| Godric II
Emperor of Hulstria
Grand Duke of Sisula
Great Prince of Trigunia
|Reign||2814 - 2856|
|Successor||Klaus Gustav IV|
|Spouse||Roberta Lusk, Viscountess of Ayelsbury|
|Titles and Styles||
|Father||Alexander I of Hulstria|
|Mother||Anna, Countess of Kremfurt|
|Date of Birth||August 17, 2769|
|Date of Death||November 22nd, 2856|
His Imperial and Most Illustrious Lutheran Majesty, Defender of the Faith, by the Grace of God, Godric II, Emperor of Hulstria, His Royal Highness Grand Duke of Sisula, His Royal Northern Highness Great Prince of Trigunia (b. August 17, 2769, Schloss Fliederbrunn, Kien, Greater Hulstria) reigned as the Kaiser of Hulstria, Grand Duke of Sisula, and the pretender to the Trigunian Monarch as the Great Prince from 2814 to until his death in November of 2856. Born to Alexander I of Hulstria and Anna, Countess of Kremfurt, Godric was the first son and child of the imperial couple. Following the death of Godric's paternal grandfather, Franz VI of Hulstria, Godric became the first in line to the Hulstrian, Sisulaian and Trigunian thrones in 2798, gaining the title of His Imperial Majesty Archduke Godric, Crown Prince of Hulstria, Hereditary Prince of Tirgith until his own accession and coronation in 2814. In 2800 Crown Prince Godric married thegrand-daughter of Leopold II of Central Macon Roberta Lusk, Viscountess of Ayelsbury of the House Lusk, the ruling family of the Principality of Central Macon, in a large wedding ceremony at the Hulstrian National Cathedral in Kien. In Febuary 2801 they had their first child, Archduke Karl, and their second child, Archduke Klaus Gustav, in July 2803. They later had Archduchess Josephine in January 2808 and Archduchess Martha in Ocobter 2810. Godric II of Hulstria was eldest out of three children and was the older brother to Wilhelm, Duke of Thague and Matilda, Queen of Rilandor. The Emperor was the father-in-law to Queen Elizabeth I of Lodamun (daughter of Matthew I of Lodamun), father-in-law to Janne II of Vorona, and maternal grandfather to Adela I of Rilandor, the daughter of Henri III and Matilda of Rilandor. Descendants of Godric II of Hulstria and Roberta Lusk include the Kings of Endralon and Rutania, including the monarchs of Vorona through the Rothingren-Traugott Bavoria cadet branch.
When his father, Alexander I of Hulstria, died after a heart attack in 2814, Godric became the new Emperor of Hulstria as per with the Hulstrian line of succession to the throne and assumed the rest of titles and responsibilities that came with it. Upon his coronation, Godric took up the regnal name "Godric II of Hulstria", after Godric I of Hulstria, who died in a car accident in 2606. As the Emperor of Hulstria, Godric II was also the head of the State Church of Lutheranism in Greater Hulstria and as well head of the Lutheran Churchs in Trigunia and Sisula. Godric II's reign was marked by peace in the Imperial Court and the expansion of Hulstrian influence on Terra; Godric followed the policies in particular of Klemens II of Hulstria, whom Godric was a descendant, with concerns to royal marriage. With this policy, the Rothingren-Traugotts under Godric II gained two new cadet branches, the House of Aynako and the House of Bavoria, taking in the Monarchs of Tukarali and Vorona respectively, new alliances with the Diggorys in the Kingdom of Lodamun (which eventually resulted in the Diggory line becoming a Rothingren-Traugott branch), the Valonens in Sekowo, the Ursulas in Keymon, the Orleans-Vassor in Rilandor, and the Schlechters in Kazulia. Godric II also pursued expanded relations with the Holy Luthori Empire and the Lusk in Central Macon. Perhaps the most darkest and unfavorable period of Godric's reign was the death of his first son, the heir to the Hulstrian throne, Karl, Crown Prince of Hulstria, in 2836. His death devastated the Emperor and he would remain out of the public spotlight for the remainder of that decade, limiting his duties to very formal events. His second son, Archduke Klaus Gustav, became the new heir to the throne following this event. While Karl's death was determined to be an accident, there were some rumors that the death was actually an assassination by foreign republican agents; such claims however were never proven.
After over 43 years of rule on the Hulstrian, Sisulan, and Trigunian thrones, Godric II died in the fall of 2856 following a month of serious illness; due to his old age at 88 years of age, the illness spread faster than expected. A long period of mourning ensued. As per with the regulation of the line of succession to the Imperial throne of Hulstria, Godric's second son and heir following Karl's death, Crown Prince Klaus Gustav, became the new Emperor, taking up the regnal name of Klaus Gustav IV. Godric II of Hulstria has been constantly ranked high in polls and by historians as being one of the top Monarchs ever to have reigned over the Imperial Crownlands due to the expansion of Rothingren influence, Hulstrian prosperity, and peace in the 43 years of rule.
