Princess Catherine S Legitimacy

Princess Catherine's Legitimacy

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"A succession crisis? In this day and age? Unbelievable. Two Impacts and the dinosaurs are still around!"
- Martin Pierre Villeneuve

On the 30th of December, 2017, the Metatron Virus struck the United Kingdom. Spreading quickly through the lowlands of England, it wiped out huge swathes of the population, turning them into aggressive, rabid husks controlled by the virus. Supported by powerful Angelspawn dropped from orbit, the ersatz army overran much of Britain. In the chaos, most of the Royal Family of Britain were wiped out; King George VII, Queen Charlotte, Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Elizabeth were killed when the warship they were on, the HMS Hermione, took a direct hit from an Angelspawn pod and were quickly overrun. Of the King's family, only Prince Andrew and the Princesses Catherine and Alexandrina survived, holed up in Westminster Palace. The Angelspawn assaulted the building ruthlessly, killing the frail Andrew easily, and one night Catherine simply vanished, presumed dead. Alexandrina was the only one to survive.

This catastrophe left the road to the throne open for Alexandrina, who was now in line to inherit, albeit at the cost of her entire family. Until she was prepared to take the throne fully, Alexandrina was looked after by NERV; when the Federation was formed, Alexandrina went with them. This, as well as political allies in Britain, made the UK one of the founding members of the Federation and a key contributor to its military. All in all, this was the best that could be hoped for from such a ghastly situation.

Until now. Princess Catherine has re-emerged, claiming that during the battle, foreign paramilitaries captured her and spirited her away for their own purpose, until she was rescued by a Scottish militia. Now that she is free, she has come out and openly claimed the throne of the United Kingdom; and indeed as Alexandrina's older sister, she is in line for it. She is now in Stockholm, safely protected from the UEF's reach by the neutrality of the Scandinavian Commonwealth. She has firmly stated her position for a neutral UK withdrawing from the Federation, which she accuses of using her sister as a puppet to exploit the UK. She states that this is not the UK's war; whether or not she advocates true neutrality, or may be intending to bring the UK over to the UN is up in the air.

Normally, the Federation would dismiss something as sad as this, but there are reasons to take it seriously. Much of the UK was devastated, but the regions that fared the best were Scotland and Wales; Ireland was untouched. These regions were all punished by the King during the British Civil War, and anti-monarchist, anti-Federation sentiment is high. The problem is that as hated as the royal family were, Catherine was the exception; her energetic, insatiably warm and charming demeanor, as well has her willingness to openly, publicly and fearlessly criticise and challenge the King's policies made her much loved in the troubled regions. Alexandrina, meanwhile, never had much public exposure at all. As a result, her re-emergence has already triggered celebrations and rallies across the UK.

Our options are limited; it's possible that she may be a fake, but finding proof would require actions that would risk the Commonwealth's wrath; doctoring evidence has its own risks. Although we could just let things lie, the swell of support throughout the UK forces our hand to action.

Either way, this is a threat to the idea of a pro-Federation UK.

Extra Info

info regarding Catherine's backstory

Chosen Option: Invite her to Negotiations

Perhaps she might be willing to negotiate? There's room here for compromises, certainly, or at the least room for us to convince her of the rightness of our cause.

This option has the following effects:
The Last Argument of Queens: Yanmei and up to three advisors will debate Catherine and her advisors in a roleplayed Social Conflict in Turn 5.
Revolts in Britain: Did not fire. (25%)

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Options

Deal with the Issue Permanently

Pests should be exterminated. We should send a strike team to either apprehend or execute the upstart pretender. Sure, there might be some fallout, but you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

This option has the following effects:
A Royal Reckoning: The P-Scale Mission A Royal Reckoning will become available in Turn 5. Depending on the outcomes, the following consequences might occur:
Revolts in Britain: There is a 50% chance the Revolts in Britain event will fire in Turn 6. If the Princess is killed during the mission, this chance increases to 100%.
Scandinavian Fury: If the strike team is detected by the relevant authorities in A Royal Reckoning, then the Scandinavian Fury Event will fire in Turn 6.

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Search for Evidence of Falsehood

Obviously, this is not the real Princess. All we need to find proof of the Princess's real death and this pretender will wither in the wind… Although if she is the real thing, then at least knowing for sure would help us.

This option has the following effects:
Unreal Royals: The Field Mission Unreal Royals will become available in Turn 5.
Revolts in Britain: There is a 50% chance the Revolts in Britain event will fire in Turn 6. This chance may be modified based on results from Unreal Royals.
Scandinavian Fury: The Scandinavian Fury Event may trigger in Turn 6 if the Field Mission is detected conducting unauthorised operations on Scandinavian soil.

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Demand Proof, then Deny her Anyway

If she is truly Princess Catherine, then let her prove it to us! … Of course, even if her proof actually checks out, we couldn't possibly allow an anti-Federation monarch to subvert Britain. We'll just call her a liar or call the evidence doctored and try to undermine her like that.

This option has the following effects:
Princess Catherine's Legitimacy (Denial Stance) The Princess Catherine's Legitimacy (Denial Stance) Event will fire in Turn 5.
Revolts in Britain: There is a 50% chance the Revolts in Britain event will fire in Turn 5.

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Demand Proof, and Accept The Results

If she is truly Princess Catherine, then let her prove it to us! If she offers us nothing, then good. But if she does offer us conclusive proof… Then that may be a problem. We may have no choice but to accept her, despite the effects that might have on the UK.

This option has the following effects:
Princess Catherine's Legitimacy (Accepting Stance): The Princess Catherine's Legitimacy (Accepting Stance) Event will fire in Turn 5.

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Invite her to Negotiations

Perhaps she might be willing to negotiate? There's room here for compromises, certainly, or at the least room for us to convince her of the rightness of our cause.

This option has the following effects:
The Last Argument of Queens: Yanmei and up to three advisors will debate Catherine and her advisors in a roleplayed Social Conflict in Turn 5.
Revolts in Britain: There is a 25% chance the Revolts in Britain event will fire in Turn 5.

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Rush the Coronation of Alexandrina

It doesn't matter who she is! Let's have Parliament quickly accept Alexandrina as the one true Queen and rush her coronation.

This option has the following effects:
God Save the Queen!: A Fractured Coronation: The God Save the Queen!: A Fractured Coronation Event will fire in Turn 5.
Revolts in Britain: There is a 75% chance the Revolts in Britain event will fire in Turn 5.

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