Are there any countires that had long periods of female monarchs besides the Lenape Nation (1724-Present) and the United Isles (1889-2005)?
Absolutely, while few countries come close to those two in relation to the matter there are still many countries with long periods of consecutive or semi-consecutive female rulers, like:
(which has had many female kings through its history) was from 1631 to 1689 under the reign of the daughters of Karl III Sigismund, firstly Ingeborg I until 1644 and after that her sister, Kristina (who was co-monarch with her husband, then her son, and then her grandson), and then was once under a period of female kings of over 60 years during the 18th century. Sweden’s successor, the United Kingdom of the Baltic
, in turn, has been under successive female monarchs since 1940
- ironically, Sweden’s “child” with Columbia, Newden/New Sweden has also had a long history of female viceroys, the first to be so being the state’s second ruler, who succeeded her father in 1679 and was followed in turn by two of her five sisters, starting a period of just under 70 years of consecutive female monarchs
- Although Venice
is known as a republic, technically speaking the Serenissima is a highly ceremonial elective monarchy since it’s Doges traditionally rule for life and are only heads of state, and it had a nearly-uninterrupted period of 99 years were only women were elected for the office starting in 1874 (with only two “gaps” in the 1920s, both of which lasted only a few years)
- and Ujian
, which somewhat similarly to the above, has had quite a unique history in relation to having female monarchs, as to start things the country possesses two separate “monarchs”, the ‘Sovereign’ and the Shogun, and to complicate it even more both are officially restricted to their respective dynasties’ male lines – but both still have had women holding the position., as long as they are agnatic members of said dynasties and, more importantly, as long as their heirs are as well (with more than once women holding their positions due to being their predecessor’s only “acceptable” child and marrying cousins), which has also translated in women holding a position while having a young male relative as their “junior monarch”, being their “pseudo-regents” (generally for nephews, sons, or grandsons)
Overall, even with this rather convoluted system, the country has nonetheless seen not only long periods of female rulership both in relation to ‘Sovereigns’ and Shoguns but has a large chunk of its history being made of them (in great part due to males on both dynasties having a tendency for dying young), with the years between 1765 to 1901 seeing, for example, basically two lines of succession for the position of ‘Sovereign’, one passed through women and the other through men (and being remarkable by the nearly 3-to-1 ration of male to female monarchs); while from 1693 to 1867 most Shoguns not only were women but held their positions without a “junior” (although it did include a civil war in the 1790s fighting for who would be the “pseudo-regents” for a toddler male Shogun)
Has the Columbian Emperor ever expanded the Imperial Crownlands though marriage or inheritance?
No, although they have expanded the Crownlands through things like buying or attainders, the only to which the Columbian Emperors have added through marriage or inheritance within the country’s territory is the Crown’s Estate, whose possessions are still considered parts of their “original” states and not immediate parts of the Crownlands
What was the first royal funeral to be filmed/televised, British or otherwise?
The first royal funeral to be filmed in any capacity was that of Princess Inés of Chactemal (also known as Santa Inés of the Criers), whose funeral procession in 1868 was filmed for a few minutes, while the first funeral to be filmed on its majority was that of King Alphonso of Cuba in 1901
The first royal funeral to be televised occurred a while later in 1924, being that of Empress Dowager Annunciata of Mexico
Were the Olympics ever canceled or delayed?
Yes, they were canceled due to the Great War in the early 20th century, but only then
Are there other royal houses that changed their names like what Columbia (Tudor to Pendragon) and Louisiana (Bourbon-Louisiana to just Louisiana) did?
Oh, very much yes, though interestingly the two examples you gave technically “changed” their names through different manners.
What I mean by that is that while the House of Pendragon in Columbia came to be recently (although nearly 2 centuries in the past for the present time, ITTL early-to-mid 19th century is still relatively young in “dynastic age” even for the Americas, where many royal families date to at least the 17th and some date to Pre-Columbian times in some way) and changed the name to gain “distance” from its “progenitor”, the Tudors, as well as become more “localized”, the House of Louisiana came to be during the 18th century and gained its name through the “European Old-Fashion” of a royal house gaining the name of its original territory, the taking out of the “Bourbon” becoming more of a shedding of unnecessary components or a full embracement of the name by which it was colloquially known than an actually name change.