His Imperial Majesty Archduke Godric Edmund Leopold of Hulstria was born at Schloss Fliederbrunn in Kien, Greater Hulstria, on August 17, 2769, the first child of then HIM Crown Prince Alexander of Hulstria, and then HIM Crown Princess Anna. Archduke Godric's primary name was was styled after the late Hulstrian Emperor Godric I and his other given names are from Edmund I of Pontesi, and Crown Prince Leopold of Hulstria, all of whom were connected by the House of Rothingren-Traugott bloodline.
HIM Arcduke Godric began to accompany his parents on official visits at an young age and experienced many travels; his first overseas on behalf of the Monarchy was with his parents to Malivia in 2777. He would attend several other trips with his parents and even with his grand-father Franz VI at certain times. When Godric was unable to attend trips, his grand-mother Anna Katharina would often care for him and his sibilings; Godric was reportedly very close to his grandparents. The son of Alexander I was fond of ships too and loved to be aboard them; his father would take him out sailing during the summer seasons. At a young age Godric became interested in Hulstrian history, in particular past monarchs; he was especially interested in Rudolph III of Hulstria and idolized him.
For his education, at first Godric was tutored, then he was sent to Hulstria Boarding School, and eventually to the Heinrich University at Kien, also in Hulstria where he took up studies in history, international relations, and anthropology. Godric in college took up the sports of golf and tennis, playing for the University's teams; he also for a short while took up curling, Greater Hulstria's national sport. Archduke Godric would go on to receive high marks in his studies and took on the game of golf after his education was over. Godric wasted no time however getting himself established in a military setting and soon enrolled into the navy where he would gain much prominence there.
At the age of 22 Crown Prince Godric enrolled in the Imperial Naval Academy at New Liore, Budenlar; the Crown Prince did not follow in his father's footsteps in joining the Air Corps and becoming an Air Marshal like him. This decision, not founded on hatred, yet was probably because of Godric's eariler fascination in childhood with ships and decided to join the Imperial Navy instead to seek out his hopes. At the Imperial Naval Acadeny, the Crown Prince did not waste anytime and immediately began to undertake formal training. Godric served on surface ships and on submarines in the Imperial Fleet when he was in the navy, often travelling around of Dovani and at one point around the Sea of Corina. He would eventually go on to serve as an Operations Specialist on board submarines, personally working within the Combat Information Center of his respective ship. Godric would rise through naval ranks in his military career, eventually rising to the rank Captain, and commanded a battleship for the Imperial Fleet; his grandparents and parents attended the ceremony when Godric graduated from the Academy. It was reported that Godric while Captain had his own personal putting stage set up in his cabin inside the submarine so he could practice his short game during the few instances he had any lesiure time.
At the age of 28 he was commissioned by Franz VI to become the Chief Admiral of Imperial Submarine Fleet in Greater Hulstria and left the military shortly after. Godric, even as Emperor of Hulstria remains very close today to naval sailors and commanders he meet during his military career, maintaining great respect for the Imperial Navy. When Godric Crown Prince and Emperor, he attended all major graduations at the Imperial Naval Academy and is the central representative of the Monarchy at most christenings of new ships and submarines in the Imperial Fleet.
Crown Prince of HulstriaEdit
On December 17th, 2798, right before Christmas, Franz VI died from a rare flu virus at the Imperial Palace in Kien at 87 years of age; Franz was already suffering rounds of illness months eariler but the recent bout with the flu became fatal for Godric's grandfather. Godric was devastated by his death; he was among several other Imperial Family members at the bedside of Franz during his last hours.
A large funeral ceremony was held in January at the Hulstrian National Cathedral where thousands of Hulstrian citizens packed the streets and hundreds filled the Cathedral; many foreign Heads of State and government officials attended the funeral to pay their last respects to the late Emperor. Godric sat in the first row with his father and was one of many who carried the casket to it's specially made chariot to ride through the streets of Kien and eventually to the Imperial Palace.
Shortly after the funeral, his father was cornoated as the new Emperor of Greater Hulstria as Alexander I, and Godric became the new Crown Prince, 1st in line to the Hulstrian throne. As the new Crown Prince, Godric understakes a number of official duties on behalf of the Monarch; Godric makes regular tours of the Eastern Territories, Greater Hulstria's colonial empire, and attend several national occasions representing his father when he is unable to attend. Godric on top of taking tours around the territories makes trips and travels around the Crownlands, most notably in the Crownland of Hulstria. On almost all of the foreign State Visits conducted by Emperor Alexander I, Crown Prince Godric is always apart of his father's delegation; when a foreign Head of State visits Greater Hulstria, Godric usually personally welcomes the foreign delegation before handing them to his father.
