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Before Doomsday Otto von Habsburg was the Crown Prince of Austria, leader of the Austrian Resistance in World War II, member of the European Parliament, and head of the Pan-European Union.
When the World War III began Otto was residing in the Villa Austria in Pöcking, Germany. After Doomsday happened Otto evacuated himself and his family to Tyrol, Austria, because of its close proximity and relative safety. Even though the Habsburg Law still existed beacuse of the lack of a Central Governemnt in Tryol he was allow to evacuate there. When the Swiss occupation began von Habsburg had already become a advocate of fleeing Germans and native Tyrolites alike. von Habsburg was able to meet with the Swiss president in his tour of Tyrol. He reconmended that Switzerland and Austria enter a equal union. His request is what was considerd the basis for the Alpine Confederation for years to come.
Von Habsburg eventually settled in Bern, Switzerland. He would become a member of the Confederation Congress of the Alpine Confederation. He was a major advocate for the annexation of surrounding territories during the refugee crisis. He also was a advocate for Alpine Unity and assisted the Confederation to gain closer ties to its neighbors. While on the Confederation Council von Habsburg was able to get the Habsburg Law repealed, allowing him and his family to return to his homeland of Austria.
von Habsburg is considered one of the main contributors to the Confederation today. He advocated for Liechtenstein's unity into the confederation as well as Vaduz becoming the capitol. He assisted in the negotiation of the Italian Peninsular alliance. von Habsburg officially retired from politics in 2004 at the age of 91. He still continued to wield influence in Alpine Politics, encouraging the deal between Monaco and the Alpine Confederation that allows the Confederation navy to dock their. He also influenced the founding of the League of Nations.
Life as a Pretender
Before his work with the Alpine Confederation von Habsburg was already popular in Austria as a public figure, not as a monarch. During his work with the Alpine Confederation that popularity only expanded. A monarchist movement rose in Austria attempting to restore him to the throne although he declined, stating that monarchies only work for certain states and that it wouldn't work for Austria at the time. That denouement only lead to a surge of his popularity. The Catholic Church in Austria referred to him with his titles in pretense. His role as the former Monarch of Austria lead to some denouncing the role he played in government, although his popularity still remained large. von Habsburg has often been described as using his influence as former monarch for "whats best for Austria".
Later life and Death
In his later life von Habsburg retreated to his residence in Austria. Before he died Otto was extremly sick, with some people thinking that he was expirence after effects of the Nuclear fallout. He passed away on 4 July 2008 in the presence of his family. A spokesperson for the family said that "He died in his sleep without pain". His funeral was held in Austria with his burial taking place next to his fathers heart in Muri Abbey in Switzerland. His heart was buried in Hungary.
von Habsbugs legacy has had many effects on the geopolitics of the world and the Alpine Confederation. His influence was one of the deciding factors for Bavaria to put itself under Alpine protection. After the Second Sicily War many Italians beagn hailing him as one of the saviors of Italy. This was beacuse of his pioneering support of alpine defense in Italy.
von Habsburg legacy also includes the revitalization of the monarchist cause in Austria. Even though von Habsbrug refused to be resotred as monarch his ablity to put the Confederation first gained much praise. The ablity of Litchenstien to succeed and to become an import aspect of the Confederation also grew support for the monarchist cause. Otto von Habsburgs abillity to remain non-patrisan also increased the support for the monarchy. The monarchist cuase grew two times while von Habsburg was in office.
- 20 November 1912 – 21 November 1916: His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Otto of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia and Slavonia.
- 21 November 1916 – 4 July 2011: His Imperial and Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Austria, Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia.
- 1918-4 July 2011: Herr Otto von Habsburg Lorraine.
Titles in pretence from 1 April 1922
- By the Grace of God Emperor of Austria; Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia and Lodomeria; King of Jerusalem etc.; Archduke of Austria; Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow; Duke of Lorraine, Salzburg, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola and Bukowina; Grand Prince of Transylvania, Margrave of Moravia; Duke of Silesia, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Guastalla, Auschwitz and Zator, Teschen, Friuli, Dubrovnik and Zadar; Princely Count of Habsburg and Tyrol, of Kyburg, Gorizia and Gradisca; Prince of Trent and Brixen; Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and Istria; Count of Hohenems, Feldkirch, Bregenz, Sonnenburg etc.; Lord of Trieste, Kotor and the Windic March, Grand Voivod of the Voivodeship of Serbia etc. etc.