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November 22 1881/1936(For a modern Alpes)
Rodolphe de Alpes(Lausonne)-Picarde
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"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 the 73rd sovereign and 1st Empereur-Roi of Alpes a Septentrionalis. Born in the Province and Duchy of Picardy, as the second son of Duke Rudolf of Picardy, it was unexpected he would ever ascend to one of the major thrones of Europe. Serving in the Imperial Cavalry during the Turko-Illyrian War and serving as an observer in the Later Balkan Wars. Eventually, he did retire from military service for the diplomatic one, with by the end of his pre-imperial career being promoted to First Lord and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
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 Dissolution of the Parliament and Recreation of the Senate, the Ratification of the New Constitution, and the reorganization of the colonies.
Born in the middle oe autumn of 1884 into the Ducal brach of the Imperial Dynasty, The House of Alpeia-Picarde(Also rarely as the house of Courrone for a small village and castle built by the Imperials during the middle ages) It was unlikely he would ever inherit any title, much less a throne, with there being extant heirs to it at the time. The household of the dukes of Picardie was a usual one for an Imperial House, cold but caring. Matthieu was raised as his mother and father before him as a devout catholic. Matthieu, as a boy was considered rather intelligent for this part of the Imperial and was as such, was able to placed the better Écoles and eventually Collèges of the Empire. Like most younger children in the Imperial House at the time, sibligs and memebers of the household would have helped raise Matthieu more than his mother and father, and he was noted to be close to his older siblings. Especially Ardamis and Geneviève, Ardamis, though, well one of Matthieu and in fact some of the entire families favorites, did last long on this earth. He became very close to the young Matthieu but unexpectedly died suring the 2nd Indochinse revolt to an "accident", this was something that devasted the young boy, and the family, but also placed Matthieu as next in line to the title of Duc de Picarde.
For much of his early life, he was educated by handpicked tutors in numerous different subjects.
He was stationed with an army defending Alpeia territories in Croatia against the Turks and Hungarians. He didn't face as much action as he expected. That battle was the Aftermath of the Siege of Senj, In which he managed to lead quick cavalry charges that are believed to have won the day for Alpes. He also saved many citizens from the fighting. For this and a time he was captured by the Turks and sent to Cilicia in chains, which ended with him freeing the captured Imperial soldiers and somehow had him be declared King of the Armenians of Cilicia. This ended with him rewarded personally by his (Me, 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 soon after that to go and study to become a member of the imperial bureaucracy. He also married his wife Élisabete sometime after he left.
He then went to the Imperial College of Politics and law and by age 25 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 to 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 a few regions before Emperor Henri VI settled on one. 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 Matthieu's' 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 is perhaps one of the most powerful monarchs in the world
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, notable ones have been:
THE REGULATION AND ABOLITION OF INDENTURED SERVITUDE And the Corvee
In the very early days of Matthieu's reign, it was still common practice in the colonies for slavery to
Military Modernization Acts
During the Great War, it was shown how much the Imperial Military truly needed proper reform. These reforms occurring from 1923 to 1939, saw a number of things occur. 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%, the emperor and his government began a number of programs to attempt to combat it. The first of these
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.
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, conservatism,
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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