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Having Fun! / About the Octopus With the Crown
« on: July 13, 2010, 08:05:39 PM »
I hear that there is around now a flag with a crowned pulpo=octopus, in reference to the player who accomplished the winning gol. I pray that it may be seen in the USA, at least so that Americans may learn what the Spanish crown actually looks like.
When Juan Carlos was appointed Prince of Spain, and when he acceded to the throne, there were many US cartoons showing him wearing crowns that were clearly modeled after those that GB's royalty uses. The Americans are so in love with the House Windsor that they think that all crowns look like the British crowns, when in fact the crowns of GB are unique in their design, and do not resemble at all those of the other kingdoms of Europe, including Spain.

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... who would be the logical heirs to those thrones?

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Having Fun! / Suppose that Russia Had Not Entered the War ...
« on: July 16, 2009, 08:51:07 PM »
Two of the most eloquent quotations in NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA are the speech in which Rasputin expresses his fear of the human cost of entering what would become the Great War, and the speech in which Witte tells a diplomat that Russia had nothing to gain and much to lose if it chose to enter the conflict.  That naturally makes me wonder how events in Russia would have turned out if NII had decided against entering the war.

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Imperial Succession and the Throne / In Case of a Restoration, ...
« on: July 04, 2009, 03:44:37 PM »
... which of the Romanov lines would have the stronger claim to the throne?

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NII has often been called stupid, but I'm not quite sure about that. I have known ignorant and stupid people who nevertheless were able to learn a few things because of experience. That seems not to have been the case with Nicholas; all through his life, up to the time of his deposition, NII seemed to be oblivious to everything around him--exactly as if he were encased inside a cocoon.
Could it be possible that he suffered from some form of autism? Certainly I have been struck by the fact that people who met Nicholas consistently described him as polite, but aloof and even distant, as if his mind were always somewhere else.

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If you surf the Internet, you will find many posters bemoaning the fact that the ,,legitimate'' government of Spain--whose share of the vote in 1936 was exactly 34%--was defeated by the ,,fascists'' of Franco.
I can't feel sympathy for the losers. As the war dragged on, the far Left became so predominant in the Republican government that it's a very strong likelihood that the result of a Republican victory would have been a Stalinist state of the same brand that oppressed Eastern Europe for four tragic decades.
Most of the citizenry of the states that formed the Confederacy in 1861-65 have reconciled themselves to the idea that God knew what He was doing when He decided that the CSA should lose the US Civil War. Will the Left ever become reconciled to the idea that God had perfectly valid reasons to decide that the Second Spanish Republic should lose the 1936-39 War?
It was because of Franco's victory that the Spanish monarchy was restored. Who but the Spanish Royal House can claim the loyalty of all the ancient kingdoms that make up present-day Spain?

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Having Fun! / Definitely NOT a Silly Question
« on: January 23, 2009, 01:11:09 PM »
Anyone who knows the history of the USA knows the importance of its political and business dynasties, to the point that I don't need to name any names, because everybody knows about them.
That dynasticist phenomenon is typical of all non-monarchic countries. For ex, in Colombia, the Restrepo family--a family that includes politicians, military men, businessmen, churchmen and writers--is so important that about half of the presidents of Colombia are related to it. If Colombia ever decides to become an hereditary monarchy, the obvious inevitable choice for royal family will be the House Restrepo.
'tis really remarkable how dynasties are so important in non-monarchic countries; in fact, the case can be made that dynasties are totally essential for the wellbeing of all countries--so long, of course, as we are not talking about quasi-crime families such as the Castros, the Duvaliers, the Somozas and the Trujillos.
How is it in your countries? Which dynasties do you have that play a key role in your political and business societies?

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Iberian Royal Families / Line of Succession to the Spanish Throne
« on: January 13, 2009, 03:14:33 PM »
Who follows after the children of the children of Juan Carlos and Sofia?

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