 and proceeded to pull a Sherman in burning and pillaging it while the American army looked away, resulting in over 90% of the city being burned to the ground by the end of it. Prince-General John, who had been stuck on the city since the beginning of the siege in January (having mostly commanded his other forces through radio), died in a last stand at the Third Government House, his body was desecrated and later, when he was himself killed in action, Colonel James was found with his scalp in his possession
[12] Under the leadership of Emperor Henry (who had inherited the throne 3 days earlier), the Albish forces in the Lake Michigan enacted a massive amphibian assault on the city of Chicago, which was serving as the center of the American forces in the western Great Lakes, on the 19th of March, and proceeded to do wholesale slaughter and destruction on the city. After 4 days of pillaging and fighting, which resulted in the death of General Pershing while trying to evacuate, the city was shelled by land and sea, leaving behind a burned-out husk that would take years if not decades to rebuild
[13] Which had the lasting effect (together with the devastation brought to Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes) of bringing more importance to the Prairie Provinces of Canada, as they had been mostly unaffected by the conflict in general and had seen a population boom during and after it (Winnipeg, in fact, remains the political center of Canada, even if the population center is still around the Great Lakes and St Lawrence Bay
[14] The TL’s equivalent to the Hindenburg Line, it follows mostly the continental divide in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, cutting through Upstate New York until around south of Buffalo
[15] No-one knows really why they did so, but it was basically the last nail in the American coffin
[16] In which (besides the territorial losses to Mexico that will be commented in the matter of the Southern Front) the US had to officially give up on all her overseas possessions (by then all lost to Imperial Powers) as well as lose large swathes of lands in the west and New England to Canada and Oregon; there was also a claim to Upstate Michigan and Wisconsin that was dropped

The Western Front
Sometimes called “the Italy of North America”, the Western front (sometimes called Northwestern) was, for the lack of better terms, a dumpsterfire, as it was divided into three different pseudo-fronts and saw all kinds of fighting styles. It was also mostly fought by the Kingdom of Oregon, whom mostly did not call for the assistance of the wider empire, against the United States and Russia.

To the southwest, along the coast, there was the American advance, which managed to get as far north as Newport before beign bogged into trench warfare mixed with a guerilla campaign, it also saw a great deal of colorful characters, like Damien Butler, Earl of Corvallis, who only spoke through a parakeet and leaded the Oregonians on the front, or Princess Mary, who was comparable to her cousin Anastasia and future husband Manfred in the sky[1]. The sea around was also incredibly messy, as the Pacific Fleet tried to take control of strategic positions in the coast only to be met with fierce resistance, culminating in the Battle of Puget Sound, in which Queen Emma herself[2] leading a naval ambush that managed to route and destroy over 30 ships before the Americans were forced to retreat.

To the east, there was the insanity, as at the same time that Samuel Donner[3] leaded an invasion of Utah[4], the Americans, also through Utah, invaded eastern Oregon, taking most of the Snake River Plain before being stopped by Princess Alice[5] at Fort Briggs[6], who broke all 15 charges made against her defenses and later would retake the entire valley with the help of guerilla fighters.

And to the north there was the snowy fighting against Russians in Alyeska, who under the command of the Grand Duke Alexander (later Tsar of Alyeska) fought a war of attrition against Oregon, with trenches made deep in the snow together with naval battles across the meandering coastal region.

In the end, the front ended in two sets, firstly with the Treaty of Cleveland and second when Grand Duke Alexander, now Tsar[7], sued for peace on 19 June 1920.​

[1] Called “The Silver Devil”, Princess Mary (who received her nickname due to her silver-and-blue airplane), became known for having an incredibly bloodlust while fighting, and has been said to have had a kill-count both in the air and the ground, as she is considered one of the world’s first bombers
[2] A lover of the sea who became the first woman to ever serve in the Royal Navy (entering it at age 15 in 1898), Queen Emma I of Oregon became known for having a nigh supernatural knack for sailing and the sea, managing to in 1915 lead the entire Royal Navy of Oregon (5 ships in total) in the middle of the night to ambush the incoming American fleet headed to Vancouver, using the foggy and dark night to her advantage in blindsiding her enemies
[3] A survivor of the infamous Donner Party (he was 1 when they left west from independence in 1846) who at age 14 moved to Oregon and made a career for himself in the army, he was known for having a talent in mountain warfare, liking to smoke from a clay pipe, having lost an eye fighting a mountain lion, and maybe having murdered and eaten his wife's lover
[4] At the time a still rather complicated territory of the US, as the Mormons had the tendency to stir up trouble every decade or so (not due to wanting independence like their uprisings under Oregon, but mostly due to wanting the army out of their damn lands)
[5] Called “The Iron Lady”, she became infamous for her capacity as a military leader and her unflinching brutality when dealing with her foes
[6] Sometimes known as the “Gate to Oregon”, the Fort Briggs (located around the same location as Huntington, Oregon), is a towering fortress controlling the main entrance to the Columbia River Valley through the East, built between 1902 and 1910, with renovations in the 50s and 90s, it has never been taken by either treachery or frontal assaults
[7] After Outer Manchuria broke away in May 1920, becoming the Socialist Republic of Eastern Russia, Alyeska’s connection to St. Petersburg, already flimsy at best due to the Royal Navy’s control of the Northern Pacific, was permanently lost, and Tsar Alexander, who had been living there for over 15 years by that point, decided to just say “fuck it” and declared himself Tsar before officially suing for peace. Alyeska then became a Albish protectorate, which it would remain as until the 1970s

