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The greatest liberty in the world is for people to live under a monarch.

— Sir Robert Filmer

The mid-19th century was a time of major expansion and upheaval upon the nations of the world. The United States pushed its power to the coast under the call of manifest destiny only to fall into civil war shortly after. The balance of power in Europe constantly shifted as nationalism began to take effect and demanded a new order. Asian and African powers struggled to resist European encroachment on their independence. Throughout the Western World the ideologies of liberal republicanism and conservative monarchism battled to be the dominant form of governance.

Eventually, republicanism won out and became the standard model to which governments would try to emulate. But this came to pass because of several revolutions and failures within the Western world that swept most monarchies away. What if instead a new model was nurtured and grew instead of being snuffed out? What if liberal constitutional monarchies, now the mainstay of present monarchies, became the standard in Europe and beyond and lasted? What if there remains an Age of Kings?

Points of Divergence

  • The monarchy established in Brazil after independence managed to reach considerable heights and many considered it to be a rising and stabilizing power within geopolitics. However, the monarchy ended when Emperor Pedro II became dispirited after the death of his two sons from illness, believing that it was destined that the monarchy would end. As a result he did nothing to stop a republican coup that put a dictatorship in control over the country for decades. But, what if one of his sons lived? In Age of Kings, his second son Pedro Afonso narrowly survives his bout of illness and fulfills his duties as heir.
  • The Franco-Prussian War was just as much a death of an empire as it was the birth of another. Napoleon III's failure haunted him for the rest of his short life and sent the political system in France into disarray. However, in the most recent elections following his exile the people elected a political majority of monarchists, albeit divided into two different factions, the Legitimists and the Orleanists. They agreed on a compromise to get both their candidates onto the throne of France, but the Legitimate candidate refused to rule under the tricolor of the revolution. While waiting for him to die off the monarchists lost their majority to the republicans by a sizable margin, ending any hope of a return to monarchy. But, what if he swallowed his pride, or expected to use his power to force the issue once he became king? In Age of Kings, the Count of Chambord agrees to the plan, sowing the seeds for returning France to a constitutional monarchy. 

Current Events

Events from the Age of Kings timeline are collected from three in-world international news sources: the Wall Street Journal of the United States, the British Broadcasting Corporation of the United Kingdom, and the Deutsche Weltzeitung of Germany. 

2020

  • 19 May -  Flag of Afghanistan Afghanistan claims the Taliban were responsible for attacks on civilian targets over the last month. The Taliban deny the charges and accuse Islamic State of carrying out the attacks. The renewed conflict between Afghanistan and the Taliban threatens the Afghan peace process.
  • 24 April - Chinese-army Wuhan flag (1911-1928) 19 dotsMorning Star flag China announces that it will be establishing a naval and military base in West Papua.
  • 21 April - Flag of Iraq (1959–1963) State Flag of Iran (1964-1980) Flag of Iraq (1921–1959) Following successful offensives in southern Iraq, Iranian forces cross the Iraqi border and establish forward operating bases near the frontline, effectively halting the Iraqi advance. Neighboring countries, especially Arabia, condemn Iran's move, saying it threatens the stability of the region and is a violation of Iraq's sovereignty.
  • 9 April - Flag of the Federation of South Arabia Flag of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen Hadhramaut and Yemen declare a ceasefire in their border conflict due to the growth of COVID-19 cases in their countries.
  • 14 March - Flag of Iraq (1959–1963) State Flag of Iran (1964-1980) Flag of Iraq (1921–1959) Following successful offensives in southern Iraq, Iranian forces cross the Iraqi border and establish forward operating bases near the frontline, effectively halting the Iraqi advance. Neighboring countries, especially Arabia, condemn Iran's move, saying it threatens the stability of the region and is a violation of Iraq's sovereignty.
  • 13 March - Flag of the German Empire Flag of Georgia Flag of the Crimean Republic In response to Russia's constitutional changes, Germany, Georgia, and Crimea announce the resumption of naval war games in the Black Sea. Russia condemns the move.
  • 11 March - Chinese-army Wuhan flag (1911-1928) 19 dots The COVID-19 disease, caused by the SARS-2 virus and originating in China, is declared a pandemic.
  • 10 March - Flag of Russia President Vladimir Putin announces constitutional reforms that would enable him to remain in office. He also announces a remodeling of the state to resemble a government more similar to China.
  • 29 February - Flag of the German Empire Flag of the Kingdom of Kongo Chancellor Schwarzenegger announces that the German military mission in Kongo has reached its conclusion following peace talks between the government and rebel factions. All German forces will withdraw from the country within 12 months except for a small peacekeeping force of 2,000 soldiers.
  • 24 February - Flag of Iraq (1959–1963) State Flag of Iran (1964-1980) Iraqi military forces launch offensives against rebel forces in the southern parts of the country with the ultimate goal of reclaiming Basra. Iran has warned Iraq that attacks against Shia Islamic forces will not be tolerated, while neighboring countries call for a ceasefire and management of refugees.
  • 10 February - Flag of the United Kingdom St Patrick's saltire The Irish National Party wins the majority of seats in the Irish Dáil election, returning to government for the first time since 2015. They have published demands for a referendum on Irish independence, something the national Conservative government has opposed.
  • 30 January - Chinese-army Wuhan flag (1911-1928) 19 dots WHO officials declare the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. At this date, over seven thousand people have been infected and hundreds have died. Many neighboring countries have closed borders with China and air travel to China has sharply dropped.
  • 10 January - Flag of Oman Flag of the Sultanate of Zanzibar (1963) Qaboos bin Said al Said, the Sultan of Oman, passes away following complications from an illness. He is succeeded in his will by his cousin, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. Oman and Zanzibar, both ruled by the Said family, declare days of mourning.
  • 8 January - Flag of the United Kingdom The Duke and Duchess of Sussex declare that they are stepping back as major royals and will split their time between Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • 1 January - Flag of France In a statement put out by Tuileries Palace, King Jean IV of France bestows upon his heir, Prince Gaston, the titles of Prince Royal, the Dauphin of France, Duke of Brittany and of Orleans.

2019

  • 22 October - Flag of Japan Emperor Naruhito is officially coronated as the Emperor of Japan. He took the throne earlier on May 1.
  • 14 October - Flag of Ecuador After days of clashes between Ecuadorian authorities and protestors, President Lenin Moreno announces that he will restore fuel subsidies in an agreement with protestors. 
  • 11 October - Flag of Norway The organization Reporters Without Borders wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. 
  • 10 October - Flag of China (1912–1928) Chinese-army Wuhan flag (1911-1928) 19 dots China (Taiwan) celebrates Double 10 Day, the anniversary of the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty. China holds smaller, more muted celebrations.
  • 9 October - Flag of the Congo (Russian America) Flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant Chairman Joseph Kabila announces the beginning of a general offensive against all territories held by Islamic State's Central African Province. It is the largest military action in the country's civil conflict.
  • 8 October - Flag of Ecuador President Lenin Moreno's administration relocates to Guayaquil as government buildings in Quito are overrun by protestors.
  • 4 October - Flag of Ecuador President of Ecuador Lenin Moreno declares a state of emergency in the capital after protests and riots occur over the impending cancellation of fuel subsidies.
  • 2 October - Flag of Peru President of Peru Martin Vizcarra dissolves Congress, resulting in a constitutional crisis.
  • 1 October - Chinese-army Wuhan flag (1911-1928) 19 dots China celebrates its National Day while police begin using gunfire to suppress protest action in Hong Kong.
  • 24 September - Morning Star flag Protests in West Papua turn violent as they are put down by police. At least 40 people are killed.
  • 18 September - Flag of Iraq (1921–1959) Flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant Flag of Iraq (1959–1963) Following the Abqaiq-Khurais attack, Arabian military forces launch a ground offensive in the northern parts of the country to clear out Islamic State militants. Arabian aircraft strike Islamic State camps within Iraq.
  • 14 September - Flag of Iraq (1921–1959) Flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant Two attacks on Arabian oil infrastructure occur in the cities of Abqaiq and Khurais. Islamic State claims responsibility.
  • 1 September - Flag of the Federation of South Arabia Flag of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen Hadhramauti fighter jets strike targets inside Yemen. Yemen claims that the targets were villages and the strikes amount to a war crime. Hadhramaut denies the charges.
  • 5 August - Chinese-army Wuhan flag (1911-1928) 19 dots Hong Kong citizens stage a massive sit-in strike across the city. Over 200 flights are cancelled. The Chinese government condemns the strike.
  • 1 August - Flag of the Federation of South Arabia Flag of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen Hadhramauti general Munir Al Yafi is killed by a Yemeni missile strike. He is the most senior officer to die in the conflict.
  • 19 April -  Flag of France On Good Friday, Jean IV is officially coronated as the King of France at the Notre Dame cathedral. The coronation is the largest gathering of European political leaders and royalty since the coronation of Ludwig II of Germany.
  • 24 March -  Flag of Syria 2011, observed Flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant Syrian forces capture the final city under Islamic State control, ending its territorial possessions in the northern Middle East.
  • 1 February -  Flag of France Henry VII's funeral takes place and he is eulogized by his son Jean IV and Prime Minister Macron. Political leaders and representatives of royal families from across the world attend.
  • 31 January -  Flag of the Federated Malay States (1895 - 1946) Abdullah of Pahang is elected the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaya.
