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The Bonaparte Dynasty is the ruling family of the French Empire, which started with Napoleon I and continues to modern day, with Emperor Maurice Bonaparte. Over the past two hundred years, this family has included the tragically misunderstood (Napoleon II), the universally hated (Albert I), symbols of modern achievement (Emperor Philippe), the struggle of women (Charlotte, Josephine, Vivianne) and the difficult to categorize (Sebastien). Oft-maligned and oft-championed, few dynastic families have had such a profound impact on the shaping of the world. As the French author Seymour Arens once wrote, "When a Bonaparte coughs, the whole world hears."
List of Emperors
Napoleon I 1804-1844
Napoleon II - 1844-1845
Louis I - 1845-1863
Philippe the Great 1863-1890
Louis II 1890-1922
Napoleon III 1922-1925
Albert I 1925-1939
Edmond the Tyrant 1939-1943
Sebastien I 1943-1975
Albert II 1975-2006
Maurice Napoleon I 2006-Present
The Napoleonic Generation
Napoleon I Bonaparte
Napoleon II Bonaparte
Louis I Bonaparte
Marcel Joseph Bonaparte
(October 23rd, 1815-June 9th, 1866) Marcel Joseph Bonaparte is easily one of the most important people in history to be forgotten. He is the "Enigmatic Brother," according to most historians; he does not garner the attention that his tragic, anti-hero brother Napoleon II earned or the reluctant praise Louis I received. He was the third of four children, and the youngest of the three sons. From an early age, he was the younger brother of Napoleon II, King of Rome, and Louis, King of Germany. Marcel was given title "King of the East," not wanting to be branded as the ruler of Russia, which his father, Napoleon I, did not want to admit existed as a legitimate state within the Empire. At the age of eighteen, he married Anna Seragova, a relative of the exile Tolstoy nobility and one of the last remaining powerful Russian women in Europe. Despite her bearing him a son, Philippe, Marcel and Anna had a somewhat strained marriage, and she finally divorced him (as a Russian Orthodox) in January of 1841 and fled to Alaska, leaving her son behind. Marcel married the German duchess Carlotta within a month, and her early delivery of their daughter, Charlotte, raised questions whether or not Marcel had impregnated his second wife while he was still with Anna. In the 1840's, as he grew into his role as the head of Russia, he initially was reluctant to fully back the Churat-led regime put in place by his brother, Napoleon II. When Louis finally presented his plan to mobilize five divisions of the Grand Army in Germany and invade France to depose Napoleon II, Marcel backed his cause by pledging seven Grand Army divisions from the East. The War of Napoleonic Succession was fought largely by Louis and his allies in the Grand Army, but Marcel's support allowed for the more ambitious (and eventually, necessary) campaigns to be carried out. With his brother deposed and Louis I crowned, Marcel took the lead the in late 1840's and most of the 1850's in revolutionizing the Russian economy, which had suffered under the Purges and the Land Rush of 1828. He tripled the miles of tracks laid in Russia, built factories, encouraged subsidies for businesses owned by Russians and Ukrainians, created the Plebian Council that represented the interests of the populace, eventually forming three more of these councils outside of Moscow to focus on local issues. The Marcellaisie, a university that taught in both French and Russian, was established in Moscow, and Marcel poured state funds into encouraging the arts. Due to Marcel's efforts, Russia was at peace all the way until the early 1880's. His wife died in 1856, his daughter was brutally assaulted and died in 1857, and his son was coronated in 1863 after years in Paris being groomed to be Emperor - Marcel withdrew from public view after his daughter's death and ceded control of Russia to his favorite generals and ministers, most of whom were French born. He died in 1866 and was interred in the Bonaparte Mausoleum, although a massive wake was sponsored by the Russian Orthodox Church in his honor as well.
Marie Anne McDean-Bonaparte
(October 19th, 1820-December 1st, 1871) The youngest of Napoleon I's four children, Marie lived most of her young life sheltered and in the shadows of her three elder brothers. During the War of Louisian Succession in 1845, Marie fled to America where she stayed until 1848. Upon her return, elder brother Louis I arranged for her marriage to the Irish Prince Patrick, of the Royal Family McDean, to strengthen the French-Irish alliance. She spent her marriage traveling between Dublin and Paris, and gave King Patrick I two young sons, Patrick and John, before his death in 1857. A widow at 37, Marie traveled once more to America, where she allegedly became the mistress of President Stephen Douglas in the early 1860's, and later became the mistress of railroad businessman J. Roger Watson. She died in New York in 1871, midway through writing a book about her life as Napoleon I's daughter.