Southern Front
The absolute first front of the war, having been started with the Shelling of Brownsville on April 25th, 1910[1], the Southern Front, sometimes also called “The Second Mexican-American War”, was the one most marked by trench warfare among the ones in North America, as outside of the Latino Uprisings[2] and the Zapata Rebellion[3] the decade-long front was made entirely of the patchwork of trenches stretching from Corpus Christi to Guadalajara[4].

Brutal and bloody due to the deep seethed animosity that existed between both sides, the front saw an array of war crimes and massacres by both Mexicans and Americans and caused a devastating amount of destruction to the regions of what is now Northern Mexico.

Won less by the capacity of the Mexicans, who while holding their ground masterfully were woefully unprepared to fight the Americans[5], and more due to the fact that the Americans were having to focus in a variety of fronts at the same time, the Southern Front ended together with most of the other north american fronts, and saw one of the most massive changes of territory and population caused by the war[6]​

[1] Sometimes called “The Second Battle of Palo Alto” (in reference to the historic battle during the Mexican-American War, ironically it was also the war’s first major battle), before it the town had a population of almost 11.000, nowadays it is a ghost town, its crumbling ruins a memorial to the causalities of the front
[2] A series of low-key ethnic uprisings that occurred in the American southwest during the conflict, backed by Mexico and motivated by the treatment of most Latin-Americans as second-class citizens and the forced expulsions done in the late 19th century (which saw most of the local Latino and Native American population of the region to either move out of the US by declaring them illegal immigrants or be confined to reservations), of whom the one leaded by Francisco “Pancho” Villa (born in Durango) was the most known, as his forces managed to hold much of northern Chihuahua for years
[3] Named after its leader, Emiliano Zapata, the Zapata Rebellion was a republican left-wing rebellion that controlled the state of Morelos for various years during the war, being supported in part by the Americans
[4] Although the Mexicans managed to make an advance into Texas, reaching into the middle of Corpus Christi (which was heavily damaged by the fighting as trenches sometimes gave way to buildings), the Americans (we must remember that at the time the states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa were all territories of the US) managed to make a large advance into Mexico, reaching as far south as the River Ameca
[5] Although there had been some modernization with help of the Albish, the Mexican Army had not fought a war since the establishment of the Empire in the 1860s, and so was almost completely unprepared to modern war in comparison to their enemy
[6] The Treaty of Cleveland saw much of the territories annexed by the United States in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo being returned to Mexico (who promptly changed the territories of Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington back to their original names of Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa) and in the following years the country enacted a massive expulsion of their Anglican (a name used by the Mexicans to refer to American Settlers) population, settling in their place Mexicans and the odd native american. Of their pre-war white population, only around 30% remain (having been even more depopulated during the 40s and 50s), living mostly on the states of Baja California, Arizona and Tejas. The effects of the forced migrations on the economy and ethnic makeup of the region can be felt to this day

Great Plains
Traditionally considered the most unremarkable of the fronts in North America, as the Prairie region was incredibly sparsely inhabited on either side of it, most of the fighting resumed to some skirmishes fought mostly by armed farmers or some raiding incursions made by the Cree Regiments​
 
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Emperor Leonard of Albion
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Leonard (Leonard Albert Victor Alexander David Charles; 21 June 1895 – 10 December 1954), most commonly known as Leonard the Grim (or Leonard the Bastion), was Emperor of Albion and her Dominions from 25 September 1943 until his death in 1954.

