Status: Constitutional Monarch
King Leo: 1617-1651
King Tito: 1651-1703
King Bortimiar: 1703-1764
King Arsenio: 1764-1790
King Leo II: 1790- 1853
King Carlo: 1853-1904
King Alberto: 1904-1953
King Alcin: 1953-2014
King Elroy: 2014-
The House of Moreno is the royal house of Jeriga and has been the only royal house Jeriga has ever known. It was elected into being in 1617 following a period of interaction with the Spanish lasting some 200 years. The islands converted to Christianity, but refused to accept foreign monarchs as their God-Ordained leader. Copying what they understood about the Holy Roman Empire and the memory of Charles V, the chieftains elected Leo Moreno as King. The next decades would represent a battle between the King and the Chieftains over who would truly be in control. It would not be until King Tito the Warrior's victory over the united Chieftains that the King would reign supreme. After this victory, the power struggle changed to one between King and Parliament. King Bortimair would hand over most power to the parliament but keep enough to create a stalemate in government. The hapless King Arsenio would leave more power to the Parliament that wouldn’t let go of this power until 1820, when King Leo II negotiated the 1820 constitution, ensuring massive powers for the King.
Leo II’s offspring did not fair well in the power struggle. All three of the following monarchs made serious missteps which diminished the early won power and influence of the Kingdom. King Alberto (1904-1953) would be the epitome of these losses. IW1 as well as earlier conflicts showed the weakness of the King and shredded the crown’s reputation, making the nation ripe for the Socialist revolution that captured the nation. Remarkably, the monarchy survived after the socialists realized that they could not control the countryside without the King, such was his support. They were forced to leave the crucial powers of dismissal and appointments to the King. However, for the interest of the nation, the King decided against using this power but once when the Prime Minister was outed as a homosexual. The move was widely supported and reestablished the King as the protector of morality in government. King Alcin (1953-2014) maintained this status quo and adopted a “do nothing” attitude towards government, preferring to spend time with his horses.
King Elroy was a sharp break with tradition. In his coronation in 2014, he promised an “active and moral monarchy that would guide the faithful and protect the nation” which went far beyond the oath he took to the nation. Unlike most Kings, Elroy has already made several comments on political affairs and actively ensured that economic crisis was met with charity and an inquisitive monarch looking into the activities of his ministers. What he has found has not impressed him.
The Role of Women in the Monarchy
There has never been a queen of Jeriga, but that's not to say there have never been influential Queen-consorts. Women under the crown have been the fine tools of society that have spread the influence of the King. In some cases, they even had their own courts separate from the King. When the King could not rule, the Queen-consort acted as regent.
Princesses have also been massively influential.
King Elroy Moreno
King Elroy was 26 when he ascended the throne. Prior to his coronation, he had spent years in university in Dormill and Stiura. In that republican nation, he found himself at odds with the secular and democratic universities. He argued and wrote papers at every chance against secular democracy and espousing the need for a "virtuous leader" who followed "God and God alone."
His time at university was kept confidential so that no threat could come to the Prince. Once his time was over, he went back to Jeriga. Word of his activities and writings got out quickly, though. On the eve of his coronation, it was common knowledge that the religious zealot had even considered asserting his Royal rights on the very day of his coronation. When the only change was that Prime Ministers must now meet the King before taking office, the tensions surrounding the coronation quickly dissolved.
The King was not to be a silent monarch, though. Throughout the last six years of his reign, the King had written no less than 23 articles and papers on the finer points of the church and religion and the need for the King to lead the people in a moral capacity. In-between writing and carrying out regal duties, the young King met and courted a noble woman who's father was Chief of Staff of the Royal Army. He married her in a jubilant wedding in 2019.
Queen Elira Moreno
At the time of the wedding, Queen Elira (Mary prior to her wedding) was just 24 years old. Her father, Vamli Vasquerez, was the chief of staff of the Royal Army. Young, beautiful, and intelligent, the Queen was a fitting match for her energetic husband. Unlike queens of the 19th and early 20th century, she has not established her own court. Instead, she plays a pivotal role in the King's court. At every appearance, she is by his side. Her signature often means just as much as the King's on correspondence. For her age and status as a woman, she is the most influential queen of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2021, King Elroy acknowledged her ability and officially named her regent in his absence, a role no queen has yet had.
Her own writings from her time in university tend to favor traditionalist, royalist views. She is hyper religious and known beyond all doubt to have been a virgin until her wedding night. She never kept company with men except when in the presence of a family member or a trusted friend. She has written many religious papers in the Royal Journal of Virtue railing against the evils of consumption and indulgence. It is said she even refuses to partake in caffeine, a vice the King is known to enjoy.
By 2021, she had already given birth to Prince Emmanuel Moreno.