George I of Superior
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|King of Superior, Hanover, Guardian of the Superian People (more...)|
|King of Superior |
|Reign||July 18th, 1867 - June 12th, 1878|
|Coronation||March 5th, 1869|
|King of Hanover|
November 18th, 1851-September 20th, 1866 |
March 5th, 1869-June 12th, 1878 (as a Pretender)
May 27th, 1819|
June 12th, 1878 (aged 59)|
Saint Anthony, Minneapolis, Kingdom of Superior
June 24th, 1878|
|Consort||Marie, Queen Consort of Superior|
George II |
Princess Frederica, Landgravine of New Brandenburg
Princess Marie, Duchess of Duluth
|Royal house||House of Hanover|
|Father||Ernest Augustus I of Hanover|
|Mother||Frederica of Mecklenburg-Streliz|
George I of Superior (George Frederick Alexander Charles Ernest Augustus; May 27th, 1819-June 12th, 1878) was the first King of Superior, reigning from 1867 to 1878. He was the first monarch of Superior and the first of five monarchs from the House of Hanover, the former ruling house of the United Kingdom and Hanover. He also reigned as the King of Hanover from 1851 to 1866, losing his title after Hanover was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia. During his reign in Hanover, he was known as George V of Hanover.
George was born in Berlin, Prussia to Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Streliz. His father was the son of George III and was the uncle of Queen Victoria. George would grow up in both the United Kingdom and Hanover. At the age of fourteen, George would be completely blind, relying on the assistance of his servants and family members for his daily activities. Despite being completely blind at a young age, George would develop a friendly and positive personality, and would become known for his generosity, even amongst his servants. George would ascend to the throne of Hanover at the age of 32 in 1851, succeeding his father. Due to his blindness, George would rely on the advice and guidance of his advisors and government ministers, who would manipulate the King into benefitting their careers. George's reign as the King of Hanover would be largely uneventful, with no major event taking place until the end of his reign. In 1866, a Prussian-led invasion of Hanover would lead to the overthrow of George V and the annexation of Hanover into the ever-growing Kingdom of Prussia. Following Hanover's annexation, George and his family would move to the United Kingdom, where his cousin, Queen Victoria, would allow them to stay at Buckingham Palace.
In late 1866, George would be invited to become the king of the nation of Superior by the Anglo-Sierran coalition which established the nation in the midwestern United States. George would graciously accept and would travel to Superior, arriving in the city of Saint Anthony in the spring of 1867. During the duration of the War of Contingency, George would provide moral support for his new domain, increasing the popularity and legitimacy of the Monarchy before it was even officially established. Following Superior's victory in the War of Contingency, George would be crowned King George I of Superior. As Monarch of Superior, George would be influential in establishing many of the functions of the Superian federal government and Monarchy. He would assist in writing the Constitution of Superior and would use his royal privileges to establish the federal government, along with other non-federal governmental functions. He would also establish many of the traditions that are followed by the Monarchy today, including annual speeches to Parliament. Plagued with illnesses throughout his life, George would pass away on June 12th, 1878 at Heartland Palace, Saint Anthony. He would be succeeded by his first child and only son, Ernest Augustus, who would take up the regnal name of George II in honor of his father. George would be buried at St. Paul's Cathedral after a lavish funeral. Contemporary historians have rated George I as the most popular king of Superior, crediting him with legitimizing the Monarchy in the eyes of the Superian populace, who were largely against the Monarchy at the start of his reign.
Early life[edit | edit source]
George Frederick Alexander Charles Ernest Augustus would be born on May 27th, 1819 in Berlin, Prussia to then Prince Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland of Great Britain and Princess Frederica of Mecklenburg-Streliz. He would be a baptized as a member of the Church of England, though he would convert to Lutheranism after assuming the Hanoverian crown. George would spend his childhood in Great Britain, growing up as a member of the British royal family. At the age of nine in 1828, George would lose sight in one of his eyes due to a childhood sickness. He would become totally blind in 1833 at the age of 14, when his other eye would lose sight following a hunting accident. Being completely blind, George would rely on the assistance of servants and family members throughout his entire life.
Though never really considered a potential heir to the British throne, George was prospectively considered a potential monarch of Great Britain following the ascension of his childless uncle, William IV. However, George's cousin, Victoria, the daughter of George's other uncle Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, would become heir to the throne. Despite this, due to Hanoverian salic law, George's father, Prince Ernest Augustus, would become the heir to the Hanoverian throne, making George a possible future monarch of the German kingdom. Originally, Prince Ernest Augustus hoped that George would marry Victoria in order to prevent the separation of the British and Hanoverian crowns, however nothing would come of this plan, with Victoria instead marrying Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.