Theme: Le Chanson de Monsieur Henri
November 22 1907
Rodolphe de Alpes(Lausonne)-Picarde
Célia de Bérulle
Semi-Protectionist Rhine Capitalism
"The Imperial Parliament was a flawed and corrupt, something showed time and time again it seems in our history. That why I decided to recreate the Imperial Senate. At least it was never plotting. " - Matthieu XV
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Matthieu(Full name: Louis-Matthieu Jean Rodolphe Éric Nicolas Guillaume Edouard Marie Aurèle d'Alpes-Valois-Picardie-Amiens) is Empereur-Roi of Alpes a Septentrionalis, coming from the century-old Alpeian Dynasty.. Born in the Province and Duchy of Picardy, as the second son of Duke Rudolf of Picardy, his birth into a minor cadet house, as well as his status as a spare made it unlikely he would ever ascend or marry into one of the major thrones of Europe. Later in life serving in the Imperial Cavalry during a number of wars, ranging from the Disparte Wars in Africa and Illyria, the Balkan Wars, all the way to the Great War. It was after the death of his brother and the end of his service that he was truly prepared as heir to the Alpeian Throne, with luck had changed for his family a number of years before, by the old Emperor Henri VI declaring Matthieu's Father, the Duke of Picardy his heir and successor.
Matthieu's reign as Emperor of the Alpes and French has been one of some modernization and more assumption of Imperial Powers. Ending the last remnants of slavery in the Colonies as well as the practices of Indentured Sertivtide and the sort of serf-like practices of some small lordships. As well as this he began large scale modernization and reforms of the Military, Government, and of the Empire itself. These have culminated in things such as the reformation of government, the Ratification of the New Constitution, national works projects, and the reorganization of the colonies.
Matthieu was born November 22nd 1907 to Rudolphe and Celia d'Alpes. As member of the The Ducal and Imperial House of Alpes-Picardy, he was born into the great nobility of the Empire, born into wealth and eventual power, already in the line of succesion to the Duchy of Picardy and was enobled at birth as Count of Vermandios. Though being a member of a cadet house, and a second son, it would unlikely to ever inherit any important title, his parents still put quite an effort into having him brought up right. Lesser sons of such high birth were good for military and civil positions afterall. And well his parents did have a good try at directing the young boys life in the proper path, they certainly weren't affectionate about it. Most of the actual love and care that Matthieu found early in life came from his older siblings, Ardamis and Geneviève. He would have a precularily close relationship with his older brother Ardamis, whom he seemed to be attached to, going with him wherever he went,
For much of his early life, he was educated by handpicked tutors in numerous different subjects, with them pushing on to subjects that would eventually help him achieve in civil career, though it was unlikely a young boy such as . These tutors noted the young count to be intelligent, if
Matthieu finished his secondary education in 1924, and promptly joined the military(he would have had to do it eventually anyways) and decided to join the cavalry branch, with the intention of becoming an officer.
Reign and Ideology
Taking the Imperial Throne in October of 1933, following the short reign of his father, Matthieu found himself as the powerful executive and moderator of government, though not an absolute monarch as some have portrayed him to be. Matthieu has been ruling and reforming the empire in the way of limited modernization.
Since taking power Matthieu XV has enacted a series of policies, notable ones have been:
THE REGULATION AND ABOLITION OF INDENTURED SERVITUDE And the Corvee
The Corvee system was implemented in the empire a number of times before Matthieu's ascension, it simply being a mandatory call for unpaid labor from the lower classes in time of need, such as after war or during times of economic strife. But perhaps
Military Modernization Acts
During the Great War, it was shown how much the Imperial Military truly needed proper reform. But because of lack of a proper budget, as while as well as numerous post-war agreements and obligations that limited much military activity. But still numerous reforms were implemented from 1923 to 1939, with Matthieu as emperor during these later reforms, mostly ones concerning modernization efforts and military construction plans. Major reforms included the eventual creation and expansion of the Alpeian Airforce, the modernization of the Imperial Navy through the refit and construction program, as well as numerous reforms to the Army. Beginning
NOBLE TITLES ACT
All nobles with titles must register their titles, family, and line of succession with the government of Alpes, and they must bring proof that they have the title to show that they aren't faking or selling their nobility. Honorary titles are not included in this act. This part of the act allowed for policing of the nobility to be easier and so that the state can intervene in succession crises. It also made it so the titles rank count needs an income of 60,000 IS to become inheritable, Viscounts needed an income of 40,000 IS to become inheritable, and that barons need an income of 20,000 IS to become inheritable. The title of knight becomes inheritable if three people in the same close family from different generations are all knighted. It also made titles and lands with no successors and ones that failed the income requirements revert to the state.