Nonetheless, both “types” have other ITTL occurences, some examples being:
) From the first one
- the Albanian Royal Family, the House of Kastrioti
), which although known by that name isn’t actually a branch of the “OG” House of Kastrioti (which is in modern times a part of the Mediterranean Nobility and uses the spelling “Castriota”), being in actually started by a Portuguese prince (from one of the legitimate junior branches of the House of Avis) who gained the Albanian throne due to serving as a volunteer/mercenary during the country’s independence war and took on his wife’s surname (although he actually said he was taking on his grandmother’s, his wife and him being first cousins twice removed)
- the Royal House of Michigan (from which the various royal houses of the Lakelander Kingdoms originate), the House of Oberon
(also called the Oberonic Dynasty
, and sometimes the House/Line of Cygnet
due to its founder’s heraldry), which admittedly is a weirder case, as it was founded by a Quebecois Bourbon scion (The Most Serene House of Bourbon-Condé) but while he
kept the name, his dynasty came to be named after him colloquially instead of being seen as either some branch of the Bourbons or be colloquially named after the country, with his descendants, while keeping the “Bourbon-“ for personal surnames, taking on the nomenclature following the end of a united Michigan
- and the Burgundian Royal Family, the House of Burgundy
in Burgundian, Borgoigne
in Francoburgundian, Borgogne
in Arpitan, Burgônde
in Germanoburgundian and Burgünde
in Franc-Comtou) – which should not be confused with the 5 Houses “of Burgundy” that existed beforehand (3 of whom were cadets of the same dynasty and, not entirely the same, 3 ruled within the country’s borders) – which, in actuality, is the closest genealogical equivalent ITTL to the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine (taking the name “of Burgundy” upon gaining the throne of the newly-carved country)
) From the second one
- the Prussian Royal Family, which although still often called Hohenzollern
(with a variety of hyphenations) is officially known as the House of Prussia
in German, Prusy
in Polish, Prussyn
in Prussian Polish, Prësë
in Kashubian and Prüsei
in Modern Prussian)
- the Belgian Royal Family, which is known simply as the House of Belgium
(“of the Belgians
” on occasion) but started with the marriage of an English Prince (from the time when the main House of Tudor was agnatically from the House of Stewart) and a Hapsburg Archduchess (the last scion of a ITTL branch of the Austrian Hapsburgs)
- and the Royal House of Andalusia, the House of Granada
, which is a more “unusual” case since it actually started as an illegitimate branch of the Spanish Hapsburgs (and as such its members were called “of Austria”) and came to have the nickname “of Granada” due to descending from a ITTL son of Philip II of Spain who received the title of “Duke of Granada” (and later being granted that title), adding it to their surname only in the 18th century long before the family came to the Andalusian throne (and even then the house is often called of Austria y Granada
instead of just the latter)
(if the "variations" in relation to the Burgundians and Prussians are confusing, it's because I decided to include a few references to ITTL linguistic changes/languages)
What's the most unusual title the British Emperor has?
Well, I’ll admit that’s a bit subjective for a question. after all, even in OTL there are some rather unusual titles held by the Queen (my favorites are probably “Seigneur of the Swans” and “Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska”) or her family member (Princess Anne is “Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers”) which are also existent ITTL – and ITTL the British Monarch has quite a few more titles under their belt than OTL which makes the number of candidates even higher –, but if I had to choose which ITTL title is the most unusual, these would be my first picks:
- “Lord of Fucking
”, a title inherited by the Crown from Empress Augusta’s husband, it refers to a village in Upper Austria
- “Grandmaster of the (Most Secret) Order of the Prancing Chamber
”, a title held by the British Monarch since Mary II, it was created only a generation before by her father, the Earl of Ardglass, as the head of a secret society he founded with his friends while studying in Cambridge
- “He Who Must Not Be Named
”, successively by the British Monarch since Elizabeth II, the title is granted by a small ethnoreligious community original of Acadia every generation, being in their culture a symbol of respect as they possess a cultural taboo over saying the name of your sovereign (they give, in turn, the title “Who May Be Nicknamed” to the British Heir Apparent, and the community’s own leader has the epithet of “Respectably Named”)
- and “The Fountain
Who became the first secular Elector of Cologne following the Sixty-Six Years War?
The first secular Elector of Cologne was Gerbhard III, Duke and Count Palatine of Zweibrücken and Duke of Palatinate-Kleeburg, an ITTL member of that branch of the Palatinate side of the House of Wittelsbach. Interestingly, originally it was Gerbhard’s father the one set to become Elector, but he died before it became official and it was decided the title would be instead given to a young Gerbhard (another interesting fact was that his mother, Ernestine of Isenburg-Grenzau, was the last living descendant of Salentin IX of Isenburg-Grenzau, the ecclesiastical Elector responsible for successfully converting Cologne to Protestantism ITTL)
What's the Electorate of Liège's relationship with the HR-GE like?
Liège’s relationship with the HR-GE isn’t actually much beyond being an extension of the relationship between Belgium and the HR-GE, since although Liège is called an “Electorate” in English, it isn’t one on the same vein of the HR-GE’s Electorates, with its name in German, for example, not even being the same (instead of “Kurfürstentum” it is “Fürstwählerstaat”, or just “Wählereich”), with the Electorate coming to be following a “understated revolution” which saw Liège’s government becoming a full democracy (with the title “Prince of Liège” translating to “Constituent Prince”, which in this context means being “first among equals” in relation to the entire population)