Known as "Leo" among his family and close friends, Leonard was born in the reign of his great-grandmother, Empress Victoria, and named after his great-uncle, the King of Madras, to whom his father was close. As the eldest son and child of the Duke of Cambridge (he was styled "His Imperial Highness, the Earl of Strathearn" until 1908), he was from birth expected to inherit the throne, and spent his early life mostly in the company of his great-grandmother, to whom he was close to, and surrounded by her court. Educated firstly with his siblings by a battalion of tutors and governesses, he attended naval college as a teenager, and served in the Royal Navy during the First World War, fighting in the battles of the South China Sea, where after being near an explosion in the Battle of Manila he lost most of his right leg, as well as his ear and had the movement on his arm permanently impaired by never damage.

Married in 1922 to Lady Olivia Churchill, after a five-years-long courtship started after they met in a ball in Singapore (her father was then a Rear-Admiral in the Eastern Fleet), he was made Commander-in-Chief of the Australia Station of the Royal Navy that same year, and worked as that until formally retiring from active service in 1925, during which he was involved in the Second American Civil War (as he sent ships to support the Californian Republic) and the First Mormon Uprising (as Australian ships were used to send reinforcements to Oregon). After that, he returned to the Home Isles, were he worked as his father's Minister of Transport, being a supporter of puplic transportation (in special by the expansion of trams and the undeground), and later served as his de facto regent as the emperor's health started to decline.

Ascending to the throne in 1943 during the lowest point of the Great Depression (with his coronation being one of the most austere in Albish history), Leonard's reign was marked by the economic woes of the empire, which was not helped by the moves for more autonomy (if not outright independence) occurring in India together with the extreme political ideologies of the era. In July 1951, the Albish Empire and Commonwealth declared war on Militant France. War with the Kingdom of Spain, Republic of China and the Mexican State followed in 1952 and 1953, respectively. Leonard's already present popularity soared as the war effort inadvertently reinvigorated the recovering economy, while his periodic speeches through the wireless (they were also televised) and his past a war hero made he be seen as sharing the hardships of the common people and helped sustain the morale across the empire.

More than once advised by the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and even his mother to at least leave London (most counseled him to actually command from South Africa or Australia), he refused at every turn, and that, sadly, would also result on his death, as in 8 of December 1954 Buckingham Palace itself was bombed (and over 90% of London was damaged or destroyed) during the Battle for Albion, with the emperor being found in the rubble of the palace a day later mortally wounded, he died at day later in the Imperial London Hospital from his injuries.

Buried almost a month later with his pet tiger, Lucas, he was succeeded by his eldest daughter, Jessamine, who had become Princess of Wales after her brother, Richard, was disowned by their father in May of 1951 after being deemed "unfit to rule" (due to his playboy persona and obvious disinterest in anything outside of the luxuries of royalty), with the Succession Act of 1951 formally establishing the Albish Line of Succession as being based on "excepcional absolute primogeniture".

Considered a symbol of Albish determination and endurance during the Great Depression and the war, Leonard is to this day one of Albion's most revered figures, hundreds of memorials, hospital, schools, monuments and a city being named after him​
 
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Olivia Spencer-Churchill, the Empress Grandmother
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Olivia Charlotte Madeleine Spencer-Churchill (28 April 1900) is the widow of Emperor Leonard and mother of Empress Jessamine and other 10 children, 5 of whom are or were monarchs on their own right). She was Empress consort of Albion and her Dominions from her husband's ascension in 1943 until his death in 1954, after which she was known as Empress Olivia, the Empress Mother, and currently is known as Empress Olivia, the Empress Grandmother, after her daughter's death in 2015.

Born into a family of the nobility and raised both in the Home Islands and in Southeast Asia, as her father, the 9th duke of Marlborough, served in the Navy and commanded the Eastern Fleet, she came to prominence in 1922 when she married the Duke of Cambridge, the eldest son and heir of Emperor Arthur and Empress Mary, after years of courtship, theirs being the first royal wedding to be recorded in film. The couple and their children embodied traditional ideas of family and public service, and she took a variety of public engagements and became known for her consistent cheerfulness and charming intelligence.

In 1943 her husband became emperor when his father died from a disease in the lungs. Olivia then became queen, accompanying her husband during their Imperial Tour from 1945 to 1946 and on diplomatic trips to Germany and Brazil before the start of the Second World War. During the war, her continuously high spirit provided moral support to the Albish public just as much as her husband's stoic image, and she continued with it even after the emperor's death in 1954, only taking a two month hiatus before returning to her public appearances.

After the stepping down of Empress Mary in 1958, Olivia was viewed as the matriarch of the Imperial Family, and brought one of the royalty's greatest scandals when she married in secret her private secretary, Callum Williams, in 1972, as many disliked the idea of a remarried empress mother. Out of the public eye for some years, Olivia resumed her duties in 1975, and continued with an active public life until the Earl of Aberfan's death in 2001, after which she entered a period of mourning before resuming her public appearances in 2002, formally stepping down from active duty in 2004 after a back surgery.

Currently living in a semi-secluded life in her personal country residence, Evergreen Park, near Aberfan, with her third husband, Eric Lloyd Right, 3rd Baronet, whom she met in 2002 during his son's marriage to the Baron of Henderson. Empress Olivia is the oldest member of the Imperil Family (as well as the second oldest royal in the world after Princess Tokiko of Japan, the 5th oldest person in the world, and the oldest person in the empire), with her 120th birthday having been made a national holiday​
 
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The Battle of Battenberg Island
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Possibly the weirdest and also most disturbing anecdote of the entire war, occurring during the months of mid and late 1915, the conflict in Patagonia managed to extend itself to Antarctica, when, during the Third Battle of Cape Horn, two ships, AUP Cervantes and HMS Jane Austen (where Prince Leopold of Battenberg and Albany was serving as a midshipman), ended up being blasted of course, and somehow got stranded on Pourquoi Pas Island (now known as Battenberg Island), located near the coast of Graham Land.

The battle was from its beginning a death sentence, as the survivors on both ships tried to continue fighting in the middle of the polar winter (injuries in the corpses found, as well as damages to the ships and crude battlements on the island itself show to that), using their stranded vessels as fortresses while they were killed by each other, their injuries and the bitter cold, which only got worse as the days went on as it was at the time winter in the South Hemisphere. By June 7th, over a month into the battle, the ship members still alive also had to deal with the polar twilight, as for nearly a month the Sun would not truly rise on the horizon.

It is not certain when the last combatant died, probably from the bitter cold, without any hope of rescue (some historians believe the captains decided to continue fighting in part as so their crews would not be condemned to die from cold and hunger) in the icy island, but when they did, probably around September, the battle ended with them.

The fate of the two ships would not be known until nearly two decades later, when an arctic expedition leaded by John Rymill would find the Austen’s wreckage in 1934 on the coast of Battenberg Island, laying on its side entirely on land, inside, there were 8 bodies, 3 huddled together as if trying to stay war and the other 5 visibly cannibalized, one barely anything more than a skeleton, among them was Prince Leopold, clutching a rosary and a pocket watch with a photo of his mother and siblings.

Cervantes would be found in 1958 by a Chilean scientific expedition, who saw it around 150 meters from the Austen, possibly sunken by an explosion of its engine room, as there was a gigantic hole to the side of the ship (no bodies were found, believed to have been ravaged by the seals and whales).​
 
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The House of Tokugawa
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The House of Tokugawa (徳川氏、德川氏, Tokugawa-shi or Tokugawa-uji) is a formerly Japanese dynasty whose members, now centered mostly on the Americas, have held or hold positions of power as generals, dictators, politicians, princes, nobles and monarchs in Japan, the Americas and China. The family started in 1567 when Matsudaira Motonobu, more commonly known as Tokugawa Ieyasu, changed his family's name from Matsudaira to Tokugawa. Through the Matsudaira the house is nominally descended from Emperor Seiwa (850-880) and are a branch of the Minamoto Clan (Seiwa Genji) by the Nitte Clan, although the Tokugawa's early history remains a mistory.

Originally a minor daymiō clan in japan, the Tokugawa rose to power in the early 17th century when Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shōgun in 1603, after having taking over the country in the aftermath of the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Ruling over Japan as de facto monarchs from 1603 until the Boshin War in 1868, the Tokugawa, in the aftermath of the conflict, which saw the end of the Shogunate and the return of power to the Emperor, the entire clan, as well as many of its retainers and vassals, were forced into exile to Albion, who was at that time already hosting Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi, deposed in 1866 by his successor, Yoshinobu, and a close friend of Empress Victoria, whose ambassadors in Japan were responsible for convincing the Japanese government of the time to opt for banishment instead of execution for the members of the clan.

A homeless dynasty living on the favor of the Albish monarchy, the luck of the Tokugawas came again in 1874, when, after much consideration among the highest ranks of government, Empress Victoria issued a royal charter to the dynasty, collectively granting them most of the lands on the north of the Columbia Territory, which at the time were mostly unsettled. After receiving their new lands, most of the members of the family moved there, establishing over the course of the next two decades more than 50 feudal domains in a manner not dissimilar from their past lands in Japan, settling parts with immigrants and making treaties with the local native tribes.

