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Sorry, I'm still finding my way around here.

I don't know if anyone else has posted this, but I have noticed that in many ways, history tragically repeated itself in the Russion Revolution.  The same thing, more or less, happened in France in their revolution.  Examples.

Russia/France was ruled by a leader who was not prepared for the job (Nicholas II/Louis XVI).

Both men were married to an unpopular queen (Alexandra/Marie Antoinette) who came from a foreign country (Germany/Austria).

Both families were ousted in a violent revolution and locked away.

The revolution ushered in an even more brutal regiem (Bolsheviks/Reign of Terror), led by a dictator (Lenin/Robespierre).

Finally, both Imperial families are put to death.

However, they are some some differences as well.  Unlike the Romanov's, Louis and Marie Antoinette were not put to death at the same time.  Louis was beheaded first, and Marie nine months later.  Their children were not executed, their son, the Dauphin (more on him a little farther down), died in prison and their daughter, Marie Therese survived, although she ended up exiled in Austria.

Robespierre was himself eventually overthrown and met the same fate as Louis and Marie Antoinette.  His regime was finshed.  Of course, Lenin was not overthrown and the regime he started would last for another 74 years.

The Bourbon's were briefly restored after the defeat of Napolean.  The Romanov's never got the throne back.

Coming back to the Dauphin, we find another parallel.  For a long time, no one was sure what became of him.  In the 19th century, several claiments turned up, saying they were him (sound familiar).  Like the Romanov claiments, it was DNA tests that finally debunked them all.  The Dauphin died in prison, he didn't make it out.

Tragic history repeated itself.

Nicholas II / Re: Nic II's Plans to go abroad April 1917
« on: April 11, 2010, 10:23:28 AM »
That could be, however, George could have at least offered to take in OTMAA.

Nicholas II / Re: Nic II's Plans to go abroad April 1917
« on: April 11, 2010, 10:13:02 AM »
It seems to me that the poor guy and his family got screwed over by everyone.  King George should have offered NAOTMAA refuge.  Apparently, for the rest of his life, George regretted not helping Nicky and his family.  Of course, no one at the time suspected that the Imperial Family would be brutally murdered.

The Final Chapter / Re: Murder or execution? Thread 2
« on: April 10, 2010, 07:45:36 PM »
In my opinion, it was cold blooded murder, nothing more, nothing less.  Nicholas was out of power, and had been for over year.  He wasn't a threat to Lenin or any of his cronies.  Certinaly OTMAA did nothing to deserve such a horrible fate.  They were given no trial, no chance to speak in their own defense.  Yurovsky just came in, declared some speech, and then he and the rest of his hired thugs started blasting away.  It took twenty minutes for them to kill them all (some of the aformentioned thugs had been hitting the vodka and they were not professional marksmen).  It certainly wasn't quick and painless for the IF.

Also, some more of Yurovsky's thugs, who were waiting in the woods, were under the assumption that the executions would take place out there.  They too had been passing bottles of vodka around and were hoping to "have some fun" with the Grand Duchesses, before killing them (they didn't know they were already dead).  Read into that what you will.

Some people said that Nicholas II was an autocrat.  Well, even if he was, he and his family didn't deserve this.  Even top ranking Nazis got their day in court.

Having Fun! / Re: How Did You Found This Website?
« on: April 10, 2010, 06:41:07 PM »
I Googled OTMA and it led me here.

Having Fun! / Re: Romanov Fiction
« on: April 10, 2010, 03:47:31 PM »
I have a series of stories called the Rex and Hannah Chronicles, it's a spin-off of the TV series Charmed (anyone here familiar with that show).  Anyway, my 13th R&H Chronicles story, Requiem, involved R&H encountering the Romanov's.  If you are interested in reading the story, this link will take you to it.  I hope you enjoy it.

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