September 19, 1896
Randolf Haroldus Eric de Froid Courrone
Gaia Celeste Nicole Auburn de Froid-Courrone
Mixed Ecomony capitalism
"The Monarchy of the Imperium is such a fundemental part to it's society, culture, and government. To this day, I still can't fathom why so many want it gone " - INSERT NAME
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Matthieu is the 83rd sovereign and 1st Empereur-Roi of Alpes a Septentrionalis. His reign has been one of modernization and benevolence, along with that he has been centralizing power to the sovereign and removing more democratic elements from Alpes. The reasons for doing so have been for what he calls " removing opposition to bring benevolence and strength" So far Matthieu has been ruling for about 26 years and has managed to gain the admiration of his citizens allowing him to do some of the more authoritarian policies that he has created. Along with this has abolished slavery and established a secret police force to get rid of his more open and powerful opposers. Just recently he has removed his parliament and was just recently institutionalized for a short time due to a regional incident not yet disclosed to the public. His chosen regent and as of now co-ruler is his brother Guillaume under a Latin prefix and pseudonym, and his current heir is Prince Charles.
Born at the end of the summer of 1896 to the count and countess of Courrone, he was the least likely to ascend to any throne. With him having an older brother by 9 years named Ardamis. It is said that Matthieu and Ardamis were very close and that Matthieu was very intelligent for a boy of his age. But other then that not much is known about his early childhood. What is known is that around age five his father grabbed him and took him to multiple schools around the empire. He eventually was enrolled in the Housten academy for boys. For the around eight years he spent there he learned a lot. He learned the basics of Latin and French, math, and history. Along with that, he made friends with those who would later make up most of his government and even members of his own extended family. When he was ten a tragedy struck his family with his brother Ardamis dying from a rifle malfunction in which the bolt went straight into his skull, killing him instantly. This made him become first in line to the county of Courrone and is what most likely got him interested in military modernization, After that he want on to the Imperial preparatory schools where he excelled in the things he already learned and become learned in the sciences, basic economics, foreign languages, political theory, and other things. He also met his first wife and consort they're and they eventually fell in love and promised to marry after their military service.
He graduated from the Preparatory schools at age seventeen and began his two-year service in the military. He joined the imperial army as a Cuirassier or heavy cavalryman. He fought in the Illyrian wars and was stationed with an army defending Croatia. He was mostly left to defend that area and fought in one major battle. That battle was the Aftermath of the Siege of Senj, In which he managed to lead cavalry charges that are believed to have won the day for Alpes. He also saved many citizens from the fighting. For this, he was rewarded personally by his uncle, who he had never meet Emperor Henri VI. He managed to make a good enough impression to the Emperor, that he was allowed to leave the military early enough to go and study to become a member of the imperial bureaucracy. He also married his wife Elisabete as soon as he left.
He then went to the Imperial College of Politics and law and by age 23 had graduated. With the connections he had, he was able to get into a high ranking position at the department of foreign affairs. He was now a diplomat with the department and was set to go all around the world and multiverse. He didn't see much action though with the emperor deciding to spend more time and resources on internal affairs. So he instead became a bureaucrat for the empire responding to the occasional diplomatic messages and functions that came to Alpes.
So he decided to spend more time with his family. He became closer to his uncle Emperor Henri. Matthieu Consluned with Henri about the loss of Prince Harold. They became so close in fact that Henri started trusting Matthieu with important affairs of state. Matthieu also got closer with his wife and had his first son Aldrick be born shortly after.
Then all of a sudden the Emperor made Matthieu First Lord of foreign affairs. This gave him an immense thing of power in government and also made him a member of the imperial council, the advising council of the empire. Around this time Alpes also became a member of the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators. He was tasked with integrating Alpes into it. This process took almost two years with at the end of it Henri ended up almost dying of a heart attack. Other than that Matthieus' time as the First Lord was mostly spent signing protectorate treaties and giving Alpes opinion on succession crisis.
