House of Austen

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House of Austen
Austen.png
Country link={{{2}}} Empire of Austenasia,
Midget Empire,
Midget Nation-in-Exile,
link={{{2}}} Kingdom of Moylurg,
link={{{2}}} Kingdom of the Grove,
link={{{2}}} Saint Edward and Domanglia,
link={{{2}}} Confederation of Saint Luke and Amager
Titles Emperor of Austenasia
Midget Master
King of Moylurg
Lord Regent of the Grove
Prince of Saint Edward and Domanglia
Steward of Amager
Current head HIH Emperor Father Terry
Founding 1340
Ethnicity Anglo-Saxon

The House of Austen is the ruling house of the Empire of Austenasia, and former ruling house of the Kingdom of the Grove, Midget Empire, Midget Nation-in-Exile, Princely Union of Saint Edward and Domanglia, and Saint Luke and Amager, as well as the former joint royal house of the Kingdom of Moylurg. The current head of the Austenasian branch of the House of Austen (and, at present, the only traceable head of the house overall) is Emperor Father Terry, former Emperor of Austenasia.

All of those in the Line of Succession to the Throne of Austenasia are members of the House of Austen or are related to it through blood or marriage.

Members

There are currently six living members of the Austenasian Imperial House of Austen proper, all descended from David Austen (1927-2008):

  • David Austen (1927-2008) m. HIH Emperor Mother Bette (1926-2012)
    • HIH Princess Christine (b. 1946)
      • HIH Princess Louise (b. 1982) m. HH Prince Jack
    • HIH Princess Pauline (b. 1947) m. HH Prince Kenneth (b. 1945)
      • HIH Prince Kelvin (b. 1974) m. HH Princess Francesca (b. 1976)
        • HIH Prince Louis (b. 2009)
        • HIH Princess Georgiana (b. 2014)
      • HIH Prince Andrew (b. 1978) m. HH Princess Alison
    • HIH Princess Julie (b. 1953) m. HH Prince Peter
      • HIH Prince Daniel
      • HIH Prince Matthew
    • HIH Emperor Father Terry (b. 1961) m. HIH Emperor Mother Margaret (b. 1955)


Bold - Born into the House of Austen
- Deceased

History

The earliest known Austen to be a direct ancestor of Emperor Father Terry is his great-x18 grandfather, a man known only by the name of Astyn (1340 - 1374), who held lands in the Horsmonden area of Kent. The patrilineal descent from Astyn to the Emperor Father goes thus:

  • Astyn (1340 - 1374);
  • Henry Astyn (1374 - 6 October 1450);
  • Richard Astyn (1402 - 1460);
  • Richard Astyn (1428 - 1488);
  • William Astyn (1458 - 1522);
  • Stephen Austen (1484 - 1557);
  • Robert Austen (1538 - 1603);
  • John Austen (26 April 1560 - 1620);
  • Robert Austen (October 1594 - March 1688);
  • Robert Austen (April 1628 - 1687);
  • Robert Austen (1659 - January 1738);
  • Edward Austen (24 March 1686 - 27 December 1755);
  • Thomas Austen (February 1712 - 1 April 1777);
  • Thomas Austen (17 November 1736 - 20 March 1805);
  • James Austen (8 April 1776 - 2 January 1855);
  • James Austen (1818 - 22 December 1881);
  • Robert Austen (13 December 1845 - 1907);
  • James Austen (31 January 1874 - January 1958);
  • David Austen (18 March 1900 - 23 June 1983);
  • David Austen (30 April 1927 - 20 May 2008);
  • HIH Emperor Father Terry (16 May 1961 - present).

Through the mother of Thomas Austen (1712 - 1777), the House of Austen holds an extremely prestigious ancestry, descended via European nobility from the Carolingians, House of Wessex, House of Normandy, Robertians, and Gallo-Roman senatorial families. A line of descent is able to be traced through Spanish nobility to the Kings of the Visigoths, and through them to the Constantinian, Valentinian and Theodosian dynasties. The House of Austen is furthermore descended from the Macedonian and Amorian dynasties through French nobility. It is through their descent from said "Byzantine" (medieval Roman) dynasties that the Austens are able to claim a descent from antiquity via the Armenian dynasties of the Mamikonians and Arsacids from the Achaemenids, Ptolemies, Seleucids, Argeads, and Orontids.

The Austenasian Imperial Family is descended from James Austen (b. 1874, d. unknown), the third eldest son of Robert Austen (b. 1846, d. unknown), with two elder brothers not thought to have had issue. James Austen is only known to have one child, David Austen (b. 1900, d. 1983), who in turn had only one child, also named David (1927 - 2008). This was the father of Terry and his three sisters.

The Austenasian Family is also related to the famous English novelist Jane Austen (and her brothers Francis and Charles, respectively Admiral of the Fleet and rear-admiral in the British Royal Navy) - her great-grandfather John Austen (1629 - 1705) was another son of Terry's great-x10 grandfather Robert Austen (1594 - 1688) and so she is the fourth cousin seven times removed of the Emperor Father.