To this day the center of the House of Tokugawa remains northern Oregon while the family serves as one of the keystones of the nation, controlling much of its northern borders, holding various government offices and being deeply interlaced with the House of Montival, to whom they have provided various consorts over the past century. As the premier lord of the realm, the Tokugawa Shogun, directly descended from Shogun Iemochi, also is the hereditary Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Oregon, and is generally considered the monarch's second in command.

Outside of Oregon, the House of Tokugawa is also present across the American continent and in some areas of Eurasia and the Pacific, as various marriages during the 20th century have made them closely related to the ruling houses of Peru and Hawaii, while through politics and marriage branches have come to rule over El Salvador and Macau as monarchs.

A large dynasty, whose members amounted to 3.101 in 2018, the Tokugawa have members spread across a large number of nations, who are not only among the ranks of nobility (there are over 400 titles held by some member of the family or the other, and they amount to around 10% of Peruan nobility) but of businessmen and politicians, with four of the companies in the global 500 being founded and run by members of the family. It is estimated that the total net worth of the Tokugawa is around 416 billion pounds.

Although both houses have intermingled on numerous occasions and are tangentially related through marriages, the House of Tokugawa remains barred from entering Japan, and any members who do so are to be detained and deported at the earliest convenience (until 1960 it was on the pain of death before Emperor Hirohito made some changes in the decree)​

A short run-down of the branches of the family
The Branches of the Tokugawa
The Main Branch/Edo Line
Descending from Shogun Iemochi, holding the main titles of "Duke and Shogun of Edo, Great Overlord of the North, High Lord of Whulj Sound, Master of the Order of Greenleaves and Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Oregon", the main branch holds the status of being higher in rank than any other member of the Tokugawa, with even their style of "prince" being considered of higher rank in comparison to the Gosanke and the Hainain-ka, while their head has a say in matter on all domains of the family even if they have literally never set foot there, besides their hereditary positions on the royal government of Oregon
The Royal Family of El Salvador
Established in 1933 when President Fernando Tokugawa (nephew of Shogun Yoshinobu of Japan) was made King of El Salvador, after having taken over in a coup. They are the most isolated of the branches from the rest of the Tokugawa, as besides being under Brazil's influence their rank and traditional cold relations with the Edo line have made them be more of an entirely separate house than a branch of the overarching Tokugawa
The Princely House of Macau
The most recent branch of the family to be born, while it already existed as a Tokumono, the branch in 1972 entered the ranks of royalty with the marriage of Alfonso José Tokugawa to Princess Maria of Portugal, who in 1974 became the ruling princess of the autonomous Principality of Macau. Although marked as beginning their rule over Macau in 1974 when Alfonso became Prince consort, by blood this development only came in 2018, when Princess Maria died and was succeeded by her son, the current Prince Antonio
The Gosanke ("The Noble Three")
The most ancient branches of the Tokugawa, descending from the younger sons of Tokugawa Ieyasu, in the past they were allowed to provide a shogun for Japan in case of need, with the Edo line in fact being originally a descendant of the Kishū, although as the tradition has not been mantained following their move to Edo, they currently are only marked by being the only branches outside of the Hainain-ka to hold the courtesy title of "Prince"
The Gosankyō ("The Three Lords")
The three branches descending of Shogun Yoshimune of Japan (himself born in the Kishū branch of the family), and who have the dubious honor of having produced the last Shogun of Japan, Yoshinobu. Their main feature (besides being the branches of origin for the Salvadorian Royal Family) is the fact that their heads serve as co-rulers of the Minami Domain, the southernmost fiefdom of the Tokugawa
The Hainain-ka ("The High Nine")
The original nine branches descending from Shogun Iemochi (14th Shogun of Japan and 1st of Edo), who were granted the title of Dukes by Michael I and the courtesy of princes by his daughter. They, after the Edo Line, are the highest branches of the family, being known for their power, autonomy, and tendency for periodical infighting (the Hikuni and Uzushio being infamous for their rivalry).
Since 2017 the Hainain-ka have been reduced to nine, as with the death of Duke Anthony from meningitis the infamously infertile Hayakawa branch became extinct by name, their titles and domain reverting to the Crown of Oregon
The Shitakatei ("The Many")
The various minor branches of the Tokugawa in Oregon (not just landed but also simply aristocratic), they comprehend the bulk of the family overall, as of all persons bearing the Tokugawa surname over 80% are of the Shitakatei
The Tokumono ("The Faraways")
The branches of the family who are not rulers on their own right and live mostly outside of Oregon. They total some 56 odd groupings, most with less than 10 members by blood, living in the Home Islands of Albion (14 of them, the most important being the Fulham branch, who while only barons are also billionaires, while the Skye are known for their castle in the eponymous island); Peru (25); Australia (7); Hawaii (4); Portugal (2); the Netherlands (1); Oman (1); and Japan (1, the Shiba, a recent development)​
 
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Some interesting, diverse and creepy stories on here, very good.