The Louisian Generation
(March 10th, 1832-July 3rd, 1887) Anne-Louise was called "The Power Behind the Throne) for much of the Louisian and Philippean eras. Of her, the great French author Julien D'Eroges said "No woman has ever held the lives of so many men in her hands, has ever carved larger empires, has ever made kings tremble and princes kneel at her feet. She was a master puppettress, a queen of shadows and intrigue, and without Princess Anne-Louise the Empire we know today would never have been as it is." Anne-Louise showed a keen intellect for politics as she grew up in Paris, observing her father Napoleon II run the Empire's day to day activities as Napoleon I ailed. She watched the spectacular failure that was the Turkish War unfold under her father, and when her uncle took the throne in a swift coup in 1845, she learned the inner workings of the Napoleonic system of government and how to use it to her advantage. At seventeen, shortly after her father's death, she was married to Paul Beauclair, one of Louis I's leading ministers. This proved to be a tremendous mistake for Louis I - for the rest of his reign, Anne-Louise used her position as Beauclair's wife to manipulate and control Louis' every move. As his cancer took a toll on his life, Louis wrote in 1862 "I have never despised a person with so much venom and hatred in all my life as Anne-Louise, my assumptive beloved niece, who is every bit witch, succubus and plague upon France." A remarkable feat for a woman nearly twenty years his junior. Her cousin Philippe was far more difficult to control, him being a more able-bodied leader, but Anne-Louise still found room for influence. Despite this, when her older husband died in 1872, Philippe immediately declared her to be a poisoner and ordered her sent to Karachi to be exiled. Anne-Louise spent ten years in Karachi plotting revenge, hoping to use her son Edmond to her advantage. She went through several lovers and powerful political allies in Karachi until returning to Paris in 1883, with her new husband Ali Jebrah. Philippe outmaneuvered her efforts to use Edmond against him, however, and she was murdered swiftly in 1887 by the Churat at Philippe's behest.
Napoleon Charles Joseph Bonaparte
(March 24th, 1834-September 8th, 1840) Napoleon II's son Napoleon Eduoard was born a sickly, weak child. He was kept mostly hidden away from the public at the Bonaparte retreat on Corsica during his early years - while his father conducted business in Paris as Napoleon I continued to die his long and slow death, the would-be Napoleon III suffered from what was diagnosed over a century later as Down's syndrome. Most of his time was spent with his personal caretaker, Jean Gestalt, one of the Empire's leading physicians who would later write many famous papers on birth defects in children. While brought to Paris to see his parents for his sixth birthday, as he did every year, Napoleon Eduoard fell ill as he traveled to a different retreat in Germany. He died in Saarsbruck on September 8th, 1840 - his death was a major blow to the family and it made Philippe Bonaparte the heir apparent to Napoleon II.
Philippe Joseph Bonaparte
(December 4th, 1835-August 14th, 1890) Philippe found himself in a unique position growing up - despite being the son of Napoleon I's third child, he was groomed as a one-day future Emperor from a very young age. With his uncle Napoleon II having lost a son to illness and soon deposed, and his uncle Louis I unable to sire children, it became Marcel Bonaparte's son who was the future of the Empire in the mid and late 19th century. Louis I kept a tenuous peace throughout his reign, but it was after his sudden death in 1863 that Philippe embarked upon his ambitious plans to build a stronger, more integrated Empire. Through bloody Purges and industrialization, Philippe reaffirmed France as the dominant power in the world. He worked hard to integrate the German people into the Imperial fold - previously, Napoleon I and Louis I had ruled Germany as a conquered land, open for immigration by the French. Philippe made the Germans practical equals in an economic sense, and the might of the industrial Rhineland (French and German speaking) as well as the growth of the banks of Dresden, Danzig and Berlin made Germany a stronger, fresher contributor to the entire Empire. Philippe also vastly redesigned many parts of major cities, including Paris, and broke the monopoly of Imperial Railroads, the company that ran the Empire's train industry, in order to foster in economic growth. He is considered one of the Three Great Emperors (alongside Napoleon I and Sebastien).
