I ‘d like to press the case for the very interesting Duke Adolf Friedrich of Mecklenburg (1873-1969) to be the ruler of the United Baltic Duchy . Or maybe a role in Mittelafrika if not the Baltics..Update is progressing slowly... RL has been a bit distracting of late. Does anybody have any suggestions for anything original for the Baltics?
Before World War I, he explored extensively in Africa, writing a book “From the Congo to the Niger and the Nile”. He was the last colonial governor of Togoland but was in Germany when the war broke out. His nieces were Queen Alexandrine of Denmark and Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia. His sister-in-law was Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.
You got me to find one of my books, “A History of Finland” by Eino Jutikkala, which mention’s Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son, Oskar, as being a very desirable early choice to the Finns for their proposed kingdom. And the circumstances in your thread’s timeline might make it hard for you to have Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim be in Finland as IOTL, but what an incredible life he had serving the Russian Empire.
It seems on Wikipedia that Joachim, the Kaiser’s youngest son, was really in demand for various kingships, including the Kingdom of Lithuania. I am very pleased to see that you, in your test thread at least, have chosen Wilhelm Karl, Duke of Urach as the new Lithuanian King, considering his background involving Monaco, Albania and a proposed Grand Duchy of Alsace-Lorraine.
Since I know you will also be writing another chapter on Ireland, in this Wikipedia article “Prince Joachim of Prussia”, several Irish nationalists, before the Irish Easter Uprising, thought having Joachim become the King of Ireland, especially since he did not know English, was a very good idea. Here is what one of them said about this:
Desmond FitzGerald said:"That would have certain advantages for us. It would mean that a movement for de-anglicisation would flow from the head of the state downwards, for what was English would be foreign to the head of the state. He would naturally turn to those who were more Irish and Gaelic, as to his friends, for the non-nationalist element in our country had shown themselves to be so bitterly anti-German.......For the first generation or so it would be an advantage, in view of our natural weakness, to have a ruler who linked us with a dominant European power, and thereafter, when we were better prepared to stand alone, or when it might be undesirable that our ruler should turn by personal choice to one power rather than be guided by what was most natural and beneficial for our country, the ruler of that time would have become completely Irish."
--from Wikipedia Article “Prince Joachim of Prussia”
I agree totally with ArmageddonZ4747. I continue to be amazed at the quality and the quantity of your output.ArmageddonZ4747 said:Don't stress yourself too much! This timeline is great and the site is willing to wait.