As his father, the Crown Prince maintains a guideline of not expressing personal political opinion in public and/or injecting influence in the Imperial Diet on certain votes; The Crown Prince is not a registered member of a political either and keeps political bias to private settings. However Godric acts usually as a special representative of the Monarchy to domestic political leaders like the Governor-General and Staatsminister. When the Emperor is unable to attend personal meetings with political leaders, Godric stands in as his replacement as well.
Marriage To Roberta LuskEdit
In early-spring of 2798 then Crown Prince Alexander and Prince Godric made a royal State Visit to the Principality of Central Macon, a constitutional monarchy on the continent of Makon; Prince Adrian I welcomed the Hulstrian delegation and hosted a large State Dinner for the sovereign in the capital. Many members of the lutheran House Lusk, the ruling Royal Family in Central Macon, attended the dinner including that of Roberta Lusk, the grand-daughter of former Prince Leopold II. It was reported that both Godric and Roberta were seated very close to one another and instantly were attached to one another with both staying very close throughout the entire evening. They both danced at one point and appeared to be genuinely attracted with eachother; both Alexander and Adrian took note of this as did everyone else at the dinner.
A few weeks after the ceremony they began to get involved romantically and by 2799 both were dating regulary and had traveled to both their nations to visit one another. Roberta years eariler received a PhD in History from Athlorcaea University and worked as a philanthropist on behalf of the Principality, in particular dealing with the homeless, and was noted to take part in boating activities; their mutual interests in sailing and history made them a very compatible couple. His father approved the relationship and told his son that he made "a very fine choice" in getting close with Roberta; Godric's grandfather meet Roberta once before the year of his death and was noted to be fond of her as well.
After over 2 years of dating and close relations, Godric finally proposed to Roberta Lusk in spring of 2800, and she accepted; when Godric asked her father (Marcus Lusk, Count of Ayelsbury) for her hand, he consented. In the summer of 2800 Crown Prince Godric and Roberta Lusk married at the Hulstrian National Cathedral in Kien, Hulstria where over a half a million people gathered outside the Cathedral to watch and thousands were packed within the Cathedral to witness the wedding; several foreign Heads of State including Adrian I and other delegates attended the event including many domestic Hulstrian political leaders. The occasion was noted as one one of the largest marriage ceremonies the Hulstrian public had seen in quite some time; many Hulstrians accepted Roberta Lusk as the new Princess of Hulstria praising her manner and admired the fact that this was the first time in the history of the Hulstrian Monarchy that a Rothingren-Traugott married a Lusk. A smaller, private ceremony was held at the Fliederbrunn Palace with personally invited guests later on in the day; the new royal couple soon went on a honeymoon to celebrate their marriage and it was announced shortly thereafter that Roberta Lusk was pregnant with their first child in mid June of that same year.
On Febuary 12th, 2801, Roberta Lusk delivered birth to their first child at Fliederbrunn Palace; Godric and Roberta decided to name the newborn Karl, after Karl III of Hulstria. The second person in line to the Hulstrian throne, Karl was styled as simply the Archduke of Hulstria. 2 years later in July 2803 the couple had their second child, Klaus Gustav; he was named after former Holy Gishoto Emperor Klaus Gustav III. Their first daughter, Josephine, was born in January 2806.
Crown Prince of BarmeniaEdit
The Commonwealth of Barmenia was formed in 2806 and it's government was choosen to be a constitutional monarchy; Alexander I, Godric's father, of Hulstria and the House of Rothingren-Traugott was picked as the new Monarch of Barmenia. The Hulstrian minority living in the nation, fed up with the unruly governments and dictatorships lead a successful legislative campaign centered around monarchism and eventually won a clear majority within Barmenia's legislature a year before. Since Barmenia in it's history never had a monarchy or an established royal family, the new Hulstrian minority (lead by the Barmenian League party) had to look outside it's border for a King; they approached Alexander and he accepted in the hopes of stablizing the country. Crown Prince Godric and Crown Princess Roberta, part of a larger royal delegation headed by his father, toured the nation shortly after the change of government and the couple were shocked at the poor condition of the population left behind by old oppressive regimes; Roberta Lusk, with past experience with humanitarinism, quickly got in contact with the political government of the Commonwealth and established several programs and funds to help not so well off citizens get back on their feet. The Hulstrian Imperial Family donated large amounts of money to those programs as well. The period of reconstruction is known as the "Barmenian Renaissance" in the new Commonwealth.
Upon the coronation of Alexander I as Shah of Barmenia, Godric was styled as the Crown Prince of Barmenia including the other titles that goes along with his status. Godric also acts as his father's special representative to the Barmenian Commonwealth and travels to the country every month to meet with local and national Barmenian government officials. In 2810 the Crown Prince took part in a large, successful State Visit to Barmenia that included the Hulstrian Royal Family and several other domestic government officials. Shortly after that State Visit in October 2810 Roberta Lusk and Godric had their fourth child, Dame, named after Roberta's mother.
