Louis Ferdinand I, Elector of Morinia

Louis Ferdinand I
Duke of Rahdenburg
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Elector of Morinia
Grand Duke of Polnitsa
Reign22 April 1997 – present
PredecessorHenry I
Heir apparentWilliam
Born (1959-10-01) 1 October 1959 (age 60)
University of Ascanium-Imperial Hospital, Ascanium, Latium
Spouses
Issue
Detail
Full name
Louis Ferdinand Henry Albert Michael
HouseRahdenburg-Moricia-Lȇsorn
FatherHenry I, Elector of Morinia
MotherPrincess Bessandra of Ghant
ReligionFabrian Catholic

Louis Ferdinand I, Elector of Morinia (Louis Ferdinand Henry Albert Michael; 1 October 1959) is the Monarch of Morinia-Polntisa.

Early life and career

Louis Ferdinand was born on 1 October 1959 at University of Ascanium-Imperial Hospital, in Ascanium, Latium, to Heinrich, Prince of Liothidia and Princess Bessandra of Ghant. He is the oldest of five children: Frederick, and Bathilda, Margarete, and Brunhilda. Louis Ferdinand was baptized into the Fabrian Church in January 1960, in Fabria.

He spent much of his time as a child in Latium, and was educated by private tutors and later attended Academia Sanctus Paul-Taphioia, near the Latin-Lihnidosi border. He briefly attended University College Loweport, in Arthurista, for his university education, but dropped out before earning a degree in favor of joining the Latin Armed Forces at his father's command. Louis Ferdinand then enrolled at Academia Militaris Olympia, which he has often described was "a hell on earth." While at Olympia, he was known simply as von Rahdenburg ("of Rahdenburg"). He was eventually commissioned into the Army, and served in the 11th Mountain Legion. He left the armed forces after three years of service and enrolled at Alba School of Economics and Business.

Louis Ferdinand is the chairman of the Rahdenburg Foundation, a charity he created in 1984 with his first wife, Princess Marie. The foundation has been accused of self-dealing practices. In addition, he remains the owner of Köstritz Consulting, which was also established by his first wife.

Louis Ferdinand is fluent in Latin, Ghantish, Arthuristan, and Gariman. He is conversant in Audonias.

Monarch of Morinia-Polnitsa

Louis Ferdinand became Elector of Morinia and Grand Duke of Polnitsa following his father's death, on 22 April 1997, during the Milostian-Polnitsa War. His father, Henry I, Elector of Morinia, was killed in a shelling of Módbrjóh. Though he was not present in Polnitsa at the time of his father's death, Louis Ferdinand's first act as Grand Duke was to order an evacuation of Módbrjóh from his home in Morinia. Grand Duke Henry's death resulted in chaos ensuing in Polnitsa, with riots erupting behind the advancing Milostian front.

As the war came to a close in 2001 due to assistance of an allied coalition of nations, Parliament entered into negotiations with neighboring Garima to join the federation. Louis Ferdinand refused to assent to the bill after it successfully passed Parliament, which was overturned by a super-majority vote of Parliament the following week. He began planning his coronation to coincide with the association referendum, but was unable to secure funding from the government and was never coronated, prompting him to lead the No campaign for the referendum. The vote passed in a popular referendum and on 1 January 2003, Polnitsa joined Garima as a state with Louis Ferdinand as the executive. In a since released government document, it was revealed that Louis Ferdinand agreed to cease private and financial support for the No campaign in the referendum in exchange for Parliament's support in an amendment in succession laws to allow Louis Ferdinand to leave the territory to his youngest son, Louis.

Titles controversy

Louis Ferdinand first laid claim to the Head of the House of Rahdenburg on 23 April 1997 after his father's death. His claim rests on the belief that the line of senior line of August-Wilhelm, Crown Prince of Rahdenburg lost its dynastic rights due to Johannes Ernest, 3rd Duke of Falkenhayn being a member of the Church of Lyncanestria which forfeits succession rights. Louis Ferdinand's claim was not asserted by his father, though Louis Ferdinand has since stated that his father intended to assert a claim as the most legitimate dynastic line as early as 1980. The Rahdenburg senior line was re-created Duke of Rahdenburg in 1992.