Charlotte Josephine Bonaparte
(August 5th, 1841-December 3rd, 1857) Marcel's second child, Charlotte, was born of his second wife, the German duchess Charlotta. Charlotte was kept at Marcel's estate in Petrograd for most of her childhood, and was educated by the finest Russian tutors. Her final tutor, Evgeni Karalovy, was a sexual aggressor who had been accused for years of raping young women he tutored throughout Russia. Marcel was away from his home in the summer of 1857 when Karalovy for several weeks sexually manipulated Charlotte to the point where she was impregnated and badly injured. Karalovy was eventually executed by an outraged Marcel, but Charlotte died in her sleep only a few months later, possibly by suicide or complications from the pregnancy. At her interment into the Bonaparte Family Mausoleum in Paris, Louis I described his niece as a "beautiful young woman, snatched from us by evil." Marcel, who in older years displayed a much greater sense of maturity than as a young man, was never the same following his daughter's rape and death, and died alone in Moscow in 1866. For the remainder of the 19th century, and even today, Charlotte Bonaparte stands as a martyr for the feminist movement - women's rights reform came to the Empire as early as the late 1860's as Emperor Philippe sought to create new laws so that the same horrific fate that befell his sister would never occur again.
The Philippean Generation
Edmond Julien Bonaparte-Beauclair
(April 7th, 1851-November 19th, 1891) Edmond is, like his grandfather Napoleon III, one of the great tragic figures of 19th century France. Born a mere two years after his grandfather died at the surprisingly young age of thirty-eight, Edmond was groomed by his mother to one day usurp the throne from the men she deemed had stolen it - Louis I had toppled her father, and the heir Philippe's father, Marcel, had supported the coup. His case was one of complete and total brainwash; he is said to have described during Philippe's coronation, to a palace servant, at merely the age of twelve, that he wanted to stab Philippe in the heart with the Imperial scepter. He also despised his cousin Louis, the presumptive heir to Philippe, due to his bastard nature. Edmond was a small, unattractive child by most descriptions - very few portraits of the dark, brooding young man exist. His writings were extremely morbid and disturbing when discovered shortly after his death. The adult life of Edmond was spent plotting numerous assassination attempts of Philippe, especially after his mother was unceremoniously exiled to Karachi. He traveled often to visit her, and he never married. Theories suggest he was either unusually attached to his controlling mother, or perhaps homosexual. Either way, Edmond made his way back to Paris with his mother in tow in 1883, and while they caused quite a stir, his challenge of a duel with Louis II was considered a mockery. After his mother's murder in 1887, Edmond continued his dark, twisted writings until he himself was imprisoned in 1890. Edmond was said to have celebrated wildly upon hearing the Philippe, his lifelong adversary, had died - but only a little over a year after his cousin's death, Louis II ordered Edmond to be executed on the Rue Victoire by guillotine. November 19th remains a significant day in underground, "rebellious" counter-cultures for this reason, and Edmond stood for the dark, gothic symbol even into the 20th and 21st century.
Isabelle Josephine Maglener
(May 27th, 1854-February 9th, 1901) Isabelle was the second of Anne-Louise's two children, and was married off to German landowner Heinrich Maglener in 1875, while her mother - who she had never gotten along with - was in exile in Hindustan. Isabelle was a close friend of Emperor Philippe and was one of the primary leaders of French-German integration in the closing quarter of the 19th century. Her husband's death in 1899 saddened her greatly, and she died soon thereafter in 1901. She was buried in Berlin in an impressive mausoleum built by the Maglener family.
Louis II Bonaparte
(January 17th, 1852- , 1922) Louis II was not a great ruler, nor was he a terrible one. He was born to his father Philippe out of wedlock when his father was a mere 15 years old - the scandal nearly stripped Louis of his title as heir. He tried his best to weather the difficult economic times of the 1910's in Europe, which came shortly after he had fought throughout the 1890's to establish France's global economic hegemony. A pioneer of "modern colonialism," Louis II believed that economic control of a region supplanted physical control. By setting up smaller trading colonies, modeled after the success of Karachi in French Hindustan and Dakar in French West Africa, Louis II peppered the African and South Asian coasts with small French colonies designed to monopolize local industries with lesser manpower. His Invasion of Singapore in 1907 brought France to the brink of war with Japan, so he poured an enormous amount of time, money and effort into expanding and modernizing the French navy. He waged brief wars to assist his allies in Mali and fought a brief campaign to keep the Australian colony of Port-Napoleon on Australia's west coast from Oceanian hands in 1915. His decision to not invade England during its tumultous revolutions was criticized in France and considerd a sign of enormous weakness. He died at the age of 70 in 1922 as the European economy nosedived, leaving son Napoleon III to clean up the mess.
