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ReinoTion

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A couple days ago, I came across a website written by a Brazilian man who claims to be the current pretender to the Ghassanid Dynasty and the kingdoms and principalities it once ruled over from the time of the Eastern Roman Empire to as late as 1747 when it was only a small sheikdom in modern-day Lebanon. The title he claims is H.I.R.H Prince Gharios of Ghassan, Al-Nu'man VIII.

The royal house's website: http://www.royalhouseofghassan.org/

His genealogy: http://www.royalhouseofghassan.org/gene/

The prince's personal website: http://www.princegharios.com/


What do you guys think? Is his claim as a royal prince legitimate or is he just another crackpot trying to gain respect by making phony assertion to having direct royal descent from 300 years ago?
IsItLegit

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Reads legit:

Prince Gharios' rights and titles were also recognized by the International Arbitration Award number 0413/2011 that, according to the Brazilian Federal Law number 9307/96 has the very same legal value as a Federal Court Verdict and according to the the "1958 NY Convention on Arbitration" is a legal binding court decision in 148 nations in the world. Even being already "res judicata" (matter already judged not subject to appeal) by Brazilian Law, the International Award was recognized and enforced by the Los Angeles Superior Court in February 2012.  In 2013, Brazilian jurists (one Chief judge and two presiding judges) signed affidavits recognizing the legality of the international arbitration award and Prince Gharios' rights and titles.

http://www.royalghassan.org/royal-family.html
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his online genealogy is incomplete. therefor, I consider it untrustworthy.

this is independent of whether anyone recognises his claim as he might be presenting a more complete one to them. 

if so, this should be on his site instead of the one there
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At first glance the claim to descend from a dynasty that ruled from 230-638 (or thereabouts) is quite a stretch. It might also be a stretch to think that there is any meaningful connection between the Sheikhs Chemor and the Ghassanids. I would like to see a document that during the Ottoman Empire the Sheikhs Chemor were recognized as ROYAL. There were many people addressed as 'sheikh' in colloquial usage and this did not imply such exalted status.

I am also skeptical that: "The family's history was kept and validated for centuries by the Maronite Church." In other sections of the website it explains the tumultuous history of the region and the lack of complete documents. The lack of a consistent voice on the website is worrying. Looking at the dispute among various Romanov family members, it is no surprise there is a dispute about the Ghassanid heir.
There is an interesting presentation on a linked website here: https://royalblog.org/2017/11/19/understanding-the-royal-ghassanid-family-tree/


It seems that many of the meetings that the individual had were based on him representing a religiously defined community. His name would naturally be the name that he prefers, which is Prince Gharios (adding or subtracting various honorifics). I do not think any correspondence can be taken to be official recognition (it is certainly not official recognition as Head of State). A good example is QE II addressing a letter to the Principality of Hutt River (http://www.principality-hutt-river.com/gov/PHR_46th_Anniversary_Celebration_Weekend_files/Greetings%20from%20HM%20QEII%202016.pdf).

For such conclusion, the said person seems to be no more than a "intelligent and well learnt" social climber who filled the gap in order to be recognised for status and power. 

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another concern: recently I revisited his site while doing other research and discovered his genealogy to be missing. that he removed it is further cause for suspicion...
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The issue is that there is no way to verify him as a descendant let alone a member of a "ruling family" from the Ghassanid tribe. The Ghassanids are not recorded after the early medieval period. In addition. they were more than likely Orthodox Chalcedonians, or perhaps even Miaphysites. But there is no record of them becoming Eastern Rite Catholics, e.g. Maronites. This mixes up the history of the Ghassanids with the Maronites, whose history is murky as well.
Another very interesting point, according to the German news article on Cicero, he is a 3rd class actor in Brazil and transformed himself into a "prince". Surely enough, the creative methods that legal documents can be acquired in Brazil we can all certainly suspect. 
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