Crown Duke of SisulaEdit
In the early 2810s, the Islamic royal family returned to Barmenia after centuries of being out of power; the revival of monarchist sympathies and a creation of a constitutional monarchy, the Islamic dynasty decided to make a come back to create a new "Caliphate" or a muslim monarchy. Alexander I, Godric's father, knew of the return of the royal family and was aware that had centuries claim to the Barmenian throne by marriage. Alexander, who assumed the throne due to popular will, decided that royal marriage was more legitimate and did not create conflict, keeping up his promise to the International Monarchist League not to engage in hostily with the muslim royality. Azi Bünyamin, the head of the Islamic royal family in Barmenia, met with Godric's father at Kanal Hall and the two reached a peaceful deal; the House of Rothingren-Traugott would recognize Azi Bünyamin as the new Shah/King and will relinquish his throne, immediately handing it over to Bünyamin. In return the Islamic royal family of Barmenia would recognize Alexander as the Grand Duke of Sisula and the Rothingren-Traugotts as the hereditary duchy there. The two monarchs also established official communications and began to work towards a prosperous alliance; Godric as such after this was styled the "Crown Duke of Sisula" and was named by his father the official royal representative to the new Caliphate.
Right before this time Godric's younger sister, , began to get romantically involved with Henri III, the King of Rildanor; while Henri is a member of the House of Orléans-Vasser, a large Orthodox Catholic royal family, the Rothingren-Traugotts overlooked this fact despite the Hulstrians being overtly Lutheran and openly embraced Henri. Alexander I was reported to be very happy for his only daughter and gave nothing but good words about the King; Godric and Henri, who are both about the same age, got along perfectly when they first meet. In late 2810 Henri proposed to Matilda with the consent of Alexander I and the marriage was set for the summer of 2811; both Godric's parents attended as he did himself with his wife and several other members of the Rothingren-Traugotts attended as well in a large wedding ceremony. Upon marriage, Godric's sister was styled the Queen of Rildanor, and was allowed to keep her Lutheran faith however all descendants of the Rildanor King and Queen have to be raised under the Orthodox Catholic faith, rendering them unable to be in the line of succession to the Hulstrian throne.
Emperor of HulstriaEdit
In Feburary 2814 Godric's father had sudden and devastating heart attack at Fliederbrunn Palace while he was inspecting flowers he planted months before; despite being rushed to the Imperial Military Hospital at Kien and being treated around the clock for medical officials, Alexander due to his old was not able to fight back and thus died on Febuary 16th, 2814 from heart failure, just three days after the birthday of his grandson Karl. Godric, along with his wife and several other members of the Rothingren-Traugotts, was present at his death bed; thousands of Hulstrians packed the streets outside the hospital and when his death was announced, even more citizens gathered outside to pay their respects for their beloved Emperor. Noted by several Hulstrian media outlets and other royal members of the Rothingren-Traugotts, the Imperial Military Hospital where Alexander died was the same facility of where former Emperor Rudolph V of Hulstria died from an assassin's bullet in 2647.
The mass funeral held for Emperor Alexander held shortly after his death and it was reported that thousands attended including many watching at home; Alexander rode through the streets of Kien for the final as did his own father Franz with Godric following closely behind in a motorcade. After a period of mourning was finished, Godric was set for his coronation to become the new Emperor of Hulstria and was coronated in Kien at the Hulstrian National Cathedral; Godric took on the name of Godric II for his new title, being His Imperial and Most Illustrious Lutheran Majesty Emperor Godric II of Hulstria. Several Heads of State and domestic Hulstrian government officials attended the large coronation ceremony; Godric's wife, Roberta Lusk was also coronated as the Empress of Hulstria.
Godric inherited a prosperous Hulstrian throne from his father and a voluminous House of Rothingren-Traugott; like Heinrich II over 60 years before him, Godric was left with a strong Hulstria left behind by his father. With Godric's experience in public life and his already active presence within the royal family in Greater Hulstria, many were confident in the leadership of the Emperor of Hulstria. While however Godric assumed the throne to one of the most powerful and peaceful monarchies on Terra, during his first year as the Emperor did not go as smoothly as some hoped; the internal government of Greater Hulstria faced a problem of an agressive communist Indrala that threatened Dovani stability and the House Lusk, the ruling royal family in the Principality of Central Macon, faced dethronement from several differng royal houses within that country that threatened to jail and subsequently execute Lusk members without trail, causing an uproar in the monarchist community. Roberta Lusk, Godric's consort and a member of the House Lusk, alerted the International Monarchist League about the latter; Emperor Godric II offered the House Lusk political asylum and for them to reside in the Korlburg Palace until they could return to their home, which they accepted the Hulstrian Emperor's offer. The reaching out and consolidation was looked upon by many as a true testiment of the kind of frienship the two Houses had with eachother; this was the time were the two Houses grew closer to eachother and while this was a time of criss, it strengthened the bond between the sovereigns.
