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DutchMonarchist

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Assume a hypothetical situation where you had the power to restore the monarchy of one country in the world. What country would you choose?

I suppose the answer to this question may be obvious to people who come from a deposed monarchy and have a special connection to that country. But since most of the members here seem to come from the United States or from countries that still have their monarchy (like myself and people from the UK or Canada), I was curious if there is one (or are a few) place(s) in the world that are most important to you? Would you restore the Bourbons in France, the Tsar of Russia, the empire of Ethiopia or perhaps the Sjah of Iran? I'll be looking forward you read your reactions and then try to make up my own mind about it.
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France, because that's where all the trouble started, and if the French monarchy can be restored, after 140+ years of entrenched republicanism, any monarchy can be restored.
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That seems like a good argument, but do you not think that some other countries are ruled worse than France and would therefore benefit even more from a restoration? I was thinking about Iran and North Korea and such.
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That seems like a good argument, but do you not think that some other countries are ruled worse than France and would therefore benefit even more from a restoration? I was thinking about Iran and North Korea and such.

I share the same option. As thing are now I wold guess Austria-Hungary or Greece.

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Greece because of the current crisis?

Austria Hungary would be glorious too... so many countries in Europe united in tradition!
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Ethiopia because it's where I'm from originally and because it is the most ancient deposed dynasty.


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It would also be great for Africa I think, because that continent has so few monarchies left and especially Swaziland has a somewhat bad reputation (and when I bring up Lesotho lots of people barely seem to know what it is).

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I think I'd restore Germany as I've always been interested in the German houses and you could substantially increase the number of monarchs in the world - and it would be nice to see a few more Grand Dukes and some Dukes. 
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Greece because of the current crisis?

Austria Hungary would be glorious too... so many countries in Europe united in tradition!


Both are correct. And with Greece I had hope for a domino effect tru the Balkan. And another country wold be Romania mostly because I think that Michel actually look like a vampire

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France, because that's where all the trouble started, and if the French monarchy can be restored, after 140+ years of entrenched republicanism, any monarchy can be restored.

My sentiments exactly.

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I would like to see H.H. Prince Charles-Antoine Lamoral of Ligne-La Trémoïlle restored as King of Jerusalem. Though, if it came down to it I suppose in lieu of the legitimate Brienne pretender, it would be tolerable to see the current Prince of Naples installed.

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Ehm, what would be happening to Israel then? Jerusalem isn't exactly a country right now, so this seems a rather wild plan...

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It is 721 years since a King of Jerusalem actually ruled any part of the territory of the kingdom, so I agree that that one might be a little late for restoration. Prince Charles-Antoine is heir to the Brienne claim, also to half of the Cypriot claim which I regard as the stronger, since it derives from kings who ruled later than those the Brienne claim comes from. The other half is held by one Patrick Guinness; I suppose one and a half trumps half, so Charles-Antoine can reasonably be regarded as heir of line.

The Prince of Naples cannot, and anyway I personally would not like to see him in charge of the proverbial whelk stall. The Savoyard claim derives from the legitimate succession of Charles I, Duke of Savoy, to the claim to Jerusalem, Cyprus and Armenia, which was in 1485. It was inherited by Charles II, who died aged only seven. Savoy then went to his great-uncle Philip II but the claim to the three kingdoms to his sister Violante then when she died aged 12 to their cousin Charlotte of Naples, whose line Charles-Antoine is heir to. The dukes of Savoy, later kings of Sardinia then Italy, however continued to claim despite having no basis on which to do so, somewhat in the manner that kings of England, later Great Britain, for centuries called themselves kings of France despite not actually being heirs to the (quite reasonable, albeit ultimately unsuccessful) claim made by Edward III and renewed by Henry V.

As for DutchMonarchist's interesting question, I don't know. I thought of replying to Jovan by echoing him with 'Also my sentiments exactly (though not exactly the same).' But didn't, because it wouldn't quite be true; I would love to see the ancient kingdom restored, but I know it wouldn't be my first pick. Maybe Portugal would be, as the first to fall in the last century, so of symbolic value (plus it is a lovely country with a long and splendid monarchical history). Or Serbia, because I think the country would benefit enormously from it, Crown Prince Alexander II seems personally very admirable and he and the Crown Princess have worked so hard for the Serbian people and deserve it.
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Serbia given it's the most realistic. And because restoration in the Balkans would be justice done after their abolitions went against the will of the people, just as the imposition of Communism was.
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Well, the original question is assuming that we somehow had the power to restore any one monarchy, so "realistic" shouldn't enter into it.  I'd like to think that Serbia ought to be possible without any mysterious hypothetical "power."
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