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There will always be a Hanover!

The Kingdom of Hanover was founded in December of 2002 by her first monarch, King James I. James was soon joined by friends and compatriots Thomas Cutterham and Robert Gresham. All three men were part of a remnant population of the all-but-abandoned Kingdom of Morovia. Soon, most of the remaining Morovians and many new names and faces began to appear. Together, this original congregation of Hanoverian citizens formed a unique and compelling political and cultural community; a kingdom in the form of a contemporary constitutional monarchy.

Since those early days, the Kingdom of Hanover has experienced numerous changes. Our community has seen periods of chaos and strife, as well as eras of growth and expansion. Four kings have reigned over Hanover; some peacefully, others turbulently. And governments too numerous to list have moved in and out of our capital city of Bergen.

Throughout it all, the Kingdom of Hanover has developed a unique culture with a captivating charm.

The Reign of King James I:

Hanover's first days were marked by two major forces, controversy and the unerring leadership of King James. Many cast doubt on Hanover's future with predictions of early failure and other problems, and indeed setting up a functioning government was difficult, but King James proved to be more than up to the task finally silencing the critics who, by and large, have all failed in their own nation building efforts.

The Organic Law of 2003 was adopted early in the nation's history and served the nation well beyond the reign of King James. It marks one of the most enduring developments in Hanover, and even though it is no longer in force, the traditions it put forth echo in contemporary Hanoverian law.

In addition to laying the foundations of Hanover's Constitutional system, King James also laid the cornerstone of the nation's honours system. The Most Noble Order of the Act, bearing the motto "Actions Speak Louder Than Words", was created by James as the kingdom's premier order of chivalry. A Knight or Dame of the Act is a loyal Hanoverian subject who has, during his time as a citizen, gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to the Crown and to the nation.

The Reign of King Thomas

During Thomas's reign, appeals from a restored royal government in the abandoned Kingdom of Morovia were issued that Hanover unite with Morovia to form a new community under the rule of Morovia's King Vincent III. While Thomas seemed eager, at first, to embrace the concept of such a union, many of his subjects balked at the plan. In the end, Thomas yielded to the majority and the plan for union with Morovia was abandoned. Thomas abdicated soon after the affair, but on an entirely amicable note.

One of the original Founding Fathers of the nation, Thomas stands as one of Hanover's most beloved historical figures.

The Reign of King Alexander

Hanover's third and longest-reigning king, Alexander, emerged not from the blue-blooded ranks of Hanover's founding grandees, but from the emerging white collar world of Hanover's business-minded technocrats

I'll kick off there and let you fill in the rest, as you can tell your own story better than I. ;-)

The Reign of King James II

Hanover's currently reigning Sovereign, His Majesty King James II, is the first of Hanover's monarchs to arrive on the throne having been thoroughly schooled in the noble art of kingship. James arrived on Hanover's 'shores' as Justin, Duke of Athenoi. Becoming enamoured of the vibrant community that the Kingdom of Hanover had become, Justin offered his fealty to King James I and his Duchy to the Crown of Hanover. In response to his gesture, James created Justin a Prince of Hanover and proclaimed the Athenoian a perpetual member of the ruling House of Marchmain.

Having served a long and distinguished career under three kings in many posts about the Throne of Hanover, HRH Prince Justin was given the ultimate reward for his years of service and fidelity. Alexander named Justin as his heir before abdicating on 18 May 2009. Justin ascended the throne the same day, taking as his regnal name "James II" in honour of the king during whose reign his remarkable Hanoverian experience began.

Upon becoming Hanover's fourth king, James II at once signalled to the realm that he intended to reign after the pattern of contemporary constitutional monarchs; as a symbol and not as an active executive. It would henceforth be for the ministers of the Government enjoying a Parliamentary mandate to wield the Sovereign's power in his name without his interference. As this had not always been the case in the past, however, some in the Government were taken aback by the new king's complete retreat from active government. King James II, however, insisted upon the strict observance of normative constitutional conventions. James was likewise determined to bring to the monarchy an enhanced aura of mystery and majesty.

Fully dedicating himself to his duty and to a renaissance of royal tradition and pageantry, King James II enjoys the admiration and respect of his subjects while inspiring in all a deep sense of reverence for the Hanoverian Monarchy.