Another international problem loomed for Greater Hulstria; the rise of communism and agressive foreign policy in the State of Indrala alarmed many colonial powers on the continent of Dovani. The Gekokujo, the communist regime in Indrala, were very loud and very public in their opposition to Greater Hulstria, going as far as to call the Hulstrian government "fascist" and "oppressive"; they additionally spoke up anti-semetic remarks to get attention from the international community. The communists also called for mass liberation on Dovani among the various territories but were very unsuccessful; the so called "anti-imperialists" in the mid 2810s invaded the independent state of Hanzen, to "free it from imperial rule", despite the land actually being its own country. This move prompted the Governor-General of Greater Hulstria at the time, Friedrich Ewald II, to formally condemn the invasion and shortly after this the Imperial Diet, Hulstria's legislature, voted to install an arms ban on the Indralan state. Military tensions began to arise from the Republic of New Englia when their Defense Secretary openly called for war with Indrala to free Hanzen; such a call put Greater Hulstria on full alert and the eyes of Terra on what will happen next. The Holy Luthori Empire sent two aircraft carriers to their Talmori colonies on Dovani though insisted it was not for military purposes but for general security of their interests in the area; despite this considered, the Gekokujo did not respond and litterally off the face of the political specturm in Indrala. In 2816 the Gekokujo were voted out of Indrala and collapsed after their humiliating electoral defeat; the new conservative government immediately withdrew military forces with Hanzen and Dovani became stable yet again. Emperor Godric II, while not actively public in this matter, was noted to be supportive of Hanzen independence.
In August 2816 the Millennium High School in Korriel, located in the Crownland of Mitrania, was subject to a school shooting that left 2 students dead and over 6 wounded in the deadliest school schooting in Greater Hulstria in over 100 years. Godric II and Roberta Lusk took it upon themselves to personally visit the high school and layed flowers in remeberences in those killed. The Emperor also released a heartfelt statement of condolences to the families with those who lost a loved one that day and personally wrote and sent letters to those affected in this incident. Godric II's public display of compassion and show of unity with the people gained him much praise from the population; Empress Roberta Lusk, already with past experience in working with people, took on the cause of school safety and became a patron of the "Hulstrian Kids, Hulstrian Future", which advocates safety within the classroom.
Expansion of the Rothingren-Traugotts Edit
In the late 2810s and the early 2820s, the House of Rothingren-Traugott began to further expand its influence on Terra; the Rothingren-Traugotts saw the opening of a new "cadet branch" of the imperial dynasty in the Grand Kingdom of Tukarali after Archduke Henry, the son of Rudolph, Earl of Pfathzburg and Godric's cousin, married Gloria I, the Queen of Tukarali. This marriage and the couple's subsequent child, Crown Prince Theodore, solidified the Rothingren-Traugotts as the new imperial dynasty in that Kingdom and rendered the House of Aynako the new branch of the dynasty within Tukarali. Another major marriage was that between his son, Karl, and the daughter of King Matthew I of the Kingdom of Lodamun, Elizabeth Diggory; this did not create a new cadet branch yet this did create first and new lines of relations between the House of Diggory in Lodamun and the Rothingren-Traugotts in Greater Hulstria.
Monarchist revival in the Alduria, a nation which was once under personal union with Greater Hulstria under Emperor Heinrich I (though after the death of Heinrich Alduria was given to his son, Gustavus I of Luthori & Alduria of the Orange-Villayn branch of the Rothingren-Traugotts), paved the way for new royalist parties to be created, and new attempts to bring back the Monarchy there under the Luthori Emperor Edward III; Godric II openly praised and supported the efforts to reinstate the Aldurian constitutional monarchy during this period. In the end Eward was successful in bringing back the constitutional monarchical system back to Alduria.
The Rothingren-Traugotts in Greater Hulstria were also going through a period of prosperity; the country remained a strong royalist stronghold and in the fields of economic and social advancements, Hulstria was doing very well. The rapid growth of population marked the late 2810s, with Greater Hulstria reaching more than 406 million people, and a shift from dynamic conservatism in the Imperial Diet to progressivism was additionally noted; the Imperial Crownlands was going through a new period of progressivism and central government empowerment, most notably lead by royalist Eva Kohler of the Socialist Party of Greater Hulstria on the legislative front. With concerns to the Governor-General of Greater Hulstria, Hulstrians put their faith into the Fascist Authority Party for over 25 years. Other major parties during the early reign of Godric were the Imperial Hulstrian Party, the Christian Liberals, the Nationals, and the Hulstrian Monarchist Party.
