Ludwig I of Mascylla
King Ludwig in 1861
|King Emperor of Mascylla|
|Reign||19 March 1861 – 24 June 1881|
|Born||2 October 1847|
Hochkronstein, Königsreh, Mascylla
|Died||24 June 1881|
Hochkronstein, Königsreh, Mascylla
|Father||Wilhelm of Koburg-Spertle|
|Mother||Julia I of Mascylla|
Ludwig I (full name: Ludwig Belssen Füchse; 2 October 1847 - 24 June 1881) was the King Emperor of Mascylla from 19 March 1861 until his death on 24 June 1881. He was crowned as King at the age of only 14, as his mother, Julia I, subsequently got sick and was bound to a wheelchair. She abdicated from her reign with commiting suicide and gave the crown to her only son and heir apparent, Prince Ludwig at that time. Although he still was a young child, his reign remained one of the most liberal and widely accepted ones in history. Believing in the concepts of liberalism and enlightement, he encompassed a number of actions to increase living standards of the peasants, free education, and a more liberal and democratic government, hence why he was nicknamed Ludwig the Beloved (Alemannic: Ludwig der Beliebte). Most of his servers were impressed by his understanding on what his kingdom and people would need, and how it could be done efficently to furfill those desires. His rule led to a more pacifist foreign policy, strenghtened the independence of the judiciary, lowered taxes after he reformed foreign economical trade, and various other new guidelines and laws.
Despite his age and smaller size, he was able to push through his vision of a 'liberal and peaceful Mascyllary monarchy', even if it meant to resist influences made by his Cabinet, extremists, and even his absolutistic uncle, Ludwig II. Later on, at the age of 18, he married his youth love Luise of Ferbrechen-Berg, on which she gradually supported Ludwig with his ideas and political actions. On a visit on Tainoa in 1865, he declared the monarchy of the islands as legitimate constitutent lords, on which Taino people celebrated him with various street festivals and even a special holiday. He was the first King Emperor to learn the Taino language and to wear their traditional clothing and dressing, sometimes even nude, which sparked controversy all around Asura and Mascylla. Nevertheless, an overwhelming majority supported Ludwig, hence why the shock of his death was even greater. In 1881, he suddenly went ill of yellow flu, which he most likely received from Tainoa. He died at the age of 24 in Königsreh. His uncle, who was known for freuqently suggesting to reverse the declarations of his nephew and his absolutistic and imperialistic view, was then crowned King Emperor after the short reign of Ludwig's like-minded younger brother, Wilhelm I, which was mourned by liberalists and philosophers all across Asura.
Ludwig was born in the royal castle Hochkronstein in the capital of Königsreh on 2 October 1847. His parents were the Queen Empress Julia I and her Mascyllary spouse, Wilhelm Koburg-Spertle, had already had two daughters—a stillborn princess in 1845, and then the first Princess Christina, who was born in 1846 and died the following year. Excited expectation surrounded Julia I's third pregnancy in 1847. When the baby was born, it was first thought to be a girl as it was "hairy" and screamed "with a weak, fine voice." He later wrote in his autobiography that, "Deep embarrassment spread among the women when they discovered their mistake." The queen, though, was very happy, stating, "He'll be clever, he has made fools of us all!" From most accounts, Julia I appears to have been closely attached to his son, and he appears to have admired her greatly.
During that time, he also began braiding his hair, which was quite uncommon and seen impolite, making it one of his key features. However, many envied him for his well-groomed wavy, brown hair.
In his childhood years, he proved himself to be a talented student, quickly learning Leidense, Newreyan and Midrasian, in addition to his native Alemannic. He had a fierce interest in sciences and mathematics, underlined by his visits in Leidenstad, a hotspot of mathematic thinking at that time. Later on, he studied Astronomy, Physics, and Biology as a wonder-child and participated in expeditions to Rennekka with gathering biological samples of plants and animals in 1857. His servants and witnesses described him as a "well-educated liberal person, who often participated in political debates and won every one of them with his charismatic, democratic, and clever perspective" In fact, he founded the Mascyllary Academy of Sciences in Pereuth during his reign as Duke of Nordwasser and established a number of debate pools and pubs across the country.
Death of his mother and the Royal Question
In 1860, current reigning queen Julia I began to fell off stairs more frequently, which got more attention by the household day by day. Medicians and doctors were able to identify the happenings as symptoms of a previous stroke, which hit her greatly, almost collapsing upon hearing. She eventually fell off the stairway in the Hochkronstein Palace again, in which she was paralyzed and couldn't move her legs and lower body anymore. She was bound to a wheelchair now, which possibly led to her become insane. Seeing her mother in such a position, Ludwig tried to maintain his interests in order for him to be distracted at most times. He underwent hunting expeditions with his father, worked with a telescope to classify stars, and bought more unneeded accesoires, just for Ludwig to compensate his crippling depression. Finally, in February 1861, Julia I committed suicide by strangling herself in her rose garden. The news of the first monarch killing himself quickly spread and couldn't be halted for Ludwig to be heard. He was stuck in his further intensifying depression, wth household members speculating he could turn insane too. However, he was able to overcome his mourning after months isolated in the palace. Around four months after the death of his mother, his father, also deeply in mourn, named Ludwig his royal heir apparent.
The question as to who would continue the royal line and if the heir apparent is fit for his possible position as monarch had been debatted in the Reichstag continuously after the death of Julia I. Since Crown Prince Ludwig was still under-age, he would usually have to wait until he is 18 years old in order for him to be crowned king. However, his brother Wilhelm was even younger, making it technically impossible for him too. And their father had no right to ascend to the throne while the heir apparent and his brother would age. This would lead to nobody sitting on the throne, a constitutional crisis would emerge. In late March 1861, the Prime Minister presented the result of the debate. He acclaimed Ludwig to be psychologically fit for his role and for his right to ascend. Ludwig wasn't impressed by his affection to soon become king, in fact he was even a bit scared as to if he could master the challenges of being king. His brother gradually supported him and couldn't hide his emancipation for his brother to soon become king.
Victoria turned 16 to 17 March 1847, and a regency was avoided. Less than a few days later, on 18 March 1847, following the decision made by Prime Minister Gäste and the messages of her mother dead, Ludwig became King Emperor of Mascylla. In his diary he wrote, "I was awoke at 6 o'clock by Papa, who told me the Archbishop of Fahnicht and Lord Keulburg were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting-room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Keulburg then acquainted me that my poor Mamma, the Queen, was no more, and had committed killing herself, and consequently that I am King." Official documents prepared on the first day of his reign described him as Ludwig Füchse, but the first name was withdrawn at his own wish and not used again. Her coronation took place on 19 March 1847 at Hochkronstein Palace in Königsreh with over 200,000 visitors coming to the city for the celebrations.