|King Carl III of Cimera was born Michael Carl William Timon Borealis, Hereditary Grand Duke of Cimera. He was born February 15th, 286 in Sligomeagh to Paul, Count of Borealis and Marie-Brangien, Princess of Merité and Cimera. Paul and Marie-Brangien met in 283 when Paul was working in the Cruisanan embassy in Port Angela, Merité where the princess was attending university. They were married in Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Sligomeagh during the Spring of 285. Unfortunately the marriage lasted only three years, ending in a royal scandal involving allegations of infidelity on the part of the Count. In 288, Paul returned to Cruisana where he remains Count of Borealis a position to which acceded after the death of his father Frederick in 280. In November of 298, the royal family of Merité including Grand Duke Carl II (widower of Princess Mélanie, sister of the assassinated King Timothy I) went on a cruise on the royal yacht never to return. Foul play was certainly suspected in the wake of the assassination only a year before. Merité, whose government had been largely concentrated in the hands of King Timothy II, quickly fell into chaos without his leadership and that of his close advisors. The nation proved unable to govern itself and the UNV stepped in to deal with internal conflict. Various nations declared their independence along the way, though Cimera, originally, did not. It became part of the Cruisanan protectorate of Wesmeria. After Somerish independence in 300 and Wesmeritéan independence soon afterward, Cruisana reorganised the remained of the region into the Dominion of Eichensehria. The preexisting Grand Duchy regime of Cimera, which had been, since 97 BP an intrinsic but semi-autonomous component of the Kingdom of Merité, had quietly submitted to Cruisanan rule, partially because of pre-existing Cruisanan influence and ties to the royal family of that country. However, as things settled, and confusion over the order of succession was decided upon, then Hereditary Grand Duke Carl was installed as Grand Duke (Princess Marie-Brangien was not eligible due to an earlier decision by the Church of Merité and the Royal Family that if she remarried, which she did in 290, she would forfeit her right to reign.) The Grand Duchy’s government peacefully, but forcefully, negotiated independence from Cruisana, which it formally received on the 24th of January, 302. Due to a technicality, and a breakdown in negotiations with what was left of Eichensehria (which is now known as Sehria,) the Grand Duchy took with it the region known as Hismorca (later Ulnofshire, then the independent nation of Castronovia) the resulting union was called the Cruisian Principality of Cimera over which Carl III reigned as Grand Duke from Sehria (City) which was more centralised than Sligomeagh with Hismorca needing to be considered now. Due to irreconcilable differences and unwise government management by then-PM Gerard Areau, that cropped up between Cimera itself and Hismorca (then Ulnofshire) Cimera attempted to transfer control essentially to “the highest bidder.” This resulted in a minor landswap with Feniz, but a larger deal with the Trade and Development Corporation fell through and resulted in a communist uprising that eventually wrested control of Hismorca from the Principality. The government, not militarily strong enough nor politically motivated to retake Castronovia, was lambasted by right-wing reactionaries who attempted to overthrow the government. The Cimeran royal family briefly took refuge in Cruisana and peace was eventually restored with the help of foreign forces. The chaos resulted in a restructuring of the government. The principality became a kingdom with greater democratic freedoms (and without the previous incompetent advisors) and Grand Duke Carl III was elevated to Crown Prince until his eighteenth birthday in February of 304, when he became king.
Ties to the Aethelnian Royal Family