In 2829, after the wedding of his son Archduke Klaus Gustav to Janne von Bavoria, Godric II was awarded the hereditary title of the "Prince-Royal of Central Macon" by Prince Adrian II of the House Lusk in thanks and appreciation for the Emperor's hand of friendship during their time in exile by offering them political asylum in the Korlburg Palace. Emperor Godric, whose wife (Roberta Lusk) is the grand-daughter of former Prince Leopold II, accepted this title. In 2832 the "Act of Imperial Orders" passed in the Imperial Diet, granting the Monarch new powers to issue imperial decorations to illustrated Hulstrians who have shown valor in the defense and protection of the Hulstrian Monarchy and commitment of spreading Hulstrian culture within both national and international borders. In December 2831 Godric II issued the first imperial decorations before a crowd in Fliederbrunn Palace; his more notable issues were to former Staatsminister Waldemar von Treuburg, former Imperial Hulstrian Party Chairman Klemens von Flieder who was assassinated in 2647, former and first Gao-Showa Governor-General Naoki Tsukuda, founders of the Hulstrian Monarchist Society Erik Chamberlain and Ambrose Bauer and to Philip Strauss, former chairman of the Imperial Hulstrian Party and leading royalist icon during the communist era in the 2200s. Several of these Orders were issued posthumously. Emperor Godric II also issued the highest issue, the Most Excellent & Distinguished Order of the Hulstrian Crown, to the Imperial Hulstrian Party, who served as the central representative of the Rothingren-Traugotts for centuries; Philip Strauss was given this Order as well.
Tragedy Strikes Edit
The Rothingren-Traugotts, continuing to grow in influence around the world by establishing relations with foreign imperial familys and within internal Hulstrian nobles, were faced a devastating tragedy in the Spring of 2834 when Karl, Crown Prince of Hulstria died unexpectedly at his private residence the city of Pfathzburg where he accidently shot himself when handling a gun outside in his den; while Imperial Guards were present at the house, they could not save the Crown Prince, and called authorities. Crown Princess Elizabeth Diggory was not present at the house and since the couple had no children, no kids were there either. The Crown Prince was transported to Pfathzburg Medical Hospital and then to the Kien Imperial Military Hospital in the capital, a facility often used by the Monarchy. Godric II and Roberta Lusk were in Thague, Kuratha, attending an opening ceremony of a new historical musuem when the news was given to them; the Imperials immediately left the ceremony and flew to Kien to see their son. As the death spread across Greater Hulstria, the country went into a shock not seen before since the assassination of Rudolph V in 2647 and the death of Heinrich I; trading went into a freeze at the Kien Stock Exchange, schools were closed, the Imperial Diet was shut down upon the orders of the Staatsminister, and thousands gathered outside Fliederbrunn Palace holding vigils for the deceased heir to the Hulstrian throne. International response was swift with both republican and monarchial Heads of State released statements of condolences and internal political parties personally wrote their own statements to the Emperor.
The large funeral for Karl took place in Kien at the Hulstrian National Cathedral with dozens of Heads of State and both foreign and domestic politicans attending; over 2 million Hulstrians were packed in the streets to witness Karl's casket and to pay their last respects to the fallen Crown Prince. Holy Luthori Emperor William IV, Queen Gloria I of Tukarali, Konrad I of Vorona, and Prince Adrian II of Central Macon were in attendence, as was Governor-General of Greater Hulstria Charles Fuerstien, Staatsminister Wenzeslaus von Hortensiengau, the Duke of Flieder, Duke of Labsburgs, and the Duke of Straussia were there. Other nobility and Hulstrian politicans came to Karl's funeral as well. After the main funeral procession, Karl was transported through the streets of Kien to the Fliderbrunn Palace where citizens threw many flowers and bouquets at the casket; when Karl arrived at Fliderbrunn, he would lie in state for several days. Godric II for the next few months would become increasingly private, limiting his royal responsibilities to very formal events; Archduke Klaus Gustav, Karl's younger brother, was crowned the Crown Prince of Hulstria and given titles reserved for the 1st in line of succession to the Hulstrian throne. In the following months, the death was formally and officialy ruled an accident however there were some rumors that Crown Prince Karl was the target of assassination by foreign agents; no evidence or grounded logic were given to these statements and were dismissed. Also in the months following the death, Emperor Godric II became increasingly private and limited his royal duties to very formal events and meeting with high-level government officials every week. While the death was certainly tragic, it did bring the House of Rothingren-Traugott progressively closer and created a stronger bond within the family. Karl's passing also gave way to new Imperial Guard rules; Godric II imposed new orders upon the Guard that dictated at least one or more Guard member be presenty with a Rothingren-Traugott at anytime, hoping for greater security and a prevention of such an accident that faced Karl. If Crown Prince Karl would have not died, he would have succeeded his father as Karl IV of Hulstria & I of Sisula & Trigunia & Lodamun; the titles that were given to Karl following his marriage to Elizabeth of the House of Diggory and the death of Elizabeth's father, King Matthew I, were passed onto Klaus Gustav, Karl's brother.