Midget Empire/Nation-in-Exile

The first national ruler to come from the House of Austen was Midget Master Jonathan (II) of the Midget Empire. A senior military commander of the Midget Army, he was appointed leader upon the abdication of the previous Midget Master on 6 September 2004.

Upon the abdication of Jonathan II on 31 July 2006, the title passed to his sister, the now Crown Princess Caroline. Although the Midget Empire fell during her reign, she founded the Midget Nation-in-Exile after a period of nominal rule. She abdicated on 4 February 2010 and passed the throne out of the family, to Midget Fuhrer Thomas IV. The title of Midget Master has since returned to the House of Austen, having been united with the Throne of Austenasia in April 2011.

Austenasia

While Midget Master Caroline III was still going through her period of purely nominal rule over the Midget Empire, her father Terry was declared Emperor of Austenasia when his immediate family sent a Declaration of Independence for their house, founding the Empire of Austenasia on 20 September 2008. The reign of Terry I continued for nearly one and a half years before he abdicated on 16 February 2010. The Throne passed to his son, Crown Prince Jonathan, but he refused to become Monarch so that he could retain his office of Prime Minister. The Throne therefore passed to Esmond III, a friend of the Crown Prince un-related to the House of Austen, who had been made second in line to the Throne by an Act of Parliament. Esmond III was succeeded by Declan I, who was made joint Monarch by an Act of Parliament in December 2010, with Esmond III removed as Emperor in September 2011.

The heirs of Terry I remained in the Line of Succession to the Throne under Austenasian law, however, and his son ascended to the Throne as Emperor Jonathan I on 20 January 2013 after Declan I abdicated, returning the Empire to the rule of the House of Austen. As well as also returning the position of Midget Master to the House of Austen (see above), the titles Shahanshah of the Carshalton Realms and King of Rushymia were also assumed, the former being assumed by Declan I in May 2012 in his capacity as Emperor of Austenasia, and the latter being united with the Austenasian Throne in October 2010.

Moylurg

On 19 October 2010, the then Crown Prince Jonathan of Austenasia was appointed co-King of Moylurg by King Declan I, to rule alongside him. When Moylurg reformed into the Kingdom of Wilcsland on 10 November 2010, the Wilcslandian people decided to depose Jonathan from the throne as part of the changes the nation was going through, and King Declan instead appointed him Duke of Atlantos.

The Grove

On 12 November 2010, the Emperor deposed King Calum I of the Grove and abolished the throne of the Kingdom of the Grove, replacing it with a Lord Regency. The Emperor appointed the then Crown Prince Jonathan to be Lord Regent of the Grove, with all the absolute powers of the King, merely without the title of rex.

On 8 December, Jonathan abdicated from this title. As he had not designated a successor, the King of Copan assumed the throne as Regent.

Saint Edward and Domanglia

The then Crown Prince Jonathan was appointed Prince of Domanglia (as Prince Darkomere of the House of Kaiser (the House of Kaiser being the Domanglian name for the House of Austen)) by a group of Domanglian oligarchs as a part of Domanglia's transition from the Over-Lorrokha Republic to the Princely Union of Saint Edward and Domanglia on 21 November 2012. This was intended to be a Theodorist state, but chronic inactivity amongst the members of the Domanglian legislature (Landtag) prevented any reforms being carried out, with its members not voting on a single piece of legislation or business proposed by the Prince. Founder of Domanglia, Urokah Doshevik, stated a few weeks later that he had changed his mind about wanting to implement Theodorism, and (after legislators made a formal request for his abdication) the Prince abdicated on 12 December, leaving the throne to Urokah.

Amager

Upon the abdication of Declan I from the Austenasian Throne, the Confederation of Saint Luke and Amager announced that he had also abdicated from his office of Steward of Amager, an entirely ceremonial monarchical office, with the two having been seen as having been in real union. Emperor Jonathan I thus also acceeded to the ceremonial Amagerian throne on 20 January 2013, but the position was abolished the following month on 15 February and transitioned into a subnational monarchy for Amager's capital, Hobartstown and Victoria. Amager dissolved in April 2013 and was succeeded by a state named Hobartstown and Victoria, with the subnational monarchy being maintained in Hobartstown alone.

Minor titles

Formerly held minor titles

Currently held minor titles

See also

House of Austen
Founding year: 1340
Preceded by
House of Kemp
Ruling House of the Midget Empire and Midget Nation-in-Exile
2004 - 2010
Succeeded by
House of Carter
Preceded by
Empire founded
Ruling House of the Empire of Austenasia
2008 - 2010
Succeeded by
House of McLaughlin
Preceded by
House of MacDonagh
Joint Ruling House of the Kingdom of Moylurg
2010
with the House of MacDonagh
Succeeded by
House of MacDonagh
as Ruling House of Wilcsland
Preceded by
House of Jarvis
Ruling House of the Kingdom of the Grove
2010
Succeeded by
House of MacDonagh
Preceded by
House of Mac Donnchadha-Houghton
Ruling House of the Empire of Austenasia
2013 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent