Politics of Dubrillion, Part II: Path to the Throne

Posted: July 9, 2014 by writingsprint in Dubrillion Burning, Science fiction
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Post #44 of the Dubrillion Burning series

All right, spell it out.

Dubrillion is a constitutional monarchy. Normally, the king appoints his successor with the consent of the aristocracy. When Arak Drayen was overthrown, the ruling family was murdered. There was no lawful succession. When this happens, the aristocracy can appoint a new king. The usurper had enough allies to get himself appointed.

Nok’s father’s body was someone else’s, with the genes manipulated to appear to be him. Arak must have prepared for this as a contingency in case someone tried to take his crown. Everyone thought the Drayens were dead. That’s why no one hunted them. That’s why Ro goes ballistic when he finds out Risha’s alive and getting ready to marry his greatest rival.

Then what?

I did some wiki research on the legend of Anastasia Romanov — the real one and the Disney one. So, let’s say that Soviet Russia doesn’t work and slowly falls apart over the twenty years after the czars are deposed. Let’s say that Anastasia is really alive and comes forward as riots are breaking out across her country. People rally behind her as she promises food, liberty and prosperity.

Risha’s not as messianic as that, but that’s the image I used to start.

Risha has the strongest claim to the throne but it isn’t enough. She needs the approval of the nobles. If she comes forward, she’s a hero of the Republic, but she has no land, no army, no people behind her other than her friends. Bad ending: She’s killed before she can take the throne back. The Drayen line ends and usurper’s rule becomes legitimate if the aristocracy agrees. Worse ending: the usurper captures her, threatens her friends with being tortured to death, and forces her to marry him.

That’s why she needs Rinald. This is where the politicking comes into play. To the aristocracy, voting for her is actually voting to put their buddy Rinald in power. They don’t know they’re getting a real queen, too. Merritt’s smart enough to be impressed with Risha’s war record, but even he doesn’t fully realize what he’s getting into.

Since Risha’s claim is valid no matter who she marries, she would have been approached by multiple noble houses. She would have done research on all of them and already come up with a short list of the ones she wanted to meet. That also means background checks on her suitors. Some of those rejected would be bitter and angry, others would be willing to form alliances with her when she comes to power. If Rinald is the most popular noble on Dubrillion, I’m assuming that his house is one of the most powerful.

Continued Friday in Part III: The Royal Houses.

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  1. A.D. Everard says:

    This is sounding really good. I can understand now why you are so excited about writing this. I would be, too, in your place.

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    • 🙂 thanks! Political intrigue isn’t my usual taste, but it’s impressive when it’s done well — Game of Thrones, Dune, etc.. I’m hoping to weave into into the story as one of many layers — bring in enough that you can feel it, but keep it in a back seat to the fun stuff.

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