Hulstria Prospers & New Royalist ActivityEdit
While the country was most certainly in mourning over Karl, in 2836 Greater Hulstria nonetheless was going through a period of economic and social prosperity; record population increases not seen since the early 2700s created a brand new baby-boom generation and job creation was at its highest peak in years. The Gross Domestic Product of Hulstria rose to over 9.7 trillion crowns as well and eventually hit 10.2 trillion in the 2850s, the highest GDP rate on the continent of Dovani. New free market initiatives and new progressive social legislation helped raise the standard of living, continuing Hulstria as the dominant power in the region. On the political front, the vast amount of political parties provided a widge range of choices for the Hulstrian citizen and such diversity, ranging from the monarchist agenda of the Hulstrian Monarchist Party to the constitutionalists in the Independent Party, encouraged new activity. The Fascist Authority Party during the majority of Godric's reign was one of the more dominant political parties, capturing the office of Governor-General of Greater Hulstria for over 33 years with successive administrations led by Friedrich Ewald II, Charles Fuerstien, and Erik Bauer-Chamberlain II; the National Party, one of the leading voices on devolution in the Imperial Diet, however, collapsed shortly after the 2836 elections, leaving to Rilandor. The Socialist Party of Greater Hulstria reign was the majority party for the better part of Godric’s reign, becoming one of the most popular socialist parties in over a century. The FAP-SPGH paramountcy also gave rise to the Bauer-Chamberlains, a large political family that at one time encompassed the Governor-Generalship and the Ministry of Defense. With even more concerns to the government, increased royalist involvement in the cabinet was noted as well; in the “Unitary Coalition” in 2837, Hulstria saw its largest, diverse pairing of nobles in a single cabinet. Such royalist activity in the cabinet was not seen since the reign of Franz VI, Godric’s grandfather. Politicians such as Wenzeslaus von Hortensiengau and Gereon von Thannhausenand helped define this new royality activity. Royalists and nobles also began to take part in government and political parties; the Dukes of Flieder, Labsburg, and Anderinch, and the Margrave of Hallstatt all at their own respective periods had a reign in power and/or had significant influence. Emperor Godric II was overjoyed the hear the new royalist surge of activity yet had the Rothingren-Traugotts still remain neutral in Hulstrian political affairs, despite growing pressure to do so with Hulstria's political environment. The surge in noble participation of government also became the envy of foreign monarchies; while other Monarchs were facing dethronment or a lack of support from other political parties, Greater Hulstria] remained resilient and kept out radical republican influence as a result. Godric II under his reign saw no republican movements in Hulstria thanks to the political climate, making his reign one of the most peaceful a Hulstrian Emperor has witnessed in over a century.
Additionally on the political front, Hulstria saw the rise of new social democratic and centrist parties, creating a period of moderation in the legislature. These parties, while monarchist, did not associate themselves with conservatism held by the other monarchist parties like the Fascist Authorty Party or the Imperial Hulstrians; some of these new social democratic parties did however advocate stern social convervatism, gaining the endorsements of the other traditional conservative parties.
Later Years & DeathEdit
Emperor Godric II was reaching into his late 80s in the 2850s though this did not stop the Hulstrian head of state as he continued with his royal responsibilities and regularly meeted with other foreign heads of state and domestic government officials in the Imperial Crownlands. In spring 2854 Godric welcomed the Grand Duke of Valonen to Fliederbrunn Palace and the King of Tukarali in the winter 2854.
Godric II of Hulstria since his death has been constantly ranked among polls and monarchist studies in Greater Hulstria as one of the greatest Emperors of Hulstria because of the peace in the homeland and the expansion of the Rothingren-Traugotts on levels not seen since Heinrich I. His hand in the creation of the cadet branches of the House of Ayanko and Bavoria had him receive positive opinion from monarchist circles; Godric's outgoing personality when it come to international affairs was also considered a plus as he was able to open up new alliances and friendships with other royal houses. Due to the latter, the House of Rothingren-Traugott expanded to almost all corners of Terra, encompassing the monarchs of Lodamun, Tukarali, and Vorona.
Unlike his own father, Alexander, Godric was a much more public figure, enjoying being out with people, and was one of the most active members of the Hulstrian royal family; his active participation in royal affairs and interacting with other royality around Terra with his wife has him out in the eye of the people a lot. However the Emperor is known to like his private time as well. Crown Prince Godric is noted to be an avid player of golf and to have a keen interest in boating; Godric is patron of a number of country golf clubs, and is an honorary member of many yacht clubs in Greater Hulstria. The Emperor owns several sailboats and powerboats which he takes out to sea every summer to fish, take part in sailing competitions, and/or to enjoy time with his family. His son Karl has taken a very keen interest in boating as well like his father; Emperor Godric has a boat called the "Four Royals", reffering to his four kids and the "Roberta", named after his wife Roberta Lusk.
