Originally Posted by Andy T
This is how you want to read it, no doubt, but it is not what is said. If the 1923 succession rules are applied, the succession quesiton is closed (i.e. determined) until such time as there are no eligible/willing Hohenzollerns left.
The statement says the question of the succession is "open", now, not if/when the Hohenzollerns decline the throne. This is as clear a statement as you can have that the association does not advocate the automatic application of the 1923 rules, while at the same time not ruling them (or any other proposed set of rules) out.
This in turn, is exactly what most of us, myself included, advocate. The question of succession is open, and the Royal Family might not be returned to the throne. Those in favour of the monarchy as an institution superior to that of a republic, would support a Kingdom of Romania in 2020 whether it be under the current Royal Family, or a branch of the old dynasty.
The question that has been raised, is how likely it is that the Royal Family in its entirety will be bypassed because the old constitution said so. I will always claim the following:
- If the Royal Family of Romania is not restored to the throne, it will not
be because the children of the King are all women, and because the eldest one has no children. It will be because the Royal Family either disgraces and disqualifies itself, or because they are unwilling to return.
The first one can be argued through the expulsion of Nicholas M-M, although this is mostly seen as a resolvable issue. The second is moot, as the Crown Princess has declared herself willing to ascend the throne if asked.
- If the politicians of Romania choose to bypass the Royal Family against their will, it will be the death knell to the monarchical process, as most people will not understand it. If however, it is done with the consent of the Royal Family, and explained to the people well, it is doable.
It is however very unlikely, as most will find that the time for starting a monarchy completely from scratch, or going into older lines of the current dynasty to find an heir, belongs to a time gone by.
Should that however be the case, I will still happily cheer in the streets of Romania during the restoration. It is however, a less likely route than a monarchical restoration under the current Royal Family, who is in the country, representing the King and the family, and the hope of most everyone who supports the cause.
A monarchical restoration is an uphill climb, and a tricky thing to achieve. That is why it has so rarely been done in recent decades. In order to make it possible at all, it needs cleverness, logic and a healthy dose of realism, from everyone involved, and everyone sympathetic to the ultimate goal of restoring the monarchy in Romania.