But at the end of his time as First Lord, a crisis happened. Alpes had once been a nation in extreme support of slavery, and well Matthieu wasn't a supporter of it he was ordered by the emperor to put out rewards across the multiverse for fugitive slaves. This ended up having the opposite effect with it instead of getting the attention of the nation of Rossiyaana. Rossiyaana wanted to send its agents to meddle with the internal affairs of Alpes and end slavery that way. Emperor Henri VI tried to end the crisis with a threat of war but that was found to not be suitable for Alpes. So Matthieu was tasked to find a solution. And well it was less than suitable to most slaveowners in Alpes. But he came to an agreement where if Rossiyaana never again meddles with the affairs of Alpes or dispatch its agents Alpes would take advisors to help with the abolishment of slavery. But right as he finished Emperor Henri VI had died in sleep unexpectedly and left no heirs to the throne. As is standard in Alpes a regency was called and the Imperial house of Froid to convene at Vieux château to elect a new emperor from amongst them selfs. They decided to elect Matthieu as Matthieu XV or Matthieu Jean I. He took the regal name, Matthieu XV and began his rule.
Reign and Ideology
Matthieu XV rule has so far been successful in his eyes. He has ruled Alpes as a semi abs0lute monarch trying to consolidate the full power of the monarchy and keep the parliament weak. He has also ruled as an enlighted monarch with him creating many progressive policies well at the same time encouraging conservatism and a traditional lifestyle. Some foreign leaders see him as a tyrant may this be the form of monarchy he chooses to rule with to some of his more conservative and tyrannical policies. He is also putting Alpes through a period of modernization in both the military and society.
He is also known for being very stern, straight forward and opinioned, and this has shown through both his rule and when meeting others with there being many a time when he gives long-winded opinions on other and his contemporaries policies. He has also shown this with his rule with slavery being mostly abolished as an example of this.
Matthieu Has so far reigned for 25 years and has become very well-liked by most of the citizens, with him creating many policies that are of benefit to the people well also increasing his own power.
The first year of his rule was turbulent. He used many old laws and traditions to declare himself an absolute monarch for a short time and began his abolitions and regulations on indentured servitude of all forms. Well, the laws he created were originally supposed to be much broader on the abolition scale, the where toned done to regulations at the predictions of economic collapse my one the few advisors he had. This also began his general policy of benevolence and improvement of
Since taking power Matthieu XV has enacted a series of policies, they have resulted in:
THE REGULATION AND ABOLITION OF INDENTURED SERVITUDE OF ALL FORMS
This was an imperial decree used when Matthieu had absolute power because of the government pledges of allegiance and loyalty. He used this to abolish 90% of all slavery, and the remaining slavery was given the rights to a 48 or 78 IS daily wage, right to leave the property they worked for two weeks, breaks from work, three meals a day, and shelter. It is also illegal to abuse or overwork slaves and the punishments are severe. The remaining slaves are set to be on government and noble lands, with some other lands being allowed with permission to use slaves. Slavery will be completely phased out beginning 30 years after the passing of this decree. Those of the first estate are allowed to get a license to sell slaves but it must be renewed every year. There can be only 4 million slaves in Alpes, freeing 44 million of the 48 million in the slave population before the decree. Indentured servitude must have a legally binding contract to be enforced and can only last 3 years. If the person is not released after those three years or the contract renewed the master will be arrested. If servants are forced to do anything illegal by their master they can report it to police and the master arrested; servants must be given a weekly wage of at least 22 IS and at most 4,550 IS. Serfs are bound to property but get the same rights and treatments as the remaining slaves, except for free movement for two weeks. They are only allowed to travel at most 30 KM from their property but are allowed to for three weeks.
MILITARY MODERNIZATION ACTS
This is a series of acts that began to modernize the military. This act started the 1931 naval plan that appointed Joseph de Montseal as First sea lord and Fernando de Savoy-Genoa as grand admiral. It also decommissioned all ships commissioned before September 5, 1899, and ordered the creation and construction of a multitude of ships. It also officially created and funded the airforce and created the Army department of modernization and development to create armored vehicles and weapons, and phase out unmodern and no longer needed parts of the military.
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.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 3
This was an amendment to the constitution which did several things. First and most minor it changed the title of the sovereign from Emperor to Empereur-Roi(emperor-king) which was done by Matthieu to show the emperors status as both emperor de Septentrionalis, but also as King of Alpes and other kingdoms, and of course to bring more prestige to the monarchy. It also made the succession change from being male-preference primogeniture to absolute primogeniture. He did this so his daughters and other female members of the Imperial house were eligible to succeed to the throne without restrictions or being looked over on the line of succession. And finally, it gave the sovereign the power to suspend the powers of parliament if they believe or have enough evidence to do so.