As it is quite hard to keep track of who's ruling what, could we have a dynastic map, or otherwise a world map showing who runs what (rather than just an outright political map)

Best of luck with this rollercoaster of an AH,
From ML8991
 
Some interesting, diverse and creepy stories on here, very good.

As it is quite hard to keep track of who's ruling what, could we have a dynastic map, or otherwise a world map showing who runs what (rather than just an outright political map)

Best of luck with this rollercoaster of an AH,
From ML8991
Thanks for the comment! But yeah, even for me it gets a bit too confusing who rulers where at times, in special on the smaller countries. Now that you gave me the idea, I think I'm going to do a dynastic map now (although I will probably be extremely confusing, since there are so many dynasties spread across the globe), also showing the government of non-monarchies.

I'll also use it to show the major international blocks, since I completely forgot to show them on the first one and since there is a cold war on the setting it would probably be useful to show it
 
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(Extra THICC might help, it has a bunch of dynasties on it)
I'm currently in the process of labeling the colors (it was quick and not as large as I expected because it only shows the 2 major international organizations and the far third (but I think it will help to convey the geopolitics of the world at least a bit) and leaves behind most dynasties that rule a single country)
 
Major dynasties and non-monarchical/dynastic governments in 2020
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And here are the three major international power blocks​
The Albish Commonwealth (or just "The Commonwealth", sometimes called "The Imperial Commonwealth"), technically the continuation of the Albish Empire, as outside of some additions the group comprehends all of the empire's territories and past vassals, protectorates and clients, and still headed by London; the commonwealth, although comprehending much of it, is not the entirety of its international block, and only represents Albion's sphere of direct influence and control (as some other regional blocks and nations, like the Hapsburg Family Concord and Portugal, also tend to follow Albion on international relations)
The Caracas Pact (officially the "Treaty of Prosperity, Friendship and Mutual Assistance"), established in 1970 in response to the proposal for the total reunification of France but mainly the Brazilian Empire's sphere of direct influence (as there are some other nations that tend to follow Brazil on the international sphere, like the Nordic Federation and Egypt), the pact has a major characteristic on the fact that almost all of its members follow a socialist-monarchist system of government, that was spread on South and Central America by Brazil during the early-to-mid 20th century and was brought to Africa and Asia during the decolonization of Indochina following the FWW and of Africa following the SWW
The Pacific Union, the distant third on the ranking, having been established by Japan, Qing and Korea following the Second World War, it is, unlike the Commonwealth and Pact, much more of an international organization, being born as a venue for the countries of East Asia to support each other following the destruction of the war (and possibly as a defensive alliance against the remnants of Kuomintang China, at the time still considered something of a threat). Backed by Albion on its beginning but also friendly to the Pact (and at the moment the major neutral power), the Union has expanded since its conception, and has changed its name to Pacific in 2005 after Hawaii's admission (having already changed from East Asian to Asian following the admission of the nations of the Malay Archipelago in the 1980s and 90s), and could be considered the TL's equivalent to the EU (although rather more belligerent than it due to the situation in China)

In comparison to the OTL Cold War, this one is remarkably less violent (at least nowadays) and less antagonistic between both sides, and while an arms race occurred in the earlier years (together with various proxy wars) nowadays it has been dialed down to technological advancements, pop culture and sports (and even then, cooperation has occurred, in special in relation to space travel and colonization, which is much more advanced than in OTL). The international situation is not all good, though, as there were some very destructive wars in the 21st century (The Zanzibarian Civil War and the War of the Gulf being the major two, while China is a clusterfuck on itself), the USSA continues being an angry pariah state after trying to become a superpower in the 80s and the looming crisis over the Brazilian Succession continues without a clear resolution


The UN exists, although it is called, ironically, the League of Nations​
 
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Empress Jessamine of Albion
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Jessamine (Jessamine Margaret Marion Louise; 27 November 1927 - 3 July 2015), most commonly known as Jessamine the Peacemarker (or Jessamine the Great), was Empress of Albion and her Dominions, Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of her Realms from 10 December 1954 until her death in 2015.