Prior to becoming Elector of Morinia, he held no citizenship and traveled freely on a Ghantish diplomatic passport as Louis Ferdinand Herzog von Rahdenburg ("Louis Ferdinand, Duke of Rahdenburg"). He previously utilized a Latin diplomatic passport, though it was revoked in 1995.

Marriages

In 1978, Louis Ferdinand became engaged to Marie, Duchess of Köstritz, heir and last surviving member of the House of Köstritz, a former Liothidian noble family and Dukes of Köstritz. They married on 22 August 1979 at Schivenoglia Cathedral, in Fabria. The wedding was attended by members of the deposed Liothidian imperial family, as well as members of foreign and papal nobility. Louis Ferdinand and his wife Marie resided in Loweport, Arthurista after their marriage, where Marie was employed as a consultant in Loweport before creating her own firm, Köstritz Consulting, in 1985. Louis Ferdinand and Princess Marie had two children, Louise, whom was born in 1982, and Alice, born 1985. The marriage ended in 1986, following an assassination attempt on Louis Ferdinand while he and Princess Marie were visiting second cousin John Ernest, Duke of Falkenhayn in Lyncanestria. Louis Ferdinand has since claimed that the incident was orchestrated by {Liothidian agency}, but the Liothidian government has since denied all responsibility.

Louis Ferdinand married Alexandra Gentry-Ravenna on 4 April 1990. He and Alexandra were introduced by then Jason, Prince of Youth, and Jason's wife Stephania Pinaria, whom was a relative of Alexandra. Alexandra is the youngest child and only daughter of Victor Gentry-Ravenna, Duke of Ravenna. He and Alexandra resided in Latium for the majority of their marriage, which was considered rocky at best to most that knew them. The pair had three children, Beatrice (b. 1990), William (b. 1992), and Reinhardt (b. 1995). The marriage was rumored to be plagued with affairs. In late 1995, Louis Ferdinand was arrested by Latin police in the city of Colonia Augusta after a domestic dispute between him and Alexandra. While charges were never filed against Louis Ferdinand, his marriage to Alexandra ended in divorce on 17 June 1996. Both he and Alexandra have refused to speak publicly about the divorce.

Issue

Name Date of birth Date of death Spouses
By Marie, Duchess of Köstritz (1957–1986):
Louise, Duchess of Köstritz (1982-05-03) 3 May 1982 (age 37) Married Prince Riocus, Duke of Roazhon; had issue.
Princess Alice (1985-05-01) 1 May 1985 (age 34) Married Frederick of the Palatinate; had issue.
By Alexandra Gentry-Ravenna (b. 1966):
Princess Beatrice (1990-12-30) 30 December 1990 (age 29) Married Prince Benjamin of Dakmoor; had issue.
Prince Wilhelm (1992-08-04) 4 August 1992 (age 27) Married Princess Alyssa of Staalmark.
Prince Reinhardt (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 24) Not yet married
By Philippa of the Palatinate:
Princess Elizabeth (2000-04-19) 19 April 2000 (age 19) Not yet married
Princess Louis (2003-06-09) 9 June 2003 (age 16) Not yet married

Titles, styles and honors

Titles and styles

  • 19 May 1993 – 22 April 1997: His Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duke of Polnitsa
  • 22 April 1997 – present: His Serene Highness The Elector of Morinia
    • 22 April 1997 – present: His Royal Highness The Grand Duke of Polnitsa

Honors

Ancestry

See also

Louis Ferdinand I, Elector of Morinia
Born: 1 October 1959
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Henry I
Elector of Morinia
1997–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Prince William
Grand Duke of Polnitsa
1997–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Prince Louis