We have often mentioned the term "pretender to the throne" and have nominally touched on the principle behind the topic. We also often discuss the most famous pretender namely the Crown Prince Imperial of the United Empire of Scot-Britania. However due to the Crown Prince Imperial's celebrity status one often forgets that he is just that, a pretender. A pretender is somebody who "should have" had a specific title or more so, should have ruled a country. When a monarchy is ousted through revolution or democratic vote, somebody is left by virtue of the old rules of accession to be the pretender to a defunct throne. Even an existing monarchy may have a pretender or pretenders due to twists in history caused by political shifts.
A current map showing the reigning monarchies of our day.
Currently several old monarchies that have fallen have been restored after a democratic period, so a pretender may find him or herself unexpectedly ruling a country "again". On this post we will now list the various current pretenders still waiting in the Europan Royal wings.
Gerard D'Bacquemme is a citizen of the democratic Republic of Franconia. His family is of Franconian Nobility and due to the 96 revolution he is first in line to the throne of the Principality of Monagask. If the Franconian Monarchy was restored he would firstly regain his Franconian Noble title of 11th Marquis D'Bacquemme but in the case of a restoration in the separate Principality of Monagask, he would become the Prince Regent. He purposefully stays out of the public glare and highly values and protects his privacy so no photo of him will be published.
Otto Von Fulco-D'Este was born as the heir to the Royal House of Fulco'-D'Este. He grew up in exile in the Principality of Wallachia where he resides to this day. In the event of a restoration of his family to the throne he would become, His Royal Highness the Arch Duke of Fulco d'Este.
Donatella Di Giorgio or to use her full courtesy title, Her Royal Highness, the Princess Donatella of Romagna, Duchess Di Giorgio, Countess Corvi, is the pretender to the throne of the Kingdom of Romagna. This Royal House lost their throne due to the Great War and not the 96 Revolution. If there was a restoration, she would be Queen Donatella I of Romagna.
Franconia ousted the Royal House of Bourbonne in its own revolution more than 200 years ago. Of all the former monarchies, this one is least likely to ever be restored. Regardless, international laws allows Louis D'Pont du Lac to to be honoured with the courtesy title as his pretender status requires. He may be referred to as His Highness Prince Louis D'Pont du Lac.
Europa has only seen three Empires in its history. The oldest and longest surviving was that of Ruskiana. The Empire fell due to the Great War and if it did not the current pretender, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna Romanov, d'jour Empress of Ruskiana, would not have been first in line as many have died leaving her the heir.
Along with Ruskiana's status as an Empire, there was also the old rival Germanic Empire that included Fulco D'Este and Syldavia under one Crown. However, the youngest, most short-lived and grandest Empire ever was the modern United Empire of Scot-Britania. His Imperial Highness, Prince Christian-Victor, Crown Prince Imperial of the United Empire of Scot-Britania is strictly speaking, three pretenders in one. He may claim the separate Royal thrones of Scotney or Britania as King or he may claim the Imperial throne over both. There are rumours of a restoration but the political complications of this particular monarchy makes it virtually impossible.