Born in Windlesham Moor, a cottage on the grounds of Windsor, as the eldest daughter and third child of the Prince and Princess of Wales (later Emperor Leonard and Empress Olivia), Empress Jessamine was not set to become ruler of Albion at the time of her birth, coming after her brothers and father. Emperor Leonard's favorite child, she entered the IAF at the age of 18, having been privately tutored until then, serving as a a fighter pilot on the Second Mormon Uprising (during which she became known for her mastery of the airspace during battle) and the Second Indian Rebellion. Following the start of the Second World War, Jessamine took command of the N.22 Group of the IAF, commanding the supply of qualified personnel to the IAF and flying and non-flying training for all branches of the military, and was made Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in May 1954, maintaining the position until her retirement in 1955.

Married since 1949 to Prince George of Cyprus, whom she met that same year while serving in Oregon (he had been captured by a Mormon force while working as a junior assistant to the local Imperial Representative). In 1951, Empress Jessamine's life and career would change forevermore when, after months of debate among the Imperial Family and Parliament, her father passed the Imperial Succession Act of 1951, barring her eldest brother, Richard, from inheriting the throne and changing the succession to exceptional absolute primogeniture.

When her father died from his injuries in December 1954, Jessamine became Empress of Albion and ruler of its various dominions and states within the Commonwealth, assuming the empire during some of its darkest days in the middle of the Second World War. She reigned for the next four years of the conflict, following in her father's footsteps of remaining in the Home Isles through the duration of the war. During her 60-year-long reign, the longest of a Albish monarch under the same title, Jessamine ruled through major political changes in the empire and the world, such as the independence of India in 1959 and the development of the modern Commonwealth, the start of the Cold War, the Space Race and the landing and colonization of the Moon and Second Era of Decolonization, which saw Albion's remaining colonies become Dominions, Imperial Kingdoms or Commonwealth Realms. The face of the empire for over half a century, with her last prime ministers being born within her reign, Empress Jessamine became known for her various international visits, including a state visit to the USSA, to Mecca and to five popes. Significant events during her reign also included her coronation in 1960, the Moon landing in 1961, the development of the Underground, the October Uprising and the celebrations of her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

A heavy smoker since the age of 15, Empress Jessamine's health began to fail her during the 2010s, going through various medical procedures over the years to try and treat her problems, and she passed away in her sleep at the age 87 in 2015 from a pulmonary cancer, being mourned across the world. She was succeeded by her eldest daughter and child, Empress Eleanor.​
 
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Prince Arthur (1911-1934)
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Prince Arthur (Arthur Frederick Anthony Michael; 20 December 1911 - 1934), was a member of the Albish Imperial Family. He was the seventh child and youngest son of Emperor Henry and Empress Mary, and a granduncle of the current Albish Monarch, Empress Charlotte. Born during the early days of the First World War, he became known in 1924 when, after a visit of his Egyptian cousins, he declared his intention to convert to Islam at the age of 12, being the second and to this day last child of an Albish monarch to convert to Islam.

Zealous and eager in his new faith, he decided to perform the Hajj in 1926, where, two days after the end of the pilgrimage, he and his retinue disappeared as if from the face of the Earth in the way to Medina. Although searches were made across the Arabic Peninsula, none managed to find him, and he was declared dead in absentia in 1936.

Over forty years later, a dismembered skeleton was found during reforms in a family residence on the suburbs of Afif, on northwestern Najd, and after over two years of investigation and tests, it was discovered the body was of Prince Arthur, having died around the age of 22 from being dismembered with an axe. Following a repatriation process, he was buried in a small mausoleum in the City of the Dead in Cairo, near the Hosh al-Basha.​
 
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Empress Eleanor of Albion
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Eleanor (Mary Eleanor Constance Jane; 16 May 1950 - 10 October 2015), most commonly know as Eleanor the Brief or the ninety-nine days empress, was Empress of Albion and Dominions, Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of her Realms from 3 July 2015 until her death in October of that year.

Born in Kew Palace, Richmond, seven months after her parent's marriage. Originally a minor royal, the following year Eleanor would become second in line to the throne following the Imperial Succession Act of 1951. In 1954 she would become Duchess of Cornwall and Rothesay following the death of Emperor Leonard. In 1966 she was invested as Prince of Wales, the first woman to hold the title (as Empress Jessamine was never officially made Princess of Wales due to the Empire's greater worries with the War).