  • 31 January -  Flag of Europe Flag of Venezuela The European Parliament votes to recognize Juan Guaidó as interim President of Venezuela.
  • 30 January -  Flag of Canada Flag of Cuba Canada announces that it will withdraw one-half of its embassy staff in Cuba following the fourteenth confirmed illness since 2017 of a Canadian diplomat in the country.
  • 26 January -  Flag of the Congo (Russian America) Flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant Kivu forces kill 36 members of the Islamic State Central African Province (ISCAP) in clashes near the northern border.
  • 23 January -  Flag of Venezuela Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó swears himself in as President of Venezuela, with de facto President Nicolas Maduro not recognizing this. Maduro declares that ties with the United States will be cut after the United States recognizes Guaidó as the legitimate president.
  • 22 January -  Flag of the Kingdom of Kongo Flag of the German Empire German and Congolese forces kill Ne Muanda Nsemi and 47 other members of the Bundu dia Kongo group after a siege of one of the group's compounds in southern Congo.
  • 21 January -  Flag of France Henry VII of France dies at age 85, triggering national mourning. Many nations in Europe and abroad send their condolences. His eldest surviving son Jean informally becomes Jean IV.
  • 21 January -  Flag of Venezuela A mutiny by members of the Venezuelan National Guard who oppose the government is quashed.
  • 21 January -  Flag of Afghanistan A Taliban attack on a National Directorate of Security compound kills 126 security personnel.
  • 20 January -  Flag of Israel Flag of Chad Israel and Chad reestablish diplomatic relations. Ties between the two countries have been severed since 1972.
  • 17 January -  Flag of Colombia A car bomb goes off in Bogota, Colombia. Police report at least eight people are dead. 
  • 13 January - Flag of Venezuela The President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, is briefly detained in Caracas after saying he was prepared to assume the country's presidency.
  • 10 January - Flag of Venezuela Numerous South American and European nations withdraw recognition of Nicolas Maduro's administration following his inauguration and international condemnation of his electoral victory as "illegitimate".
  • 10 January - Flag of the Kingdom of Kongo Congo holds a general election. The Union for Democracy and Social Progress party wins a majority of seats in parliament and Félix Tshisekedi becomes Prime Minister. The victory of the left-leaning opposition is interpreted as a blow to German military efforts in Congo.
  • 8 January - Flag of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen Flag of the Federation of South Arabia Yemeni forces seize the town of Marib, driving Hadhramauti forces from their farthest extent into Yemen.
  • 7 January - Flag of Gabon The government of Gabon squashes a coup d'état instigated by some of its soldiers. While unsuccessful, the coup attempt further destabilizes the already unsteady German military mission in neighboring Congo.
  • 4 January - Flag of Venezuela The Lima Group announces that it will no longer recognize the government of Nicolas Maduro, starting January 10th.
  • 3 January - Flag of the United States The 116th United States Congress is sworn in at the Capitol. Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House for the second time.
  • 3 January -  Chinese-army Wuhan flag (1911-1928) 19 dots Chinese space probe Chang'e 4 successfully lands on the far side of the Moon.
  • 1 January -  Flag of the United States The American space probe New Horizons makes a flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69. 
  • 1 January -  Flag of Brazil (1870–1889) Former governor of Sao Paulo Geraldo Alckmin is inaugurated as Prime Minister of Brazil.
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