Theme: Le Chanson de Monsieur Henri
November 22 1890
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 through a number of wars, ranging from the Disparte colonial wars in Africa and, observing the Balkan Wars, and fighting his way through. 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 1890 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. 3rd in the line of succesion to the Duchy of Picardy from and enobled as Count of Vermandios from. 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 would really care about these things in his time. These tutors noted the young prince to be an intelligent if distracted young boy. Matthieu as a young boy was known to be curious, exploring the forests and
Matthieu finished his secondary education in 1908, and promptly enlisted with the Imperial Alpeian Army. His status as a minor member of the Imperial House
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, still having to abide by the constitutional laws of his realm. Matthieu has reigned as a modernizer, wishing to reform his state and its military following the near disastrous results of the Great Wars.
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. True Reform was slow, even with numerous attempts at reform 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, The Constitutional Laws of the Empire were replaced with a new document following the reconstruction of France after the Second Great War. He, with the demands of the provisional government, 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. Though it would finally fully establish the Alpeian Empire as a constitutional monarchy, it would still grant the Emperor a number of active and reverse powers upon his instance. 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, composed of the Chamber of Representatives of the Departments and the Senate. The new constitution also formally implemented the legislative regulatory and electoral body known as the Electoral College of the Empire, with its perhaps being to indirectly elect a number of senators and officials. The Constitution also fully abolished the last vestiges of the three estates, redefining the peerages and granting universal human rights to all citizens.
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%
Marry Madame Elizabeth de Montremorcy, a member of one of the most notable noble houses as well as the self-proclaimed love of his life.
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