Godric is reported not to be a very fond beer drinker; while at times he may drink at social events, the Emperor tends to stay away from alcohol. The Crown Prince however enjoys tea and hot chocolate with his liking to those drinks tracing back to when he was a child and his grandmother would give him drinks such as tea when he was under the supervision of her. History and anthropology are studies the Crown Prince is attracted too as well; Godric has a large collection of historical literature at his home and personel den to keep the books he has collected throughout the years. In June 2813 Godric donated a large sum of his books to the Kien Imperial Library & Archives, the largest public library in the Imperial Crownlands of Greater Hulstria. Since becoming Emperor of Hulstria, Godric has become patron to several organizations and charities.
Emperor Godric II's main residence is the Fliederbrunn Palace, the central home to the majority of the Rothingren-Traugotts within Greater Hulstria however he does pocess his own home along the coastline of Budenlar and a country residence outside Kien as well. In Sisula Godric additionally has a home where he travels during the spring time.
Titles & SylesEdit
|Hulstrian Imperial Family|
- Prince-Royal of Alduria
- Primary form of address
- His Imperial Highness Godric, Prince-Royal of Alduria
- Archduke of Hulstria (17 August 2769 - 16 Febuary 2814)
- Crown Prince of Hulstria (17 December 2798 - 16 Febuary 2814)
- Emperor of Hulstria (16 Febuary 2814 - )
- Primary form of address
- His Imperial Majesty Archduke Godric of Hulstria (17 August 2769 - 16 Febuary 2814)
- His Imperial Majesty Crown Prince Godric of Hulstria (17 December 2798 - 16 Febuary 2814)
- His Imperial and Most Illustrious Lutheran Majesty Emperor Godric II (16 Febuary 2814 - )
- Prince-Royal of Luthori
- His Imperial Highness
- Primary form of address
- His Imperial Highness Godric, Prince-Royal of Luthori
- Grand Duke of Sisula
- Primary form of address
- His Royal Highness Grand Duke Godric I
- Prince-Royal of Central Macon
- Viscount of Ayelsbury
- Primary form of address
- His Royal Highness Godric, Viscount of Ayelsbury
- Lord Protector of the Eastern Territories
- Primary form of address
- His Imperial Majesty Lord Protector Godric
- Prince of Tirgith (17 August 2769 - 17 December 2798)
- Hereditary Prince of Tirgith (17 December 2798 - 16 Febuary 2814)
- Great Prince of Trigunia (16 Febuary 2814 - )
- Primary form of address
- His Royal Highness Prince Godrik of Tirgith (17 August 2769 - 17 December 2798)
- His Royal Highness Godrik, Hereditary Prince of Tirgith (17 December 2798 - 16 Febuary 2814
- His Royal Highness Great Prince Godrik I of Trigunia ((16 Febuary 2814 - )
- Duke of Nusira Lionta
- Primary form of address
- His Royal Highness Godric, Duke of Nusira Lionta
Full Title: His Imperial and Most Illustrious Lutheran Majesty, Godric II, Defender of the Faith, by the Grace of God, Emperor of Hulstria, His Royal Higness Great Prince of Trigunia, His Royal Highness Grand Duke of Sisula, Lord Protector of the Eastern Territories; King of Mitrania and Budenlar; Sovereign of Greater Chadonya; Grand Duke of Hilgar and Kuratha; Duke of Dalian; Elector of Tinako; Prince-Royal of Alduria; Count of Kremfurt; Prince-Royal of Luthori; Palatine of Phönix and Flieder; Duke of Marchau, Straussia, and Traugott; Viscount of Ayelsbury; Duke of Chadonia, Lesser Chadonya, and Tirgith; Duke of Garekavmo; Earl of Kane; Duke of Nusira Lionta; Prince-Royal of Adelia, Falristan, Roccato, Kenai, and Lagard; Duke of Kathre; Grand Duke of Malchik, & Tirvoslavl; Count of Stary Kautsky; Grand Prince of Vorm; Margrave of New Yodukan, New Luthor, and New Liore; Margrave of Varistad; Grand Duke of Belgae; Margrave of Kildan Olvar, Milrata, and Yulrath; Princely Count of Rothingren, Graaffsberg, and Veilchen; Duke of Franzstadt; Marquess of Mosjkojil; Grand Duke of Thague; Count of Kommenovsk, Morozorota, and Tirvoslavl; Prince of Hennersdam and Korriel; Lord of Heinrichgard
Upon the passing of the Act of Imperial Orders in 2831, Emperor Godric II was given the ability to issue imperial decorations or "Orders" to Hulstrians who have served in valor in the defense and protection of the Monarchy and commitment to Hulstrian cultural achievements; in the Act of Imperial Orders also designated Godric II and future Hulstrian Emperors as the Head of these Orders:
- The Most Illustrious Order of Heinrich I
- The Order of the Phoenix
- Imperial Service Order
- The Most Excellent & Distinguished Order of the Hulstrian Crown