Anne Beatrice Bonaparte
(January 9th, 1857-March 3rd, 1930) Albert I once called his aunt Anne a "doddering, meddling old women with little or no business in the politics of men." Anne, however, was a very powerful and heroic woman by most accounts, and like her tragic aunt Charlotte, was a symbol of the women's movement in the early 20th century. While her father Philippe, young as he was, often insisted she keep herself out of politics, she took a keen interest, much like Anne-Louise, only she was a skillful, kind, benevolent reformer who believed that the powerful had an obligation to the Empire's poor. Her father, though he died young, supported her humanitarian interests, and her brother encouraged her to take a position of moderate reform throughout his reign. Anne survived three assassination attempts throughout her life and one of them, in 1917, gave her a severe hip injury that put her in a wheelchair for the last years of her life. With her beloved friend and brother Louis dead in 1922, she feared the ascension of her nephew Napoleon III to the throne - as she said, "I have now known four Emperors in my long life, and my nephew is the only one of them to be born without a spine." Suffering from her injury, wheelchair-ridden and beginning her long and protracted battle with illness and eventually cancer, Anne sat through the turbulent 1920's and the Iron Revolution and could only watch. Shortly before her death in 1930, as the machinations behind the New Reign of Terror began, Anne wrote, "My France, my Empire I have loved through the reigns of my father and brother, is dead. Gone is the country I loved and was nearly murdered for. I fear that as I die, so shall the last memory of what once was." Albert I did not allow for Anne to be buried in the Bonaparte Mausoleum with the rest of the dynasty - she was buried in a small churchyard outside of Paris, until her remains were moved in 1948 to the Mausoleum where Sebastien felt they belonged.
Josephine Charlotte Bonaparte Dureges
(June 8th, 1861-September 20th, 1924) Josephine was Philippe's youngest child and second daughter, and while she was not the proactive women's rights leader that her elder sister was, the "pretty little girl of France," as she was called, was sitll an important part of the Empire. She studied art and language in America in the early 1880's, where she met Robert Lancroft, a man she immediately fell in love with - however, her father promised her to his Foreign Minister, Henri Dureges. Throughout her marriage with Dureges, Josephine continued her correspondence with Lancroft, who came to be a major player within the Democratic Party of the United States. The scandal finally became public when Lancroft and Josephine were caught in Washington during an official state visit by Dureges in 1902. Lancroft was swiftly dismissed from his position by President McKinley and Josephine was forever disgraced in the Empire. Dureges died in 1908 after a lengthy separation from his wife, who lived on Corsica with their children. Josephine returned to America during the 1910's and lived with Lancroft, who was killed in a train accident in 1918. Josephine returned, despondent, to Paris in 1921, and shortly thereafter her brother Louis II died. She returned to the Bonaparte retreat in Corsica and lived out her days there until her death. At her own request, she was buried on the grounds of the estate on Corsica, where she felt most at home.
Napoleon III and the Twins
Napoleon III Bonaparte
(December 20th, 1874-August 19th, 1925) Napoleon III has a strange, somewhat insecure place in history. He is a martyr to some, but those who worship him as a fallen leader also misunderstand that at the time of his reign, he was considered the most incompetent Emperor to ever sit on the throne of France. He was ridiculed publicly in the press and called le petit empereur (the Little Emperor) because the elite and his brother Albert had so much control of his government. He is compared by some to his namesake, Napoleon II - although, his predecessor's flaws were over a decade in the making and spawned by a much more complex series of events. Napoleon III was merely detested throughout his three years on the throne and when the Iron Revolution occurred and he was assassinated - the first Emperor to suffer that fate - it darkened the Empire for the next several decades. "His reign as short, a blip, a flash of light so quick one barely could see it," wrote historian Mark Edwards, "and yet his death was one of the most significant events of the 20th century and probably all history."