Well during the reign of Emperor Mathieu XV, he had put few amendments to the old constitution such as those increasing his power, after the attempted coup and dissolving of the Imperial Parliament, he had ordered for the creation of a new constitution that would rework the legislature and to define the specifics of the empire and the rights and privileges of its peoples. When it put in place and ratified upon its approval, it granted him immense executive power over the empire, near that of a true absolute monarch. It reorganized the imperial Parliament into the Imperial Assembly, a more complex body composed of the Chamber of Notables and the Senate and Corps Législatif. The new constitution also formally implemented the legislative regulatory and electoral body known as the Tribunat of the Empire. The Constitution also defined the three estates, each one's purposes, ranks, and privileges. But with this established all those in the three estates were also defined as citizens and subjects of the Empereur-Roi and granted most basic rights, equality before the law, and the right to vote in legislative elections for state-approved parties on a census suffrage system. The constitution also gave way to administrative reform, redefined the judicial system, created ministers and officers of state and much more.
But this new constitution had some flaws, quite a few flaws actually. The legislature was overly complex and confusing, the old aristocratic and church classes still held many more rights and privileges compared to the larger peasant class, and has many articles that are considered either too vague or unneeded. It also restricts some rights well-granting others, such as declaring the only religion of state to be that of the catholic church. But with these flaws and many more, Mathieu XV has so far been extremely supportive of this new constitution, with the only flaw he ever admits begin a problem being that the constitution declares succession to the Imperial throne to be only eligible for males.
After the devastation of the great war and following depression years later, the empire's economy was not in a proper place, With unemployment rising to a point of 20%, it was with this that the government under his overview launched
This allowed any family with a child born out of wedlock or adopted with the proper paperwork to go to any judge to have them legalized into their family. It is noted how for adopted children that a piece of legal documentation was required to show that the child was adopted and not acquired in any other ways.
ABOLITION OF THE IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT
After an attempted coup on the palace by the parliamentary guard, and with many similar incidents happening all over the Empire he declared a state of emergency and martial law all over it, with the "Grand Parliamentary Coup" being put down with the storming ending of the parliament and that for a short time ended constitutional monarchy that "ruled" Alpes. After further investigation in the following incidents, it was found that these where ordered by parliament in a supposed coup against the monarch with plans to depose him. And in an extreme reaction, Empereur-Roi Matthieu XV dissolved parliament indefinitely.
It was replaced with his de facto absolute monarchy, though the privy council was reorganized and empowered. He did also officially recognize the political factions and to extension the parties as legitimate organizations. He even allowed the councilors of the newly created privy council to identify and bring the opinions and needs of the factions to him. The Imperial Senate was eventually recreated and organized as the new Imperial Legislature, though it was quite complex compared to what came before it.
Matthieu has always been know to be a prop
Pro: Monarchy, right of kings, aristocracy, autocracy, geoism, enlightment, limited democracy, conservatism, capitalism
Neutral: Authoritarian democracy, mercantilism, meritocracy, constitutionalism, animal rights movements, isolationism
Anti: Socialism, communism, republicanism, liberalism, slavery, LGBT rights, Islamism
Five Dimensional Political Compass
Right-Leaning Totalitarian Interventionist Nativist Reactionary
Collectivism score: -33%
Authoritarianism score: 83%
Internationalism score: 33%
Tribalism score: 50%
Liberalism score: -67%
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