WORKING MAN PROGRAMS
This was several programs aimed to combat poverty in blue-collar areas and unemployment. It first created a minimum wage of 11 IS for all jobs and workhouses for the unemployed, those needing more to support themselves and others, and free slaves. It also encouraged and sometimes even forced companies to create more jobs with state-owned companies also created for various things to help this. And it disturbed a Job notice to every small village and put it in newspapers in larger areas detailing available jobs in the area, and these programs created many simple jobs for the government to fill.
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.
REACTIVATION OF THE SECRET GUARD AND GARDE MYSTÈRIEUSE DE L'EMPEREUR
He is the third sovereign of Alpes to ever use the secret guard, Alpes version of the secret police. They have so far been used to maintain Matthieu's power and keep the parliament from trying anything. So far he has ordered the assassination of anywhere from 3 to 700 of his opponents, sent guards into the more rebellious areas of the empire to maintain the peace any means necessary, scare nobles and peers into not opposing his policies and many other things to maintain his rule. He also has used the secret guard as spies with him recruiting many from different societal levels into the guard to be spies, with it being believed that diplomats to foreign countries may all be members of the guard. He also received the GARDE MYSTÈRIEUSE DE L'EMPEREUR as a personal guard for himself only with the rest of the imperial guard tasked to defend his family and important members of the imperial council
ABOLITION OF THE IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT
After an attack and raid on the palace by the parliamentary guard, and with many similar incidents happening all over the nation he declared a state of emergency and martial law all over the nation, with the "Grand Parliamentary Coup" being put down with the storming ending of the parliament and the constitutional monarchy that sorta ruled Alpes. It was replaced with what was left of the old senate and his absolute monarchy. He did though officially recognize the political factions 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.
- declared the position of mayor one to be elected by the people
Created over 1,000,000 acres of national parkland
declared that 5% of government waste shall go to charities chosen by the Imperial Family
He is a proponent supporter of the monarchy in all forms, but personally supports absolute rule over anything else. He sees democracy as a waste of time and most liberal ideas as idiotic. But he is also known for being own of the more progressive monarchs of Alpes(even do he is a staunch conservative).
Pro: Monarchy, right of kings, aristocracy, autocracy, geoism, enlightment, limited small scale democracy,
Neutral: Authoritarian democracy, mercantilism, meritocracy, constitutionalism, animal rights movements, isolationism
socialism, communism, republicism, 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%
He has a Large family that he tries to say in touch with and stay together. In total, he has 2 wives, 7 sons, and 2 daughters that he tries to keep in touch with and put in power in government. His kids aren't all in great relations with him mainly because of him playing favorites with them when they were younger he is loved by some an shunned by others, so a solution he thought to this was to simply put them in powerful government positions with them being allowed to even create policies and run parts of the court. Well, parts of this plan have backfired, he is now able to see all his children almost every day and give them love and affection.
He also has quite a few hobbies and collections. First, he is an adamant lover of swords and sabers with him having a collection of almost 300 swords and even being an experienced fencer with him having a duel almost every other day. He also likes to explore and hunt with him going on long trips to hunting estates in Europe and safaris in Africa, he has even made parts of the palace just exhibitions of his hunting trips. Along with this, he is an avid player of tennis and other similar sports along with swimming and horseback riding. Other than that he is known for collecting coins, art, literature, and swords. And finally, he is known to dabble in writing and drawing with him regularly drawing up plans for weapons and building.
He is also known for liking to play board games, read, and just do random stuff with his friends and nobility.
Religiously Matthieu is a devout roman catholic. But he has been the first sovereign of Alpes so far to actually never appoint a major figure in the Church to a first lordship. Along with this, he has been known to be sympathetic even studying Buddhism and the many folk religions of Africa. His thoughts on Islam are mostly negative, with him absolutely hating Muslims in Arabia and the east, but being more thoughtful of the ones in Numidia Algerium and Africa.
He has Killed a total of 376 people in his life(According to him). These were, 188 in his military service(Supposedly), 15 in the parliamentary coup, and the rest in duels.
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