Vivianne Josephine Charlotte Bonaparte
(September 11th, 1876-October 18th, 1936) Vivianne was born fifteen minutes before her brother Albert; the twin sister and brother would be similarly interlocked for the next sixty years, by fate and by history. Vivianne had a powerful, oftentimes vicious personality. She belittled both her elder brother and her twin. She married three times and, despite being a Catholic, she divorced all three husbands. As a result, Vivianne mothered six children to two different husbands, and raised them all largely on her own with little help from brother Napoleon, who feared her due to his own personal insecurity, and Albert, who despised her. Of his twin sister, Albert wrote "No woman since Anne-Louise has ever been so universally despised or disliked in the history of France." Beyond her troubles with her brothers, however, Vivianne was a global woman of the 20th century. She travelled to America, Alaska, Mexico and Colombia in a massive four-year tour with several of her children, and she married three of her daughters over that time to rich, powerful foreign suitors. She sent one son to Oceania and another to China as ambassadors, a demand she made with first her father then brother. In 1925, Vivianne travelled for a three-year trip through Africa and India - and when she returned, she found her brother Albert on the throne after the Iron Revolution. Old and by this time no threat to her brother, Vivianne retreated to Corsica, like many Bonapartes before her, and she wrote several books and essays there over the eight years she spent on the island. She died of a severe stroke in 1936, and despite his hatred of his sister and her books belittling and insulting him, Albert I allowed her to be interred with her slain brother Napoleon III in the Bonaparte Mausoleum.
Albert I Bonaparte
See: Albert I Bonaparte
The Children of the Iron Revolution
See: Sebastien Bonaparte
The Children of the Civil War
Josephine Charlotte Bonaparte
Albert Charles Napoleon Bonaparte
Maurice Louis Napoleon Bonaparte
(March 10th, 1934-June 16th, 1970) Maurice Louis Napoleon Bonaparte was the eldest son of Emperor Sebastien, born shortly before the French Civil War. He was successfully smuggled out of Paris by his father's allies while his pregnant mother was held captive in Nice. Maurice spent most of the French Civil War at Sebastienite supporter Konrad Greine's villa in Sardinia, and was reunited with his mother in 1943 upon the coronation of Sebastien. Maurice was groomed as the Crown Prince from then on, and during the late 1950's and early 1960's he was one of his father's closest confidants, despite his relative youth. Maurice and younger brother Albert had an unusually close relationship - the past two generations of Bonaparte brothers had killed one another and fought over the crown. Ironically, once again, the younger brother would be the one to emerge Emperor - Maurice died in a car accident in 1970 in Berlin, under suspicious circumstances. Nobody was ever able to prove he was assassinated. He was interred with the rest of the Bonapartes in the family mausoleum in Paris. Although his birth name was Maurice, he had intended to take his middle name of Louis Napoleon as his regnal name - this would have made him Louis III Napoleon or, simply, Emperor Louis Napoleon.
Albert II Bonaparte
Caroline Desiree Bonaparte
Paul Charles Bonaparte
(November 5th, 1955-) Paul Charles Bonaparte is the first of Josephine Bonaparte's four children, born in 1955 in Strasbourg at the Edmondian line's home. To honor her deposed father and heritage, Josephine had never taken her husband (General Olivier Reynard)'s last name. The eldest son of the Reynard-Bonaparte household was Paul, who was brought often to Paris during the 1960's to learn from his grand-uncle Sebastien about politics in a way his siblings never were. General Reynard was appointed Marshal of France in 1967 and spent the next six years developing military policy strangely similar to that of his predecessor, Eugene Alons, who had earned his fame alongside Reynard in the Black Sea War. Still, Reynard was heavily criticized for his inaction during the St. Lawrence Standoff Crisis in 1969, and the remaining four years of his tenure were marred by demands for his resignation. Paul watched all this and determined to enter the military field partially to exonerate his father. Paul Bonaparte was a young officer during the numerous Colonial Crises of the 1980's, and was a Captain by the time the Siamese War came about. His courageous behavior there, including his refusal of preferential deployment due to his familial status, made him a hero within the military. In 1993, shortly before his brother's death, he was given a promotion and moved to Bangkok. He became a sharp critic of Albert II's bungled withdrawal from Siam in 1995 and was part of one of the last French divisions that stayed until 1996 in neighboring Burma. In 2001, he was made Lieutenant General of the Foreign Legion and given command of all Foreign Legion Forces in Hindustan. In 2008, he was promoted to the General Staff, and is considered a leading candidate to succeed Marshal Arnold Schwarzenegger when he is mandated to retire in 2012.
