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From what I've read about him, Maximilian would have been a pretty good ruler if he had been able to carry out his plans for Mexico. And I can see that maybe I should change my avatar, as someone has used the Mexican Imperial arms already.
Compared to most other people here, my reasons for supporting monarchy are rather superficial.

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Maximilian probably would have been a good monarch, but the fact that he was a foriegn prince placed on the throne by another foriegn monarch did not stand him in good stead with many Mexicans.

The Empress Carlotta was probably one of the more tragic royal women in the world.  Her mental breakdown and her subsequent life of seclusion in Belgium are beyond sad.  Leopold II looting her personal fortune to fund his profit seeking venture in the Congo was another misfortune of which the Empress was at least unaware thanks to her mental state.

The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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