The TTL trial and execution of the three (Metaxas, Papoulas, Stratigos) also has another very salutary effect IMO. These are people who tried a coup against the elected government and got executed for their troubles. It signals loud and clear that trying coups will have severe consequences on the plotters. Something that the OTL interwar Greece clearly lacked. This should have salutary effects on both sides of the political spectrum if frex someone on the Venizelist side decided to challenge election results he didn't like by force of arms for example.Nice update! I always look forward to this timeline. Avoiding a bloody conflict and the Metaxas regime will only do Greece good.
This was fixed, 2nd Infantry was not based on Athens. If Aspasia had a son yes it provides a viable candidate for the throne but one with severe drawbacks, it would need a regency for the next 18 years and given the political impasse before the coup probably a second referendum between candidates. This is something that the republicans will be pointing out for all its worth of course. Of the candidates one is unacceptable (to them but has also lost points with the more fanatic royalists for not openly supporting their "revolution"), three are refusing the throne outright and one is a minor that could possibly accept the throne when he came of age... if his father did not change his mind in the meantime. Effectively you'd be in for a Hungarian style regency it seems to me...If the election and referendum take place at the end of the year, that leaves time for Aspasia to give birth. If she has a son, Royalist opposition can rally around a new figure and there would be opportunity for Venizelos to officially support the monarchy, even though with the whole event rhyming like OTL, I'd suspect we'd end up with a daughter and a republic.
Also, a very minor discrepancy at the beginning of the update. Venizelos is mentioned as having taken shelter in the barracks of the 1st regiment while in the previous update, that was the 2nd.
Technically no without referendum or act of parliament. Hell technically even if she has a son, since the marriage was morganetic, he's out of the line of succession unless the law is altered. Royals marrying commoners and no one batting an eye is still some decades in the future and not just in Greece.What if the baby is a girl, would it be possible to choose her as the Queen?
At this point there are very clear military advantages for recruiting locally both in terms of unit cohesion, you go to war with people you mostly know and junior officers and noncoms again you mostly know, the schoolteacher from your village, or the next village is as likely as not a reserve officer in your regiment in wartime, and in terms of speed of mobilisation. As Newfoundland found out in WW1 there are also severe potential drawbacks as well of course, if a regiment suffered catastrophic casualties these would be also largely localised.Perhaps this would make the government change the recruitment policy of the army instead of locals forming the various units of the army it would make sense to place people of different backgrounds in various units thus lessening the risk of coup's in the future