Edmond Jean-Louis Bonaparte
(July 18th, 1959-) The second son of Josephine Bonaparte and Olivier Reynard, Edmond was born during his father's rise to political prominence, a year before his promotion to the coveted vacancy on the General Staff, and thus was born after the family had relocated to Paris. While never as observant in the affairs of government and military as elder brother Paul, Edmond instead interested himself in French history, and become something of a favorite relative around Paris to Sebastien and all three of his children. With his mother's busy schedule, Edmond was practically raised by Caroline and Jean-Baptiste Geremeaux. Edmond later earned a degree in Imperial history with a minor in German from the University of Orleans and finished his doctorate in contemporary history at Yale, the first Bonaparte to complete his studies abroad. Edmond returned to teach history as a professor throughout the Nineties in France at first the University of Orleans, then later at the Napoleonic Institute in Paris. In 2006, like most relatives, Edmond was offerred a governmental position - he was made Minister of Education under second cousin Emperor Maurice Napoleon, and in 2009 he instituted a sweeping reform of public education across the entire Empire based on the in-state/out-of-state tuition model used in the United States.
Charlotte Claire Arcourt (nee Bonaparte)
(October 28th, 1962-) Charlotte Claire Bonaparte was born in Paris in 1962 as the third child of Josephine, and was finishing her education in business theory as the culture libere of the 1980's began. During the late 1980's, she became one of the most well-known socialites on the Parisian sphere, although she was never quite as infamous or notorious as her second cousin Napoleon Francois. In 1994 she married Philippe Arcourt, a luxury real estate developer who specialized in Mediterranean beachfront construction, such as in the Riviera, Cisalpina or Algeria. With the stock market crash of 2001, much of the Arcourt's assets were lost, so Charlotte went to Emperor Albert II for support. Albert referred Arcourt to a post within the Ministry of the Interior, and he strived in his stimulus development program. As of 2010, Charlotte and her family (she has two daughters) are living in Brest, Philippe Arcourt having retired his post and reserved to modest living.
Marcel Napoleon Bonaparte
(April 30th, 1964-December 31st, 1993) Marcel Napoleon was one of the true tragedies of the Bonaparte family - he grew up in the shadow of his more esteemed elder brothers, Paul and Edmond, who were war heroes and academicians. Marcel's eye lay in the information industry, and as he was not directly descendant from Albert or even Sebastien, his line of the Bonaparte family received graft only by name recognition. Still, he was a hard-working computer technician and still young, albeit with a fiancee, when he died in a sudden car accident driving home on New Year's Eve, 1993, from a friend's party in Bordeaux. His fiancee wound up in a wheel chair. The death of Marcel was hailed as a national tragedy and Albert II offered his family the honor of interring him in the Bonaparte Mausoleum, which he later announced he and his successors would extend to all of Josephine's children in time, thus finally bringing the lengthy rivalry with the "Edmondian Line" back to the fold.
Sebastien Napoleon Bonaparte
(August 12th, 1967-2002)
Louis Charles-Albert Bonaparte
(September 23rd, 1970-) Louis Bonaparte was born after the death of his father, Crown Prince Maurice Bonaparte, in 1970. He was raised jointly by Albert II and his widowed mother Claire while his elder brother Sebastien suffered from severe genetic defects. Louis was groomed to hold a prominent role in government - he served as a legal officer in cases representing the Imperial government throughout the late 1990's and early 2000's for his uncle. In 2007, with cousin Maurice on the throne, he was appointed Chief Legal Aide to the Imperial Office, making him one of the most powerful lawyers in the Empire.
Maurice Napoleon Bonaparte
(January 27th, 1969-) Maurice Napoleon Bonaparte is the current Emperor of France, having succeeded his father Albert II in 2006 after his predecessor's death. Maurice was raised in the twilight of the Sebastienite era - in his pre-Imperial autobiography As An Empire's Son, he vividly described his memories of Sebastien's state funeral in 1975, despite only being six years old at the time. During the late 1980's, Maurice attended the University of Berlin for three years to earn a degree in international relations, continuing in the vein of his grandfather and father to specialize in foreign policy administration. In 1993, upon returning to Paris, he married Castilian duchess Carla Lopez, the first time a Crown Prince has married a foreigner. Throughout the 1990's, Maurice served the duties of the Crown Prince in the Grand Assembly and fathered two children, Crown Princess Christine and Prince Albert. In 2006, his father Albert II succumbed to a long battle with lung cancer, and Maurice was coronated a week later. His reign has been marked by numerous clean energy initiatives, digital infrastructure updates neglected in the early 21st century by his father's government, sweeping educational reform and efforts in international peacekeeping. Maurice helped broker a brief ceasefire in the violent Philippine War and has sent billions of francs in humanitarian aid to Africa. As of 2010, he has been hailed as France's most humane emperor in the Empire's two-hundred year history.
