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Peter

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So people seem to think. However, it is notable that Faisal II was an orphan, and Abdullah not. In any case, even if one character were based on an Iraqi Hashemite, that doesn't in the least show that Khemed was based on Hashemite Iraq. In fact it doesn't look at all like Iraq, more Jordan-with-oil. Incidentally, when the story first began to be published it had an explicit real-world setting. Mandate Palestine. Its relocation to the invented Khemed was at the request of the British publishers a number of years later.
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So people seem to think. However, it is notable that Faisal II was an orphan, and Abdullah not. In any case, even if one character were based on an Iraqi Hashemite, that doesn't in the least show that Khemed was based on Hashemite Iraq. In fact it doesn't look at all like Iraq, more Jordan-with-oil. Incidentally, when the story first began to be published it had an explicit real-world setting. Mandate Palestine. Its relocation to the invented Khemed was at the request of the British publishers a number of years later.

Herge initially not wanting to invent a fictional Arab country is surprising, because Herge was fond of inventing fictional countries (San Theodoros in South America and Syldavia and Borduria in the Balkans). Pre-World War II Syldavia resembles the Kingdom of Montenegro, post-World War II Syldavia resembles Communist Yugoslavia, pre-World War II Borduria resembles Romania during the Antonescu regime and post-World War II Borduria resembles Romania during the Ceausescu regime. San Theodoros is a generic South American republic. 
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Napoleon III was elected President of France in 1848 and was crowned Emperor of the French in 1852.


he wasnt crowned he never had a coronation
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