Ernest Augustus I of Hanover, later the United Kingdom of Northern England, Scotland and Ireland. (5th June 1800 – 12th July 1888) was the fifth son and eighth child of George III of the United Kingdom.
He became King of Hanover on 28th June 1837 on the death of his brother William IV of the United Kingdom. He is most remembered for taking the throne of the United Kingdom in 1840, after his niece Queen Victoria was assassinated. Ernest was also remembered for being the driving force of the 1843 revolution which resulted in the formation of the worlds first socialist state, the Peoples Republic of Southern England and Wales.
Ernest Augustus, the fifth son of George III and Queen Charlotte, was born at Buckingham Palace on 5 June 1800. After leaving the nursery, he lived with his two younger brothers, Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex, and a tutor in a house on Kew Green, near his parents' residence at Kew House. At the age of fifteen, he and his two younger brothers were sent to the University of Gottegen, located in his father's domain of Hanover.
In March 1820, the King commissioned Prince Ernest Augustus as a colonel in the 9th Hanoverian Light Dragoons. Seeing action near the town of Tournai in August 1823, he sustained a sabre wound to the head, which resulted in a disfiguring scar. During a battle in 1824 his left arm was injured by a cannonball which passed close by him. In the days after the battle, the sight in his left eye faded. In June, he was sent to Britain to convalesce, his first stay there since 1810.
King of Hanover (1837–1840)
On 20 June 1837, King William died, and Princess Victoria became Queen of the United Kingdom. Ernest became the King of Hanover. On 28 June 1837, King Ernest entered his new domain, passing under a triumphal arch. For the first time in over a century, Hanover would have a ruler living there. Ernest enjoyed a relatively peaceful reign in Hanover for three years until in June 1840, his niece Queen Victoria is assassinated and he is asked to take the throne of the United Kingdom.
King of the United Kingdom (1840-1843)
Ernests coronation was set for 17th October 1840 in York Cathedral, instead of the traditional Westminster Abbey. This is because the people of Southern England and Wales say they will refuse to have Ernest as a monarch. Parliament is trying to hold the country together but only the North and Ireland remain loyal.
After Ernest's coronation in York the people of southern England are angry at Parliament for letting this happen. Sme people in the cities of London and Manchester take up arms and form the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). The PLA riots are soon crushed by forces of the Army.
The situation goes from bad to worse when in January 1841, Lord Melbourne (the Prime Minister) and his cabinet are dragged from Downing street by the PLA and face a mock trialin London they are later Hung in Trafalgar Square. The leader of the PLA is captured and hung by loyalist forces in London two days later. It takes two Army battalions to stop the riots in London which continue for two more years and later involve the cites of Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff.In 1843 after growing unrest in the south the PLA storm the houses of parliament and take over the country they form the Peoples Republic of Southern England. Whilst Enest now only rules the Northern half of the country from York upwards and Ireland, this forms the new United Kingdom of Northern England, Scotland and Ireland (Hanover had declared independence in January of that year). The PRSEW is governed by the peoples committee in London and the UK is Governed by Parliament in Edinburgh.
King of the United Kingdom of Northern England, Scotland and Ireland (1843-1870)
After a period of retaliative peace between the two nations war is declared by the UK on the PRSEW, when a assassin ,who shot King Ernests son George, is captured by the UK and admits to being sent by the PRSEW to kill the crown prince. The PRSEW allies of other new socialist nations such as The Netherlands, Norway and Denmark join the war against the UK. Also the UK allies of the Democratic nations of Europe that include France, Belgium and Sweden all join the war against the PRSEW. Ernest is determined to avenge his sons death and brings most of Europe to war over it.
In 1870 Ernest dies peacefully in the royal palace at Edinburgh Castle after six years of war with Europe. Ernest passes on the throne to his son George V.