King Gustav IV had risen to power in on October 8, 1817 when his father Gustav III had died at the age of 71. Unlike his father Gustav IV was not a great statesman and leader he wasn’t even an decent statesman and leader. What Gustav IV was was a “funny looking man who was in many ways a dandy.” Gustav IV would be best know for selling the Swedish (ex-Danish) Virgin Islands to the British on October 28,1820 was the final straw for many officials within the Imperial Government; many of whom decide that Gustav IV has to go. On February 14,1821 Gustav IV holds a massive St. Valentine's Day Ball. While the Royal family feasted the a servant who had been paid off by the conspirators would slip poison into the soup, unfortunately he poisoned not just the King’s bowl but also Queen Frederica’s as well. The poison was slow working and would not hit the royal couple until after they went to bed that night. Their servants would wake to find both the King and Queen dead in pools of vomit and feces the next morning. Crown Prince Gustav would quickly be crowned King Gustav V taking his fathers place. The Server who poisoned the King and Queens food was never found; some twenty five years later a book would be published in by Mira Strandberg titled “Death of Gustav IV: A servants Revenge.” based upon her father’s death bed confession of how he killed Gustav IV and his Queen and how he was smuggled out of Sweden by sympathetic nobles. Gustav IV Adolf The Coronation of Gustav V would take place on June 10, 1821 at the Storkyrkan in Stockholm. The new Young king would move to pacify those elements who had hated his father. He swore to uphold Swedish Colonial Claims where they existed which consisted of Iceland, Greenland Swedish Australia. In 1825 he would ally with Britain when they declared war on the ailing Chinese Empire. To aid in the war Gustav V would send the Swedish Expeditionary Force. This force consisted of a Fleet of 15 ships of the line and 25 frigates and other supporting ships plus a ground contingent of 75,000 men under the command of his half cousin Lieutenant-General Count Carl Löwenhielm. However outside of this Gustav V like his father would continue to position Sweden as a major regional power in the Baltic not a globe spanning Empire like the British, French and Dutch did. Gustav V like his father realized that Sweden even with all of Scandinavia united under her banner lacked the population to colonize such an empire;and was surrounded by enemies who had to be constantly dealt with. this was problem that the Dutch also faced however unlike the kings of the Netherlands the Swedish were smart enough to recognize this fact. Instead like his father Gustav V envisioned a Sweden as the masters of the Baltic Sea controlling both is northern and southern shores;however before this could be achieved several enemies would have to be dealt with. Gustav V Sweden would use the 1820’s to develop its industrial base as all the major and regional powers did. Like most of the emerging industrial powers of the western world at this stage of the game centered around steam powered textiles, Canal, Railroads and Ironworks. When it came to textiles in Europe they revolved around Wool and Cotton wool was easy enough to come by in Europe but cotton couldn’t be grown in Europe. To gain access to this France, and Britain both courted the Commonwealth of American States who lead the world in cotton production. However they also looked for other sources of Cotton. For France and Britain this lead to a proxy fight in India between the British East India Company and the Indian Ocean Trading Company. To secure cotton for Swedish textile mills Gustav V and the Swedish government signed exclusive trade deals for cotton grown in the Ottoman Empire and the Sultanate of Egypt. In exchange for selling cotton exclusively to Sweden, Sweden would provided generous funds to set up the cotton plantations needed to grow cotton on mass. This would be followed by the Unequal Treaty that Sweden would force on China that would grant Sweden favorable rates on Chinese grown cotton as well. The Swedish Chinese Unequal Treaty would be short lived as Sweden would side against Britain in the Second War of Spanish Succession. And the British would cancel out that treaty and annex the Swedish concession territory.