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azadi

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I consider the dissolution of Austria-Hungary a good thing, because the ethnic groups of Austria-Hungary lacked a shared national identity, but it was sad, that Hungary didn't become a Habsburg kingdom. Archduke Joseph August ought to have become king, because he was born in Hungary and considered himself a Hungarian. He was briefly the regent of Hungary in 1919 after the overthrow of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, but was forced to resign by the Allies on August 23 1919. Hungary was a de-jure kingdom during the interwar era, while not having a king. Joseph August would have been a far better choice for king of Hungary than Emperor Karl, who tried to regain the throne of Hungary in 1921. If the Hungarian monarchy is restored in the future, I want a descendant of Joseph August to become king or queen of Hungary.
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There is a direct male-line descendant, Archduke Joseph Karl, born in 1960. There is also a Hapsburg living in Hungary, Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen, who is the ambassador to the Holy See.
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Archduke Karl's younger brother Archduke Georg is also a long-term resident of Hungary.
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Archduke Karl's younger brother Archduke Georg is also a long-term resident of Hungary.

The Habsburgs retaining a connection to Hungary is very encouraging. Perhaps Hungary isn't a lost cause to monarchism. 
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Too bad that the Empire couldn't, or didn't, evolve into a Commonwealth with a common defense and currency but with greater internal autonomy among the constituent nations. It could have provided a significant power balance against communist Russia, Nazi Germany, and Fascist Italy.
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Too bad that the Empire couldn't, or didn't, evolve into a Commonwealth with a common defense and currency but with greater internal autonomy among the constituent nations. It could have provided a significant power balance against communist Russia, Nazi Germany, and Fascist Italy.

You have a point, because all successor states of Austria-Hungary were ruled by Communist regimes during the Cold War except Austria. I prefer sovereign nation-states to multinational empires, but a loose Austro-Hungarian confederation may have been the best option for Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia in the interwar era. But trying to restore the Austro-Hungarian Empire today is a bad idea. Austria, Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (the current successor states of Austria-Hungary) ought to remain independent states. But monarchists ought to support Habsburg restorations in those countries. Hungary is the country, in which a Habsburg restoration is most likely to happen, because Hungary has a conservative nationalist government, and because some Habsburgs retain close ties to Hungary. Long live the independent Habsburg Kingdom of Hungary!
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If Czechia becomes a monarchy, the king of Czechia ought to be a descendant of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his Czech wife.

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