Suffering from severe scoliosis which caused her to wear back braces most of her youth, Eleanor was the first Albish monarch to not serve in the military since Empress Victoria, and instead was from a young age teached on politics and diplomacy, being known even in her teenage years for her talent in speech-writing and her deep knowledge and understanding of the constitution. In the late 1960s and early 70s, Eleanor attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and Sommerville College, Oxford, and studied a year in the University College Dublin, becoming Albion's first monarch to gain a university degree. From 1980 to 1991 Eleanor served as Viceroy of South Africa, and from 1995 to 2003 as Viceroy of Canada.

Married in 1974 to her first cousin, Prince Theodore August of India, the marriage was marked by strife due to his homosexuality and her various affairs, causing the two to be permanently separate by 1990. Pregnant seven times, she miscarried thrice and gave birth to two stillborn daughters, having only a single living child in 1977 with the birth of Prince Thomas. Born with a weak immune system and deaf since the age of 3 when he survived meningitis, the prince died in 1992 pneumonia, making Eleanor the first Albish monarch since William IV to not be succeeded by their children.

Widowed in 2012 when the Duke of Cornwall was assassinated by Hindu Nationalists while visiting the Rajputana, Eleanor was known for her close relationship to her nephew, the Prince of Wales, and was the godmother of the Duke of Cambridge. Succeeding to the throne in 2015 following her mother's death from lung cancer, Eleanor's reign was a short one, as she was assassinated by the white supremacist group, GNP, while visiting South Africa, only 99 days into her reign. She was succeded by her sister, Charlotte​
 
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Empress Charlotte of Albion
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Charlotte (Charlotte Marie Caroline Theresa; 16 April 1954), most commonly known as Empress Charlotte or The Astronaut, is the current Empress of Albion and the 14 Dominions, Head of the Commonwealth and monarch of 9 other Commonwealth Realms.

Born as the second daughter and third child of the Princess of Wales and the Duke of Cornwall (later Empress Jessamine and George the Prince Consort). Her mother ascended to the throne on the death of her father, Emperor Leonard, in December of that same year, from which time she was third in the line of succession. She was raised with her siblings in Windsor Castle during the war and while Buckingham was restored afterwards, and was educated privately by tutors from ages 5 to 9, before enrolling on Cheam Preparatory School in Berkshire, where she would stay for 3 years before being transferred to Gormenghast in Moray in 1966, where she would study until age 18.

Attending Trinity College, Cambridge, and Aberystwyth University between 1972 and 1976, as well as staying a term at Middleton University, Melbourne, in 1975, where she studied mathematics, astronomy and languages, graduating with a 2:2 Bachelor of Science. Entering the Imperial Air Force in 1976 following her mother's footsteps, Charlotte became a flying ace during the October Uprising in 1982, felling over 20 IRA planes in the Battle of Cork and commanding the bombers during Red Monday. Transferring to he Imperial Space Agency in 1984, Charlotte became the first member of the Imperial Family to be in space, staying a total of 752 days on space (having the third longest time a human spent outside of either earth or the Moon) during her 2 decades on the agency, retiring in 2004 for medical reasons with the rank of Air Marshal.

Marrying Prince Albert Frederick of Aotearoa, a cousin, in 1980, having been in a relationship since meeting on a military ball in 1978, Charlotte was made Duchess of Norwich a week before the ceremony, declining the offer to be made Queen of Quebec, and became knowns as a intermittent member of the House of the Lords known for her furious defense of ambientalist issues, loudly supporting the retaining of the highly controversial Preservation Laws. Following her retirement Charlotte served from 2005 to 2012 as Lord High Chancellor and Lord Keeper of the Lords, stepping down after losing much of her vocal chords to throat cancer. From 2012 to 2015 she served as Vicereine of Australia.

Second in line to the throne since 1992 with the death of her nephew, having been third since the death of Prince Edward in 1973 from a cocaine overdose, Charlotte became heir presumptive in 2015 with the death of her mother, returning to London to become a Privy Councilor. She served on the Privy Council for only 3 months before the death of her sister, upon which she became herself the fourth empress to rule in Albion, as well as the third one to rule during the year of 2015.

Her reign, although short, has been somewhat eventful, being marked by the crackdown on remaining white supremacist groups in South Africa in response to Empress Eleanor's assassination, the building of Victoria Tower in Hong Kong and the launching of the Ares IV mission, the second manned mission to the Red Planet. In 2019 the empress became a widower when the Prince Consort died from a methasthised lung cancer he had been battling since 2014, becoming the first Albish monarch since Empress Victoria not to predecease their consort​
 
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