Napoleon Francois Bonaparte
(May 10th, 1973-) Napoleon Francois Bonaparte is the reigning Prince Regent of the French Empire and is currently one of the richest private businessmen in the Empire, an unexpected move considering his turbulent history. Growing up in the "culture libere" of the Albertine 1980's, Napoleon was the "World's Most Powerful Playboy," as described by American newspapers at one point. He is the only member of the French government to ever give an interview to Playboy magazine as well its French, Japanese and Colombian equivalents. In the mid-to-late 1990's, Napoleon was considered the world's most sought after bachelor due to his position as the son of Emperor Albert II - and, unlike his reserved, public-image conscious brother Maurice, Napoleon involved himself in a number of high-profile parties and affairs with famous women, among them five American actresses and two Colombian models, as well as a Japanese pop idol, alongside the slew of European Imperial celebrities he allegedly slept with. In 2002, after having his allowance suspended by father Albert and being called a "national embarrassment" by his aunt, Caroline Bonaparte, Napoleon withdrew himself from the public eye at the Bonaparte retreat in Corsica, where he took up a passion of horseback riding. In 2006, only two months before his father's death, Napoleon married French television personality Claudia Serenis, and they welcomed their first child, Sebastien Louis Bonaparte, in 2009. Now as the head of a major services company and owning seven horse ranches which he bought largely with his own money, Napoleon is one of the most powerful men of the Empire, and members of both the Bonaparte family and bureaucracy have noted that his increased responsibility has given him a jolt of much-needed maturity. He is currently preparing a book based on his wild lifestyle in his youth, and is purportedly being considered for a position in his brother's government, although Napoleon himself has stated that he has little interest in government work at this point in his life.
The Albertine Generation
Christine Marie Bonaparte
(April 8th, 1994-) Christine Marie Bonaparte is the Crown Princess of France, currently second in line in the order of succession (her uncle, Napoleon Francois, is first in line as she is not yet an adult). When younger brother Albert was born in 1997, a constitutional crisis emerged - who was the rightful heir according to the vague, if non-existent, primogeniture laws established by Sebastien in 1950? Emperor Albert II, after conferring with then-Crown Prince Maurice, determined that it would be Christine who would be the presumptive heir once she reached adulthood. In 2006, with her grandfather's death, Christine became Crown Princess of the French Empire. In 2008, she was made spokeswoman for the Imperial Women's Council, although she declined to endorse their feminist candidates for the Grand Assembly or local leadership positions, saying that being barely fourteen she was uncomfortable weighing political decisions. In June 2010, a controversy emerged after a Spanish magazine photographed her at a beach in the Balearics with some friends - Emperor Maurice Napoleon has strictly protected his children from tabloid publications and was outraged that the magazine was "defaming the royal family by trying to profit off of images of their members without the permission of the Imperial Office." As Maurice is expected to abdicate once turning sixty, as he has publicly stated before he intends to do, this would result in Christine assuming the throne in 2029, at the age of 35. She would reign as Christine I of France.
Albert Charles Bonaparte
(June 16th, 1997-) Albert Bonaparte is the Prince Attendant of the French Empire - due to a lack of firm primogeniture laws since the Sebastienite era began, his elder sister Christine is the second-in-line to the throne of father Maurice (Napoleon Francois Bonaparte is currently first-in-line in the order of succession, since Christine is not yet 18). Currently, he is the National Spokesman for the Imperial Youth, although father Maurice has been heavy-handed in limiting the media exposure of his two children in the modern, 24-hour a day Internet culture.
Sebastien Louis Bonaparte
(February 3rd, 2009-) Sebastien Louis Bonaparte is the first son of Napoleon Francois Bonaparte, Prince Regent of the French Empire (although his father is currently only semi-active in government work). His mother is former French TV-personality Claudia Serenis. His first birthday was reported by Les Liberales magazine as one of the most expensive royal birthdays ever thrown in the Empire (since they started keeping track of personal expenses by the Bonapartes in 1953).